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This effect may be termed a "double-header" for both a rope restoration and slate writing mystery are accomplished In comblnatlon.The only requisites are two slates with loose silicate flap, two lengths of soft rope, scissors and chalk. In order to facilitate the learning of the subtleties employed, it would be well for the reader to follow the instructions with the articles mentioned at hand.

The performer talks of his discovery of a long hidden secret for restoring to their original condition all broken articles. He offers to Illustrate with a rope. It is looped between the hands and a spectator cuts at the center. The cut ends are tied, passes made, and the performer sounds off with invocations. The knot is untied AND THE ROPE IS POUND IN TWO PIECES.

Only a little discouraged the performer tosses these into the audience and takes another rope. It, too, is cut and the ends tied together. However, the performer admits that he is not too sure of the correct procedure and might rather ask for aid than fall again. He picks up two slates, showing them on both sides to be blank, and writes on one "Dear Houdlnl: Please help me out with my "NEVER?AIL" rope trick, (signed) Dr. Jacob Daley."

The cut rope is hung over this written on slate with the knot on upper surface. The other slate is placed on top. The hanging ends are crossed underneath the slates, brought up and tied tightly over the top by a spectator.

After a due interval with soft music the slates are untied. Between the slates now lies a loose knot and the rope is seen restored. The original slate still bears the written request, BUT ON THE OTHER SLATE IS WRITTEN: "Dear Jack: I had to do it the hard way. You can have the knot, (signed) Houdini." And everything Is handed out for examination.

The general effect being everything, the actual method of doing the rope trick can be left to the Individual

performer. Any version which makes use of the snail extra or cut off piece which is openly tied around the rope proper Is all right. I pre-f fer the old and standard turban trick ' moves which allow you to do the trick with no preparation. This effect has been explained in books about as many times as the Pour Ace trick has methods. BUT, there is one NEW twist to it which makes this effect possible. In all versions the short piece is tied iiROUND the center of the long piece, either to be trimmed entirely away (turban) or slid off while coiling the rope around the hand. However, when performing this trick the performer ties the small piece, not around the rope by itself. BUT aROUND THE BIGHT OP THE ROPE. The illustration will make it clear, and it has been exaggerated to avoid misunderstanding, «hen completed, a tight and we'll tied knot appears to be in the center of the long length. A PULL ON BOTH ENDS OP THE LONG ROPE WILL CAUSE THE KNOT TO SNAP FREE OP THE ROPE.'

On the first example, when the rope fails to be restored, the performer uses exactly the same moves he later uses on the second example. However, the necessary turban method move is left out which results in the first rope being actually cut. On the second try, the fake cut provides the short piece and the knot is made as described. The rope Is now put around the neck while the slates are brought Into play.

The ANSWER has, of course, been previously prepared and covered with the flap. Both slates are shown blank. The "answer" slate Is laid on the table, flap side down, while the QUESTION la written across one side of the other. Holding the writing side upwards the rope is now hung across it, from side to 3ide with ends hanging downward, and the knot laying on the top (writing) surface. The other slate is picked up from the table, leaving the flap behind, and laid over the knot and the "question" slate.

You are now holding the two slates at one end with the left hand and they

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ar& in front of your body. The rope ends hang down on the side nearest you and the side towards the audience. The right hand takes the end nearest the body and brings it up over the audience side of the two slates, across the top, and lets it hang down over the body side. Then the right hand takes the end hanging down on audience aide, brings it underneath towards body, up and over the slates to finally hang down again on the audience side. BUT - JUST AS THE HAND GRASPS THIS END IT GIVE THE ROPE A TUG WHICH SNAPS THE KNOT LOOSE PROM THE ROPE BETWEEN THE SLATESI

The right hand now grasps the two hanging ends beneath the slates, the left hand turns the two slates over, which action brings the two ends to the top with the slates hanging underneath, and anyone Is asked to tie these ends tightly. Then that person is allowed to hold the secured slates.

The trick is finished at this point except for the soft music and the denouement. The trick will puzzle a magician as fa3t as a lay spectator, for by the very nature of mechanical magic, he immediately thinks of extra rope beneath the flap, and then worries for a while over a flap changing aides with a rope in the way, and only after a bit of hard thinking does he realise the extremely simple thing that has happened.

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