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Joseph Silk Gun by Joseph, Town House Magic

(c. 1925,1932,1948,1950) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)

The first reference I could find to a Silk Gun or Pistol was in Stanyon’s Magic May, 1910: Pistol to Vanish a Handkerchief. Mr. Joseph created his version c. 1925 and released it in small quantities. By the time of World War II all supply was eliminated and there was no supply until Lloyd Chambers took over manufacturing c. 1948.  In July of 1950 Bev Taylor of Town House Magic bought complete rights to manufacture and sell this beautiful item.

Based on the instructions and the bonus sixteen page Silk Gun Routines by Bev Taylor this gun is almost certainly from 1950 or later.  As far as I am aware there are no significant differences between the versions of the guns.

I have tried out a number of silk pistols over the years and the reason I think the Joseph Silk Gun is the best are:

  • It is custom built rather than retrofitted from an existing toy gun being primarily made of cast aluminum.
  • It is a compact size.
  • It looks like a real pistol.
  • The vanish happens by placing the silk on top of the gun away from the barrel tip instead of dangling from the tip.
  • It is very reliable.
  • It allows for a cap to fire too for extra bang action!
  • It is easy to reset without tools.

The only two downsides with the Joseph are:

  • Each use can slowly damage the silk.
  • Unless you use a black or dark silk you have some angle issues in that you cannot show the top of the gun once vanished.

With care the damage can be kept to almost nothing, but you are likely to need to replace the silk every 30-50 vanishes.  What they recommend is to practice with an old silk and only use the better silk when performing live.

For my money this is the best Silk Gun 🙂

Includes:

  • The Joseph Silk Gun – this has a few paint chips as can be seen readily in the photos.  It would be easy enough to touch these up as it is all black, but I chose not to as I think it makes it appear more authentic.
  • 16 Page manuscript compiled by Bev Taylor with 25 routines and suggestions for the Joseph Silk Gun.
  • Two matching silks that are a good size for the pistol approx 12″.
  • A roll of caps to use in the gun
  • Paper clips to set the gun
  • Instruction sheet from Town House Magic

Effect: A gun that you can use right down in the audience. It disappears the handkerchief in a flash and, at the same time, fires a cap with a loud report.

It is patterned after the famous Mauser Automatic Pistol, is substantially made of cast aluminum and weighs only one pound.

Handkerchief can be easily removed from gun.

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Includes: Printed Instructions.

Approx. Price: $300.00 (2022) ***


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1 review for Joseph Silk Gun by Joseph, Town House Magic

  1. Andy Martin

    The first reference I could find to a Silk Gun or Pistol was in Stanyon’s Magic May, 1910: Pistol to Vanish a Handkerchief. Mr. Joseph created his version c. 1925 and released it in small quantities. By the time of World War II all supply was eliminated and there was no supply until Lloyd Chambers took over manufacturing c. 1948.  In July of 1950 Bev Taylor of Town House Magic bought complete rights to manufacture and sell this beautiful item.

    Based on the instructions and the bonus sixteen page Silk Gun Routines by Bev Taylor this gun is almost certainly from 1950 or later.  As far as I am aware there are no significant differences between the versions of the guns.

    I have tried out a number of silk pistols over the years and the reason I think the Joseph Silk Gun is the best are:

    • It is custom built rather than retrofitted from an existing toy gun being primarily made of cast aluminum.
    • It is a compact size.
    • It looks like a real pistol.
    • The vanish happens by placing the silk on top of the gun away from the barrel tip instead of dangling from the tip.
    • It is very reliable.
    • It allows for a cap to fire too for extra bang action!
    • It is easy to reset without tools.

    The only two downsides with the Joseph are:

    • Each use can slowly damage the silk.
    • Unless you use a black or dark silk you have some angle issues in that you cannot show the top of the gun once vanished.

    With care the damage can be kept to almost nothing, but you are likely to need to replace the silk every 30-50 vanishes.  What they recommend is to practice with an old silk and only use the better silk when performing live.

    For my money this is the best Silk Gun 🙂

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