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Dear all,

David Copperfield performed a cut and restored rope routine in his Orient Express Special. In the routine, he uses a table which causes the scissors to get jammed onto the table and also inside it's container so the spectator could not remove the scissors.

Any idea who created this concept? Or any authorized builder for this table?

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Cooperfield does many things that done by him are comedy but done by me are Vulgar sexualities.... and yes, is a very nice table!!!
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That second cut of David's was a beautiful combination of Bob Ellis, and George Sands.

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I can get away with everything David did with that pretty girl, but I always make it a point to pick the plainest woman in the room before I flurt with her.
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On 2008-10-18 16:28, Al Angello wrote:
That second cut of David's was a beautiful combination of Bob Ellis, and George Sands.

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I can get away with everything David did with that pretty girl, but I always make it a point to pick the plainest woman in the room before I flurt with her.

I used to pick those good looking girls, except when I wore double-knit pants. But, Hansel, you are right about flirting and stuff. Keep it clean, keep the sexuality out of magic. Isn't that what got him in the news?

Once again, I found the video.. not bad eh, Angelo? And your right, pick the plainest woman, and the fattest kid.
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Jeremy,

I think that this table was custom build for David Copperfield...

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Don't know who made the table, but the rope routine looks like it was inspired by Whit Haydn's linking ring premise.
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Pete,

I've heard aswell that Jeff Sheridan helped David on his routine, but I'm not sure.

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I remember the routine well, however I don't think the table has ever been on the market for sale.
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Check out Mac King's routine...

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On 2008-12-01 01:03, Pete Biro wrote:
Don't know who made the table, but the rope routine looks like it was inspired by Whit Haydn's linking ring premise.


The premise of the rope routine was based on the original premise from my Comedy Four Ring Routine--that the spectator assistant is somehow keeping up with the performer. I recieved a mention in the credits as a "consultant."

It was a very clever approach to the same bit, one that I can't take credit for.

Chuck Fayne also based his clever "You Do As I Do" color-changing handkerchief routine on the same premise.

In 1979, when I won "Stage Magician of the Year" at the Magic Castle largely because of my ring routine, Dai Vernon said that it was the first really new and original comedy premise he had seen in magic "in thirty years."
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I love the move where he cuts the rope by bringing the rope up with the scissors.
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I believe that move is by Eric lewis.
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I doubt if it is Eric's as Senor Mardo taught me that move in the early 1950s.
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On 2009-01-01 23:51, Pete Biro wrote:
I doubt if it is Eric's as Senor Mardo taught me that move in the early 1950s.

I have been tracing that move for a while, and it was in an Eric Lewis manuscript. Not to say that it didn't come from a previous source, but does Lewis predate Mardo? Did Senor Mardo perhaps learn it elsewhere?
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Good question. Sadly neither are around to ask. I think Mardo came from NY (or the East somewhere) before he moved to California... so I assumed it may have been a common move for the NY guys... perhaps Slydini used it too (I seem to recall him doing it).

Altho I learned it I never used it. Also, I no longer use the stock move holding both ends and bringing up the center loop. I worked out a different way in a session with Red Hanning, in Santa Rosa, CA, maybe 40 years ago.
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On 2009-01-02 12:15, Pete Biro wrote:
Good question. Sadly neither are around to ask. I think Mardo came from NY (or the East somewhere) before he moved to California... so I assumed it may have been a common move for the NY guys... perhaps Slydini used it too (I seem to recall him doing it).

Altho I learned it I never used it. Also, I no longer use the stock move holding both ends and bringing up the center loop. I worked out a different way in a session with Red Hanning, in Santa Rosa, CA, maybe 40 years ago.

I don't use the c&R that way either. I hold the one end and do the pick up differently as well. Kind of like the move we were discussing, except without the scissors, which is why I had researched it.
I should send you one of my rope lecture DVD's so I can share some theories and moves I think you would enjoy.
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How much for a DVD?
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On rope? I have three DVD's. One on the linking ropes, then one is my lecture on Just rope, and the third is my Dances with ropes routine.
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Apart from Ian's DVD, you may want to consider Daryls DVD and Francis Tabary. I still consider that Francis' FISM routine (he has others) is outstanding, especially the finale where the rope restores progressively in full view.
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