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Topic: Ideas with PK ring
Message: Posted by: nautimike (Nov 19, 2013 08:03AM)
I have PK ring that I purchased a while ago and am looking for ideas other than the "coin in bottle" routine.
Any help would be appreciated.


Message: Posted by: Mr. Woolery (Nov 19, 2013 10:00PM)
Randi Rain has a set of DVDs on PK ring stuff. Jiggernaut uses an otherwise normal jigger measure and a ball to do a rather fun single cup and ball routine. Flying Matches does a series of fascinating match transpositions, sort of like a coin matrix, but with paper matches.

Really, I find that I get the best results if I start with the idea that I want to create a particular effect, then I look at the methods I have available. However, a brainstorming session on what-all I can do with a particular prop can also be valuable. Last time I did this it was with a handkerchief. Turns out I could do nearly 20 minutes with a square of cloth as at least one of the active props!

With a shimmed coin, you can do a very clean-looking vanish from your hand, just cover briefly with the other hand. With a shimmed penny shell, you can change a penny into a dime. It might be strong enough to do the magic clinging spoons. Use it to activate a reed switch for a device you want to turn on without having to actually touch it. Any cup is a chop cup if you have a shim or a prepared ball. Do it with a crumpled dollar bill and a paper coffee cup!

What else have you come up with?

Message: Posted by: nautimike (Nov 20, 2013 11:54AM)
I have a shimmed penny shell, and a shimmed quarter shell but the attraction to my PK ring was very noisy and I began taping my ring, etc. which didn't work as well as planned.
I have tried spinning a magnetic card on top of a bottle and that has worked well. I've heard about reed switches, do you know where I can find more information about making/buying/using them? I'll test the clinging spoons tonight.

Thanks for your ideas!

Message: Posted by: Mike Ince (Nov 20, 2013 02:12PM)
PK rings are virtually useless for magic.
Message: Posted by: nautimike (Nov 21, 2013 06:11AM)
On 2013-11-20 15:12, Mike Ince wrote:
PK rings are virtually useless for magic.

You know, that's what I keep thinking in the back of my mind. Everything I do or consider doing seems so obvious.
Message: Posted by: george1953 (Nov 21, 2013 08:18AM)
I have had a pk ring for years and have never used it,I agree, everything seemss so obvious.
Message: Posted by: dykstraj99 (Nov 21, 2013 08:29AM)
Woody Aragon has an interesting use for pk ring and shimmed card. Check out his Book in English.
Message: Posted by: jmagic (Nov 21, 2013 12:03PM)
You can perform many good effects if you know how to use it.
The PK ring has many good uses.
If you don't know how to use it properly , either learn or put it away.
Message: Posted by: Chris Westfall (Nov 21, 2013 01:34PM)
I have this really cool idea with a PK ring coming out in my booklet through vanishing inc I use it all the time. Noise is not an issue! come find me at Magi fest :)

JUst did lecture here in canada! its always a group favourite!
Message: Posted by: AdamChance (Nov 21, 2013 02:11PM)
Prohibition cap through bottle is great.

axel heckalu had a good version of this trick too with a coke bottle.

also, coin through glass table is really good.

using a magnetic coin and a coin that's attracted to magnets, you can do a coin through coaster into glass (or shot glass) which looks very good and seems like an impromtu trick in a bar setting.
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Nov 21, 2013 03:20PM)
On me, a ring is suspect. I've never been married. I tossed my PK ring. One, it didn't fit, and two...I was called on it.

Message: Posted by: mercedesrules (Nov 21, 2013 06:38PM)
......With a certain letter opener prop and the right ring, one can cause the prop to move AWAY instead of towards. Somewhat more magical.