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Will Roger’s Rope Tricks by Frank Dean

Will Roger’s Rope Tricks by Frank Dean

The Western Horseman (Colorado, U.S.A.), 1969

In this remarkably low-priced collector’s item we are shown how cowboys managed the twirling lariat loops they did. The book, a soft-covered 52 pages, is rich in old photos of legendary fancy rope performers and especially stills from a mid-1920s film The Roping Fool by 20th. Century starring the cowboy comedian/philosopher Will Rogers. There are amazing shots of Will hopping in and out of 2 loops he is spinning simultaneously; lassoing rider-&-horse at full gallop while he stands and throws 3 separate ropes at once; actually lassoing a fleeing mouse with a miniature string lasso; and other nigh impossible feats ... all caught by the camera. I doubt if a beginner could start rope spinning from the diagrams also included in this book ... but who cares. For an inspiring glimpse at what the old-timers could do, I know of no other book to equal it.

G.B.