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Werner G. Seitz
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On 2004-10-03 10:49, tedb wrote:
Slydini's rope routine has never really worked for me. It's like they have seen that before. I don't like it all that much....and even with the humor it doesn't make it for me...thats FOR ME....for others it likely works very well.
Cellini did it for 20 years.

What a shame..actually I had the pleasure of seeing Slydini do it..on stage 1961/Bologna/Italy..and it was GREAT.

Reading up his routine very detailed in the *Magical World of Slydini* didn't lessen the impression at all..

I played a bit around with it (25 years back)..did it, but disliked the waste/renewal of rope..

Today it is George Sands Ropesational finishing with the last part of the Ramsay-routine, instead of the knotappearing thing in GSs routine, starting Ramsays, where both ends of the 2 ropes are tied together and finishing with the knot-explanation, where the knot in the specs hands doesn't vanish (sectator involvement!)and mine does, and thereafter transforms to a renewed whole lenght of rope...everything worked out of the pocket..
A strong finish for any rope-routine IMHO..
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I had my straitjacket with me last time as an "encore." The idea was to close with the cups and balls, but have it there in case I had a big crowd and they wanted more. As I was working off a porch and the crowd was on the sidewalk, I couldn't really draw a big enough crowd to make it worthwhile. I was going to ask people to hold up a five dollar bill where I could see it. If enough people held up money I would do it. I am sure once we got started we would have drawn a whole lot more people. I still plan on trying this someday at a different pitch.


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On 2004-10-03 13:07, cstreet_1986 wrote:
I am wondering what would be the best closer - the Cups and Balls or a Strait Jacket Escape.

On the street, I think you will find that the cups will be a physically less demanding routine. That is not to say that a good cups and balls routine can't be demanding due to certain conditions, but on the whole less demanding.

Performing a straitjacket routine can also pose a different set of problems than the cups. I would imagine that keeping up with your hat or props could become a tricky situation in the event of having someone grab and run with them.

However, the best formula is to actually try it. You are correct in that you will receive many different opinions on which would be a stronger closing effect. Ultimately it will be determined by you and your performing style and character.
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I start with Aces of the Cuff, twisting the Aces, Aces 2 Kings, and truimph! if I need to do close up crowd build.
But lately I've been continualy getting INSTA-CROWD so I do professors nightmare, exploding sharpie gag, Pen thru spectators bill, Red hot mama or chicago opener and finally casino melts!
this lasts about 35 mins for the long version or 15 for the short!!!
That's all i have to say about that!
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I have, if I need it, a silly rendition of Paul Harris' Classic Eleven Card Trick, or Danny Archer's GI Bill.

But lately I have settled on Whit Haydn's Mongolian Pop-Knot and Cups and Balls, of course. Nearly 30 minutes right there.
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If I'm not performing with Merlin then it's a coins across with a 3", a 7: and finally a 10" jumbo chrome coin. Cut & restored rope and professor's nightmare, a couple of packet tricks, John Cornelius Cutting the grass, color monte, twisted sisters, Ton Osaka X-ray card. A couple of card effects and close with the CUps & balls, 2 final loads.
If Merlin is with me then we open with a forcing deck and Merlin picks out their selected card from a shuffled deck. The he does 2 more and he's finished for the day until the next set.
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