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Dbolan. Your math is right; the middle piece would have to be 28 in this set... Probably a typo. Algebraically, M= 1/2 L + 1/2 S or if you prefer (L + S)/2
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The length of the medium piece, which determines the length of the other pieces, might depend on how close up you are doing the trick.
If you are doing it for people fairly close to you (within 3-5 feet) you either have to do the stretching move quickly, or else it would be better to have the middle rope a little smaller than you would for a state show, so that the spectators cannot see the movements of the long rope for too long (during the stretching move). At least that is what I would consider.
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You should learn the method where you start with one long rope, and cut the pieces you need on the fly. You can see that in Pop Haydn's teach-in.
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On 2011-04-09 15:04, juliusmagic wrote:
For a total 96+" piece of rope (to allow for trimming):
Long = 52"
Medium = 32"
Short = 12"


Thank you...appreciated
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On Jan 11, 2006, Cpontz wrote:
Slydini has a method in which he starts doing the cut and restored rope, then goes right into the professor's nightmare. It is a little complicated, but you divide the rope into three, then do a move with the end of the rope. When you then cut the ropes, it looks like three equal ropes when in fact there are three different sized rope. It is in his book and well worth looking up and learning.

Craig


Yes. On YouTube I saw a video of the inimitable Slydini performing that on the Dick Cavett show. Paul Green teaches a similar technique in his "In the Trenches" disk. I recommend the disk because in it Paul teaches not just tricks but complete card, rope, coin, and sponge routines and more.
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On Jan 15, 2006, PaulGreen wrote:
Hi everyone,

On my "In the Trenches" DVD, I perform the C & R rope and then go into the Prof.'s Nitemare. I cut the lengths during that performance.

Pete Biro showed me his method and it works well. I also researched the Slydini method and it, too, works well.

I will be interested in Bob Sanders' DVD when it is released.

Enjoy the search.

Regards,

Paul Green


Hi Paul! Is there a name for the version of the PNM you like to perform?
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Hey Bob, how's that DVD coming along?

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On Jan 15, 2006, PaulGreen wrote:
Hi everyone,
On my "In the Trenches" DVD, I perform the C & R rope and then go into the Prof.'s Nitemare. I cut the lengths during that performance.
Paul Green

I like this routine a lot. Although I feel it is Blasphemy to say, I kind of like John Guastaferro's routine from his 1st Penguin Lecture, especially because it adds a wonderful ring and rope phase. But do not worry Paul, you are still my hero overall Smile
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