Maste Ring System

By John Altpeter

The idea of wearing a powerful magnet on your hand has been around for a while. An early example is the "Kling Ring" which was marketed by Emerson & West. Nicholas Night put out the "Enigma Gimmick" which was a piece of plastic shaped like the inside of a finger with a magnet behind it. Recently, Dan Harlan has released the "Omega Ring." John Altpeter's MasteRing System is the nicest prop of this type that I have seen so far. What you get is very nice Sterling Silver ring in a signet design style. (You could have the face of this engraved if you so desired.) A powerful magnet is hidden under the signet face. By turning the ring 180 degrees you bring the magnet to the palm of the hand. This allows you to do several interesting effects (such as a chop cup routine without a magnetic cup.) One nice aspect of the MasteRing is that when it is turned with the magnet underneath, it looks like a wedding band. It is very unobtrusive and unsuspicious.

Besides the ring, you also receive a videotape which explains how to prepare the ring for use, and several possible routines, including a chop cup routine, and a handling for the Weber/Rey "Bottle cap in Bottle." This video is no great shakes from a production standpoint but you'll be able to understand how to use the ring. (Actually, I don't understand why segments of this video were not re-shot and re-edited. It serves no purpose whatsoever to watch Brad Burt spend 30 seconds trying to dislodge a bottle cap from a Champaign bottle. This looks extremely amateurish, and considering the present quality of magic videos, it is no longer acceptable.) However, the quality of the video is a moot point. Anybody who is going to spend $150 on this prop probably already has a use in mind for it. It is far too expensive to be a toy.

Bottom line: If you're looking for a magnet in a ring, this is the one to get. Highly recommended.

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