You can carry a piece (or more) of rope in your pocket, and use it to perform some amazing magic for an intimate audience of a couple of spectators, or on a stage for an audience of hundreds. There are hundreds of tricks you can perform with a piece of rope. The most famous of these is the Cut & Restored Rope trick, where a piece of rope is cut into two or more pieces, and magically restored.
But there are many others, where knots magically appear or vanish from a length of rope, rings or handkerchiefs penetrate through a length of rope, or a rope penetrates through your knee or neck. There are two Encyclopedias of Rope tricks for Magicians published by Abotts, with 100s of Rope tricks of all varieties. Dover publications has an excellent book of Self Working Rope Tricks by Karl Fulves. You will also find many Rope tricks in any book of Conjuring tricks, like the Tarbell Course, or Mark Wilson Course in Magic.
The purpose of this compilation is to give you many tricks of an assorted variety with ropes, selected to get you started on one of the easiest, most effective, and most economical types of magic you can perform. An abundance of illustrations makes the effects very easy to learn, and the tricks are very mystifying to an audience. A piece of rope costs less than a good deck of cards, and a good rope trick can make a much bigger impact on a much larger audience.
Many of the tricks (except the Cut & Restored rope ones) can be easily adapted to a borrowed necktie, or a muffler or scarf, or even a piece of cord or string, making them impromptu in nature.
Learn the tricks that catch your fancy, and with a piece of rope in your pocket, you are ready to entertain and mystify any size of audience, any time, any place, and under any performing conditions.
1st edition 2002; 1st digital edition 2011; 48 pages illustrated.
word count: 11474 which is equivalent to 45 standard pages of text
Reviewed by Don Bursell
★★★★★ Date Added: Thursday 17 November, 2011
As an owner of the actual printed copy of this book, I have to say that it is really good. The basics are covered, all the way up to a decent handling of Professor's Nightmare.
Whenever I teach magic classes, this is one of the best resources, and also to have for sale afterward. The actual printed copy sells for $3.00 also, and can be found via quite a few magic shops.
This is a great book for someone beginning to explore rope magic. And it is very well illustrated.