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juan
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Can anybody say something about the origin of the Linking Rings ?

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I don’t have a reference for the earliest performance of the linking rings. However, The linking rings were being performed (and were probably old) during the so-called Renaissance period.

One of the earliest references I have mentions that Damautus, a Spanish Knight, performed the linking rings before Charles V, King of Spain, in the mid 1500’s. He showed several solid, separate metal rings, and then tossed them into the air. When He caught them, they were linked into a chain! So much for the Chinese origin of this trick!
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I am working on a book of history and stories about the Linking Rings... The Damautus reference is one of the earliest, if not THE earliest in print.

I have a copy of the first known instructions of the trick in Chinese.

However, I firmly believe it came from either Europe or the Middle East... Egypt maybe.

I recently photographed a pile of metal rings, with some with gaps, in Eastern Europe in a museum dated 200 BC as well as some rings in the ruins of a Roman Theater pre-dating all but the latter.

There is a painting of a woman dong the linking rings in a Turkish Harem in the early 1800s.

Topper Martyn informed me that the Chinese Jugglers that came to England and "supposedly" taught the Brits the rings, DID NOT, in fact, have the rings in their repertoire.

Any other stories are welcome.
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Pete,

I'll be looking forward to that book. Interestingly enough I have always touted that the rings originated in Egypt (as part of my patter) I had always thought I was just making it up. Now I'll have to rely on the only other plausible explaination...I remember them from a past life. Smile

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Pete,
THat is great. Can't wait to see the book
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My wife is waiting too... (I need to finish it to pay bills)!
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I've been thinking of getting some rings. Are there different versions of gimmicked linking rings? Do some just have the standard gimmick, while others lever in order to do the link?

I guess a analogy would be in there different levels of scotch and soda. One type locks. Another type is M****T yet another type is Vodka and OJ...etc. You get the idea.

Other then sizes, I don't know what differences there are amongst ring manufacturers, quality of construction, types, method of use, etc.

Oh Pete... I'm sure Jay may send you some good karma if you include info about his 3 Ring circus routine in your book.
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Chessmess: There are a number of locking keys out there, however, in my humble opinion, they slow you down in most routines. They are OK for some applications, but to do a clean, strong, entertaining routine I find just the standard gaff is all you want.

The best routines I have seen by such performers as Dai Vernon, Richard Ross, Al Koran, Ken Brooke, Paul Daniels, Terry Seabrooke, Jay Marshall, etc. etc. (and even Whit) don't mess with gimmicked rings.
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There seem to be two parts to this origin thing

the first, as mentioned above used several chain links that suddenly linked.

the second involves larger links, now rings that link and unlink several times.

any clues on the latter?
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