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Fila
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Hey hello everyone !

I’m pretty new to kids show but I was doing stand up for the past 10 years !

Trying new things / going out of my confort zone hehe

But I realized that my rope routine wasnt okay for the kids ( flip / sanders routine )
Too complicated

What kind of rope magic you can do for kids ( they can easily follow ) ?!

Maybe a rope thru body kind of routine ?!

Any advice / reference is welcome

Thx a lot
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Yes, rope through body (I usually use two Pirates and a Princess), through neck, cut & restored, stretching, wrist tie, soooo many.
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Professor's Nightmare and call them snakes.
Fila
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Thx for the advice !

didn't think about doing the simple and classic professor nightmare with a presentation !

You really think the rope through neck is a good idea for kids ?!
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No - sorry I suggested - was just thinking about rope effects. There's one called the Indian Rope effect - half of the inside of a rope is removed and replaced by a strip of solder. It can be held limp - then half can be made to stand straight up. Same thing can be done with a handkerchief, with a straighten paperclip (or solder) in part of one hem . Placing ones thumb by the clip, can make it lay down and back up - spooky. Again I had a lot of fun having 2 Pirates (boys) holding the 'ropes through body' around the Princess (girl) and YOU, the Wizard 'pulls the ropes and Princess escapes.
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When performing with the Professor's Nightmare, you can talk about people being treated differently (different lengths) but you should treat everyone the same ( same size ropes) no matter what they look like.
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I recall seeing Paul Daniels perform this at the Prince of Wales Theater in London, circa 1981. His patter centered on the 3 Little Bears. It played well for the adults and children.
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Dan Harlan has a good professors nightmare effect called "The Awakening". The gimmick is so easy to use, and no magnets are used.
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I learned Richard Sander's Fiber Optics which is a combination of Profs nightmare and other effects.

I found that kids liked it but it didn't get a strong reaction until I started letting the kids participate more. Each time I cut the rope I have one kid hold up his fingers like scissors and I bring the rope to his fingers so it looks like he cut it. Kids absolutely love this and they all hold up their fingers wanting to do it.

I restore the rope and repeat the cutting several times. This bit of interaction increases the reaction to the whole routine.
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Simple cut and restored, with kid doing the cutting. Also, linking ropes, with two onstage volunteers. Been doing these for years and kids love 'em.
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Fila, if you have Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic, check out his Comedy Cut and Restored Rope on Page 241.

I made a few changes for my own use, to use a tote-style change bag, and added some bits of business to make it more fun.

But it's easy to do, easy for them to follow, and your helper is the hero who does the magic to restore the rope.

Since retiring, I've been writing up my routines for posterity. PM me if you'd like a pdf of the way I work this. Smile
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Fila
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Wow thx everyone for all the suggestions !

I will take a look at Mark wilson for sure.

Playing around at the moment with the classic professor nigthmare.

Thx again 🙏
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Hey ! I was wondering if you had any good liner with the your rope routine.


** Exemple when you make them examine the rope before stretching the ropes for prof nightmare.


When you give the first rope to examine.

- I said examine not destroy the rope !

Second, rope …

- maybe you can jump with it.

Third, one

- maybe you can try to floss with this one.

When they give them back to you.

- thx for the examination. Not I will use my other set !

Not really liner but found it funny haha

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This is a fun one for the kids: https://kandumagic.com/current-products/knot-funny

Knot Funny by Jeff Eaton.
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Thx for sharing !

Really like the gag in the routine and really different as the usual one !
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On Apr 15, 2022, RNK wrote:
This is a fun one for the kids: https://kandumagic.com/current-products/knot-funny

Knot Funny by Jeff Eaton.


That's a really funny routine. When I analyze it, what stands out to me is that there are almost no conventional rope effects in it. It's a collection of gags where things keep going wrong, at the Magician's expense: ropes that won't stay tied, ends popping off a tube, tube repeatedly falling out of a box. There's very little standard rope manipulation--no multiple cut-and-restored phases, no complex Sanders/Tabari/Sands rope manipulations. Most of the classic rope routines, to my mind, are entertaining for adults but fall flat with children, at least younger children. What makes the Jeff Eaton routine successful is the steady stream of silly sight gags.
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Jerry Hornak. You don't have the PM function on for your profile.
I've also done the Mark Wilson cut and restore routine many many times. I'd be keen to get your PDF file if you would like to send it to me.
Thanks
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Daryl's Acrobatic Knot plays for all ages. Of course I talk to the knot and it talks back (not vent, I just hold it up to my ear) so there's that.

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Noland you totally right ! And just by watching the video a learn a lot about performing for kids !

Woodfield ! Good idea, I always loved Daryl !

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On Apr 17, 2022, Al Kazam the Magic Man wrote:
Jerry Hornak. You don't have the PM function on for your profile.
I've also done the Mark Wilson cut and restore routine many many times. I'd be keen to get your PDF file if you would like to send it to me.
Thanks


Yikes! Thank you Al Kazam!
All fixed. PM me your email and I'll attach it to my reply to you.
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