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Topic: Mercuring
Message: Posted by: Stig (Feb 2, 2005 05:26AM)
I know this new trick by Jay Sankey has been mentioned in a different thread, but I start one for this effect only.

Penguin just posted a demo video for Mercuring. It looks quite nice. Did any of you guys buy it? Is it any good?

Message: Posted by: PAN (Feb 2, 2005 06:27AM)
Looks good. Reads good, but then what doesn't? The strength of what is stated in this effect is the "through a spectators finger" portion. If it is readily done on a spectator, then I'm sold
Message: Posted by: warren (Feb 2, 2005 09:15AM)
I just checked the demo out and felt to much time was spent talking about the effect rather than demonstrating it which makes me a bit cautious,although it did get me interested I think I'll wait to here the review's from people who have actually purchased it and used it in the real world.
Message: Posted by: TommyTheTremendous (Feb 2, 2005 09:42AM)
I added it to my Penguin Shopping Cart, but am going to hold off like warren. The move demo was spent on more talking then anything. The effects described sound good and the fact that it is an effect that can be done ON/TO the spectator makes me almost want to buy it. I probably will end up buying it just for that reason, but like warren said, I want to see more reviews first.
Message: Posted by: Loz (Feb 2, 2005 10:39AM)
OK. Well I think this *effect* is brilliant. I do not recall (alhtough my ignorance is mind boggling) of anyone doing the extremely clear and clean transposition of a finger ring from one finger to the other. It is a brilliant idea for an effect and deserves credit. It is also extremely clear to me (and I imagine most magicians) how it is done. This does not mean it is clear to spectators (I would like to know if this is obvious to them). I think, as Jay suggests, as an opener this is great and thus no heat is on it. This puts me in a dilemma.

If I were made of money I'd buy it to support/congratualate Jay on the premise.

However, I am not made of money and could make this up easily. I am addled by guilt.

Well done Jay, and I understand why the video was focussed on you talking. Jay doesn't frequent these boards does he?
Message: Posted by: Vraagaard (Feb 3, 2005 09:21AM)
I'll wait for a review on this. Is the ring gimmicked???? Moreover, working extremely close up with a ring people will ask to examine it (you can make a switch of course to a non gimmicked ring) and afterwards they will ask you to do the same with their ring.

As said, it really looked cool, but I'll wait for a review.
Message: Posted by: gandalf (Feb 3, 2005 09:28AM)
Yeah, I'll hold off too I think until reviews start to appear
Looks very good. I have no idea how it works either! Anyone care to PM me with a hint or place to look?
Message: Posted by: Danny Diamond (Feb 3, 2005 09:55AM)
On 2005-02-03 10:28, gandalf wrote:
I have no idea how it works either! Anyone care to PM me with a hint or place to look?

Message: Posted by: vago (Feb 6, 2005 12:06AM)

also wanted to buy but since I don't like gimmicks, I didn't.
The handling is simple and easy.
Look at the video, the handling is quite obvious for a mag.
as for phase 3 - if you control your crowd it's the same as phase 1.
Message: Posted by: Jaz (Feb 6, 2005 08:20AM)
Mercuring is a nice effect.
However, the ring looks kind of plain. Maybe so because of the patter? Anyway..
I'm sure that with a little effort and a few dollars that this effect could be used with a different looking finger ring.

Don't have it. Wouldn't buy it but I like it. If I'm correct, in what appears to be obvious methods, it would go nice with some other finger ring effects.

At the end of the effect there can be an inspection.
Message: Posted by: johnnymystic (Feb 6, 2005 03:40PM)
Can somebody explain this effect to me?

Message: Posted by: Jaz (Feb 6, 2005 03:50PM)
On 2005-02-06 16:40, johnnymystic wrote:
Can somebody explain this effect to me?


The link is here.
Message: Posted by: mugician51 (Feb 6, 2005 04:33PM)
After watching the demo, I really like the method that Sankey uses to make the ring switch fingers while at the same time making it so the ring can be examined. But, to me the "melt" through the finger looks unnatural. This might be a great opener when there is not too much heat on what you are doing, but to draw it out into a three phase effect with a non-visual, awkward penatration seems to be pushing it a bit..
Message: Posted by: GeorgeSantos (Feb 7, 2005 05:15AM)
Got me interested first glance too but I was expecting more. It would be better to see the ring slowly melting "VISUALLY" through the finger rather than some cover first then you see it jump.
Message: Posted by: Loz (Feb 7, 2005 06:11AM)
Since its quite a clumsy business getting a ring off a finger, one might as well do a clever switch as, or after it comes off the final finger to hand out for examination. Thus you could have a visual melt. A new kind of himber ring would do it. Anyway, good plot, but needs work imho.
Message: Posted by: silver (Feb 7, 2005 03:24PM)
Well, I have read a lot about Mercuring so far. I got interested because of the Penguins website of course as well. Everybody is telling me that he/she has put the trick 'on hold'. I was wondering, if there was anybody already buying Mercuring?
Message: Posted by: Matt Morell (Feb 7, 2005 07:13PM)
I posted a brief review in the Tricks and Effects section if anyone is interested.

Message: Posted by: nitram (Feb 14, 2005 12:13PM)
I ordered it from Penguin and I live in the UK.
What I can say is that this is not a beginners trick as it requires some very good and well thought out 'moves'. It would be easy to get caught out with this unless you practice, practice, practice.
I am a bit disappointed as I feel there are too many 'moves' and you will have to be thinking all the time and I am not sure that the 'skill' involved will be appreciated by the spectator. In other words there is a lot of work for a small effect.
I think that penguin is going to make a fair bit from the rush to buy this, but I would hold off because it will be available here very soon for trading..........

Regards Nitram UK
Message: Posted by: stphotog (Feb 16, 2005 12:08AM)
I bought it and even though I almost never use gimmicks this one is worth it.
#1 it is cheap hence the cheap looking ring
#2 packs a punch
#3 it packs small and that for me is sooo important as I only do magic in bars etc and hate bringing anything even a deck of cards (I do do that however).
However it is not a magician fooler as Vago pointed out but if you do magic to impress magicians you are dumb! Just do 1 step forget the rest unless you are on stage and getting paid always do 1 step tricks!! Spectators get bored quickly. Also through your hand is just as impressive as through theirs. When are you going to learn to impress you audience and not yourself!!!
If you are like me and like to do magic without equipment buy on the spot Greg Wilson it rocks.
Message: Posted by: eb02 (Feb 16, 2005 12:41PM)
I got it as well. I played with it and it works grate. I am not sure I am going to use all 3 effects but defiantly the basic. I am having soon a walk around show in a weeding and I though it will be a good idea to use it to combine it with the ring and rope trick.
What do you say?
Message: Posted by: **Roper** (Feb 16, 2005 09:23PM)
Hey everyone,

I bought this effect and I have to say it is great! The reactions I have got so far lets me know that I will be using it for a long time!

The rings you get are nice but fade in color pretty fast. So I went to the local mall and bought rings that fit better and look a lot nicer.

Good Luck!!
Message: Posted by: Review King (Feb 16, 2005 09:38PM)
I love it. I'm getting the "real ring" I have and getting it "adjusted" for this effect.
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Feb 17, 2005 12:34AM)
I with the rings were a little nicer quality and looked more like real wedding bands.
Message: Posted by: ixnay66 (Feb 17, 2005 01:22AM)
If he made the rings much nicer we couldn't buy the effect for $15. This way if it's something you 'll REALLY use, you can make it for your wedding band or a nicer ring.
Message: Posted by: Review King (Feb 17, 2005 01:24AM)
Let's just say maybe you're paying for the secret and the bands thrown in are an example. Kind of like a bill effect. Rarely are real bills given ( although Eugene's last dollar did this ).
Message: Posted by: kihei kid (Feb 17, 2005 04:48AM)
On 2005-02-17 02:22, ixnay66 wrote:
If he made the rings much nicer we couldn't buy the effect for $15. This way if it's something you 'll REALLY use, you can make it for your wedding band or a nicer ring.
You took the words out of my keyboard.
Message: Posted by: eb02 (Feb 18, 2005 02:53AM)
I agree and thinking to make it looks as my original weddingt ring.
Message: Posted by: mecky008 (Feb 22, 2005 11:31PM)
Hmmm. Does anybody have a video of them doing it? I'd like to see more magic less talk. I'd also like to see it done on a spectators finger.
Message: Posted by: Harry Murphy (Feb 23, 2005 06:06AM)
Mecky, you might read Stig’s post above, that is the first post that started this thread. He clearly states “Penguin just posted a demo video for Mercuring”. I think that qualifies as a video of the trick.

Plus a little later Danny Diamond actually gave a link to Penguin Magic site advertising the trick and including a demo video. It also qualifies as a video of the trick.
Message: Posted by: eb02 (Feb 23, 2005 11:34AM)
If you buy it for $15 you will get an accesses to a half an hour of explanation and demonstration video on their web site.
Message: Posted by: Dan Monroe (Feb 28, 2005 11:13PM)
Well here is my 2 cents on this.
I bought it, I like it!

Is it for everyone? NO

Is it easy to do? Yes the basic moves are easy but it takes a lot of practice to make it look good and the actions smooth.

Is the ring and gimmick good quality? Yes I see this lasting for years and years!

Does the ring look ordinary? Well that depends on who you are. It does not look like something I would wear. Its real plain and kinda looks like a toe ring that I see some ladies wearing these days. But with all the strange kinds of jewlrey these days I doubt if anyone would notice.

Could you make this your self out of better rings? I think you could but It would be wise to see someone who sizes rings for a living to do it. I don't think you could make this in your garage.

Is the routine good? Yes Jay has come up with a good routine.

Should you buy it? Depends on your performance style and venues you work. I would say if you do walk around get it! For everyone else if you think you can work it in your act go for it! But this is a close up effect!

Hope this helps out some of you that couldn't decide.