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Jon Allen
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Sorry I'm late on this one guys.

The false count is not described in my lecture notes but it is in the lecture. I like to offer something to the people who go to the lecture that is not in the notes. A thank you for coming. Smile

The false count is on the video as is the finale. There are actually 3 different versions of the finale, the best of which is where you walk away leaving your helper holding 3 equal lengths of rope. As they move their hands apart, they are now holding 3 different lengths of rope.
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Wow, I learned mine y e a r s ago in a little kid's boxed magic kit form Marshal Brodein! It was done using a thin sash cord, which was later replaced by me with heavier rope, but then it also had the rice bowls (I later bought bigger bowls too), cups and balls, and a number of the basic classics.
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It is a cheap trick to buy. I think it is excellent, and always confuses an audience if performed correctly. It can be tricky to start with. The mirror is good for practice.
Dennis Michael
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There is a video tape called "Full Circle" which brings to life the tired Standard Professor's Nightmare Routine usinh a ring and the Professor's Nightmare Ropes.
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"The Armchair Magician" is another source for the basics of this trick, and a few good TT standards. I don't remember the authors' names.
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There is a good demo of this effect on Penquin's site.

The FALSE COUNT is a mind blower!

http://www.penguinmagic.com/product.php?ID=60

I've set up a routine that starts with Tarbell's "Many Cut Rope Mystery" (a C&R), then Robinson's "PN Setup" (from Allmagic.com), and ends with the Nightmare.

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Guy Hollingworth's version was presented in the September,1999 issue of Genii.
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I found it inThe Complete Idiot's Guide to Magic Tricks by Tom Ogden.

Great explanation of this effect, and great overall book.
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I learned Professors Nightmare from Tremain's video: "Comercial Close Up Act".
Anybody can say my: Aldo Coloumbini method is different?
And Second question: In Coloumbini method, at end of trick all 3 ropes is one.
What method show Aldo? Method with gimmick like gimmick used in linking Ropes (spiking without explanation secrets is so hard,) Smile or changing ropes and can give one long rope to spectator for controlling?
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I have to agree with Andy Charlton's early comment. Aldo Colombini's Professor's Math, where you cut the rope into 3 unequal lengths, stretch them even, and then fully restore the rope, is fantastic and the best version that I have seen.

Aldo has included it and a number of other great effects in his lecture notes (the name if which I cannot remember).


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WarlockDrummer: Fully restore the rope = I can give the rope to spectators???

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Daryl also has a very detailed description of the PN Routine on an old Video, "The Magic Castle Lecture." He gives hints on the false count, and at the end of the routine, he ties the equal ropes together very fairly. Then he put the ropes in his hand and one rope "shrinks" - - when he unties the knots, the ropes are unequal again.

A very nice routine!

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Ashkenazi the Pretty Good
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A colleague recently showed me how he dips the ends of his rope in glue, and they don't frey. Anybody tried this?

Also....

Any favorite brands? Not thick/thin/cored/uncored but rather specific names?

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phill
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I picked up some 5/16" nylon braided rope at the local Home Depot. I removed the "core" and it works pretty well.
3/8" might be better, if you can find it, and may be more easily seen further away.
I also use "magicians rope" for the PN, but find it a little more difficult to cut for the cut and restored type effects.
Dipping the ends in glue is "quick" and does work rather well. I use a white colored craft-type glue.

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Let's try this:

Can folks list their favorite Magician's Rope (or Brand name rope) for two different purposes:

For cutting

For manipulating

I think that it would be more helpful to be as specific as possible - include all the verbiage in the ad for the rope you bought so we can order it, too.

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I dip the ends in hot glue from a glue gun. It dries fairly quick and works great. Just squirt some glue from glue gun on a working surface and dip the ends in it.
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Christopher
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If you don't have a hot glue gun handy, there is a product called Fabri-Tac by Beacon that works great. It just takes a while longer to dry, but it's handy to keep with you on the road.
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Roger Sylwester's handling in an old Heirophant is the best I have seen... however, the strongest routine is Mongolian Pop Knots...

I did a version marketed by Ken Brooke that started with one long rope and you finish with one long rope.

You hide a gaffe at the finish, but it is dead easy... at Tannen's Jubilee at the finish I threw the rope into the audience.

After the show Sam Schwartz and Del Cartier came backstage and said "You have to answer something to settle a bet." I said, "What?" They said, "How did you switch the rope?"

I said "I didn't do a switch, I just tossed it into the audience and figured the one guy that got it would see the gimmick, but it would FOOL the 900 other people in the audience... liked it fooled you two!!!"

Fun doing stuff like that...

Oh, the Ken Brooke trick was called "The Conway Rope Trick" by Pat Conway.

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Tony Hassini does a pretty good job explaining the Professor's Nightmare in his "My Favorite Rope Magic" video.
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Can anyone with a file of the Hierophant tell me which issue contains Roger Sylwester's handling of the Professor's Nightmare?
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