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As I mentioned in another post, I am putting together a routine where a rope is cut and restored multiple times using multiple methods. Here is my question to those of you who regularly do something like this, what length rope do you start with and does anyone ever notice that the rope ends up shorter than it started? Any thoughts and opinions are appreciated. Thanks.
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I use a 10 foot piece.

I do 2 "cut and restored", both the same method, each a completely different effect. Then I go into a "Prof. Nightmare" then with the longer of the 3 "Same sized" ropes, I do a final C&R with another different effect. The Professor's nightmare makes having a shorter rope obvious. Losing 6-10" of rope at a time otherwise is reasonably unnoticeable (Unless you bring attention to it).

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In 1956 Walter Gibson published a book for the general public, youth market, called “What’s New in Magic”. It is a little gem of a book!

One of the many treasures in it is his “Six-cut rope trick”. He started with a six-foot length of rope and cut it six times. Each time a using a different methodology and at one point doing a double cut ending with the rope knotted in two places and then restored (no not the Panama rope cut!).

His is a great start point for this type of routine since it is a very well paced and flowing routine with one cut just flowing into the next. In fact, well practiced, this whole routine with all of its six cuts is done in little more time than I’ve seen some magicians use in just doing a single cut and restored.

I perform it from time to time just for the fun of it!

The book is often found in the youth section of the public library. Used magic book sellers often have it. I haven’t checked Amazon yet but I would not be surprised if they didn’t have it listed used too!
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I'm going to keep my eye out for that book. I do five cut C&R, but for the finish it's the triple pop knot.
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Al the book can be had used from Amazon (I just checked 3-11-08) for $6.00! Heck I've paid more for pamphlets! LOL!!

The Gibson ends with two sliding knots using the old wind the rope around the hand ploy.

Ted thanks! LOL!! It is just I'm as old as mud and never had any other hobby or avocation! Been accumulating this stuff since I was 12 and am past Social Security age now! LOL!!!
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I start with about 5 feet of rope, and do 3 C&Rs. No one has ever commented on the rope being shorter at the end.
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I do a 3 cut routine and a 5 cut routine.

3 = 6 foot
5 = 10 foot

I don't think anyone ever notices a length difference...
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