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The Endless Chain (Know-How Series)
by Rex Taylor & Will Ayling & Lewis Ganson & Fred Lowe


(2 reviews, 17 customer ratings) ★★★★

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The Endless Chain (Know-How Series) by Rex Taylor & Will Ayling & Lewis Ganson & Fred Lowe

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This 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 several well honed routines with patter and moves to fully control the chain.

This publication was part of the Supreme 'Know-How' Series, edited and written by Will Ayling. It was the follow up to the famous Teach-In Series written by Lewis Ganson after Ganson died. (We have all the Teach-Ins available as ebooks.)

1st edition 1983; original 44 pages; PDF 48 pages.

If you are just as captivated by this swindle as we are, then you might want to seek out other information on the endless chain:

  • Loopy Loop by George Blake, 1949, 23 pages.
  • Chain-Trickery by P. Cinimod, 1978, 6 pages.
  • Chain Station by P. Cinimod.
  • The Chain Gang by Mark DeSouza, 2000, (45 min) VHS.
  • Johnny Thompson does the George Blake version of the endless chain on volume 2 of his Commercial Classics of Magic released by L&L Publishing.
(Bibliographical information provided by Joel Muroff.)
  1. Foreword
  2. History
  3. Rex Taylor's routine for The Endless Chain
  4. A Magical Opening
  5. Fast and Loose
  6. Figure of Eight
  7. Laying out the chain with one finger
  8. Kettle/Ganson routine
  9. The Beer Crate Eight
  10. Albert Verity Release
  11. Alf Goodwin's Loop Variation
  12. Drink Can Release
  13. Two novel moves
  16. Triple Circle Routine
  17. Spectator's Choice Climax
  18. Patter Routine for the Triple Circle Routine

word count: 10087 which is equivalent to 40 standard pages of text

Reviewed by Tony Kent (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Tuesday 12 April, 2022

This is one of my favorite things in magic that doesn't use cards. Not difficult to do. Instead is mostly about developing a great presentation. I particularly like the Johnny Thompson routine. Packs small and plays big.

Reviewed by Marc Rehula (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Monday 07 August, 2017

Everything you need to know about his underutilized prop all in one convenient place. Highly recommended resource.