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Brian Proctor
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I am going to be purchasing a set of Linking Ropes soon. Smile I was wondering who else uses them? What is your opinion?
Harry Murphy
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I have a little routine using the linking ropes. My ropes are the original E. G. Moore’s version from the 1960’s. The rope used then was considerable thicker than many of the versions being sold today.

My routine does a linking of two loops using ungimmicked ropes. I hand it out and have them examined and tugged on. I have a spectator untie one loop to disengage the two. Then I have her/him retie it and go into a fairly standard (but short) linking and unlinking routine ending with a chain of three.

I have always liked the linking ropes. Packs flat and can be as magical as the linking rings.
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Brian Proctor
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Hey Harry,
Thanks for your input on the subject. Seeing linking ropes for the first time made me feel like a kid again. Smile Its just so smooth and amazing when done properly. Smile
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I've used them in a 'Do as I Do' routine with kids and use the principle "look don't see" as the kids never actually link their ropes, but I think they have linked and unlinked the ropes as I have.

just an idea,

j.
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Tenyo's Linking Ropes by Hungarian magician Peter Gloviczky is the best, no question. Smile
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They are fun, quiet, and allow you to move into other rope bits easily.
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Duane Laflin has a very inexpensive video on linking ropes. He has a very good handling of the linking ropes. I think it is about $10 USD. Check our his web site. http://www.laflinmagic.com.
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Let me second the recommendation of the Duane Laflin video on handling the Linking Ropes.

As in all cases you should come up with your own routine and unique way of presenting the effect, not just copy the rather basic routine that Laflin shows on the tape, but the value of the tape is that he very clearly demonstrates the way to make the linking and unlinking moves look convincing.
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I find them a great deal of fun. I actually move to the linking ropes after the Professor's Nightmare (drop into a basket with the middle end hanging out). Stop for a sip of water, and to wipe the brow, pick up that one with the other linking ropes, and keep going. My last tale was a twist on the fairytale Rapunzel, with the prince getting the magic rope bits for the elves to help him get into the tower, due to Rapunzel going punk...
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Geoff Ray
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The linking ropes can be used as a substitute for the linking rings and are probably more effect than the linking rings, when used in close-up.
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I just bought this trick last night. I've been playing around with it for a while today. What do most of you get out of this time wise? The guy who sold it to me took about a minute from start to finish with beginning tying the ropes to the finish with unlinking all of the ropes. It blew me away actually, I really liked it.

What types of ways do you use the ropes and if you care to, what kinds of patter lines or story lines do you use with them? If you care to share, thanks so much. I really do appreciate it.

I'm mainly looking to use them for kids ranging in ages from 3 to 11.
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Harry Murphy
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I can get about three minutes from this trick.

In summary, I start with a spectator helper tying one length in a loop, and me tying another in a loop (to show how it’s done). Both loops are ungimmicked ropes (the very old ring on knotted string bit). I then link these two ropes and hand them to the spectator to unlink. Ultimately I have him untie one (it’s the only way to unlink it!).

The untied rope is taken back and given to yet a second spectator to tie in a loop, as I tie the third length into a loop. I link first one then do a traveling loop to link the third loop into a chain of three. They all come unlinked as the finale.
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I use the linking ropes in my kids show, and leave my rings at home. I think the linking ropes are a great basis for a larger routine. Add in a breakaway wand, and you'll have an entertaining routine.

Make sure to get the good quality linking ropes as the Indian version uses cheap rope.

Later,
Ed
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Dan Harlan has a bonus at the end of one of his videos combining the Linking Ropes and the Linking Rings! This is great thinking, and a beautiful routine. Check it out. Smile
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Which video is this? I have most of his but I don't remember seeing this. Is it his Pack Small Play Big series?
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No, I think it is on his A-1 rubberband video. I will double check. Smile
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Cool, let me know and if so I might purchase it.

Just a side note— A1 Multimedia was bought out by MY Magic, correct? Meir Yedid.
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My parents were just in China and bought me a set of linking ropes in a mall. I had never seen this type of gimmick before. You can actually hand the ropes out to be tied before and untied after. In the past I've seen linking ropes that look more like the gimmick in linking rings. Is the idea of using a M****T new? Or is that the original method and I'm just not remembering it right?
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Harry Murphy
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That is E.G. Moore's original method.
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David Todd
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Edwin Hooper of Supreme Magic in England had a different method for doing the Linking Ropes. Marketed under the name "King-King Rope Rings". It's in Edwin's book "Edwin's Magic : Volume 2 ".

I've never tried combining the two methods, but I'm sure that someone at sometime has combined the Edwin Hooper gimmick with the E.J. Moore gimmick to use both to link the rope rings during a routine .

I remember after purchasing the Edwin/Supreme version of Linking Ropes thinking "this will never fool anyone" and being very surprised to find that it did in fact fool everyone who saw it. The gaff seems too obvious and simple if you are "in the know", but it works on a lay audience.

The important thing with both versions, E.J. Moore's and Edwin's, is to do the linking move on the off-beat, so that the rope rings are linked before anyone realizes it. Then the reveal that the ropes are linked can be sold with the best acting and pantomime that one can muster.
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