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Today rubber bands are very popular and allow strong and effective illusions. David Copperfield popularized the "Crazy Man Handcuffs". I have consistently and repeatedly fooled friends with this little gem. The classic cut and restored string continues to be popular. A rope is a very common object. If you can do something magical with it, you have won your audience over.

You will also find here routines with invisible threads and loops.

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Paul Bruton

Amusing Yourself with Paper and String by Paul BrutonThis is an ebook that will not only amuse you, but it will show you how you can amuse your friends. In dozens of ways, it describes how paper and string can be put to interesting and sometimes astonishing use. If you start at page 1 and work your way to the end of the ebook, you will be rewarded by many hours of enjoyable recreation: but you will not be entirely satisfied until you have tried some of the tricks and puzzles on your friends.
  • a Penny Puzzle
  • The Paper Ladder
  • The Palm Tree
  • A Point About A Circle
  • The New Square
  • The Five Squares Again
  • Quartering Three-Quarters
  • Splitting Up...
2020 / 3 / 16
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Larry Brodahl

Scripted #30: Cornelius/Anderson Sliding Knot by Larry BrodahlA practical, usable, and funny script that makes a simple false knot a wonderful interlude in your act. All venues.
  • Preface
  • Props needed
  • Methodology
    • How to store the ropes until ready to perform
    • Tying the knot
    • Miscellaneous stunts
    • How to move and display the knot
  • Script
  • Script Insights
  • Notes
  • Credits
  • An Additional Service
  • Final thoughts

1st edition 2020, PDF 22 pages, video 3:25.

2020 / 2 / 28
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Doan

Bly by DoanIn this download, Doan teaches you three very magical, impromptu effects using just one rubber band.

BUDDHISM - Wrap the band around your fingers and make it jump through them.

POILOCK - The band on your index finger jumps to your middle finger instantly.

SINGL8 - Visually form an 8 with the band within a second.

All of these amazing effects are taught in slow motion and are easy to understand. Download the video and start learning now.

1st edition 2020, length 6:10

2020 / 2 / 12
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Maurice Fogel

The Gambling Ghost: Fogel's Top Secrets No. 1 by Maurice FogelIn this publication Fogel reveals his famous rope tie technique. From the foreword:
It is a routine which can be adapted to be performed either solo, or with a partner; entirely surrounded by an audience in a small room, or from the stage of a large hall; as an entertainment at a function or banquet, or even as a demonstration-lecture before Occult Research Societies and Scientific Circles.
  • Foreword
  • Introductory Address
  • The Routine
  • Requirements
  • Explanation
  • The Fogel Rope Tie in Action
  • Production of the Whisky Bottle
  • Summary
  • Concluding Observations
  • Finale

1st edition 1961,...

2020 / 2 / 4
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Ralf (Fairmagic) Rudolph

No Move Crazy Man's Handcuffs by Ralf (Fairmagic) RudolphSo crazy this may sound, Ralf has come up with a method to do the classic unlinking of two linked rubber bands which does not use sleight-of-hand - no moves. Watch the demo video.

1st edition 2019, length 11 min.

2019 / 12 / 8
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Doan

Bandual by Doan
"WTF, some witchcraft?? I can't figure it out. Amazing!!" - Mario Tarasini
My name is Doan and here is a new effect with rubber bands. Imagine you just have one rubber band which you instantly turn into two rubber bands. A flash duplication of a rubber band. Everything is done in front of your spectator's eyes. Or, you can also do a very cool and visual rubber band color change effect.
  • No gimmick used
  • Do with any size (within reason) rubber band
  • Watch your angles. This looks great from certain directions, but you are exposed from others. Certainly not a trick to be done surrounded. ...
2019 / 11 / 8
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Doan

Ringbandable Ultra by DoanLink and unlink a ring from a rubber band, visually. Two gimmickless effects with a ring and a rubber band. Download the video and start performing.

1st edition 2019, length 7:56

2019 / 6 / 15
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Doan

Bandcuffs by DoanIn this download video KT shows you a new way to perform the classic rubber bands effect Crazy Man's Handcuffs. A great demonstration of solid thru solid, and it happens fast.

1st edition 2019, length 4:28

2019 / 6 / 8
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Dave Arch

Houdini Rubber Band by Dave ArchMost magicians are aware of the classic "Jumping Rubber Band Trick." However, here's a script and easy method for a full story routine about the exploits and escapades of that world famous escape artist Harry Houdini who in this case completely disappears from your fingers and reappears where least expected. Included with this routine is the more deceptive technique where the rubber band is "set" using only one hand rather than the customary two-handed "get ready."

1st edition 2018, length 5 min

2018 / 12 / 10
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John Alborough

Mainly Manipulative Magic by John AlboroughFrom the introduction by Lewis Ganson:
Seeing the late Edward Victor on stage at the now defunct Metropolitan Theatre in Edgware Road, London, when John was a small boy, started his interest in magic. Later he became enamoured with the manipulative magic of Geoffrey Buckingham, so it is not surprising that Victor's expert thimble magic and Buckingham’s excellent manipulation of billiard balls, should have had a marked influence on the type of magic John performs. Having met and enjoyed the confidence of these two magicians and studied their books, he built his own act. Certainly the Victor / Buckingham influence is there...
2018 / 9 / 16
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Larry Brodahl

Scripted #22: vanishing figure 8 knot by Larry Brodahl

How to tie a vanishing figure 8 knot and a script that makes the process more enjoyable and entertaining.

Everyone probably knows how to vanish an overhand knot, or even a Chefalo knot. But how many know how to vanish a figure 8 knot?

How to tie a true figure 8 knot as well as the false figure 8 knot are both shown and are virtually identical. The script provided shows how it can stand on it's own, but it would also fit nicely into a routine with knots. An audience member can even help you tie the knot, and they'll be none the wiser.

Best of all, it's free.

1st edition 2018, 20 pages....

2018 / 9 / 9
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Roy Eidem

And His Last Name Was ... Houdini by Roy EidemAll audiences know of Houdini and his incredible escapes. Here's an effect where you demonstrate his incredible feats in a most magical way!

Effect: Houdini escapes three times from being tied up. The last escape is under the fairest and most impossible conditions -- in the spectator's hand. You start and end clean. All is examinable before and after. A rope, tied around your fingers and hand, melts through twice; and then Houdini escapes a third and final time slowly, off the spectators hand under challenging conditions.

1st edition 2013, 27 pages + 9 min video

2018 / 9 / 3
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John Benzais

The Best of Benzais by John BenzaisA classic publication with wonderful coin magic, some card tricks and cut and restored rope. Slydini adopted some routines from Benzais.
  • The "Coins Through The Table"
    • First Effect (For One Coin)
    • Second Effect (For Two Coins)
    • Third Effect (For Four Coins)
    • Han Ping 'Benzais'
    • With Six Coins
    • Something Extra The Benzais Grip
    • Again With Six Coins
    • It Doesn't Belong Here
    • One Handed Method
  • Just A Few More "Coin Tricks"
    • 5c For Your Thoughts
    • The Benzais Concealment
    • Transit Dime
    • Follow-Up For Transit
    • A Simple Vanish
    • Another Simple Vanish
    • Not So Simple
  • Different Types Of Card Tricks ...
2018 / 9 / 1
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Dariel Fitzkee

The Only Six Ways to Restore a Rope (Rope Eternal) by Dariel FitzkeeCreate your own custom versions of the popular cut and restored rope effect.

Dariel Fitzkee applied his world-renowned Trick Brain method to completely analyze and dissemble the Cut and Restored Rope effect into its basic components. Fitzkee's patient explanations and diagrams examine the six basic principles of all rope, cord and string effects, allowing the clever performer to pick and choose the methods that best fit his or her performing style to develop diabolically clever and unique rope routines.

Along the way, you'll learn the secrets to several past and present commercial rope effects that...

2018 / 1 / 23
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Harry Blackstone

Blackstone's Comedy Rope Trick by Harry BlackstoneTalk about packing small and playing big, this is the ultimate. You can carry a piece of rope with you and fill a stage if you wish. But this is not just for stage, it plays equally as well for parlor or club shows. This is the famous trick performed by both father and son, Blackstone's Comedy Rope Trick that always brought the house down with laughter.

You will learn every beautiful move and every comedy touch of the master magicians and every innermost thought that made the trick famous. You get detailed illustrated directions enabling you to perform this in your show. Your hands have been...

2018 / 1 / 10
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Larry Brodahl

Scripted #15: cut and restored ribbon by Larry Brodahl

A free e-manuscript that explores an age old method to show the power of scripting and analysis.

One of the joys of magic is going through old and dusty ideas and actually finding usable material. This is one of those.

An old, old trick - routined, and scripted - that will fit into a parlor or stage act with almost no difficulty. A trick that - while not a world-beater - will still fool and entertain your audience. A trick that you can keep in your act for those days where you need just a couple of minutes more material.

This ebook gives you every line, joke, piece of timing, setup,...

2017 / 11 / 25
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Larry Brodahl

Scripted #14: The Penrose Knot by Larry Brodahl

The Penrose knot has never been clearly explained until now. A strange effect that is not only made fun by the supplied script, but an "in the hands" tying method is revealed.

The magician ties a rope into a chain of 30 knots. Each knot appears identical.

The spectator grabs one of the knots. The magician now pulls on the ends of the rope, and every knot dissolves - except - the knot the spectator selected. That knot proves to be a common overhand knot.

The Penrose knot was published in Karl Fulves' Self Working Rope Tricks, but the description was less-than-clear, and the effect is quite strange. ...

2017 / 10 / 8
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S. W. Reilly

Spirit Rope Ties by S. W. ReillyIf you are a magician or psychic entertainer looking for something different and exciting to add to your act, then your search is over!

The Spirit Rope Tie, long a staple of bogus spirit séances, offers the clever performer a fantastic array of performance possibilities for injecting fun, humor or mystery into his or her show. Whether played "straight" as a recreation of a vintage spirit séance, or as a comedic effect that gets funnier with each repetition, any one of the rope ties described in the ebook is strong enough to be a reputation maker for you.

Reilly doesn't make the reader...

2017 / 6 / 3
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Martin Breese

Instructions for Martin Breese's Reel Collection by Martin Breese
  • The Unique Classic Reel
  • The Unique Classic Locking Reel
  • The Unique Classic Double Reel
  • The Unique Classic Double Reel in a Wristwatch
  • Ken Brooke's Method for the Serpent Silk

1st digital edition 2017, 8 pages photo illustrated.

2017 / 5 / 20
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Milbourne Christopher

Stretching A Rope by Milbourne ChristopherWhat a fantastic effect, from the audience's standpoint. The performer exhibits a three foot length of rope and mysteriously begins to S-T-R-E-T-C-H it to an unbelievable 20 feet!

Completely revised, these greatly enlarged instructions include both of Milbourne Christopher's exclusive methods for stretching a rope to many times its original length. No hidden reels, magnets, or special rope needed. Regular, soft cotton magician's rope works fine for this. This will be a show-stopper in your act. Also makes a terrific introduction to a cut 'n restored or ring-on-rope routine.

1st edition...

2017 / 1 / 6
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