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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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Harry Houdini

Magical Rope Ties and Escapes by Harry HoudiniThis is one of the best books by Houdini, because here he writes about something he really knows a lot about. With many of his escapes he had to be very familiar with the knots he was tied up. This book has many good illustrations and several photos where Houdini himself demonstrates certain ties. It is a great collector item as well as source of information. If you can only buy one book by Houdini, by this one.

1st edition, 1920, Will Goldston Limited, London; 80 pages.

  1. Photograph - Ira E. Davenport and "Houdini".
  2. Foreword
  3. For Opening of Rope Act
  4. A Simple Release
  5. The Kellar Tie ...
2005 / 9 / 7

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Jean Hugard

Sealed Mysteries of Pocket Magic by Jean HugardJean Hugard describes in this booklet a complete routine consisting of 6 effects. He starts with a card trick, the piano card trick, and continues with a series of rope effects: production of a rope six feet long; doubling the rope; trick with two ropes; triple cut and restored rope; comedy explanation of vanishing knots.

The value of this booklet is in the routining itself. Hugard has used this routine many times with great success. The effects follow in a logical succession each building on the other.

first published in the 1930s; 15 pages

2005 / 11 / 25

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Jeff Pierce

The King Has Left the Building ... with Amnesia by Jeff PierceThinking Inside the Box
A card merely thought of by your spectator, appears inside the card box sandwiched between two Jokers.

Cash Deposit
A borrowed bill and a bank deposit slip transpose under the spectators nose.

Let your spectator think he's the magician.

Visual Rubber Band Un-Link
A new method of un-linking two rubber bands.

Rubber Band Split
A single rubber band is split into two.

The Shrinking Band
One rubber band shrinks as it is absorbed into another.

The King Has Left The Building... With Amnesia
A two card transposition, Elvis style.


2006 / 8 / 8

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Timothy Hyde

Hunter Knot Revisited by Timothy HydeThe Hunter Puzzle Knot is a deceptive effect that a lot of magicians know, but is sometimes overlooked as a strong performance piece. Timothy built a routine around this simple but effective idea, that has proven to be a very commercial routine. For many years Timothy featured this very routine as his opening effect for Trade Show performances. It quickly stops one person and then another, the crowd then snowballing into a laughing involved crowd of 30-40 or more! Your clients will love the way this works as a traffic generator.

It’s also just as effective for large walk around or roving...

2006 / 12 / 1

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Lewis Ganson

The Hindu Thread Trick or Gypsy Thread Teach-In by Lewis GansonThe Gypsy Thread trick is one of those classic effects in the same league as a linking ring or cups and balls. A thread is broken into several short pieces and then magically restored into one long piece of thread. Many of the best magicians have made the gypsy thread a feature of their performances: Fred Kaps, Dany Ray, Ricky Jay, Billy McComb, Ali Bongo, Hans Trixer, Marconick and Eugene Burger to name just a few.

Lewis Ganson teaches in detail with text, photos and illustrations the ins and outs of this routine.

This was part of the famous Ganson Teach-In series originally published by Supreme Magic Inc. Rights are now owned...

2008 / 9 / 21

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L. C. Collier

Big Ring on String by L. C. CollierA parlor sized ring with a stage sized routine.

This is a compact ring and string routine which uses some of the most visual moves one can do with these props. For many years I have performed a very similar routine. I used a red cotton ribbon instead of the standard white rope, because a ribbon lies flat on the ring and is wider than a rope allowing for some sequences a stronger illusion.

1st edition 2003; 10 pages.

2008 / 9 / 21

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L. C. Collier

Full Circle Rope Routine by L. C. CollierThe magician pulls out a six foot piece of rope, pulls it up in the center and clearly cuts the rope into two pieces. He then picks up the bottom ends, brings them to the top and the rope fully restores. He then grabs the rope by the middle and cuts it in half again. He trims off the pieces at the top and the rope restores a second time.

He folds the rope into thirds and cuts it at the top and bottom. He clearly counts off the three separate and equal pieces from one hand to the other. With all the pieces held in one hand he brings the bottom ends to the top and individually pulls out three...

2008 / 9 / 30

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Rex Taylor & Will Ayling & Lewis Ganson & Fred Lowe

The Endless Chain (Know-How Series) by Rex Taylor & Will Ayling & Lewis Ganson & Fred LoweThis is not a magic trick but a carnival game, a con game, where the operator can decide if you should win or not. Everything looks fair and above board, but there is simply no chance for the mark to win. It looks so innocent, a ball-chain loop, put out on the table in a figure eight. One loop in the eight catches your finger the other does not. You have to find the one that catches your finger. Only problem is that you will never find it if the operator so decides.

This game is sometimes called Loopy Loop, Figure Eight, the Chain Swindle, or Pricking the Garter. You will find in this ebook...

2009 / 4 / 4

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Will Ayling

Knowing The Ropes (Know-How Series) by Will AylingFeaturing the rope magic of Edward Victor, Shigeo Takagi, and Harry Carnegie. This was part of the Supreme 'Know How' series written and edited by Will Ayling, which was the continuation of the famous Teach-In series by Lewis Ganson.

1st edition 1987; original 36 pages; PDF 44 pages.

  1. Contents
  2. Cut & Restored Rope
  3. - Requirement
  4. - And So To Cut
  5. - The Extra Piece
  6. - The Extra Loop
  7. Edward Victor's Original Cut & Restored Rope Routine
  8. - The Know How
  9. - Harry Carnegie's Patter For The Edward Victor Rope Trick
  10. The Off Knot
  11. Rope Routine by Shigeo Takagi of Japan
  12. - Apparatus
  13. - Method
  14. - First part - the...
2009 / 4 / 11

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Chris Wasshuber

The Endless Chain Prop by Chris WasshuberThis is the ideal prop for the Loopy Loop, Figure Eight, Chain Swindle, or Pricking the Garter con game. (It is also ideal for any chain and ring or chain and hoop routine.) The length, size of balls, and material significantly contribute to the visual deception of this entertaining swindle.

It is an endless nickle plated steel ball chain without any clasp for opening. Total length is 60 inches (1.5 meter) and the balls diameter is 3/16 of an inch (4.5 mm). One of the valuable properties of this ball chain is that it can never get twisted, because each ball freely rotates. The loop is therefore...

2009 / 4 / 22


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(Benny) Ben Harris

Elastic Thread Routines by (Benny) Ben HarrisThe original work on elastic thread magic, first published in 1989. All the pro tips you need, along with six full routines to start performing right now.

You see so much information published about "Elastic Thread Magic" today—you'd think it all "brand new". Alas, such is not the case. If you look hard, you'll see much of today's gold is really the silver of yesteryear.

This manuscript contains original routines as well as important information that appeared in the original 1989 manuscript. Even the illustrations are the originals. Enjoy and impress...

Subjects covered:

  • flashing ...
2009 / 7 / 15

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R. Paul Wilson

Three Bets on the Band by R. Paul WilsonThree professional effects with a finger ring and a rubber band.

Paul takes three well known rubber band effects, one is the popular "Crazy Man's Handcuffs", and shares his touches and improvements. Paul is not teaching each of these routines but rather focuses on his contributions.

Recorded live at the Convention at the Capital 2001.

runtime: 6min 32s

2009 / 8 / 18

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Barry Ray

Barry's Ring 'n' Rope Routine by Barry RayThis is Barry Ray's working routine. It is a three phase routine, with three addional moves, and it can be perform surrounded.

1st edition 2009; 27 pages; 42 photos.

2009 / 10 / 5

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(Benny) Ben Harris

Bands of Gold by (Benny) Ben Harris
"Ben's Band Book is some of the best band and card magic ever. Some could be plucked out and used as single trick downloads. As with every Ben Harris ebook of wonder, it's beautifully laid out with lots of photos to help you along. Highly recommended. ***** 5/5 Stars" - Jamie Daws
The opening trick in this gorgeous ebook is just cool. A mini bet in which 2 bands are shown around the card case width ways. One will win the spectator $100 and the other one will win the magician $100. One is selected by the spectator without equivoque. Of course it's just a normal band. The other is removed and there...
2009 / 11 / 7

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Daryl Easton

Ring, Rope and Wand by Daryl EastonThis is a wonderfully visual and very simple routine. No gimmicks required. One simple move does the trick.

All you need is a wand, stick or pencil, a piece of rope and a borrowed finger ring. You ask two spectators to assist you. Rope, ring and wand are examined. Then the ring is fairly and openly put on the center of the rope. The magician covers the ring with his hand, each spectator holds with one hand an end of the rope and with the other hand an end of the wand. The ring magically jumps from the rope onto the wand. Voila!

Simple to perform and suitable for the beginner.


2009 / 11 / 12

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Michael Skinner

Cut & Restored Rope by Michael SkinnerThis is a wonderful classic cut and restored rope routine performed to a lovely script. The rope is cut and restored twice and in the end the rope vanishes only leaving a short piece behind in the spectator's hand.

runtime: 10min 22s

2009 / 12 / 10

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Patrick Page

The Pull Book by Patrick PagePulls, reels, and threads are some of the most usefull gimmicks to a magician. Just think about the popular ITR (Invisible Thread Reel). But you might say: "I only do cards, I don't need to know these stage methods." Think again. For example, Patrick Page illustrates in what he terms the 'pendulum principle', a method how you can with a simple piece of thread clean up a lapped card such that you can get up from the table clean. So even for the pure pasteboard afficinado, there is something to be found that will take your effect to another level. And I love when Page starts with 'a little bit...
2008 / 2 / 20

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Aldo Colombini

Tight Rope by Aldo ColombiniA unique rope routine with over 20 effects.

Here Aldo created a wonderful rope routine in eleven phases where rope is stretched, cut, restored, knotted and so forth:

  • Phase 1: Stretching the Ropes
  • Phase 2: Two Ropes Become One
  • Phase 3: The Rope With Four Ends
  • Phase 4: Cut And Restored Rope
  • Phase 5: A Rope With No Ends
  • Phase 6: A Knot In A Loop Mystery
  • Phase 7: The Ends Are Back
  • Phase 8: The Traveling Ends
  • Phase 9: The Vanishing Knot
  • Phase 10: Knotty Knots
  • Phase 11: Silk Off Rope

1st edition 2010; 15 pages.

2010 / 3 / 21

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Rupert Howard

Rupert Howard Magic Course: Lesson 04: String and Rope Tricks by Rupert Howard

Table of Contents

  1. Content


  2. Distraction
  3. Simulation
  4. Disguise

    String and Rope Tricks

  5. The Coat and Tapes
  6. The Cut and Restored String
  7. The Human Cheese
  8. The Thumb Tie
  9. The Golden Apple
  10. The Travelling Knots
  11. The Indistructible Rope

    The History of Magic (part 4)

  12. Automatic Figures

1st edition 1931; 26 pages.

2010 / 3 / 22

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Aldo Colombini

Professor's Math by Aldo ColombiniHere’s a unique handling for the “Professor’s Nightmare” rope routine that you’ll use in your act.


The magician cuts a length of rope into three pieces of different lengths; small, medium and long. The three pieces are stretched until they appear to be all the same length. The three pieces of rope are then tied together. The knots vanish and apparently the rope is fully restored. Until now the effect is a standard one. But wait…here comes the incredible finale! One knot is magically thrown back onto the rope then jumps away leaving the rope completely...

2010 / 4 / 6

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