Great routine based on an old ring move. The routine and subtleties are worth the price here. This
is something you will use in your routine.
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Being Giovanni, I didn't even watch the demo, I just bought it. Later, friends have told me this is
a very old trick that he used to teach when he lectured. Only difficult sleight is the one handed
knot, other than that, everything is doable. It's a little pricey, but I guess you are paying for
the guarantee that this is a worker. Giovanni is old school magic; not what's new and cool, gimmicky
magic. Instead, it is all based on basic magic fundamentals made to perplex and entertain.
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The only reason that this gets less than 5 stars is that it is not for everyone...and that is the
Giavanni teaches this gem with his wisdom and fantastic personality, he leaves out
nothing! You not only get the superior instruction but all necessary props needed to start your
Although anyone can learn this after studying the great DVD and practicing a while, it
is for those that have the confidence to perform it. I understand how misdirection can make the
obvious into the invisible and I am quite at ease relying on it, but if you do not understand the
principles of misdirection and why it actually works you may not want this. If you do understand
you can't find a much better effect.
I WILL USE THIS ALOT!!!
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An excellent, entertaining routine. But even if you don't do a ring (or nut) on rope routine, this
is a valuable dvd to help all performers, whether beginners or pros, learn (or remember) how to
structure a routine for maximum impact and entertainment. Strongly recommended.
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The "Ring" of course is a large nut but you get my title. I love ring and string routines. I have
been using Gregory Wilson's "Ring Leader" for years and will continue to because it is amazing.
"Rope Nut Knot" is amazing all in its own playing field. It is larger. Lots of room for
comedy(much like Ring Leader). The great part is that nobody expects it. I will always have a ring
on my finger and a velvet cord in my pocket. Now I will always have a rope and a nut in my supply
bag. It is just way to fun NOT to perform. I love it!!!
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Giovanni Livera has delivered another excellent effect to entertain your audiences. It offers
mystery and novelty. The rating of four (4) stars rather than five (5) stars is due to the
explanation of how to create the rope knot. Mr. Livera does offer an explanation, however it does
not provide an explanation as to the "how" the knot is formed. Basically, the explanation is to
rehearse shaking the rope and maybe you will create a knot in the rope after 100 attempts and maybe
years of rehearsing to achieve creating a knot once in three attempts. The effect is still a
wonderful one in spite of the knot challenge because you can sidestep the creation of the knot to
perform the effect.
This routine re-enforces how important expertise in the fundamentals is to good magical
presentation. Too much magic is concerned with the physical moves; pass, double lift etc. and not
enough with the where you look, act or gesture. As magicians, we get hung up on the classic sales
pitch, "You'll LOVE the method!", why do I care about the method? What I care about is a solid
usable effect. You'll see nothing groundbreaking here, and that's why many will bypass it.
Especially with the price. Well firstly, it's worth every penny. When you learn a good effect,
you're not paying for the trick, you're paying for the years of experience that went along with it.
This is one of those effects. Sure it's simple, but it's not easy. You see, this effect is based
on how well you can play the part of a magician. I.e., your audience management. And that requires
good acting skills. If you don't have them you won't have success with this. If you do have those
aforementioned chops, you'll have a piece you'll treasure.
I loved performing a combination of ring moves from Earl Nelson's book. The use of the large nut in
place of a borrowed ring takes the routine up a notch. Other than how to do the one handed know at
the beginning of the routine, Giovanni does a great job explaining his thinking and the moves used
for this great piece of close-up theater.
This is a great routine. Although none of it was all that new and groundbreaking, it is still a very
entertaining routine that I will use. I have found a way to tie it into Giovanni's Salt & Silver
routine to make for a very good restaurant set. It is a funny and entertaining routine that builds
with each phase.
Very good DVD. I have added this routine to my performance.
Spectators love it!!