Three techniques to make a simple knot vanish from a rope.

Video Chapters

  • 00:00 – Demonstration of three knots
  • 02:12 – Basic Dissolving Knot
  • 06:50 – Martineau Smoke Knot
  • 11:26 – Ryan’s Bubble Knot
  • 15:00 – Grant’s Appearing Knots


The Basic Dissolving Knot is very old, and can be found in many books.

  • A Knot That Is Not published by Vincent Dalban in the The Magic Wand March of 1919

I have not located the original source of Francis Martineau Smoke Knot but it can be found in:

  • The Knot Collector by Phil Willmarth (1989) pg 4
  • Called The Pretzel Knot in *Self-Working Rope Magic" by Karl Fulves (1990) pg 70

My Bubble Knot is, so far as I know, an original adaption, but a similar (non-gimmicked) handling can be found:

  • The Illusive Knot by Dr. Joseph H Fries in The Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks (Squash publishing, pg 212)

Finally, the idea of the appearing knots:

  • Spirit Knots by U.F. Grant in The Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks (Squash pg 228)