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scottasf
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While waiting in line at the Castle many years ago, my magic buddies and I would have a length of rope (I prefered mine whipped at the ends with red thread) and see just how many impromptu things we could come up with with out cutting the rope.

We would also eliminate the ring on string stuff.

there were some interesting knots
rope through the fingers
something done with a silk and a rope transposition
and much more.....

what do you do impromptu with a length of rope?
NO finger ring stuff please.

Magically Thine,

Scott Alcalay
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Dave V
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Vanishing knot
Sliding knot (well okay, vanish one, reveal the other... looks the same)
Throwing a knot onto the rope (more a show of skill, but still looks good)
Rope through neck
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Dave, I forgot who, but someone had a "tie a knot, it reappears and does some other stuff" effect. any ideas?

Scott
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I've seen things like that in so many places, it's hard to pin down. The most recent one I saw was on Brother Paul's "Street Magic" DVD, but it's not original with him. Aldo Colombini uses the same moves in one of his rope routines. I have George Sand's "Ropesational" and "SandSational" on VHS video and it might be outlined there too.

The basics for this one is simple. A knot is pre-tied near the bottom of the rope and is covered with your hand. A slip knot is tied at the other end, and as you "pull" the knot down (actually just disrupting the slip knot) you bring your hand down until it meets the other, real knot. If that one's a slip knot, then a second sweep of the hand makes that one "disappear" as well, usually accompanied with tossing out a palmed "knot" into the audience. In your impromptu scenario just leave out the fake.

There's one I learned as a kid (possibly from the Cub Scout book of Magic) where you coil the rope loosely in your hand and pass the tail through the loops. On releasing the coil you get an overhand knot for each of the loops you made. This would be a good followup after "vanishing" the knots, and throwing a knot or two back onto the rope.
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Dave,
I used the coil thing as a psychic rope trick.

I would force a card and the rope would tell what the value was by the number of knots.

Silly, but impressive in the right context.

Scott
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Aldo's Knotty Knot
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