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macp
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I need some help with a couple of questions.
Bob Sheets has an effect called Hang 'em High and I found it on Hank Lee.
I also found a video called The Magic of Reading - B.J. Hickman Video Vol Two
and on it was an effect called Hang 'em High.
I wonder if anyone know if it is the same effect or two different ones?
Is the other effects any good on the tape?
Is there an gimmick on the rope for the effect Hang 'em High or do you just prop the rope.(I just wonder because if I order the tape without Bob Sheets routine Hang 'em High and don't get the gimmick I can`t still do it)
Or the gimmick can be by yourself?

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Hi Mac:

Your best bet is to order Bob Sheets' video directly from Denny and Lee; I believe Denny is the only dealer who carries the video. The video will show you the performance of the routine, and how to make the special rope.

You'll need special gimmicks called "Tarbell gimmicks" which Denny sells too. The gimmicks are about $5.00 and the video is about $30.00. You'll also want to get the correct type of rope (it needs to be hollow - no core). Denny can supply you with all of this.

The website is http://www.dennymagic.com

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And... come to the World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas this coming week and have Sheets help you. He'll be there.
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Bob Sheet’s Hang em High is a rope thru body trick. It is somewhat similar to the version that Fantasio performed over 20 years ago and the version that Henry Evans now performs.

However, Bob’s has the addition of using two spectators to help hold a very long length of rope and even enters a tug of war with them (proving the solidity of the rope). Bob’s version uses a standard gimmick to make the trick work.

It is a killer trick.

I haven’t a clue what the B.J. Hickman effect is! I could not find any description of the effect or the video even going to his web site. I suspect that it is NOT at all like the Bob Sheets trick. I don’t even know if it is a rope trick.

Hickman does not list the contents of the video on his website he only states “The Magic of Reading” BJ Hickman video, $30.00. Instructional for magicians. This is a well produced video of BJ's longest running school and library program.”

I suggest that you email Mr. Hickman and ask him directly to describe the effect. His email address is: bj@bjhickman.com

If you are looking for a rope thru body trick you cannot go wrong using the Bob Sheets version.
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Concerning the BJ Hickman video, I believe Hang 'em High may be part of the video tape, but as a performance only. I have BJ Hickman's other tapes, and they are performance-only (with some commentary) of his shows, designed to show his routines for standard effects. I believe the Reading video just shows how he's packaged standard effect into a reading themed show. So, there's probably Hang 'em High in the show, but no explanation.

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I know Hank Lee sells Hang Em High complete with rope (ready to perform) for $20.00.

It's one of the easiest, most baffling rope tricks ever invented. Looks absolutely impossible.

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Thanks for all reply.
But can you do Bob Sheets routine without using your hands when your body pass thrue the rope?
Or do you just walk thrue without using your hands?
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NO! The hands must be used. You are not walking thru the rope you are pulling the rope thru your body (there is a subtle difference there).
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If I'm not mistaken, Tannen's was selling a similar item. They still may be selling it. I bought it 2 or 3 years ago. Funny thing is, the price was originally $20 then many magicians began to buy it and it jumped to either $35 or $40. You can try them as well.

Jimmy

Just to add one thing to my previous post: both Bob Sheets Hang 'Em High and Tannen's Rope through Body use the same gimmick/principle. The one difference is in the quality of the rope. The rope used in Bob Sheet's trick resembles more of a clothesline while the rope used in Tannen's version is a nicer (thicker and brighter) quality rope.

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Does anybody perform the trick usually?

How do you get the rope from the hands of the spectators in a natural way?

I think you end in a critical position. I wanted to perform this tricks for adult audience, but the only solution I found is to tie the rope to some place and do it without the spectators help or use two little children as helpers so in a quick shake I free the rope from the hands of the child.

Any comments?

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You could add another set of the gimmick.

after the applause pose, coil the rope starting at the middle and doing one end at at time. a simple thank you and they understand everything is over and you are collecting the rope.

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Greetings and Salutations,

If you understand the gimmick and its handling, it's easy enough to let even adults pull on the ends to show the rope is legitimate, then it's all a matter of stage direction and working with the volunteers to keep the gimmick to yourself.

I used the trick numerous times and it never failed me. For my act, I tied a loud pair of overly large, even for me, boxers to the rope and it always got screams and laughs, and the ditching of the boxers gave me a great excuse for quickly gathering up the ends from the volunteers. And the volunteers I used ranged from kids to teens to adults -- whoever happened to be sitting in the front row at the time of my shows, and all the shows were outdoors semi-surrounded.

Go for it. It's a great tricks and gets a good audience response.

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Getting the rope ends out of the spectator’s hands is no problem at all. Watch Bob do it on his tape or read the instructions that came with the prop and you will have all you need for spectator management.

Easiest way, simply nod toward each spectator helper and say “thank you, take a bow” and you’ll find they will drop the rope ends and bow. If they hold the ends as they bow simply say “drop the rope and bow again”. Direct the applause toward your helpers, coil up the rope as you help them off the performing area.

As to doing it a second time with a second gimmick, it is possible but will be very cumbersome, if you have the trick (Bob’s version, Fantasio’s version, or Henry Evans version) then you know exactly what I mean. I do not think that you add anything to the trick by doing it a second time.
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I'm sorry, I didn't mean to do it a second time. if you wanted to fool with a second gimmick, you could drop the rope after you pull it thru yourself. but again, they will let go of the ends with a slight prompt.

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I'll try it sometime.
Thanks
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By the way, I noticed Tannen's had 3 or 4 sets of Hang 'Em High rope trick with written routine. They are selling them at $30.

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Do Hang 'Em High and the go into Bisection from Andrew Mayne...gets 'em everytime!
Rope Thru Neck
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Hang 'Em High
Bisection...just imagine.

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I need help with the gimmicks.
I am using elite rope, Tarbell screw type gimmicks and I glued it with white glue, but it is really loose. Should I just glue it some more?
Thank you in advance,
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James, the gimmicks should fit snugly in the rope ends to begin with. That is, there should be no wiggle.

To install the Tarbell gimmicks you first prepare the rope ends by coating/painting the inside of the ends with a bit of white glue (Tacky Glue). Now use a dowel the same diameter as the inside of the rope. Wrap wax paper around it (so the glue won’t stick to the dowel/pencil) and insert into the rope ends. Let dry. This stiffens the rope a bit and gives you a surface on which to glue the gimmick. When the glue dries and before you take the dowel out, trim the rope ends square and neat.

Now step two! You coat the gimmick with glue and insert it into the now stiff rope ends. Wrap the ends tightly (as tightly as you can) with thread or string (several wraps) and allow the whole mess to dry. When dry, take off the thread/string wrap. Viola! You should have nice tight gimmicks.
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I don't think the Tarbell's are strong enough. You might try stronger glue, like Testors... there was a trick with Tarbells you drill TINY holes in the sides of the barrel and SEW them on too.
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