Professor's Nightmare (World's Greatest Magic) By L&L Publishing video DOWNLOAD
In the mid-Fifties, Bob Carver created a sensation with his rope effect, inspired by Hen Fetsch. He had to reveal the sleight-of-hand method to the judges before being awarded the IBM Originality Trophy in 1957. Gene Gordon later named it Professor's Nightmare, and it has since become a classic of magic. This article introduces six performers who each have their own unique take on this effect.
Michael Finney, a funnyman with years of experience on comedy club stages, shares his version of the routine along with performance tips to make it easier and stronger. Dan Fleshman presents a walk-around version suitable for strolling performers. Bob Read demonstrates how to make a well-known effect truly your own. Al Schneider brings the mystery of the effect to the close-up table.
In the mid-Fifties, Bob Carver created a sensation with a rope effect he created based on ideas from Hen Fetsch. In fact, before he could be awarded the IBM Originality Trophy in 1957, he had to expose his creation's pure sleight-of-hand method to the judges. Later dubbed Professor's Nightmare by Gene Gordon, the effect of three completely examinable ropes of differing lengths magically becoming the same size has become a classic of magic.
You'll meet six different performers, all with their own singular takes on this wonderful effect. Funnyman Michael Finney starts off with his version, honed by years of exposition on countless comedy club stages and he shares many performance tips that make the routine both easier and stronger. Dan Fleshman follows with a great walk-around version that would fit quite nicely into the repertoire of any strolling performer. The great Bob Read's performance is an object lesson in how to take a well-known effect and make it truly your own while Al Schneider's version brings the mystery of this effect to the close-up table. Marc DeSouza is next with a stage routine choreographed to music that features a synthesis of ideas that begin and end with a single length of rope. Finally, Dan Tong also begins with a single piece of rope, continues through the Professor's Nightmare sequence, and ends with a completely restored length, a perfect routine for working a large table while strolling.
Many have relegated the Professor's Nightmare to a stock trick but this is a mistake. As Michael Finney so aptly says, "Don't be embarrassed to do it. It's a great trick. The layman loves it...and you'll like it!"
Professor's Nightmare - Michael Finney
Professor's Nightmare - Dan Fleshman
Professor's Nightmare - Bob Read (performance only)