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Evening all,

I was going to search for this, but it's down so I'll just ask. I don't remember the whole routine, only a part of the effect. The part I remember is when the magician is holding up two lengths of rope. They are unequal. The magician takes a pair of sisscors and cuts off the unequal part but when he steps back the rope is unequal again, this is repeated a few times, to the audiences delight the rope never seems to be equal.

I think I know how this is done and it may just be an extenstion of some other tricks, but I'd like to know the name of it, so I can find a book that describes it.


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I do a version of this using a fairly long piece of rope and a basic cut and restored rope routine, such as found in Mark Wilson's course. After you do the cut and before you do the restoration, you can "make the ends even".
Pete Biro
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Harold Sterling's "Short and Long Rope Trick." Been doing it for 50 years.
Bill Hegbli
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It is described in Abbott's Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks Vol. 1 and Abbott's sells it separately I believe. Sterling Magic Shop has been out of business for years. It originally was a routine with 2 children. Every line was spelled out in the routine on one newspaper size sheet.

The book is in paperback now and on most magic shops' shelves.
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Al Angello
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I posted this request at cut and restore, but maybe this is the right place to ask. Years ago I saw Dick Cavett on TV do a version of cut and restore where he slid the scissors down the rope and asked a volunteer to tell him when to stop. I have never seen it performed that way before or since, so my question is, does anyone know Dick Cavett's phone number?


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