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boxjumper
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Really looking forward to receiving this effect and very pleased with the method, props, and instructions. The apparatus is beautifully crafted and your receive the main "device", a special deck of cards that are examinable, a stack of play money bills for one of the variant effects and very clearly written instructions. It comes also with a large carrying case which holds everything and looks magical too. 10 pages of instructions with color photos in the same format as Larry's books.

I tried this out on myself giving the provided deck a riffle shuffle and acting as both spectators and placing an unknown (to me) number of cards in my pocket. Divided the cards into the four piles so each spectator has equal cards. Dealt the piles as described into 3 and 5 even piles with some leftovers. Counted the rings from left to right on the apparatus and engraved on the next ring was the number 20. I counted the cards in my pocket and there were 20. The total of the values of the cards was also predicted as 60 which was correct. Unbelievable. Fooled the heck out of me.

So many times you order some effect and you get some thread or a rubber band as a gaff and instructions that were written down once and never proofed. Not so here. Just started to read the math theory behind this in the instructions and the methodology is something I never heard of and I did have some college math. Highly recommended. If you like ingenious self-working effects you will love this one.

BJ
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It's a great effect ! I reframed it with a Da Vinci Code patter and 2 special decks of cards ("Da Vinci Code" and "Da Vinci" decks) with the use of a memorized deck. When I'm turned and they say the number on the ring I quickly turn the thought of card over (deck hidden on me, 'fake' in the box seen but not touched at the beginning when the rest of the materials are put out), then while they're counting I put this 'second' deck seemingly out of the box and leave it in front of them. So there are 3 reveals : the number on the ring, which happens also to be the number of cards they count before falling on a reversed one, and this one turns out to be their 'thought of card' from the beginning of the effect !
Crazy stuff !

I hope it's clear enough... Obviously you have to buy this to figure it out. Larry provides you with a lot of variations and materials so you can choose whatever you like or adapt it. The memdeck is only one of those variations, you don't need it, there are easier ways and perhaps much better also but I didn't test those for now.

As it is it's really great, easy, baffling and a different mystery than the usual stuff.

Thanks Larry for the serious customer service, the superb instructions, and great delivery and materials !
~~~~~~~~~~~~~MiMo~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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Thanks Mimo for that review.

You can get Rings of Alexandria from me directly, www.barnowskymagic.com and now exclusively at Stevens Magic Emporium.

Any questions, just PM me or email me at barnowsky1@aol.com

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UPDATE:

Taking preorders for #25-36.
These will be available by April 15.


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Here's a photo of #9-25 just finished and ready for packaging. The 25th was shipped Friday. No more until about April 15.

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Rings of Alexandria Kits #25-28 sold and will be shipped by April 4. Sets 29-30 finished and can be shipped next week as well. After that only 6 more will be made.

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Sets #29-30 SOLD.

#25-30 will be shipped Tuesday AM.

Taking preorders for #31-36. These should ship before April 10 or sooner.


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Three left.


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All 36 numbered kits SOLD

I have a few unfinished prototypes which are not numbered. I plan on finishing them by May 7. PM me for info. They will not be discounted.

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What an incredibly awesome and clever effect. I am so glad to own this.
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Thanks Boboswitch for your comments.

As mentioned above, the 36 numbered sets have all been sold.

I have a few unfinished prototypes which will be finished and available in two weeks (May 7). These will not be numbered. They were used as templates for the original 36 units. PM me for availability.

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Just received Rings of Alexandria. This was one of the non numbered prototypes. I received the prop which is very unique looking and has that antique ancient look to it. The finish is a deep cherry stained wood with gold numbered rings or disks. This came in a nice wooden hinged box with the play money, special Bicycle deck, and 10 pages of illustarted instuctions. The effect is very very clever. I followed the directions and could not believe it when the device was able to know how many cards were in my pocket and the total value of the indices. The math explanation is beyond me but you don't have to understand it to do any of the effects with it. No memory work or complex calculations like some effects of this genre. There are five different routines or applications. One uses bills which are supplied as play money. You can do it with a borrowed shuffled deck for the basic effect (# of cards in pocket) or use the special deck or bills for the one where you also tell them the total values as well as the number of bills or cards. I had one question about the handling which I emailed Larry about and he promptly answered the question. It turns out the answer was in the instructions which I somehow missed. Great effect, well made, good customer service. Got the thing delivered in two days by priority mail.

Paul
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Thanks everyone for their interest and your feedback. I have been performing this a lot lately and I get very positive responses.

I did make up 4 more units. These are not numbered (as in the 1-36 series) but otherwise are identical.

Working on Book #5 so will be away from the workshop for a while.

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1 left and 1 on hold for someone who hasn't paid yet.

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Reimagined as DaVinci Rings
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Trying to post photo of rings
Magic Chris
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Is there anywhere a video performance of this trick ?
hansonmagic
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Waiting to get mine delivered, really excited. Will post a review!
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Just sold the ones posted above.
I made four more sets one of which is on hold for a customer.

Three sets available for immediate shipment
including custom wooden case.

More info HERE

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Limited edition run.. ah ok.. four more are made... and another few if someone want to buy the effect.
I like it and the work went into this but I don't get "limited edition run".
So it does not matter if the units are numbered or not.. misleading I think.. very misleading and not limited
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