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Pop Haydn
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Too bad! I am glad I have a copy. It is the only comedy rope routine other than my own that I ever wanted to perform.
Bill Hegbli
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I found a video of Steve Bedwell doing his Rope routine "In Over Your Head" during my search. It does look good. Just not available, and that was a very long time ago, like 2006 or earlier.
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Pop Haydn
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If it is linkable, could you put a link here, Bill?
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There is another post where I recomended Harold Sterling (Long and Short) rope routine.
There are no difficult moves to remember so you can spend all your time entertaining the volunteer and the audiance during the performance of the routine.
Remember---the audiance never sees the clever moves with the rope, that is only for ones gratification.
Any simple rope routine is for you if it's very involved and entertaining.
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Hi Ricky!

Believe it or not! As great as Harold's Long & Short Rope routine is (and I knew Harold)I've seen it loused up, by inept "magicians" who mistakenly considered it a cut & restored rope routine.

The comedy stems from "perverse" situation of trying to "even up" the ends of the rope. Harold did restore the rope when he felt he had gotten all the laughs that he could out of the situation.

Doc Tarbell's C & R "revolutionized the cut & restored rope. He made it a real miracle. Its weak spot was the meticulous set up with the Tarbell gimmicks.

IMHO, Harold's Short & Long, as far as entertainment value, rivalled Tarbell's C&R.

The only weak spot in Short & Long is IMHO, that Harold used the old Edward Victor set up for the cut. Leon Maguire published in Hugard's Monthly in the mid '40s, a much better handling of the cut, by "changing the moment". In Victor's the timing is bad. All attention has been focussed on the place where the magician, must do a "move". Maguire "fixed" this.
John Long
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On Nov 17, 2014, Pop Haydn wrote:
If it is linkable, could you put a link here, Bill?


Ditto.

I have a copy of Bedwell's booklet, and found a link for of Christopher James performing it at the Magic Castle, but would appreciated seeing Bedwell's performnace.
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Hi all,

When it comes to strolling, I think the Richard Sanders' routine is really good. It instantly resets and you can make the routine longer or shorter based upon your audience's attention span and your own feelings in the moment.

For stage work, some of you might like Dan Harlan's "Tight Rope" routine on his Pack Small, Play Big "Manipulation Show" DVD. Oscar Munoz also has a good routine on his DVD set. I'm planning to learn both routines to perform for repeat audiences.

I currently perform two rope routines in almost every kid and family show I do. I've performed both literally hundreds of times. One is Scott Guinn's presentation for the Rainbow Ropes. I think he calls it "The Magic Jumprope." This routine plays great! The other rope routine I perform in family shows is the Professor's Nightmare using Charles Pecor's presentation that he published in his book "The Craft of Magic." In fact, this is almost always my closer for family and kid shows.

One quick aside: I use Daryl's handling for the Nightmare from his rope routine and Pecor's presentation.

By the way, I usually take the props for Scott Guinn's Magic Jumprope routine with me to adult shows. There have been a couple of times that I showed up to do shows that were supposed to be just adults, and it turned out that there were a few kids there. I always fit the Magic Jumprope into the show using a little girl. Because of the storytelling involved, the adults always loved it.

I have some funny patter I wrote related to Harry Potter that I often use along with Scott Guinn's routine. If anyone is interested I'll be happy to type that up on here.

For adult audiences, I've used a number of rope routines over the years. Daryl's Rope Routine, the Jumping Knot of Pakistan, Bruce Cervon's routine, Whit Haydn's Mongolian routine, Jeff McBride's cut and restored routine, and a routine or two of Aldo Colombini's. Honestly, I enjoyed performing all of them. However, in my current adult shows, I tend to perform just two rope routines. One is the Professor's Nightmare, but using the hypnosis themed patter of James Lewis. The other is Roberto Giobbi's "The Houdini Rope Trick." Giobbi's routine is in the November 2009 issue of Genii. Wait a minute. What am I doing? Forget I said anything about that routine.

I'm up way later than I should be. I hope some of this is helpful. Just make sure you forget all about that Giobbi routine, ok?

Jay
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I just purchased Steve Bedwell's "In Over Your Head" (used I believe) for $3! Crazy but true. I couldn't believe my luck.
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This weekend I performed Pop Haydn's masterfully crafted Mongolian Pop Knot routine over and over again at a historical encampment. It was a hit every single time with people of all ages. (I've changed but one word in Pop's routine, because the Wampanoag Indians are an important part of our regional culture in Southeastern Massachusetts and fit with my historical time period. So I call it the Wampanoag Pop Knot.)

I purchased the manuscript, but I'm glad I've been able to watch Pop's performances online, because he does some subtle moves which he doesn't spell out in his written text.

Click here to view attached image.
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I just bought the Mongolian Pop Knot recently and have not used it yet...


I love Richard Sanders Fiber Optics - always gets great reactions. I wish I had gotten a copy of Ian Garrison's Dances With Ropes. I cannot find it anywhere now.
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On May 25, 2015, Tukaram wrote:
I wish I had gotten a copy of Ian Garrison's Dances With Ropes. I cannot find it anywhere now.


http://dennymagic.com/store/dances-with-......dvd.html

http://www.tricksupply.com/product-p/dvddanceswith.htm
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