I’ve been performing this effect for at least two decades. This is an AWESOME effect, if performed
well. It has great comedy potential. I’ve performed it mostly for kids audiences, and I’ve had
great success with it. Daryl’s rope magic was fantastic, and I personally learned TONS about rope
magic from him. This effects, along with his 3 rope routine, have been literal godsends for me.
It comes in a cardboard presentation box which has the instruction download code printed on it. It
comes with two thick, knitted ropes (yellow/blue or red/white) and three knots. The yellow rope is
bright like a tennis ball. The blue rope is a deep blue (royal blue?). I went with these colors so
the effect could be seen regardless of performing on the street or in front of a red curtain.
Greg and Daryl are in a studio and well miked. There is also a live performance by Daryl and the
quality is fine. The effect is a re-release and, obviously, Daryl’s footage is from a previous
tutorial. There is background music during transitions, but not during performances and instruction.
In the 40 minute video, Daryl performs the basic routine and multiphase routine and Greg Wilson
performs his version. After each performance, the routine is taught. There are multiple camera
angles, and it is crystal clear what should be done and how. Daryl and Greg are clear teachers and
cover the basics and their subtleties.
Set up and reset takes as long as it takes you to
tie a knot. In walk around situations, Daryl even resets in front of the audience as he’s thanking
them for watching. The angles are wide if not 180*. You end clean and the ropes are inspectable. I
doubt many people would ask to see them and it does not add to the effect if you do pass them out.
It is easy to perform and I hesitate to call any of the moves sleights. It’s more like
acting and pantomiming with a rope in your hand. It’s a wonderful effect for close up, parlor, or
street. It’s a charming piece which takes up little pocket space, is visual, easy to follow, and
resets quickly. I highly recommend it.