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Any suggestions on best bang for the buck rope material? (Book, Video, Manuscripts)

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Hi Davis,

It depends on what you are looking to learn. Moves, routines etc.

Aldo Colombini has a great rope book called
"On The Ropes" as well as some great videos and a manuscript.

Daryl also has a couple great routines.
"Daryl's Routine" and the "Jumping Knot of Pakistan"

My own routine is just out on video, producd by Martin Lewis called "Loose Ends"
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I personally think Daryl's "Expert Rope Magic Made Easy" video set is one of the best source for rope magic. It has a lot of rope materials inside and as with Daryl's style, his explanation is very clear and you will have no problems in learning.
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Can't go wrong with the classic: Abbott's Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks for Magicians by Stewart James. The Dover edition is under ten bucks last I checked.
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I quite agree with you but there are two lesser known Volumes of that series too, volume two and three.

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On the Ropes gets my vote. Columbini is a nice guy, and has invented some cool routines that don't require knuckle busting moves to do. Well worth it!
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Great advice! Now I just have to figure out (a continuing process) how to prioritize my magic spending $$$$. Thanks to all - Smile

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I like Richard Sanders "Three Ropes and a Baby." I don't how many different rope moves it has as compared to the others mentioned, but I think it is a great routine that is worthy of your consideration. It's only $15 bucks from MagicSmith and they have a nice demo of the routine you can look at as well.

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Who sells Abbots Vol 2&3?
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Let us not forget George Sands "Sandsational Rope" routine in its various manifestations. It is the touchstone for all non-cut cut and restored rope routines.

I got my copy used for $1.00 at a magic swap meet.
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And the two videos by Tabary... Brilliant. Any word as to when it will come out in DVD?

Also, check out if you can the two videos by Flip on the ropes and rope knots published by Videonics. Incredible stuff.

Hope that helps. Better late than never.


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Which routine would each of of you suggest buying. 3 ropes and a baby, or George Sands Sandsational Rope Routine.
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I'd probably buy both.

Three ropes... costs about $15. U.S. anywhere and Sandsational is a small book. I think mine cost $5. U.S..

Both are excellent effects but are different.

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I don't normally like to learn from a video, I much prefer a well written and illustrated text, but the Tabary routine was so exciting that I spent about a month with a remote and rope while I learned it. This routine has been my "baby" for 3 years now, and I never tire of performing it. There are more applause cues in this routine than you can imagine.
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If you can find it, take a look at "Magic with Rope, Ribbon and String" by Bill Severn. Published by David McKay Co. in 1982.

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The book "Give a magician enough rope" is good. It contains almost the complete G. Sands routine, several versions on the equal unequal ropes and several other routines.

Tabary's lecture notes give you more for your money than his tapes.

33 rope and chain escapes is a great book, if you like that sort of effects.

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Troublewit mentioned the Tabary routine on video. Could someone run through the routine and describe the effects? I have Daryl's Rope does it compare?


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The three volumes of the old Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks have been gathered together in a new, hard bound revised edition that now contains over 400 pages and over 1,500 illustrations. It is called the Stewart James' Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks. This book and Aldo Colombini's rope book called On The Ropes are probably the two best magic rope books now availiable.
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On 2002-08-21 12:54, KingStardog wrote:
Who sells Abbots Vol 2&3?

If you have the paperbound copy of Vol.1. There is no other paperbacks for Vol.2 and 3, Dove Publications printed the paperback books. Abbott's Magic Co. of Colon, MI published the originals in hardbound and is still in business and on the internet. They may still have a few copies of the individual volumes they published in hard bound cover left for sale.

Fun Inc, or Royal Magic has published all 3 books in 1 Volume. It is the latest of what Abbott's should have done years ago.
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If you go to the Rope Inventor's Project on my site, you can get a good idea of how the new Stewart James' Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks compares to the old Abbott's Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks by looking at the table of contents. Keep in mind that my site shows only Inventors of rope effects or principles of rope magic and leaves out many of the tricks where the inventor is unknown or just listed as "public domain," so you get a lot of bang for your buck with this book. The larger size makes the illustrations seem clearer, as well.
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