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Hi all. I know it's been said a lot before but I rehearsed this for a year with immediate family. I finally just performed this twice (at two corporate events) and I have to say it simply kills. The audience is howling throughout the whole routine! If you perform a stand up show and like to use rope and comedy... you should check this out if you haven't already.

It's very well thought out, depends on some great comedy principles and even has a callback. For the audience member that is on stage during this, it's a thing of absolute beauty! To them it is completely impossible!

Steve Bedwell's "In Over Your Head" is a great read and looks great on paper... amazingly it is even better than I thought it would be live. If it fits your style and you put the work into it that it deserves, it's a great comedy rope routine with powerful audience participation and cooperation.

Ok, that's all that I will say. This thing is awesome. They truly loved it (understatement) at both shows.
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None of this is TRUE! All of you PLEASE avoid this effect! As a matter of fact, it is unavailable..yeah...that's it...UNAVAILABLE. That's right...it's not even sold anymore....so...keep moving people! Smile

Jay - Shhhhhhh!!!!!!!!

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Uhm... yes! Scott is correct! I was trying to trick everyone into wasting a bunch of their time!

(help! I am past my edit time limit on the orginal post!)
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It is too hard to do and requires five years of practice.
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On 2008-03-03 18:09, Pete Biro wrote:
It is too hard to do nd requires five years of practice.


Yep! Plus I just found out they were really boo'ing me, not applauding!

Scott - OMG you look like John Locke (Terry O'Quinn) from LOST. Look!http://images.eonline.com/eol_images/Profiles/20061008/244.quinn.terry.100606.jpg
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Well...LOST certainly applies to me!

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On 2008-03-03 18:37, Scott Compton wrote:
Well...LOST certainly applies to me!

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lol! Me too! Smile
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I agree with you, the effect is good, but I think it’s difficult to combine it with Fiber Optics due it shows the secret to the trick.

Question: Does anyone join this effect with another Rope routine?
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Do you belong to SAM 4, IBM 6, or go to Super Sunday? If so I'd like to get together with you to discuss rope magic.
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I have the manuscript, and have always wanted to see this performed.

I don't think Steve Bedwell has a dvd with this on it.

Is there any footage online of this routine?
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I doubt that bedwell would want footage of this out there. I've seen it performed once but it was done with a stooge and was not that great. ok though.
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Steve himself told me that he has no footage of his performance of the trick.
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It's not hard to imagine a performance of this great routine from Steve's booklet. If you've ever watched a youtube video of Al Flosso doing the Miser's Dream with a kid onstage, that's close to what it is like. I love it but it's too over the top for my persona.
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Dear all,
I perform a rope routine as a close up act, and have a booking to do close up followed by a bit of stage / parlour. Will performing a rope routine with elements of Fiber Optics (with other influences)during the close up spoil a performance of 'In over your head' later?
The usual requirement of enough practice and suitable presentation would obviously be met before I did perform something based on this.
Thanks!
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Puggo; My intuitive answer to your question would be; yes.

I think it more likely than not that the one rope routine would tread on the toes of the other. However, even if the answer is not; yes, but; maybe, why risk it?

Steve's 'In Over Your Head' routine is, (IMO) excellent but there are a thousand other effects you could turn your attention to where the possibility of this toe treading would be completely avoided.

Frank, you don't say whether or not it was Steve Bedwell you saw performing this routine. When I 1st read your post it sounded like that's what you meant. But on 2nd reading you don't actually say that and given that Steve doesn't stooge anyone for this routine, (in fact stooging it is a terrible idea. You have nothing to gain from it and stand to loose the whole soul of the routine if anyone was to suspect that what they were watching was being faked) and he gets a great reaction from it. I'm assuming therefore that you saw someone who doesn't understand what the routine is about perform it badly.

I'm pretty sure if I was to pick up some rope now and go out and perform Fibre Optics in my next show it would be painful to watch. Why? because I've never learnt the moves in the routine.... and I've certainly not worked on scripting and staging it. However me going out and performing Fibre Optics wouldn't make it a bad routine it would just make me a bad performer.

Of course if you have reasons other than a bad performance to dislike Steve's routine that's fair enough. I think it's a brilliantly constructed masterful piece of theatre and so it would be very interesting for me to hear a differing opinion.

Neal.
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Neal,
Thanks for your comments. I think that I will go ahead and buy the routine, although probably won't have practiced it enough to be proficient, and to have adapted it to my style. I guess I'll be doing something else for the 'parlour' performance instead.
I understand there could be several reasons why there is not footage of this routine, but I would still love to see it, either on DVD or live, as I am a rope fan.
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Nope. It was not Bedwell that I saw. someone different. It wasn't poorly done but a real spectator would have made it much better.
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On 2008-06-30 16:49, Frank Starsini wrote:
...... but a real spectator would have made it much better.


Frank; regarding this point.... I'm sure you're right.
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Doctor Bedwell is a terific performer.He won many awards with his cassette act..Cordially,Howard
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I just got this manuscript the other day. sounds like a GEM. I don't do stage but more of close up and street magic. I don't want to carry scissors with me but what about using a pocket knife or a multi-tool that has small scissors built in to cut the rope?

I'm already doing paper balls over the head and sponge ball routines using crumpled bills and napkins
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