Cut Restored Rope Replacement

This is not a complete effect, but it is a great bit of finesse. The Cut & Restored Rope trick has been a classic of magic for centuries. The method most often used is the one where a loop of the rope near one end is secretly exchanged for the center when the rope is cut. Over the years few elegant handlings have been devised for accomplishing this secret maneuver. Michael's approach is as clean, direct and deceptive as any I have seen.

PROCEDURES: Substituting the end section for the middle of the rope happens in a completely natural manner. Work through this move several times with rope in hand while standing in front of a This way you can see the wonderful illusion from the audi ence's viewpoint.

Three to three-and-a-half feet is about the right length for the rope, though a greater or lesser length works fine. The rope should be soft and flexible, like the standard magician's rope. Hold the rope in front of you, one end lying across the fingers of each palm-up hand. The ends hang over the front side of the forefingers by about four or five inches. The center of the rope hangs off the backs of the little fingers and down between the hands (FIG. 1).

What apparently happens is that the right hand carries its end of the rope forward and loops it over the left hand; the center of the rope hangs over the backs of the Jeftfingers. However, in this seemingly innocent action, a loop of the right end of the rope is switched for the center section.

You will apparently be pulling the rope over the left fingers in order to find its center. The right hand approaches from in front of the left fingers, but instead of pulling the rope fairly over the fingers, the right and left hands switch ends. FIG. 2 shows the beginning of the switch, as the right index and middle fingers pinch the left end of the rope.

At about the same time, the right end of the rope is clipped in the left thumb crotch. The right thumb helps position it there if needed. It is important that the section of rope that is hung over the left fingers by the right hand does not slip off those fingers. The very tip of the left thumb also helps here, lightly pressing the rope against the left forefinger. This slight adjustment is easily understood when you try the move. FIG 3 exposes the condition at this point, as the right hand begins to draw its newly acquired end (originally the left's) back toward your body. This end is caught in the loop formed by the opposite end.

The substitution is now complete. The right hand only has to carry its end back and down, apparently coiling the center of the rope around the left fingers (FIG. 4). The left thumb holds the loop secure as the right hand pulls the center of the rope through it.

The rope is now coiled in a position that look» like the approximate center is hanging just over the left fingers. The right hand releases its end of the rope and gets the scissors. Cut the rope where it hangs just in front of the left fingers. The illusion of the rope being cut at its center is really marvelous. It has been really been cut only about six inches from one end. Proceed with any standard restoration sequence.

There is no hesitation at all when making the switch. It happens smoothly and takes only a few seconds. Put in a bit of work on this and you will have a perfectly deceptive utility move for any Cut & Restored Rope sequence.

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