Passing Through

By Jim Gerrish

I promised Spellbinder he could publish this rope and silk routine in this month’s Wizards’ Journal #11, but I’m not too happy parting with the secret. I’m still using it in my shows, as are a number of other Wiz Kids who have grown into Wiz Men and are still doing magic on a regular basis. Therefore, I’ll spill the beans, but no pictures and no DVDs, so it will only be of value to those who can read and follow written instructions. You really shouldn't buy this trick. Wait until I'm dead and gone.

Effects: The full routine has three parts. Part 1 is the Dr. Raymond Beebe Bisect-U effect from the Steward James’ Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks. The rope is placed behind your back and two spectators are given the ends. They pull the rope through your body from back to front.

Part 2 is Harold Rice’s Dissolvo, found in Rice’s Encyclopedia of Silk Magic. A silk is tied onto the rope (after doing part 1 above) and when tugged slightly, the knotted silk penetrates the rope.

So the question presented to the audience, is: “Does the rope pass through my body, or does my body pass through the rope? Let’s try another experiment.”

Part 3, my own effect, then begins. This time you start with the rope in front of your body and you ask the spectators to hold the ends of the rope again. You pull two more silks (of different colors) to add to the silk already in your hand. You give each spectator a choice of a silk. Whichever silk they choose is tied onto the rope nearest to them. The remaining silk is held by you in front of your body.

Now you walk forward, apparently through the rope. They see the silk get smaller and smaller as it apparently passes into and through your body, because when you step away, the rope is now on the other side of your body, complete with the silk still knotted in the center.

I’ve become fond of adding a fourth ending, which I will not explain in this article, but which you can easily locate elsewhere in The Wizards’ Journals. I remove the three knotted silks from the rope and tie the rope around my neck (using the Tenkai Rope Through Neck explained in Eleazar Goodenough’s Necktie Paper Tear section of his book Tear-Able Magic and also explained in the Stewart James’ Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks).

With the rope around my neck, I stuff the two end silks, still knotted, into my pants pockets, as in Eleazar Goodenough’s Every Century Silks in The Wizards’ Journal #8. I untie the knot in the center silk, and then re-tie it around the ends of the ropes coming from my neck. Once again I hand the ends of the ropes to the two spectators, but instead of letting them pull the rope through my neck, I retain a grip on the rope ends nearest my neck and work the penetration myself. The rope penetrates my neck AND the center silk, the center silk vanishes immediately afterwards, and I toss the rope forward so the two spectators can now pull on it freely. At the same time, I work Eleazar’s Every Century Silk ending (the regular version, not the X-treme one!) and pull all three silks, still knotted in the centers, but now also tied end to end, from my pants pockets.

(Note: The section above written in red contains deceptive statements and outright lies and may be considered false advertising by those who purchase the article. Caveat Emptor! Let the buyer beware! Jim Gerrish)



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