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R.C. Buff's The Best of Buff
by Joseph K. Schmidt


(1 review, 1 customer rating) ★★★★★

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R.C. Buff's The Best of Buff by Joseph K. Schmidt

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A selection of new and novel rope magic from R.C. Buff's rare Rope Leaflets.

Excerpt from the introduction:

In 1980 Mr. R.C. Buff, "The Wizard Of Knotsville", started putting out a little Xeroxed publication called "BUFF'S LEAFLETS" which was devoted exclusively to Rope Magic. These LEAFLETS were published for over four years and contained a lot of fine material. Because they had such a limited distribution, it was deemed beneficial to the magical fraternity if some of this excellent material would be assembled into booklet form.

I think you will be amused and delighted to read some examples of humorous patter and comments. They are 'sprinkled' throughout this booklet, rather than grouped together, so you can better appreciate them and more slowly, as one savors good wine.

  • Introduction
  • I. The Dizzy Rope (Alvin Gentil)
  • II. Patter For The Dizzy Rope (Ralph White)
  • III. The "Pretzel" Knot
  • IV. The "Jack Miller Knot"
  • V. On The Knee (R.C. Buff)
  • VI. Bozo Bob's "Al G Bray Rope Cut" (Robert Clark)
  • VII. Moustache Rope Cut (Bozo Bob)
  • VIII. Two Short Pieces Of Rope?? (R.C. Buff)
  • IX. A Lady's Influence (R.C. Buff)
  • X. Slip Knot (Joseph K. Schmidt)
  • XI. Two Color Ropes And Ring (R.C. Buff)
  • XII. Male Or Female Rope (Joseph K. Schmidt)
  • XIII. Triplets (Joseph K. Schmidt)
  • XIIIa. It Was Just An Optical Illusion (Conrad C. Bush)
  • XIV. A Sliding Knot Sequence (Joseph K. Schmidt)
  • XV. X-05 Thumb Penetration (Joseph K. Schmidt)
  • XVI. Rigid Rope Variation (R.C. Buff)
  • XVII. Impromptu Three-To-One (Woodrow Carpenter)
  • XVIII. Ralph White Rope Routine (Ralph 'White)
  • XIX. Some "Eggs-Tra" Ideas
  • XX. Miscellaneous

1st edition 1987, 30 pages; PDF 50 pages.
word count: 6937 which is equivalent to 27 standard pages of text

Reviewed by Daniel Rowan (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Wednesday 11 January, 2023

The Best of Buff is a collection of rope tricks – most without the use of gimmicks or special rope preparation. The effects that I thought were particularly interesting and largely unknown are as follows.

The Pretzel Knot – Buff suggests you create the pretzel knot on the knee. This results in an easier and tighter tie.

Mustache Rope Cut – A way of cutting a once cut rope again (seemingly in four pieces) to restore the rope to its full length.

A Ladies Influence – Tying two ropes together side by side with a slip knot. A man tests two ends of the rope and shows that the knot is tight. A woman easily pulls the other two ends of the rope and the knot melts away. This can be used as a test of strength with a dad and a young child. As a lead in to a Grandma’s Necklace effect this would be excellent. The Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks has an entire chapter on rope tricks using multiple ropes. It is easy enough to use standard methods to tie the slip knot. The slip knot given for use with the trick is unnecessarily complicated and unnatural in my opinion.

A Sliding Knot Sequence – Using a slip knot tied using the Hunter Puzzle Knot as an easy method to gain slack for a sliding knot effect. The slack is obtained easily as the left hand is in perfect position to grab some slack.

Thumb Penetration – An impromptu thumb penetration that I had not seen before.

I was very happy with this booklet. It contains a lot of useful stuff. The patter was dated and probably would be considered crude by today’s standards but describing the rope as a solar clothes drier is a good line in this era of carbon neutrality. 5 stars.

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