Turn rope around so that Gimmick part is at top between your hands. Keep Gimmicks concealed. See Figure 20.
"I think this is about the middle of the rope."
Have spectator cut rope. Audience thinks he is cutting whole rope in half, but in reality he is merely cutting short piece in half between the two Gimmicks. Hold the ends far apart, Figure 21.
"Thus the Hindu says he can enter the psychic world. Are you quite sure, sir, that you cut the rope? Just to make doubly sure, cut it again. Cut a piece from this end."
Hold rope as in Figure 22, and have spectator cut a piece from left side of rope within about an inch of the Gimmick, keeping Gimmick concealed. Toss this piece to audience.
"Perhaps you would like a souvenir."
Show cut end to spectator at your left, and say:
"Will you notice the cut end, sir?"
Now to gentleman at right:
"To make positively sure that the rope has been cut, will you kindly cut a piece from this end also?"
Hold rope so that he cuts a few inches from right end of rope rather close to Gimmick. Give him the piece of rope just cut off.
"Please toss it over there to the lady."
You now have an inch-stub of rope attached to each end of the long rope by Gimmicks. While spectator is tossing piece of rope to lady, take ropes in hands as in Figure 23. Grasp the short stubs between thumb and base of first finger of right hand. This view is away from audience, Figure 23.
With a natural movement, pull the Gimmicks loose from long rope. Back of right hand is to audience, Figure 24.
"I should have a magic ring for this."
Reach into right trouser's pocket and leave the short pieces of rope there, bringing out the ring.
"Here it is in my pocket."
To gentleman at left:
"Here, sir, I shall give you the magic ring."
Give him ring and then hold ends of rope far apart in your two hands. Be careful to conceal Gimmicks at ends of rope with your fingers, Figure 25.
To gentleman at left:
"I believe you, too, are quite sure that the rope has been cut. No doubt, you wonder why I ask this so many times. I do it because when I get through and you go home, you may wonder whether the rope was really cut. Anyway, the Hindu brings the ends of the rope together for just a second. . . "
Bring the two ends of rope together and under cover of the fingers, snap the Gimmick together. Do this with as little noise as possible.
"And wraps the rope around his hand."
Wrap rope quickly around left hand with the right so that audience cannot see that rope is already restored. Figure 26.
"Touch it with the magic ring, sir." Gentleman touches rope with ring.
"The Hindu says, 'Chee-la-wah-la-bong-wah. Watch, for you are about to behold a miracle -- a miracle you will never forget as long as you live.' Then he quickly unwraps the rope from his hand."
"And, of course, the rope has been restored completely to what it was in the beginning."
Show rope by passing it quickly around in a circle through both of your hands. This gives the form of the magic circle and also keeps Gimmick invisible, Figure 27.
Finally get rope into position so that knot is at bottom and left fingers cover Gimmick, Figure 28.
"I realize that it may be hard for several of you to understand how the Hindu restores his life-line, so perhaps I had better explain it to you all over again."
This usually gets a laugh because there is no one in the audience who knows how to do the trick. The tendency in such an effect is for the audience to want to get the rope and examine it. You forestall this until you are ready to pass out the rope by saying you will do the trick again.
In some effects repetition is not good, but in this rope mystery, repetition strengthens the effect and leaves the audience thoroughly mystified. The two methods of working are different so there is no danger of detection.
To gentleman at right:
"Please cut the rope again."
Have spectator cut the rope about an inch and a half to two inches to the right of the Gimmick in left hand, Figure 29.
"And to remove all suspicion, cut the rope again."
Grasp left side of rope about four inches below left hand with your right hand and have the rope cut between your two hands. That leaves the long loop of rope entirely free from Gimmicks in your right hand and the short piece of rope with the Gimmick in your left hand, Figure 30.
Casually place left-hand piece with the Gimmick in your left coat pocket. Do this without hesitation as if you were just getting rid of the cut piece of rope. Audience sees nothing suspicious in this.
Now hold both ends of rope far apart and say to gentleman at left:
"Since you are one of the chief inspectors, perhaps you would like to
look at this rope a bit closer. Examine the ends."
Allow spectator to examine the ends of rope closely.
"Since you give your official OK, I shall now tie the two ends together to form a knot."
Tie the two ends together in a double knot. You now have this real knot and the fake knot at opposite ends of the rope, Figure 31.
Take scissors from gentleman at right.
"The Hindu says now his troubles begin because the knots are supposed to be knots of trouble in his lifeline. One knot of trouble is enough, he says, for any good Hindu. Of course, we can make the knots less conspicuous by trimming them up a bit."
Trim the ends of the knots up to about an inch from each knot. Try to make the knots look alike. Then hold both knots in left hand as you gesture with right. This confuses the two knots so that audience cannot keep track of them separately, Figure 32.
"Of course, we have two knots."
Take a knot in each hand -- the fake knot in the right hand and the real knot in the left hand. Show knot in left hand, pretending this is the first knot tied, Figure 33.
"This one is the one we tied originally to make a mystic circle of the rope."
Then show knot in right hand as the second knot tied.
"And this knot is the one tied from the two ends the gentleman just cut. I believe, sir, you cut the rope."
Drop real knot from left hand and bring fake knot in right hand over to left, holding rope from this knot as shown in Figure 34.
With right hand cut knot off, leaving a short piece still around long rope, Figure 35.
"If a knot causes trouble, the solution to the problem is to cut the knot off. This leaves two ends as we had before we tied the knot. Of course, we can even up the ends."
Pull up end of short piece and cut it away, repeating until you have finally cut away the short piece entirely and have the long rope looped in left hand, Figure 36, next page.
"While the life line is cut, the Hindu says he projects his astral body back into the physical again. He wraps the rope around his hand again."
Wrap rope around left hand several times. Then ask spectator who holds ring to touch rope with it.
"Touch it with the magic ring. The Hindu says, 'Chee-la-wah-la-bong-wah. Watch, and you shall behold a miracle. Hoy!' "
Throw hands upward, releasing rope from left hand.
"And the rope is again restored."
Hold rope over your thumbs. Turn palms of hands to audience and spread fingers wide apart. This exhibits the rope well to audience, Figure 37.
"To prove to you that the rope has really been restored, I shall untie the knot, and give one end of the rope to the gentleman here and the other end to the gentleman at the other side."
As you say this, untie knot and give one end of rope to spectator at right and other end to spectator at left. Ask them to pull hard on rope, then take it from them.
"Thank you. You have pulled hard on the rope and have proved that every fiber even unto the thousandth has been fully restored."
Fold rope up a little in your hand to make it easier to throw.
"Now you can prove it to yourselves by examining the rope."
TOSS THE ROPE OUT INTO THE AUDIENCE FOR EXAMINATION.
This is your finish. Make it as dramatic as possible. Toss the rope high enough to suit the dramatic action. Bow a little. Thank the spectators who assisted you and allow them to go to their seats.
NOTE: Short piece of rope may be attached in another handy manner. Put it around long rope, then wind a piece of white thread twice around it. This enables you to carry rope prepared in pocket without knotting it in advance. You can also lay rope over your shoulder or over back of chair before it is knotted. The thread is then broken when you tie the knot, Figure 38.
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