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Fabio P
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Hi,
I am looking for a routine where, after the usual PN moves (repeated twice), at the end, the magician obtains only one long piece of rope (from the initial 3), and it can be examined by the public.
Reality or impossible?
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Steve V
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I think the question should be "Why would the rope be examined?" This is my way of thinking. If you let the people inspect something, but not another, then they realize that you are only going to give them what they can inspect.
Listen to Whit Haydn's presentation on his site. He makes the statement akin to "If it wasn't normal, I wouldn't let you look at it," concerning the rope.
Your flow should be, in performance, that the audience wants to see your next routine, not stop the whole thing to look at rope. What I suggest is you have a case where you can toss in the rope when done and it appears to be one piece. If, after your show, Luigi comes up and says, "Hey'a, I a'wanna look'a atza you ropeza," you can then, in an off-handed way, say "sure" and toss him another piece of rope that IS one piece. I've done this with rings, also.
Another thing you can do is act like you are putting the rope away, then switch it, pull the other one out, and lay it out on the case or table and ignore it. Then afterward, if someone happens to grab it, it is a standard piece of rope. Then, you can always close by returning it to three pieces, and no problem exist.
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Fabio P
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I fully agree with you, Steve. The same question, in another form:
What is the most visual ending of a PN with one long piece of rope, even if not examinable?
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Steve V
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Go to Whit Haydn's site, look at his performance of the Mongolian Pop Knot, and see his ending. He just shows it is one piece and tosses it down. Good stuff.
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Dan Tong has an excellent handling of the Professor's Nightmare on Volume 2 of his new DVD set. You start with one long rope, a spectator cuts it into three "equal" pieces, and the pieces transform into three different lengths. You then, stretch the pieces so they are equal in length, and restore them into one long piece with the help of the spectator. It's a solid routine, and the rope appears normal at the end.
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I used to do a routing (Chuch Stanfield's (?) Confusin' Rope). The ending here has the three equal ropes tied together, and then untie one knot and remove the other two, leaving one length of rope (not examinable).
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Meyegr,

That is the Chuck Stanfield routine. It is still available from Magic, Inc. It's an excellent routine, although it may be easier to learn from the Dan Tong DVD. Tong also has a very deceptive count of the three ropes that is well worth studying.
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My favorite is the Charlie Miller routine, where the two knots disappear from the rope one-at-a-time. It fooled me the first few times I watched it!

Levent
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Oh man, the Charlie Miller routine. You know, I saw Charlie do this and completely forgot about it. BTW, Mr. L...reading Benson, what a fantastic job. You should be proud.
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Hi Pete:

I'm glad you liked "Roy Benson by Starlight", and I appreciate the help you provided during the research phase of the book.

I have a slightly different "clean-up" to the Charlie Miller Professor's Nightmare routine. Remind me to show it to you, if we ever cross paths again.

Best regards,
Levent (at the TAOM convention in Dallas)
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There is a nice little twist to the single rope routine to finish on the Fiber Optics CD. Gives a natural reset for table hopping.

But, so much of it boils down to personal preference and performance style.
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