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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.