Pavel's Walking Knot

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Postby Guest » 03/25/03 05:21 PM

I'm considering purchasing Pavel's Super Walking Knot, but have a couple questions about it.

1) Is it in print or video? (With or without explanation.) I've seen it performed, but would like to re-familiarize myself with the handling and routine.

2) How many actual magnetic "joints" are in the Walking Knot rope?

3) I understand Walking Knot Junior is the same, but the rope is shorter and there are less joints per foot of rope. Can someone tell me how the Junior model matches up to the Regular model -- in terms of length of rope, amount of magnet points, etc. Is the Junior version less "magical" because you are limited to where and how many times you can "cut"?

Thanks!
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Postby Guest » 03/25/03 05:35 PM

I don't think you'll find it in print. As for video of the effect, you'd have to review some other performers presentation.
About the magnets......there are no magnets associated with this trick.
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Postby Guest » 03/26/03 07:45 AM

The famous swedish magician Topper Martin performed this effect some years ago at a small magic convention and it looked very cool.
I think its a good effect.
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Postby Bill Mullins » 03/26/03 09:20 AM

Probably the easiest to find video of a presentation would be Harry Anderson's -- it's on an HBO special (Rodney Dangerfield's Young Comedians, I think). But if you think you can do his presentation, then you've got no business buying a $200 trick.
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Postby Frank Yuen » 03/26/03 09:31 AM

I don't have the effect but my understanding of it is that in the Super Walking Knot you can stop and cut pretty much anywhere along the rope. The rope is six yards long. The Junior Walking Knot can only be "cut" in three spots and is only six feet in length.

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Postby Pete Biro » 03/26/03 10:28 AM

IMHO the "effect" is the same... You cut the rope, you tie it, you slide the knot and untie it at another spot on the rope.

You should research the ORIGINAL.

I saw Doug Henning do the Paul Curry version, live, at a college show in NY and literally fell out of my seat and slid to the floor I was so baffled.

Depending on your venue, you can do it with just one assistant and a gaffed chair (tie one end to a chair) instead of two assistants.

Also... I have worked out a way to do it solo. I did this for Johnny Thompson and fried him with it.

I used a six foot length of rope and rubber cement joins... think about it...

Maybe I should market a manuscript on this... or sell :D it to GENII??? :p
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Postby Frank Yuen » 03/26/03 10:51 AM

Pete, didn't you already have this in Genii years ago? Perhaps in your column? I'd swear that I read it (with the rubber cement joins) before.

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Postby Guest » 03/26/03 02:03 PM

Frank, you're right. Mr. Biro gave a detailed description of the effect in question in Genii, Vol. 43, No. 3, March 1979 in his column "The Reel Works" under the title "The Ghost Rope - The Ultimate Effect with a piece of Rope!"
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Postby Pete Biro » 03/26/03 07:44 PM

First the legs, now the brain... you are right, I did put it in print.

How is it? :p
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Postby Jeff Haas » 03/26/03 07:54 PM

And then there's Jim Steinmeyer's version. No rubber cement needed...
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Postby Ruben Padilla » 03/27/03 11:12 PM

Hey Jeff (or anybody), where is Steinmeyer's version in print? Thanks.
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Postby Guest » 03/28/03 06:26 AM

Ruben,

You can find Steinmeyer's version of the walking knot in his book Device and Illusion under the title Knot Unexpected.

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Postby Pete Biro » 03/28/03 10:31 AM

I think John Cornelius has published a version.

If you work on stage and have any assistants, you really can't beat Paul Curry's original.

If you work solo, and you are serious, just get Pavel's super walking knot.
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