Ring magic is one of the oldest forms of magic, and it’s also one of the most impressive. But the question is, where do you even start? Over the years, there have been hundreds of different tricks released involving rings, but which ones should YOU learn?
In this blog post we’re going to show you the top three ring magic tricks and how you can learn them. Hopefully, by the end of this post you’ll be inspired to add ring magic to your repertoire of tricks – it’s a great type of magic and really helps add some originality to your shows. Your audiences will thank you for it!
Pick No.3: The Linking Rings
Almost all ring magic rests on one principle; that rings are perfect circles with no way to ‘get inside’ without breaking the ring. For example, you can’t take one ring and simply ‘merge’ it with another the same way you can link two paperclips.
Or can you?
The linking rings is one of the oldest tricks in magic, but when done right it’s just as impressive today as it was a hundred years ago. It’s a classic of magic for a reason, and every magician should learn how to do the linking rings properly sooner or later in their magic career.
You display a large ring to your audience. You can have them examine it and test its integrity until they are satisfied that it is a regular ring of metal.
Next, you take another metal ring that also appears regular. Then, you tap the rings against each other.
Sure enough, nothing happens. You do it a second time, and again nothing happens. But the third time you tap the rings together, something magical happens.
One of the rings seems to visually ‘melt’ through the other. You display to the audience that the two rings are LINKED, even though both are apparently perfect circles of metal.
You could then go on and introduce a third ring into the routine, or end it by magically separating the rings. There’s a multitude of possible ways to present this effect, but the core effect is very similar – linking two ‘unlinkable’ rings.
So, how do you perform this trick?
It should come as no surprise that to do this trick you’ll require the help of some ‘special’ rings. These special rings can be bought at most online magic shops. In fact, you can pick them up right here at the Conjuror Community shop using the link below!
Did you know? If you were a Conjuror Community Member, you’d earn real cash rewards by purchasing this linking ring set. To learn more about Conjuror Community visit this page.
Pick No.2: Ring on Stick
This trick is a good opener because it’s quick and visual.
Here are some more reasons it’s a great trick to add to your show:
– You can use a BORROWED ring (none of the ‘special’ ring nonsense required for the linking rings)
– It doesn’t require any gimmicks
– It’s almost totally ‘angle-proof’
But that’s enough about why this trick is so great. Let’s take a look at what the actual trick itself is.
You display an ordinary magic wand to your audience. You let them examine it to make sure there really is nothing gimmicked about it (if you want to, you could actually use a straw instead, or a pencil). Once they’re satisfied, you then ask to borrow a finger ring (or use your own if you don’t want to risk losing someone else’s). You take the ring in one hand, and hold the wand in the other. With two spectators holding both end of the wand, you slap the hand holding the ring against the hand holding the wand. When you lift your hand off the wand, the audience see that the ring is somehow ON the wand, even though the spectators were blocking both ends the whole time – so surely there’s no way you could have slipped it on?
But it gets better. You then place the ring back on the wand, using your hand to cover it and grip the wand. You hold your other hand beneath. Once again you bring your hands together and when you open them, the ring is revealed to be inside your previously empty hand – even though the audience clearly sees that both ends of the wand were being blocked by spectators at the time.
To end, you once again take the ring in one hand and hold the wand in the other. With a magical gesture you bring the hands together and open them. Once again, to the amazement of the audience, the ring is ON the wand.
You could keep this going but this is a good point to stop and let the mystery sink into your audience’s minds.
This is a great trick that can be performed impromptu and using a regular ring and any wand-like object (a pencil, straw, etc.)
How do you learn this trick?
Great question! This trick is taught to CC Members in a full hour-long training video called ‘ring on stick’ inside our catalog of magic training.
Check it out:
Pick No.1: Ring on String
We’re not going to dwell too long on this effect because it’s very similar to some effects previously described. In essence, you take a regular looking shoelace and a regular ring, and proceed to ‘pass’ the ring through the shoelace against all odds. It’s a very powerful routine that ends with a great ‘kicker’ ending – the ring ends up on your finger!
Again, this trick is taught at CC at the link below:
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