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Ropes through body mini-cabinet?

Posted: December 17th, 2008, 3:30 pm
by Joe M. Turner
Some time ago, I inherited a stack of magic from an older magician who was clearing out his basement. One of the items was a miniature grandmother's-necklace-based rope penetration.

It is a 3-sided cabinet. All three pieces are about 8-inches tall. The side pieces are about 18 inches long and they connect to the back piece which is about 20 inches long with a few wingnuts. The sides have two holes drilled side-by-side near the middle. A couple of ropes are apparently tied around a young lady and then threaded through the holes; she magically steps forward, penetrating the ropes.

The pieces are plywood, painted red and yellow.

Abbott's shows a mini-illusion called "MLady Steps Forward" which is similar, but not the same.

Any ideas on the identity of this piece?

Re: Ropes through body mini-cabinet?

Posted: December 19th, 2008, 7:13 am
by Spellbinder
This may be the earlier Abbott version called "Thru and Thru." "M'Lady Steps Forward" uses a different principle, using only one rope, but in the Stewart James Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks, page 391, I think you'll find the one you're looking for. That's not to say that your prop is Abbott made; it may have been made by anyone following the information in the Rope Encyclopedia.

Re: Ropes through body mini-cabinet?

Posted: December 19th, 2008, 2:19 pm
by Joe M. Turner
Thanks.