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Matt Malinas
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I guess this is the right place to post this.
How many of you wear rings? How many rings?
I love silver rings as they compliment your hands. I wear 5 rings at the moment on a regular basis. My audiences seem to like them as they have complimented them on several occasions.

What do you think about jewellry in general for complimenting the hands? By this, I don't mean only rings, also bracelets, watches or whatever kind of jewellry you like.

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Mr. Edgars
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I'm someone who habitually wears a ring or two on any given day, and I rarely feel the need to change that when practicing or performing magic. In fact, they can come in handy -- for example, I've found that wearing a big, shiny, gaudy ring on one hand can sometimes help keep attention focused there and away from my other. And if one of the rings you're wearing is "special" (PK, for example), some people are suspicious enough to suspect it sometimes... but if it's merely one of several rings you're wearing, it's more likely to blend in as being just another adornment.

Rings, like everything else in a magician's wardrobe, should be considered carefully, but they probably can't hurt or help a performance much on their own. If they compliment your performing style and the persona you're trying to project, or at least don't interfere with it, and they appeal to you as an individual, that's fine. If there's a risk they might interfere or distract in unwanted ways, you probably need to rethink them. All in my opinion, of course.

(For clarity's sake, let me add that when I say "you" need to do this or that, I intend it as a generalization, and not necessarily aimed specifically at Matt.)
Al Angello
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Hi Matt
Once I was at a juggling convention, there were hundreds of jugglers on the gym floor practicing, and not one wrist watch, so I wear no rings, no watch, and no bracelet not even a wedding ring. There is only one exception to this rule, I do carry about 10 or more rubber bands on my left wrist for an inpromptu magic show.
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I, like Al wear no rings, or wristwatches. As a juggler I found out the hard way how soft some rings are. A heavy hammer handle coming down on your hand can do a lot of damage if not caught right.

I wear a pocket watch instead. This is more of a personal choice. I have worn a pocket watch since I was a teenager. I find it is different, classy and it doesn't showcase my thin wrists (darn genetics). Plus since I keep it in my left pants pocket, it balances out the chain coming from my wallet in my right pants pocket.
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On a normal day? No jewelry whatsoever.
Ok. I wear a watch to work.

When I use to perform regularly, I wore a ring and had a duplicate slit ring for linking. I also wore a wedding band on occasion.
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I wear a silver ring, with a thunderbird engraved into it, on my right little finger. I don't juggle so there's no problem there.
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I sometimes wear a ring that I use in a routine. If I'm not doing the routine I don't wear it. I find they get in the way with coin magic.
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Watch - yes, because I need it for several routines
ring - yes (but it is a piercing that no one can see... kidding)

I would say that it depends on your performing character to wear a ring or not.
No one should be interested about how much worth your jewellery is. As no one
should be impressed by the car you are driving. They should be impressed by your
performance. And if a ring (or even rings) fits here - why not?
Montethrower
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Definitely getting a nice one when DeRing comes out. Classy!!!

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I usually only wear rings or watches when I get dressed up or perform. A stylish Skagen watch and a silver "M" ring. I do VERY little coin magic, but I practice with them on to make sure there is no talking. I think too many rings and things looks gawdy and can be distracting. Not just for magicians, but for anyone.
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For me it depends on the show...
In most of my shows I wear a lot of rings. I don't do any serious closeup work, so it is not really an issue. Three Rings on each hand, seperate fingers (In fact, my right hand one is on the thumb). In my defense, it is extreme character work. I also have leather bracers on my wrists and a bright red satin sash at my waist.
Ren Faire shows...got to love the excessive accessories...
For fire shows, all of the rings go. I can't hold my chains or spin a staff properly with them on. The bracers go too unless I am doing fire claws (Keeps me from burning my arm hair off!).
Table work...Also no rings or jewelry unless they are deliberately a part of the routines I am doing.
So really...Do the rings match your character? Are they practical to wear given the type of show you are doing? Do you like wearing them?
Answer those questions, and you will have your own answer.
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As long as the rings don't impede your performance or detract from it, I see no reason to not wear them assuming they compliment the character you are portraying.

However, I would say whatever choice you make, but especially if you are using gimmicked rings, make it consistent...
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Does anyone who does coins have a problem wearing their wedding band when performing? I find that left ring finger to be the worst spot for a ring, causing extra effort to avoid a "clink" in many coin routines.
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Rings and coins can be trouble. I wear a thumbring if I can get away with it.

If the ring will "clink" with a prop- coin or otherwise- it may be best to disappear the ring. Smile
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"Disappear the ring?!" My wife would kill me!

At this point the lilly white tan line under my ring would be more of a distraction than the clinking sound.

Might be a nice lead in to that Moving Tan-line trick, though....hmmm....
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Quote:
On 2007-01-05 20:32, magicalaurie wrote:
Rings and coins can be trouble. I wear a thumbring if I can get away with it.

If the ring will "clink" with a prop- coin or otherwise- it may be best to disappear the ring. Smile

Thanks for your thoughts. I like the idea of having a ring on a different finger such as the thumb, because I feel strange having absolutely no ring on the hand. A pinky ring may not get in the way as much as a ring finger ring either. Until I get another ring, I will go with your suggestion and lose the ring if I think there is any chance of prop hitting that shouldn't. I'll live with the tan line for the performance.
magicalaurie
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Very welcome, larrylegal. Smile
abrell
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There are rings that can improve your performance. A PK ring can help a lot especially in mental and bizarre magic. A ring also can be used as pendulum. I use a ring that is a replica of an ancient magic ring sold at a museum shop in Halle/ Germany.
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The magic ring of Paußnitz and a deciphering of the engraved runes can be found at http://www.landesmuseum-fuer-vorgeschich......lung.htm
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