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Is Optical Ropes worth the price and the amount of time it takes to learn it.
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Part of my Dances with ropes (the non-m****tic) segment does exactly the same as some of the description of optical ropes.
In my estimation, it is all a derivation of existing routines based on the work of Sands with Sandsational rope, and The Panama rope routine with elements of "full circle".
There is a review on magic talk:

As far as the price, Penguin and magical pro magic has it for $16.80, elmwood for $15. There is a gimmick involved, so it is not pure. I find the ads misleading when saying there is just 3 ropes.

The demo has lots of "jump cuts" in it, so I don't know how smooth the transitions are. The total time to do the effect seems short.
As amusing as it is to show extra rope ends hanging down and then restoring the ropes, there is a lot to be desired to hide the palms so much. I personally prefer to be more open in my rope work.
Back to the Optical Ropes: you have elements of other effects on the market. The 3-2-1 rope effect, Sams ropes by Sam Dalal, and others which sell for $3-$5 without DVD's. On the high end, but really a great effect is the Tabary Rope routine.
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