Abbott’s Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks Vol. 1 by Stewart James

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Details: Enlarge your magic repertoire and amaze your friends with mystifying rope tricks you can easily learn from this legendary encyclopedia of rope tricks for magicians. Containing over 150 tricks, many created by masters of rope magic, this book shows you step-by-step how to perform the best rope tricks ever devised.

No matter how often you refer to it, this book will remain a complete and informative reference work that will be a valuable addition to your magic library. Grouped into nine chapters from knots and penetrations to cut and restored rope and more, this collection presents such effective tricks as Ralph Hull’s Famous Vanishing Knot, C.T. Jordan’s Mystifying Knot Trick, The Ropes and Rings Mystery, Loop the Loop, Nevil Maskelyne’s Leg Tie, Jordan’s Psychic Ring Release, The Famous Kellar String Tricks, Stanyon’s String Restoration, Carl Bremas Knotted Rope, The L.W. Simplicity Rope Restoration, Jamison’s Severed Rope, Liddle’s Phenomenal Rope Trick, The Tarbell Rope Mystery, The Encore Rope Trick, Eddie Clever’s Trple Cut Routine, Marvel Cut and Restored Rope, Maxam Triple Cut Rope Trick, the Bachelor’s Needle, Freer’s Master Muscle, The Hypnotized Rope, Grant’s Amazing Rope Secret, and many, many more. A special last chapter offers seven versions of the mythical Hindu Rope Trick. Each trick is clearly and precisely described and 510 illustrations add to the detailed presentations.

Rope tricks are always popular and this authoritative, comprehensive work on the subject gives the methods that the best rope magicians have used in their performances. Revealing the secrets of rope magic normally known only by professional magicians, this indispensable book is required reading for all aspiring and practicing magicians.


003 Publisher’s Foreword by Percy Abbott
005 Dedication–To Dr. Harlan Tarbell.
007 Index
015 Chapter 1: Knots
017 G.W. Hunter’s Puzzle Knot–Magician ties knot around ring in center of rope without letting go of ends or crossing arms.
019 The One Hand Knot
020 The Flip Knot–One end of rope is snapped several times, knot appears.
The Lightning Knot–Hands brought together, pulled apart immediately to reveal knot.
021 Two At A Time–Two knots at once, spaced evenly.
The Knot of Enchantment–Ends tied around wrists, covered, knot tied in center.
023 Any Number of Knots–Rope coiled around hand, any number of knots form when stretched out.
024 Guarding the Line–Sceance effect, long rope tied around wrists of two volunteers, lights on again reveal knots in center.
025 Adolph Ferber’s Spectre Tie–Metal tube over center of rope, ends given to spectators to hold, tube covered, removed to show knot around tube.
027 The Vanishing Square Knot
027 Ralph Hull’s Famous Vanishing Knot
030 Chefalo’s Vanishing Knot–Double knot.
031 The Captive Knot–Single knot tied in center of rope, ends knotted together multiple times, knot in center vanishes.
031 The Magic Shoe Laces–Knot tied in shoelace fashion, vanishes.
034 John Braun Combination Knot–Complicated-looking knot vanishes.
035 Wholesale Knot Removal–Two ropes tied into knots and knotted together.
035 Gone Again–Follow-up to Any Number of Knots, they vanish.
036 Visibly–Knot tied in center of rope, covered with hand, vanishes, magician shows knot removed from rope in hand.
036 C.T. Jordan’s Mystifying Knot Trick–Ring knotted into center of rope, removed and knots vanish under cover.

039 Chapter Two: Penetrations (Two Ropes)–Most rely on Grandmother’s Necklace principle unless otherwise noted.
041 Ropes Through The Neck
042 Venable’s Improved Ropes Through The Neck–Can be examined beforehand.
044 The Ropes And Rings Mystery
045 Stanley Collins New Ropes And Rings Release–Uses Linking Rings principle.
048 Relue’s Ropes and Cups–Tin cups and china cups threaded onto ropes by handles, ropes pulled tight, tin cups drop, china cups remain threaded.
048 Oriental or Simplicity Rope Release–Variation on previous effect.
049 Walking Through Ropes–Can be examined beforehand.
049 The 3-in-1 Ropes–Interesting method of preparing ropes so that they may be shown independently beforehand.
050 Adolph Ferber´s Mimi-Cords–Wooden block on ropes, can be examined beforehand.

053 Chapter 3: Penetrations (One Rope)
055 Loop the Loop–Stunt in which ends of long rope are tied to form loop, magician removes coat, thrusts right arm through loop and places right hand in vest pocket, can loop be removed without taking hand out of pocket?
055 The Leg Tie–Rope wrapped twice around leg, given a jerk to pull it right through.
057 Nevil Maskelyne’s Leg Tie–Rope wound around calf and thigh of seated magician and knotted, magician stands up and rope falls away.
058 Tenkai Rope Trick Through Neck–Similar to The Leg Tie.
059 New Rope Through Neck–Rope knotted into loop before placing over neck.
061 The Handkerchief Release–Performer’s wrists bound with hank, rope looped around center, ends held by spectator, performer escapes.
063 Jay-Bee’s Undisturbed Knot–Silk knotted around center of rope, penetrates rope.
065 The Vest Turning Trick–Performer’s hands tied together with length of rope, turns vest inside out without disturbing knots.
067 The Ring On Rope–Performer’s hands tied with three foot length of rope, bracelet shown, penentrates center of rope under cover.
067 The Ring Knotted On The Rope–Additional touch to last trick.
068 Puzzling Ring On Rope–Variation on The Ring On Rope.
068 The New Ring On Rope–Similar to above but can be done with short sleeves.
070 Slater’s Ring On The Rope–Full routine for ROR with several penetrations under ever more impossible conditions.
071 Borrowed Ring On Rope–Ring knotted into center of rope tied around performer’s wrists.
071 The “Cheeky” Rope And Ring Trick–Ring show hanging in center of rope, spectators hold ends, ring instantly comes free under cover.
072 Edward Smith’s Rope and Ring Trick–Ring on center of rope, ends knotted and sealed with wax, ring comes free when covered.
074 The Dropping Ring–Figure eight loops in center of rope, ring on top loop, drops to bottom under cover.
076 Wholesale Ring Removal–Any number of rings in center of rope held in place by one knotted into the rope, all come free under cover.
077 Charles Leedy’s Ropo Ringo–Ring borrowed, spectator’s hold ends of length of rope with handkerchief covering center, ring under hank, removed to show mass of knots in center of rope, ring knotted onto rope at center of mass.
078 Charles T. Jordan’s Psychic Ring Release–Spectator threads ring onto rope and knots it in center, magician threads ends of rope through coat, removes ring, which can be marked beforehand to prevent switching.
080 Eddie Joseph’s Ringed–Spectators hold ends of rope, magician takes ring (that has been examined) and covers it, removes cover to show ring knotted onto center of rope, knots may be untied by spectator.
082 Graham Adams Rope and Ring Experiment–Ring on rope, rope tied around assistant, both ring and assistant penetrate rope leaving knots intact.
085 The Rope Through The Stick–Rope knotted around wand, penetrates.
086 U.F. Grant’s Witch’s Broom–Same as above on a larger scale.
086 Cutting A Woman In Half–Rope penetrates assistant’s waist.

089 Chapter 4: Cut and Restored Cord
091 The Famous Kellar String Trick–Very clever method.
093 Karl Germaine’s String Restoration–Variant of above.
094 Joe Berg’s Japanese Paper String Restoration
096 Figure “8” String Restoration
098 Simple String Restoration
099 Twyno–String laced around magician’s fingers.
101 Impromptu String Restoration
103 Eddie Joseph’s Restored String
105 Ovette’s Supreme String Mystery–Similar to previous, both require pieces of apparatus that are more common today than when the book was written.
106 Louis F. Christianer’s Favorite String Trick–String cut into small pieces, dropped in glass of water, fished out, water squeezed out, restored string pulled from hand.
107 The Master Cut And Restored String–String measured, portion of center burned away, restored, still measures the same.
109 S.B. Blodgett’s Double Restoration–Two strings cut and restored at same time.
111 L.W. Package Cord Mystery–Very unusual method.
113 Le-Roy’s Hindoo Yarn Mystery
113 Ellis Stanyon’s String Restoration–Cord through paper tube, tube cut in half, cord remains whole.
114 T. Page Wright’s Variation

115 Rupert Slater’s Variation
116 Baffling String Restoration–Another Stanyon variant.
117 Wisenheimer String Restoration–Yet another Stanyon variant.
118 Joseph Kolar’s Straw and String Trick–Stanyon.
121 Nelson Hahne’s Version
123 George Wright’s Version–Stanyon casts a long shadow.

123 Floyd Thayer’s Wizzo–Stanyon should have gotten a whole chapter to himself.
126 L.W. Restoring The String–String measured before and after cut/restoration, clever method.

127 Chapter 5: Cut And Restored Rope (Impromptu)
129 Figure “8” Rope Restoration
The “Hindoo” Rope Restoration
131 Bluey-Bluey’s Method
132 Eric Impeys’ Impromptu Method
134 Dr. Ervin’s Rope Restoration–Probably the one everyone is familiar with.
136 The Short And Long Rope Mystery (Harold Sterling)–Rope cut in center, pieces constantly show to be unequal, but attempts to even them up by cutting always result in further inequality.
143 R.W. Hull’s Stretching Rope–Cut in two uneven lengths, shorter piece stretched to same length as other, rope restored.
149 S.H. Sharpe’s A Rope Repaired
151 John Goodrum’s Sleight of Hand Method
152 Graham Adams’ Cut And Restored Rope
154 Fernand Verheyden’s Method–The first part of this routine is a great setup to go into an impromptu version of Professor’s Nightmare. Look at the diagrams and you’ll see what I mean.
157 Harlan Tarbell’s “Many-Cut” Rope Mystery
160 Zenith Rope Restoration (Method Two) (Page Wright and William Larsen)
162 U.F. Grant’s 1933 Rope Trick
164 Carl Brema’s Knotted Rope
165 U.F. Grant’s Sleight-of-Hand Rope Trick
169 Heisey’s Hindu Rope Trick

177 Chapter 6: Cut and Restored Rope (Unprepared Rope)
179 The L.W. Simplicity Rope Restoration
182 L.W. Tug O’War–Two volunteers tug on rope, magician cuts center, rope instantly shown intact. L.W. Vinculum
184 The L.W. Gloved Deception
185 L.W. Restoring The Rope
188 Bert Douglas’ Magic Skipping Rope–Cut and restored jump rope.
192 Ringing The Bull–One ring shown threaded on rope, other rings threaded onto doubled ropes so that first ring prevents their sliding off, magician openly cuts rope to free rings, rope immediately shown uncut.
195 R.M. Jamison’s Severed Rope
197 Baffleso!
200 U.F. Grant’s Stage Rope Restoration–Very unusual method, will not work close up.
201 Scotty Lang’s Sucker Rope Trick
204 The L.W. Lost Chord–Requires a change bag.
206 Will Brema’s Convincing Rope Trick
212 The Aladdin Oriental Gimmick By Winston Freer
215 K.W. Liddle’s Phenomenal Rope Trick
218 L.W. Chased–An early example of street magic.

221 Chapter 7: Cut and Restored Rope (Prepared Rope)
223 L.W. Marking the Center–Spectator ties ribbon around center of rope to mark it for cutting.
224 R.W. Hull’s Marked Rope And Thumb Tack
232 U.F. Grant’s Super Rope Trick
234 Waldo Clarke’s Little Rhody Rope Trick
242 The Tarbell Rope Mystery–Six methods given.
272 Captain Jones’ Rope Trick–Variant of sixth Tarbell method.
272 Minocher Nowroji’s Restoration–Ball threaded on rope, rope cut to remove it, rope restored.
273 Ball Them Up–Ball on loop of rope, cut to remove ball, ends tied together, covered, ball back on rope and knot gone, rope restored.
275 Nu-Cut Rope Trick By Eldon Nichols–Another variant on the sixth Tarbell method.
277 Doc Nixon’s Rope Mystery–Variant of first Tarbell method.
277 The Encore Rope Trick
279 Additional Encore Rope Methods by Bert Douglas
283 Ned Asbury’s Variation
284 Dr. Clyde Cairy’s Follow Me Rope Routine–Do As I Do with cut and restored ropes.
289 Winston Freer’s Suggestion–Variant on previous trick.
S. Reilly’s Rope Trick–Ends of the rope shown to be painted red, rope cut and restored, then tied around neck, which it penetrates with ease.
298 Eddie Clever’s Triple Cut Rope Routine–Rope cut and restored several times under steadily more impossible conditions.
300 F.H. Jeudevine’s Rope Routine
301 The Baker Takes A Cut–Whole loaf of bread shown with rope threaded through, bread cut through center, parted to show cut ends of rope,
halves placed together and rope drawn through loaf to show it restored.
303 The L.W. Great Divide–Two wooden blocks shown, rope threaded through, knife passed between blocks and seen to pass all the way through, rope withdrawn to show it whole.
305 The Gessing-Gordon Rope Trick–Two ropes shown, ends visibly pull together forming one rope.
306 The Slow Motion Restoration by Harry Bjorklund–Similar to above but magician cuts rope in two, ends visibly join together.
308 The Marvel Cut And Restored Rope
311 The “J.M.” Rope Trick–Ring threaded onto rope and allowed to fall to center, center cut and ring drops to floor, lengths of rope knotted together at both ends, one knot cut away and other dissolves leaving one piece of rope which can be examined.
315 Burling Hull’s “Miracle” Rope Restoration–Rope cut and tied by spectator, in magician’s hands the knot visibly dissolves leaving one length of rope.
327 “Cut Yourself A Piece of Rope”
335 L.W. Double Restoration–Three ropes of different colors are shown, centers of all are cut, one removed to show it is really cut, other two are restored.
337 The L.W. Zenith Rope Restoration
340 The “Maxam” Triple Cut Rope Trick
347 Chapter 8: Miscellaneous Rope Tricks
349 Stabbing the Loop–Loops of rope laid on table alternately catch or slide off fingers at magician’s will.
350 The Bachelor’s Needle–Knotted end of rope threads trough loop at will.
353 Same Ring-Same Finger–Magician tied to chair with hands behind back, ring placed in teeth, under cover of spirit cabinet, ring makes its way to magician’s finger.
355 Seymour Davis’ “Sinbad’s Rope”–Rope measured, lengths cut off, shown to be same length at end.
356 H. Berson’s Miracle Rope Growth–Marked rope doubles in length.
358 Winston Freer’s Alagen Rope–Rope visibly stretches.
359 Winston Freer’s Master Muscle–Magician pulls rope apart into two pieces with minimal effort.
360 Winston Freer’s “Tug-of-War” Rope–Several specators tug on rope while magician holds other end, rope slides right through their fingers, rope is visibly longer by end of routine.
361 The Hypnotized Rope–Rope stands erect.
362 Grant and Maillow’s Ropes of Bengal–Piece of cardboard rolled into tube, two ropes threaded through, one rope cut short, stretches back to full length visibly, written prediction placed in full view, one rope cut short, spectator offered choice of ends to pull on, length matches prediction.
366 Herman Hanson’s Climax Rope Trick–Rope openly cut in two, cylinder formed from piece of paper, ropes threaded through, restored.
370 Percy Abbott’s “Easy-to-Do” Rope Trick–Cut and restored.
371 U.F. Grant’s Amazing Rope Trick–Cut and restored, very clean, can be tossed out for examination.
375 Chapter 9: The Hindoo Rope Trick
377 Rupert Slater’s Moth and Rope–Moth rises up rope and vanishes.
381 The Pocket Hindu Rope Trick–A small length of rope vanishes in a firey flash.
382 The Vanishing Boy–Stage effect, one end of rope thrown into flies, remains there, boy climbs rope, vanishes, rope falls to ground, boy comes running down the aisle.
388 Svengali’s Rope Climbing Trick of India–For stage, again, one end of rope tossed into air, remains suspended with end visible, boy climbs rope, slides back down, rope falls back to stage.
391 J.K. Wright’s Indian Rope Trick–Rather fanciful explanation for the legendary version of the trick given.
394 David Devant’s Hindoo Rope Trick–Devant reveals the workings of a stage version that hews closely to the details of the legendary version.
403 Illustrations Section


  • Publisher: Abbott’s
  • Pages: 400
  • Location: Colon, MI, USA
  • Edited by: Stewart James
  • Dimensions: 5″x8″
  • Date: 1941
  • Binding: hardbound

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