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drkptrs1975
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I have ordered and recieved the Stiff Rope, pretty cool effect, I love it. Have any of you people used the Stiff Rope effect.
actorscotty
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Yes I use a stiff rope occasionally as a throwaway in a rope routine, with appropriate jokes
Sam Tabar
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Stiff rope is great as comedy gag in childrens shows.
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Jonace
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Some want to share their lines ?
Skip Way
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I use the Stiff Rope as a 6-7 minute warm-up routine for my kid shows. His name is Ralph and he just doesn't like to cooperate. I've polished the routine of 20 years of performing and it never fails to get lots of laughs from kids and adults. I'm writing the entire routine up for Magic Magazine...hopefully, you'll see it there before long.
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Andre Hagen
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I use the Stiff Rope for children's parties. It helps pick the next assistant. I hold it in the middle (stiff)over the heads of the the children and when it finds the child who is sitting up straight, smiling, etc. both ends fall down and point at the chosen child. Sort of a running gag and it helps control the kids.
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This effect always gets an "oooh" when it suspends, even though I do it as a very quick piece. When I am doing the Chair Suspension, before I float the child I show them that they are going to do the same as the rope, and then make it go stiff. A nice lead-in to the suspension, I think.
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Daniel Faith
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Good idea Todsky.

I was thinking....Stiff Rope...ViagraCadabra. Hmmmm
That would have limited uses at in certain venues. Please don't use it in a children's show.
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I have used the stiff rope to illustrate the classic (though mythic) Indian rope trick. The rope stiffens, boy climbs it, won't come down, Fakir climbs up - you can include the pieces of boy falling and recovering in a basket if you want to freak out the kids - then the trick is over and rope falls. Keith
Alan Munro
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I started using it when busking and will be adding it back into one of my kidshows. I had to experiment with lines and effects with it. The routine fell into place, quickly, when busking.
RevJohn
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Question about the Stiff rope... does yours make a sound when it becomes limp? I don't want to say what type as to tip method, but mine makes enough of one that a spectator can tell what the gimmick is...

John
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My stiff rope doesn't make a sound, unless it hits itself or something else, as it goes limp. Even then, the sound should be hardly noticeable.
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Has anyone ever taken the stiff rope apart to repair it? Mine broke. Fortunately the break is at the end and I'm still able to use it. Of course for what a new one costs, it's probably not worth the hassle. Great trick. I get a lot of mileage out of it.
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Skip Way
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Jskalon...I suppose it depends which rope you own. I own several thick stiff ropes about 18" long. I've had them so long that I don't recall who made them. The ends are sealed with thread so it's fairly easy to snip & unravel the thread and pull the gimmick out. I've had to repair mine twice after kids have grabbed it and snapped the gimmick. Repairs, so far, have been easy. I also remove the gimmick to handwash the rope cover every now and then.

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jskalon
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Thanaks Skip!
I'll give it a shot. If it doesn't work, I'll just buy a new one.
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RicHeka
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Don't overlook the 'walking your invisible dog' bit.Folk's love it! Rich
RWhit
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Disneyland in Japan was selling a stiff rope with mickey attached to the end of it.bright colours too
Marc Levine
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David Kaye wrote up a great kids show routine with a stiff rope in MAGIC magazine. The basic premise was that the performer claims that he has trained his pet bird to do magic, at which point a puppet (he reccommended an axtell bird) is introduced. After some comical hypnosis dialogue with the bird, the performer sticks the limp rope in the mouth of the bird and commands the bird to make the rope rise. The magician lets go of his end and it doesn't rise...This is repeated for comedy and build up. You get the idea... Finally the magician lets go and the rope extends, and if I recall correctly, the magician doesn't see it happen right away. The magician snaps and the rope goes limp once again as he credits the bird accordingly. You should read the article for more of the comedic dialogue. I plan on adding the routine to my kids show. Hope that helps.
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I also do it with the axtel bullfrog
I don't make a big deal out of it because it isn't me performing the trick - it is the frog who does the magic - I just operate the frog.
Even so - it is a good short trick and has taken a small latex frog into a new dimension.

enjoy,

Dani
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Tomas Medina has a stiff rope thing you can make with solder.
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