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Simon Bakker
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Hello,

In a rope routine I'm performing (looks a lot like Whit haydn mongolian pop-knot routine) at one point the rope has to be cut twice. It is an option to let a spectator do the actual cutting.

My question is: Do you think it adds anything to let the spectator cut the rope? I use to think so, but now I'm not sure if it really adds anything. It could slow up your show if the spectator has trouble cutting the rope I reckon.

any opinions?

Simon
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It depends on the way you want to work... with spectator cutting it MIGHT make it better... but maybe not. Have you seen Whit's video? Do it the way he does, as I know he's worked on it for more years than you want to know.
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Do you have any other good reason for involving the spectator, other than using that moment as a convincer that the rope is actually being cut?

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I stopped having specs doing it after one cut the pad of my finger off. Another reason it isn't needed, having the spec cut, is it just blocks the view others have of the cut and most specs recognize that a cut actually took place.
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NEVER let the spectator cut the rope. Way too dangerous.
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Simon Bakker
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On 2007-02-13 21:44, MagicSanta wrote:

I stopped having specs doing it after one cut the pad of my finger off. Another reason it isn't needed, having the spec cut, is it just blocks the view others have of the cut and most specs recognize that a cut actually took place.


that's what I was thinking as well. I let a spectator examine the rope thoroughly and then do the cuting. I feel it slows down the show. I never thought about possible danger of getting cut in my hand.
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I am a comedian, and if I did the cutting myself it would eliminate about 5 minutes of cheap jokes. As far as safety is concerned I had the tip of my scissors ground down.
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Having a spectator handle sharp objects is tempting fate. Do you really want your liability insurance premiums to go up, after a claim?
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Some excellent routines, such as Whit Haydn's, require a spectator to do part of the cutting (to "even" the ends). With children, I let them use any of several comedy scissors and then do the actual cut myself. Like Al, I have rounded the points on all my scissors.

Posted: Mar 15, 2007 1:50am
Let me correct myself, I should have said: "Some excellent routines, such as BRUCE CERVON'S, require a spectator to do part of the cutting (to 'even' the ends)."

Whit Haydn's routine does not use a spectator.
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