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I have a question, the book: Stewart James' Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks (Book) - The ESSENTIAL volume in rope magic which..which sells for around $50.00 or less. There is another Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks that sells for $10.00 or less and I have that one. My question is: Is it worth it for me to move up to the $50.00 book, does it have that much more? I also have Daryl's 3 rope dvds and maybe this is all I need.
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You're sure to get all kinds of advice on this one! I have both, plus Volume Three of the original set. I don't think you'll find that more material in the new, all in one, book, but you've probably noticed that a lot of people refer to effects by their page number in the new book, so it may be worth it to you to have it as a reference.

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I assume that you have what originally was volume 1 of a 3 volume set that has been combined into a single book. By glancing at the table of contents, I would say that the newer version has about double the number of effects than the volume 1 alone has. I have compiled a list of the effects and which volume that they origianlly came from (has all of the new version, essentially all of V1, but just portions of V2 & V3), which I can provide, but it just gives the names of the effects, which generally aren't all that descriptive.

As far as price goes, Vol 1 is almost a give-away, the other two volumes have been out of print, and have sold for over $100 apiece on eBay. If you really like rope magic, go for it. If you just want some more interesting material, get Fulve's Self Working Rope. If you want a nice routine, consider Haydn's Mongolian Pop Knot, Sander's Fiber Optics, or some of the stuff by Magic Ian.

Other good sources of rope magic are Tarbell, and Wilson's Complete Course.
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