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This is an example of "out of the box" thinking.  This is the type of effect that gets my juices flowing.  

The lesson to learn here is what happens when you turn a standard effect upside-down, or in this instance, take an old standby like Professor's Nightmare and turn it around.  Begin with three equal-sized ropes and go from there.

If you are familiar with the PN, this should be easy to follow.  But to me, the overall effect is tremendous and certainly a change of pace if nothing else.

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Really smooth and well done. Thanks for sharing the video. 
If you have or can get Dan Tong Finally volume 2 DVD He teaches a PN routine he uses for large tables in his restaurant work. You first watch his performance in a restaurant with actual guests. It starts as a cut and restored into a Professor's Nightmare then to a 3 to 1 restoration.
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Magic Harry - do you what year the Dan Tong video is from? The routine sounds like a routine I had in some lecture notes in 1995. Just want to be sure I didn't reinvent the wheel!

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My routine started with a single piece of rope which was cut in "half" and restored. The knot goes to pocket. Now the rope is cut into 3 "equal" piece which are shown one by one. Now the three equal pieces change into three different size pieces which can be examined. These are re-made into 3 equal pieces which are then tied together into one long rope with two knots. The knots are removed one by one restoring the rope to a single piece as at the beginning.

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Very similar except for the first part.
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This thread will hopefully cause magicians to take some time to sit back and think of other opportunities to change things up.  Not all will be successful, but there is much to be learned in the process.
Take Matrix, for example.  Someone was practicing Matrix one day and said, "hey, wouldn't it be cool for the coins to go back to where they began?".  I would take it a step further and say, why not begin with them together?  Does it have to go the other route?  Maybe not the best example, but you get the drift.

There are other ways to change things up.  Let's say you do a sleight that involves both hands and you are used to moving your right hand away from the left as the "move" is accomplished.  Just for fun, do it the other way around and hold the right hand still and move the left away.  This works great for some when doing the Top Change.  In fact, some handlings of the Top Change are built around the RH freezing.  

Making what would seem to be minor changes can sometimes give something a totally different look or feel.  

Experiment!
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My routine started with a single piece of rope which was cut in "half" and restored. The knot goes to pocket. Now the rope is cut into 3 "equal" piece which are shown one by one. Now the three equal pieces change into three different size pieces which can be examined. These are re-made into 3 equal pieces which are then tied together into one long rope with two knots. The knots are removed one by one restoring the rope to a single piece as at the beginning.

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Over the years I've seen any number of ways that magicians have used to "get into" Professor's Nightmare.  I've mentioned before that Slydini also began with a single piece of rope.

I think Mike's idea is great and it camouflages the effect a bit, wrapping it in a whole series of effects.  Compare that to a magician taking out a bundle of ropes and saying, "here I have three ropes..."

If you've ever seen PN before, you immediately know what's coming, or at least you think you do.

You can incorporate gimmicks if the conditions are right.  For example, if performing it on Zoom and you have a so-so camera and so-so lighting, the Tarbell-style gimmicks would probably go totally unnoticed.  

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