Indian Rope Trick – #92 of 100 Top Hoaxes

This next hoax is more of a cool magic trick than a hoax, but it was presented as true in an 1890 Chicago Tribune story as a way to sell more papers.

The Indian rope trick has many variations, but essentially it involves someone throwing a rope into the sky, and instead of the rope falling to the ground it apparently hovers vertically (and unsupported, as pictured below) in the air so that a boy can climb it. Some version have the boy climbing out of sight, and in some versions body parts will be dropped from where the boy disappeared.

There are several videos of the trick on YouTube, but here’s one with my favourite magicians, Penn and Teller, witnessing the trick themselves. It appears as though the person who posted this video doesn’t realize that it’s a trick…in this case it looks to me to be pretty obvious that the “rope” is really a pole disguised as a rope being pushed up from underground through the basket.

See a list of hoaxes counted down so far after the jump.

100. Bridezilla Freaks Out About Her Hairdo
The Joe Schmo Show
The Crying Indian
Ivar’s Underwater Billboards
Well to Hell
Great Comics Switcheroonie
American Cannibal
93. Nacirema Tribe
92. Indian Rope Trick

1 Response to “Indian Rope Trick – #92 of 100 Top Hoaxes”

  1. 1 Boise Realtor January 31, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    This really is a cool magic trick!!

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