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Vindicator1928
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Has anyone used something besides ropes for PN? I was thinking of cloth tape measures.
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Sounds great. You should work up a routine.

Whatever you do though, don't try to overprove it by showing that the ticks on the ruler are legitimate...
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For 30+ year I have started with items on a necklace that are magically removed for various effects with 3-4 C/R in the process
The "cord" is cut 'on the fly" into three equal sections with PN following, ending with a single cord again to reform the necklace.

'Cord" can be rope, yarn, leather thong, ribbon, phone wire - anything that can knot.

The key for me is that PN is secondary to other effects, often with an "unexpected things happen" them.
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Dan harlan teaches a pn with rubberbands in "magic with rubberbands volume 1",

I don't recall who he credits it to.
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Neckties.

Belts

Pantyhose

Garden hoses

Bullwhips

Each of these may suggest a presentation that makes your version really fun, risqué, silly, or awful. What is long and floppy? Can you make, buy, or fake up 3? You’re set!

Patrick
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I wonder if a supple chain would work?

The links would have to be smallish for the chain to bend easily, yet not too small to be seen on stage.

Next time I'm out, I'm going to take a good look at both hardware and craft stores to see what they've got. It could open up some new routine ideas.
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On Aug 13, 2022, Jerry Hornak wrote:
I wonder if a supple chain would work?

The links would have to be smallish for the chain to bend easily, yet not too small to be seen on stage.

Next time I'm out, I'm going to take a good look at both hardware and craft stores to see what they've got. It could open up some new routine ideas.



I have used chain in many rope-based effects, and C/R using wire cutters with links flying around is impressive.

For PN there is a cheap fashion chain where the links have a half twist that can work.
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I'll bet metal links flying are impressive!

Lol, is there anything ever new under the sun?

I think I've seen that half-twisted chain at the craft store.

Thanks, Funsway.
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Ray Kosby has a professor's nightmare routine with rubber bands titled "rubber nightmare".
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On Aug 13, 2022, Jerry Hornak wrote:
I wonder if a supple chain would work?

The links would have to be smallish for the chain to bend easily, yet not too small to be seen on stage.

Next time I'm out, I'm going to take a good look at both hardware and craft stores to see what they've got. It could open up some new routine ideas.


When I first read your post Jerry, I thought it said "supply chain," and then re-read and realized my error. However, if one would use chain for this routine, a story about our current problems with supply chains would be perfect.
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On Aug 19, 2022, Wizard of Oz wrote:

When I first read your post Jerry, I thought it said "supply chain," and then re-read and realized my error. However, if one would use chain for this routine, a story about our current problems with supply chains would be perfect.


Using Sankey's "Chain Reaction" method (but not original to him), you can have "value added" to make the chain longer. I have started with necklace and cut of the clasps as a "tax break" -
followed by two cuts to represent lower, middle and rich brackets as supposedly equal, but then the truth about who pays taxes.
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As an IT professional in "real life" I looked for something to show on the office christmas.
For the Professors Nightmare I had the idea of using CAT5-cables (you know this grey cords used when no Wifi is available).
The idea for the plot was: "every person in IT knows: when you just need the right cable it is not available" - or "you know, when the trainee has messed up the cable box"

As such a regular cable normally is very stiff, I thought about removing the wires from inside the cable, or replace the cable-part by rope and only using the RJ45 connectors to give them the look of a network-cable.
Cut&Restore effects wouldn´t work, but all effects concerning the change of the ropes/cables length should work.
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