Reference Guide to the
by Doug A. (e-mail magicref (at) lycos.com; replace (at) with @).
Last Update 31 Oct 2014:
added Diaconis & Graham's Magical Mathematics book; Mark
Striving's Endlessly Elevated; L&L's World's Greatest Magic
Endless Chain DVD; P. Cinimod's Chain Trickery & Chain
Station; Phil Matlin's Perfect Magic DVD (Videonics) and Endless
Chain prop; Mental-Craft's The Endless Chain (prop); ; Magic Methods Chain of Eight; Corrected the
Encyclopedia of Rope Magic entry;
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
Chain, Fast and Loose, The Figure Eight, On the Barrelhead, and so
Please note that none of
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
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. Hardcover, 1999 Camirand Academy, 201 pages. Includes a subtlety for Endless Chain. $35.00
Anderson, George: Magic Digest. Softcover, 1972 Digest Books, 288 pages. Includes The Australian Belt: Loopy Loop, Chain of Chance - spectator can't pick the side that "catches"
Ayling, Will: The Endless
Chain (with Lewis Ganson, Fred Lowe, and Rex
Taylor). Softcover, 1983, Supreme Magic, 44 pages. Moves, ideas,
patter presentations and routines. Part of the Supreme 'Know-How'
series. Available as an e-book from Lybrary.com
George: Loopy Loop:
on the Endless Chain. Softcover, 1949/1972 Micky Hades Ent., 23 pg
8.5x11". Includes: Introduction, Production of the Chain, Figure
Which is Pulled?, Easy Figure 8, Ring and Chain, Chain of Life, 1
Finger only, Double 8, Ring Off, Flower, Extra Choice, Pouring
Creeping Chain, Falling Knot, Pricking the Garter. Available from
Denny & Lee's.
Brahams, Anthony & M. Porstmann:
Karl Norman Forty Years at the
Hardcover, 1995, Anthony Brahams, 80 pages. An updated version of
Karl's Here's How,
includes Carnival Loop Routine.
Brooke, Ken: The Endless Chain. A4-size
four page Magic Sheet Instruction, Harry Stanley's Unique Magic
Studio, London. Instructions by
Cinimod, P.: Chain Trickery and Chain Station.
1970ca, 6 pages. I've never seen this, but there is a reference at
the Lybrary.com site entry for Will Ayling's book. P. Cinimod
magic was put out by Dom Paolino in the 1970s.
Denhard, Harold: How to Do Rope Tricks.
Softcover, 1973, Magic, Inc., 68 pages. Includes
On the Barrelhead on page
33 by L. Vosburgh
Lyons, M.D.; originally from Phoenix
the basic throw for the "chain of chance" or "loopy loop" sucker
Diaconis, Persi & Ron Graham: Magical Mathematics.
Hardcover, 2012, Princeton University Press. "The Mathematical
Ideas That Animate Great Magic Tricks". Includes a section by Bob
Neale on the endless chain, with lots of color photos.
Elliot, Bruce: Magic As A Hobby. Hardcover, 1958, Harper & Brothers, Inc., 240 pages. Includes Three Loop Monte by 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
Clifford). Hardcover, 1996, Fedko Magic Co, CA, 168 pages. 54
effects including Chain of No Return endless chain
routine. With illustrations by Tony Dunn.
Lewis: The Art of
Magic Volume 1.
Hardcover, 1967, 400 pages. Contains lots of close up magic,
including chapter 4 on
gambling routines. Endless Chain routines are: The Figure 8
Blake), Two Novel Moves (George Blake), and Triple
Circle Routine (Fred Lowe) with long chain and triple loops.
Hay, Henry: The Amateur Magician's Handbook. Hardcover, 1950, 414 pages. Includes The Spiral, which is an Endless Chain or Chain of Chance move.
Whit (with Chef Anton): Notes
on Fast and Loose. Softcover, 2000, The School for
Scoundrels, 44 pages. Full coverage of the endless chain routine.
Describes the throw,
convincing moves, and so forth. Designed from the point of view of
real street con. $30. Chef Anton's
Denny & Lee's.
James, Stewart: The Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks, Volume 3.
Hardcover, 1980, Abbott's Magic. Includes Double-Barreled Barrel
Head by Clyde F. Cairy. This book has also been reprinted along
with Volumes 1 & 2, (with Gabe Fajuri as the editor) as Stewart
James' Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks, by Squash Publishing,
Keable, Ian: The
Big Book of Magic Fun. Softcover, 2005, Barron's
Educational Series, 192 pages. This
children's magic book includes an Endless Chain routine.
Kerr, Larin R.: Endless Chain and Endless Ring.
1971 Fantastic Magic Co., PA, 5 pages, A4 size. Chain, ring and
Lever, Derek: Ken Brooke & Friends.
Hardcover, 1986, 298
pages. Includes Ken Brooke's The Endless Chain routine.
Lorayne, Harry: Apocalypse Vol 6-10. Hardcover, 2000,
L&L Publishing, 719 pages. Includes All In Air Endless Loop (Robert L.
Brooks), and Can't Lose Belt
(Bobby Bernard). Also available as an e-Book from Harry Lorayne
Magic and Conjuring Arts.
Lorayne, Harry: Apocalypse Vol 11-15. Hardcover, 2001, L&L Publishing, 719 pages. Includes What's the Catch? (Gene Maze), which is Loopy Loop or The Endless Chain with a peg stand variation. Also available as an e-Book from Harry Lorayne Magic and Conjuring Arts.
Lorayne, Harry: Apocalypse Vol 16-20. Hardcover, 2002, L&L Publishing, 719 pages. 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 String Figure. Also available as an e-Book from Harry Lorayne Magic and Conjuring Arts.
Matlin, Phil: Tips, Tricks and Routines.
Magic. Lecture Notes includes Endless Chain. This was originally
sold by Phil's Perfect Magic company as a separate routine.
Karl: Here's How.
Softcover, 1985, Collector's Workshop, 51 pages. Includes Carnival
Loop Routine (Chain of
Chance; with comedy, fake knot, etc.).
Ray, Jimmy: A Ray of Magic. Softcover,
Magic, 48 pages. Includes The Magic Figure 8.
Close Up Routines. Softcover, 1980ca, I Saw That!,
30 pages. Does not have a routine, but provides an
idea for a gambling routine using a cigarette vanish, Fast &
and the 3 Card Monte (3 Card Monte and Fast & Loose not
Rogers, Mike: The
Complete Mike Rogers.
Hardcover, 1975, Magic Inc., 250 pages. 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
for historical purposes.
Scarne, John: Scarne's Magic Tricks.
Hardcover, 1951, Crown Publishers, 256 pages. Includes a
variation of the chain effect, but with a belt, The Famous Belt Trick.
Jim: The Magic Menu
Five Years. Hardcover, 1998, L&L Publishing,
400 pages. Issue 10, March/April 1992 includes At
the Bar by Ray Mertz, which explains Karl Norman's Carnival Loop Routine
Chain) from the book Here's How
Jim: The Magic Menu
Thru Ten. Hardcover, 2001, L&L Publishing, 400
pages. Amongst tons of additional material, the Issue 37
September/October 1996 All-Trick Issue contains Viscous Circle
Matlin, which uses a rope, and The Finger Ring Subtlety by
(is this the same as in Natural
Smith, Chuck: The Ultimate Endless Chain Routine.
$25. H&R Magic Books
Strivings, Mark: Endlessly Elevated. Softcover,
2011, saddle-stitched, 5.5x8.5", 20 pages, B&W photo
illustrated. An entirely in-the-hands Endless Chain routine.
Trost, Nick: Expert
Tricks. Softcover, 1975, Trik-Kard Specialties, 26
pages. Contains On the Barrelhead by Dennie
Zenon, Paul: Street Magic. 2005, 192
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.
Whit & Chef Anton: Fast
Loose DVD. Complete
instruction and performance in full details. Moves, the type of
to use, the lay down of the chain, the "selling of the lie," the
come-ons, the proofs, and the hooks $35
L&L Publishing: World's Greatest Magic - Endless
Chain DVD. Includes performances (and explanations) by
Johnny Thompson, Bobby Bernard, and Phil Matlin. $20 L&L
Lovell, Simon: The Party Animal DVD. Includes Pricking the Garter. L&L Publishing
Matlin, Phil: Perfect Magic DVD. From the
Videonics series of the 1980's, now owned by L&L Publishing.
Includes an Endless Chain routine.
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
in 1968. (Info from Whit Haydn's Fast & Loose)
Magic Methods: Chain of Eight. "Complete with
first-class, factory made, "ball chain" apparatus." 58" long,
nickel finish. With illustrated instructions. $10
Manos, Christopher: The Great
Two versions are available. Standard chain and routine is $8.00,
Golden Chain version is $14.00. I have the Deluxe Chain and it is
well suited to the effect as it is flat on both sides and has a
weight and feel to it. Recommended. Chris
Home Page. (click for close up image: Chain Con)
Mental-Craft: The Endless Chain. Chain and
routine, which presents the effect as a lighthearted psychological
game and is family friendly. Chains come in Silver plated or
Copper plated steel rope chain, in three sizes of 5ft, 4ft, or
custom size. Chains come with velour pouch and drop-off knot, with
outline of the routine.
Perfect Magic Endless Chain: Chain with routine.
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.