An Impromptu Cut And Restored Cord Effect

This method of doing the cut and restored cord effect is commoner than the two methods which I have already given you. The reason for this is that this method requires no preparation. It can be done anywhere at a moment's notice. You can use this method on occasions when you cannot prepare your cord and have to work with what you have at hand.


Spectator cuts a piece of string or cord, held by Magician, through the center with a knife or pair of scissors. Magician then ties ends into a knot. In a moment string is shown to be completely restored.


1--A piece of string or wrapping cord about 30 inches long.

2--Sharp knife or pair of scissors.


Show cord and hands freely.

Hold cord in both hands as shown in illustration.

"I see by the papers that some inventor has brought forth a non-destructible wrapping cord. So much goods has been damaged because the string around packages breaks when express men throw the packages at each other. Something had to be done to prevent such losses. Let me show you how this newly-invented string works."

Bring end of string held in right hand around into position shown in illustration.

Grasp it between tip of first finger and thumb of left hand. Turn hand around so that palm faces audience. Spread fingers so that audience can see how string is held.

"Cord usually breaks in the middle--very seldom at the ends, so we must find the middle, which must be about in the center."

Look at part B of cord, extending between hands. As you see above, let go of end A of cord and let it drop. Audience can plainly see now that B is the middle of the cord.

REPEAT PROCESS OF BRINGING END "A" UP in between finger and thumb of right hand. This repetition helps to convince spectators that the middle of the cord is really between your hands.

"There, that is good enough without measuring. Now, sir. if you will please take your pocket knife and cut the string through the middle "

Or if you have a pair of scissors handy, ask spectator to use those. As you make the request, you make a movement that is very IMPORTANT in working the trick. Hold cord about six inches from you. Study illustration carefully.

Tip of first finger and thumb of right hand hold A. Second finger of right hand is used to push B downwards in front (towards audience), and A is brought upwards. In other words, just reverse the position of A and B. Note that while doing this, the fingers of both hands are close together.

This movement leaves a twist in the cord between first finger and thumb of left hand. As soon as A and B are exchanged, move right hand along cord A to a distance about four inches away from left hand. Bring hands forward while doing this. To the audience it looks as though you had right hand near left and then as you brought cord forward, you merely slid right hand away from left.

Movement of bringing hands forward appears to the audience to be a gesture in asking spectators to cut cord.

"Now just cut the cord here at the middle, that's near enough."

Spectator cuts cord. Allow cord held by right hand to drop. To audience it appears that cord has been cut in middle as two short ends extend upwards from fingers of left hand and the other two ends hang down.

The audience thinks that you have had cord cut in half, but in reality cord has been cut only four or five inches from the end. The ends extending above your left fingers are the ends of the short piece of cord which spectator has cut off for you. Tie a double knot with the ends AA.

"Please, sir, hold this end of the cord, and you, sir, please hold this end."

Give each end of cord to a spectator to hold. The knot is in the middle of the cord. Even to the closest observer it looks as though the cord had been actually cut and the ends tied together.

"I had the cord cut by the gentleman here to represent the cord around a package breaking. Now, expressmen do not always bother to tie up the cord again as I have done here— besides the cord may be too tight to allow tying."


Cover knot with right hand and close hand over it. Then place left hand over right hand. Slip knot along cord under right hand by moving hand towards the right. Left hand is closed around cord WHERE KNOT WAS. The effect is that you covered knot with right hand, then changed your mind and covered it with left hand. Address gentleman holding cord at right.

"Please, sir, take hold of the cord a little nearer the middle."

Your right hand keeps the cord from dropping as spectator lets go of it and then takes hold of it nearer the middle. This gives you an opportunity to slip knot off of cord under cover of your right hand. Let right hand fall to side for a moment after slipping knot off.

"Now, will both of you gentlemen please hold the cord tight, and I will take my handkerchief "

Reach into right coat pocket with right hand and drop knot therein. Bring hand out suddenly and then reach into trousers' pocket and out again, as though you were looking for a handkerchief but couldn't find one.

"Never mind, I thought I had a handkerchief that I could cover the knot with. But I suppose the audience wants to see what happens anyway, and it is so much harder to see things when they are covered. However, to get back to this wonderful new indestructible cord. The point is that this cord, if it breaks while on a package, will not stay broken but will automatically come together again. It will restore itself as good as new."

Lift left hand from cord. Of course, the knot is gone as you placed it in your pocket.

"Pull the cord, gentlemen, and see whether it is not as strong as ever. Quite an invention, I assure you."


Another way of getting rid of small piece of string is simply to take string in hand and cut off piece by piece as you did in the Germaine version, until it is entirely gone.

After you tell your audience about expressmen not bothering to tie up the cord and that besides the cord may be too tight to allow tying, you may continue the patter in this way:

"So, if we cannot have a knot we must not. I'll cut off a piece for you and a piece for me. A great big piece for you and a little tiny piece for me and an extra souvenir for the lady over there."

As you say the last sentence of the above, cut the knot from the cord.

"We have no knot, but we do have a couple of good ends left. After all, what's a couple of ends between friends when we have inventors. What I wanted to tell you about this new indestructible cord is that when the cord on a package breaks, it will not stay broken. Each end seeks out its mate, comes together with the other end and sticks stronger together than true lovers at first sight."

Lift hand from cord.

"Pull the cord hard, gentlemen, and see whether it isn't just as strong as ever if not stronger. This shows the wonderful power behind inventions."

In performing this impromptu method of cutting and restoring a cord, you may do the trick with rope, string, or ribbon.

You may take a clothes line, for instance, unroll three or four yards of it, and perform the trick. Using a clothes line makes a good stage effect. Your patter could be based on a wash day experience.

Later on in the course, I will show you how this principle is applied to some pretty stage effects.


In this lesson I give you five effects in rope and tape tricks. In these effects you learn an important magic principle.

1-- A boy's coat is threaded on two pieces of tape, a knot tied, then two rings are threaded on tapes and another knot tied. Still another coat is threaded on tapes and a knot tied. The ends of the tapes are given to two boys to hold. Yet in a few moments performer succeeds in removing coats and rings from tapes without cutting or hurting tapes in any way.

2--Two pieces of soft white clothes line are threaded through a number of rings and rings are tied securely at middle of ropes. Two ends of the ropes are threaded through the sleeve of a borrowed coat, and the other two ends through the other sleeve. The coat is placed over a chair and, though rope is held at each end by spectators, performer removes the rings and the coat from the ropes.

3--Performer hangs himself with ropes. He ties two pieces of cord around his neck, yet in a moment he jerks ropes from his neck and shows that loop is not big enough to slip over his head.

4--An apple is threaded onto two pieces of tape. Two ends of tape are held in one hand and the other two ends in the other hand with the apple suspended between them. At a desired moment the apple falls from the tape undamaged and the tapes still remain extended from hand to hand.

5--Walking through ropes. Two ropes are placed in back of a gentleman and ends held on each side by two spectators. Upon command the gentleman walks backwards and the ropes apparently pass through him and are found stretched in front.

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