Knots and Splices with Rope-Tying Tricks
Gilbert, Alfred Carlton
The A. C. Gilbert Company (1920)
In Collection
Magic tricks
USA  eng
Gilbert, Alfred C: Knots and Splices With Rope-Tying Tricks
©1909 A.C. Gilbert, New Haven, CT.
©1920 Hardcover, A.C. Gilbert, CT.
Hardcover, 82 pages

Abebooks Price Range 15.00 - 45.00

Comments: Explains Methods of Knot Tying and Reveals Rope Tricks Made Famous By Great Artists.
Available as an e-Book from LearnedPigProject. Note that this version retains only the magic section, and not Parts I and II on Knots and Splices.

Contents: (of the HTML version; numbers are not page numbers)

1 Foreword
2 Part I: Knots (Deleted)
3 Part II: Splices (Deleted)
4 Part III: Rope Tying
5 History: on the Davenport Brothers
6 Expose: How they did their light séance cabinet effect
7 The Ingenious Slip Knot: a wrist tie you can release from
8 The Davenport Knot: another knot that looks secure but isn't
9 Anna Eva Fay: although her hands are tied to a post, musical instruments still play
10 Performance: rules of magic - don't repeat a trick, misdirection, etc.
11 How to Open Your Performance: magician hides behind a screen briefly and comes out completely and securely tied up! He then ducks behind again brieflly and come out still tied but with his jacket off.
12 The Magic Knotted Rope: magician "throws" a knot into a length of rope
13 The Spiritualistic Knot: a quick release wrist tie
14 The Chair Tie: magician's hands are tied under a chair, yet he can take off his jacket or put it back one behind a screen
15 The Burling Hull Strangle Rope Tie: performer is tied from leg on top of leg wrists, and neck, yet is able to escape. This one is not an instantaneous escape!
16 Double Nelson Rope Tie: similar to The Chair Tie, but even the performer's neck is tied
17 The Dangerous Rope Tie: arms tied around the back.
18 The Kellar Rope Tie: another release from behind the back
19 The Excelsior Rope Tie: although tied to a chair, performer is able to play instruments and even link a ring onto the rope
20 The Spirit Tape Tie: another tie that allows magician to slip his hands out as needed
21 Another Spirit Tape Tie: legs are tied to chair legs, arms to the knees, and neck to the chair back.
22 Twentieth-Century Rope Tying Trick: yet another rope tying escape
23 The Ten Ichi Thumb Tie: although the thumbs are securely tied, magician is able to pass large rings onto his arms and so forth
24 The Phantom Rope Escape: a rope first penetrates a handkerchief tied between the wrists, then the performer visibly escapes being tied to a chair
25 Escaping after Being Bound to a Chair By a Committee: with lots of rope!
26 The Mysterious Traveling Ring: hands are tied behind the back while seated on a chair. A finger ring is placed in the magician's mouth. Magcician asks which finger the ring should appear on, and behind a screen, it is done!
27 The Wedding Ring Knotted on a Cord: Although two wrists are tied with a cord, a large bracelet is found hanging on the cord
28 The Rings and Cord Trick: Curtain rings are threaded on ropes, and then released
29 The Vest, Cords, and Ring Trick: variation on the above
30 A Clever Rope Tie: hands are tied with a handkerchief, then a rope is passed around the handkerchief and the ends held by a spectator. Under cover of another cloth, the magician frees himself
31 A Quick Rope Release: another quick release rope tie
32 The Magic Cords: spectators tie two loops around the performer's hand, but when all is released, they find they have tied one large loop
33 The Disappearing Knot: a knot is made in the middle of a loop, and then the ends of the rope are tied. The challenge is to make the middle knot disappear, which the magician does in an instant with his back turned.
34 The Looped Cords Through Head: a rope seems to penetrate the performer's head
35 Decapitation Rope Trick: another approach to the above
36 The Mysterious Chair Escape: Even though the hands are tied, writing appears on a Spirt Slate (another rope tie escape)
37 The Phantom Ring: a ring appears almost instantly on a rope tied between the wrists
38 Chinese Ring on String: a finger ring is looped on a string, the ends of which are held by a spectator. The Magician removes the ring from the string.
39 Great Spiritualistic Trick: another spirit tie
40 Turning Vest Inside Out Without Removing Coat and with the Wrists Securely Tied: your wrists remain tied!
41 The Challenge Rope Escape: a show ending

Product Details
No. of Pages 82
First Edition Yes
Rare Yes
Personal Details
Read It No
Location Magic Library (Old Books)
Condition Very Fine
Owner Bryan-Keith Taylor
This hardcover, 82 page book, "Explains Methods of Knot Tying and Reveals Rope Tricks Made Famous By Great Artists". The first section of the book discusses the rope itself, discussing the history of knots and many different ways to usefully tie knots. The second portion of the book includes numerous entertaining rope-tying tricks, such as "The Spirit Tape Tie", "Escaping After Being Bound to a Chair by a Committee", "Decapitation Rope Trick", "The Kellar Rope Tie", and more! Profusely illustrated throughout with black and white drawings.