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the sean
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Does anyone have an alternate ending to the professor's nightmare other than, "Look, I have three the same length, then take them apart and they're different sizes"? Smile
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How about transforming the three ropes to a single long rope?

Don't forget that you need appropriate patter for the restoration to make sense.
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One thing I do sometimes is tie the ends of the ropes together (you can figure it out). It looks like you have three 'hoops' of ropes in your hand. A magical gesture and throw the 'hoops' into the air and you get one large hoop. Put it in your pocket and acknowledge the applause.
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I like Daryl's routine. Very well done and does have a nice ending.

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I use to do the George Sands routine, did it for years, it's great. Now that I'm getting up in years I look for easier routines. (As you get older, the memory sometimes slips).
Now I do the basic stretching routine, prove they are 3 separate ropes of the same length, drape them over my case Switching them for exact duplicates of the same length (my gimmicked Linking Ropes). After getting 2 helpers to assist me, I go into my Linking Ropes.

It is important to allow your audience to tug on the ropes before going into the Professor's Nightmare. When you go into the Linking phase the ropes have already been examined.

I would also recommend the newer thick white rope that is available today. It makes a difference.

There are numerous endings and handlings of this well worn gem, most are worthwhile. Smile
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If you can find a copy of the Conway Rope Trick by Pat Conway. It was sold by Ken Brooke in the 70's. If you find it, you will have a great ending for the routine.

In essence, you have the three equal ropes that are then tied together. With a slight flourish, you display the rope with no knots! Used by Bruce Cervon.

Charlie Miller also had a handling for the same plot in one of his Magicana columns.

Keep searching.


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Green is right, Pat Conway's is killer. Also, Whit Hayden's version is even stronger.
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OPUS: I'm not sure if this is going to be allowed to be posted but I'm going to try.
When you've finished the Professors Nightmare and then as you say stretch it into one single rope... can I make it into one rope with normal ropes or do I need to buy gimmiked ones? And if I do, do they come in the same sizes as the ones in the Professors Nightmare? Smile
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I go into the linking ropes and finish that with a rope to silk using a modified story of rapunzel, and the efforts to reach her in the tower.....
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I would tie the small piece around the large piece while they are linked and dispose of the medium piece. Then do a sliding knot trick
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