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George Ledo
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I'm looking for a cut-&-restored rope effect and wanted to see what some of you considered a good one nowadays. I'd like to keep it clean and simple visually: cut the rope, tie a knot, restore it, and throw it out to the audience. Thanks much.
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You can get this effect from almost any beginner magic book. As far as I know there's only one way to do it. And even if I'm wrong once you know a technique, it's up to you to dress it how you want it to look.
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There are several different “techniques” to the cut and restored trick.

Gavin mentions the technique that is found in almost every beginner’s magic book, and the most used by magicians (Slydini, Daryl, Malone, etc., etc.).

The George Sands, Pat Page (and others) version can be repeated and repeated again and again using the same rope over and over as it doesn't get any shorter (can't do that with the method that Gavin is thinking about). Check out Pat Page’s Everlasting Rope.

Now how about an even easier one? How about showing a length of rope, finding the center and openly and cleanly cutting it, then without tying a knot, simply toss the rope into the air and it is magically restored. Then toss it into the audience? Good? Yep, and even older than the method that Gavin is thinking of.

This method is also found in some old kid oriented magic books. It is even in a magic book that I have that is dated 1887. You can see it performed on one of Steve Bidwell’s tapes but it is not explained. For the explanation you will have to find Danny Korem’s “Without Limits” (if you can find the book). I forget the youth market book that it is in.

Yep, there are several methods all different that will give you the effect. The one that Gavin mentions is the easiest to find. Hey Walter Gibson in his “What’s New In Magic” has a “six-cut and restored” version. Yep, using the technique (and a couple of others) you openly cut and restore the rope six times (one phase you cut the rope in two places!).

For a flash opener it is difficult to beat the Bidwell/Korem version. It is quick, visual, and magical.

For a longer routine then maybe Slydini’s Cut and Restored to Professors Nightmare.

For something in between and an instant reset version to perform table-hopping then check out the Pat Page version.

I actually perform all these versions depending on the venue and the act (including how and where in the act it goes). I think that they are all best. Just best in different places!
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I think Harry Was referring to "Bill Neff's Miracle Cut & Restored Rope Trick." This is sold by Abbott's Magic Mfg. Co, Colon, MI. It comes with everthing you need for the effect. By the way, a spectator can cut the rope in the middle. Then in a flash the rope is restored and thrown to the audience.

http://www.abbottmagic.com

Check there on line catalong.

The only drawback is that you waste a lot of rope doing the effect. Now that Wal-Mart has cheap cotton rope available, the cost can be cut down a bit.
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Jack Miller's Holdout version. Cleanest, most magical one I know!

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Hey thanks for that Bill! I had forgotten the “Neff Miracle Cut and Restored Rope.” It does use the principle I was thinking of. It is a true Miracle!

Doug, the Neff version (or the Bidwell version, or the Danny Korem version) is very (very, very) similar to the Jack Miller version. They have a modified gimmick that is one handed. In fact neither hand/arm have to move at all unlike the Miller. Think vanishing silk!

Bill, I buy a pretty thick rope. I buy 50-foot lengths. I cut 5 feet off for the main rope. That leaves me with enough rope to perform the trick over 60 times (I make and 8-inch gimmick, which is large, I know, but works).

I love this version of the trick.
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George Ledo
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Thanks for the comments!

Many years ago, I was using the "standard" method Gavin and Harry were referring to -- with a couple of my own modifications -- and yes I did go thru a lot of rope. But I appreciate the note on the Bill Neff version, which I had completely forgotten about. I'll check it out. And thanks for the tip on Wal-Mart!!!!!
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Bill Hegbli
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I love the Bill Neff method to retrieving the gimmick. The ladies red nylon idea is a gem.

I wonder if anyone would think it is funny, being women do not wear nylons any longer?
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Mitch Williams had a variation of the Bill Neff routine in an issue of Magical Art Journal. It allowed the performer to do the restoration in slow motion. I never tried it, but it seemed very good.

If anyone has an old MAJ issue, it might be worth checking out - I can't remember which issue, unfortunately.

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The late Sheigo Tekagi had one of the best cut and restored routines.
The rope is cut many times and each time the effect gets stronger and stronger.
I have him performing this on an old Japanese video.
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