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Instead of dropping Key ring, bring it down to right hand suddenly, giving the appearance of dropping it.

Figure 4 8.

Hold the five rings in right hand. Take the five linked rings which a spectator is holding. First, take A, B, C and then D, E with left hand.

Figure 49.

"I will take the rings you have, sir."

Go back to the stage, and while your back is turned, perform the following moves quickly:

### Study the diagrams closely.

Figure 50 shows the order in which you hold rings to begin with -- Four single rings in crotch of right thumb and Key ring towards tips of fingers; three linked rings in crotch of left thumb and two linked rings towards tips of fingers.

Bring your hands together so that Key ring in right is next to outermost ring in left.

Figure 51.

Transfer Key ring from right hand to left. Figure 52.

Figure 54.

Reverse position of rings in left hand so that Key ring is now in crotch of thumb. You will find this very easy to do by twisting your wrist and swinging rings around the opposite way.

Figure 53.

Bring hands together again and transfer three linked rings to right hand.

Figure 54.

Figure 55.

Allow bunch of rings to slip over right arm. Slip one of the two linked rings through the opening X in key ring in left hand.

Figure 55.

Figure 56 gives you a close-up of what happens. You hold Key ring in left hand and hold two linked rings between your hands as you link one of these rings through Key ring.

Figure 58

Allow the two linked rings to hang down from Key ring. Turn to audience. To spectators it appears that you just put all the other rings over your right arm and are holding the three linked rings you just took from spectator.

### Figure 57.

"I notice you were trying to pull these rings apart. You cannot take them apart by pulling. If you would like, however, I will remove one from the chain. Which one? The middle? All right."

Pretend that you heard someone call out the middle ring.

"In order to do this, the rings must not be jerked apart but must be put together."

Study carefully how to perform the following moves Grasp the middle ring with right hand.

Figure 58

Bring center ring up and pass it through opening in Key ring. Shift this ring from in front of Key ring to rear of it.

Grasp bottom ring E at its joining with D with right hand.

Figure 60.

Revolve ring E upward so that bottom of ring comes up to left fingers. Now hold the three rings at bottom in right hand.

Figure 61.

Grasp Key ring, which is now between rings D and E, with left hand.

Figure 62.

Bring right hand up and left hand down so that rings are in position shown in Figure 63.

"Then remove the middle ring this way."

Pull middle ring down slowly with left hand. Figure 64.

Show this ring separately, then strike it against two rings in right hand.

Figure 65.

"And put the other two together again."

Drop one of the rings in right hand. It will fall to bottom of other ring, in which it is linked, with a noise. This pretended linking of the two rings is very effective.

Figure 66.

Figure 68

Now place eight of the rings on the table this way: The three linked rings -- A, B, C -- in one pile; the two linked rings -- D, E -- in another pile; and three single rings --F, G, H -- in a third pile.

### Figure 67.

The two remaining rings are the Key ring, which you now take in your left hand, and a single ring, which you take in your right hand. Strike the Key ring against the solid ring. Then allow ring J to slip through opening in Key ring.

Figure 68

Slowly move rings apart. Then suddenly let ring J drop, linked on ring K.

Figure 69.

The two rings are suspended from left hand. Spin ring J fast with right hand.

Figure 70.

"You see it is connected."

Bring rings together again so that you can slip J through opening in K and unlink them. Then slowly move two rings apart. To the audience they appear to be linked still.

Figure 71.

Bring rings to position shown in Figure 72 with edges touching as though they are linked.

"To remove it, I must find the identical place at which it was connected."

Pull rings apart suddenly.

"And thus, the rings separate easily. Let us take two others."

Drop J on pile of single rings on table -Link D onto K as you did J.

Grasp ring D with right hand. Palm of hand must face audience so that little finger is above.

Figure 73.

Figure 76.

Quickly bring D up beside K, turning backs of both hands to audience. This move so twists the rings that they come into position shown in Figure 74.

Slip D quickly through opening in K from rear to front, and let it fall into position shown in Figure 75.

Swing the rings back and forth a little.

"Here we have a queer little figure."

Pick up E with right hand and lower K a little with left hand.

Figure 76.

Move K down so that it is between D and E.

Figure 77.

"An hour glass."

Then bring K up to middle of E. Figure 7 8.

Hold K with both hands and let E balance in it. Figure 79. "A gyroscope."

Bring rings together and unlink D and E from K. Place D and E on table.

Pick up A, B, C, holding them squared up together in right hand. K is in left hand.

"Let us make a longer chain."

### Quickly link ring A into K. Figure 80.

Give the rings a jerk, pulling them out of right hand and letting them fall suspended from K in left hand. It appears that you took four single rings and suddenly linked them into a chain.

Figure 82

Put right hand through lower ring C from rear to front and turn ring to the left as far as it will go to show that rings are firmly linked.

Figure 82

Bring C up parallel with K. Figure 83.

Slip C through opening in K, allowing the rings to fall into the formation they take as shown in Figure 84.

Figure 85 shows another view of this formation, called the Iron Knot.

"An iron knot."

Grasp C again with right hand and unlink the chain of rings. Hold between your hands as in Figure 86.

"Back to the chain."

Pick up bottom ring C again and link it through K. This brings A and C together with K above and B below.

Figure 89.

Grasp A and C with right hand and bring them up so that B and K fall together to bottom of these rings.

Figure 8 8.

Grasp K and B with left hand and raise them, allowing A and C to hang from them.

Figure 89.

"The two rings linked into two."

Pull rings to show that they are securely linked, holding B and K in left hand and A and C in right.

Now release B from left hand and let it fall to bottom of A and C. Hold the chain suspended from left hand.

Figure 90.

With right hand reach in between A and C. Grasp top of ring B.

Figure 91.

Pull B up and out to position shown in Figure 92. Remove right hand. Rings will remain in this position. Swing them in left hand, back and forth.

"A swing for one."

Grasp B again with right and turn the formation horizontally. Hold rings up in front of face.

Figure 93.

Now bring rings down. Place B from right hand in left hand with K. The formation is shown in Figure 94.

"A globe."

Turn hand over, reversing position of the ring formation.

Figure 95.

"The opening of the rose." Let rings fall over hand. Figure 98.

With right hand open upper part of formation a little.

Figure 96.

Grasp rings firmly with left hand and allow them to open up.

Figure 97.

"The opening of the rose." Let rings fall over hand. Figure 98.

"A round square."

Bring rings back into position shown in Figure 99.

"An iron cross."

Swing rings back to the closed rose formation as in Figure 100. Then back to the swing formation.

"And back to the little swing for one. But the boys and girls seldom like a seat for one. Never mind . . . ."

Grasp outside ring with right hand and unlink it from Keyring.

### Figure 102.

This brings the rings back to the chain formation. Rings are in this order: K in left hand, then A, B, C, linked in it. Chain is stretched between left and right hands.

Figures 103 and 104.

Twist rings again by grasping bottom ring C and turning it to the right as far as it will go. Then bring C toward K.

Figure 105.

Figure 107A.

Place C a little back of K. This causes A and B to swing out toward audience and upward a little to make formation shown in Figure 106.

Swing this formation as you did the seat for one. "We have a seat for two."

Drop C again to form the chain of four rings. "Let us take two more rings."

Pick up two single rings with right hand -- H, J. Also grasp B on chain of rings with right hand.

Figure 107A.

Link H and J on K, working from the rear to the front. Take B in left hand with K and let other rings fall to bottom.

Figure 107B.

Shake the rings.

"Two rings holding four."

Drop ring B from left hand. Rings fall into position shown in Figure 108.

"Again two more rings."

Pick up F, G -- two more single rings -- from the table with right hand. Grasp B again as you did before with right hand. Raise right hand with rings up behind K.

Figure 109.

Link F, G through K. Grasp B with left hand. Figure 110.

Holding rings suspended from B and K in left hand, shake rings vigorously.

Figure 111.

Drop B. this gives you the formation shown in Figure 112

Pick up the two linked rings bring them up to K.

Figure 113.

Pick up the two linked rings bring them up to K.

Figure 113.

with right hand and

Link one of these rings on K — let us say, D. Raise E up with right hand above K. Keep your grasp over opening in K with left hand.

Place ring E in your mouth. Separate F, G and hold on right side of K with right hand. Put your left hand through H, J and grasp K at opening with left hand.

Figure 115.

"A cross of steel."

Hold K up in left hand, allowing D, E to fall down from Key ring. Rings now give formation shown in Figure 116.

Now move the rings up and down vigorously in the air, and with help of right hand, get all the rings linked on the Key ring.

Figure 117.

"All the rings linked upon one." Spin rings with right hand.

Grasp Key ring with right hand. With left hand turn ring to bring opening to bottom just above rings linked on K.

Figure 118.

Shake Key ring up and down, allowing the rings to fall to the floor one at a time.

Figure 119.

"And finally, under the Magic spell, they fall one by one to the floor."

Finally, drop the Key ring down with the others, just as the last solid ring falls. Because of the bunch of rings on the floor and attention drawn to you, the Key ring will not be noticed.

As Key ring falls, raise your hands upward at your sides and bow slightly for your Finale.