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Topic: What is this string?
Message: Posted by: BradleyNott (Aug 8, 2005 06:17PM)
What do you all explain your little velvet cord is when you perform ring and string routines?

I don't like using other people's creative story ideas so I don't want to use Gregory Wilson's idea that it's a jewelry security cord from a fancy store. But I'm still trying to come up with an explanation to justify carrying around the cord.
Message: Posted by: Countage (Aug 8, 2005 11:15PM)
If you a performing for adults you could say the are strings from a Victoria secret outfit.

If you are performing for children you could say they are magic shoe laces.
Message: Posted by: PaulGreen (Aug 9, 2005 01:33AM)
Hi Bradley,

When I do string and ring work, I say that I have a piece of velvet cord. I have always considered the truth the best defense.

Regards,

Paul Green
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Aug 9, 2005 02:43AM)
The truth.

Very sneaky mr green.

Very sneaky.
Message: Posted by: manal (Aug 13, 2005 08:45AM)
I have worn through the velvet cord and the local JoAnn Fabric hasn't anything similiar. Anyone else have this problem and where did you find a replacement/substitute?
Message: Posted by: Ron Reid (Aug 13, 2005 10:05AM)
Yes, I also call mine "Velvet cord."

Ron
Message: Posted by: Jaz (Aug 13, 2005 11:12AM)
Let's see.
Some of these ribbon colors symbolize more than one thing.


-A red ribbon is used to show support for AIDS research.

-Yellow for troop support.

-Black. Symbol of the belief that violence and hatred are wrong.

You may find some ideas and ribbon styles by Googling "(color) ribbon".
Wear it and use it?
Message: Posted by: Euangelion (Aug 13, 2005 01:59PM)
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On 2005-08-09 02:33, PaulGreen wrote:
Hi Bradley,

When I do string and ring work, I say that I have a piece of velvet cord. I have always considered the truth the best defense.

Regards,

Paul Green
[/quote]

Paul, I'm shocked this candidness from a man who purposely purports procuring polypropylene pygmy paddles.
Message: Posted by: mike gallo (Aug 13, 2005 06:42PM)
I have always considered the truth the best defense.


And what about those who can't handle the truth ;)?

Mike
Message: Posted by: Mediocre the Great (Aug 13, 2005 11:39PM)
Our local Joanne's does have the nice velvet cord.... in red and burgandy. You may want to double check! It's a big store, and was hard to find the first time I looked. PM me if you want the stock number.
Message: Posted by: knmagic (Aug 14, 2005 01:58AM)
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On 2005-08-13 09:45, manal wrote:
I have worn through the velvet cord and the local JoAnn Fabric hasn't anything similiar. Anyone else have this problem and where did you find a replacement/substitute?
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My local Jo-Ann store ran out of it and no longer carried it. I found it in another craft store so I just grabbed 20 feet. Look in other craft store, they may have it or order on line from Jo-Ann.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Aug 14, 2005 11:03PM)
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On 2005-08-08 19:17, BradleyNott wrote:
What do you all explain your little velvet cord is when you perform ring and string routines?

I don't like using other people's creative story ideas so I don't want to use Gregory Wilson's idea that it's a jewelry security cord from a fancy store. But I'm still trying to come up with an explanation to justify carrying around the cord.
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I don't think the prop needs justification. I just call it velvet rope. If you really feel that you MUST justify it, you can say, "I use this to keep from scratching your rings."

I am not of the "every prop needs to be justified" school of magicians.
Message: Posted by: PaulGreen (Aug 15, 2005 12:33AM)
[quote]
On 2005-08-13 14:59, Euangelion wrote:
[quote]I'm shocked this candidness from a man who purposely purports procuring polypropylene pygmy paddles.
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ARGH!!!!! Caught on my own pittard!!!! Sometimes I do lie, but only enough to sound like the truth.

Respectful regards,

Paul (Oh heck! I really don't respect you) Green
Message: Posted by: BradleyNott (Aug 15, 2005 12:46AM)
Thank you everyone for your thoughtful responses, you have given me plenty to think about. Hopefully I'll come to a decision that fits me personally.

-Bradley
Message: Posted by: Jeremy L. (Aug 15, 2005 12:51AM)
If they ask: "It's either this or my shoe lace"
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Aug 16, 2005 12:41PM)
Paul, is your velvet cord "Green?"

I call my velvet cord "Dental floss for the rich" - bondage rope for those that bruise easily" ... want more?
Message: Posted by: Jeremy L. (Aug 16, 2005 12:48PM)
:rotf: :lol:
What ring and string routine do you people recomend?
Message: Posted by: PaulGreen (Aug 17, 2005 12:41AM)
The very best string/cord routine is the ZODIAC RING. It is a very hard manuscript to find, but well worth the effort.

Other suggestions include the work of: Dan Fleshman, Earl Nelson, Mark Leveridge, Ray Grismer (of course), Scott Guinn, Aldo Colombini, Bill Mullins, ...

Enjoy the search,

Paul Green
Message: Posted by: Vraagaard (Aug 17, 2005 02:33AM)
Mr. Green,

You left out the very strong ring and ribbon symphony by Mr. Jay Scott Berry, it hardly comes any better - aklthough I must admit I haven't seen the Zodiac Ring script.

BTW, I simply say, I would like to show you some classic magic with this ribbon and then I produce the ring by tying a knot on the ribbon and producing the ring from the knot. No need for explaining what a ribbon is, or why it's velvet, or whatever clor it has. It's pretty simple its a ring and a ribbon and some classical magic (just like you don't explain what a rubber band is, what a deck of card is, what a lemon is -its just what it is). After the first 2 penetrations I offer to do it with one of their rings. Then two more penetrations (all 4 penetrations in different ways - looks different) and ending with Al Bakers "Ring, string and wand" as the finale.

Great routine.
Message: Posted by: Jeremy L. (Aug 17, 2005 03:13PM)
Thanks Paul! I'll look.

To add to Pete Biro's idea you could have a:
Shoelace for the rich
Rope for the rich
ect. for the rich

Other lines:
I don't know, but it looked good on E-bay.
(as you start to "cry") It has sentimental value.
Message: Posted by: manal (Aug 19, 2005 01:43AM)
Thank you Rich and knmagic. I shall continue the search as I really enjoy performing this and the velvet cord makes the handling more convincing than the other materials I have tried.Rich, I have sent a PM.
Message: Posted by: SanCho14jfm (Aug 20, 2005 01:44PM)
Well I found the best place to find beautiful velvet cord was a local fabric store. I like to go to the Rag Shop, its very cheap and good stuff!
Message: Posted by: PaulGreen (Aug 20, 2005 10:31PM)
Well, if anyone can find GREEN (lime) velvet cord, I am certainly interested. So far, all I have found is black, ruby red, and very dark green. White would be okay--I would just have to dye it green.

Thanks,

Paul (I wonder why he wants) Green
Message: Posted by: Gideon Sylvan (Aug 21, 2005 01:12AM)
I can't find velvet cords anywhere, I have even gone to fabric stores.
Message: Posted by: Jaz (Aug 21, 2005 06:59AM)
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On 2005-08-21 02:12, Gideon Sylvan wrote:
I can't find velvet cords anywhere, I have even gone to fabric stores.
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Get a shoelace with sparkles.
Just say it's from your Elvis Presley or Elton John collection.
Message: Posted by: MxJoKeR (May 11, 2006 06:39PM)
You can easily have any color of velvet turned into a cord by having a person you owns a sewing machine sew a length of it together with the fuzzy on the inside then its a matter of working it with a coathanger inside out
Message: Posted by: Katterfel22 (May 20, 2006 12:10AM)
It's not a velvet cord, it's a magic rope. It belonged to Uncle <insert name here> who was a notorious <black magician, murderer(he strangled people with it),or clown(he strangled people with it, just kidding). Because of the tragedy/magic in its past it has some unusual qualities. Or something like that is what I would use.;)
Message: Posted by: airship (May 20, 2006 02:19AM)
Isn't 'You discuss velvet cord with others' on the list of 'You know you're a magician when...' ? :)