Definition of Indian rope trick in English:

Indian rope trick

noun

  • The supposed feat of climbing a length of unattached rope hanging vertically in the air.

    • ‘The Indian Rope Trick has become one of the most famous magical effects of all time, a doubly impressive feat since it was never actually performed.’
    • ‘The famed Indian rope trick - a myth, a product of mass hypnosis, or was it really magic?’
    • ‘At the beginning of the twentieth century the Indian Rope Trick was the world's most famous and mysterious act of magic.’

Origin

Mid 19th century (in the sense ‘trick in which a securely bound performer unties himself’): the feat referred to in the current sense was said to have been performed in India in the 19th century.