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Roped In Review

January 2nd, 2013 6:35am
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Reviewed by Dr. J. M. Ayala de Cedoz
I will start off by noting that Aldo Colombini is one of my most favorite rope workers in magic because he is original in his own right, he is extremely hilarious and is very entertaining.

The paltry $10 price tag may seem low for a DVD and for this one in particular, it is. If you look at the Wild-Colombini website you will notice that everything is offered at $10/USD (except a very few select items as noted) and anything from Aldo for $10 is a steal, this DVD included.

There are lots of great bits and pieces on this video that can be used as stand-alone pieces, combined with other rope ideas/moves to create a routine and some can even be used for a laugh.

Most of the effects on here use the same set-up and almost everything uses normal ropes. I say 'almost' because the only really "special" rope required is the one for Knotty Knot (actually one of his marketed effects), which is still a normal rope. Other than that it is exactly as the ad copy and DVD case state, "All the routines use just regular rope and silks. No gimmicks".

Aldo explains everything very clearly and in complete detail. Where appropriate, he also gives verbal credits to originators/inspirations and as per usual, each routine is complete with great lines and jokes. Of course, you should also use your own scripts when performing these effects, or any magic effect for that matter.

I enjoyed the format used on this disc because it is a bit unusual - Aldo is alone on a stage with no audience present so you are getting a sort of one-on-one performace of each piece, then you get the explanation in the same one-on-one format. For a few of the effects you will see his lovely wife Rachel assisting him, for both the performace and explanation, as required. I like this format because the magic is not pretentious and it makes everything feel much more intimate in a way.

The Tight Rope routine is a highlight of the disk. It is about a five minute routine in performance with lots of magic in a short amount of time. It is a mixture of various effects, jokes and magic plots and is remniscient of his well-known Mamma Mia Rope Routine.

Here is a description of the contents from the case (which is very accurate):

Rope Puzzle: Two different sized ropes become equal and then visibly change into one rope.

Missing Link: Two different colored ropes are linked and they unlink in the hand of a spectator.

Silk Sensation: You tie a silk around a rope and then it jumps free in the air!

Knotty Knot: A knot slides back and forth along a white rope and then changes color to red. The red knot slides along the rope and then, when untied, it is seen that it is part of the rope.

Rope In: A novel handling for the Professor’s Nightmare routine. Three different size ropes become the same length and then become one rope that can be tossed in to the audience.

Professor’s Math: A different handling for the Professor’s Nightmare with sliding and jumping knots. The rope at the end can be examined as well.

Sliding Knot: A knot slides along a piece of rope several times. No set-up, no fake knots; featuring the best Slip Knot ever and the amazing and unique One Hand Slip Knot.

Rope Thru Neck: A length of rope penetrates the neck, twice. You will use this effect forever.

Penetrating Ropes: Two regular ropes are joined together with several knots and then they magically separate.

Tighter Rope: Several effects tied together in a long routine featuring a length of rope and two silks.

No matter what your experience level with ropes, there is something on here for everyone and if nothing else, you will most definitely enjoy watching Aldo do what he does best - making people laugh and performing great magic.

Highly recommended! Ottimo lavoro, signor Colombini!

Product info for Roped In

Author: Aldo Colombini
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $10.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

My favorite 10 rope routines.

Rope Puzzle: Two different sized ropes become equal and then visibly change into one rope.

Missing Link: Two different colored ropes are linked and they unlink in the hand of a spectator.

Silk Sensation: You tie a silk around a rope and then it jumps free in the air!

Knotty Knot: A knot slides back and forth along a white rope and then changes color to red. The red knot slides along the rope and then, when untied, it is seen that it is part of the rope.

Rope In: A novel handling for the Professor's Nightmare routine. Three different size ropes become the same length and then become one rope that can be tossed in to the audience.

Professor's Math: A different handling for the Professor's Nightmare with sliding and jumping knots. The rope at the end can be examined as well.

Sliding Knot: A knot slides along a piece of rope several times. No set-up, no fake knots; featuring the best Slip Knot ever and the amazing and unique One Hand Slip Knot.

Rope Thru Neck: A length of rope penetrates the neck, twice. You will use this effect forever.

Penetrating Ropes: Two regular ropes are joined together with several knots and then they magically separate.

Tighter Rope: Several effects tied together in a long routine featuring a length of rope and two silks.

All the routines use just regular rope and silks. No gimmicks!

Running Time Approximately 52min


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