Spellbinder's Dye-Version Version
By Professor Spellbinder

Duke Stern (1913 -1973) invented his Dye-Version in the mid-sixties. The first Abbott advertisement for it appears in Genii Magazine in 1966. Currently it can be purchased from Abbott's at:


However, if you compare the effect of the original and the effect described below, you can see that the original has limited performance parameters, as well as a high price tag.

My Effect:

What makes my Dye-Version Version different is that I start out by showing a blank white paper tube empty on both sides, make a magic wand appear and then produce four white silks and a black silk from the paper tube by blowing them out of the tube.

Two helpers hold the white silks and the black silk is tucked into my Wizard Hat brim (it could also be in a breast pocket). The blank white paper is again shown empty and rolled back into a tube. The four white silks are pushed into it. The black silk is wrapped around the outside of the tube to hold it closed. The performer then blows the four silks out of the tube and they are now colored red, blue, green and yellow. The black silk is removed from the outside of the tube, the blank white paper is shown empty and rolled up again and the performer pushes the black silk back into the tube and blows out... the same black silk. It doesn't seem to want to change colors.

The helpers are given the four color silks to hold, one in each hand, and the black silk is once again wrapped around the outside of the tube. The helpers decide the order of the color silks going into the tube and the audience is asked to help them remember the order, because there will be a test! A new helper from the audience is asked to stand and take the color order test. No matter what happens, at this point the streamer is revealed, first at one end of the tube, then at the other, and then it is stretched across the stage.

Since this is almost always the last effect in my kids’ show, the paper is unrolled and the inside of the paper is now seen to be rainbow colored with the words “THE END” printed in large colorful letters on the inside of the paper tube. The black silk is held up as I bow, and I never mention it, but it is now covered with different colored shiny stars. An alternative ending is to change the black silk into a long black streamer, and then wave it in the air to visibly make a matching multicolored streamer from it.

Instructions are included for making all the gimmicks yourself from items you may already have around the house, or which are easily and inexpensively purchased from Dollar Stores, etc.

The Madhatter Magic Shop is one source that has all of the silks shown below, for those who want professional looking silks that are NOT from the Dollar Store.




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