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magic1178
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Shawn Farquhar performs this effect as well, it's beautiful, he does it to music, awesome
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I had one many years ago and after working with it in several shows, I found I wasn't getting the reaction I wanted.

The trick needs really clever patter or music to fill the time it takes to tie it up to two microphone stands (or whatever), and to strike it afterwards. Otherwise, you have a lot of dead time onstage with little of interest going on.

If you are not going to use music, I suggest you really work hard on the patter or story you use when performing this trick. The illusion is very strong, but it still needs strong showmanship to sell it.
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I saw it performed once. It didn't really have much of a presentation and it still made my jaw drop. Maybe Jim's audiences were too dumbstruck to say anything. At the time I was so impressed. I didn't realize it had no presentation. Just my experience, I'm not saying you should neglect presentation.
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The original concept was Paul Curry's and my jaw more than dropped when I saw Doug Henning do it in New York.

Curry's method used two assistants and was really difficult to set up.

Pavel's is a piece of cake to do... you do need to practice tying the knots so they look like real knots... but the rope cannot stand inspection or be touched by the audience.

For the streets use Bob Sheets' rope through body... you can be fairly rough with it, even though it has a gimmick.

Sheeets get a ton out of it and I have seen him do it on the street.
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Harry performs the WALKING knot on the young comedians special:
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Does anyone know how Pavels Super Walking Knot compares with the Conradi Rope Trick I recently saw advertised? The effects are different but may or may not be based on similar principles. PM me is necessary.
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I don't own or perform the Super Walking Knot but my good buddy Chuck Mignosa does and I've handled his rope and seen his routine. It is a killer effect, but you really must be on stage, a little distance from the audience. Anybody close is going to be able to see the gaffs and it's just not a piece of street magic at all.
Chuck has a very nice presentation that also tends to get around the fact that the rope will get dirty over time and is difficult, if not impossible, to clean because of the gaffs.
Chuck first does a more standard cut and restored rope routine with the smaller diameter white magicians rope. It's handled and examined by a member of the audience. When it's over, and the spectator has been dismissed, the show is "interrupted" by the sudden appearance onstage of the "janitor." This is a person that was seen briefly before the show started, sweeping the stage and dressed as a custodian. In Chuck's case, the "janitor" was played to perfection by Ormond McGill. At any rate, this "janitor" suddenly walks out and challenges the magician to do the rope trick "his way." He's dragging a kind of old but heavyweight rope with him that looks like it's something he may use for fastening down loads or creating impromptu barricades. In reality, it's the Super Walking Rope. Chuck, apparently surprised by this, accepts the challenge. The janitor now bring two chairs out onto the stage and positions them some ten or twelve feet apart. He then ties the ends of the rope to the chairs, leaving the necessary slack required by the method. He then challenges Chuck to cut the rope and put it back together. Chuck then allows him to choose any spot and cut the rope himself. (Possible since you're working with a "stooge.") The janitor does so, and Chuck then ties the loose ends of the rope together as per Pavels handling. He then, slides the knot to a different spot on the rope once or twice. Strong effect. And then asks the "janitor" where he would like the knot to end up. The janitor indicates a spot and Chuck slides the knot there, and unties the knot at that point. The janitor just grabs the two chairs, one in each hand with the pieces of rope dragging behind, and exits, shaking his head and muttering to himself.
It's a beautiful theater piece, but will only work if the audience believes that the "janitor" is real... connected to the venue you're performing in, and not a part of the "show."
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Nice idea with the Janitor... thanks for posting Smile
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RoyHolidayMagic
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Pavel does have the "Junior Walking Knot", six feet for about $75.
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Hi Richard

The Walking Knot is a great trick and there is nice version in Jim Steinmeyer's book Device and Illusion. The routine is not quite as versatile as the Pavel version but the major advantage is that the rope is ungimmicked. The trick can be made at home for very little cost too.

I would recommend this one!

Regards
Scott
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