Stretching a Rope

I am not assuming anything in this description. If you are an "old timer," then skip this section. This is also true for the other technical descriptions that follow.

First, prepare a length of rope (about 6 m. long) by gluing a rope magnet into each end of it. (The length of the rope will be determined by the size of the area where the spectator sits.) Also prepare a 30 cm. length of rope in the same way. Now you can make a large circle of rope out of these two pieces by connecting them magnetically. Be sure to check the polarity of the magnets before you glue them in place!

You will also need a pocket as shown in the illustration, 25 cm. wide by 20 cm. high. These measurements do not include the seam for the fasteners. CAREFULLY place the long rope into the bag in windings that run lengthwise in the bag, all running the same direction (like an accordion fold). Then fasten the bag in place with snap fasteners, safety pins, or Velcro™. The simplest method is to use Velcro™. Attach a piece of it under the waistband of your trousers, then it will be invisible.

When you put your coat on, take the end of the rope that is hanging out of the bag in your right hand, and pull it into your sleeve. The end is held in place with a rubber band as shown in the picture. You must position it so you can take the end with two fingers of your right hand and pull it into thumb palm position.

When taking the short piece of rope from the table in the left hand, the performer, who must be able to work with both hands, uses his right hand to pull the short piece from the sleeve into thumb palm position. (See photo)

This is the method of fastening the rope so it can be pulled into the thumb palm position effortlessly.

This is the rope bag. This shows the side that goes next to the body. (This bag is held in place with snap fasteners. Velcro™ would be better.) The short piece of rope is on the right. The magnets are visible.

Now pull the short piece of rope through the right fist a few times. When you pull it through the last time, leave the short end in the fist and pull the end of the long one out in its place. (Try this in front of a mirror.) From the front, it must look as if you were holding the short piece of rope in your hand.

Now you can start stretching the rope, first slowly, as if it were very difficult to do. It is best to make a colored mark close to the end of the long rope.

When the end of the long rope enters the fist, it will automatically attach itself to the short rope if the polarity is correct!

Lay this rope on the floor in a circle around the time-space warp and close the ring magnetically. A small accompanying effect may be used at this point. As you close the ring of rope, make a remark or two about the "force field" which exists here. Secretly put on a Funken Ring, touch the circle of rope, and set the ring off. The force field is now charged.

You can begin the demonstration in a very convincing manner if you have the Lubor Die.11 This consists of a pair of nested cubes that are constructed in such a way that either cube will fit into the other one. This will allow you to take the inner cube and place the outer cube inside it. For the audience, this is absolutely impossible. The greatest advantage of this procedure is that it visibly shows how one dimension can penetrate another.

You might also have the envelope with the two halves of the banknote inside the inner box. As you show the boxes, the envelope falls out of them, so it comes, according to you, directly from the time-space warp. If the Lubor Die is not available, you can place the envelope under the close up mat on your table, which conceals the envelope and the magnets. (See below)

Bring a spectator FROM THE MIDDLE OF THE AUDIENCE up on stage with you, and perform the experiments with him, as they are described in the presentation.

Here is a tip for the "wandering" compass. Install a strong magnet in the center of the table. Install

11 This is the "Lubor Die" (Lubor Fiedler), "The Driebeek Die" (Ken Brooke), also "The Gozinta Box" (Supreme) or the "In-N-Outer Box" (Royal). BP

weaker magnets or even magnetic sheeting around it at a distance. Now, when you give the spectator the compass and he moves it around the table, it will react visibly less at the small magnets than it does at the "magnetic center," your strong magnet.

Before you dismiss the spectator, give him the envelope, which he takes back to his seat.

The Grant Trick - Technique

Up to this point, everything has been a prologue to set the mood for the big miracle. Here is a description of the "Million Dollar Trick."

Borrow a 10 mark note from each of two spectators, one on your right and the other on your left. Place one bill right on top of the other and tear both of them in half, right through the middle. Each hand is now two halves of different bills, which naturally will not fit together. The only sleight in this routine consists of exchanging the pieces so each hand contains TWO HALVES OF THE SAME BILL WHICH FIT TOGETHER. You must be able to do this in your sleep, without looking at your hands.

The sleight is made even easier by my presentation. When I say "20 marks - nothing, 20 marks -nothing," the hands are repeatedly brought together, then separated. Continue to repeat these words and gestures even after the bills have been exchanged. The pictures will show you how to hold the bills.

For clarity two striped "banknotes" are used, one with vertical stripes, the other with horizontal stripes. The picture shows the moment that the switch occurs. Each hand holds one horizontally and one vertically striped "bill," which do not belong together. The switch produces the situation that occurs in the next picture.

Now each hand is holding a complete banknote. When the hands are separated, the right will hold t wo vertically striped pieces and the left, two horizontally striped pieces.

Now you are holding a complete bill in each hand. Nobody knows this but you. Bring another spectator up from the audience. Have him face the audience and hold up the index and middle finger of each hand. Place two banknote pieces between each pair of fingers, and have someone decide which pair of halves will be given out to the audience. It makes no difference which pair is chosen, just give one half bill to one person on your left and one person on your right. These two spectators may not be sitting next to one another, otherwise they may try to fit the halves of their bills together. If they do this, they will see that they are holding halves of the same bill.

Meanwhile you have palmed a folded 100 mark bill which was in your trouser pocket on top of your handkerchief. With the hand containing your bill, take the two half bills from the spectator on stage and fold th^m so they look like your folded 100 mark note. Hold the folded bills together, place them into your left hand, reach into your pocket with your right hand, and bring out your handkerchief. Place the hundred into the handkerchief and palm off the folded 10 mark halves. TAKE YOUR TIME getting rid of the half bills. Give the handkerchief to a spectator for safe keeping.

Now the climax approaches in giant steps. The spectator in the middle gives you a half bill, you take it between the index and middle fingers, and give it to the spectator on the left. He tries it and determines that the halves do not fit. You take both halves from him, one between the index and middle fingers of one hand and the other between the thumb and index finger of the other. You confirm that the halves do not match.

As you look at the spectator in the middle, switch :he two halves. It happens almost by itself and nobody will be looking at you. Now give the spectator on the right the half you have switched out. (It is the other half of his bill!) Naturally the halves fit. Now the spectator in the middle needs only to give the remaining half of the bill to the spectator on the left so he can see that it also fits. He has received the entire bill from the envelope from the time-space warp.

As I said, this will appear to be monstrously complicated at first, but if you will try it for yourself with the colored pieces of paper12 and an imaginary audience, it will become crystal clear to you.

While you take your bow - because there will be no stopping the applause at this point - your second spectator is standing on the stage behind you, holding up a bag made from a handkerchief. When he speaks to you - and he certainly will - you "remember" the forgotten banknote and say something like: "Oh yes I must somehow increase my fee." Have him reach into the handkerchief and take out the 100 mark note, which you pocket!

12 See page 129 for Information on the colored pieces of paper. BP

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