"33 Rope Ties and Chain Releases" (Burling Hull), shown here in two early editions, including one by Hull's own Stage Magic company, remains a classic Treatise.

A controversy arose among magicians when Houdini's subsequent book on rope ties 'borrowed' rather heavily from this comprehensive work by Hull.

Hull claims Houdini's use of this material was by agreement, and prefaces the later edition of his book with an introduction titled "Houdini Did Not Steal This book".

Although Hull maintained running battles with many magical writers, often in print, he seemed too respectful to take on Houdini, particularly after Houdini's death. Hull does however raise the question of whether Houdini's publisher had properly paid royalties, and points a finger at Will Goldston.