Reference. Guide to the
by Doug A. (e-mail magicref (at) lycos.com; replace (at) with @).
Last Update: May 2021. Added
Chain-Trickery, a P. Cinimod Release.
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 forth.
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. 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
Blake, George: Loopy Loop: A Treatise
on the Endless Chain. Softcover, 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. Hardcover, 1995, Anthony Brahams, 80 pages.
An updated version of Karl's Here's How, includes Carnival
Brooke, Ken: The Endless Chain. A4-size
four page Magic Sheet Instruction, Harry Stanley's Unique Magic
Studio, London. Instructions by Lewis Ganson.
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 Magazine. Shows the
basic throw for the "chain of chance" or "loopy loop" sucker bet
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
Tom Clifford). Hardcover, 1996, Fedko Magic Co, CA, 168 pages. 54
effects including Chain of No Return endless chain
routine. With illustrations by Tony Dunn.
Ganson, Lewis: The Art of Close Up 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 (George 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.
Haydn, 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 the real street con. $30. Chef
Anton's Site, Denny &
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
Lenier, Jules: Sleightly Magical. Softcover.
Includes Chain Routine, a routine for the Endless Chain.
Lever, Derek: Ken Brooke & Friends.
Hardcover, 1986, 298 pages. Includes Ken Brooke's The Endless
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 Loop (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.
Perfect Magic. Lecture Notes includes Endless Chain. This was
originally sold by Phil's Perfect Magic company as a separate
Norman, 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,
1980, Morrisey Magic, 48 pages. Includes The Magic Figure 8.
Rix, Claude: Presents Original 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 & Loose, and the 3 Card
Monte (3 Card Monte and Fast & Loose not explained).
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 useful for
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.
Sisti, Jim: The Magic Menu The First 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 (Endless Chain) from the book Here's How
Sisti, Jim: The Magic Menu Years Six 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 by Phil Matlin, which uses a
rope, and The Finger Ring Subtlety by David Acer (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 Gambling Tricks.
Softcover, 1975, Trik-Kard Specialties, 26 pages. Contains On
the Barrelhead by Dennie Flynn.
Zenon, Paul: Street Magic. 2005, 192
pages. Chapter 8 on Street Scams includes an endless chain
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 chain to use, the lay down of the
chain, the "selling of the lie," the come-ons, the proofs, and the
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
Cinimod, P.: Chain-Trickery: a flat chain
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)
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 Chain Con.
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 Manos Home Page. (click for
close up image: Chain
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.