||Posted by: Merc Man (May 3, 2012 2:17pm)
Prismatic - I put this info on another post last November. It may be worth a read.
PM me if you want the way I hook up and handle the misdirection.
A post from a longggggg time back but maybe worthy of chatting about to test the waters - 5 1/2 years down the line from the last post!
Okay - so Rinkey Dinkey.
What have I read before on this, and other, forums?
(i) - Reel problems
(ii) - Difficulties with angles
(iii) - Difficulty attaching the spectators ring
(iv) - Noisy
Well, I've used mine now regularly for the last three years so what can I report back on.
(i) There's been no jams, breaks, rings flying through the air and all the other things that people seem to worry about that I don't know really happen in the 'real world' (no pun intended). Then again, I treat the prop with respect. I don't pull the necessary fully out to within an inch of it's life, and I've worked on a way so that it stops (obviously out of sight!) midway thru flight (if you get what I mean) so that the remaining 50% of the ring's journey is slower and doesn't hit the key at breakneck speed - thus overcoming potential mechanical problems. I also don't use the prop to bungee jump, lasso raging bulls or tow caravans - so by treating it with respect (to do the job it's designed for) I don't envisage problems. That said, if there ever WAS a problem, I have a 100% cast iron get out of jail card.
(ii) Difficulties with angles - well I must admit having not performed it totally surrounded by 500 people at a nudist beach but come on guys - this is predominantly a trick to perform whilst strolling - you can use nearly every natural body movement under the sun to cover the necessary - WORK ON IT - for heaven sake - whatever happened to PRACTICE?
(iii) Ring attachment problems - seen this on a few reviews and all I can say is that if you think that the spectator's ring is difficult to attach, then quite honestly you are doing something wrong. The clip can be held in a totally natural position, the clip is very loose to open yet still snaps shut tightly AND it's the only version I've ever used/seen that takes a much larger ring than most. I've also (previously) tried the Mark Leveridge version (clever idea) and the Gaeton Bloom version by Vernet. The Leveridge version is okay but it's got its faults - whereas the Vernet version can only mostly be used for very narrow female wedding bands, etc. Also, both of these use a key case which (and I may be wrong) is not an item that people readily use in the UK; NOR possibly even seen - unless they are over 96 years of age! This is even more worrying with the Bloom version, the prop just cries 'gimmick'. Who has ever seen such a little camp purse with a gold chain hanging from within it? It cries out 'magic trick gimmick' in my view. Also, sticking your thumb inside to open up a spring loaded purse is hardly natural nor very convincing close-up.
(iv) Noise - this is actually quite a comical negative. I can only assume that the 'people will hear it' brigade are probably those that worry about getting caught palming cards, or the noise a shell coin makes, etc. For heaven sake where do these people perform - in a monastery or at a wake? For goodness sake - how anyone can worry about the 'noise' in a bar or restaurant table hopping environment amazes me!
Well there you go - just an update on a prop that was all the rage a few years back and then seems to have been lost in the wilderness.
The purpose of this post? Maybe, just maybe, it will spur one or two of you into digging it out of the drawer, cleaning it up and giving it another go.
If this happens, and just a handful of magicians decide to go and use it - and entertain people with a beautiful piece of magic, then the last 10 minutes of my life typing this have been more than worthwhile.