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Matthew W
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What exactly is the Professor's Nightmare? Is it a cut and restored trick? I have heard good things about it.
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Three ropes of different lengths change into three ropes of the same length, and back again
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Some times it is called Unequal Ropes.

I love professor's nightmare, used it at every show, even walk around. The handling I learned from Bob Elliot makes the ropes turn the same size almost instantly.
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I do it both ways:

different lengths -> same length -> different lengths, and

same length -> different lengths -> same length

The latter is a staple of my stage act.
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I just don't get down with ropes? I just personally don't like them, I know a lot of other people do. Do I just need to do it? Or because I don't like it should I just let it go?
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Let it go. There are so many good effects available that you should be able to find ones that you like, rather than having to strain yourself to perform something you don't.

Furthermore, it means that those of us who do like ropes have fewer imitators; we'll stand out from the crowd just that much more.
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I consider the Professor's Nightmare is the #1 crowd pleaser when it comes to ropes. There are all kinds of ropes you can choose from to fit your needs. Because they come in different sizes, colors and fabrics.
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Professor's Nightmare is probably the most well known rope routine in all of magic, still I think it's a wierd name for a rope trick, do anyone know where the name came from, origin?

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On 2006-01-18 13:08, S2000magician wrote:
I do it both ways:

different lengths -> same length -> different lengths, and

same length -> different lengths -> same length

The latter is a staple of my stage act.


How do you end with all three the same length? Other than just putting them away?

different -> same -> different allows you to toss the ropes to the audience or whatever at the end to show they are just ordinary ropes.
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On 2006-01-18 12:20, nucinud wrote:
Some times it is called Unequal Ropes.


I think its also sometimes called "equal unequal ropes."
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On 2006-01-19 06:17, Eirik wrote:
Professor's Nightmare is probably the most well known rope routine in all of magic, still I think it's a wierd name for a rope trick, do anyone know where the name came from, origin?

-e-


Not sure who named it, but it most likely refers to the fact that you are defying the laws of physics by making the ropes change length.
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Well I use to do Full Circle which I thought was a great version of PN. Unfortunately I lost the Tape and ropes about 6 years ago and I forgot the routine. and have yet to find it again. Great effect and I'm interested in Cody Fishers Sweet Dreams. If anyone has any insight. I have read the reviews. But it is always good to bring something old up for a new review.
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Possibly check out a dealers web for a video dem.
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A little better description. You show three ropes, one long, one medium, the third short. You may hand them out for inspections. They are ungimmicked, clean, and clearly what they seem to be.

You place all three in your hand which is held with the palm towards you and back towards the spectators. You can see a couple of inches above your hand and the three ropes are hanging down. Still they are three different lengths.

You grab the short one and give it a pull. The long one shrinks right before your eyes and the short one stretches. Now they are all the same size.

Tie the ends together, drop the rope and you still have 3 even ropes tied together. Wrap them around your hand, snap your finger, drop one end of the rope and, while tied together, they become short, medium, long.

Untie them and they can be examined again.
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If you are looking for a version that includes the elements of the cut and restored rope Aldo Colombini has a very good routine.
I learned it in one of his lectures "solutions", and it was in his lecture notes.
If you would like a copy of the routine let me know I can get you a copy. I'm not sure if he released it on any of his tapes.
Basically the routine goes like this:
The single rope is cut into three different lenghts. They are then stretched to all the same length.
The three roped are tied into one long rope. The knotts are made to disappear one at a time.
The restored rope is handed out for inspection.
It's a very good combination of effets that goes over well.
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Slidini had a great routine that started as the cut and restored rope, then went into the Professor's Nightmare. Your cut and restore the ropes two times, then cut the ropes into three identical lengths. You show the three equal ropes, fold them in half, have a spectator pick one of the ropes, then show you have three ropes of different lenghts. You go into the PR and show three equal ropes, have the spectator pick a rope, showing the three different lengths, which you can then give to the audience. It is in The Magical World of Slydini by Karl Fulves.

Good luck in whatever you choose. It is a classic effect.

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I cannot believe in all the discussion above, that the name Bob Carver has not been included. He is the creative magician that introduced the Prof's Nightmare to the magic community.

This posting has changed that!!!!

Regards,

Paul Green
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Get the basic routine down, and then get Richard Sander's Fiber Optics dvd for the final word on this..... Smile ..
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Paul Green wrote: I cannot believe in all the discussion above, that the name Bob Carver has not been included. He is the creative magician that introduced the Prof's Nightmare to the magic community


Thanks for reminding us Paul. It is to easy to forget the originators sometimes.

Craig
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On 2006-01-19 22:41, magicbob116 wrote:
I think its also sometimes called "equal unequal ropes."


I went back and reviewed the routine for "equal unequal ropes" and it is NOT the same as professor's nightmare. Although it has a similar premise (ropes that are apparently the same length shown to be different lengths), the handling is quite different.
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