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On Jul 3, 2009, Brane wrote:
The chain 'game' is one of the few digitally dexterous things that I consider that I do well, other than Osterlind's billet tear.
I have three of School for Scoundrels chains! I've used a number of different chains over the years - until these became available. I truly can't find anything that works better.
Unlike cards or shells, the chain is pretty much indestuctible. You can play in relatively strong wind outdoors. Spilled drinks, rain, sand, sweat, blood (?) or whatever won't hurt it.
And there are no small parts to lose - like those annoying perfect peas that leap for freedom whenever they can!
It can be played on pretty much ANY surface . . park bench, damp bar, standard magician's close up pad, dining room table, the side of your briefcase . . .

If necessary, you can quickly double the chain up, toss it around your neck, (slip it under your shirt, unless you're into the bling look), and walk away!

I like referring to it as "The Chain Game" as opposed to other names. This way it's,well . . . a 'game!' Not a gambling scam. ("Heaven's no,' he exclaimed in a quiet faux shock.) Similar linguistic manipulation as found in referring to gambling as 'gaming.'
Heck a 'game' is for 'playing!' And 'play' is harmless, yes? Baseball, chess, chutes and ladders . . .

And one who is a master of the chain game is a 'chain artist!' (Or perhaps artiste?)

I toss the long chain
All day and all night
One loop lets you go
one loop holds you tight

A loose loop loses
A tight loop is right
Choose it and you win
There's a chance that you might!

It's only a game
It's not worth a fight
If you don't want to play
Then I bid you good night!


I really like your rhyme.
I would like to use if ok with you?
Thanks either way. I already perform without a rhyme since 1968 when I was in the 6th grade and saw it in a rope book encyclopedia on knots, it was called on the barrelhead.
Just recently I started doing the full figure 8.
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