Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Indian Rope Trick

How does he do that?  : ) - Eureka Miniatures
The earliest written account of the Indian Rope Trick comes from the Arab traveller Ibne Battuta, who said that he saw it performed  in 1346, while travelling in China.

I have just purchased The Rise of the Indian Rope Trick: How a Spectacular Hoax became History by Peter Lamont.

The author is apparently a magician, and at the time of publication a researcher at the University of Edinburgh. In summary, he argues that the trick was all a hoax to increase the circulation of the Chicago Tribune in the late 1800s.

I am looking forward to seeing how he addresses the earlier reports of the trick.

How was the trick allegedly performed in India? There are a number of versions known. For example, one version allegedly involved pushing up a pole disguised as a rope out of a basket. Another took place at dusk near trees, between which a line was run. The rope thrown upwards would have a heavy black ball on the end which would hook over the cord and which would be strong enough to allow a young boy to climb it.



  1. Hoax or not, the Eureka figures are great to have in your Indian marketplace!

  2. Magnificent figure - a nice idea well realised.

  3. Nice miniature, something for the market place.


  4. I agree with the above - great miniature and great painting.

    Best wishes