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toberman
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Check out Daryl's rope routine. Not just for his ending but for his whole routine(which is great!).
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Here's a simple ending which I have found to be very effective:
You have stretched the ropes to equal size, and displayed them according to your whim. You are left holding the ropes in your right hand. The top ends are S, S, M, if you get my meaning. The M is held deep in the fork of your thumb. The next S out is right next to it. The furthest S is pinched between your right thumb and index finger tips, ready to be released.

With your left hand, pick up one of the L ends at the bottom of the equal ropes. Hold it pinched between your left thumb and index finger tips to mirror your right hand. The audience sees you holding one of the equal ropes by its ends. Tell them that "the moment I touch the ends of this rope together, the ropes will return to their original lengths."

Bring your right hand about six inches above your left. Quickly move it straight down, touching the pinched ends together and simply releasing the RIGHT hand's pinched S end ONLY. The audience sees you toss the right end down transforming the rope into a long one. You now have the long rope in your left hand and the short and medium ropes in your right hand! I hope that is obtuse, yet clear.
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Can anyone remember the ending to Professor's Nightmare when the three ropes shown to be equal in length can be handed out for inspection?
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Jon Allen in his video, "Spectators Don't Exist" has a neat ending in the spectators hand, as well as a great, completely natural false count.
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How about combining Professor's Nightmare with "Mental Floss." You could swallow the long rope and ... NAHH, never mind.
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Vaillant,

Whit Haydn's Mongolian Pop Knot video states that it can be done (he finishes with the 3 ropes becoming one as far as the audience is concerned), but there is misdirection involved. You do NOT give the ropes out after the last restore, it is done with a little time delay: more like an afterthought. I can not tell you more without giving it away.

I didn't think it would work (it will) but lay audiences are not as critical as magicians, they see things differently.
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I favor tying the same size ropes all together so you can stretch them out and the audience can see they really are all the same size. Until you untie them that is. That is where you destroy their precious reality.
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Dan Garrett has a great ending for the PN. He ties the three even-length ropes together. The rope revert to the three different lengths with the knots still tied. The knots are untied and the ropes are uneven.

Pat Conway has the Conway Rope Trick where the three even ropes are tied together and then "restored" into one long length. Very good!

Charlie Miller had a handling in "Magicana". The above plot is followed with a slightly different method.

Aldo Colombini has a great variation called PROFESSOR'S MATH. Here the rope is cut into three different lengths and then stretched into equal lengths. The ropes are tied together. The knots slide, disappear, and reappear. Finally the rope is restored to one long length. The rope may be tossed out to the audience. It is brilliant!

I will continue to do the PN as I have developed and explain on my IN THE TRENCHES DVD--The other resources listed above (along with Whit's fantastic MONGOLIAN POP KNOTS) will give you many variations. Choose what is best for you!

Keep making your magic better.

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On 2004-07-16 23:13, PaulGreen wrote:
Dan Garrett has a great ending for the PN. He ties the three even-length ropes together. The rope revert to the three different lengths with the knots still tied. The knots are untied and the ropes are uneven.

Paul, this sounds like Daryl's ending to his rope routine. I used this routine for my audition at the Magic Castle.

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I use the tied in a circle ending myself. I have a subtlety that allows me to openly tie all three knots without any strange discrepancies.

I use reasonably long ropes, with the longest over eight feet long. This combined with Daryl's clever handling at the start seems to blow away all laymen's imagined explanations.

What's fun is the variety of reactions I get to the rope itself (a heavy, limp, yacht rope)... the ones you least expect are the ones that loop it around their own wrists or rub it on their cheeks and say "wow, nice rope"!
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I didn't know they had rope on ships...

line? yes

rope? not that I am aware of...

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On 2004-01-22 14:24, wmhegbli wrote:
Andini,

I must appologize if you got upset. I did not know that Mac King has published any of his material.

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I understand your point but I think, "Mac King lecture notes" should have tipped that these were something published and not stolen. But sometime we all miss stuff.
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I used the Pat Conway ending.All the ropes are tied together and then the knots apparently disappeared.
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I used the Pat Conway ending.All the ropes are tied together and then the knots apparently disappeared.
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I don't know *it all*, but I used to do the Pat Conway ending -it was released by Ken Brooke way back with permission from Pat of course- and I know a couple of friends who still use it..
It can be handled in another way -instead of throwing the rope over ones shoulder - but it plays and handles well..

Thing is, I'm simply in love with the George Sands Sandsational, so I skipped the 3 ropes and just start with *one*..-ever since around 1984.

As I mentioned in another thread I finish/use the John Ramsay *ending*, where a short piece with a knot becomes *the* complete rope..
I even finish/use the complete sequence, where both ropes -at that time they are- are tied together at both ends, both knots vanish..aso. se the Ramsay routine..

I go right into the Ramsay sequence, right after a knot has appeared at one end of the rope after the knot 'jumping sequence' from middle to left end, and appearance of knot at the right end..
Explaining, *this is a magic knot*, I slide it to the middle of the rope (both rope ends are equal), untie it and retie with the remark, *NOW, here's a REAL knot*
Now, this real knot is the pop-off type and afterwards the other ropeends are tied too with a *knot*..
Study the Ramsay sequence.it is a great finish to any cut and restored rope routine..
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I also just throw the ropes in the air at the end (ropes return to short, med, long). Perhaps the layman sees this as magic, I don't know. Had problems with the other endings including the one where the ropes turn into one.

Thanks Dan for:

"Bring your right hand about six inches above your left. Quickly move it straight down, touching the pinched ends together and simply releasing the RIGHT hand's pinched S end ONLY. The audience sees you toss the right end down transforming the rope into a long one. You now have the long rope in your left hand and the short and medium ropes in your right hand! I hope that is obtuse, yet clear"

I had been doing something similiar but your added flair makes it more believable.
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I have used an ending for many years. I got it from a book but I don't remember the author.

After the 3 ropes are counted equal you place all of the ends in one hand. I snap my fingers and drop one set of ends. I appears that all three ropes simply melt back to the original length.
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I have Paul Green's, In the Trenches. He does a really nice handling of cut-and-restored followed by the Professor's Nightmare. He has lot's of good comedy byplay with the audience.


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Paul Green's "In the Trenches" is a great dvd. Very nice rope routine.

BTW, on Sunday I perfomed Paul's "Coming Together" for some magicians at the Magic Castle. I did not know Mr. Green was in the crowd. He is a very nice man.

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I can't remember where I have read something about do an effect like the "Simpathetic silks" but instead of six silks (three knoted and three free) six ropes (three of the same size and three of diferent sizes). You can figure the procedure. Sorry I can't credit or where is published...Perhaps is something of Mac King?

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