Doug Malloy. He really is not a bad magician. In fact all I have seen has been pretty entertaining. But he also is a magic dealer. Basically a family business with Doug being the head of it.
And in that role as a magic dealer he ain't too bad either. Nice products, all pretty expensive. But there is one item that he sells, for 50 dollars, that is worth about 4 bucks. But since you already own all the props it is free.
The item in question: The Arlington's Silk Flight Take a look at that. (There is a video too, watch it to see how amazingly great he handles the TT. The steal, the application and the ditch.)
The magician begins by showing a crystal box containing three silks. A small white silk is removed from the box and a spectator is asked to sign his name across it. Next a large blue silk is removed from the box and a large red silk remains inside the box. The box is closed and locked and given to an audience member to hold in plain view. The white silk with the signature is placed inside the blue silk and vanished. The spectator holding the crystal box is asked to remove the red silk. The magician takes the red silk and asks the spectator who signed the white silk to reach inside the red silk. Amazingly their signed silk reappears inside the red silk!
So a TT and three pieces of silk. Two large ones and one white one. All you need is a none permanent marker so you can wash the white piece of silk. Unless of course you want to give out the piece of silk as a souvenir, which I would highly recommend.
So what justifies the 50 dollars that Doug Malloy asks for? The box? Well you don't need the box at all. The gimmick? You probably own it already. The idea? Tarbell.
So I do not get it. But why make Doug a Weekly Magic Failure for just one product? Well here is my thought process. If a dealer sells you BS, even once that means he clearly has some agenda. Most often that agenda is to make money. Having the biggest profit margin. In his case more than a 1000 percent.
You might say, you do not have to buy it. Right! I don't. I own such a box ("The Thing" by Bill Abbott) I have the gimmick and I have the pieces of silk. I am just saying, that Doug is well aware of that "Rip off". And ripping off makes him WMF.
In closing: Is the routine any good? Well, it can be. I am sure with proper audience management and likable character this can be a killer routine. A routine you can do without spending 50 bucks.