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Last Update Feb 2019 Added John Blake's A 3
Ring Routine book
Advice: The secret to the linking rings is fairly well known, since inexpensive versions have been available for years and many beginner's kits include a version of this effect. The best defense against this knowledge is a good routine. I witnessed the Linking Rings while at Dollywood, TN, and the magician David Talant presented the effect so well, that even though I knew the secret, it wasn't obvious how it was used and his routine still amazed me.
I would also recommend skipping the cheaper versions ($10-20) of this effect (for larger rings). If you are going to perform it, you should use a nice set, which can be found for about $50 and up. It can be difficult to know what brand of linking rings you are getting, since most catalogs simply list the size and a price. I have a set of Bumper rings which were about $50 (from Denny & Lee's Magic Studio), and I can recommend them as a good starting set. The set of 3 locking rings from Houdini's Magic Shop available around the 1999 time period had great reviews for a $50 set, though I haven't seen them.
For books, I highly recommend the Dai Vernon Symphony of the
Rings book. This has some beautiful moves, even if you don't use
the routine as is.
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FOR SALE from this site. The below references are for
informational purposes only.
Ralph: The Original Illusions of Ralph Adams.
Softcover, 1994, 93 pages. Includes Adams Linking Rings Routine
Ammar, Michael: The Magical Arts Journal.
Hardcover, 2010, 554 pages. Includes Dai Vernon's The Twirl Link
Anderson, Gene: Topper's Mad Mad Magic.
Softcover, 1974, 54 pages. Included is a routine on The Linking
Rings presented with both comedy and magic. Uses two keys, two
singles, a chain of two, and a "battered" chain of two, among
Val: From Here to Obscurity. Softcover, 1960,
21 pages. Includes Night Club Linking Rings, using 4 Rings of an 8
Baker, Al: Al Baker's Magical Ways and Means.
Hardcover, 1941, 135 pages. Includes Chapter 7 The Linking Rings,
with Linking Rings Opening (8 rings) and Baker's Linking Rings (9
rings, one undersized)
Baker, Al & Karr, Todd
(Editor): The Secret Ways of
Al Baker. Hardcover, 2003, 912 pages. Includes
Chapter 7 Linking Rings Opening and Routine.
Bandy, Rev. Albert R.: All About Linking Rings.
Softcover, 1976, 72 pages. Thirteen chapters on counts, links,
unlinks, patterns, routines, and more.
Behnke, Leo: Linking Rings Magic City Library
Softcover, 1990, 32 pages. Covers designs, links, unlinks, a basic
routine, Don White routine, and Jean Hugard routine, and the Odin,
Wrist, and Drop Counts. Explanations are brief, however.
Biro, Pete: A Book Entitled Son of Greater
Magic Vol One. Softcover, 1975, 8 pages. Includes
Pete's Secret Move for Linking Rings.
Biro, Pete: Comedy Linking Rings.
Includes George Blake's Perverse Ring Routine and Pete's version,
a Jay Marshall Key Ring gag, and Karrell Fox's Linking Finger Ring
(with no switches).
Pete: Pete Biro Lecture No. 1. Softcover, 4
pages. Includes a Linking Rings Moves section.
Pete: The Real Secrets of the Chinese Linking Rings.
Hardcover, 2012, 242 pages. Tons of information on the Linking
Rings as well as some other linking things.
Blackstone, Harry: Blackstone's Modern Card Tricks and Secrets of Magic. Hardcover, 1941, 301 pages. Includes Chapter Three The Linking Rings and the Cups and Balls. Routine for 8 rings, The Dropping Ring move, ideas for adding the key ring.
Blackstone, Harry: Blackstone's Secrets of Magic.
Softcover, 1929, 164 pages. Includes Chapter Three The Linking
Rings and the Cups and Balls. Routine for 8 rings, The
Dropping Ring move, ideas for adding the key ring.
Blake, John: A 3 Ring Routine. Softcover, 1999, 32
pages. Tannen's Magic.
Booth, John: Marvels of Mystery. Hardcover, 1941, 146 pages. Includes in Chapter Five Feature Mysteries with Modern Chinese Linking Rings.
Brock, Tudor: Great
Wong's Routine for the Chinese Rings. Softcover,
1966, 65 pages. Includes moves and a full routine.
Brooke, Ken: A Lifetime of Joy.
Softcover, 1982, 16 pages. Includes lots of Ken's bits of
business, such as "Business for the Linking Rings"
Brooke, Ken: Al Koran's Three Silver Rings
book. Softcover. Volume 6 in the Ken Brooke Series. Presents Al
Koran's 3-5 minute Three Ring routine.
Brooke, Ken: Ken Brooke's Magic the Unique
Years. Hardcover, 1980, 222 pages. Section 6 is Classic
Egg Bag and Linking Rings, including the Ken Brooke Linking
Price: Jerry Salazar Three Ring Routine.
Softcover, 1980, 31 pages. A full three ring routine
Capehart, Chris: Three Ring Routine (Tannen's New Stars of Magic Series). Softcover. Simple, direct, elegant, and commercial routine. Designed for the street performer. Features a new approach to the crash linking, and a new unlink. Text includes 84 step-by-step photographs by Jennifer Ward.
Carney, John: The Book of Secrets
(Lessons for Progressive Conjuring). Hardcover, 2002, 369 pages.
Includes "Dissolving Steel", two old but little know linking ring
Caveney, Mike: Caveney’s Impromptu Linking
Coathangers. Coathangers can be borrowed.
Caveney, Mike: Harry Anderson, Wise Guy.
Hardcover, 1993, 160 pages. Includes Linking Rings
Mike: Ideas! Softcover, 1982, 28 pages.
Includes Impromptu Linking Coathangers.
L.C.: A Three Ring Routine. Softcover, 2003,
12 pages. Short routine suitable for children or adults.
Colombini, Aldo: Impact! Softcover,
1991, 145 pages. Includes Moves With Rings and Rope - a linking
ring selection using two singles, the key and a 4 foot rope; and
Thumb-Snap-Linking ring move
Darbyshire, Lydia: The Magic Book.
Hardcover, 1997, 224 pages. Includes Chinese Linking Rings, using
a standard 8 ring set. Teaches the count and basic linking.
Dean, Jack: FouRings. Softcover,
1996, 9 pages. Four solid stainless steel rings link, unlink,
penetrate your arm, jump from arm to arm, and equal sized rings
pass through each other. The "link" travels from one pair of rings
to another, and chains of three and four are formed. No Key ring
DeSouza, Marc: The Art of Artiface.
Softcover, 1995, 22 pages. Includes Ring Rhapsody linking ring
Marc: Tricks I Have Turned. Softcover, 1979,
24 pages. Includes a Ring Addendum, three more linking ring moves
to add to Marc's routine from Trifecta.
Mark: Tri-Fecta. Softcover, 1978, 21 pages.
Includes Three Ring Rhapsody using the Key and Two Singles.
& Fitzgerald (Publisher): The Parlor Magician or
100 Tricks for the Drawing Room. Hardcover, 1860, 129
pages. Includes The Wizard's Chain, a VERY brief explanation of
the Linking Rings.
Fabian: Burtini's Linking Rings Routine.
Softcover, 1947, 16 pages. Utilizes standard set of 8 rings and
covers the count, links, unlinks, chains, designs, and climax.
Victor: The Odin Rings. Hardcover, 1940, 68
pages. A classic on the Linking Rings.
Fitzkee, Dariel: Rings In Your Fingers.
Hardcover, 1946, 119 pages. Provides routines as well as lots of
figures to make with the rings.
Fitzkee, Dariel: The Trick Brain.
Hardcover, 1944, 311 pages. Chapter XXX on invention contains a
section on the Linking Rings.
Ganson, Lewis: Aldo Colombini's Rings Supreme: Softcover, 1978, 23 pages. Three ring routine that explains many of the moves and also uses a silk.
Ganson, Lewis: Routined Manipulation Parts I
& II (in one book): Hardcover/Softcover, 1950,
251 pages. Part I includes The Chinese Linking Rings, an 8 ring
routine with minimal figures.
Ganson, Lewis: Routined Manipulation Finale:
Hardcover/Softcover, 1954, 255 pages. Chapter Five is on Ken
Brooke's Linking Ring Count.
Ganson, Lewis: Three Chinese Rings.
Softcover, 1977, 23 pages by Supreme Magic. Rex Taylor's three
ring routine, moves, and some moves by Aldo Colombini.
Ganson, Lewis: Dai Vernon Book of Magic:
Hardcover, 1957, 239 pages. Chapter 7 The Linking Rings includes
moves with 14" rings such as Spinning the Rings, Crash Linking,
Pull Through, etc.
Ganson, Lewis: Dai Vernon's Symphony of the Rings: Softcover, 1958, 26 pages.
This is a must have, even if you don't do the routine as written.
Contains some beautiful moves.
Ganson, Lewis: Tiny Trio. Softcover, 1978, Supreme
Magic. Booklet of a three-ring routine for close-up performance.
Came with a set of three 5" rings; one key and two singles.
Garrett, Dan: Teasers and Ticklers Softcover, 1979, 27 pages. Rings of Saturn routine using 2 singles, one key, and one locking key.
Ginn, David: Comedy Linking Rings:
Softcover, 1974, 22 pages. A 10 minute comedy treatment of the
Linking Ring classic using a standard eight-ring set.
Gordon, Gene: Gene Gordon's Magical Legacy.
Hardcover, 1980, 362 pages. Chapter 12 includes Gordon's My
Gore, George: The Linking Rings of Jack Miller.
Softcover, 1973, 76 pages. With poetic and verbal patter
Grabel, Lee: Lee Grabel Archival Project (DVD
Book). Includes oversize book (11x17") and four DVDs. DVDs show
the history of the Grabel show as it toured the country. See and
learn Linking Rings, Torn 'N Restored Newspaper, Jumbo Card Rise,
Borrowed Ring In Light Bulb, and Floating Piano, Take a Card and
Four Ace routines. And much more.
Grant, Ulysses Frederick: Secrets. Hardcover,
1928, 48 pages Includes Linking Rings Without A Key Ring. Link and
unlink solid rings, a good method and routine.
Guinn, Scott: My Best to You Volume 3 Close-Up
& Stand-Up. Ebook, 2009, 72 pages. Includes a
linking ring style routine using a keyfob, and Guinnward, Ho!,
Scott's linking ring move.
Hay, Henry: The Amateur Magician's Handbook
Hardcover, 1950, 414 pages. Includes The Linking Rings: Parts of a
routine provided with some photos. Link, Crash Link, Crash unlink,
simple count, slow unlink, some routine basics. Okay as an intro.
Hay, Henry: Cyclopedia of Magic.
Hardcover/Softcover, 1949, 498 pages. The entries under L include,
of course, the Linking Rings and provides a full routine.
Hayden, Allen: Fancy Linking Ring Routine. Softcover, 1983, 18
pages. Allen's is a 5 ring comedy routine (chain of 3 not used)
Haydn, Whit: Four Ring Routine: Softcover, 1982, 19 pages. Developed for street conditions; well regarded routine (also available in video)
Hilliard: Greater Magic: 1938,
Hardcover, 1400 page classic. The Chinese Rings chapter examines
the fundamentals and includes Jean Hugard's stage presentation and
Hugard, Jean: Modern Magic Manual.
Hardcover, 1939, 384 pages. Includes Chapter 7, Linking Rings,
with a routine for the standard 8 ring set.
Ireland, L.L., Ireland's Linking Ring Routine.
Softcover, 1937, 20 pages. Nine ring routine (most can be done
with standard 8 ring set).
Ireland, Laurie: Ireland Writes a Book.
Softcover, 1931, 36 pages. Includes Linking Ring Move, a 2 ring
Jay, Joshua: Magic The Complete Course:
Softcover, 2008, 280 pages. Comes with DVD. Includes "Lord of the
Rings", a routine for the standard set of rings.
Joseph, Eddie: Magic
and Mysteries of India. Softcover, 1940, 55 pages.
Lots of magic from India. Includes The Linking "Link” (Linking
rings done with 6 oval chain links)
Kaps, Fred: Fred Kaps Lecture Book.
Softcover, 1972, 9 pages. Includes "Real Magic", a linking ring
and silk presentation, with references to Dai Vernon and Jack
Kaufman, Richard: The Amazing Miracles Of Shigeo
Takagi. Hardcover, 1990, 120 pages. Includes New
Era Linking Rings (six ring routine)2
Karr, Todd (Editor): The Adventures of Winston Freer.
eBook (PDF) on CD, 2008, over 200 pages. Includes The Maxam
Ring Illusion, Freer's no-key Linking Rings routine.
Karr, Todd (Ed): Essential Robert-Houdin.
Hardcover, 664 pages. Compilation of Robert-Houdin works including
The Secrets of Conjuring and
Magic, Card Sharping
Exposed, The Secrets
of Stage Conjuring, The
Priory, and Memoirs of
Robert-Houdin. Includes coverage of the Cups and Balls
and the Linking Rings
Klamm, B.C. Ring Routine Featuring Klamm's
Locking Key. Softcover, 1982, 18 pages. Book of
moves and a routine that came with the Klamm Quantum Locking
Linking Ring. Moves could be used with standard rings as well.
Levent and Todd Karr: Roy Benson by Starlight. Hardcover, 2006, 800 pages, Published by The Miracle Factory. Includes the Benson Linking Ring Routine
Lorayne, Harry: Apocalypse
Volumes 1-5. Jan 1978 through Dec 1982. Hardcover,
2000, 720 pages. Includes Jerry Fulton's Key Ring Cover, three handling moves for the
Chinese linking rings (Apocalypse Vol 4 No 5 May 1981).
Lorayne, Harry: Apocalypse Volumes 6-10. Jan 1983 through Dec 1987. Hardcover, 2000, 719 pages. Includes Tony Lopilato's Linking Ring Spin Flourish. (Apocalypse Vol 8 No 3 March 85)
Lorayne, Harry: Apocalypse Volumes 11-15.
Jan 1988 through Dec 1992. Hardcover, 2001, 719 pages. Includes
Alan Alan's Chain Link, a method to form an instant chain
of 4 Chinese linking rings using 1-k-2 rings (Apocalypse Vol 11 No
1 Jan 1988); Also includes three articles by John V. Hope:
Linked Through (one ring passes through another ring, using two
solids; Vol 11 No 3 March 1988); Spin Out unLink (Vol 11 No 8
August 1988); and Link Over Wrist (Vol 11 No 11 Nov 1988).
Lunceford, Terry: Lecture Notes I, Magic for a Living. Softcover, 1995, 15 pages. Advice on getting work as a magician, with a bonus section of Terry's Three Ring Routine.
Marcom, Ralph A.: Marcom Presents Magic: Softcover, 1979, 70 pages. Includes Frank Caple's Three Ring Rhapsody
McAllister, Bob: Dot's Magic. Softcover,
1993, 47 pages. Magic with Bob's "McDots" (magnets). Includes use
of McDots to make a second "key" ring for your linking rings
McComb, Billy: McComb's Magic 25 Years Wiser.
Hardcover, 1972, 185 pages. Includes The Five Rings of
William, a simple and direct ring routine.
McFalls, E.M.: Cellini's Lord of the Rings:
Softcover, 15 pages. Linking rings book
Meyer, Orville Wayne: Magic in the Modern Manner. Hardcover, 1949, 184 pages. Includes Chapter 6 The Chinese Linking Rings, along with Floyd Brown's Bounce Link
Miller, Hugh (editor): Rink's Magic from Holland.
Hardcover, 1968, 255 pages. Features two 3-Ring moves, one tossing
a ring in the air, another showing the rings plainly hanging on
Minch, Stephen: Vernon Chronicles More Lost Inner
Secrets. Hardcover, 1988, 245 pages. Includes The
Twirl Link and The Threadborne Link.
Nosel, Terry: Chinese Linking Rings. Softcover, 1996, 18 pages. An inexpensive, concise guide to the Linking RingsNovak, Bob: Jack Miller's Linking Ring Routine. Softcover, 1945, 36 pages. Provides routine for 5 rings, with the first part using only 3, so may provide some ideas for any type of routine.
Pecore, Joe: A Sonata of Magic. eBook, 2000, 63 pages. Includes Dueling Linking Rings, a quick idea for a double magician performance.
Pierce, Lance: Roger Klause: In
Concert: Hardcover, 1994, 254 pages. Includes Chinese Quartet linking ring
routine. Uses moves modified from Symphony of the Rings, and
patter after Jack Miller's.
Racherbaumer, Jon: Arcade Dreams, Hardcover, 1997, 202 pages. Includes Poor Man's Locked Key Routine: Uses inexpensive linking rings gimmicked in a "new" way; Three Ring Classic using a single ring, key, and one oversize ring.
Riser, Harry: Secrets of an Escamoteur.
Hardcover, 2006, 247 pages. Includes The Riser Rings -
linking rings using three rings.
Robinson, Bill: Stage Magic 103: Linking Rings: Softcover, 15pg, 104 photos. A workshop on the rings.
Rogers, Mike: The Complete Mike Rogers. Hardcover, 1975, 250 pages. Includes Poor Man's Locked Key by Ed Marlo on how to gimmick the cheap SS Adams Linking Ring set for close up performance; The Marlo Rings Arrangement routine; and The Examined Linking (more on the above).
Ross, Richard: The Ring Routine.
Hardcover, 1982, 104 pages. Written in three different languages
(English, French and German). Provides detailed explanation of
Richard's 3 and 6 ring routines.
Sands, George: 53 Years of Magic.
Softcover, 1989, 82 pages. Includes Linking Ring Routine as part
of My Backwards Magic Act.
Schenk, Uwe, and Michael
Magic for Children. Hardcover, 177 pages. Includes
Linking Ring routine.
Sharpe, Alton C.: Expert Hocus Pocus. Softcover, 1973, 160 pages. Chapter 5 contains, My Oriental Ring Mystery, using 2-linked, 1 single, 1 oversize single, and 1 key; recommends the use of 10" rings.Stone, Ben: Coathanger Capers. Softcover, 10 pages. Ben's version of the linking coat hangers, came with the Delben Magic Co. Linking Coat Hangers.
Tarr, Bill: 101 Easy-to-Learn Classic Magic
Tricks. Softcover, 1977, 201 pages. Includes a
section on the Chinese Rings, a traditional 8 ring routine.
Thompson, J.G. My Best. Hardcover,
1945, 384 pages. Includes Greer Marechal, Jr's Linking Rings; a 4
(5) ring routine using one oversized ring.
Tong, Danny: Commercial Stand Up Magic.
Softcover, 1972, 10 pages. Includes Linking Rings.
Victor, Edward: More Magic of the Hands.
Softcover, 1938, 133 pages. Chapter IV is on the Linking Rings and
presents a 9 ring routine (standard 8 ring set plus an extra
Webb, Gregg: Society of Sleight of Hand Artists.
Available as part of the CD-ROM/e-book collection The Book
That Doesn't Exist...And More! 2002, eBook. These were originally
newsletters produced by Gregg Webb. SOSOHA 19 includes Modified
Jordon Count 4 Rings; SOSOHA 22 includes Middle to a 4
Ring Routine; SOSOHA 21 includes 4 Ring Linking Rings End
Weber, Herman L.: Namreh's Lincoln Rings. Softcover, 1932.
Herman Weber performed as Namreh. "Namreh" is Herman
backwards. (info from Genii's Magicpedia)
Weber, Herman L.: Weber's Linking Ring Routine:
Teaches many objects.
Yaffe, Malcolm: Paths to Enchantment.
Hardcover, 255 pages. Provides a blueprint for devising your own
children's magic show. Includes The Linking Rings
Zimmerman, Dick: Linking Hula Hoops.
Softcover, 12 pages with 45 photos. A Stage Act performed with
four Hula Hoops. Two hoops are rolled away, and link as they roll
back; a chain of three is formed, then a chain of four; a few
figures are made, and they all unlink at the end.
A-1 Multimedia: A-1 Convention at the Capitol 2000. Lennart Green Xirtam (performance only) Offbeat Matrix; cards assemble under the coins; Jerry Andrus Miser's Miracle: four silver dollars from a card; Whit Haydn: Impromptu Card Code: any spectator can read your thoughts; Johnny Thompson: Vernon's Variant; Paul Wilson: Bottom's Up cards; Mike Caveney: Impromptu Linking Coathangers; Martin Lewis: A Sharper Sharped (cards); Joshua Jay Losing Diamonds: Diamonds are flicked off a wrong selection until it is right; Gregory Wilson: A Fistful of Dollars; Carl Cloutier: Cards to Slimfast
Alan, Don: Magic Ranch Series, volume 2.
The magic ranch series is a four video set which features the Don
Alan's Magic Ranch television show from the late 1960's. Each show
features Don Alan performing close up, and guest magicians
generally performing stage acts. An excellent comedy performance
of the Linking Rings by Richard Himber is included on volume 2.
Baker, Carroll: Secrets Revealed: Linking Rings
(DVD). In the "Secrets Revealed" DVD Series. Teaches Key Ring, The
Count, Twist Link, Crash Link, Basic Unlink, Up the Ladder, and
Steal Chair & Ball Displays. Also teaches a basic linking ring
Blake, John: 3 Ring Routine: Video Tape with 32 page manuscript. Two and a half minute routine that is "uncomplicated, entertaining, and mystifying." Tannen's Magic
Blickby, Sebastian: 5 & 6 Linking Ring DVD.
Sebastian Blickby performs his versions of Tonny van Rhee's 5
Linking Ring Routine using our special set of 5 rings and Dai
Vernon's Symphony of the Rings using 6 rings from a standard set
of 8 rings. Each routine is first performed and then step by step,
clearly explained. The best way to learn the Linking Rings!
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Breese, Martin: Visions of Ken Brooke DVD.
Includes everything from the Chinese Linking Rings
KB ring count to the KB Coin Box plus many of the tricks
featured over the years in the Unique Studio catalogs.
Voracity DVD. Includes:
Terminal Voracity (Dollar to Fiver); The Monocle Production
(coins); Mercenaring (Visual linking ring routine with the
Ultimate linking-ring count); Vicissitube (more money); Homer's
Odyssey (coins across); Pennies From Down Under (Tenkai Pennies)
Burt, Brad: Linking Rings video: This is
an instructional video of the straightforward 8 ring routine as
found in Ganson's Routined Manipulation. Brad Burt's
Capehart, Chris: Kiddin' Around DVD. Includes: Cards for Kids, Misers Dream (performance only), Coloring Book, Matilda and the Lota Bowl, Sponge Balls, Hoppin Spots, Botanica, The Rings (performance only), Change Bag, Fraidy Cat Rabbit and more.Capehart, Chris: Three Ring DVD. Astounding 3 ring routine with excellent crash link. Exclusive from Denny & Lee.
Carney, John: The Video Secrets of Carney Volume 1
DVD. Includes five routines from The Book of
Secrets: Cigars From The Purse, two Linking Ring Moves,
Miser's Dream, Ball routine with grapes, and Leipzig's Opener.
Caveney, Mike: Impromptu Linking Coat Hangers
Video. Downloadable video recorded live at Convention
at the Capitol 2000. Lybrary.com
Cellini: Cellini Presents Lord and Master of
the Rings DVD. Cellini's work using a normal key, and
only one other ring. Presented as a set of ideas to challenge the
imagination rather than as a specific routine.
Cellini, Jim: Slydini Lecture DVD.
Includes: Slydini Silks, Cut and Restored Rope, Vanishing Silk,
Chinese Linking Rings (performance only), Paperbox & Balls,
Coins Thru Table, Silk Fountain, Table Work & Lapping, and
more. Approximately 112min.
Colombini, Aldo: Classics of Magic (Video). Previously released as Classical Magic the Colombini Way by Supreme Magic Co. of England. Re-edited version by L&L Publishing. Includes: Ring on Rope, 3 Ring Routine (different from Colombini's Comedy Three Ring Routine video), Knotty Knot (sliding knots), Transpo-Card Surprise, Face Up/Down Card Trick, Kings and Pips Transpo, Chink-A-Chink, Okito Box Routine, and Aldo's Award Winning Cups & Balls (original Supreme Magic version available at Stevens Magic)
Colombini, Aldo: Three Ring Circus Video.
Comedy Three Ring Routine. Performance and complete explanation.
Colombini, Aldo: Three Ring Concerto DVD.
Three Rings (and a rope). 20 minutes.
De Cova, Alexander: Das Ringspiel DVD. Starts
with performance and lecture of "Figure Eight and Sechser
Ringspiel Routines". Includes The Rings and Their Putting Order;
The Vorzaehlen of the Rings; Presenting the Keyring; Concatenating
Using the Keyring; The Entketten Using the Key Ring; The En and
Entketten Without keyring (penetrations, even in hands of
spectators); Ringspiel Figures; Conclusion. Stolina (Germany)
DeSouza, Marc: Master Works of Conjuring Volume 4 DVD. Includes The Cups and Balls, Cut and Restored Rope, The Egg Bag, Everywhere and Nowhere, The Die Box (performance), Nixon’s Checker Cabinet (perf), The Magnetized Cards (perf), The Chinese Sticks (perf only), The Linking Rings, and The Hydrostatic Glass.
DeSouza, Marc. Prize Winning Stage Magic video. 70 minute silent act: Contents include Billiard Ball and Rose Routine, Linking Ring Routine, Diminishing Cash and Coins, and Zombie Floating Rose Routine. Also covers gimmicks such as ball clips, silk rolls, palms and vanishes, Linking Ring moves, and standard billiard ball vanishes and color changes as well as tips on Zombie. Stevens Magic, Meir Yedid.
Dolani, Uwe: Linking the Rings (German
Language). Explains the basics of the rings. Does not provide a
specific routine. Includes (excuse the poor translation):
introduction, prefaces, the basic grasps, Vorzaehlen of the rings,
presenting the rings, the turning grasp, eddies of the rings,
blade of the rings, lower arm presenting, re-catching of the
rings, concatenating single and keyring, the Ineinanderdrehen,
embracing, concatenation on the lower arms, the book method, the
drop concatenation, the belly concatenation, the impact
concatenation, throw concatenation, Entkettung Einzel-und keyring,
Auseinanderdrehen, embracing, Entkettung on the lower arms,
Buchrnethode, the up the shoulder pulling, reaching through, in
the right angle, concatenating two single rings and the keyring,
unity left - two right, the Entketten of two single rings and the
keyring, the jump Entketten (circle-let), the jump Entketten,
Three at one blow, the exchange concatenating, with the two-chain,
with the three-chain, penetration in the chain, pulling, the
rotated chain through, the G.P. method, suggestions for
Draun, Steven: Standing Room Only Volume 1
DVD. Includes: Ambitious Card; $100 Bill Switch (comedy); Knotted
Silks; Vanishing Cigarette; Color Changing Knives (auto reset and
can be handed out at the end); 3 Card Monte; Cards Across; Ring
Flight (how to make your own gimmick); Linking Rings (Draun's
version of Vernon's Symphony of the Rings with suggestions for
Fedko, John: School of Magic Volume 1: Classics of Magic: Chinese Linking Rings, Chinese Sticks, Chinese Egg Bag, Multiplying Balls, Cut & Restored Hanky, Ultra Mentalism
Fleshman, Dan: Chinese Linking Rings, Close Up
Version (Video): Inspired by Masahiro Yanagida. Complete
with four 5" linking rings. This video is now incorporated into
Dan's Restaurant Magic Vol 3 DVD.
Fleshman, Dan: Restaurant Magic of Dan Fleshman,
Volume 3 - Desserts DVD. Close Up Linking Rings (5"
rings); Rollover Production (coins produced under cards); Matrix
(three phase); Coins to Glass; Crayon Thru .25 (crayon through
quarter); Cups and Balls (featuring the Fleshman Flash final load
sequence); With bonus video of Dan's Chinese Linking Rings Close
Up Version (formally on video only with the rings; now you can use
Flip: Flip-pical Parlour Magic Part Two DVD:
Mat, and Egg; Banknote, Wallet & Signed Card Trick, and
Linking Rings (and more).
Frank, Tom: Legend of the Five Mystic Rings
DVD. Tom Frank's poetic presentation of the five ring Jack Miller
routine. Some reviews have stated that the original text is a bit
cryptic, and that this video makes it all clear.
Fun, Incorporated: 25 Amazing Tricks with Linking Rings
(with Troy Hooser). Teaches a full routine plus techniques such as
Solid Display, Twist Link, One Hand Link, Swing Link, Forearm
Link, Crash Link, Round Square, and Iron Knot.
Garrett, Dan: Cabaret Connivery DVD.
Includes: Sphere It! (sponge ball for workers); Roots (surprise
from your hat); Rings of Saturn (linking rings including Garrett's
Key Ring Display Move); Ultimate Card Revelation; Produce-tion
(mentalism); Pickle Trick; Unhanded Overhand Shuffle; Professor's
Daydream (variation of Equal/Unequal ropes); Plastic Cash 4.2;
Mutated Spider Vanish; Four Card Teiteration; and performance only
of Cardtoon Card Rise.
Grabel, Lee: Lee Grabel Archive Project
(DVD & Book set). See description in book section,
above. Stevens Magic
Hampton Ridge: Linking Rings (with Troy
Hooser). Beginner's video on the Linking Rings. Includes several
deceptive moves to link and unlink solid rings, and creating
designs and shapes with linked rings.
Harlan, Dan: Early Harlan, Close Up Magic of Dan
Harlan DVD. Includes Capper Silver (coin in marker),
Off-Beat Flyers coins across, Business Sense (business card),
Nightmare’s End (Professor’s Nightmare), Now UZ It (pencil thru
bill), Ring Around The Ropesy (linking ring routine evolves to a
linking ropes routine), and much more. 110 Minutes.
Harlan, Dan: Pack Small, Play Big - The All
Purpose Show (DVD). L&L Publishing. Includes Starcle
(circle torn from napking changes into a star); Hold It, Buster!
(jumbo card Monte routine); C&R rope (cut and restored); Tee
Bag (egg bag - production routine); Herman (the multiplying
balls); Ring Master (linking rings up close); Lester (miser's
dream); Mine & Yours (money!); It's Not the Size (growing and
Harlan, Dan: Harlan, Dan: The Band Shark. Impromptu rubber band magic video contains over a dozen rubber band effects and two bonus routines: Ring Around the Ropesy, a Linking Rings and Ropes Routine, and Tame Cards, a clever, non-gaffed Wild Card Routine. A-1 Multimedia.
Haydn, Whit: Comedy Four Ring Routine:
Usable, funny routine designed to entertain. Also available in
Jennings, Larry: A
Private Lesson DVD. Home taped, includes Jennings'
Chop Cup, Don Alan's Lump of Coal (LJ. Version), Peripatetic
Coins, The Chinese Connection (explanation only), Cigarette
Manipulations, Larry's Linking Ring Routine, Coins Through the
Table, L.J. Four Coins Across, Coin Through Spectator's Fist,
Open Travellers, Nowhere and Everywhere Again, and The Visitor.
Klause, Roger: Encore Performance DVD (and Vol 2 video): DVD includes: Full Value, Anytime Aces, Triple Play, Ringmaster, The Name is the Same, and Chinese Quartet 4 ring routine, among much more. 85 minutes.
Krenzel, Ken: Ken Krenzel Video 5 - Up Close.
Includes: Bewildering Coin clean vanish; Versatile Krenzel Vanish
coin vanish with a pen; Balducci Extraction coin vanish; New
Concept Coin Vanish; Dropsey Vanish while dropped into the other
hand; Bloodhound Coin coin finds selected card; Krenzel Card
Turnover for Matrix; On the Ledge coin production from cards; Deck
Slider coin vanishes when slid from deck; Krenzel Linking Ring
Move with two solid rings; Marionette Multiple Coin Vanish;
Impromptu Zig Zag playing cards.
Kramien, Stan: Magic Classics DVD. Includes Vanishing Wand, Chinese Sticks, Card Stab, Rabbit Pan, Sliding Die Box, Passé Bottles, Linking Rings, Vanishing Bird Cage and Bonus Cracker Jacks. Stevens Magic
L&L Publishing: World's Greatest Magic Series - The
Secrets of the Linking Rings DVD. This great almost 2
hour compilation includes Jeff McBride's 6 Ring
Commando Routine, Aldo Colombini's 3 Ring Routine, Dan Harlan's
8 Ring Ringmaster Routine, Al Schneider's 5 Ring Routine, Dan
Fleshman's Close-Up Linking Rings, and Dai Vernon's Symphony of
L&L Publishing: World's Greatest Magic Series - The Secrets of Stand Up Magic Volume 2 DVD. Includes: Professor's Nightmare (Michael Finney), Champagne Production (Flip), 110 lb Card Trick (Michael Ammar), A Visit From Rocco (Michael Close), Sucker Egg & Hanky (Steve Dacri), Vernon's Linking Rings (Steve Draun), Coke Bottle Vanish / Glass of Water Production / Water in the News (Fielding West), The Four and a Half of Diamonds (Eddie Tullock).
Lancaster, Lou: Teaches Linking Rings
International Magician's Society (IMS) Volume 26: Teaches a
complete ring routine, Roy Benson's Silent Link, Tommy Dowd's Spin
Unlink, and many other moves.
Levent: Levent's Ultimate Guide to the
Linking Rings (DVD). 4 DVD Set. Seven hours of sleights,
tricks and routines of the Masters. Featuring Levent’s original
11-ring routine, plus the Linking Ring routines of Roy Benson,
Chung Ling Soo, Dai Vernon, Robert-Houdin, Claudius Odin, Paul
Potassy, Jack Miller and others. $60.
Ogawa, Shoot: The Ninja Rings DVD. Close Up
Linking Ring Routine. Based on Masahiro Yanagida's Ninja Rings
routine. Rings used are 4.5" and routine is designed for close-up,
walk-around, or table magic. Includes Ogawa's performance before a
live audience. See Ninja Rings product below. Bob Kohler Magic
Pendragon, Jonathan &
Charlotte: The Magic
of the Pendragons DVD Volume 3. Includes: The Linking
Rings explanation, timing, and safety; Sands of
Egypt; Kellar Rope Tie; Head Twister; World's Greatest Feet of
Magic; and an interview.
Randall, Chris: Live at the Magic Castle DVD.
Includes Desert Rose (paper rose effects); 7
Digits (get a girl's phone number); Balls From the Mouth (sponge
ball); The Exchange (business card); Swoosh (deck switch);
Scandal Switch (for your linking ring routine); and more.
The Impromptu Miracles of Bob
Read, The Lost Footage DVD. Originally released by
Videonics and now digitally restored along with some never
before released material. Includes: Haunted Hanky, Bottle
Production, Gypsy Thread, Torn & Restored Newspaper
(performance only), Knife Through Coat, Linking Rings
(performance only), Transpo Tumbler, Coins & Hanky,
Handkerchief Dancer, Handkerchief Rabbit, Four Coins and a
Glass, Card To Wallet (performance only), Professor’s Nightmare
(performance only), Watch Steal (performance only), Silk Through
Cup Handle. By L&L Publishing.
Robbins, D (EZ magic): All About Linking Rings Video: Learn Magic Vol 2 #5
Ross, Richard: Greater Magic V27: Cane transformations, Billiard Balls, Invisible Thumbtips, Coins in Glass, Das Ringspeil (linking rings), Giant card fans performance. Stevens Magic
Society of American Magicians (SAM): Magic from MUM Video. Vintage footage with reprinted notes from MUM magazine. Count Artell - coin penetration; John Mintz - Point of View; Bill Wisch - Two Ring Routines; Ken Krenzel - Matrix Utility Move; Jack Malon - Back to back prediction; Paul Zevin - Sympathetic Coins; Warren J. Kaps - Ring Flight, Version 3.02; Marshall Johnson - Fighting Cats and Dogs; Herb Zarrow - Long and short spell, etc.; Jose de la Torre - The incredible linking pins.Schneider, Al: Al Schneider Technique, Volume 4-Stand Up DVD. Al Schneider performs and teaches a 15 minute act including the Linking Rings (5 ring routine), Rope knot routine, Golf Balls (produced from silk, appear, disappear, giant ball climax; all from the pockets), Coin Tray Routine, Fusion (four ropes join and can be examined), and Zombie. 74 minutes.
Skinner, Michael, Master Teach In DVD. This DVD contains all three of the Master Teach-In videos in one volume. (The separate videos may also still be available in some places). Includes the Color Changing Knife routine, Ring On Stick, and Linking Rings. Original videos were produced in 1998. The color changing knives is an approximately 15 minute presentation of Skinner's commercial color changing knife routine with standard and not-so-standard moves. The Linking Rings routine uses 3 rings.
Smith, Samuel Patrick: Chain Reaction DVD. SPS Productions. Live performance combined with an easy to follow explanation including close-ups and slow motion. Includes Simple Count; Strike Link; Tumbling Ring; Figures; and more. 1995. About 15 Minutes. Stevens Magic
Sterling Steal: Monster Rings DVD. Sterling
Steal's routine for the 17" and larger linking rings (though any
size ring can be used).
Stevens Magic Greater Magic Library Teach In: The Linking Rings DVD. Includes Richard Ross' three ring routine, Max Hapner's three ring routine, Jay Marshall's comedy five ring routine, and Samuel Patrick Smith's 8 ring routine involving children. Highly recommended; the routine by Richard Ross alone is worth the price in my opinion! (Video on clearance) Stevens Magic
Stoner, Dick: I Spell Magic F-U-N Volume 1
(Video only). Spell Magic F-U-N; Linking Rings in the Buttonhole;
The Columbo Clincher; It's a Snap; Las Vegas Switch; The Classic
Force; Buckle Count; and more. Stevens
Tran, Quoc Tien: Complete Work on Linking Rings.
DVD, 2 hours. Includes 3, 4, 6 and 8 ring routines, moves,
presentation tips, etc.
Vernon, Dai: Revelations V3&4: Note: This is a remaster of the Videonics series and contains two volumes on one tape Volume 3: The Travellers, Kangaroo Coins, Balls in the Net, Jumping Jacks, Tenkai Palm Volume 4: Symphony of the Rings, Tenkai Switch, Coins and Champagne Glass, Super Coin Vanish
Vernon, Dai: Revelations V7&8: Note:
This is a remaster of the Videonics series containing two volumes
on one tape Volume 7: Unpublished Linking Ring Move: the Vernon No
Key Linking, 5 Card mental Force, Thoughts on the Stop Trick,
Taking Advantage of Good Breaks, Trick that cannot be Explained,
Cutting Trick, Card Palming Volume 8: Diagonal Palm shift, Hand
washing move, top palms, french pass, and more cards.
Vincent, Michael: Elegant Deceptions DVD Set.
From Alakazam Magic. Disc one includes a live parlor show
including: The Symphony of the Rings, The Rubber Band Trick, The
Hanging Coins, The Bill Switch Routine, The Card up The Sleeve,
The Ultimate Travelers, The Ladies Looking Glass.
Voitko, Victor: Victor Voitko's Magic DVD Set. Performance video set includes Flying Linking Rings as performed TV Spain, 1999, and Circus Salto Nataly, Switzerland, 2006, among many other shows. Stevens Magic
White, Bob: The Chinese Linking Rings - A Practical Approach DVD. By Scapegrace Pictures. Contents include Key Rings, Drop Count, Odin Count, Two Ring Links, Crash Link, Twisting Link & Unlink, Swing Link, Pull Through Unlink, Turning the Rings, Spinning the Rings, MidAir Three Ring Link, Three Ring Unlink, Rink's Interlude, Four Ring Links, Falling Ring, Two in Two & Eight Places, Figures, Five Rings, Linking Six Rings, Endings (Vernon & Rink), Threadbone Link, MidAir Link, Spinning Crash, Oversize Ring, Spectator Crash, and more.
Bumper Linking Rings: Available in various sizes. Nice, good quality starter sets. About $50 or so. Denny & Lee's Magic Studio
Capstone Magic Ultra Pro Linking Rings: Made of 3/8 inch thick hollow stainless steel tube, polished to a high shine, 12" diameter. Lightweight with a heavy look, and sound when hit together. In 2004, a set of 8 rings cost $400. Please note that Capstone Magic no longer makes Linking Rings (note as of Dec 2010) Capstone Magic
Caveney, Mike: Impromptu Linking Coathangers:
A routine for use with standard hangers is available for about $4,
or the entire routine with professional chromed hangers, hack saw,
and more is available for $130. The techniques are completely
different... Mike Caveney's Magic
Comic, Andy: Andy Comic DVD Magic Tricks Linking
Rings. Beginner's set of 4 smaller rings with a DVD
instruction video included in a blister pack. Around $12.
Dutch Illusion Design
(Netherlands): Giant Linking Rings. Dutch Illusion Design
Empire Magic: Chinese Linking Rings. 4" set
of linking rings for close up with written routine.
Enardoe: Tru-Tone Rings. Linking rings
that "ring like a bell". In 8" and 10" models(?). No longer
Fantasma Magic Linking Rings and DVD.
Beginner's set of small linking rings with a how-to DVD. Around
Funtime Magic: Linking Rings (Calcutta,
India): Economy models - 8" or 10". From the website: "We
make several models of Linking Rings, in various sizes. The iron
plated models are economical, but have a limited life, as the
plating will flake, and the rings with rust over time. The
Stainless Steel models prove more than twice as expensive. We have
now produced rings in a stainless metal, that will not rust, and
has no flaking problems. It gives you the long life of SS rings,
at a much more economical cost...made from solid rod about 5 mm
dia, each set is a standard set of 8 rings." Includes32 page
Linking Ring Tutor with four routines using 3, 4, 6, and all
Garrett, Matthew: Linking Rings Close Up. Set
of four 4.5" rings and a pull string bag. $30
Houdini Linking Rings: Three ring set with 10" magnetic locking key. Most of the reviews of this set state they are very good for the money. An 8 ring set is also available. $50 (3 rings) Houdini's Magic Shop.
Klamm Locking Linking Rings:
Quantum Q Locking Key Ring 12" set of 3. Precision tooled. 10"
ring also available (notch lock, matches Rings & Things and
Bumper 10" rings). $59 Klamm Magic
MagicMakers: Dragonfly Rings. 2.3" pocket
sized rings and instructional DVD featuring Ben Salinas. Includes
4 rings. $20.
MagicMakers: Perfect Linking Rings. Brass
rings plated in chrome, feature a gravity locking system. Set of
three 12" rings. $130.
MagiKraft: McAbee Rings: Close Up Linking Rings. Spectators can link and unlink the rings, and they can be examined at the end of the routine. Rings are bracelet size and available in two versions. A standard set with rings, instructions, storage box, and video is available for $50. An upgrade set of solid nickel silver with no plating to chip off and produced by James P. Riser are $95, or $120 with video. See also video available separately above. MagiKraft; Denny & Lee's
Includes three 8 inch Black Hematite
bracelets. They need to be unscrewed to be opened, yet magically
link and unlink. $50
Linking Rings. Set of
nine 11" high quality rings. Around the $300 price range.
Magic Supplies: Quadro
Vicious Circle Linking Rings. A set of barbed wire
linking rings. Invented by Hughie O'Neill and includes routine by
Terry Seabrooke. $150. Available at Stevens Magic.
Merlins Wakefield: Newman Rings (Derek Newman).
Very unique linking rings made of beryllium copper (from Harrier
Jet Engines) and they are flat, rather than rounded. Originally
released in the early 1980's. Comes as a set of 3 rings with
instruction book. Exclusive to Merlins Wakefield (U.K.) £55
Ogawa, Shoot: Ninja Rings. Smaller 4.5" rings designed for the Ninja Rings routine (see DVD above). The Ninja Rings are seamlessly welded then coated with very heavy nickel plating to last for many years under constant use. $30 Bob Kohler Magic
Owen Magic Supreme Linking Rings No. 4148 The Ultimate
Linking Rings. Tuned to give a clear vibrant ring.
Lightweight hollow rings made from high grade highly polished
stainless steel. Available in 10", 12", and 15" diameters. Can be
purchased in singles, or sets of 2, 3, or 8 rings. Oversized,
Undersized, and Locking Key Rings are available. Solid rings in 8"
are also available. Owen Magic
Porper, Joe: Master Key Ring. Locking/unlocking key ring that automatically opens by
striking one ring against the other. Comes with key ring and two
solid steel 13" rings, carry bag, and instructions. $450.
Porper, Joe: Mini Ghost Rings. Five-inch rings are made of stainless steel, beautifully polished. Key is not a locking key, yet allows other rings to visibly "melt" together. With three rings, custom carrying bag; and a full routine written by Jonathan Brown. $125
Proline Magic: Linking Rings (Clifford
Wiggs). Outstanding, large 13" aluminum rings. Rings "chime" when
hit together. Feature a locking ring. Each ring goes through a
5-step quality process that looks exactly like chrome. 3/8"
diameter. 3-Ring Set $160; 8-Ring Set $260. Proline Magic
Redefine Magic: Redefine Pro Rings. Handmade
rings. 8 ring set 12 inches of stainless steel and seamless
welding. Includes carry bag. $280.
Rings 'N Things: Solid Carbon Steel Plated rings.
No longer available.
RNT2: Solid Stainless Steel Rings.
12" heavy rings. No longer available.
Romhany, Paul: Linking
Hearts. Includes four 5” heart-shaped triple plated
metal rings that can fit in your pocket. The heart shape allows
for moves not possible with standard rings. Also includes a DVD
with Romhany's routine and bonus ideas. DVD also includes a ring
on string routine, "Heart String".
Royal Magic: Linking Rings. Inexpensive in 5" or 8" sizes.
Sankey, Jay: 3 Ring Circus (DVD + Rings).
Linking ring routine using key ring rings. Plus 8 other routines:
Dowsing, Economic Risks (mentalist), Hot Date coin transpo, Sudden
Triumph, Kung Fu Coin Change, Collateral Damage vanish &
appearance of a signed bill, Menage a Trois mental sandwich
effect, and Yes & No killer card effect. Comes with custom
S.S. Adams: Linking Rings. Inexpensive 5
Sterling Steal: 17 Inch Linking 3 Ring Set.
17 inches in diameter. Light weight, Perfectly balanced, Highly
Polished to a merrow finish, NO weld marks and ring like a bell.
With magnetic locking key ring. $240. A 30" set is also available!
$1200. Sterling Steal
Stevens Magic: Giant Linking Rings: Huge,
15" rings constructed of 1/2" diameter hollow aluminum. 3-Ring Set
$115. Stevens Magic
Stevens Magic: Linking Rings with Locking Key. Hollow, Locking Key, Linking Rings. Light-weight, 10-inch, hollow rings are crafted of anodized aluminum. $85 Stevens Magic
Tannen Super Locking Rings. 11" rings, 5/16" thick of anodized aluminum with magnetic locking mechanism. Set of 3: $120, Set of 8: $240 Tannen's Magic
Tannen Linking Rings: Set-8 Rings 5"
Standard size key ring $8.50, Set-8 Rings 8" Professional
size-standard key ring $29.95, Set-8 Rings 10" High Chrome $37.50
Taylor, Merv: Orb-Eternal 8 and 10-inch Rings.
Solid seamless stainless. (no longer available). Merged with Owen
Van Dokkum Linking Rings (Netherlands). Hand-made of hollow brass or stainless steel. Light, but can withstand professional performer's demands. Can be ordered in any size, but 11" is recommended. Custom sets can be provided with choices of: Single rings, chains of two or three, key ring, and the van Dokkum Locking Key. The van Dokkum Locking Ring can be opened and closed with one hand, is not magnetic, yet cannot be seen from even two feet away. Contact van Dokkum for prices and availability. Van Dokkum
Viking Manufacturing Company:
Linking Ring 3 Ring Self Locking.
Light-weight aluminum 3-ring set with
magnetic locking 'key'.
Voitko, Victor: Flying Linking Rings.
This unique set of Linking Rings also float in mid-air while
linking (for stage). Includes three DeLuxe Flying rings
made from polished aluminum, DVD instructions, case, gimmick, and
more. $572 or $715 depending on set. From Magic-Votiko (Russia)
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