Tricks with rings cover a wide range, for there are rings of all sorts and sizes. The rings required for the following experiments are all easily obtained. Tricks with Chinese coins come under the head of ring tricks, and in such cases as they are required, plain metal washers may be used instead of the Oriental cash.
1. The Phantom Ring
A metal ring, some three inches in diameter, is employed in this trick. The ring is given for thorough examination. Then the magician allows his wrists to be tied with cord, leaving a length of string between the wrists. He takes the ring, turns his back for a few moments, and then shows his hands again. The ring is on the string between the wrists!
Two rings are used in the trick. They should be sufficiently large to pass over the hand and on to the wrist. Large bracelets may be used, but solid metal rings may be bought cheaply at a hardware store. One of these rings is on the performer’s arm, under his sleeve. He exhibits the other ring, and as soon as his hands are tied, turns his back or steps out of sight. He quickly drops the examined ring into his pocket and lets the duplicate ring slide down his arm, over his hand, and onto the string. Then he steps out and shows that the miracle has been accomplished.
2. The Improved Phantom Ring
The effect of this trick is the same as that of the last, but the ring is made of pliable rubber. A ring of this type is used with certain makes of vacuum cleaners, and costs very little. It will stand minute inspection, for it is unprepared.
This is the only ring used. When the magi clan turns away, he slides it over his hand, and pulls it under the loop of string that encircles his wrist. The string is then on his arm, and can be slipped over the hand and onto the wrist.
3. Ring Tied on String
The effect of this trick is the same as the effects of the last two; but a ring of any size may be used, and the ring is actually tied on the string between the wrists.
To accomplish this, gather up a loop of string between the wrists, thrust it through the center of the ring, and push the loop under the string that encircles the left hand. Then draw the loop over the left fingers and again push it under the string that encircles the left wrist. Once more pull the loop over the left fingers, and the ring will be tied on the string.
There should be plenty of string between the wrists. With a little practice the various movements can be effected in a very few seconds.
4. The Ring on the Finger
In this trick, the magician’s hands are tied behind his back, the wrists being firmly bound together. A finger ring is placed between the magician’s teeth, and he steps behind a screen or out of the room. The spectators call out and designate one of the magician’s fingers, or thumbs, and a moment later he appears, with the ring on the chosen finger, but with 1 wrists still firmly tied.
Method: As soon as he is out of sight, the magician swings his hands as far to the left as he can get them, so that the right hand is palm up. By turning his head to the left, he can let the ring drop from his teeth into the right hand. It is then an easy matter to slip the ring on any finger.
5. The Released Rings
A ring is looped on a string, in the center. Then several other rings are dropped over both ends of the string, so that they slide down and are caught by the bottom ring. Some per son holds both ends of the string, and a hand kerchief is thrown over the rings. The magician immediately reaches under the cloth and removes the rings I
The secret lies in the manner in which the first ring is “tied” to the string. The two ends of the string are first pushed through the center of the ring. They are then run back through the loop at the center of the string, and the string is drawn tightly against the ring. To all appearances, the ring is tightly affixed to the string, but by taking hold of the loop and drawing it down the sides of the ring, the magician can release the ring. This is done underneath the cloth, and, of course, the other rings drop off when the supporting ring is removed.
6. The “Vanishing” Ring
The “vanishing” of a ring is not a difficult problem. Simply have a plain ring sewn in the corner of a large handkerchief. Borrow a ring and put it under the handkerchief. At the same time push up the corner of the hand kerchief so that it may be gripped through the center of the cloth. Any person may take hold of the ring and satisfy himself that it is there, but he is holding the duplicate ring, while your hand calmly goes away with the original. When the handkerchief is shaken out, the ring will have vanished completely.
7. The Ring in the Egg
The Vanishing Ring trick, just explained, is most effective in combination with a trick wherein the borrowed ring is mysteriously re produced. Such a trick is the Ring in the Egg.
After the borrowed ring has disappeared, an egg is broken, with a buttonhook, and the hook is inserted in the egg. A moment later the hook emerges, carrying the borrowed ring!
The egg may be examined before the trick begins.
Method: While the audience is holding the handkerchief, which they believe holds the borrowed ring, you walk to a nearby table to get the buttonhook, and an egg cup. The egg cup has some wax or paraffin in the bottom. In picking up the cup, insert the ring edgewise in the bottom, so that it is embedded in the wax. Bring forward the cup and the buttonhook. Take the egg and set it in the cup. The handkerchief is shaken, and the ring has vanished. Holding the egg with the fingers of the left hand, break the top with the buttonhook, which is held by the right hand. At the same time, press down on the egg and the ring will be forced through the bottom. Thus the ring is actually in the egg, and may be produced on the end of the hook.
8. The Ring From the String
This is one of the best of ring tricks. Preferably it should be performed with a Chinese coin or a washer, but a ring may be used.
The ring is threaded on a string, and the ends are held by two persons. Then a cloth is thrown over the ring. You reach under the cloth, and remove it a moment later, showing the ring is now tied to the string. Then, while the ends of the string are still held, you take the ring right off the string!
Two rings are used in the trick. The duplicate is concealed in the right hand. In reaching under the cloth, the hands gather a loop of the string and push it through the center of the loose ring. Then the loop is spread over the ring so that it is temporarily held to the string.
The left hand covers the original ring, which should be to the left of the duplicate. The right hand removes the cloth and every one sees the duplicate ring, which they think is the original. At this point you carelessly slide your hands along the string to the ends, and momentarily take the ends away from the spectators so that you can hold the string up higher. You immediately put the ends back in their hands. This little procedure has, however, enabled you to draw the original ring right off the end of the string. ‘While your left hand pockets the original ring, along with the handkerchief, the right hand mysteriously removes the ring from the center of the string.
9. The Cardboard Ring Trick
The effect of this trick is identical with “The Ring From d String,” but a ring, or washer, of cardboard is utilized instead of the metal article. A duplicate ring is used and is threaded on the string; but the original ring may be torn off and carried away when the handkerchief is removed, thus eliminating the subterfuge of sliding the hands along and off the ends of the string.
10. Instantaneous Appearance of Six Rings
Metal washers or Chinese coins should be used in this surprising trick. The magician holds out his right hand, with the palm to wards the audience. The hand is obviously empty, but when he grasps in the air, he instantly catches half a dozen Chinese coins, which are tossed from hand to hand, and finally given for inspection.
The coins are first stacked together. A thread, white or pink, is then run through their centers, and tied in a loop. The loop should be long enough so that when it is slipped over the right thumb the coins will hang out of sight behind the hand.
With the coins in position, the palm of the hand may be shown quite empty, the thread being invisible at a distance of a few feet. Swing the hand upward, and tilt it slightly forward. The coins will fly over into the hand, where they are caught in the fist.
The coins may be tossed from hand to hand without breaking the thread, or they may be “vanished” from the right hand. This is done by letting the coins lie on the palm of the hand. Then tile left hand covers the coins, and the left fingers push them over and in back of the right hand, where they hang out of sight, while both palms are shown. Then the coins may be caught again, and this time, the string is broken when the coins are passed from hand to hand, so the coins may be given for inspection.
11. The Dropping Ring
This experiment may be worked with a finger ring or a napkin ring. Take a circle of string and push one end through the center of the ring; then push the opposite end through the loop thus formed.
A reference to the diagram will show how the string appears. Let two persons take hold.
of the string at the points marked X and Y, while you hold the loop Z. When they pull the ends taut, the string will be held in three ways.
Have your other hand below the ring and say, “Pull.” As the persons pull on the loops, let go of the loop you are holding, and the ring will drop into your outstretched hand.