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Linking Laces (With DVD) Review

Official Review

March 8th, 2007 7:33pm
Reviewed by Bryce Kuhlman
I reviewed Self Tying Shoelace a few months ago. In that review, I mentioned that I’m a big fan of “incidental magic” “ magic that arises out of a (supposedly) natural situation. I would consider this more of an impromptu effect. It doesn’t really arise from a pre-existing need. However, it’s every bit as wonderful as STS.

In addition to being a very cool effect, it’s completely impromptu. There’s no setup or special props required, other than many hours of rehearsal. As far as I can tell, it can be done with any shoe… that has laces (obviously).

The “linking” happens twice. I found the first link to be a bit obvious, but this may have come from my previous experience doing linking rubber bands. Once the laces are linked the first time, the untying of the laces makes the first phase a bit stronger (in case there are any observers that came to the same conclusions I did).

The second phase is the real beauty. You retie their laces for them. This time your helper pinches the laces together and they link at their fingertips… and remain linked until they untie the laces.

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but the printed instructions are even better than the DVD. The amount of detail is amazing. It’s good to know the art of producing well-written descriptions has not been totally lost.

The second tying does take a bit longer, so a good script will be invaluable here.

The only other potential warning is to simply be aware of social protocols. I don’t think it’s appropriate to prop someone’s shoe on your lap at a cocktail party. In fact, I can think of more situations where it’s not appropriate than places where it is. But if you’re working in casual situations, this could be a real stunner!

Oh, and as a bonus, you get Paul Harris’ no-gimmick STS. It’s not as clean as the original (Paul even mentions this). But if you’re known for doing STS and don’t want to get stuck some day without the setup, you should learn this.

Available at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer

Product info for Linking Laces (With DVD)

Author: Paul Harris, David Jockisch, William Goodwin
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $25.00
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Manufacturer's Description:



She rests her shoe-covered foot on your lap. You rub her tied laces to soften them up ...and her two loops suddenly link! You have to untie her laces to unlink them.

You gallantly re-tie her laces to make two more unlinked bunny ears. This time she pinches the two separate loops between her own fingers ...and again the two loops link! And they stay linked!

At your insistence she reluctantly takes her foot off your lap ...and wanders away with her impossibly linked laces. She can keep her laces linked forever ...or she can eventually untie them in a futile attempt to unravel the mystery.

  • No gimmicks - works with most types of laces
  • The loops are genuinely linked
  • The linked loops can be examined
  • Completely impromptu

Can be performed with or without a lap!

Plus a powerful bonus effect:
The no-gimmick self-tying shoelace

Comes complete with 28 page, photo-illustrated instruction book and DVD.

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