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Hey everyone,

I'm looking to expand my repertoire and I feel like rope magic is a fantastic direction to go in. That being said though, I am VERY NEW to rope magic and was hoping to get some advice.

What books and/or videos would you recommend to someone who is beginning in rope magic?
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I like Aldo Colombini’s rope videos. I understand that has at least a lot of the Colombini material.

I also like Fiber Optics by Richard Sanders.

That said, a basic cut and restored rope routine is a very powerful thing. It is in a lot of books and videos. Try to come up with a story to motivate the routine, and try to make it a vehicle for your character.

Dick Oslund
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I have worked with Aldo. His material with rope is XLNT!

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"Self Working Rope Tricks" by Fulves can be a good place to start
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Aldo Colombini

Dennis Loomis' Knot Routine Plus really got me into Rope Magic. My partner Tom and I were lucky enough to be close friends with Dennis as he prepared to make the project. I had avoided Ropes prior to that because my dyslexia made them hard to follow. Dennis had a clear style and an easy approach to learning each trick. He has a lot of one off tricks that can be added to make a routine but don't require learning a long routine to get started.

-Mary Mowder
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I'll second Funsway's suggestion of the Fulves book, and add Bill Severn’s Magic with Rope, Ribbon, & String.

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Per Dick's advice, Abbott's Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks may be the best investment you will ever make!

In my opinion, it should be in every Magician's library.
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Dear friends in magic,

in my opinion one of the most underestimated sources for good and fundamental knowledge is Marc Wilson‘s Complete Course in Magic...

I‘m definitely seconding anything said about Colombini, Daryl, Sands and Sanders above, but you‘ll find a load of fun to start with in this fine book.

Greetings from Germany

Dick Oslund
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Yes! The sequential drawings are vert helpful.
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Pop Haydn’s Mongolian Pop Knot is a full routine that has both cut and restored, and professors nightmare. For like $20, the video / book download combo is a steal as that one routine is so solid and works literally anywhere.
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Abbott's Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks is a great one. Also The Award-Winning Rope Magic of Francis Tabary explains his FISM act. He has some videos as well.
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Rope magic – like all magic – must be entertaining and so a routine is necessary.

In my thread of Perverse Magic on the Genii Forum I suggested such a routine on February 1, 2007 (Page 98 of the book “Gerald Deutsch’s Perverse Magic: The First Sixteen Years”) I suggested a routine based on what Slydini used to do.

The routine is:
1 A cut and restored rope
2 A repeat
3 Professor’s Nightmare

A card effect is done between 2 and 3 with the magician confused – as is the case with much Perverse Magic.
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