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MagicKev
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I saw a magician perform a trick involving three pieces of rope that were all of different lengths. He then proceeded to make them all the same length (similar to the professor's nightmare). However, he was able to clearly separate them to show that they were indeed all the same length.

Is this just a variation on the PN, or is this a different trick? If so, can anyone provide me with it's name? If it is a variation, can anyone recommend a source to purchase the instructions?

Thanks!
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My guess is that you saw someone who knew how to do The Professor's Nightmare correctly for the first time, and it blew you away. Pay the man $50 to teach it to you properly.
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It is called "magicians nightmare". It is a "professors nightmare" in reverse. Meaning that the ropes are exactly opposite to what you would assume in the "professors nightmare".
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Thanks for the explanation.
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Hey Kev
I don't want to disagree with Roland, but what you described sounds to me like the normal PNM move. There are three moves to the Professors nightmare routine, and it sure sounds to me like you are describing move two, the most deceptive misdirection of the three (I think).

Kev don't pay anybody $50, for that kind of money you can buy Richard Sanders "fiber optics", or Daryl's "great white rope" and get mooooocho more for your money.
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On 2006-02-28 14:12, jimgerrish wrote:
My guess is that you saw someone who knew how to do The Professor's Nightmare correctly for the first time, and it blew you away. Pay the man $50 to teach it to you properly.


This is probably the case. Done properly, you give the impression that you've shown all three ropes separately. If he, in fact, ACTUALLY showed all three as separate, then it must be a variation of some sort.
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Well if you would just do a search... Oh, no search engine? Hmmm, ok, check this out:

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"Jari Santala's Magician's Nightmare" starts out in the regular way-you show three different pieces of rope: one short piece, one medium length piece and one long piece.
Each piece is shown openly and cleanly. A little magic and the three ropes are now all the same length! So far, it's nothing new. But, just you wait. Without any funny counts or moves, you now show all three ropes, at the same time, and
they are all exactly the same length...really !


Magician's Nightmare uses no gimmicked ropes, no magnets, no snap and no wax. You can toss the ropes out at the end. They really are all the same length! The clever gimmick that makes it work is like none you have ever seen before."

Hank Lee has a video, but it didn't work for me today.
http://www.hanklee.org/hankievision/index.html

I do have a video clip of the demo, and the performer ends with one rope in his outstretched right hand, one in an outstretched left hand, and one in his mouth. There is no doubt about it. Yet, it seems to be more of an effect to fool magicians(hence its name), and is not necessarily stronger than PN.

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I watched the demo. I'm not sure if this is what the original "poster" saw, but I would guess that it was. The guy in the demo clearly and fairly showed all three ropes separately at the end and they were all the same length.
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I may suggest that you check out Steve Bedwell's rope routine from his lecture notes " Siamese Signatures and Other Oddities".
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I also vote for Fiber Optics....great dvd...
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