View Full Version : Indian Rope Trick? A Myth?
07-12-2009, 05:56 PM
According to this man it was....
Kansas City Star
September 7, 1916
07-12-2009, 06:03 PM
And according to this man as well.....
07-12-2009, 06:04 PM
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07-12-2009, 06:13 PM
But naturally...the great prevaricator D'Onston would have us believe otherwise:
From Borderland ( 1896)
CLIMBING INTO THE SKY.
Various other minor feats were shown, and then came the piece de resistance. Borrowing a long cord, which was brought by one of the syces, the thin man threw one end up in the air to its full stretch-about 39 feet, more or less.
It appeared to catch on to some invisible support, and hung down straight ; and the fakir invited us to pull at it and test it, which we accordingly did. He then began climbing up the rope until he arrived at the top, where he calmly seated himself on air, and commenced pulling it up. When he had completely done this, his companion called out, " 'Jaldi jao ! " (Go quickly !), and, while we looked at him, he vanished.
We naturally expected to see him come walking up to us afterwards from behind the bushes, or elsewhere. But no : his comrade collected the " bukhshish," and, with many salaams, departed to join him elsewhere.
"39" feet,eh ?
Why not 40 or 50...or 20...why 39 ?
Good Guess Tautriadelta !:high5:
07-12-2009, 06:34 PM
07-14-2009, 10:42 AM
As a modern magician, Stephenson should have known this was a load of camel dung!
I found an article in Fortean Times a while back stating that a couple of Proffessors in the UK had debunked the rope tricks as nothing more than mass hypnosis! I am sure the legendary Prof. Richard Wiseman was one of them, but I cannot find the article now!
07-14-2009, 06:06 PM
The point to the thread, because I did not stipulate it clearly....was that those who sought out the rope trick being performed in In-jah could not find one instance of it being performed there. My error.
Mike....I'm pretty convinced that the alleged trip to India was undoubtedly someone else's...or more than one person's experience and here again,RDS is simply writing about it as if it was his own experience.
This Mr. Jacob appears to have been a shady individual himself....if you've read any of the links I provided on another thread.
I can remember reading an explanation of how to do a number of these tricks, various methods of doing the rope trick, varied tricks that produce fruit from withered trees or leaves from walking sticks, various body penetration tricks (with blades and the like) and of course the usual buried alive type of trick as well as levitation
I'll try and locate some of the expo's for you
I'm sure the rope trick has been successfully performed in India, though I have a vague memory that it wasn't originally an Indian trick...
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