Tying the Knot
by Jim Gerrish
The magician or Wizard shows a small red heart-shaped wooden
box which has two grooves cut into the sides, but is otherwise
empty. A spectator is asked to remove her ring and place it into
the box for safe-keeping.
Now a ribbon (or rope) is displayed and cut exactly in half.
The ribbon pieces are tied together. The box is opened up and the
ring is removed and placed under a handkerchief temporarily,
while the wizard places the knotted center of the ribbon in the
box, with the ends of the ribbon coming out of the grooves on
either side. Two spectators hold the ends of the ribbon with the
box suspended in the center.
The Wizard grabs the handkerchief and whips it out of the
ring owners hand. The ring has vanished. Now the box is
slid back and forth along the ribbon. Either the knot is being
forced to move from side to side
the Wizard opens
the box and shows the ribbon completely restored
missing ring on the ribbon.
A variation of this trick, "Do as I Do Cut and Restopred
Rope" and "Dance, Ropeworms, Dance" can be seen in
Jim's Wiz Kid Rope
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