This has officially been added to my wishlist. In a few months I should have it. Richard was an excellent teacher in extreme burn so I am assuming in Fiber optics he also is.
he is an awsome teacher, he goes over all the details. You not only know what to do when, but he explains the structure of the core routine, so you know why you are doing certain things at certain times..." Why am I going to the pocket now?" etc...
What I love is, the way he has all the routines structured... There are 7 routines... You can hand out the rope to be examined before you start... go into the routine then he gives you an oppurtunity to clean up in the middle, so you can again if you wish or are getting suspicious glances .. hand the rope out again... then back to the routine...and you then end the routine clean, so you can again hand the rope out to be examined.
I also love his general goofy attitude...
Which rope do you reccomend? I heard daryl found good rope.
How much rope should I get?
Hmmm.. I got mine from Tannen's since I really wanted to check out Sanders Fiber Optics. I also picked up World's Greatest Magic Ring on Rope. So I got 25 feet of their rope. Which to my inexperienced hands and eyes seems very good. I am sure that Daryl's rope is way better. I was just anxious, and did not feel like waiting a couple of weeks to get the best rope, when I had the DVD's in my hands.
How much rope will you need? I would say that 25 feet of rope gave me enough rope to have 1 long 6 foot segment for "Ring on Rope" practice. That is how much Daryl reccomends on his "World's Greatest Magic Ring on Rope" segment. And I find that is good for his routine which I love.
I also had enough to have 3 pieces for " Professor's Nightmare" Which Sanders incorporates into the beginning of his 3 rope routines, and then i had enough for his 1 rope routine.
Although you could use rope from the 3 rope for the 1 rope routine I Like using a longer rope for 1 rope routines. But that is more a personal thing.
What you do want to do is get some Elmer's Glue, and treat the ends as soon as you cut up the pieces you will be using for practice. This way they will not unravel. other things that have been suggested is using tape at the ends for the practice ropes.
When it comes to actual performance I think Paul Green in " In The Trenches" recommends you change rope daily since extended use gets the rope all dirty, and ugly looking from repeated handling. So I would recommend 25 feet for practice, then maybe once you get to where you are comfortable performing the routine, and foresee using it professionally getting 50 feet.