125 entries in Rope / Miscellaneous
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Unknown To fasten a Ring or a Six-Pence at the End of a Piece of common Thread, and after burning the Thread, to leave the Ring hanging at the End of the Thread.
1784 Breslaw's Last Legacy 30
Carl Willmann Zur Berichtigung! correction for referenced item
Related to Oct. 1895 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 1 No. 10) 159
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli Die Strickleiter der indischen Fakire various sticks with holes and strings running through them, when sticks are moved strings seem to vanish, looks like ladder with moveable parts
1927 Leichte Zauberei 146
Capt. Jones Cap. Jones Rope Trick method to join to ends, "a la cemented rope"
1933 Page Wright's Notebook 16
Harlan Tarbell Caesar Gimmick connection
1938 Greater Magic 786
Unknown A Feat of Strength ropes with rings on the end are held by performer despite several men pulling on the ropes
1938 Greater Magic 978
Joseph H. Fries Rope Riting forming word with rope on black board
1939 The Jinx (Issue 53) 382
Tom Sellers Easy Ropes and Rings intro for the rope and rings trick
1941 Condensed Conjuring 2
Unknown Loop the Loop puzzle, removing loop of rope on arm while hand is in west pocket
1941 ca. Abbott's Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks 55
Unknown The Vest Turning Trick turning vest inside out while ends of ropes are tied to wrists
1941 ca. Abbott's Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks 66
L. Vosburgh Lyons On the Barrel Head fast and loose with a rope
1943 The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 40) 164
Unknown Bachelor's Needle old pseudo needle threading effect
1943/27 Tarbell Course in Magic — Volume 3 102
Melvin Brockhaus The Magic Sharpshooter rope is shot in two with invisible gun
1945 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1945) 11
Joseph H. Fries Physician's Rope three part rope routine
  • the mystic necktie
  • a sailor's rope
  • rope riting
1945 My Best 240
Harold B. Leith Indian Rope Trick still a Mystery letter from adventures in India and China
Aug. 1945 Hugard's Magic Monthly — Volumes I, II, III and IV (Vol. 3 No. 3) 143
Billy McComb Assorted Gaglets of the William Brand gags with, thimbles, a mouse trap, a spring snake, with ropes, hair, light bulbs, coffee beans, diminishing cards, cracking a spectator's arm, dead rat
Variations 1947 The First Book of William 37
Tony Lopilato Ring on the Rope ring disappears in handkerchief, reappears on rope
1948/27 Tarbell Course in Magic — Volume 5 328
David E. Kirk Kirk's Comedy Spaghetti Winder Gag Prop gag, ropes from spaghetti box for cooking or rope routine
1952 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1952) 17
Dr. William Weyeneth Praktische Winke tips on using Duoplast (sticky product), rope and magnets
1952 Hokus Pokus (Vol. 13 No. 5) 57
Cecil Keech Ropan Silk silk tied around long rope, it jumps to short rope, rope grows after being tied into circle, rope with connection
1952 Routined Manipulation — Part Two 63
Will Ayling Fashion Parade magazine rolled into tube moves up and down two cords
1952 Routined Manipulation — Part Two 91
Karrell Fox Shoot it with a Knife gun with a blade, gag for rope tricks
1954 Kornfidentially Yours 7
E. J. Moore "Magnet" Rope magnetic rope connection
1954/27 Tarbell Course in Magic — Volume 6 186
Unknown Y aviez-vous pensé? idea for ropes with magnets
1955 Hokus Pokus (Vol. 16 No. 2) 288
Unknown Garter Tricks Pricking the Garter, basic version, can use belt too
1956 Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 81
Unknown The Giant's Garter More complex version of Pricking the Garter using a closed loop of string
1956 Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 82
Unknown The Puzzling Loop Topological puzzle, loop of rope can escape from loop formed by a person's arm (person must be wearing vest)
1956 Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 86
Stewart James The Astral Dagger straw in tube, held with string is cut into two pieces
1957 Magic Mine No. 1 15
Martin Gardner Ein eigenartiger Schnurtrick as "Gardener", string is knotted to a loop and spectator places it on the table and builds a special form, sides are covered with paper so it's unclear which parts are inside the loop and which outside, performer returns and places pins at several places which are all outside the loop
1959 Hokus Pokus (Vol. 20 No. 3) 835
Dr. William Weyeneth Magische Tips tip on
  • special clear tape
  • gluing magnets on ropes
1960 Hokus Pokus (Vol. 21 No. 2) 927
Max Malini Max Malini's Preference comment by Malini
Also published here 1961 The Magic of Charles Earle Miller 67
Walter Wenger Aus der magischen Welt für die magische Welt ideas for tricks for children
1) Fakir-Bambusstäbe (chinese sticks)
2) Kinder Springseil (skipping rope)
3) Geschichte der 4 Kätzchen (four Ace routine with cards and cats)
4) Persiltrick (Softsoap)
Also published here
  • in "Magische Welt"
1963 Hokus Pokus (Vol. 24 No. 4) 53
Dino Mazza, Lu Brent Silks and Ropes Routine three handkerchiefs penetrate ropes, and ropes with different colors fuse together
1964 The New Phoenix 351-400 (Issue 391) 392
Paul Curry String Around the Fingers like the jumping rubber band, with a long string and the fingers are fixed with a rubberband
Related to 1965 Magician's Magic 160
Ernesto "Ernest" Pracchia Un Juego para Escena four ropes, two are selected and are fused together
1967 Toda la Magia Moderna en un Pañuelo 52
Robert E. Neale The Hanging rope noose tightens only on spectator that is playing the role of being guilty (determined by choosing cards), see p. 206 for idea by John Hudak
Related toAlso published here June 1968 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 3 No. 8) 181
Bruce Armstrong Prof. Cheer Bits ideas for Cheer's Rope Routine
1970 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1969-70) 46
Pavel Predicta-Rope three colored ropes are knotted together by spectator, color order is predicted
1972 Tarbell Course in Magic — Volume 7 24
Billy McComb Cut 'N Gone Rope rope is coiled up in hand and ends are cut, rope vanishes
1972 I Did It My Way 1
Arthur Setterington Chinese Rope Routine story routine about Confucius and a magician
  • appearance of a knot
  • one handed knot
  • dissolving and appearing knots
  • to "dissolve" a knot
  • to make two knots appear
  • the appearance of two knots
  • to tie a knot in a rope without letting go of the ends of the rope
  • to cause a number of knots to appear
1972 Straight Line Mysteries 31
Shigeo Takagi Three Small Loops of Rope Unite three ropes knotted into loops, tossed into air, now one big loop with three knots
1972 Lecture Notes of Shigeo Takagi 1
Unknown Three Rope False Count as required in Professor's Nightmare routines
1973 Close-up Cavalcade 30
Conrad C. Bush Complete Circle three ropes tied into loops, they then form one big loop, then repeat and the big loop is actually one rope
Related to Aug. 1974 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9 No. 10) 784
Karrell Fox At the End of the Rope pieces of rope intro handkerchief, they arrange into words or a slogan
1976 Clever.... Like a Fox 176
George Sands Bundle Set Up how to bundle rope, with extra piece
  • Normal Rope
  • Abnormal Rope
1976 Sands Improved Ropesational 14
George Sands One Rope Illusion I taking two ropes as one from bundle
1976 Sands Improved Ropesational 15
George Sands Acquitment handing rope out for examination, hiding and adding extra piece in process
1976 Sands Improved Ropesational 16
George Sands Pocket Set Up set up for routine
  • Advantages
1976 Sands Improved Ropesational 17
George Sands Set Up Before Spectators and Repeat
1976 Sands Improved Ropesational 46
George Sands Set Up II for Repeat
1976 Sands Improved Ropesational 47
George Sands Examination of the Rope
1976 Sands Improved Ropesational 47
Unknown Impromptu Needle-Threading
1977 The Magic Book 108
Slydini New Rope Methods
  • The Gypsy Ring (finger ring tied onto knot with three knots vanishes and reappears)
  • Part One
  • The Gypsy Ring Method
  • The Elusive Knot
  • Exploiting the Switch
  • A Reference Note
Slydin Rope Switch, seated
Variations 1979 The Chronicles (Issue Close-up Folio No. 12) 5
Karrell Fox, Charlie Cheer Rope-Intro way to introduce next performer
1979 Another Book 207
Looy Simonoff Puzzlement 1 & 2 puzzles with rope, not really effects
July 1981 Apocalypse (Vol. 4 No. 7) 507
Jack Hughes Rope Wells different colored silks are produced from different colored rolled-up ropes, on tray
1981 Jack Hughes World of Magic — Volume One 10
Manjunath M. Hegde Chair, Rope, and Finger Ring Puzzle a puzzle with a rope and a finger ring on it that has to be moved from knot to knot
June 1983 Epoptica (Issue 4) 231
Unknown The Strangulation Test No. 59, rope is pulled around neck of performer
1983 101 Psychic Tests 16
Eddie Taytelbaum, Stephen Tucker Flash of Light collection of ideas
  • for the rising card, two cards rise aligned (Taytelbaum)
  • card changes while removing rubber band from wrist (Taytelbaum)
  • Miracle Aces, to produce a Full House (Tucker)
  • rope restoration with flash paper (Tucker)
  • rope vanish idea (Tucker)
Inspired by 1983 Spell-Binder (Vol. 2 No. 24) 455
Stephen Tucker Beyond transfer of small piece
1984 Spell-Binder (Vol. 3 No. 34) 659
Robert E. Neale Das Hängen rope noose tightens only on spectator that is playing the role of being guilty (determined by choosing cards)
Also published here Nov. 1984 Intermagic (Vol. 11 No. 2) 61
Karrell Fox "Rope Trick No. 221" (Two to One) two ropes melt together
1986 For My Next Trick... 73
Karrell Fox Comedy "Ball N' Rope" ping pong ball balanced on short rope, then it is seen that it is stuck to it, gag
1986 For My Next Trick... 77
Karrell Fox "Rope Trick No. 421" four ropes change to one
1986 For My Next Trick... 78
Karl Fulves Rope Problem #2 - Chinese Ropes two ropes, on over each shoulder, when one is pulled, the other moves up à la Chinese Sticks, posed as a problem
1986 Contemporary Rope Magic — Part I 12
Karl Fulves Merger two equal ropes, one shrinks, then back to original length and other one vanishes
Related to 1986 Contemporary Rope Magic — Part I 23
Karl Fulves Rope Problem #4 - Scarecrow signed rope cut, both parts in both sleeves, it restores in jacked, one end them comes out of trousers, posed as a problem
1986 Contemporary Rope Magic — Part II 34
Dr. John H. Cunningham The Rabbit in the Hole loop challenge that spectator cannot dupliate
Also published here
  • The Ashley Book of Knots
1986 Contemporary Rope Magic — Part II 36
Karl Fulves Here Spot lose knot tied, loop/circle comes off rope
Related toAlso published here 1986 Contemporary Rope Magic — Part II 37
Karl Fulves Cross Catch do-as-I-do with rope loop, tied around fingers
1986 Contemporary Rope Magic — Part II 52
Unknown Brille zu Monokel rope figure, spectator cannot duplicate it
May 1986 Intermagic (Vol. 12 No. 2) 88
Unknown Ein Seemanns-Rätsel rope figure, spectator cannot duplicate it
May 1986 Intermagic (Vol. 12 No. 2) 88
Steve Beam Coon 4 spring raccoon routine, intestine leads to a rope trick
1987 The Trapdoor — Volume One (Issue 16) 271
Pat Conway Instant Silk on Rope silk appears in knot of rope as it is tied
1987 The Pat Way to Con 109
Jeff Sheridan III. "Cutting" the Rope cutting rope with fingers
1987 Swan Lake Rope 5
Karl Fulves Cloverleaf Bet "On the Barrelhead", three loops formed from rope
1988 The Chronicles (Issue 34) 1402
Wayne Dobson The Ends Off Rope Trick endless loop phase
May 1988 Opus (Vol. 1 No. 9) 15
Unknown The Flying Bird Flourish (Wright Brother's Knot Lead-In) rope flourish
1989 The Knot Collector 30
Bruce Cervon Cut and Restored Rope Routine mutliple phases, including "spectator cannot cut ends evenly" gag
1990 Ultra Cervon 161
Karl Fulves Here, Spot! No. 25, lose knot tied, loop/circle comes off rope
Also published here 1990 Self-Working Rope Magic 51
Karl Fulves Ropes That Think chapter intro, mental rope magic
1990 Self-Working Rope Magic 107
Karl Fulves, Sam Schwartz Thought Knots No. 53, spectators tie knots, they are counted and that many words counted down in this book, that word is forced and "of", force book
1990 Self-Working Rope Magic 110
Karrell Fox Great Shot toy gun, child shoots rope into two parts
1991 Goodies 55
Karrell Fox Knowing the Ropes trade show patter for Tom Osborne's "Three-to-One Rope" trick
1991 Goodies 140
Barry Wood The Wood Cutter ring of rope without ends is shown fairly and cut again with fingers
1992 The Trapdoor — Volume Two (Issue 44) 789
John Swomley Cut Me Two Times bit of business for cutting a piece of rope with the fingers
1993 The Minotaur (Vol. 5 No. 3) 8
Alexander de Cova Endless Loop Gag rope in hat, ends cannot be found
Also published here 1993 Seminarnotizen Steyr 1993 9
Karl Fulves Loopy Loop two different colored string loops transpose instantly
1993 Easy-to-Do Magic Tricks for Children 26
Alexander de Cova Endless Loop Gag rope in hat, ends cannot be found
Also published here 1993 Das Alexander de Cova Seminar 1993 10
Aldo Colombini The Killer noose formed with a rope only tightens when spectator who is holding the selection pulls it
Inspired by
  • Tom Craven effect
1994 The Close-Up Magic of Aldo Colombini 57
Mitsunobu Matsuyama The Knot Scam puzzle
1995 Arcane (Issue 14) 194
Fantasio Ein grosszügiger Zauberer three ropes hold in hand, on one end is a bill attached, two spectators can select a rope and they will not win the money
1995 Fantasio 27
Pavel Das Wäscheklammer-Seil rope and different colored cloth pins are placed in a bag, chosen colored cloth pin is found on rope
1995 M wie Magie 10
Roy Johnson, Geoffrey Durham Hyp-Knot-isch rope cut, long and short pieces transpose, with traveling knot
  • Der wandernde Knoten
  • Das Verschieben des Knotens
  • Der Austausch
Also published here
  • Unique
1995 Intermagic (Vol. 19 No. 4&5) 142
Steve Bedwell At a Loose End
  • Effect 1 - Stretching the Rope
  • Effect 2 - Cut and Restored Rope
  • Effect 3 - Flying Ends (loop)
  • Effect 4 - Replacing the Ends
1995 ca. Siamese Signatures and Other Oddities 1
Steve Bedwell Thumbs Up comedy routine, during a rope cutting routine, performer apparently cuts off his thumb and then puts it back on
1996 The Trapdoor — Volume Three (Issue 62) 1216
Dr. Raymond L. Beebe Tue, was ich tue do as i do with rope, sticky ends
1997 Intermagic (Vol. 21 No. 2) 76
Barrie Richardson The Psychic Strong Man performer holds two pieces of string or shoe lace, spectators cannot pull them out of performer's hand
Inspired by
  • "The Strong Man's Secret" (Henning Nelms, Magic & Showmanship, p. 14)
Also published here
  • Club 71, Summer 1987
1999 Theater of the Mind 60
Max Malini Max Malini's Preferences "From Letters Written by Charlie Miller to Faucett Ross", July 25, 1936
comment by Malini
Also published here Nov. 1999 Genii (Vol. 62 No. 11) 31
Ronnie Lee X-Ray Mind different ropes on board with hooks, performer holds rope and duplicates magically the condition of the selected ropes via color change, appearing knots, and so on
2000 Latter Day Secrets (Issue 3) 52
Karl Fulves Knot Mental spectator ties one to four knots into a rope which is hanged over performer's shoulder who divines the number of knots
2001 Discoverie (Issue 5) 63
Tomo Maeda Hangarian Rope rope becomes stiff, then changes into a coat hanger shape
July 2003 Genii (Vol. 66 No. 7) 47
Alexander de Cova A Rope Move switch choreography for routines with extra piece
  • Additional handling tip
2004 Treasures 6
Francis Tabary Routine FISM Phase 1: Opening (Switching Ends)
2004 The Award-Winning Rope Magic of Francis Tabary 23
Francis Tabary Move No. 2 switching ends, with extra piece
2004 The Award-Winning Rope Magic of Francis Tabary 148
Francis Tabary How Do You End a Routine?
  • 1 You are onstage
  • 2. Close-up
    • First, with two ropes: one long and on short
    • Now for situations with three ropes: a long rope, a short rope and a medium rope
2004 The Award-Winning Rope Magic of Francis Tabary 230
Francis Tabary, Jean Ducatillon The Card Sword with a Rope
2004 The Award-Winning Rope Magic of Francis Tabary 254
Robert E. Neale The Little-Finger String Game Cat's cradle (string game) used to trap spectator's finger, but when magician's finger is trapped, can escape easily
2008 This Is Not a Book 29
George Sands The Sands End Switch with extra piece
2010 Vortex 135
Patrick Page Three to One Rope Trick magnetic
2011 Magic Page by Page 203
Peter Newcombe Sharp as a Knife trouser crease is sharp as a knife, cuts rope
2011 Magic Page by Page 285
Pete Biro Whipcrackaway rope cracks like a whip, joke
2011 Magic Page by Page 285
Milbourne Christopher No Smoking rope from cigarette packet
2011 Magic Page by Page 287
Patrick Page That Rope Trick rope gag
2011 Magic Page by Page 291
Patrick Page And Another rope gag
2011 Magic Page by Page 291
Patrick Page The Indian Rope Trick gag with a rope
2011 Magic Page by Page 292
Patrick Page A Dodgy Rope rope moves by itself, turns away from scissors, gag
2011 Magic Page by Page 294
Patrick Page Dodgy Rope 2 rope moves by itself, turns away from scissors, gag
2011 Magic Page by Page 294
Alan Wakeling Rope of Quong Hi a rope is smoked, smoke appears in mouth
Also published here
  • Genii, Sep. 1947
Dec. 2012 Genii (Vol. 75 No. 11 & 12) 52
Hiroshi Sawa 超能力ロープ (Supernatural Rope) Rope disintegrates upon concentration and rubbing
2013 Magic of Dr. Sawa (澤浩の奇術) 51
Walt Lees Ringmaster ends of ropes are sticking out of a bag, spectators pull out ropes except one, the last one has a finger ring knotted onto its end
  • Die Alexander de Cova Variante (bill instead of ring)
VariationsAlso published here
  • Peter Duffie's e-book Mindblasters
Aug. 2013 New Avantgarde Magic (Issue 9) 24
Alexander de Cova Die Alexander de Cova Variante ends of ropes are sticking out of a bag, spectators pull out ropes except one, the last one has a rolled-up bill knotted onto its end
Inspired by Aug. 2013 New Avantgarde Magic (Issue 9) 25
Christoph Borer Ali, der unglückliche Fakir three phases, rope routine
2016 21 185
Joaquín Matas La Cuerda Ta-Variada Tabary inspired rope routine, rope is stretched, multiple ends, ends travel and are removed, rope is handed out in the end, with ideas by Jean Merlin and Gabi Pareras
Inspired by
  • Francis Tabary's "The Award Winning Rope Magic of Francis Tabary"
2016 A Fuego Lento — Volumen II 25
Alexander de Cova Impromptu Seilhalter rope holder using scissors for organizing the props
2016 Burners — Vol. 5 185