Name:Chinese Magic 4 Linking Rings
These linking rings are with a set of four rings which appear to be linked or unlinked
Seamless weld design makes them look very perfect
These magic linking rings features four metal rings and each metal rings is 3.9 inches diameter
They pass through each other and form chains, configurations and other complex patterns
These magic rings is perfectly made for stage or platform tricks
These linking rings may even be handed out to audience members for examination
It's fun and easy to operate these linking rings to entertainment your friends, family or yourself
These Chinese Linking Rings are considered to a true magical classic
Featuring the seamless weld design makes them look very perfect
Pass through each other and form chains, configurations and other complex patterns
They appear to be linked or unlinked which creates a magic visual effect
These magic rings is perfectly made for stage or platform tricks to entertainment audiences
Chinese Linking Rings
The Chinese Linking Rings is considered to be a classic of illusion 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. The rings may even be handed out to audience members for examination. Sometimes an audience member is invited onto the stage to perform alongside the magician as part of a 'do as I do' routine.
It was believed that Ching Ling Foo was one of the early performers of the Linking Rings in the form we know today. Speculation about the rings origin have been traced to Turkey, Egypt and the Middle East and as far back as the 1st century. A painting by Giacomo Mantegazza in 1876 shows a harem girl holding a set of rings above her head.
French magician Philippe (Jacques Andre Noel Talon) was one of the first recorded magicians to use the rings. During the second half of his show, he donned a Oriental robe and conical cap. He took 8-inch (200 mm) solid metal rings and had the audience examine them. He claimed that he learned them from a troupe of Chinese jugglers in Britain. After the rings were returned, Philippe proceeded to link and unlink them. From there he made combination of glittering circles into complicated designs. According to Robert-Houdin, he said that for a finale, Philippe blew on them and they fell separately on the floor. Robert-Houdin himself also performed a version of the trick.
Recent magicians who are known for their performances with the Linking Rings include Dai Vernon, Richard Ross, Jack Miller, Michael Skinner, Whit Haydn, Ian Ray - "The Genie Ali Pali", Jeff McBride, Shoot Ogawa, Fu Manchu, Tina Lenert, Fábio De'Rose, Jim Cellini, and Tom Frank. Christian Bale's character, Alfred Borden, performs the trick in The Prestige. 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.