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David Regal
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I should say that I am not the only one with these sets - two stores now have a small supply as well, Hocus-Pocus and Penguin.

I did not solicit any testimonials, but I am proud that this was posted by a real worker:

Don't even bother with any other rings on the market---these are the very best. As a student, fan and 30 plus year performer of the Linking Finger Ring effect, I can tell you that these are the rings I have been waiting for.


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Hello,

I had to post my opinion here.

When we were first approached by David Regal regarding his Linking Finger Ring Project, he sent me a sample. Upon examining it, I knew immediately it was superior to others I’d seen. Worth far more than the asking price!

In fact, over the years I’ve seen every manifestation of this classic trick, but David’s version is by far the very BEST I’ve EVER seen. Bar none!

There are other finger rings currently on the market today that retail at twice what this one sells for….and they aren’t HALF as good. Trust me when I say, that NOTHING compares to this one — and that includes Richard Himber’s original!

Of course, as a magic dealer purchasing new product, I never know exactly how long I may have to sit on an item. So, when David told us he was producing a LIMITED quantity, and that there would be no SECOND run, we had to make a decision as to precisely how many we wanted to order.

David was very clear when he indicated his intention of only have a single run of this effect. He said, “Once it’s done, it’s done. There will be no other production runs. So, be sure to order EXACTLY the number you want.”

I’ve known David Regal for years and can frankly say that David is a true artist that’s highly respected and is exceptionally methodic and exacting regarding the manufacturing of his products. From the start, I knew his Linking Finger Ring would sell BIG. But, how big? How many should I order? I mulled it over for days and finally decided to get fifty.

In hindsight, I wish I would’ve ordered TWICE as many! We’ve sold just over HALF of what I ordered in just 48 hours of having it listed on our website. This really is the very best Linking Finger Ring I’ve seen. If only I could go back in time…I’m kicking myself!

Hey, if you’re on the fence about getting one, it won’t be for long, because they’ll be GONE before you know can say, “Hocus Pocus!”

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Paul Gross
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I wish I had the chance to see him demo this in person when we had David in for the Unconventional Magic Convention back in November. I believe if I had I would have walked away from there $250 poorer. Smile I too am curious to how this would work for very small groups, especially groups where everyone knows each other (and their jewlery).

Not being a student of the h****** ring I was fooled by the last, visibal unlink. Very pretty stuff there.
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Visibal = visible
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Are there any dress restrictions with this? Does it require a jacket or shirt pocket etc. thanks.
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One more question is does it make a difference if wedding bands or other rings are borrowed. I already do a version of this classic am interested in this one if there are significant advantages. Thanks.
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While I haven't seen these, the linking rings are more about presentation than mechanics imho.
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Wow... so many questions in a little bunch. Here are some answers:

1) Are there any dress restrictions with this? Does it require a jacket or shirt pocket etc. ?

I use a pencil in my routine, so I keep the pencil in a shirt or jacket pocket. I use the same pocket to ditch the gaff. Of course, the gimmicks allow you to perform any version of the effect.

2) Does it make a difference if wedding bands or other rings are borrowed? I already do a version of this classic am interested in this one if there are significant advantages.

One of the wonderful things about the standard no-stooge method for the Linking Finger Rings is the fact that the gaff escapes detection because the people who loaned rings for the effect assume the gaff, in full view, to be be someone else's ring. So you can work with whatever is in the audience. There are some advantages to one of the gaffed rings I provide, as some movements can be eliminated. This is an effect that suffers from handlings which involve excess fiddling. There should be zero fiddling, and one of my gaffs aids a little bit in that regard.

3) While I haven't seen these, the linking rings are more about presentation than mechanics imho.

That is a statement, not a question, but I agree with it! As I said above, one of my gaffs has some unique elements but the handling and presentation are key. I will say, however, that this is one of the few plots in magic that simply fascinates an audience. At The Castle, when someone does it well they talk about it in the lobby, but when someone does it in a ham-fisted way, they STILL talk about it in the lobby. The effect itself captivates. My set is three rings, although only one is needed for my routine, because I wanted to provide a set of utilities, well-made gimmicks that will give a person quality props with which to perform any version of the effect, including the Koran visual unlink climax.

Hope this helps!
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OK, I am in. I just ordered a set.
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...the 250.00 bucks even includes a pencil! Are my eyes fooling me, or is this hard to find writing utensil actually included with the Himber ring set????
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Took a dive and ordered set as well Smile

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Why am I shy on pulling the trigger??? I guess I need to know how close up would be with 3-4 people and people who might know each other. . Smile
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Generally this is not a close-up trick for audiences of three or four people.
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On 2013-01-05 20:20, Rocky wrote:
...the 250.00 bucks even includes a pencil! Are my eyes fooling me, or is this hard to find writing utensil actually included with the Himber ring set????


I hear you can get the version for $9.99 that doesn't come with the pencil. It's a really nice pencil.
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On 2013-01-05 22:35, Aaron Smith Magic wrote:
Quote:
On 2013-01-05 20:20, Rocky wrote:
...the 250.00 bucks even includes a pencil! Are my eyes fooling me, or is this hard to find writing utensil actually included with the Himber ring set????


I hear you can get the version for $9.99 that doesn't come with the pencil. It's a really nice pencil.


Very funny. Smile
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There are certainly things you can do with this set close-up. You are not locked into the routine shown in the demo at all. Use the ring with a bracelet or neck chain; use it with a rubber band routine - tons of possibilities there; use it in a ring/string penetration routine. Many, many potential effects with this set! I love it! Wish I had ordered two sets when I ordered.

Thanks!

Jim
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Just got my set today and it's fantastic! Thanks David for doing an excellent job and thorough too.
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I've performed many variations of the Linking Finger Rings and David's routine eliminates all of the fumbling usually associated with this effect. Even the greats in magic that are famous for this effect have some level of uncomfortable fumbling. Just watch the Stevens Himber Ring video to see what I mean. The verification phase is well thought out and very smooth to perform. His small but necessary improvement to the gimmick make all of this very easy to accomplish without worries of finding, opening, and closing the gaff without looking. This in my opinion is worth the investment for any worker out there wanting to add this miracle to their show. My only critique would be that he should offer just the one improved gaff without the un gimmicked and traditional gimmicked ring. These are things that don't enhance the routine and will find there way to the bottom of the magic draw. As an marketer of magic I understand why he did it but his improved gaff and routine are good enough to stand on their own and totally worth the price without all of the extras. This will definitely see it's way into my A show!
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SO it comes with two different style of gimmick rings? That is the gimmicking of each is different, not the style of the ring itself.
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I'd love to add this to my Pro-Kids Family Night Show, which often has crowds of 300-700 people.... parents & their elementary age kids.

I do a ton of comedy in the show, but I also love doing some really strong magic near the top of the show that leaves people talking.

Am I out of my mind to think that the linking finger rings might play in this situation?
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