Reference Guide to the
by Doug A. (e-mail magicref (at) lycos.com; replace (at) with @).
Last Update 7 Jan 2011 Added Braham's
& Porstmann's Karl Norman Forty Years at the Forks; Harold
Denhard's How to Do Rope Tricks; Bruce Elliot's Magic as a Hobby, Henry
Hay's Amateur Magician's Handbook; Ian Keable's Big Book of
Magic Fun; Derek Lever's Ken Brooke & Friends; Harry Lorayne Apocalypse
Vol 6-10, Vol 11-15, and Vol 16-20; Phil Matlin's Endless Chain; Jimmy
Ray's A Ray of Magic; Claude Rix Presents Original Close Up Routines;
The Complete Mike Rogers; Scarne's Magic Tricks; Jim Sisti's Magic Menu The First
Five Years, and years Six Thru Ten; Paul Zenon's Street Magic;
The following is a short list of reference to books, videos/DVDs and products
dealing with the effect known by several names, such as The Endless
Chain, Fast and Loose, The Figure Eight, On the Barrelhead, and so
Please note that none of these
items are for sale from this web
site, this is provided for informational purposes only. Prices are
estimates and are not current. Some items may no longer be available.
Click on a book title to see a full contents listing (where available). Click on a Dealer's name to go to the web links page.
Acer, David: Natural Selections 2. Includes: Intangibill finger thru billl, Card warp get ready, subtlety for Endless Chain, visual coin change, essays, tips on marketed effects, and more with post cards, bottle caps, business cards, credit cards, watches, cards, and coins. Hardcover, 201 pages. $35.00
Anderson, George: Magic Digest. Includes The Australian Belt: Loopy Loop, Chain of Chance - spectator can't pick the side that "catches"
Ayling, Will (with Lewis Ganson, Fred Lowe, and Rex Taylor): The Endless Chain. Moves, ideas, patter presentations and routines. Photographed by Will Ayling; in the Supreme 'Know-How'series, Bideford, The Supreme Company, 1983 , 44 pg.
George: Loopy Loop:
on the Endless Chain.1949/1972 Micky Hades Ent., 23 pg
8.5x11". Includes: Introduction, Production of the Chain, Figure 8,
Which is Pulled?, Easy Figure 8, Ring and Chain, Chain of Life, 1
Finger only, Double 8, Ring Off, Flower, Extra Choice, Pouring Chain,
Creeping Chain, Falling Knot, Pricking the Garter. Available from Denny & Lee's.
Brahams, Anthony & M. Porstmann:
Karl Norman Forty Years at the Forks.
1995, 80 pages. A hardcover and updated version of Karl's Here's How,
includes Carnival Loop Routine.
Brooke, Ken: The Endless Chain. Instructions by Lewis Ganson.Copyright by Harry Stanley "Unique Magic Studio" London W.1.4 pg. A4
Cairy, Clyde F.: Rice Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks.
Double-barreled barrel head, vol 3.
Denhard, Harold: How to Do Rope Tricks. Includes On the Barrelhead (L. Vosburgh Lyons, M.D.; from Phoenix Magazine): shows the basic throw for the "chain of chance" or "loopy loop" sucker bet
Elliot, Bruce: Magic As A Hobby. Includes Three Loop Monte (L. Vosburgh Lyons), a version of the Chain of Chance, Loopy Loop, Fast & Loose. Spectator can't insert finger into loop of rope
Fedko, John: Magic Treasures (edited by Tom
Clifford). 1996. 54
effects iincluding coins, cards, sponge balls, rope, chop cup, cups
& balls, and "Chain of No Return" endless chain routine.
Lewis: The Art of Close Up
Magic Volume 1.
Hardcover. Contains lots of close up magic, including chapter 4 on
gambling routines. Endless Chain routines are: The Figure 8 by George
Blake, Two Novel Moves by George Blake, and Triple Circle Routine by
Fred Lowe with long chain and triple loops.
Hay, Henry: The Amateur Magician's Handbook. Includes The Spiral, which is an Endless Chain or Chain of Chance move.
Whit (with Chef Anton): Notes
on Fast and Loose. The School for Scoundrels. 44pg, spiral
Full coverage of the endless chain routine. Describes the throw,
convincing moves, and so forth. Designed from the point of view of the
real street con. $30. Chef Anton's Site,
Denny & Lee's.
Keable, Ian: The Big Book of Magic Fun. This
children's magic book includes an Endless Chain routine.
Kerr, Larin R.: Endless Chain and Endless Ring.
Chain, ring and
methods sold by Fantastic Magic Co. of Pennsylvania,1971, 5 pg. A4.
Lever, Derek: Ken Brooke & Friends. 1986, 298
pages. Includes The Endless Chain routine.
Lorayne, Harry: Apocalypse Vol 6-10. Includes All In Air Endless Loop (Robert L.
Brooks), and Can't Lose Belt Loop
Lorayne, Harry: Apocalypse Vol 11-15. Includes
What's the Catch? (Gene Maze), which is Loopy Loop or The Endless Chain
with a peg stand variation.
Lorayne, Harry: Apocalypse Vol 16-20. Includes The
Mouse Trap (Harold Cataquet), which is an in the hands Fast &
Loose, Endless chain routine done in the hands. This is a 4 loop Mouse
Matlin, Phil: Tips, Tricks and Routines. Perfect Magic. Includes Endless Chain.
Karl: Here's How.
51pg. 1985 Collector's Workshop. Card on the Ceiling, Change for A
Quarter (torn & restored card transposition), Coin in the Bottle,
My Coin Collection (CSB & Okito box), Symphathetic Matchboxes
(commercial props), Multiplying Rabbits (using 3 adults & 6
babies), Polish Rocket gag, Impromptu torn/restored Cigarette, Bill in
Cigarette, Color Changing Knives (uses 4 knives, adapted from
Schulien's routine), Ring Flight (commercial prop), Linking Pins with
handkerchief, Karl Norman's Three Shell Game Routine (uses brass cups,
can use regular shells as well), Carnival Loop Routine (Chain of
Chance; with comedy, fake knot, etc.).
Ray, Jimmy: A Ray of Magic. 1980 Morrisey
Magic, 48 pages spiral bound. Includes The Magic Figure 8.
Claude: Presents Original
Close Up Routines. Does not have a routine, but provides an
idea for a gambling routine using a cigarette vanish, Fast & Loose,
and the 3 Card Monte (3 Card Monte and Fast & Loose not explained)
Rogers, Mike: The Complete Mike Rogers.
Contains a Table Time article from the May 70 MUM, which discusses in
part the Endless Chain con in Morocco. Not a routine, but may be useful
for historical purposes.
Scarne, John: Scarne's Magic Tricks. Includes a
variation of the chain effect, but with a belt, The Famous Belt Trick.
Jim: The Magic Menu The First
Five Years. Includes At
the Bar by Ray Mertz, which explains Karl Norman's Carnival Loop Routine (Endless
Chain) from his book Here's How
Jim: The Magic Menu Years Six
Thru Ten. Amongst tons of additional material, the Issue 37
September/October 1996 All-Trick Issue contains Viscious Circle by Phil
Matlin, which uses a rope, and The Finger Ring Subtlely by David Acer
(is this the same as in Natural
Smith, Chuck: The Ultimate Endless Chain Routine. $25. H&R Magic Books
Trost, Nick: Expert Gambling
Tricks. contains "On the Barrelhead", a routine by Dennie
Zenon, Paul: Street Magic. 2005, 192 pages.
Chapter 8 on Street Scams includes an endless chain routine.
DeSouza, Marc: The Chain Gang. Lecture video with Chain. Interactive routine, highly commercial, 7-8 minutes. Presented as history of the game, and includes audience management techniques. Includes Ken Schwabe's "Double Throw / Double Catch" variations. Supplied with velvet carrying pouch and a gold anodized chain similar in length, size and style as used by Marc DeSouza. Seems to be well liked on the various Magic forums. $30
DeSouza, Marc: DeSouza’s DeCeptions Companion Video. Performance only video covers effects from DeSouza's DeCeptions: The Magic of Marc DeSouza (written by David Acer). Performed in real world environment. Includes a bonus performance of Chain Gang, the endless chain routine.£14.00/$19.60
Eldridge, David: Fundamentalism, Basic Mentalism Routines. Includes: ESP Routine, ESP Trick, Flip Flop, ESP With Playing Cards, Hoy Book test, Pick-A-Date, Jumbo 8 Card Brainwave, The Grey Elephant in Denmark, and a non-mentalism routing: The Endless Chain Game.
Haydn, Whit & Chef Anton: Fast and Loose DVD. Complete instruction and performance in full details. Moves, the type of chain to use, the lay down of the chain, the "selling of the lie," the come-ons, the proofs, and the hooks $35
Thompson, Johnny: Commercial Classics of Magic V2. Contains The Travelers - Card in Envelope, Triumph, The Endless Chain, Vernon Poker Deal, Chink A Chink, The Cap & Pence, Mental Card Miracle $29.95 L&L Publishing
Hank Lee: Hank Lee's Endless Chain. Includes flat chain as well as a routine. $6.50. From Hank Lee.
Haydn, Whit & Chef Anton: School for Scoundrels Chain. As featured in "Notes on Fast and Loose" by Whit Haydn. Five foot steel chain in heavy gold or nickel plate features French Rope design and includes suede carrying bag. $30 in nickel, $70 gold. Chef Anton's, Denny & Lee's.
Lowe, Fred: Super Chain. Produced by Fredlo Developments, England, in 1968. (Info from Whit Haydn's Fast & Loose)
Manos, Christopher: The Great
Two versions are available. Standard chain and routine is $8.00, Deluxe
Golden Chain version is $14.00. I have the Deluxe Chain and it is very
well suited to the effect as it is flat on both sides and has a good
weight and feel to it. Recommended. Chris
Home Page. (click for close up image: Chain Con)
Wayne, Doc: Chump Chain. Comedy gambling routine based on Endless Chain, or Chain of Chance. Includes chain, carrying bag, script, and audio tape of the routine. Includes comedy kicker, "Knot so Fast!". $20 Hank Lee and others.