Linking Rings

(Difference between revisions)
Jump to: navigation, search
(Variations)
(Published Routines)
Line 22: Line 22:
  
 
== Published Routines ==
 
== Published Routines ==
 +
*1932 [[Herman Weber|WEBER, Herman]] - '''Namreh's Lincoln Ring ''' Advertised as "a professional ring routine by Herman Weber, with the accent on figures such as the chain, flower, butterfly, purse, globe, etc." Released as an instructional booklet illustrated by [[Nelson Hahne]].
  
* [[Harry Anderson|ANDERSON, Harry]] - '''Linking Rings''', published in [[Harry Anderson, Wise Guy]] ([[Mike Caveney|Caveney]], 1993). A brief overview of the seven-ring routine [[Harry Anderson]] used in the streets, focusing more on philosophy than methodology (e.g., from pg 50, ''"Once you've linked two rings you better think about wrapping things up. You've done it. Make a few pretty passes and get home early."'').
+
*1937 [[Laurie Ireland|IRELAND, Laurie]] - '''Ireland's Linking Ring Routine''' (1937), a four-minute, nine-ring routine that includes interaction with two audience volunteers. Originally published as a one-trick manuscript, illustrated by [[Nelson Hahne]].
  
* [[George Blake|BLAKE, George]] - '''Perverse Chinese Rings''', a now-famous comedy linking-ring routine using four rings, wherein the rings refuse to link where and when the magician wants, but somehow manage to become linked at the most awkward times, and in all the wrong places, including a button-hole on the magician's coat, and to the handle of a pair of scissors as he tries to separate coat from rings. The routine was published in Blake's book, [[Comedy Magic]] (1966), (reprint [[Mickey Hades International]], 1974).
+
*1945 [[Jack Miller|MILLER, Jack]] - '''Jack Miller's Linking Ring Routine''', by [[John Novak]]. Originally published in 1945, a 36-page paperback book that takes you through the entire Miller ring routine.
  
* [[Chris Capehart|CAPEHART, Chris]] - '''Chris Capehart's 3-Ring Routine''', published in the [[New Stars of Magic]] series (Vol. 1, #13; 1981). A practical, interactive three-ring routine designed to draw a crowd on the streets, at trade shows, etc.
+
*1958 [[Dai Vernon|VERNON, Dai]] - '''Dai Vernon's Symphony of the Rings''' (1958), a seminal six-ring routine, published by [[Supreme Magic]] as a photo-illustrated instruction booklet written by [[Lewis Ganson]]. The booklet was reprinted in 1997 by [[L&L Publishing]], and Dai Vernon can be seen performing the routine on '''Dai Vernon: Revelations, Volumes 3 & 4''' (VHS 1982 or DVD, Vol. 2, 1999).
  
* [[Cellini|CELLINI]] - '''Lord and Master of the Rings''' (2003), a two-ring routine performed to music and released on an instructional DVD of the same name.
+
*1966 [[George Blake|BLAKE, George]] - '''Perverse Chinese Rings''', a now-famous comedy linking-ring routine using four rings, wherein the rings refuse to link where and when the magician wants, but somehow manage to become linked at the most awkward times, and in all the wrong places, including a button-hole on the magician's coat, and to the handle of a pair of scissors as he tries to separate coat from rings. The routine was published in Blake's book, [[Comedy Magic]] (1966), (reprint [[Mickey Hades International]], 1974).
  
* [[Aldo Colombini|COLOMBINI, Aldo]] - '''Rings Supreme''', Colombini's classical presentation for the Linking Rings, published in 1978 as part of the [[Ganson Teach-In Series]].
+
*1973 [[Richard Ross|ROSS, Richard]] - '''Three Ring Routine''', a classical routine performed to music that many credit with reinvigorating declining interest in the effect when he performed it at FISM in 1973. The routine was later published in 1982 in a now out-of-print book.
  
* [[Aldo Colombini|COLOMBINI, Aldo]] - '''Three Ring Circus''' (1993), a comedy three-ring routine first released as a one-trick video (VHS) by the [[Camirand Academy of Magic]].
+
*1978 [[Aldo Colombini|COLOMBINI, Aldo]] - '''Rings Supreme''', Colombini's classical presentation for the Linking Rings, published in 1978 as part of the [[Ganson Teach-In Series]].
  
* [[Laurie Ireland|IRELAND, Laurie]] - '''Ireland's Linking Ring Routine''' (1937), a four-minute, nine-ring routine that includes interaction with two audience volunteers. Originally published as a one-trick manuscript, illustrated by [[Nelson Hahne]].
+
*1981 [[Chris Capehart|CAPEHART, Chris]] - '''Chris Capehart's 3-Ring Routine''', published in the [[New Stars of Magic]] series (Vol. 1, #13; 1981). A practical, interactive three-ring routine designed to draw a crowd on the streets, at trade shows, etc.
  
* [[Jack Miller|MILLER, Jack]] - '''Jack Miller's Linking Ring Routine''', by [[John Novak]]. Originally published in 1945, a 36-page paperback book that takes you through the entire Miller ring routine.
+
*1993 [[Harry Anderson|ANDERSON, Harry]] - '''Linking Rings''', published in [[Harry Anderson, Wise Guy]] ([[Mike Caveney|Caveney]], 1993). A brief overview of the seven-ring routine [[Harry Anderson]] used in the streets, focusing more on philosophy than methodology (e.g., from pg 50, ''"Once you've linked two rings you better think about wrapping things up. You've done it. Make a few pretty passes and get home early."'').
  
* [[Richard Ross|ROSS, Richard]] - '''Three Ring Routine''', a classical routine performed to music that many credit with reinvigorating declining interest in the effect when he performed it at FISM in 1973. The routine was later published in 1982 in a now out-of-print book.
+
*1993 [[Aldo Colombini|COLOMBINI, Aldo]] - '''Three Ring Circus''' (1993), a comedy three-ring routine first released as a one-trick video (VHS) by the [[Camirand Academy of Magic]].
  
* [[Terry Seabrooke|SEABROOKE, Terry]] - '''Those Linking Rings''', a seven-ring routine by comedy magician [[Terry Seabrooke]] that, in his words (from [[Seabrooke's Book]], pg 29), is ''"not an original routine but is assembled with bits and pieces from many people and many places..."'' The routine was published in [[Seabrooke's Book]] ([[Magical Publications]], 1986)
+
*2003 [[Cellini|CELLINI]] - '''Lord and Master of the Rings''' (2003), a two-ring routine performed to music and released on an instructional DVD of the same name.
  
* [[Shigeo Takagi|TAKAGI, Shigeo]] - '''New Era Linking Rings''', a six-ring routine published in [[The Amazing Miracles Of Shigeo Takagi]] ([[Richard Kaufman|Kaufman, 1990)]].
+
*1986 [[Terry Seabrooke|SEABROOKE, Terry]] - '''Those Linking Rings''', a seven-ring routine by comedy magician [[Terry Seabrooke]] that, in his words (from [[Seabrooke's Book]], pg 29), is ''"not an original routine but is assembled with bits and pieces from many people and many places..."'' The routine was published in [[Seabrooke's Book]] ([[Magical Publications]], 1986)
  
* [[Dai Vernon|VERNON, Dai]] - '''Dai Vernon's Symphony of the Rings''' (1958), a seminal six-ring routine, published by [[Supreme Magic]] as a photo-illustrated instruction booklet written by [[Lewis Ganson]]. The booklet was reprinted in 1997 by [[L&L Publishing]], and Dai Vernon can be seen performing the routine on '''Dai Vernon: Revelations, Volumes 3 & 4''' (VHS 1982 or DVD, Vol. 2, 1999).
+
*1990 [[Shigeo Takagi|TAKAGI, Shigeo]] - '''New Era Linking Rings''', a six-ring routine published in [[The Amazing Miracles Of Shigeo Takagi]] ([[Richard Kaufman|Kaufman, 1990)]].
 
+
* [[Herman Weber|WEBER, Herman]] - '''Weber's Linking Ring Routine''' Advertised as "a professional ring routine by Herman Weber, with the accent on figures such as the chain, flower, butterfly, purse, globe, etc." Released as an instructional booklet illustrated by [[Nelson Hahne]].
+
  
 
== Published Techniques ==
 
== Published Techniques ==

Revision as of 04:14, 27 March 2011

See also: Linking Ring Magazine .


The Linking Rings, or Chinese Linking Rings, is considered to be a classic of magic. In the traditional effect, solid metal rings appear to link and unlink, pass through each other, form chains and other complex patterns and configurations.

Ching Ling Foo was one of the early performers of the Linking Rings in the form we know today. Speculation about their origin has led to Turkey, Egypt and the Middle East, and dating as far back as the first century. A painting by Giacomo Mantegazza in 1876 shows a harem girl holding a set of rings above her head.

The number of rings used can vary from two to as many as ten or more. A standard set of commercially available rings typically includes eight rings.

In 1988, Japanese magician Masahiro Yanagida performed his miniature linking rings routine, the Ninja Rings, using four rings that were four and a half inches (or 11.43 cm) in diameter. Since then, the Chinese Linking Rings have also become a favorite performance item for close-up magicians.

Contents

Rings

A quality set of eight linking rings can be obtained from a supplier of magic props. Most consider eight (8)-inch diameter rings to be the smallest size suited for stage performance, while twelve (12)-inch rings are common; 15" rings are also available, but rarely seen in use. Larger sizes are often constructed from stainless steel tubing for the best combination of durability and weight. Professionals may wish to have a set of larger-diameter rings for use on a stage, or a 'close-up' set of rings in the 4-5 inch (10-13 cm) range.

Many magicians look for rings that make a nice tone when they strike each other.

Variations

Published Routines

  • 1932 WEBER, Herman - Namreh's Lincoln Ring Advertised as "a professional ring routine by Herman Weber, with the accent on figures such as the chain, flower, butterfly, purse, globe, etc." Released as an instructional booklet illustrated by Nelson Hahne.
  • 1937 IRELAND, Laurie - Ireland's Linking Ring Routine (1937), a four-minute, nine-ring routine that includes interaction with two audience volunteers. Originally published as a one-trick manuscript, illustrated by Nelson Hahne.
  • 1945 MILLER, Jack - Jack Miller's Linking Ring Routine, by John Novak. Originally published in 1945, a 36-page paperback book that takes you through the entire Miller ring routine.
  • 1958 VERNON, Dai - Dai Vernon's Symphony of the Rings (1958), a seminal six-ring routine, published by Supreme Magic as a photo-illustrated instruction booklet written by Lewis Ganson. The booklet was reprinted in 1997 by L&L Publishing, and Dai Vernon can be seen performing the routine on Dai Vernon: Revelations, Volumes 3 & 4 (VHS 1982 or DVD, Vol. 2, 1999).
  • 1966 BLAKE, George - Perverse Chinese Rings, a now-famous comedy linking-ring routine using four rings, wherein the rings refuse to link where and when the magician wants, but somehow manage to become linked at the most awkward times, and in all the wrong places, including a button-hole on the magician's coat, and to the handle of a pair of scissors as he tries to separate coat from rings. The routine was published in Blake's book, Comedy Magic (1966), (reprint Mickey Hades International, 1974).
  • 1973 ROSS, Richard - Three Ring Routine, a classical routine performed to music that many credit with reinvigorating declining interest in the effect when he performed it at FISM in 1973. The routine was later published in 1982 in a now out-of-print book.
  • 1981 CAPEHART, Chris - Chris Capehart's 3-Ring Routine, published in the New Stars of Magic series (Vol. 1, #13; 1981). A practical, interactive three-ring routine designed to draw a crowd on the streets, at trade shows, etc.
  • 1993 ANDERSON, Harry - Linking Rings, published in Harry Anderson, Wise Guy (Caveney, 1993). A brief overview of the seven-ring routine Harry Anderson used in the streets, focusing more on philosophy than methodology (e.g., from pg 50, "Once you've linked two rings you better think about wrapping things up. You've done it. Make a few pretty passes and get home early.").
  • 2003 CELLINI - Lord and Master of the Rings (2003), a two-ring routine performed to music and released on an instructional DVD of the same name.

Published Techniques

  • CARNEY, John - Dissolving Steel, a chapter on Carney's Book of Secrets, Volume 1 DVD containing two Linking-Ring moves that were taught to him by Faucett Ross and have, as far as he knows (or at least knew at the time of the taping), never appeared in print.

References

Wikipedia-logo.png This page incorporated content from Chinese linking rings,

a page hosted on Wikipedia. Please consult the history of the original page to see a list of its authors. Therefor, this article is also available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

Personal tools
Namespaces
Variants
Actions
Interaction
Support our sponsor
Share
Print/export
Toolbox