Project: Magic Inventors

In writing articles for The Wizards' Journal, I try to credit magic inventors when they are known. I have noticed that Harold Rice was very good about listing inventors of silk magic and silk gimmicks, but there is no searchable index available of his Silk Magic Encyclopediae, so I have decided to try to provide one. When this work is complete I will make it available, upon request, as an Excel file so that other magic authors can use it for research. I would appreciate being notified of any errors or ommissions.

Please note that this is not the same as the index produced by Silk King Studios for the Rice Encyclopediae, volumes 1 to 3. That index is more complete, being a standard index in alphabetical order of the types of effects it contains. My inventor's index below omits a great deal of information from the encyclopediae simply because it does not have an inventor connected to it.

Silk Magic Inventors- All are from Rice's Encyclopedia of Silks, Volume 1 - www.silkkingmagic.com

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Invention Inventor Page Listed
Silk Productions    
Instanto Handkerchief Production Joe Berg Page 83
Visual Silk Production Prince Mendes Page 84
From a Lighted Match U.F. Grant Page 88
From a Finger tip Harold Rice Page 89
From a Paper Cone Al Baker Page 91
From a Match Box Bautier De Kolta Page 96
A Match Box Loader Professor Edgar Page 99
From the Mysterious Tube Manufactured by Thayer's Page 101
From a Fan Charles Waller Page 103
From the Spectrum Danar the Magician Page 104
From a False Finger *** Carl Lyle Page 106
A Novel Silk Production El Barto Page 108
From a Hidden Tube Harold Rice Page 111
From a Flash Glass Percy Abbott Page 122
Bare Hand Silk Production Clip Percy Abbott Page 123
Ireland's Body Clips L.L. Ireland Page 124
Rice's Flasho Harold Rice Page 124
The Silk Winder Harold Sterling Page 125
Rice's Nu Clip Harold Rice Page 126
Abbott's Push Out Gimmick Percy Abbott Page 128
Abbott's Silks at the Fingertips Percy Abbott Page 129
Silk Production Supreme Percy Abbott Page 130
Back Hand Production Fake Alan Howell Page 134
Ligntning Silk Production Percy Abbott Page 136
Nikko Harry Kellar Page 137
From a Glass Tumbler Glenn Gravatt Page 142
The Redhill Gimmick Redhill the Magician Page 146
From Within the Trousers Dr. E. G. Ervin Page 153
From Vested Cloth Tubes Harold Rice Page 155
One to Three W.C. Gardner Page 157
From a Special Bag Jean Hugard Page 158
Production Supreme Ed Wolff Page 168
Double Silk or Streamer Production L.L. Ireland Page 172
Any Color Called For Brunel White Page 173
Continuous Production of Silks at Fingertips Parrish Page 174
Silks and Coins Harold Rice Page 178
Apparatus Quantity Productions
The Mystery of the Seven Veils Glenn Gravatt Page 187
Latest Water Tube Percy Abbott Page 190
The Oblong Square Percy Abbott Page 196
Improved Unbelievable Production Box Percy Abbott Page 200
Temple Screen U.F. Grant Page 201
Pivoting Wonder Cabinet Herman Hanson Page 205
Tricky Tubes Paul Stadelman Page 207
The Haunted Chimneys Harold Rice Page 208
Buddah Tubes Percy Abbott Page 210
The Transparent Tubes Kattner Strothers Page 212
Silk-In-Tube F.C. Haenchen Page 213
The Square Circle Davenport Page 215
Improved Round Circle Percy Abbott Page 216
The Enchanted Tubes Charles Waller Page 217
Pop Silks Harold Sterling Page 218
Page-O-Silk Harold Rice Page 224
Silk Cascade Percy Abbott Page 226
Abbott Silk Production Box Percy Abbott Page 229
Productomazia Solomon Stein Page 230
The Handkerchief Casket Chicago Magic Company Page 232
Crystal Casket Percy Abbott Page 233
Creative Silks Petrie-Lewis Page 234
Cups of Plenty Stewart Judah Page 235
Fantasia Production U.F. Grant Page 238
The Tantalizing Tube H.R. Hulse Page 240
The Devil's Newspaper U.F. Grant Page 241
Prodo Herman L. Weber Page 243
Streamer from Cigarette Pack Willard S. Smith Page 245
Silk Butterfly Production Eric C. Lewis Page 246
Stove Pipe Production Harold Rice Page 248
See-Bee Silks From Magazine Clarence Borts Page 250
A Small Production Sherman Ripley Page 251
Closed Door Production Robert K. Weill Page 253
Fish Bowl Production … after Jack Gwynne Page 254
Silks From Newspaper Frederick E. Sissenstein Page 255
A Magical Crystal Box Len J. Sewell Page 256
Silks and Fan Charles Waller Page 257
A Wooden Frame Frederick DeMuth Page 260
Silks From Nowhere Nelson C. Hahne Page 261
Tra Tube George Ferguson Page 262
The Silken Lady Harold Rice Page 263
Breakaway Phantom Tube Francis B. Martineau Page 266
Flash Finale Edmond Younger Page 269
Silks From Tube P. H. Hollis Page 270
A Hat Load Harold Rice Page 271
A Suspended Load Harold Rice Page 272
New Organ Pipes **** Dick Buffum Page 273
Frame and Easel Larsen & Wright Page 274
Something From Nothing Al Baker Page 275
The Triangular Room John Mulholland Page 277
Silk King Production Box Paul Stadelman Page 278
Magazine Production Fred Mintz Page 280
Ghost Tube Lloyd Chambers Page 281
Harbin's Production Box Robert Harbin Page 282
Ace Production Box Gordon M. Howatt Page 283
Instantaneous Productions Harold Rice Page 286
A Novel Production Gordon M. Howatt Page 287
Vanishes    
A Master Vanish Harold Rice Page 290
The Bautier Pull Bautier De Kolta Page 296
The Elastic Pull Jean Hugard Page 302
The Edgar Pull With a Fred Rickard Improvement Edgar & Rickard Page 303
The Kenard Pull Frank Kennard Page 304
The Glass Trick Roy Benson Page 306
Visible Glass and Silk Vanish Joe Berg Page 308
The Greer's Gadget Greer Marechal Page 309
Goy's Vanish M. Goy Page 313
Walsh's Vanish Russ Walsh Page 314
Ultra Handkerchief Wand Petrie-Lewis Page 317
Single Paper Cone Harlan Tarbell Page 320
Two Way Paper Cone Harlan Tarbell Page 322
Royal Paper Cone Harlan Tarbell Page 323
A Silk Vanishes U.F. Grant Page 329
The Utility Tube Conradi Page 330
Triple Hank Vanish Ellis Stanyon Page 330
Bare Hand Vanish Frank Chapman Page 333
With a Changing Bag Dale Williams Page 336
The Nickle Tube Professor Hoffmann Page 336
The Improved Nickle Tube … after Professor Hoffmann Page 337
Nickle Tube With Pull Professor Hoffmann Page 339
Selective Hank Vanish Haenchen Page 340
Close-Up Silk Vanish Percy Abbott Page 341
The Triple Tube Vanish John Braun Page 342
Wonder Cylinder Percy Abbott Page 343
Twentieth Century Pistol Vanish Percy Abbott Page 344
Comedy Vanishing Hank Harold Rice Page 346
Repeat Handkerchief Vanish Harlan Tarbell Page 348
Warlock's Repeat Silk Vanish Peter Warlock Page 350
Improved Vanishing and Reappearing Silk Ade Duval Page 354
Rice's Repeat Silk Vanish Harold Rice Page 356
New Repeating Hank Vanish Bert Douglas Page 357
Changes    
Silk To Rose Max Holden Page 364
Martineau's Cigarette to Silk Francis B. Martineau Page 365
Walsh's Cigarette to Silk Russ Walsh Page 366
Another Martineau Cigarette to Silk Francis B. Martineau Page 368
Firefly Samuel Berland Page 369
Robson's Cigarette to Silk Stuart Robson Page 370
Ireland's Cigarette to Silk L.L. Ireland Page 371
Spaulding's Cigarette to Silk Spaulding Page 373
Martineau's Bouquet to Silk Francis B. Martineau Page 375
Walsh's Cane to Silk Russ Walsh Page 376
Cane to Two Silks George Davenport Page 379
Cane to Three Silks Francis B. Martineau Page 380
Silk to Cane Francis B. Martineau Page 381
Cane to Streamer Russ Walsh Page 382
Cane to Silk Dr. Zina B. Bennett Page 383
The Silk Worm Ellis Stanyon Page 384
Pipe to Silk Joe Berg Page 386
Balls to Silks Fred Culpitt Page 387
Silk From Playing Cards Jean Hugard Page 388
Card to Silk Jean Hugard Page 390
Billiard Ball to Silk Jean Hugard Page 391
Silkworm to Silk Collins Pentz Page 393
Flash Cigarette to Silk Bob Hanko Page 396
Silks to Serpentine Professor Hoffmann Page 397
Transpositions    
Mercury Silk Magini Page 400
The Hank That Flew Ted Annemann Page 401
Silks and Cups Joe Berg Page 403
Oriental Mats Percy Abbott Page 404
The Goblin Tube Petrie Page 406
The Depression Trick Morrow Page 408
Selecto Silko Frank Chapman Page 410
Repeat-It Percy Abbott Page 411
Vanishing Silk Effect R.C. Buff Page 414
A Flash Affair Wilfred G. Jonson Page 418
The Flying Handkerchiefs T. Nelson Downs Page 422
Double Flash Silk Mystery Percy Abbott Page 423
The Metamorphosis Messrs. Hamley Page 424
The Nested Envelopes Professor Hoffmann Page 426
Simple Silk Sorcery Oswald Rae Page 429
Selecto-O Haenchen Page 431
Simple Silk Production Board Len Sewell Page 433
The Decapitated Knot Fred Culpitt Page 434
Silk Production Move Ernest Castro Page 435
The Diminishing Silk Eric Lewis Page 436
The Traveling Silks William Larsen Page 437
The Little Green Bag* Eric Williams Page 439
The J.G. Bag Trick Judah and Grant Page 440
The Magicolor Tube Henri Renaud Page 443
Balls and Silks Stewart Judah Page 446
Transpo-Silko Stewart Judah Page 448
The Flying Silk Jimmy Flowers Page 450
Cameleon Colors Harold Rice Page 452
Any Color Called For Joe Berg Page 456
Silks and Bags Magini Page 457
Silks and Bag Trick Percy Abbott Page 458
Silk Transposition Mark Jacobs Page 460
Rapid Transit Silks Edward Bagshaw Page 462
Flight of the Colors Francis B. Martineau Page 464
Nic's Napkins Stanley Collins Page 466
Opening With a Bang Christopher Charles Page 469
Card and Silk Anthony Ross Page 470
Hank the Hermit Lorne De Blois Page 471
Match-It Stewart Judah Page 472
Mutilated Parasol **   Page 478
Sunshade Blendo Kolmar Page 479
Changing of the Colors Bert Douglas & Arnold Belais Page 482
The Spectral Seamstress Charles T. Jordan Page 483
The Jumping Silk R.D. Spraker, Jr. Page 485
The Three Little Pigs R.D. Spraker, Jr. Page 487
Comedy Transposition Harold Rice Page 490
The Absconding Queen Roy Clifford Page 493
With a Card Silk R. Gayton Page 496
Ching Soo Firecracker Petrie-Lewis Page 498
The Transpo Silk Gordon M. Howatt Page 501
The Silks of Trian Foo Lun Gordon M. Howatt Page 503
Rice's Rapid Transposition Harold Rice Page 505
Smart Silk Raymond Beebe Page 507
The Ghost Ring Larsen & Wright Page 509
A Wand and Silk Routine Dr. E. G. Ervin Page 511
Matches and Silk Routine Rudy Roxo Page 512
The Wandering Handkerchief Harlan Tarbell Page 514
Color Blind Silverstien & Dart Page 516
Silk Mystery Devlin Page 518
     
* This is probably the precursor of all of the color changing bags from Spotty to the latest costume bag props.
** Rice lists the creator as unknown. The Inventor of the self-contained version was probably Lewis Davenport.
*** The routine is listed as the creation of Carl Lyle (perhaps Carlyle?). The False Finger was invented by Charles Morritt.
**** Many of the above tricks are based on principles of concealment established by the original Organ Pipes, created by Antonio Molini (of Austria.!).

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