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In my interpretation of Tabary's routine, I use a "butterfly knife" for a simulated cut... (this type of knife opens up with a flourish which looks like a thug's switchblade, only not mechanical) I preface by saying I am performing my cut rope routine which I learned as a Cub Scout, and for nostalgia's sake, I always use my "Cub Scout Knife" which I have kept over the years.

Then, after the menacing opening of the knife, I pause a beat, and say "I was in cub scout pack 7 in East Chicago, and this was standard issue". This always gets a great laugh in Northwest Indiana, since East Chicago is notorious for it's Gang activity.

Also, as for non-knife cutting, I love Dan Garrett's gag in his kid's show, where he asks a child to cut the rope with their fingers. After it is "cut' by the child's fingers, Dan looks at the child in awe, and says "Hey... you're pretty sharp!"

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I do Aldo Columbini's Mama Mia Rope Routine. I have to say That I can Differentiate between pity Applause and the real thing (I've had both in my time) and Aldo's routine uses two scissor-less cuts, amongst plenty of other stuff, and always goes down well.

There is another reason for not using scissors apart from money saving, and that is that you can then do it for "Table hopping and Party Strolling" again and again.

Aldo's routine has two versions, one that uses scissors, and starts with one piece of rope. I use this at every stand up, Parlour or kids show I do. And another Scissor-less version, which I do in walkaround situations. I don't think it is as strong as the full version, but it's as strong as anything I can reasonably do in that situation.


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Why couldn't you do a C and R with scissors, for table hopping?
After all, you have magically restored the rope, so you're right back where you started from!
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On 2002-09-30 22:34, Darrin Cook wrote:
Some go with a non-knife routine in order to save rope.

I do a rope routine with "magic cutting," in which the knife is quickly waved at the rope, which is instantly cut. I think this passes just within the credibility line.

Does it pass? Maybe it's routined like the old gag where the performer points his finger to "shoot" something, a bang is heard, and the target (or person) falls over, etc.

The no-cut idea may pass, but I'm not convinced. I would agree that using a "no-cut" routine for the C&R effect is typically rationalized by magicians who want to economize on rope. It doesn't necessarily enhance the basic effect. Having said that, there are many very clever rope effects which do not use the C&R premise. If one is not inclined to cut a rope, why not use one of the multitude of other magic effects with a rope?
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I agree with Peter! Realism makes the trick.
In fact, I let someone else do the cutting.
This way, everyone knows it is truly cut.
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Interesting opinions.

I use the C&R in my kids show, and I get one of the older kids (or adults if no suitable youngster is present) to cut the rope. This does add to the 'realism' of the trick.

However it is interesting to me how many of us (myself included) expect the audience to believe that we can make things float, appear, disappear, change, move, etc - but we don't expect them to believe that we can cut a rope with no scissors!!

The funny thing is, the audience has the same opinion!! They believe we can float, appear, etc, but will often question our ability to cut a rope with no scissors!!

Just shows how strange human nature can be!
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This is/can be an interesting exercise in
"thinking like a magician." I fully agree that NOT using scissors seems to give the trick away... it makes me uncomfortable... I watch magicians do Daryl's rope routine and it's hard for me to see the "magic." I think it's like looking at those "Magic eye" pictures. Some people it jumps out at and for others they keep looking... That said,


That is the real test... not our theory of what's logical. Even though I don't see the magic myself, I think it's the absurdity of so many unexpected things happening... this flow in this type of routine would be interupted by taking the time to take out the old cutters and cut the rope... So I have to say, it doesn't make sense to me, but for those who have the audience sitting on the edge of their chairs with it.... BRAVO!
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