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Whit Haydn's linking rings, I mean. I have been studying for the first time his Comedy 4 Ring Routine, which is so classic it will probably be allowed in heaven. I noticed that the rings he uses are much thicker than the ones I have seen. Does anyone know the specs on Whit's rings or where to find similar ones?
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I didn't realize how big they were until I saw them up close. Those suckers are HUGE!! I would guess they are at least 12-15 inches in diameter. However, it's the thickness of them that drew my attention. You should just shoot Whit a PM, he is a really nice guy and I'm sure he'll help you. Good Luck. Smile
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Whit has stated a number of times they are made by Owen Magic.

http://www.owenmagic.com/Club___Stage/Cl......e_4.html

Very expensive Linking Rings, but of the highest quality, a set of 8 cost $675.00 in 2005, so it may be higher priced now. A singe costs $120.00 each, the locking key costs $240.00 each, but Whit does not use a locking key. Contact them for current pricing. This pricing is for the 15", but I think he had a special size like 13" made.

12" size of 8 costs $475.00, singles costs $80.00 each.
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Owen does make the best rings on the planet...

HOWEVER...the 2nd best set which is darn near close to the same quality as Owen's is PROLine Rings which are the ones that I use. They are 15 inch rings and are 1/2 thick. They are also less expensive than Owen Rings...

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JOE PORPER makes rings as good as ANYONE and his locker, spinning and multiplying rings are unequaled. See him demo the locker on my site http://www.petebiro.com
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On 2010-11-10 21:41, Alan Wheeler wrote:
Whit Haydn's linking rings, I mean. I have been studying for the first time his Comedy 4 Ring Routine, which is so classic it will probably be allowed in heaven. I noticed that the rings he uses are much thicker than the ones I have seen. Does anyone know the specs on Whit's rings or where to find similar ones?

Alan:

If you are referring to the set Whit was using at the time he recorded the Comedy 4 Ring Routine instructional video, they were Merv Taylor 10" rings. He moved to the much larger Owen rings he uses now, I believe about 5 years ago.

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Whit's rings are 15" Owen - he let me handle them at the Unconventional Convention in Cumberland Falls, KY. He said a set of (4) would set you back $750.00. It would take a lot of practice to handle these things. I do his routine with a set of 12" Klamms ($72.00).

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...or a set of eight 15" Proline Rings that are 1/2" thick will set you back about $500.
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Frankly 12s are plenty big enough. I have 15 and 18s and they are really harder to handle.
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Still laughing at the title, Alan...
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I know it's not the size that counts. It's probably just a pipe dream.

(The "Comedy 4 Ring Routine" DVD is definitely one of my better purchases in magic. It was copyright 2004, so I can't believe I put off studying it this long. Just like the "Chicago Surprise," this routine teaches highly practical theory, that is, general principles that can really be applied to any magic.)
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For the record, Owens will make you a four ring set of their 15" rings--you don't need to buy the standard eight ring set unless you want to.

Just call them and speak with Alan Zagorsky--I'm sure he'll help you out.

BTW--Don't forget Whit's advice about the extra single ring. So you might want a five ring set just for those special backstage situations.
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The Whit Hayden routine is a masterpiece.
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... in Whit's hands.
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... in Whit's hands.


Yes, absolutely,the success of Whit's routine is dependant the wit a comedic delivery of the magician. When you see Whit performing this effect you are seeing magic greatness.
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Hahahaha.. I didn't notice the title until you pointed it out Mr. Mystoffelees.. That's hilarious. Smile Now I'm re-reading my response to the first post, and I'm laughing even harder!!
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If I am not mistaking I think Karrel Fox use to do a similar routine...
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You are mistaken.
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Karrell did something with a little girl sitting on a stool and used a set of Himber Locking rings. I forget the routine, but there was a "thin" resemblance. Perhaps Whit remembers and can chime in.
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Karrell used three rings, and his routine generally involved a little girl from the audience. As I recall it did not remotely have the conceit of the performer being unaware that the audience member has not actually accomplished the task the magician dictates that is the central theme of Whit's routine
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