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Craig Peterson
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I am adding a rope effect to my parlor/platform routine, but am in a bind as to what makes a rope good. I'm sure I could use clothesline, but I would probably be missing out. There are lots of good comments on where to get rope, but not so many on what makes a buy good. So:

1) What diameter do you need for a close-up, parlor, or platform routine?

2) What looks suspicious? What looks normal?

3) How soft is soft? Does it really need to be cotton?

4) Coring a rope can make it look limp. Am I better off getting a rope you don't need to core?

Thanks
leftytheclown
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You have lots of questions, and there are not any easy answers. These responses are strictly IMHO. A better person to ask might be Dennis Loomis at http://www.loomismagic.com , who has a Knot DVD and knows a lot about rope routines.

For platform: bright white rope 1/2 diameter is not a bad choice. Although depending on the routine, any bright color will do.

Softness: I like round, soft rope that's braided. You will need to ask dealers and check out hardware stores to see what they have. They used to sell rope with a foam core that was soft, round, and easy to use.

However for some escape routines, stiffer rope may be better to allow you to get some slack.

Suspicions: Most people will believe ropes are normal until you give them a reason to doubt. Obviously if you have gaffed ropes, your naturalness and familiarity with the routine will go a long way to dismiss doubts.

Cored: I prefer cored rope, even if it makes it look limp. Some types of rope are cored, yet remain round and still have a firmness.

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Speaking from relative inexperience, I would say that some effects require the rope to be smooth and frictionless (eg - not hairy). Others require it to fall back into shape quickly (eg - so that a loop can quickly turn into a straight bit).

Sometimes thin rope is easier than thick (eg - There's a move in Mark Leveridge's Ring Competition where you throw a metal ring onto an already knotted loop of rope. It works better with my cheap Walmart clothes line than my expensive magician's cotton rope.)
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Craig,
There are hundreds of rope tricks, and several correct answers. In my briefcase, I carry four kinds of rope, and there are over 10 rope tricks that I like to do. So my question to you is, what rope tricks do you do?
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Daniel Faith
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Cotton Clothesline from Walmart works great for C&R and Prof. Nightmare type routines.
In fact, it will work just fine for about 90-95% of all rope effects.
You really don't need to buy expensive rope.
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Over the years, I'm sure I have gone through miles of rope, eight feet at a time. Nothing is better than plain ole cotton clothesline. For the last twenty-five years, I have been supplied by two famous magic shops: WalMart and Big Lots. The current price is about $.03/ft. I haven't used any since yesterday! Today hasn't started yet.

There was a time when I bought rope by the pound from the manufacturer in Georgia. It was cheaper then! (300' for $2.50) Life goes on. Over-spending is not a status symbol to some of us.

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MKmagic
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I use a soft nylon rope from Walmart for my Professor's Nightmare routine.
It works good for me.
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Unless you have specific reason for doing so...use white.
To most people, ropes are white...unless you want them to instantly think gaff.
Crazy people take the psycho-path thru the forest...
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Use any kind of rope you like, just make sure you buy a very good quality scissors, so you look like a real magician cutting the rope with no stress.
I do not like to see a magician having a hard time to cut a rope, since it does not make sense (we have magic power).
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