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Sean Comer
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I started with David Ginn's 'Comedy Linking Rings'. Uses all eight and for me the presentation and handling of the rings was just what I needed at the time. Also I prefer, written instructions/books, for some reason it is easier for me to understand what is written than understanding what is being 'done' in a dvd or vhs. I too, as others have posted require multiple viewings of a DVD or VHS to 'learn' a routine or method.
Cory Gallupe
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I would love to learn the linking rings, It blows my mind. The only way I can think of that being possible is slits, but that is too tacky, or is it???
Where could I get a good linking rings?
Tom Frank
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Slits! What are you kidding!?
rikbrooks
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TheMagicMan101, If you like the effect then get the rings and a source of information to study and go. That's all that there is to it. I would suggest getting a full size set. You can probably get the cheapest full size set on ebay if you look for 8" rings. I think you may get a set for not much money.

Go to ebay and search for "linking rings" I just did and found one that ends in a day that is 9.5 inches and is right now at $20.

Another is a set of three, ending in 2 days that is currently at $1.75 but will probably go for around $10.

I saw another with "buy it now" for $25.75, these are 10" as well.

My sole advice on this is that, when starting out, you might want to go with at least 8" and you might want to get the full set of 8. That leaves the most flexibility. You can just about go any direction with those. You can use them for close up or parlor. You can do 2,3,4,5, or 8 ring routines mentioned here.

As for the 'slits'. Ummm nobody is going to answer that. That's exposure.
Tim Hughes
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I use the Symphony of the Rings routine by Dai Vernon - you can get a copy on lybrary.com - when I'm a bit more experienced I'll try another routine, thanks for the Ganson suggestion.
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Just please don't call them " elephant wedding bands..."

That joke is really dumb.
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On 2005-09-13 20:54, Cory Gallupe wrote:
I would love to learn the linking rings, It blows my mind. The only way I can think of that being possible is slits, but that is too tacky, or is it???
Where could I get a good linking rings?


Any magic shop, really.

But you may be surprised when you actually get them. The Linking rings is one of those effects whose punch comes not from the method,
but from the performance.
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Hey Brad, is your LR video still available? Smile
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Get the DVD from Tom Frank. He is among the best that I have ever witnessed.
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Texan Bob White has probably the best instructional video out on Linking Rings, par none. But there are no routines on this video, just moves from a man who has an unbelieveable mastery with them. Make up your own routine. Yes there are some great routines out there already, and you can copy one of those and be one of the many "who also" do so and so's routine. When you study the moves with the rings you can make up your own routine, be it comedy, serious, silent, or to music, and it will be you and you're unique performance. Who knows, one day hundreds of magicians may be doing your routine.
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I recommend checking out "Linking Hearts." Not only does the unique shape allow for some innovative moves like one-handed links/unlinks, but many spectators will not even think - Linking Rings. You also get some neat Ring on Rope effects that I combine into a single routine, ending with tying the four rings on the rope and the ends held by spectators, then removing the rings one by one.

I have done many different LR routines in the past 50 years, but have never had so much fun!
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Kent Wong
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You have received some great advice on this thread. Most of the resources will teach you the basic moves that many people employ in their various routines. Get comfortable with the moves and then learn one or two routines. Eventually, you will likely want to develop a routine of your own, using the different moves at your disposal. The ability to customize a routine like this is what makes the effect a classic that is capable of enduring over time. Many years ago, I started out by developing an 8 ring routine that played really well for children. It involved them directly and has some very strong visual moments. Recently, I reinvented my routine to fit within my Oriental Fusion show. Here is a link to what I'm currently performing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kE5mLLX1u4k

I only show this to you to emphasize a simple point. There is no right or wrong way to perform a routine. Just because the set comes with 8 rings, doesn't mean you need to use them all. Just because some performers have the rings examined, doesn't mean that the way you have to do it. Just because others use a member from the audience, doesn't mean that's the only way to perform. Over time, you will find what fits you best. The key is to take your time and have fun with it.

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mightydog
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I will agree with Brad in allowing a spectator who is up on stage to help with the trick ala Whit Haydn to "seemingly examine the individual rings. If you ever saw his teaching video on the linking rings you will know. As for examining the Zombie if you have no spectator assisting on stage then there is no reason to examine it.

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