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Topic: Stiff Rope
Message: Posted by: drkptrs1975 (May 23, 2005 12:38PM)
I have ordered and recieved the Stiff Rope, pretty cool effect, I love it. Have any of you people used the Stiff Rope effect.
Message: Posted by: actorscotty (Jun 2, 2005 12:26AM)
Yes I use a stiff rope occasionally as a throwaway in a rope routine, with appropriate jokes
Message: Posted by: Sam Tabar (Jun 3, 2005 07:19PM)
Stiff rope is great as comedy gag in childrens shows.
Message: Posted by: Jonace (Jun 13, 2005 12:43AM)
Some want to share their lines ?
Message: Posted by: Skip Way (Jun 13, 2005 01:18PM)
I use the Stiff Rope as a 6-7 minute warm-up routine for my kid shows. His name is Ralph and he just doesn't like to cooperate. I've polished the routine of 20 years of performing and it never fails to get lots of laughs from kids and adults. I'm writing the entire routine up for Magic Magazine...hopefully, you'll see it there before long.
Message: Posted by: Andre Hagen (Jun 23, 2005 04:23PM)
I use the Stiff Rope for children's parties. It helps pick the next assistant. I hold it in the middle (stiff)over the heads of the the children and when it finds the child who is sitting up straight, smiling, etc. both ends fall down and point at the chosen child. Sort of a running gag and it helps control the kids.
Message: Posted by: todsky (Jun 26, 2005 08:05AM)
This effect always gets an "oooh" when it suspends, even though I do it as a very quick piece. When I am doing the Chair Suspension, before I float the child I show them that they are going to do the same as the rope, and then make it go stiff. A nice lead-in to the suspension, I think.
Message: Posted by: Daniel Faith (Aug 5, 2005 05:30PM)
Good idea Todsky.

I was thinking....Stiff Rope...ViagraCadabra. Hmmmm
That would have limited uses at in certain venues. Please don't use it in a children's show.
Message: Posted by: islandguy (Aug 15, 2005 09:29PM)
I have used the stiff rope to illustrate the classic (though mythic) Indian rope trick. The rope stiffens, boy climbs it, won't come down, Fakir climbs up - you can include the pieces of boy falling and recovering in a basket if you want to freak out the kids - then the trick is over and rope falls. Keith
Message: Posted by: Alan Munro (Aug 18, 2005 02:53PM)
I started using it when busking and will be adding it back into one of my kidshows. I had to experiment with lines and effects with it. The routine fell into place, quickly, when busking.
Message: Posted by: RevJohn (Aug 20, 2005 07:02PM)
Question about the Stiff rope... does yours make a sound when it becomes limp? I don't want to say what type as to tip method, but mine makes enough of one that a spectator can tell what the gimmick is...

Message: Posted by: Alan Munro (Aug 20, 2005 09:07PM)
My stiff rope doesn't make a sound, unless it hits itself or something else, as it goes limp. Even then, the sound should be hardly noticeable.
Message: Posted by: jskalon (Sep 17, 2005 03:13AM)
Has anyone ever taken the stiff rope apart to repair it? Mine broke. Fortunately the break is at the end and I'm still able to use it. Of course for what a new one costs, it's probably not worth the hassle. Great trick. I get a lot of mileage out of it.
Message: Posted by: Skip Way (Sep 20, 2005 09:37AM)
Jskalon...I suppose it depends which rope you own. I own several thick stiff ropes about 18" long. I've had them so long that I don't recall who made them. The ends are sealed with thread so it's fairly easy to snip & unravel the thread and pull the gimmick out. I've had to repair mine twice after kids have grabbed it and snapped the gimmick. Repairs, so far, have been easy. I also remove the gimmick to handwash the rope cover every now and then.

Message: Posted by: jskalon (Sep 20, 2005 11:39AM)
Thanaks Skip!
I'll give it a shot. If it doesn't work, I'll just buy a new one.
Message: Posted by: RicHeka (Sep 24, 2005 06:57AM)
Don't overlook the 'walking your invisible dog' bit.Folk's love it! Rich
Message: Posted by: RWhit (Sep 28, 2005 12:39AM)
Disneyland in Japan was selling a stiff rope with mickey attached to the end of it.bright colours too
Message: Posted by: Marc Levine (Nov 21, 2005 06:03PM)
David Kaye wrote up a great kids show routine with a stiff rope in MAGIC magazine. The basic premise was that the performer claims that he has trained his pet bird to do magic, at which point a puppet (he reccommended an axtell bird) is introduced. After some comical hypnosis dialogue with the bird, the performer sticks the limp rope in the mouth of the bird and commands the bird to make the rope rise. The magician lets go of his end and it doesn't rise...This is repeated for comedy and build up. You get the idea... Finally the magician lets go and the rope extends, and if I recall correctly, the magician doesn't see it happen right away. The magician snaps and the rope goes limp once again as he credits the bird accordingly. You should read the article for more of the comedic dialogue. I plan on adding the routine to my kids show. Hope that helps.
Message: Posted by: danryb (Nov 29, 2005 02:40PM)
I also do it with the axtel bullfrog
I don't make a big deal out of it because it isn't me performing the trick - it is the frog who does the magic - I just operate the frog.
Even so - it is a good short trick and has taken a small latex frog into a new dimension.


Message: Posted by: tigerjoe54 (Nov 30, 2005 06:05PM)
Tomas Medina has a stiff rope thing you can make with solder.
Message: Posted by: Decomposed (Apr 15, 2006 04:16PM)
On 2005-09-17 04:13, jskalon wrote:
Has anyone ever taken the stiff rope apart to repair it? Mine broke. Fortunately the break is at the end and I'm still able to use it. Of course for what a new one costs, it's probably not worth the hassle. Great trick. I get a lot of mileage out of it.

Call me cheap, mine had become torn in several spots so I took white medical tape and repaired it. One time at a kids show a kid yelled out "look the rope has tape on it." All I said was "Yup." I get use to my props which have performed for me well at every kids show. I pull the coiled rope out of my square circle and let it do its thing to music. I also pull the appearing canes out along with the 5 ft pole.
Message: Posted by: Spellbinder (Apr 15, 2006 09:59PM)
I use a stiff rope with solder in combination with a dancing hank in my Poltergeist routine. I use a regular rope to try to trap the hank/poltergeist, but it slips through the knot every time. Then I switch to the stiff rope (easy to do with a partner like the dancing hank) and pretend to make a quick loop in the stiff end (it's actually already there). Now I attach the hank to the stiff rope and pretend to struggle with it. The dancing hank gimmick can now be broken and drawn off stage and I can continue making the hank wiggle and act alive on the end of my rope as it appears to fight and struggle against the "leash." The hank "leads" me out into the audience where I end the act as described in my routine (The Wizards' Journal #6 - Poltergeist).
Message: Posted by: Regan (Apr 25, 2006 12:46PM)
Great bit for a puppet. I have been planning on using mine with my vent routine for a while.


Which issue of Magic Magazine did David Kaye publish that routine?


Message: Posted by: Stuart Coyle (Apr 27, 2006 05:30AM)
I do the stiff rope thing as part of a Gypsyesque routine with my partner. She claims extraordinary hypnotic powers too dangerous to use on people and proceeds to demonstrate these on a rope that I hold. Her crazy hypnosis routine generally causes me to lose it and shake with laughter whilst trying to hold the rope still.