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Melissa & Doug – Rope Tricks Untangled

Melissa & Doug – Magician’s Apprentice Volume 3 – Rope Tricks Untangled

Melissa & Doug - Magician's Apprentice volume 3 - Rope Tricks UntangledBuy from Amazon.com  Something I like to do is investigate children’s magic sets, and see if the various props are anything that I would use in my clowning.   I was pleased with the results from  Melissa & Doug’s Deluxe Magic Set, and I was interested in looking into their set of rope tricks as well.   Unlike coin and card tricks, I feel that rope magic tends to lend itself to clowning.  I typically keep a 1-foot length of rope, and a three-foot length as well, in my pocket as I clown, simply because I have a variety of simple clown tricks that I do with them.   The question is, does  Rope Tricks Untangled work for clowning?

The answer is, yes and no.   Some of them are simply fit only for children and wouldn’t be fit for a public performance.   Others, however, such as the “transformation rope” (color changing shoelace) and “mystical rope” (gimmicked rope that goes rigid) lend themselves to clowning or even comedy magic.   It needs to be noted that the “mystical rope” does make a slight “clinking” sound that has to either be covered up, or played for humor.   It also needs to be mentioned that in  Mark Wilson’s Complete Course in Magic, they give a method of making a homemade rigid rope that technically works better.   In addition, there are a pair of “illusion ropes” that are a well-made pair of magician’s ropes.   All of those work well, and I’ve already begun adapting them to my clowning.

Chapter 1 – Gimmick Tricks

  • Penetrating Rope
  • Phantom Ring
  • Phantom Ring Drop
  • Magic Rope TrioVanishing Rope
  • Ball Escape
  • Ring of Deception
  • Mystical Rope Tricks
    • Horizontal LIne Trick
    • Diagonal Line Trick
    • Vertical Line Trick
  • Cut and Restore Chamber
  • Transformation Rope

Chapter 2 – Basic Rope Tricks

  • Getting Started
  • Dissolving Knot
  • Sneaky Slip Knot
  • Sliding Knot (beginner)
  • Sliding Knot (advanced)
  • Cut and Restore Rope

Product description of  Melissa & Doug’s Rope Tricks Untangled

These fabulous, new sets are loaded with professional-quality magic devices and gimmicks. They include step-by-step instruction booklets with detailed illustrations for performing dozens of impressive tricks. Boxes fold like a book for easy storage. These include specialized ropes, accessories and instructions for more than 17 tricks. They measure 18€ x 11.5 x 2 and recommend for children above 8 years.



Computer nerd by day, professional clown on evenings and weekends (Raynbow), who combines the two by maintaining a bunch of websites dedicated to the history and performances of clowning, such as Free Clown Skits, and comedy such as Best Clean Funny Jokes.

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