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New from David!

Demo on David's site, a live performance at The Magic Castle: Regal Linking Finger Ring

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"The plot is simple: Three borrowed finger rings are linked together.

The Linking Finger Ring Effect, created by Persi Diaconis and Richard Himber, is one of the greatest magic effects ever devised. It captures the imagination of an audience and absolutely slays them.

After a prolonged development process, I am delighted to release what I believe to be one of the most elegant sets of props for the Linking Finger Ring effect ever offered to the magic fraternity

The set includes:

1) My own version of the Himber Ring, designed from the ground up, that possesses a unique set of characteristics.
2) A duplicate gimmicked ring that is made in the traditional click-lock manner, for those who prefer this system.
3) A duplicate, un-gimmicked ring.
4) A detailed DVD of instructions, including a Magic Castle performance.
5) A set of precision made gimmicks with which to perform the astounding Koran ending of the effect.
6) A pencil.

So, this is not a single gimmick, but a set of custom-made utility gimmicks that give you all you need to perform a modern classic of magic: The Linking Finger Ring effect.
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Everthing I ever owned from regal was awesome.
This should be a great product.
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Very nice indeed ,a little out of my price range,I will have to try and save up.
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Ordered this and another new product from David yesterday. Sight unseen - Don'’t need to even see anything that comes from David Regal. Everything I have ever purchased from him is clever, deceptive, extremely well-made and all-around high quality, as well as well taught. I wish all my decisions on magic purchases were as easy!

Thanks!

Jim
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On 2012-12-02 14:49, korttihai_82 wrote:
Sound great. Usually everything Regal puts out is a worker. Would be interesting to hear how this compares to Nick Lewins routine that is extremely hard to beat when it comes to linking fingerring routines Smile

Juha-Matti


I also bought the Nick Lewin routine and was a little disappointing. I didn't think it brought anything new to the table so to speak. Osterlinds handling and bits of business for me is far superior and at a fraction of the cost. Regal does put out solid material but I'm wondering what this version brings that is different to what is already out there. It looks similar to Osterlinds version, perhaps with a different style ring. I hope David joins in to let us know whats to offer here that is new.
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Just a note: My post above says "Sight unseen" in one part. I meant that as a phrase, an expression, as in I would buy any of David Regal's products without seeing them.

There is no product by David Regal named "Sight Unseen".

Sorry for any confusion!

Thank you.

Jim
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This has been one of those routines that I've always enjoyed reading about over the years but have never actually performed. Always sounds great in theory but I've always wondered what type of reactions it could get when the objects are so small few will actually get to see the rings linked.
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On 2012-12-03 13:05, emyers99 wrote:
This has been one of those routines that I've always enjoyed reading about over the years but have never actually performed. Always sounds great in theory but I've always wondered what type of reactions it could get when the objects are so small few will actually get to see the rings linked.


Eric, I always felt the same way. Then I went to Steven Cohen's Chamber Magic show in NYC and he did this. I was sure it would be a sleeper. But, people were in awe and as he walked around the room, they chattered about it among themselves.
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I think if you are in an environment where the audience is paying to see a magic show (Magic Castle, Steve Cohen, etc.) this has a better chance of playing well than in an environment where magic is just one part of the evening's festivities. Seems like a more cerebral routine that would require an attentive and engaged audience. Who knows. Maybe I'm wrong. Since I'm a shopaholic, I'll probably pick this up and give it a whirl. I know there are great routines in Vortex and in Dunham's book. So I wonder if/how this routine differs.
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On 2012-12-03 13:08, Zombie Magic wrote:
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On 2012-12-03 13:05, emyers99 wrote:
This has been one of those routines that I've always enjoyed reading about over the years but have never actually performed. Always sounds great in theory but I've always wondered what type of reactions it could get when the objects are so small few will actually get to see the rings linked.


Eric, I always felt the same way. Then I went to Steven Cohen's Chamber Magic show in NYC and he did this. I was sure it would be a sleeper. But, people were in awe and as he walked around the room, they chattered about it among themselves.


Same thing here. I have been to 2 different show where this has been performed and after the show everyone is only talking about the trick where he borrowed three rings and linked them together. In my opinion, it's one of the top few effects you can perform stand-up. This will really leave a lasting impression.
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I like how David Regal always lays it out in the open. You know what you are buying. Honest ads and great work.
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The linking fingers rings is one of the strongest effects you can do, based on the reactions I've seen. I first saw Jonathan Pendragon do it in the Palace at the Castle a number of years ago and everyone in the room was absolutely stunned. If you play it right and really put some thought into it, this is one of those things that audiences will never forget. I have the Joe Porper set and I love doing this for people. It plays as well for three as it does for 3,000.
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This is one of those effects where the props often looks pretty sad and cheap upon any sort of close inspection. But the beautiful thing is that it doesn't matter - thanks to the ingenious routining so many great thinkers have brought to the effect, it can indeed look like real magic with the most basic of props. I went ahead and popped for this. Even after reading (Tom Stone, Geoffrey Durham) and watching many terrific linking ring routines over the last couple of years, I've never actually invested in the props and tried to actually make it happen. Regal's routine looks to be right up there with the best of them, although it's a little hard to objectively judge it due to the cuts in the demo video. But to get not only his routine, but a collection of matched props at the pre-order price has to be a bargain.
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That's what's not clear from the ad. Is this just a set of gimmicks or is there something different about his routine that necessitates/takes advantage of his unique design?
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He provides you with the props necessary to perform the Koran ending, which most sets won't offer you. This is a beautiful set.
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Makes sense. Did look like a nice ending in the demo. This thread forced me to go back and read some of the other linking finger ring routines I've got in my collection. Man I wish Geoffrey Durham would release his props. Best routine I've read bar none but you better you unfortunately have to be Bob Villa to make the necessary props.
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Geoffrey did release his props, or at least the opportunity to have it made up a few years ago but was very very expensive. Porpers routine and ring is nice and the pen beautiful. This looks like a poor mans version of Porpers. I'm not saying it is but I really can't see any real differences in the routine with the info available that sets it apart. I have ordered it as its my pet luv routine. I actually do a more intimate routine in a close up/parlor situation instead of the 3 different areas that normally is required. But my routine requires a ring Richard Himber used, and nothing like the marketed version bearing his name. I managed to acquire it at a auction some years ago. Luchen does a very beautiful routine with Porpers ring, using a tray to collect the rings that never seem to leave anyones sight. The music adds to the beauty of the routine. Outside of that, you just wont do better than Richard Osterlind's routine IMHO. I'm doubtful David's version brings anything new to the table except for a slightly different ring mechanism. It looks a bit chunky and locks you into the traditional version. That's not a bad thing though. This can be a difficult routine to pull off, not because of any technical difficulties, more artistic challengers. This can not be done mediocre, its one of those effects that takes perfection and some amount of artistic confidence. Otherwise, it just wont work for you
One thing for sure though, David Regal always puts out solid material
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As a person who has collected many Himber Linking Ring routines over the years, David Regal's is the most direct presentation I have seen.

I don't think think this beats Roy Johnson's routine from which Geoffrey Durham took inspiration and designed his routine around.

Regal clenches the rings in his hand, which I have always thought was a week point in all the Himber routines published thus far.

Roy Johnson from England brings this trick to more of the miracle effect, as he has the last spectator to lend a ring come up on stage to assist in the routine. The spectator has the rings in his hands thought entire presentation. This I believe is much stronger for the audience, as the spectator verifies the rings, and they link in his hands. He displays them and then they unlink in his hands to bring the trick to a climax.

With the spectator handling the rings throughout, makes for a more magical experience for the audience. In one presentation, everyone knew the person and thus they knew he could not have been in on anything or arranged anything with the performer.

Regal's version does have much merit, but I would not compare it at all to Richard Osterlind's routine. And it looks like he took Pete Biro's idea for the final unlinking of the last to rings.

I would not say this is the best, but I would not say it is the worse either. Although, I don't care for performers that think it is funny to curse to get a laugh. They are not laughing at the word, but people laugh when they are embarrassed, and this embarrasses the whole audience.
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I've always loved this effect, but it doesn't fit much into my character. I present myself as a sleight of hand artist and not a magician. But if I were to add a linking finger ring routine, I'd start here.
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"Three borrowed finger rings are linked together."

Is this strictly true?
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Unusual not to have David weigh in here when releasing a new expensive product
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On 2012-12-04 06:54, David Klass wrote:
"Three borrowed finger rings are linked together."

Is this strictly true?


To the audience, hell, yes.
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Since there are so many of us performing this classic I think it would be very important to know the differences and advantages to this version. Why switch unless there is a substantial difference. The video looks good but does not show enough to make a decision when comparing the various versions.
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On 2012-12-04 09:20, huangja wrote:
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On 2012-12-04 06:54, David Klass wrote:
"Three borrowed finger rings are linked together."

Is this strictly true?


To the audience, hell, yes.


Indeed. That really was a disingenuous question; "the plot: three borrowed finger rings " etc etc.

How about an ACR? The plot: a card is repeatedly placed into the centre of the deck and magically rises to the top: is this "strictly true"? Sheesh....
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On 2012-12-04 11:13, Steve Suss wrote:
Since there are so many of us performing this classic I think it would be very important to know the differences and advantages to this version. Why switch unless there is a substantial difference. The video looks good but does not show enough to make a decision when comparing the various versions.


I believe the video demo does show exactly what you are purchasing. The only thing I am confused on is what you are getting, as a signet ring is shown, but the intro to the video shows wedding type rings. I also do not understand why you get a pen and pencil, when only the pencil is used.

If you are doing an effect of this nature, you should know the differences from watching the demo. If I had to say what you are getting, it would be a shorter faster more streamlined handling with props.
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David replied to my question regarding the "type" of ring---it is the Signet Ring with the engraved griffin, shown at the begining. Those wedding style rings in the intro are just artistic designs. Had me confused too.

Not sure, how the ring works--opens out or in? Probably more info would really assist. I take it the ring is "plated".

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Darn. Was hoping for wedding band style.
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So, this is really a stage parlour piece rather than close up?

Even if we look at the ad copy and read it as seen by the audience, in a close up setting can we get away with it looking like "all 3 rings are borrowed"?

I have no problem with the effect, in fact I think it is a beautiful piece of magic.
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On 2012-12-04 13:35, David Klass wrote:
So, this is really a stage parlour piece rather than close up?

Even if we look at the ad copy and read it as seen by the audience, in a close up setting can we get away with it looking like "all 3 rings are borrowed"?

I have no problem with the effect, in fact I think it is a beautiful piece of magic.


All 3 rings are borrowed from spectators.
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