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Benjamin Dove
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I have never found myself interested in rope magic, but a lot of people seem to like it. I would like to hear what you all think about rope magic and the responses you get in ratio to the difficulty of the tricks.

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Rope magic is great, but you are asking us to state what is already in this forum, try reading the posts here it is a warehouse of rope information, we have some top rope workers here, lots of insight, lots of good suggestions. Welcome to the Café.
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On 2008-08-04 11:47, DoveMagic wrote:
I have never found myself interested in rope magic, but a lot of people seem to like it. I would like to hear what you all think about rope magic and the responses you get in ratio to the difficulty of the tricks.

Benjamin Dove

Check out youtube and keyword Rope tricks, or rope magic... and enjoy several hours.
I have many videos of my acts and so do others.
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Packs small plays as big as you want, entertains and baffles. What more could you want?
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Very visual and gets great reactions.

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Whit Haydn
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I have done my rope routine surrounded and close-up, as well as on a stage for 8000 people. It is just 14 feet of rope and a pair of sheers.

It kills 10 minutes and the audience. I have used it in every conceivable standup performing situation, and it has been a central part of my act for thirty years.

You can learn the routine in a couple of hours.

As Pete says, what more could you want?

You can see my routine is here:

http://www.whithaydn.com/video_clips.htm
ttorres
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It is hard to beat a good rope routine and in my humble opinion Whit's "Mongolian Pop-Knot" is one of the very best. It offers some very entertaining and visual magic as well as some extremely hilarious comedy.

I added “The Mongolian Pop Knot” to my show about two years ago and it is one of the most well received routines I perform.

Thanks Whit!

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Whit’s “Mongolian Pop-Knot” is my favorite rope routine. I love watching Whit perform it. I have purchased it and can perform it, but I’m having a hard time “making it my own”. It’s just so hard not to throw in a lot of Whit’s material into the performance. He’s a master.

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I used to think rope magic was kind of boring too. There's a lot of people defending it in this thread, and I think for good reason! Before I got into rope magic, my impression of it (from reading general magic books that included some rope tricks) was that it was mostly cut and restored rope and trick knots.

Once I started exploring it though, I found there's some really awesome routines out there. Stuff like Mogolian pop-knot and Daryl's Jumping Knot of Pakistan are world-class effects. Fiber Optics is every bit as fun to practice and perform as the Ambitious Card. And well-done rope magic gets a tremendous response from audiences.

I think its a lot like other areas of magic. For every routine the caliber of Triumph or Amibitious Card, there's 101 lame-o "pick a card and I'll reveal it" tricks. For every Winged Silver or 3-Fly, there's 101 tricks like, as Jerry Seinfield put it, "Here's a coin, now its gone, you're a jerk."

You just have to seperate the wheat from the chaff. There's some really fun, visual, crowd-pleasing effects to be found in rope magic. Just do your research and don't be dissuaded by the lamer tricks that can be found in general audience magic books.
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OK guys, I'm convinced. I'm getting Mongolian Pop Knot. Fantastic!
'unc.
You can fool some of the people all of the time, and that's usually good enough to make a decent living.
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Uncleperry,

You'll love Whit's Mongolian Pop Knot, but...ummm...buy lots of rope. Yes...LOTS of rope!
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Rope magic is so versatile because it can be as easy or difficult as you want, from self working, to some difficult sleights. I have seen people like David Copperfield use very simple cut & restored rope to really entertain. It's all in the presentation.

In most performances I nearly always include at least one rope effect. Some that I can think of that I have used:
cut & restored rope
Daryl's jumping knot
professor's nighmare
fiber optics
linking ropes
3 colour rope ring
ring off rope
colour changing shoelaces
grandmother's necklace
rope thru neck
stiff rope

Most of these are pretty easy, and they all get a great response. As I said, it's all in the presentation.
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it's all in the presentation.


How true it is, I've been presenting my own version of Fiber Optics for about a month and the audience response has been overwelming.
It's truly a joy to perform and it is just as effective on stage as it is up close
it's become my "go to" routine.
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Benjamin, buy Whit's Mongolian Pop Knot and Jeremy Pei's http://www.PowerfulRopeMagic.com and you will have everything you need to develop your routine. I mentioned in another thread that I have developed a 15 minute sidewalk busking show with nothing but ropes from these 2 DVD's The preliminary response (one night in a restaurant and one party) has been GREAT and I will have it on the street in a couple of weeks.

One thing, Whit gives advice on how to "show the rope after the performance" I do what he suggested and have gotten standing ovations for his pop knot.

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On 2008-08-04 11:47, DoveMagic wrote:
I have never found myself interested in rope magic, but a lot of people seem to like it.

Ben, it is really up to you. It will not hurt to give it a try. But if you still no longer have any interest in it, it will best for you to put it aside. It will have to please you while it is in your hands if you want to please an audience. Good luck.
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I have the same looking of the ropes.
But now I loved it
Its practical, Visual, Misterious and Fun to the audience.
Try once, and you loved too ;D
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....and if you're looking for great rope at great prices, visit http://www.BaronianTrading.com
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Zazz
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Daryl's thick rope he sells on his Fooler Doolers web site is the best I've used.
http://www.foolerdoolers.com

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On 2008-10-24 15:41, Zazz wrote:
Daryl's thick rope he sells on his Fooler Doolers web site is the best I've used.
http://www.foolerdoolers.com

Dan

Compared to what others?
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For some reason, rope magic is the hardest for me. But it plays so big and is so easy to carry around, I am faithfully learning the effects.
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