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Bob Sanders
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Since I cut my pieces on stage during the act and give the ropes away to the volunteers, I simply don't have the problem. It is just one less thing to do.

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magictim
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Me too, If I am cutting ropes on stage I don't bother. I just make sure my rope has clean cut ends before I go on.
Daniel Faith
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Don't go too crazy with exotic glues.
Simple Elmers glue works fine.
You won't be able to wash the rope but I just make new ones.
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Bill Hegbli
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Paul Daniels used the frayed ends to his advantage when he performed this at ABBOTT'S some years back. The Tossel type ends were very attractive on stage. I think it was a nylon type rope. The ends were frayed for at least 3".

Have fun experimenting.
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I suggest Elmers glue or electrical tape matching the color of the rope. In some routines they help to feel simply by touch when you reach the end of a rope.

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Len Reid gave me some pointers on my routine and then showed me his with ropes he's used for 6 years!

He used a polynylon that looked like cotton and wrapped white thread around the ends and had a dab of superglue. You couldn't tell anything unless it was an inch from your nose.
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I like wrapping the ends of magician's rope in black thread leaving a half inch of rope to fray into a tassel look. There is an old Boy Scout method for starting with a loop of thread and winding the rest around for about an inch then putting the end through the loop and pulling it under the wrapping. It looks very finished and has lasted for years. The ropes get dirty before the thread comes off, but it can be secured with super glue if you like.

Nylon rope can easily be melted with a lighter as mentioned above, but be careful because melted nylon is very HOT and sticks if touched before it cools! Or you could cut a fresh set-up every time you do the Slydini rope trick.
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I use the nylon rope and use a coiled "hotplate" to melt the ends. I found that no matter how careful I was with an open flame, the rope ends still got a brown tinge to them. Using the coil, my ends melt very nicely and stay the same color. Do this outside, the smell is not so good.

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Walking Bob
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Hello

I have found that clear packing tape works real well on the ends of ropes. In some cases, depending on how tight you wrap the tape you can if you wish give a shoelace-type appearance.
Liam Jones
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Tuck the rope ends into the center and glue in position
Bill Palmer
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Why let the spectators examine the ropes in the first place? It slows down your act and, IMHO, adds nothing.
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Bill Hegbli
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Cheers, Bill! But you know by now they will not take your excellent advice.
Ron Reid
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Pavel glues the end of his ropes with some type of epoxy or universal glue, then cuts it with some type of knife or saw. I just received some rope from him where he treated the ends, and they look perfect.

I'd sure like to find out how he does it; I bought his DVDs to learn, but he really just touches on his treatment.

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John Cass
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I use either white glue or whipping to take care of the ends of the ropes. Both are good.

Supreme used pieces of tape to fix the ends. It had the advantage of making the ends of the ropes show up well from the stage.
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I have used all of these methods at one time or another. I think that using a contrasting color on my Prof Nightmare helps the audience keep track of the ends(?). I am currently using red electrical tape on white nylon ropes. I also melted the ends to help them last.

I don't realy hand the ropes out per say. I do drape the long rope around a volunteer's neck for a portion of the routine. Not to choke him, just to hang it up for a minute.
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One method that I don't think has been mentioned yet, is to briefly dip the cleanly cut ends in melted wax and then let them dry. Only a little bit is needed. Although the ends of the ropes go hard, you can use this to your advantage by using them to whip hecklers! Smile
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Hey,

Rope isn't that expensive. I personally just cut my own rope once the ends wear. I mean rope is only like 15 bucks for 50 feet or so...Plus it looks better without all the glue, tape, etc. Hope this helps.

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Michael Bilkis
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I start with a six-foot piece of rope, do a cut and restored rotuine and then cut the rope in three "equal parts". I change the ropes to unequal, back to equal and then to unequal. I use various reason and always get a good response. At the end I toss the three unequal ropes to different audience members. Since I always use a fresh piece of rope there is no need to prepare the ends.
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I take a small hunk of rope, separate out one thread, use it to tie off the ends about a quarter inch from the ends and let that part fray. It won't go past the tied thread and it gives the rope a more natural look.
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I use anti-fray liquids sold in sewing stores, I think one is called "Fray No More" or something like that.

As for examination, I disagree, Bill. I love to get the kids involved, tugging and pulling. And it's in THEIR hands when I return the ropes to three different sizes. Heck, I don't want to zip through the trick for fear of slowing down the show, I want to ENTERTAIN 'em! Besides, I believe that most people will simply write it off to elastic or some other weak explanation unless we allow someone to look at them.
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