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If you can get hold of the video where Joachim Solberg (Danish magician) teaches Willi Wessel's ring and rope routine, there are some nice moves there.
The question really is how many moves do you need? Ring goes on, ring comes off. How many times can you do that and still have it be interesting? Mark Leveridge has a manuscript that gives a kind-of plot for it, and also has some moves, but I can't say I find the plot THAT strong.
Daryl's video has a nice use of the Sefalajia principle.
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Excellent comment, rjenkins!

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Also remember that "ring on rope" is a concept more that a couple of tricks with a ring never seen before by most folks.

try using a coffee cup or handle of a basket "found" at the location. Scissors and some kitchen gadgets work also.

The point is that once a dozen methods are mastered you need not be limited by props, or appear to repeat.

Also, for a change up you can use the Sefalajia principle with two rings and have the rings change places on and off a rope. It comes across as a completely different magic event.
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On Jun 14, 2017, rjenkins wrote:
Daryl's video has a nice use of the Sefalajia principle.

"Hindu Ring on Rope" by Stewart James? Yes, an amanzing impromptu use of the principle, in fact a real fooler especially for an educated audience. (Learned it myself in Tarbell but it should be also found in James' Expanded and Revised Encyclopedia, I guess? Hm, not even sure... have to look it up later.)

BTW, I use HRoR as phase in my Dean box routine and actually like it better than the original ring phase. Mark Wilson even describes a hybrid with the safety pin known from Sefalaljia and the handkerchief; however, I don't see any gain from diluting the purity of the James version by adding yet another gimmick/item.

Because...isn't that the real beauty? A rope and a (borrowed) ring and any piece of cloth - that's all you need and you're done!
Apart from that, I think the "kicker" end spices up the effect immensely: the knot around the ring makes some cheeky spectators believe that all you did was tying a special knot around the ring, disguising that in fact it's not threaded on the rope at all. Pulling the ends and showing the prove is a great climax then!! Smile
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