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Dario
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Hi Pete,

That is very interesting the idea to do it without assistants because eliminates all the problems and you can give them at the end is like if all are on the stage.

But, How do you change the rope?
It could be very usefull to me I think this is the worst point in the effect. Can you explain it in a more detailed manner. Thank you very much. I think I can develop the trick in a way that suits me very well That's why I'm so interested

Darío
Posted: Sep 15, 2004 3:44pm
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If someone is interested, the Cornelius handling is in one of his videotapes. I think is in "The Creative magic of John Cornelius" ( but is more like a quik effect)

And with the Pavel's phenomenal rope trick and super walking knot junior you can get the same effect in a more clear situation than in the Corelius version (but using a gimmicked rope)

Darío
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Why give away the rope? You need it to do another show.
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Dario
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Hi Pete,

In he routine, you are telling that you are using chairs instead of assistants.

In one moment you need to free one end of the rope, make the change and then unknot the rope, I supose. Wich is your justification? or Do you do the trick in other way?

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Darío

P.D:I was thinking in give away the rope, just for examination and some comedy byplay. Because they pay ONLY for a magician and not for rope pieces. And if they want to keep the ropefor himself I'll charge it in the bill.
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I have NOT completely worked out the chair method, have not had time, but some day. If you know the original Curry trick, just think of doing it with heavy chairs.
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Pete,
I think that doing the Curry Effect with Chairs is a marvelous idea. However, having to troup the chairs makes me wonder if it's that much better than the Pavel version. Maybe it is. I too, was floored when I first saw Doug Henning do it.

Chuck Mignosa had an interesting idea to "motivate" using chairs. After all, what reason do you have to tie the rope onto chairs. For that matter, why do two assistants have to carry one little rope out on stage for the Curry routine? Chuck is the partner of Ormond McGill and they used to take turns doing their shows for the National Federation of the Blind Fundraising shows they did all over Northern and Central California. When Ormond did his full evening show, Chuck traveled with him and acted as his assistant. And, vice versa.
So, Chuck would do his regular cut and restored routine during the first half of the show. As intermission drew to it's conclusion, Ormond would walk out on stage dressed as a janitor and swept the stage with a broom. The, when most of the people were into their seats, he'd bring out a couple of chairs and position them the proper distance apart. Then, he'd bring out a rope and tie it to the chairs. Then Chuck entered for the second half, surprised to see the "janitor" on stage. Ormond would point to the rope and say: "Okay, Mr. Magician lets see you cut THAT rope and put it back together." Chuck would get the scissors, and ask the "janitor" "Where do you want me to cut it." Ormond would pick a spot... and you know the rest.

Suddenly, the chairs have a REASON. And, a good trick was even stronger.

Dennis Loomis
P.S. Chuck and Ormond did NOT perform for blind people. The sponsor was raising money for blind people.
I once did a show for a group of people in which half of them were blind, and the other half deaf. Think about that for a moment... how would you have handled it?
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On 2004-09-27 17:26, Dennis Loomis wrote:
I once did a show for a group of people in which half of them were blind, and the other half deaf. Think about that for a moment... how would you have handled it?
No problem..I would have done my invisible pass, as the blind ones couldn't se it and the deaf once couldn't hear the noise I made when doing it Smile Smile Smile , that's what they call *covering all angles * Smile
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