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George Sands Ropes

by George Sands ©2009 / 112 pgs

Consists of Seven (NOW EIGHT) Rope Routines in one Perfect Bound, soft-cover volume

Includes an accompanying DVD

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This book contains the two greatest rope routines ever created.

Virtually every rope routine performed today by famous magicians - including greats as David Copperfield, Dick Cavett, Jeff McBride, Mac King, Daryl, and many more — is word for word some variation of George Sands' amazing Sandsational Rope and Ropesational.


"I love the way George Sands single-handedly changed the face of rope magic. The rest are just coasting on that legacy."
Ray Pierce

These pages & DVD contain the original classic versions as written and illustrated by the creator, George Sands — plus five additional routines published in Sands' 50 Years of Magic series — all a must have for any magician's library!


"This rope routine was the core of my show and still a favorite part of my repertoire. George's routines are outstanding and his magic will live on in the hearts and hands of magicians forever."
Jeff McBride


Mac King, a Las Vegas celebrity for 15 years has opened every show he has done in his long career performing his combination of SandSational Rope and RopeSational


Alan Sands performs Sandsational Rope (1987) with comedy ending


George Sands performs Sandsational Rope (1990) at a magic lecture


Jordan Wright performs a version of Ropesational


George Sands performs Ropesational for his Phoenix Magic Club


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Description of Contents

Routine #1: Sandsational Rope

sandsationalrope17 pages / 32 Illustrations
Average performance time: 4-1/2 minutes
Written and Illustrated by George Sands

Of all the magic published by George Sands, Sandational Rope is the one that established his greatest reputation. Originally written before WWII, this routine remains the second most popular rope routine ever created (second only to The Professor's Nightmare, aka 'The 3 Rope Trick').

This sequence of moves along with the patter has won countless magic competitions. This routine was the opening of George Sands' comedy magic act for over 50 years. It was performed on shows hosted by Paul Daniels and Dick Cavett. David Copperfield used a variation of it for years, modified to suit the concert stage.

Sandsational Rope has withstood the test of time. It can be performed as close-up, walk around, or as a parlor routine. The entire routine consists of simple and basic moves, easy enough for a 12-year-old to learn. The flow from one move to the next and the cutting and restoring of the same rope four times is the premise and routine that will enhance any performer's repertoire.

Whether performed in part or entirely, once you master this rope trick you will have a routine that you will depend on as one of your mainstays the rest of your career.

Routine #2: Ropesational

33 pages / 105 Illustrations Average performance time: 2-1/2 minutes Written by George Sands, Illustrated by Ed Michell This trick was created so that you do not have to cut a piece of rope each time you do the routine. Its advantage over Sandsational Rope is that you need only one piece of rope. No scissors are required, and the trick can be set up (under a table, for example) in less than 30 seconds, and performed repeatedly.

Many of the moves created for this routine have become classics and no one realizes where they came from. These include using your fingers to cut a rope, showing a rope with no ends (an endless loop), and others.

The Ropesational routine requires more skill than Sandsational Rope and is faster paced. It is not as funny as Sandsational Rope, but it will leave the audience Wow!'d by the variety of moves involved and the astonishing things that happen as you manipulate the rope. This routine can be performed silently or with patter.

Ropesational is excellent for walk-a-round, parlor, stage, and TV or video. The rope is cut and restored five times, the ends of the rope switch places with the center, the rope is stretched, and newly tied knots seem to slide, multiply, jump, and vanish.

A Note from George's son, Alan Sands:

My entire life I watched my father, George Sands. Many of his habits became my habits, too.

My dad always gathered his things when he left the house: Keys, wallet, watch, calendar book, a deck of cards, and a Sandsational rope, always.

Before he passed away, my father developed Alzheimer's. Sadly, he could no longer remember the moves to his creations or tricks. Even so, before leaving the house he always would place in his pocket a deck of cards, and his Sandsational rope.

When you've mastered Ropesational, you will have acquired a bit of my father's spirit. I ask you to carry it with you and let it serve you well, as it has me, and my father. George Sands' rope tricks were his pride.

Routine #3: Needless Threading

11 pages / 26 Illustrations
Average performance time: 1-2 minutes
Written and illustrated by George Sands

Needless ThreadingThe origins of this trick are not original, but all the variations were developed by George Sands after I (his son, Alan) discovered one variation. This trick is an excellent way of showing that the Ropesational rope is normal and not gimmicked, and it adds another minute or two to the Ropesational routine using the same rope. It is suitable only for a close audience, or close-up TV/video.

A rope is wrapped around the thumb. A small loop is made with one end sticking above the thumb. A length is left hanging. The hanging length is magically laced through a small loop of rope left sticking up above the thumb. Like "threading a needle", the end is held and swoosh! passes through the tiny loop of rope and is shown to be threaded.

One end is passed through, then two ends are passed through the same hole.

The ends are tied together and then one is passed through the loop.

Two loops are left above the thumb and the rope is magically passed through one, then the other, then the second end is passed through both.

Finally, two ends are held by a volunteer, and they are then laced through the small loop.

Routine # 4 : Silk Hankerchief Through Rope

Routine # 5 : String Handcuff Escape

A variation on an old puzzle changed into a very funny, easy to execute game using ropes and volunteers. Great for team-building events or corporate parties as an ice breaker, fun at all types of parties and picnics.

Routine # 6 : Sun and Moon Comedy Cut and Restored Neck Tie

Routine # 7 : William Tell Knot with variations