I'm looking for about as much information as possible on a certain ring and rope effect.
A length of rope a little over 24" and a 4 inch metal ring is used. The ends of the rope are held in the hand and the bight hangs down so the rope looks like the letter "U." The bight is threaded through the ring and the ring is held horizontally while the rope hangs down vertically. The ring is held up about 3/4ths up the length of the rope. The ring is held at the very tips of the thumb, first, and second finger.
Drop the ring. The ring falls down the length of the rope and the rope flips itself around into a cow hitch and the ring is tied onto the rope. (A collapsed square knot creates one straight rope and one cow hitch.)
I hope that explains it the "trick." If any of you know where this one comes from, if and where it is published, etc., etc.,....I would sure love to know more about it.