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Safety Catch
by Mark Leveridge

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Safety Catch by Mark Leveridge

This is ideal for walkabout performance or a set close-up or parlour show. A length of rope is handed out for examination and the ends are then tied to form a rope loop. A spectator's watch is borrowed and the strap done up so that the watch is also in a loop. The watch is then threaded onto the double strands of the rope loop which is held between the two hands. By moving his hands up and down, the performer shows how the watch can slide up and down the rope, but provided he does not let go with either of his hands, the watch is safe on the rope.

Then the magician says he will demonstrate how to make the watch even safer. Suddenly the watch is seen to visibly penetrate one of the rope strands so that it is now linked to the inside of the rope loop itself!

The watch can be clearly seen to be secured on the rope loop, and the performer has to untie the ends of the rope in order to slide the watch off to return it to its owner.

This quick trick looks really surprising. One moment the watch is threaded over the two rope strands, the next it has penetrated onto the loop. Some practice will be required to get the link move smooth, but get it right and it seems to instantly and visibly penetrate the rope.

1st edition 2017, PDF 4 pages, video 20 min.
word count: 1129 which is equivalent to 4 standard pages of text

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