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Topic: Must have's for a rope routine
Message: Posted by: warren (May 2, 2022 08:45PM)
When working on a rope routine what do you consider to be must have effects and what do you consider to be no goes ?

For example some might say you should always include a phase where the middle of the rope switches places with the ends of the rope whilst the ends are in your pocket etc

An example of a no go might be you should never cut the rope in half with your fingers etc
Message: Posted by: funsway (May 2, 2022 11:44PM)
I will never use the finger cut.

I always include a move to give the illusion so of them seeing the two segments as separate after the cut.
The method may vary according to the flow of the routine, but I never rely on just inference of seeing the cut ends.

Another must is always using a different technique if more than one C&R is involved in a routine, preferably with a spectator making a cut.
Message: Posted by: Mr. Woolery (Jun 8, 2022 03:38AM)
I dislike moves like the finger scissors because they simply tell the audience one of the methods in play.

In general, I think the right moves are those that communicate what is going on. My first rope routine was about how my mother taught me to tie a knot. It wasn't a sophisticated routine, but it was well received because the real point was the story of my purported incompetence (my audience was made up of grade school children). As long as the chosen effects served to drive that narrative, they were potential add-ins. Anything that distracted from the narrative was removed.

I don't think there really is such a thing as specific effects that must be included in every rope routine.

Message: Posted by: Pop Haydn (Jun 22, 2022 07:55PM)
Motivation is important. Why is the rope behaving this way? What are you trying to prove? Why are you showing this? If you repeat a move, why?
Moves should be chosen that prove the effect--false counts can prove the rope was really cut, for example.
I always thought that it is most magical to start with a long rope, and then after all the cutting and stretching, it ends up as one long piece again.
The longer and thicker the rope, the bigger the effect will play.
The effects should be distinct, clear and memorable so that the spectator can describe the routine afterwards to someone else.
Message: Posted by: Pop Haydn (Jun 25, 2022 05:53PM)