The Chinese Linking Rings. As they say, a classic in magic. There is much controversy as to its origin, but wherever and whenever it originated, it is one of the more popular effects. Solid steel rings link and unlink and the magician forms different designs with the rings. At one time it was a stage trick, usually consisting of 8 rings being as big as 12 inches in diameter, it now comes in 10″, 8″, 5″ 4″ and even in bracelet style so it can be done close-up for walk around and restaurant magicians. There are many books, DVD’s, and lecture notes on the subject with many variations, moves, stories and plots. We sold our last set of Mikame Rings, 11″ consisting of 9 hollow rings, at the CamJam Festival at Niagra Falls. Unfortunately there are no more available. They were gorgeous and light weight.
If you go to our catalogue and click on our google search (beneath our regular seach) you’ll get 10 pages of rings, books, DVD’s and routines, serious, comedy, artistic, you name it. Jeff McBride’s DVD On Stage Vol. 1 has a wonderful section on the Linking Rings. Jeff was in Montreal for a 6 month gig at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel many years ago, and all the magicians went to see his show and then came to our shop and wanted the same rings as Jeff used. I pointed to a set hanging on a hook and they said, no no, not those, the one’s Jeff used. They could not believe he used regular Linking Rings to achieve what he did. One Saturday morning (back then we used to be open on Saturdays) he walked into the shop. All the magicians used to congregate here on Saturdays, and I took down the rings and asked Jeff if he would do some of his stuff. He obliged and all you saw was dropped jaws.
After being in the magic business for over 35 years and seeing lots of ring routines in shows and DVD’s I thought I saw it all. But at one of the lectures at CamJam Oscar Muñoz showed us unbelievable stuff which he shared. Just when you think you’ve seen it all. Thanks Oscar!