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Ron Bauer Series: #14 - Four Squares & A Knot - Book
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Here's a visually magical and hilarious opening stunt in which the performer uses colors to "psychologically evaluate" the audience. This ultra-clean handling of Al Baker's streamlined Sympathetic Silks plays big for any size crowd, but it is small enough to carry in your pocket!

Staplebound, 16 pages.

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Ron Bauer believes this is a good opener, and it could be with some work. He thinks the Sympathetic Silks routine goes on too long and should be stripped to its essence, done once and quickly. There is a script included here you can go by with some humorous lines thrown in, but by and large there is nothing new here. Instead, it's basically like taking a coin matrix routine, making one coin vanish, and thinking that's the whole effect and moving on.

Yes, SS can run too long, and some performers drag it out to the point of boredom...but then you can see others that do it very well and make it play quite big for the right audience. The fault lies in the performer, not in the effect.

If you have never performed SS before, you could begin here but you would be robbing yourself of a rich lesson in magic that you could use to build a routine. Bauer's routine is one you use when you have no time or inclination to perform the effect properly and just want a quick sixty-second opener (and that's being generous because I don't think it would take that long to actually perform this routine as written). He does have some good ideas on performing and writing a script for classic tricks, but I think this time it rushes to the payoff of the effect while completely missing the fun of sawing a woman in half and then just skipping the whole "putting her back together again" part completely because the cool stuff is done.

Try World's Greatest Magic Silk Magic Volume 2 to see the effect done well.
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