Method B

In this method, you start with a straight piece of rope, apparently, without having the rope knotted.

Let A represent the short piece to be tied into a knot--B, the small piece with Gimmicks, which is to be cut—and C, the long piece with Gimmicks. To begin experiment, bring in rope, holding A and B between thumb and fingers of left hand. Back of hand is to audience and they believe you hold one long rope, Figure 39.

Bring up lower end of C with right hand, covering Gimmick. Figure 40.

Place this end in left hand, and as you do so, snap Gimmick into top end of B, making a loop of rope, Figure 41.

With right hand, grasp lower end of loop and bring it up to left hand toward short piece A, Figure 42. With a swing of the hands, grasp free end of A with right fingers and slip loop of rope in right hand over

it. Quickly drop rope from left hand and grasp A so that rope hangs down from A as shown in Figure 43. To audience it appears that you have merely tied a single knot with the ends of the rope.

Now tie A once around rope. Audience believes you have now tied a double knot with ends of rope, but in

reality, you have the fake knot at one end and the Gimmicks at the other end of the loop of rope, Figure 44.

These moves all blend into each other as one continuous movement and the audience does not suspect any trickery. From this point, continue with Method A.

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