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Topic: Yet Another Finger Ring post
Message: Posted by: blairo (Dec 19, 2014 08:14AM)
Since I am married I always have a ring on me and wanted to learn more things I can do with it besides for telling the world about my martial devotion. I can find an overwhelming amount of information on various commercial finger ring tricks using the search function here on the Café. But some of them require gimmicked rings and as for the others I can't tell if my ring would work because it actually fits my finger. The videos I see have very loose rings, almost ridiculously so. I understand why that is important, but I don't have that option if I want to use my actual ring. So my question is about ring tricks involving rings that fit or are a little tight, requires nothing else, and is impromptu. Is there something out there for me, or should I just continue using coin sleights like I'm doing now? Thanks as always.
Message: Posted by: Mike Gilbert (Dec 21, 2014 03:35AM)
Coin sleights are good! Also think about thimble sleights. As far as effects with a ring, there are multiple ways to go. There are always ring on string effects. Justin Miller has a good effect on The Bold Project, Vol. 1 called Bloodlink. In essence, you make an impression in the palm of each of your hands with a finger ring (any ring; even yours), and you cause one impression to disappear and join the other impression...perfectly linked. It's a great little piece if presented properly.
You can utilize a finger ring with a linking ring set. If you use small rings like Ninja Rings or Messado Rings, you can link them to the finger ring, and not just to each other.
If you want to delve into manipulation, De'Vo has a great DVD called De'Ring. It's strictly eye-popping manipulations and flourishes with an ungimmicked finger ring. Just a few friendly suggestions...take a look around and see what you think suits your style. :)
Message: Posted by: blairo (Dec 21, 2014 06:50AM)
Thanks Onion. I'll take look at some of those options. I completely spaced on ring on string routines. And Thimble sleights is really good too. I'll dig up some of my books and take another look.
Message: Posted by: harris (Dec 21, 2014 08:21AM)
A ring can be used with a coin across routine.

Floating or rising ring. .. As simple as using a broken rubber band.
Message: Posted by: Ed_Millis (Dec 21, 2014 10:28AM)
I do a routine in my kid's show where I string a finger ring on a loop of yarn. A child stands with a finger pointing up through the ring. A spider stole my magic ring and thought he would capture me in his web when I reached for it. But knowing a high-fat diet is not good for spiders, I used magic to make the ring melt right through the web. I pull the yarn and it comes off in a loop, leaving the ring behind on the child's finger.

Message: Posted by: MRSharpe (Dec 21, 2014 01:05PM)
There are a number of finger ring on and off effects you can do if you also have a shoestring, ribbon, or cord with you. There are several sources for these moves, but unfortunately I don't recall any specifics at this time since I learned them years ago. There is a separate forum for ring effects if you scroll down the list. Good luck!
Message: Posted by: blairo (Dec 21, 2014 09:28PM)
Thanks everyone for your responses. I guess it comes down looking a little harder at what is in front of me, which the point of magic after all. I'll take a look at some of the ring and string effects.
Message: Posted by: Invisticone (Dec 22, 2014 03:21AM)
Most of Justin Miller's Divorce should'nt be a problem.
Message: Posted by: jimgerrish (Dec 22, 2014 03:23AM)
A ring can be used as the distractor in a coin effect that uses a Han Ping Chien move. You can "magnetize" your ring with a craft glue dot so it will attract various small steel items for you, but not for anyone else. The ring can also become part of a "Gypsy Thread" routine adding to the story in more ways than one by acting as a pendulum, then penetrating the string or thread, and finally by spinning the ring with a coin spin to "weave" the thread back together.

Check out the ways Qua-Fiki uses his finger ring in his "Babushka of Baba Yaga" routine from The Wizards' Journal #21.
Message: Posted by: Mike Gilbert (Dec 22, 2014 06:19AM)
An additional one to check out is Personal Safe by Daniel Garcia on Vol. 1 of the Daniel Garcia Project. It's a coins across routine that also incorporates a ring. Best of both worlds :)
Message: Posted by: blairo (Dec 23, 2014 07:45PM)
These are all great responses and I've been given some fun new things to research. My current routine is to search my pockets for a coin, fail, and say I'm going to use my finger ring instead. I then transform it into a coin, and do a transfer trick, vanish the coin and ring, and make the ring appear on my finger. It's fun, but I'd like to add some more, or change some things around. I'll check out the Daniel Garcia, Qua-Fiki, and Justin Miller routines when I recover from this holiday spending spree.
Message: Posted by: MScapes (Dec 27, 2014 08:12PM)
I've blended elements from Garrett Thomas's ring thing with Justin Miller's divorce and Patrick kun's Reflex. It makes for a nice routine and can be done with you're wedding ring
Message: Posted by: motown (Dec 27, 2014 09:03PM)
A great ring effect is one by Gary Kurtz called Attraction, where two wedding rings come together on some type of rod. The ring itself is not gimmicked.
Message: Posted by: 443magicman (Dec 29, 2014 04:21PM)
Try ring heist by marcus eddie.
Message: Posted by: dannywu (Jan 1, 2015 08:36PM)
Also consider Garrett Thomas Ring Thing
Message: Posted by: wally (Jan 31, 2015 12:03PM)
Vinny marini, Has a brilliant ring and string, and his site has some great effect.
Message: Posted by: Tree (Feb 4, 2015 05:46PM)
Read Al Schneider's work.