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
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 it...like sawing a woman in half and then just skipping the whole
"putting her back together again" part completely because the cool stuff is done.
World's Greatest Magic Silk Magic Volume 2 to see the effect done well.