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BenHFarrar
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Here is my "Shrinking Linking Rings" routine. I hope you enjoy it!

Sorry for the poor video quality - the routine is much more visible live.


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Ha ha, forgot to add the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMQd-8NUWNE
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Excellent!, very creative.
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I saw your other videos. You are a great magician!
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Truly a great artist, congrats Ben.
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Great idea! I love the premise.
Even more, I love the song. Can you shed some light on it?
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Beautiful routine, beautifully performed. I would only say, when looking down at the rings, try not to have the top of your head to the audience.

It's a bad habit I had a real hard time of breaking in the brief time I was doing more stage performances. Basically, when you are looking down at the rings, try to turn your head so that your face is still visible. Can be awkward at first, but it makes the staging look much better.

I find this is an issue magicians face a bit more than other performers, like musicians, simply due to the nature of magic often requiring us to direct our own attention at items, an moments.

I wonder if it is possible to start with two identically sized rings? Probably something you've played with already working on this routine, as it looks very well thought out.
It's amazing, people will criticize you for "biting the hand that feeds you," while they're busy praising the hand that beats them.

"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one."

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Thanks for the kind words everyone.

Chad:
Glad you liked the music.
I have used many different songs since I developed the routine, probably using close to 10 in total. It has taken me 4 years to find this one, which was recommended to me by my best friend in magic who knew it would appeal to me and it fitted perfectly. Normally I wouldn't use music which is so literal (the song is about rings), but I just love it. It is "Smoke Rings" by The Mills Brothers. It still feels new to me and I'm learning more about it each time.

gdw:
Brilliant advice.
I totally agree about the top of my head being visible in that clip. I think it is probably exaggerated by the fact that the camera was at standing height and very far back. In that space, I was very conscious of how close and low down the audience were - the first row's knees could touch the front of the stage. They were looking up and I was meeting their eye line looking down, but it's certainly something I will look at... or up at. This recording also isn't my best performance. This is a piece from a full-length show I performed twice a day for a month and was taken on the penultimate day - I was exhausted!

I have tried many different mays of having the rings the same size and have concluded that lay audiences just don't notice or even care. Most audiences have very little knowledge about the linking rings and have no idea that the size will play a part in this piece. This piece came from a 10 min silent act I used to do where the rings were introduced into the action at separate points in the act, so their size couldn't be compared. In the video online here, the rings are bought out together, providing a size comparison immediately, which is definitely worse, but something I haven't worried about as the size difference also establishes the plot up front without me having to pantomime a difficult to communicate concept. By beginning with one smaller (whether it is noticed initially or not), I simply have to hold the rings side by side and that's it. I am also amazed how many people describe the trick with the rings starting the same size.
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