Metal Ring On A String


A metal ring about an inch in diameter is given to a spectator to examine carefully, also the same is done with a piece of string about two and a half feet long. The spectator is asked to thread the ring on the string and to hold both ends of the string securely. Performer then covers the ring on the string with a handkerchief, and in a few seconds takes handkerchief away and shows that he has removed the solid ring from the string while the spectator was holding the ends tightly.


We have given you FREE the paraphernalia for performing this trick: 1--Two metal rings, nickeled, about an inch in diameter. The other articles you will need are:

a-- A piece of string or soft cord about two and a half feet long. b-- A pocket handkerchief. SECRET AND PATTER:

To prepare: Place one ring with handkerchief in the right trousers pocket or coat pocket. In another pocket place the other ring and the piece of string.

Take from your pocket the ring and string (or you may borrow a piece of string).

"I am going to show you an odd experiment with a small metal ring and a piece of string. But before doing so I want someone to examine this ring very carefully to see that it is solid."

Give Ring to Spectator.

"If it were not, I certainly would not ask such an analytical person to examine it. Also look this piece of string over closely."

Give Spectator the String.

"You are quite certain, are you, that there is no hole in the ring?"

Run Finger Through the Ring Itself.

"It wouldn't be a ring without a hole, would it? Now, if you will just thread the ring on the string please!"

"Please hold both ends of the string securely and remember don't let them go!"

Give both ends of the string to spectator. The ring hangs on the string between his hands.

"There swings the ring on the string gaily between you.'

While saying the above, reach into pocket with your right hand. Finger palm the ring in your pocket the way you finger palmed the glass disk in Lesson 1.

Take handkerchie the audience it into your pocket that you have an it in your right marked the conce audience sees is trick progresses ring "A" becomes by the audience.

f from your pocket at the same time. To looks as though you had just reached after handkerchief. They do not know extra ring and that you are concealing hand. In the illustrations I have aled ring "B" and the ring which the marked "A". Notice however that as the , these rings change places. That is, the concealed ring and ring "B" is seen

"Have you ever head of 'Trans- figure- ma- gumption'? I don't suppose you ever have. It is a process of materialization and dematerialization of solid objects under an invisible coat. This handkerchief can be the invisible coat."

Cover ring on string with handkerchief.

"Of course, the handkerchief isn't invisible, but it does make anything under it invisible, doesn't it?"

With both hands, reach under the handkerchief. The left hand covers the ring on the string (A) and pulls it away from center toward left side. The ring in right hand (B) is placed against string in its place. Turn to spectator holding string.

"Let me have a little slack in the string please. That's fine."

Now you place ring (B) on the string. How to do this is illustrated at left. Put ring between thumb and first finger of left hand. With right hand, bring string through ring and over the top edge. When string is drawn taut, this loop arrangement holds ring in place.

With left hand covering ring (A), hold string about four inches from ring (B) and pull string taut.

Remove handkerchief with right hand and put it between index finger and thumb of left hand. Other fingers are closed around string in order to conceal ring (A).

"I thought at first that I would show you the principle of transfigure—ma—gumption under cover of the handkerchief, but upon second thought, I believe you may understand it better if you see what has happened. The principle being, of course, that the more you see the less you know."

Hold ring (B) with thumb and first finger of right hand so as to prevent its slipping from string. Then to the spectator who is holding both ends of the string, you say:

"Now, sir, if you will please reach down and take hold of the little loop you will find that the ring will come right off. I will hold this end of the string for you.

As spectator lets go of left end of string and reaches down to remove ring "B," you slide your left hand with ring "A" concealed in it, to left end of string.

When he removes ring from string you put handkerchief and ring into left-hand pocket.

Hold ring up for all to see

"You can examine it again, sir."

Give ring to spectator.

"And if you will look at the string closely, you will find it hasn't been hurt in the very least. That's the beauty of transfigure—ma—gumption, it is painless."

You will find this trick to be very much easier to do when you have one spectator hold both ends of the string. You are advised not to try having one spectator hold one end and another spectator hold the other end of the string, until you have become quite proficient.

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