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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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Devin Knight

Test-Conditions Ring Penetration by Devin KnightMagic literature contains a myriad of methods for doing ring on string effects. Many of these involve clever sleights or duplicate rings. The cool thing about this method is that it does not use any gimmicked cord, duplicate rings or any type of sleights. It can even be done with a borrowed ring. The incredible thing about this method is that it is done under test conditions with your wrists tied behind your back!

The performer's wrists are tied behind his back using an examined three-foot piece of string or cord. The ends of the cord are tied to each of the performer's wrists. A spectator...

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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 ...
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Peki

The Dancing Handkerchief by PekiA close-up version of the famed Dancing Handkerchief routine used by many stage magicians. A miniature handkerchief jumps out of a small container, dances, bounces around and walks across a magic wand before going back into it's jewel box. The entire routine happens in your hands while standing.

You will learn the secrets of Peki's invisible thread that makes it much more invisible than other threads even in close up instances where viewers are only a few inches away from the action.

Professionally dubbed into English from German.

runtime: 13min 33s

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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...

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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...

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Peki

The Fairytale Of The Silver Pearl by PekiA particularly beautiful routine features a small silver ball or pearl that is removed from a seashell and takes a life of its own. It floats in the air, between your fingers, rides up a small magic wand, travels along the circumference of a large ball bearing and rolls along the back of your hand as it finally floats to you so it can be put back into the shell.

You will learn the secrets of Peki's invisible thread that makes it much more invisible than other threads even in close up instances where viewers are only a few inches away from the action.

Professionally dubbed into English...

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Ulysses Frederick Grant

The Fastest Rope in the West by Ulysses Frederick GrantThis routine has multiple effects. You begin with a length of rope...showing it freely. Instantly a knot appears on one end. You clearly untie it, but a moment later another knot appears. You clearly untie it again but...yes you are right...another knot appears. You repeat this effect again and again. At the end you have snapped five knots in all.

Now you borrow a finger ring and execute Grant's "Poor Man's Monkey Bar" in which you tie three knots on the rope with the ring knotted to the one on the right. Then you put the rope behind your back and pretend that the ring "magically" pass...

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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,...

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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...

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Ralf Wichmann-Braco

The Invisible Thread Manual or The String Book by Ralf Wichmann-BracoHere are the real secrets of thread work. This ebook was originally published by the Berlin Magic Circle in a bilingual (German/English) edition, and in England it was sold and recommended by Ken Brooke. If you are prepared to spend the time learning some of the material in these pages you will have miracles at your fingertips. Braco and Finn Jon are the worldwide experts on invisible threads and floating routines.

This ebook also contains a special bonus: the full routine for Mike Danata's Floating Golden Stick. This is the best work on the subject still.

1st edition 1973 in bilingual (German/English)....

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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.

Empowerment
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.

Remote...

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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...

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Cliff Osman

The Osman Thumb Tie by Cliff OsmanThis practical method of Cliff Osman can be performed anywhere and is easy to do. The magician's right thumb is tied with a long piece of thick string; two or more knots being used. The left thumb is then bound tightly to the right thumb and the ends of string tied. The string is drawn skin tight around each thumb and all knots are genuine. Now, with his thumbs thus tightly bound together, the performer is able to perform a series of amazing tests. Instantly link your arms with those of the spectators, catch solid hoops or rings on your tied arms, pass your hands "through" table legs, etc.,...
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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...
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John Cornelius

The Sliding Knot by John CorneliusMany years ago Harry Anderson taught this effect to John Cornelius. Now John is teaching it to you. Two pieces of ropes are knotted together. Surprisingly the knot can be slid up and down completely fairly. And finally you open the knot and you have again two pieces of rope.

runtime 4min 35s

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Tom Palmer

The Tie Pitch by Tom PalmerA different version of the Pitchman Act. This one is based on the tie salesman. Everyone has seen the booth where they sell the cheap ties be it a pushcart, folding suitcase, or a department store counter. The performer is loaded with tricks and gimmicks and things keep happening every time he shows a tie. The routine is full of comedy with a lot of surprises and really clever bits. You probably have the material among your tricks and can easily fix up the rest. The ebook covers every detail, with lots of illustrations.

1st digital edition 2014, 11 pages.

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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

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Deepak Mishra

Throu Tshirt by Deepak MishraA visual penetration of earphones through your T-shirt.
  • Very easy to learn
  • Perform it surrounded
  • No gimmicks
  • Resets in less than 10 seconds

1st edition 2014, length 3 min

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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.

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Devin Knight

Ungimmicked Linking Ropes by Devin KnightThis is the linking ropes on steroids. Imagine doing the linking ropes for real. I mean with three ungimmicked pieces of rope. NO MAGNETS, NO ROPE SNAPS, RUBBER CEMENT, HOOKS, OR FALSE COUNTS WITH THE LOOPS. Ropes actually link for real, no optical illusion that the ropes appear to be linked. Only three pieces of examined rope are used. No switches or extra hidden pieces of rope. Can be done in short sleeves, under any conditions. NO PULLS OR GIMMICKS OF ANY KIND. Learn it in just a few minutes. This is a new and improved revised handling by Devin Knight.

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