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Hawkan
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Does anyone know where/if this is available?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3j0kyMmTJs

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That's basically a giant wooden Cubio with a penetration ending from Abbot's Encyclopedia of Rope Magic ("Blok-Kord").

For a DIY version, you can refer to its mechanics on page 259 of the newly expanded and revised Abbot's Encyclopedia of Rope Magic (Roy Shrimplin, "Krazy Kube")
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While pretty easy to make if you have the tools (basically a drill press) and know the methodology (given by Nicolino above) I'd still buy it as it is inexpensive and you don't have to experiment getting the holes the right size, finding the right diameter rope, etc.

It is really the combination of two different effects/tricks each requiring a different methodology. The first trick is the obedient block (a version was sold by Abbott's for decades and used by old timer Monk Watson as a comedy bit) the second is the block off cord routine originally sold as Blok-Kord (or Block-Cord).I don't know who married the two methodologies into one block of wood but it is simply genius!

You can buy it ready made for $50.00 from http://www.grandillusions.com/search/?qu......ed+block

The beauty is that it plays pretty well for a family audience and doesn't take up much space in your case. Plus there is nothing to add, nothing to take away, and nothing to break. It is what it seems to be. A cube of wood with a hole drilled through it (sic) and a length of rope.
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For a do-it-yourself version, you'll find instructions on making and performing a Cubio-like effect within the routine called "Billy Blockhead" by Wiz Kid Marquise in The Wizards' Journal #16, item 7. As a short part of that routine, the Block used slides DOWN a rope (like the Cubio), stopping and starting on command, but when it gets to the bottom it begins to rise UP the rope, which is not possible with the actual Cubio prop. That's in addition to participating in vanishes and appearances and multiplications in the remaining parts of the routine.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FuOdcfAAm0
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Hawkan
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Thank you for your answers, especially Harry Murphy. I know both methods and I think that combining them makes this a great trick. The simple props involved and the clear effect could classify this as a classic.

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I was too darn busy to respond yesterday, and I see that a couple of the guys have "duked you in".

I saw Roy Shrimplin's school show in 1946, and he did his Krazy Kube. Abbott's sold it for years. I bought a Blok Kord from Ronald Haines (Cincinnati) about 50 years ago! Harold Sterling used it in his school show. His routine is in "Kid Stuff Five". ==It's good and PRACTICAL.

That's my pal, Jim Jayes performing it. Jim made one for me about ten years ago. I've used it, and, it plays well!

IIRC, I had told Jim about the two different block tricks, and Jim, who makes all his own puppets, made some. Dale Lorzo, a former Ronald McDonald, who made "my" comedy balloon pumps, may have worked with Jim on the Educated Block.

BTW, the Red & White Ropes bit with the Red & White Bags is Jim Jayes' routine, too. The original "method" is in a 1940s booklet by Milbourne Christopher and Hen Fetsch. It was done with ribbons. I like Jim's idea, better than Milbouorne's!H
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Thanks, Harry! I sure appreciate the referral!

The "Educated Block" is hand made by local, professional magician, Dale Lorzo.

Thanks again!

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At the end of the video it tells you where it's available from:
http://www.grandillusions.com/product/educated-block
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Already ordered!

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