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el toro
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Do you use this routine, and if you do, have you found a way to switch the gimmicked rope with a non-gimmicked one? I think that would make the trick a real killer.
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I assume you mean to switch it out after the illusion is complete. I do the trick, but have not thought about switching out the gimmicked rope. I use two volunteers to tie the other two ropes, and this alone seems to add all the credablity needed to the effect. Now, if you mean to do the trick with 3 non-gimmicked me know when you get that one working, you could make a fortune!
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I use three ungimmicked ropes for the linking ropes. It works great! I found the routine at Stevens Magic Emporium. Try the following link:
All three pieces of ropes are thrown out and you ask the audience to throw one back (no force). You then say that you want the twp audience members holding the other two pieces of rope to tie a knot on the rope just as you are doing. You then ask for the other two and voila: thre linking ropes. I follow this up with handing out the three rings and having spectators untying them. I collect them and tie three loops throw them in the air and they become one big loop with three knots. I untie them and tie them up like I'm going to end the routine and begin to put them away. But then make a comment about the rope or something totally unrelated (depends on the group), wrap the ropes around my hand, throw the rope in the air, and now there is a one long rope. I actually have three sets prepared for this trick: one in white, one in red, and one in yellow. There is usually less of a perception of gimmicked ropes when they are white (since that is a more common color for ropes). I usually get a good response with this combination of tricks from 3 different sources.

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Do you get a good reaction with this from the public? Personally I don't find this trick very impressive. I think the effect is not very clear to the audience, as is a linking ring routine.

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I have the Steven's ungimmicked routine as well as the gimmicked ones. I find the audience reacts better to the gimmicked ropes. I think they just don't get it with the ungimmicked routine.
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I have never tried switching the gimmick with an ungimmicked one.

It's worth the try though...
Dennis Loomis
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The Linking Ropes with ungimmicked ropes was published years ago by a magician that I met in Texas. Unfortunately I do not recall his name. I do recall that he was restricted to a wheel chair... I think he attributed that to Spina Bifida. Anybody remember him or the routine? I do not know if the routine that Stevens sells (which is attributed to Dick Williams) is the same or not. I do know that the magician in the wheel chair fooled me very badly with it.
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Pete Biro
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Howie Schwarzman has a great linking rope routine with ungimmicked ropes. The best mechanical version is Peter Goviczki's (marketed by Tenyo).
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K, here we go. I do a routine using four ropes, start with two singles and two(well you know) count them separately, link one and toss the linked pair out, then toss the two singles out. ALL ROPES ARE IN THE AUDIENCE. Take back the two singles, do a faux link, unlink and mention they also link to other things.

MISDIRECTION AHEAD: hold one single up, reach into case with other hand, witch for gimmick and at the same time come out with a silk (with reel) drape the silk through the single in the right hand, snap fingers and the rope visibly drops off the silk, do a slow motion link of the two ropes and display them openly; retrieve the linked pair from the audience, and finish with a chain of 4four, finis. They have all been examined, etc. Hope someone likes this.

Oops, should have spell-checked. Sorry, guys.
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Actorscotty: Your routine is brilliant! I purchased the linknig ropes, and used them in my FIRST show (when I was, like, 11 LoL). I never knew of any good routines with them other than link and unlink. If you're doing this routine, though, it's a steal! May I use your idea in my routine?

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In case anyone is interested, (and I think this might be the person Dennis was talking about), on page 11 of "New Concepts in Magic" by Aldini, he describes "Aldini's Ultimate Linking Ropes". It is a killer UNGIMMICKED linking rope effect. This MAY be the same as the Williamson routine, the book is still available from Mickey Hades for $10.75 USD.

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