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Let's see how many we can accumulate that
relate to ring/string tricks. I can start:
(While handing out a 2 " ring for examination)
This is my first wife's wedding ring !
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This is not really a one liner but when borrowing a ring I take my magnifying glass and say the following while looking at the inside of the ring with it: " cute there's an inscription...T.I.N" then give a puzzled look.

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No, I find the whole "Hang on - it says made in Taiwan," really offensive and is always a real downer on the routine. It is ok being tongue in cheek funny, but this comes across as just plain rude.
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Well, I guess it's all about how you present yourself. I do see your point, but I've been done it many many times and never gotten a bad reaction. Then again, I can usually judge who has a sense of humor and it is usually followed by a, "No, it actually says 24 karat" or something of a similar nature if it is called for. But usually it's said in a manner where that's not neccessary, but I am sorry you found it offensive.

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Derren Brown's writing on this kind of gag is interesting, he avoids using them altogether.

I think these jokes often seem rude to a British audience, perhaps we're too sensitive!

I agree that it can be detrimental to creating a really magical atmosphere and character.

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I'm sure we'll get a round of applause (or applesauce).

If you could make the ring vanish and appear on my necklace would you be ringing my neck?

The obvious: Are there any holes, gaps, breaks, or other opening in your ring.
None. Except that one.

Please hold out a finger. Thanks for choosing that one.

or go into a Antique Roadshow parody

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after borrowing the ring, how about...

ooh, this is very nice. I was going to make a joke about it, but it was too near the knuckle! Smile

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When borrowing a wedding ring
"Well that comes off pretty easily "

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Always interested in finger-ring topics as my own trademark routine is with a borrowed ring.

Lines like those mentioned and those I include are certainly not suitable fro every audience and their success depends upon timing, delivery and age and attitude of the performer.


Check this to make sure I haven't switched it for an expensive one!

No ring? It's not a conference is it?

Look, he's pretending it's hard to get off.'s engraved.....'With love from all the boys at the rugby club!'

Now that's a real diamond. I can tell.....they don't make fakes that small.

and finally:

What's your name? I always ask their name before playing with their...........!

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Good one mat, Howsabout:
"That Home Shopping Network is great, isn't it!" I know your all gonna use it. Yes, even you! Smile
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I use a four inch ring for a ring off rope routine, and I always say it belonged to a dear old friend, Helga, former champion mud wrestler...she was weightwatchers biggest challenge!

For finger rings, I find that the older the couple the more you can poke fun. Young couples who have just recently got married or engaged are often very touchy about their rings (they'll get used to it!).

Oddly enough, it seems that those who are most unsure about lending you a ring end up being the ones who give the best reaction.
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This just occured to me, suppose you recognize the ring? i.e. "This is nice, it looks like the ring I gave to my first girlfriend...Mary? Is It YOU?"
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I like one I heard George Schindler use 30 years ago. You borrow a lady's ring, ask her her name (let's say it's Mary), then look inside her ring and say, "Oh, an inscription. Is it okay if I read it?" When she says yes, you slowly continue turning the ring while you slowly say the following as if you're reading an inscription, "Dear Mary, thanks for all of the memorable times we've had together. I'll never forget the night when...continued next ring." You then look up and say "You got another ring?" Said with the right cadence and facial expressions, it's very funny.
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My favorite line is while they are taking off their ring to say, "Well I sould tell you that I am a excellent thief... I mean magician." This ALWAYS gets a laugh and it doesn't offend people

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I palm a fake diamond, taken off a cheapo ring. I take their ring and I drop the fake stone, give them a blank stare then pretend to try and reattach the diamond, always gets them!
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Wow, these are great. I really like Mr. Cam's line. Here's one that a local magician uses often and I absolutely love it. "Hey there's an inscription, is your name Kate? No? Kristina? No? Well who does the K stand for? Oh wait there's more written ...Mart...KMart? Does that ring a bell?" It gets a pretty good laugh if delivered right.
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Profile of oldwilson_2000
Hi folks,

I am in a hurry, so I didn't read all the posts thouroughly. Maybe someone has already come up with this. Greg Wilson's intro into this effect is something like this:

"Could I borrow your ring? I will show you a surefire foolproof way to protect your ring" (in the meantime the spectator has given him the ring) "so nobody can ever steal it. First of all: Don't give it to me!"

I'm not stealing lines as a habit, but this one is almost too good not to ...

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