Project: Magic Inventors

In writing articles for The Wizards' Journal, I try to credit magic inventors when they are known. This list of rope magic inventors is compiled from Stewart James' Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks, compiled by Stewart James, edited and copyright 2005 by Gabe Fajuri of Squash Publishing and sold by Abbott's Magic Novelty Co., Colon MI. Many of the tricks from the previous version of Abbott's Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks are the same, but arranged differently and with different page numbers.

Abbott's Encyclopedia Volume 1

Stewart James' Encyclopedia 2005

Inventor Effect Page
Cut and Restored Cord (String)    
Harry Kellar The Famous Kellar String Trick

3

Karl Germain Karl Germain's String Restoration

3

Joe Berg Joe Berg's Japanese Paper String Restoration

4

Eddie Joseph Eddie Joseph's Restored String

8

Ovette Ovette's Supreme String Mystery

9

Louis F. Christianer Louis F. Christianer's Favorite String Trick

9

S.B. Blodgett S.B. Blodgett's Double Restoration

11

T. Page Wright & William Larsen Package Cord Mystery

12

Servais Le-Roy Le-Roy's Hindoo Yarn Mystery

12

Ellis Stanyon Ellis Stanyon's String Restoration

13

T. Page Wright T. Page Wright's String Restoration Variation

13

Rupert Slater Rupert Slater's String Restoration Variation

14

Joseph Kolar Joseph Kolar's (Soda) Straw and String Trick

15

Nelson Hahne Nelson Hahne's Version of the Straw and String Trick

17

George Wright George Wright's Version of the Straw and String Trick

17

Floyd Thayer Floyd Thayer's Wizzo

17

T. Page Wright & William Larsen Restoring The String

18

Cut and Restored Rope (Impromptu)    
Bluey-Bluey Bluey-Bluey's Cut and Restored Rope Method

24

Eric Impey Eric Impey's Impromptu Cut and Restored Rope Method

24

Dr. Ervin Dr. Ervin's Rope Restoration

25

Harold Sterling The Short and the Long Rope Mystery

26

R.W. Hull R.W. Hull's Stretching Rope

29

S.H. Sharpe S.H. Sharpe's A Rope Repaired

32

John Goodrum John Goodrum's Sleight of Hand Method

33

Graham Adams Graham Adams' Cut and Restored Rope

33

Fernand Verheyden Fernand Verheyden's Method

35

Harlan Tarbell Harlan Tarbell's "Many-Cut" Rope Mystery

36

T. Page Wright & William Larsen Zenith Rope Restoration (Method Two)

38

U.F. Grant U.F. Grant's 1933 Rope Trick

38

Carl Brema Carl Brema's Knotted Rope

39

U.F. Grant U.F. Grant's Sleight of Hand Rope Trick

40

Heisey Heisey's Hindu Rope Trick

42

Arthur Punnar Arthur Punnar's Perfected Restored Rope

44

Percy Abbott Abbott's No-Knot Restored Rope

45

U.F. Grant U.F. Grant's Perfect Cut Rope Trick

47

Eddie Joseph Chain of Penitence

47

R.C. Buff R.C. Buff's Together Again

49

Eddie Joseph The Two-Way Cut

50

Cut and Restored Rope (Prepared Rope)    
T. Page Wright & William Larsen Marking The Center

57

R.W. Hull R.W. Hull's Marked Rope and the Thumb Tack

57

U.F. Grant U.F. Grant's Super Rope Trick

61

Waldo Clarke Waldo Clarke's Little Rhody Rope Trick

62

Harlan Tarbell The Tarbell Rope Mystery

65

Harlan Tarbell Tarbell Rope Gimmicks

67

Minocher Nowroji Minocher Nowroji's Restoration

78

Eldon Nichols Nu-Cut Rope Trick

79

Doc Nixon Doc Nixon's Toothpick Rope Gimmicks

80

Bert Douglas Additional Encore Rope Methods

81

Ned Ashbury Encore Rope Variation

83

Dr. Clyde Cairy Dr. Clyde Cairy's Follow Me Rope Routine

84

Syl Reilly S. Reilly's Rope Trick

86

Eddie Clever Eddie Clever's Triple Cut Rope Routine

89

T. Page Wright & William Larsen The L.W. Great Divide

91

Gessing-Gordon The Gessing-Gordon Rope Trick

92

Harry Bjorklund The Slow Motion Restoration

92

Burling Hull Burling Hull's "Miracle" Rope Restoration

96

Caryl S. Fleming Fleming's Liquid Rope Gimmick

101

T. Page Wright & William Larsen L.W. Double Restoration

105

T. Page Wright & William Larsen The L.W. Zenith Rope Restoration

105

Winston Freer Doubled Rope Gimmick (Maxam Triple Cut Rope Trick)

107

Eddie Joseph Sanoj Cut and Restored Rope

110

Carlos Carlos EZ-2-DO Rope Trick

111

Joseph Fries Joseph Fries' A Sailor's Rope

112

John Giordmaine John Giordmaine's Comedy Rope Trick

113

R.W. Hull R.W. Hull's Cut and Restored Rope

114

John Thornton John Thornton's Shaggy Dog Panama

115

William Boylston William Boylston's Restored Rope Routine

117

Ken Allen If You Like It

118

P.C. Sorcar P.C. Sorcar's Restored Again

119

U.F. Grant U.F. Grant's Spectator Rope Trick

120

Larry Becker Larry Becker's Cut and Restored Rope

121

Winston Freer Winston Freer's "54" Rope Trick

123

Percy Abbott Abbott's Four-To-Two Rope Trick

125

Percy Abbott Abbott's Incredible Rope

127

Bill Neff Neff's Miracle Rope

132

Rev. Robert E. Olson Olson's Cut and Restored Rope

137

Robert Harbin Full Hank Restoration

138

Mickey O'Malley and Frank Garcia Kord-O-Staski

139

Nyle Rothenback Pajamarama

140

Allan Lambie Chinese Cone and Rope Mystery

142

Cut and Restored Rope (Unprepared Rope)    
T. Page Wright & William Larsen Simplicity Rope Restoration

147

T. Page Wright & William Larsen Tug O' War

148

T. Page Wright & William Larsen Vinculum

148

T. Page Wright & William Larsen Gloved Deception

149

T. Page Wright & William Larsen Restoring The Rope

149

Bert Douglas Magic Skipping Rope

151

R.M. Jamison R.M. Jamison's Severed Rope

154

Baffles Brush Baffleso!

155

U.F. Grant U.F. Grant's Stage Rope Restoration

156

Scotty Lang Scotty Lang's Sucker Rope Trick

157

T. Page Wright & William Larsen The L.W. Lost Chord

158

Will Brema Will Brema's Convincing Rope Trick

159

Winston Freer The Aladdin Oriental Gimmick

161

K.W. Liddle K.W. Liddle's Phenomenal Rope Trick

164

T. Page Wright & William Larsen L.W. Chased

165

Martin Gardner Martin Gardner's Scissor Cut No. One

165

Martin Gardner Martin Gardner's Scissor Cut No. Two

166

Dr. Wiener Not At All

167

Percy Abbott Abbott's Double Circle Rope Mystery

168

William Boylston Clean Cut

169

Tom Fitzgerald Cut and Restored Rope to Cigarette

170

Clayson Rawson Knots of Flame

172

Ren Fetzer Cravat Capers

173

Glenn Gravatt Extratour

174

Tom Sellers Tom Sellers Cut and Restored Rope

177

The Hindoo Rope Trick    
Rupert Slater Rupert Slater's Moth and Rope

183

Sid Lorraine The Pocket Hindoo Rope Trick

184

Collins Pentz The Vanishing Boy

185

Joseph Dunninger Dunninger's East Indian Rope Trick

186

W.T. Lawhead Svengali's Rope Climbing Trick of India

187

J.K. Wright J.K. Wright's Indian Rope Trick

189

David Devant David Devant's Hindoo Rope Trick

190

Felix Korim Korim's East Indian Rope Trick

193

Knots    
G.W. Hunter G.W. Hunter's Puzzle Knot

199

Adolph Ferber Spectre Tie

202

Ralph Hull Ralph Hull's Famous Vanishing Knot

203

Chefalo Chefalo's Vanishing Knot

205

G.W. Hunter The Magic Shoe Laces

205

Ralph Hull Presentation for The Magic Shoe Laces

205

John Braun Combination Knot

206

Charles T. Jordan C.T. Jordan's Mystifying Knot

207

C.D. Oeloff (Cordini) Cordini's Double Knot

208

Jack Ketch Jack Ketch's Nonsense Knot

209

Tan Hock Chuan Tan Hock Chuan's Appearing Knot

210

Dr. Joseph H. Fries The Fastest Knot on Record

210

Martin Gardner Martin Gardner's Magic Knot

211

Martin Gardner Martin Gardner's Chefalo Release

211

Martin Gardner Martin Gardner's Impossible Knot

211

Sanders Sander's Phantom Knot

212

Dr. Joseph H. Fries The Illusive Knot

212

Lingley Lingley's Swing-a-way Knot

213

Gerald Loe Loe's Chefalo Developments

213

Gerald Loe Loe's Shoe Lace Variations

215

Joseph Keen Joseph Keen's Slip Knot

217

Tom Fitzgerald Take It Off

217

Enrique Solanas The African Knot

219

Gene Grant Phantini Vanishing Knot

220

George Kaplan Kaplan's Cut and Restored Rope Knot

220

Lingley Lingley's Omega Square Knot

221

Lingley Lingley's Alpha Square Knot

222

Charles Harrison Perfect False Knot

222

John Penrose Steal of the Red Knot

224

Douglas Hood The Climbing Knot

224

W. Hutton Scobie The Scobie Knot

226

Syd The Sorcerer Knottery

226

Hamilton Hamilton's Idea

227

Scurti Scurti's Jumping Knot

228

U.F. Grant U.F. Grant's Spirit Knots

228

Joe Cossari Naughty Knot

229

Tenkai Ishida The Knot of Foam

229

Stewart James Alterknot Way

231

Alan Lambie Perfect Vanish of Several Knots

231

Tom Sellers Knot Monte

232

Tom Sellers A Neat Tangle

233

Miscellaneous Rope Tricks    
Seymour Davis Sinbad's Rope

239

H. Berson H. Berson's Miracle Rope Growth

240

Winston Freer Winston Freer's Alagen Rope

241

Winston Freer Winston Freer's Master Muscle

241

Winston Freer Winston Freer's "Tug Of War" Rope

241

John Lippy, Jr. The Hypnotized Rope

242

Grant & Maillow Grant & Maillow's Ropes of Bengai

242

Herman Hanson Herman Hanson's Climax Rope Trick

244

Percy Abbott Percy Abbott's "Easy-Do" Rope Trick

246

U.F. Grant U.F. Grant's Amazing Rope Trick

246

Clare Cummings and Bob Lewis The Idiot Rope Trick

248

U.F. Grant U.F. Grant's Comedy Rope Trick

249

Ten-Ichi & Bruce Cole Thumb Tie Extraordinary

251

Percy Abbott Abbott's Slick Tie

252

Larry Becker Larry Becker's Knot Effect

253

Tan Hock Chuan Tan Hock Chuan's Knot Effect

254

Percy Abbott Abbott's Handkerchief and Rope Penetration

255

Mystic Craig Spooky Rope

257

Percy Abbott Abott's Long Smoke

257

Burton Mark Burton Mark's Trunk Substitution

258

Roy Shrimplin Krazy Kube

259

Percy Abbott Abbott's Routine for the Wrist Tie Supreme

260

Percy Abbott Abbott's Rod Tie

263

Eddie Joseph The Thumb Tie

265

Eddie Joseph Unaccomodating Rope

266

Eddie Joseph Secret Ingress

269

Eddie Joseph Trapped in Space

272

Clyde F. Cairy Double-Barreled Barrel Head

274

U.F. Grant Poor Man's Monkey Bar

275

Lu Brent Watch on the Rope

276

Al Aldini Nu Way Linking Ropes

277

George DeLaney Prayer Vase Routine

278

Dr. Morton Smith The Card and The Rope

279

Robert Harbin Rope Holder

279

Robert Harbin Added Enchantment

280

Robert Harbin West Meets East

280

Bob Taylor Ring Transformation

282

Jim Kahlert A Surprise Ending

284

C. James Rainho Tied at the Stake Illusion

285

Billy Bell Dummy Cigarette

287

Yasunaga Matsuura Tokkuri and Rope

287

Stewart James Sideology

288

Stewart James Tu-Be or Knot Tu-Be

289

Stewart James Switch Hitcher

289

Stewart James Wedding Accessories

290

Stewart James Cubestrick

292

Stewart James Monte Zooma

293

Glenn Gravatt Rope Appear

294

Glenn Gravatt Witness For The Prosecution

294

Glenn Gravatt Visible Silk on Rope Appearance

295

Glenn Gravatt Flying Silk and Ropes

296

Allan Lambie Rope Through Hank

297

Allan Lambie Simplex Color Changing Rope

298

Allan Lambie Vanishing Knot and Rope Penetration

299

Allan Lambie Attention - March!

300

Allan Lambie The Perfect Rope Stretch

301

Allan Lambie Squirmy Wormy Rope

302

Tom Sellers Stretching A Rope #1

302

Tom Sellers Stretching A Rope #2

303

Tom Sellers Stretching A Rope #3

303

Tom Sellers A Different Stretching Rope

304

Tom Sellers Rollo

305

Penetrations (One Rope)    
Nevil Maskelyne Nevel Maskelyne's Leg Tie

309

Tenkai Ishida Rope Through Neck

310

Oscar S. Teale Subterfuge for the Puzzling Ring On Rope

314

Slater Slater's Ring on Rope

315

Edward Smith Edward Smith's Rope and Ring Trick

316

Charles Leedy Charles Leedy's Ropo Ringo

318

Charles T. Jordan Charles T. Jordan's Psychic Ring Release

319

Eddie Joseph Eddie Joseph's Ringed

320

Graham Adams Graham Adams' Rope and Ring Experiment

320

U.F. Grant U.F. Grant's Witch's Broom

322

Jim Ryan Rope, Ring and Rod

324

Jean Hugard Ringing a Rope

326

Bob Hummer Hummering

327

Jack Miller & Peter Warlock Out of the Loop

329

Eddie Joseph Eddie Joseph's Remarkable Release

330

Arturo Arturo's A Ring Between

331

Lyman Allen & John Snyder, Jr. Block-Kord

333

Peter A. McDonald Houdini Block

334

Norman Rhodes Post and Ropes Illusion

336

Percy Abbott Abbott's Ribbonifty

338

Dr. Raymond Beebe Bisect-U

339

Percy Abbott Abbott's Uncanny Rope Mystery

340

Douglas Hood Cutting a Lady in Halves

341

Percy Abbott Abbott's Whirling Dervish

342

Cyro Cyro's Super-Duper Rope Trick

343

Arturo Check-R-X

344

Lester Lake Octagoon

346

Joe Karson Rope Thru Body

347

Eddie Joseph Divorce in Zululand

347

Henry Holova Rope and Silk Penetration

349

George Johnstone Ring-A-Ding-Ding

350

Robert Harbin Ringed Rope

351

Robert Harbin Harbin's Walking Through a Rope

352

Hal Robbins Knotted Hank Off Rope

353

Larry Becker The Ambitious Ring

354

Hideo Kato Through Solid

355

Paul Fox & Danny Dew The Rope Through The Body

356

Stewart James Betwixt

358

Stewart James Second Class Passage

359

Stewart James It's a Drag

359

Glenn Gravatt Dissolving Knot and Silk Release

360

Glenn Gravatt Visible Rope and Ring Penetration

361

Glenn Gravatt Rope, Silk, and Bracelet Combination

362

Glenn Gravatt Coat, Rope and Rings

364

Allan Lambie Simple Ring From Rope

367

Allan Lambie Perfect Rope Through Body

368

Tom Sellers Rope and Rod

369

Tom Sellers A Ring Release

369

Tom Sellers A Different Ring Release

370

Tom Sellers Rope, Rings and Hat

371

Tom Sellers Ring and Loop

371

Tom Sellers Rope and Ring No. 1

372

Tom Sellers Rope and Ring No. 2

372

Tom Sellers Rope and Ring No. 3

373

Penetrations (Two Ropes)    
Henry Venable Venable's Improved Ropes Through Neck

377

Stanley Collins Stanley Collins' New Ropes and Rings Release

379

Relue Relue's Ropes and Cutps

380

Ottokar Fischer Oriental or Simplicity Rope Release

380

A.C. Thompson Cloth Snap Rope Gimmicks

381

Adolph Ferber Mimi Cords

381

Dr. Raymond Stone Color Wrinkle

382

Bert Douglas Coffee and Doughnuts

384

U.F. Grant Comedy Doughnut Trick

385

Percy Abbott Abbott's Block-It

387

Eddie Joseph Eddie Joseph's Lightning Escape

388

John Thornton Off The Cuff

389

James Randi Houdini's Grandma

390

Percy Abbott Abbott's Thru and Thru

391

Percy Abbott Abbott's Within The Circle

392

Paul Curry Paul Curry's Linked

393

Elizabeth Warlock Link Later

394

Jack Avis Loops Entwined

396

Peter Warlock Ringcord

396

Eddie Joseph Space Venture

397

Eddie Joseph Magilocks

399

Gene Gloye Chinese-Style Pickpocket

403

Tom Sellers Easy Ropes and Rings

405

Tom Sellers Ropes and Ring

407

Hen Fetsch's Rope Session    
Hen Fetsch Rope Session

411

Bob Carver Professor's Nightmare Reference

413

Hen Fetsch Rope Stretch

415

Hen Fetsch A Routine For Children

416

Sefalaljia    
Doc Corten Ring Mysterium

421

Stewart James Sefalaljia

422

Stewart James Rubber Subber

424

Stewart James Double Ring Ceremony

425

Stewart James Twogether

426

Stewart James Knit Picker

426

Stewart James Parallel

428

Stewart James The Massecar Cabinet

429

Martin Gardner Knot Box

429

Lewis Ganson Roped Ring

430

Norman Houghton Neweraljia

432

Abbott's Encyclopedia Volume 1

Stewart James' Encyclopedia 2005

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