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david alan
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Does any one out there know of an effect with a block of wood and a piece of string? I guess you show a block of wood about 3" square with a hole through it. Thread the string thru the hole in the block and proceed to "pull" the block off of the string. I am sure this is not a new effect and am wondering if anyone has seen this in print. I have this in a bag but I have no instructions.
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This actually sounds like props for a called "Cubio" but there's no penetration as far as I know.
Something else similar to this penetration effect may be found in "Abbot's Encyclopedia of Rope Magic". I'm not positive though.
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Sounds like you're missing an extra rope...you should have two of them to go with this trick.

Check out http://www.allmagic.com

On this website if you look hard enough, you'll find the instructions, can you say, "Nice necklace grandma?"....thats a hint son...

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This could be one of two very different tricks. Neither requires two ropes.

The first version has been marketed since the 1940's as Block Off (sometimes as Bloc-Off) it consists of one cube of wood (just under 3-inches to a side) with a 1/2-inch hole drilled through it and One 7 foot length of soft magicians rope. It is a ONE-rope grandmothers necklace routine. There is a fairly simple "move" done when lacing the rope through and back around to tie the block on that completes the grandma's necklace principle. It is very clever and very, very easy to do.


I actually have two versions. One made by Adams and sold by Douglas Magic Land (Dallas) in the 1960's and one from Supreme magic. The one from Supreme magic is called Billy Blockhead and the block is painted like a head complete with a dowel nose. It also has a little stuffed body attached. It comes with a rather grim patter line (a boy who keeps running away so that his mother runs a rope through his head to keep him in place. He escapes anyway!).


OR…you could have a version of Abbott’s Block on Cord (a sort of jumbo Cubio). This prop is a cube of wood about 2.5 inches to the side with a very small (slightly less than 1/8 inch) hole drilled through it. It comes with the string/cord already threaded through the hole and each end of the cord has a wooden “tag” affair (sort of a flat handle). The cord measures about 4.5 feet long and the tags add another 2.5 inches each. (I just measured mine!). The block was usually painted gold with black stencil designs and the tags were red.

I use the old Monk Watson routine with this prop (Monk developed perhaps the only logical and amusing routine for it way back in the 1940’s!). By the way, my prop actually belonged to Monk Watson and was given to me by him. He also gave me his notes on the routine and permission to use it. I doubt if I have done half as well with it as he did!
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This sounds like an effect sold by Snyder called Blok-Kord. Great trick. I believe it's explained in one of the Bill Tar books as well as many other basic instructional books.

I own several "apparatusy" versions of block releases and this simple little trick is still the best one to perform for Real People.
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This block and cord trick can be found on page #196 of a book written by
George B. Anderson titled "Magic Digest" Hope this helps.
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You are correct Harry.
Over the years I have owned most or all versions.
Billy block head is the best for kids with the story supplied by Supreme magic.
Hocus Pocus recently had a clear see through one for sale.
I like this trick for the reason--- nothing is faked, and used only one piece of rope.
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On 2005-12-13 01:12, dlcmagic wrote:
This block and cord trick can be found on page #196 of a book written by
George B. Anderson titled "Magic Digest" Hope this helps.
David Lawrence


Man, that book contains some gems!
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Magic Digest also has many insightful tales of Magic happenings during that time period. It's a great read! (In addition to providing instructions for the Blok Kord effect and many others + catalog pages from certain dealers popular then.)
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Arlen Studios do a good-looking version called the Houdini Block Escape. It's a good-looking prop with a nice theme for presentation.

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There is a web site called allmagic.com. they have instructions there for the trick you are refering too. here is the direct link
http://allmagic.com/magicshow/dougedwards/blocked.html
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On 2005-12-15 17:39, cndmagic wrote:
There is a web site called allmagic.com. they have instructions there for the trick you are refering too. here is the direct link
http://allmagic.com/magicshow/dougedwards/blocked.html


This isn't the Blok-Kord effect> The Blok-Kord uses one ungimmicked block and one ungimmicked rope, not two ropes etc.
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I like this block thru ribbon version:

http://www.youtube.com/user/cormatches?f......OE1oh6_4
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If it's Blok Cord, Snyder bought the rights from A. Allen which in turn were sold to the house of enchantment. I have the original instructions from Synder that had A. Allen listed as the inventor.

I have some blocks in a drawer, in the back. http://www.thehouseofenchantment.com/pag......cts.html
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I have done this for many years with a section of tree branch with the bark still on, about 3" in diameter and 3" thick. Somehow the audience reaction is more magicial than with a polished block of wood.
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I have a version of this from coil rose. My wood is diffrent. I love it and I hve used the effect for walk round and palour its great fun

http://www.fiveofheartsmagic.co.uk/index......uctId=69
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I came across this thread accidentally, but it reminded me of Lennart Green's The Rope & The Nut: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVHVm8DXZLw
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Block Off Rope, FAB Magic. Mine is natural wood, he may have other colors than what is shown on the website. Rick is very easy to deal with.
http://www.fabmagic.com/bloffrofab.html
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On 2011-10-29 15:22, 723sabre wrote:
Block Off Rope, FAB Magic. Mine is natural wood, he may have other colors than what is shown on the website. Rick is very easy to deal with.
http://www.fabmagic.com/bloffrofab.html


It doesn't have the slots cut all the way around. The slots make for a better showing if there is more then a few people looking straight-on. But if they're asking 25 I should ask 40 (not 9) because I'm doing more work.
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On 2011-03-16 21:22, Yellowcustard wrote:
I have a version of this from coil rose. My wood is diffrent. I love it and I hve used the effect for walk round and palour its great fun

http://www.fiveofheartsmagic.co.uk/index......uctId=69


If you are doubling the rope (two ropes are used) it is a different modus operandi.
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