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What is the best published comedy cut and restored rope routine using a spectator?
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It depends on your ability to be funny.

For my money, the one I purchased in the 1950s, "Harold Sterling's Short and Long Rope Trick."

What bugs me it is probably one of the most ripped off routines with rope ever.
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On 2011-05-10 02:24, Pete Biro wrote:
It depends on your ability to be funny.

For my money, the one I purchased in the 1950s, "Harold Sterling's Short and Long Rope Trick."

What bugs me it is probably one of the most ripped off routines with rope ever.

Right on Pete.
Sterling's rope routine is probably the best for adults and children. It's been a feature in my shows for years.
I've adjusted the routine to get maximum laughs from both adukts and children. One piece of rope last for 4 to five
performances.
If I'm correct, you can find the routine in Tarbell.
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On 2011-05-10 02:24, Pete Biro wrote:
It depends on your ability to be funny.

For my money, the one I purchased in the 1950s, "Harold Sterling's Short and Long Rope Trick."

What bugs me it is probably one of the most ripped off routines with rope ever.

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On 2011-05-10 06:26, TrickyRicky wrote:
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On 2011-05-10 02:24, Pete Biro wrote:
It depends on your ability to be funny.

For my money, the one I purchased in the 1950s, "Harold Sterling's Short and Long Rope Trick."

What bugs me it is probably one of the most ripped off routines with rope ever.

Right on Pete.
Sterling's rope routine is probably the best for adults and children. It's been a feature in my shows for years.
I've adjusted the routine to get maximum laughs from both adukts and children. One piece of rope last for 4 to five
performances.
If I'm correct, you can find the routine in Tarbell.
Tricky Ricky

Thank you gentlemen! I found the routine in Abbott's Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks.
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On 2011-05-10 02:24, Pete Biro wrote:
It depends on your ability to be funny.

For my money, the one I purchased in the 1950s, "Harold Sterling's Short and Long Rope Trick."

What bugs me it is probably one of the most ripped off routines with rope ever.

Pete and TrickyRicky. Do you do all the on stage cueing (whispering) to the spectator that is described in the routine in the Abbotts book? Do you use two people?
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I don't do any cue-ing. I have, based on my personality, developed one liners and little bits over the years. At a recent roast of a Jewish friend (his 70th Birthday) I just did the rope trick and it killed.
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The absolutely best comedy cut and restored rope routine with a spectator is without a doubt Jan Gallo's cut and restored
tie. You will say that that is not a rope. Well, that is why it is the best. It is ANY spectators tie. Impromptu in any situation.
All problems solved. You only need to provide the balls to do it.
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Hi Stellan.
You could be right about the Jan Gallo's tie effect.
Take a look at Harold Sterling's Long and Short. Just the rope keeps getting longer on one side can create laughter.
Now, when you add funny situations to that it get funnier. It's a laugh a mimute.
One of the other reason I like the routine is I can use the same piece of rope for quite a few performances before I have to use a new piece.
It saves me a lot of money from buying rope.
It's also easy to set-up and there are no difficukt moves through the entire routine.
I don't know why more magicians are not doing this routine. Seems everyone is always looking for something new.
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It seems to be a very funny routine Ricky. I can understand why you use it. I think Paul Green uses some of it on his DVD.
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Hi Stellan.
Work the routine as it is and then put some funny situations with the handling of the chil and rope.
Here is an example.: After showing the rope hand it to the helper (Kid) --he keeps dropping the rope
Pick up and secretly place it around his shoulder and say 'where did you put it" the kids will cream their heads off.
I have a 6 inch piece tied to a reel hidden in my hand. I then cut off a piece of the long rope the same size as the piece tied to the reel.
I pretend to put the small piece on the floor and put my foot on it to keep in steady.The kids will cream at the piece floating up from the floor.
Everytime I push it back it does it again. All you have to say to the children 'If it does it again, just let me kno".
You then I really need 2 equal pieces and then go into the routine.
Hope this helps anyone who want to try the Sterling's routine.
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On 2011-05-11 16:11, TrickyRicky wrote:
Hi Stellan.
Work the routine as it is and then put some funny situations with the handling of the chil and rope.
Here is an example.: After showing the rope hand it to the helper (Kid) --he keeps dropping the rope
Pick up and secretly place it around his shoulder and say 'where did you put it" the kids will cream their heads off.
I have a 6 inch piece tied to a reel hidden in my hand. I then cut off a piece of the long rope the same size as the piece tied to the reel.
I pretend to put the small piece on the floor and put my foot on it to keep in steady.The kids will cream at the piece floating up from the floor.
Everytime I push it back it does it again. All you have to say to the children 'If it does it again, just let me kno".
You then I really need 2 equal pieces and then go into the routine.
Hope this helps anyone who want to try the Sterling's routine.
Tricky Ricky

Some great ideas, thank you Ricky!
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Yes, it is very nice of you to share such great ideas.
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20 years ago I saw the great Jimmy Ray's cut and restore routine. He did about 15 minutes of continuous laughter with a 10 foot piece of rope, and a pair of scissors. I have since thanked Jimmy for showing me how it is done.
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I remember Jimmy Ray. He was a great performer and he also had his own torn and restored newspaper.
Thanks Al for reminding me of Jimmy.
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On 2011-05-12 12:33, Al Angello wrote:
20 years ago I saw the great Jimmy Ray's cut and restore routine. He did about 15 minutes of continuous laughter with a 10 foot piece of rope, and a pair of scissors. I have since thanked Jimmy for showing me how it is done.

Al, Is his routine in print? I'd be interested in reading it for additional ideas.

Posted: May 17, 2011 6:18am
Someone suggested Steve Bedwell's "In Over Your Head", a sort of paper balls over your head using rope.
Has anyone used this routine? What reactions did you get with it?
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Posted: May 17, 2011 6:18am
Someone suggested Steve Bedwell's "In Over Your Head", a sort of paper balls over your head using rope.
Has anyone used this routine? What reactions did you get with it?
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On 2011-05-10 02:24, Pete Biro wrote:
For my money, the one I purchased in the 1950s, "Harold Sterling's Short and Long Rope Trick."

Hi Pete, what is your opinion for the best way to learn this. I saw it is "Abbott's Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks for Magicians", but would you suggest a different place?

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Bob
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I have seen Steve perform this trick and he absolutely killed with it.
I have not performed it, but if I was going to do a cut and restored routine with an adult spectator, it would be In over your head!!
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I enjoyed Michael Finney's "The Lady Rope Trick" from the L&L DVD's. Very funny stuff, and easy to do!
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I think Steve Bedwell has the funniest comedy rope routine with a spectator from the audience. It is a beautifully constructed, beautifully thought-out routine that magicians should study just for the number of problems he has solved.
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On 2011-05-17 23:32, Jef Eaton wrote:
I have seen Steve perform this trick and he absolutely killed with it.
I have not performed it, but if I was going to do a cut and restored routine with an adult spectator, it would be In over your head!!

I have the booklet and am going to start working on it.
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On 2011-05-18 00:51, Brian Tanner wrote:
I enjoyed Michael Finney's "The Lady Rope Trick" from the L&L DVD's. Very funny stuff, and easy to do!

It is a great routine and funny.
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On 2011-05-18 23:56, Whit Haydn wrote:
I think Steve Bedwell has the funniest comedy rope routine with a spectator from the audience. It is a beautifully constructed, beautifully thought-out routine that magicians should study just for the number of problems he has solved.

I have decided to give it a try. I have the booklet and am going to start working on it.
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