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AlexanderY
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Hi guys,

I recently recieved my order for Elite Magician Rope by Camirand. And it really didn't feel as soft as it was advertised, infact it was quite stiff, I was a little disappointed. Some of the Fibre Optics moves were difficult to execute.

So I was wondering, does any of you know any ways to make the ropes a litte less stiff?
echomagic
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Try pulling the center core out of the rope. This sometimes works better with some ropes than with others. Good luck.

It's never a good feeling when brand new rope finds a new home in the "drawer of unused magic" ( closet in my case ).
Xcath1
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I use a small piece that is about 11 inches. The allows that piece to bend more easily for certain of the moves.
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Daryl recomends soaking it in woolite. but I think the rope will become dingy from it. You could try a small piece first.
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Sometimes my rope is stiff after washing. Stretching and twisting can help some.

Keep looking 'till you find better rope and save the old rope, sometimes you need stiff rope. Label your rope. It can save trouble in coming years.

It's a never ending quest.

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AlexanderY
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Hi all,

Thanks for your comments. Elite Ropes doesn't come with the core, which was why I felt it was so strangely stiff.

Hey Al, thanks for the advice, I will try that once I get my hands on woolite.

Oh yes, stretching does help a little. I actually tied the rope between 2 poles and applied pressure on them over night. It got slightly softer, but not optimal yet.

Thanks!
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Daryl sells an excellent soft, thick rope on his website. I believe he calls it Daryl's Thick Rope. Just wish he'd offer it in longer hanks of 20 - 50 feet.
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Hi Epoptika,

I emailed Daryl about his soft ropes, but I haven't gotten a reply. Since you have those ropes, I might as well ask here.

Do you know if Daryl's Thick Rope is the same quality as those in his Acrobatic Knot ropes?

Thanks!
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The acrobatic is not even real rope, but the rope he sells on his web site is excellent, soft, and pure white round rope.
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Daryl's is very soft but as noted relatively expensive per foot. I like the slightly heavier feel of the Camirand rope (the 10mm) for the "intertia" type moves in Fiber Optics, especially the "sliding ends" move. I tried a woolite soak last night and it seem to help soften and clean my set which was becoming quite dirty.
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Was the rope bright white after you soaked it, or was it dingy? I have never had the nerve to do the sliding ends move.
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I like the elite rope because it's a little stiffer. that's exactly why I buy it. I feel that I have more control over what it's doing than with the flimsy rope.
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To Al, not as bright as out the box when it is really white but cleaner then before it when in. With the elite rope and a good size piece the sliding move is not so bad. The heavier rope and the fact that essentially get flats when you use it (since it has no core) makes a reasonably secure slide. I do it "all the time" (hobbyist) and I am no Ponta the Smith. I do not think it feels as secure with most magicians rope.
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I use both Daryl's rope, and the Elite rope for different tricks. I buy my Elite rope from Frank Starsini.
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epoptika
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Alexander,
Al has already answered your question regarding the Acrobatic Rope vs. the Thick Rope. Daryl has the "rope" for the Acrobatic Rope custom woven and it is more akin to a knitted scarf sash than a braided rope. The "thick rope" he sells is of a smaller diameter. I have not tried the Elite rope so I can offer no comparison. If Frank sells it I imagine it must be very good quality.
Don't be surprised if you don't get an immediate reply to your e-mail to Daryl - he is a very busy performer and lecturer. He may well be on the road but you will get a reply in due time and he is always very nice to deal with.

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