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Topic: About Professor Cheers Comedy Rope Routine
Message: Posted by: unclesamayen (Dec 9, 2004 07:25PM)
I want to buy this one, and I searched the Internet for the price. I found their prices are so different. In some shops it's sold for $70 but in other shops it's sold for only $15. Why?? What is the diference betwen them??
Message: Posted by: MAGICBYTIM (Dec 10, 2004 07:45AM)
I just bought this a few weeks ago. I bought the Professional version. This is the $70 one. The $15 just has the instructions to do the trick. The Professional version has the instructions for the trick and all the props and something that allows you to be ready to do the trick anytime during your show. The $15 one, from what I hear, has to be done first in the show.

Hope this helps.
Message: Posted by: oagwood (Dec 10, 2004 12:38PM)
The cheaper version should also have all the props that you need and should be set up ready to work.

Message: Posted by: Stevethomas (Dec 11, 2004 10:06PM)
I bought mine almost 15 years ago for $12...it was complete. You don't HAVE to do it absolutely first. Not if you use my handling of it. I usually do it within the first 3 or 4 things, since it kinda sets the stage for the rest of the show, and is incredibly humorous with the right acting. I'd like to someday try the "pro" version, but it's not a necessity right now. I can set up the regular model in less than 3 minutes with a minimum of privacy.

Steve Thomas
Message: Posted by: Regan (Dec 12, 2004 05:26AM)
I use the cheaper version and it works fine for me. I don't really see a need for the Professional version, for my needs anyway.

Message: Posted by: Christopher (Dec 12, 2004 09:59AM)
Use a "Fanny Pack" for storage and easy setup. I have found this to make the performance of the cheaper version much much easier and the pack is hidden by my jacket. A few modifications, and you are set.
Message: Posted by: Regan (Dec 13, 2004 07:21AM)
Great tip Christopher.

Message: Posted by: Harry Murphy (Dec 13, 2004 08:51AM)
I bought this over 30 years ago for a whopping $10.00. It came complete, made up of the heavy ˝ inch magician’s rope that used to be available back in the day. It had huge, colorful rayon (silk like) briefs.

I built a small black cloth bag (kind of like a poor man’s fanny pack) to hold the bulk of the rope. I pinned it under my jacket in the proper position. I also made an elastic loop around one wrist to hold one end in place (used my wristwatch on the other wrist and tucked a length around my foot, into the shoe, for the pants leg bit).

I often closed the show with the routine as an “encore” trick.
Message: Posted by: Dennis Loomis (Dec 13, 2004 11:52AM)
I bought the instructions only many years ago. Did it one season in school assembly programs and it was always a great applause puller. No, I did not do it first. Like Harry, I found a way to stabilize the ends in position.

In a very old Magicana column in Genii, Charlie Miller shared a holder for the rope that was mounted on your back and kept everything neat and tidy. That's what I used, but the fanny pack would probably work as well and you don't have to do a lot of work to make it. However, I'd be very careful about how you "pack" it. You don't want any tangling as it would mess up the whole routine.

Here's one little tip. It can be hard to see the movement of the white rope that most people use. It slides along, but the action can be hard to see from a distance. I found a macrame type of cord, about 1/2" diameter that had a pattern and was red and green. Because of the pattern, you can see the movement of the rope very well as you pull it out of your sleeve, and your pants leg.

Merry Christmas.

Dennis Loomis
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Dec 14, 2004 12:57AM)
... and a Happy New Year.

I found the setup easier and switched to ROPED.
Message: Posted by: Al Kazam the Magic Man (Dec 14, 2004 01:54AM)
Hi Pete,

Do you mean ROPED is a different trick, but on the same lines as professor?

Message: Posted by: Christopher (Dec 14, 2004 08:33AM)
I also use Roped in some shows and have received great reactions. I find that it works better with smaller audiences.
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Dec 14, 2004 11:19AM)
JoJO... YEP... I think either Hocus-Pocus or Penguin have video demos. Roped is a great walk-on MC item. You do need to to open with it as it comes, but you can fiddle arpund and find a way to NOT use it as an opener with some work.

I think it is Henry Evans that includes a card revelation with it at the end as the rope comes through your body. The card is seen strung onto the middle of the rope for a double climax.
Message: Posted by: The Donster (Jan 7, 2005 03:21PM)
Hocus Pocus has it, but does anyone have patter that can be used for it?
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Jan 7, 2005 10:24PM)
Patter? You mean what to say? Well, I was on a convention show where Tabary had lectured.

It was McKing and walked on asking if Tabary was in the audience. I said, "I got up to this point (holding the rope up) and am stuck..." then finished the bits with Roped.