The underground con game known as the Endless Chain has its roots in an old gypsy swindle from the 1500s called "Pricking the Garter." It was subsequently adopted by magicians in the 1800s and has been used to delight, captivate - and humorously frustrate - audiences to this day.
In this video, you'll meet three different performers who each take a turn at demonstrating this classic scam. Johnny Thompson leads off with a three-phase routine coupled with a very funny kicker ending while providing additional moves and subtleties in the explanation segment. The UK's Bobby Bernard also demonstrates and teaches a three-phase routine but also supplies an ending that can add a bit of magic to the effect. Finally, Canada's Phil Matlin performs a three-phase routine with a pseudo-explanation segment that brings his version to a very satisfying end.
Audiences are enchanted by tales of con men and swindlers and with the help of the world-class performers featured here, you'll be able to add a routine to your show that is not only inherently interesting, but is something that your spectators are unlikely to have ever seen before.
Dead easy to learn the figure of eight. The patter is the fun part but you’ve obviously got to make it your own. I’ve done this a few times now and this simple effect is actually quite difficult for anyone to work out what’s going on. Gets lots of laughs. Highly recommended. .
I learnd this decades ago from a Nick Trost book and had a lot of fun with it. The challenge was to make it entertaining - not just to fool spectators. I like your video because of the presentations, the beautyfully reluctant and easy way of forming the Figure Eight.
(Posted on 21/02/2019)
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Is this only a video download?
Do I have to supply my own chain?
Question by: Geoff Bairstow on 11 Feb 2019 15:11:00
Yes. This is a download video. You just need to pick up a piece of chain. Any hardware store will stock it, or you can use a more attractive precious metal chain if you prefer.
Answer by: Customer Care (Admin) on 12 Feb 2019 00:52:00