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BerkleyJL
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Hello all,

I'm performing a ring & rope routine in a Navy town. Anyone have any ideas for some sailing related patter? I can come up with stuff for rope (line if you're a sailor), but I don't know much about sailing. What kinds of things on a boat (or ship) can a rope going through a ring simulate?

My intention is to tell a story of why I couldn't join the Navy...because everytime I tried to do [whatever you do with a rope through a ring] the ring came off impossibly.

I thought of using the ring on the anchor, but after the ring comes off...the anchor would be at the bottom of the ocean, so putting the ring back ON the rope doesn't make much sense after that.

I hate writer's block. Thanks for the help!
I need a stage name.

Joe Berkley
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At least in the enlisted ranks of the US Navy, a Bosuns Mate is very proud of his/her knot-tying skill. Maybe build a routine using a theme related to rigging, a ship's line or cables, anchor and chain, and use some clever knot phases in your routine.

Maybe focus on docking a ship and the line used to secure the ship to the dock.

Maybe ask if there is a BM in the audience that would care to demonstrate a particular knot with the line you're holding. Then make him/her the star of your following routine.
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Did you ever consider doing a combination ring and rope and professor' nightmare? You could use the different size ropes to represent the various ranks of sailors and mabe conclude that to have a successful voyage all of the sailors would have to contribute equally. Stretch the ropes to show all the same size. If you want at the end of the voyage restore to 3 different lengths as the sailors went their own separate ways. I would suggest Volume One of the Restaurant Magic of Dan Fleshman. Besides the ring and rope with the professor's idea worked in, you will get a ring and string routine plus a number of other ideas with cards. Check it out and let me know what you think. I saw Dan Fleshman lecture a few weeks ago in Davenport, Iowa, and it was one of the better lectures that I have attended.

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Walking Bob in Iowa
BerkleyJL
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Bob, thanks for the idea about the patter for the Prof. Nightmare section of the routine. I am doing a combination routine...called Full Circle.

I just don't want to use the stock patter, because I try not to just stand in front of people and describe what I'm doing with the props...it can get boring, you know?

Now, I still need to figure out what to talk about for the ring penetrating the rope. I haven't thought too much about it since I posted. I'm taking a break to hopefully alleviate writer's block.
I need a stage name.

Joe Berkley
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