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magicsam
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I was at the blackpool magic convention this year, and saw Mark Raffles perform a stunning linking ring routine. It was really entertaining and he added humour into it (ie. the ring getting stuck on his jacket button, and then onto the chair, etc.!)

This made me think how much of a classic of magic this is, and that it would be really cool to be able to perform a good routine with it!
I have seen many types of linking rings available at many shops, but is there a certain make or set that are the 'best quality' and that the professionals use? (there's fakini for billiard balls, is there a 'professional' make for linking rings?!)

What is the best place to learn the linking rings? Are there any DVD's specifically for it (I have heard of Jeff McBride's ones, are they good?)?

Any help would be great!
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Sam
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Here's a previous thread with a lot of information that refers to another thread with a lot of information.

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......4&18

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Good post.

I have wondered the same things. I was talking to an experienced magicians and he some some things that are profound.

One is that "Magicians hate the rings but laymen love them." Meaning that if you are performing for your IBM ring, they all lean back and say...here we go again! But laymen always seem to love it.

A great approach at this is using Humor to LIVEN up your ring routine.


In fact, I just got a hold of some Quadro Vicious Circles which is barbed wire linking rings, and that should give me plenty of oppurtunities at humor.
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Thanks,
As I said, Mark Raffles was hilarious, and the magic was stunning as well!
I would love to perform a routine like that!
Where can I learn one like it? Does Jeff McBride go into detail with his dvd's, or would it be better to get a dvd specifically for the linking rings? What dvd's would you recommend?
Thanks.
Sam
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McBride does a few moves on his Stage Magic video/dvd series. He also has a great transition from a rope routine to the rings by doing a giant ring on string routine. I personally have adapted part of Whit Haydn's wonderful audience participation routine with other basic moves. the wonderful thing, is, with both small and large rings, I can do the almost same routine for stage, parlor or table-hopping.
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On 2004-05-20 17:07, magicsam wrote:
Thanks,
As I said, Mark Raffles was hilarious, and the magic was stunning as well!
I would love to perform a routine like that!
Where can I learn one like it? Does Jeff McBride go into detail with his dvd's, or would it be better to get a dvd specifically for the linking rings? What dvd's would you recommend?
Thanks.
Sam


Go to http://www.williamsmagic.com

I recently had a conversation about which linking rings dvd/videos to check out. He has one in there that is based solely on Humor. email him and he will take good care of you.
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I want to see this one...

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Stevens Magic has a "Teach-In" video on the Linking Rings. I think there are four very different performers there that should give you some ideas.

Featured performers are Richard Ross, Max Hapner, Jay Marshall, and Sammy Smith. Here's the link:

http://stevensmagic.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=952

Hope this helps,

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Magic sam me too I was very impressed with Mark raffles linking rings although I would of liked to see him do some other magic as well.

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What Raffles was doing sounds like a variation on George Blake's Perverse Ring routine. Two others that had much success with this premise include yours truly and the late Topper Martyn.
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I love that title: George Blake's Perverse Ring Routine.
Where can that be found?
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In my act!!! Smile
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