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scooter magic
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I have a set of linking rings (I think they are 10" rings I cant remember) I'm not sure that I should do them as close up becouse I'm afrade of flashing but I'm like that I can have something down perfict but still worry about flashing something. I just need to know if my insieacts are right and I should just save them for large stage magic. Ashley
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LeeDillingham
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10" rings are basically a stage trick. However, you can be standing only a few feet from the front row.
Gerald
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Scooter,
With experience, you can work closeup with the large rings, but for the closeup situation, you might want to investigate The Ninja Rings. This performance piece is designed primarily for closeup work. The rings are much smaller.

Buying a set of rings and learning them is a little like buying a violin and learning to play. Someone once said, “It ain’t all in the books.” (The same can be said with DVDs.) Find an experienced, skillful, qualified mentor who is willing to help you with the rings. It will take a lot of study, work and time, but your effort will be well-spent. You’ll have a great performance piece that you can use in most any situation.

Best of luck with the rings!
Gerald
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While the Linking Rings can be performed close-up, the 10" rings are better suited for the stage.

With practice, you'll gain confidence in your handling skills and you won't worry about "flashing." It will just take some time to learn to handle them properly.

Have fun and good luck learning the rings. They are one of the true classics of magic! Mark.
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Thanks Guys!
Ashley
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JasonbytheOcean
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Ashley,

I recommend getting the Ninja Rings if you perform close-up. It has one advantage in that you can involve multiple spectators at once during different parts of the routine without having to bring people up and off the stage. I also like the fact that I can use the rings within an inch or two of someone's nose and they never discover the secret.

The hardest part is when someone asks to examine them. My line for this has been with a wink, "You know, the last time I let someone hold them, the magic disappeared and it took me six months to get it back." Gets a laugh, and people, including kids, almost always never ask again.

One thought - does anyone have any suggestions for a bag that holds the Ninja Rings that might tie onto a close-up costume well? I'm still struggling with this one, wondered if there was something commercially available before I visit a tailor.
Michael Taggert
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From Scooters Dad,
Bags for the rings have always been a problem for everyone. Last year we found some realy great bags at a rennaissance faire in NC http://www.ncrf.org I have found that there are good bags and purses at these faires that can adapt very well to almost any situation. EG my wirless lavalier mic transmitter is usually in a leather belt pouch that I got from bald moutntain maccasins.(they also make custom fitted boots and hand tooled leather Journal books) The best ring bags will be of a design that will have a belt loop or shoulder strap depending on the size of the rings and have a flap over closure. These are commonly reffered to as courrier bags. Hope this gives you all some Ideas. The ninja rings are HOT for close up. I perform a two ring routine to open my stage show. I use 1o" rings.
Mike Taggert AKA scooters dad
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Daniel Faith
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They are for both. That is why they make different sizes. From 4" to 12".
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Michael,

Your link ties to a National Cancer Research Foundation; cewrtainly a worthy organization but I didn't see any bags.

Dan.
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Shoot Ogawa - close up
Richard Ross - stage
Hmm?
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John Born actually closed his 1st place closeup act at the IBM convention in Miami with his version of the linking rings. Beautiful magic...
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Chris Capehart does the 10-inch rings fairly close up... in a walk around parlour setting. However, for most, close up, like table magic? the smaller would be better.

But... there are no rules. It depends on your style, your skill and the routine.
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The Ninja rings are GREAT for close up work... LOVE THEM!

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Think of this context...instead of mingling and doing close-up magic, think of it this way. Once you see where you are supposed to perform, pick your spot where you can perform best for the whole room. This is usually a corner. Looking out at the room you have the best angles of view for the audience to look at you. If you are in the middle of a wall, people can more easily get beside you or even a little behind you, so learn to pick the best corner of the room. You can see where I'm going. Do a set of your best stuff. This would be what they used to call parlor magic..and I'm recommending this over mingling and close-up because it is seen as something you can charge money for next time (don't tell anyone who asks for your card that you just did this for free). Sadly, because I like close-up magic too, it is easier to make money with the parlor magic style. Again, unfortunately, people think of close-up magic as like a hobby, and think you do it for the fun of it. (We sort of do.) (But it would be more fun to make money with it.)
So, I'm recommending doing the Rings as standup...not close-up. Note: Learning to spot the best possible spot in a room to work is time well spent. Gregg
61magic
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Dia Vernon did his routines with a volunteer standing right next to him, sounds like close up magic to me.
The rings are a classic for a reason they have survived the test of time under all conditions, I doubt there was any "stage" magic when the rings were invented.
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Choreography is key when performing the rings. Part of my hand, or movement, is covering the action at all times, when I perform it.
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A good performance of the Linking Rings is something utterly beautiful.
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