Here is a little close-up effect that will go over well with any audience. Two plastic rings, one red, the other white, are threaded onto a piece of cord. The cord is a two coloured affair one end being red and the other white. In other words it has been dyed to match the rings. The red ring goes over the red end of the cord and the white over the other end. The cord is laid out on the table and the rings slid near to the centre of the cord. The centre of the cord is covered for a few moments. Both ends of the cord are left in view and the magician explains that he intends, under the cover of the handkerchief to change the positions of the rings. The spectators are asked to note that the two ends of the cord remain in full view throughout. He places his hands beneath the handkerchief and in seconds he tosses the handkerchief off to show the red ring on the white end of the cord and vice versa.
For ease in explanation, forget about the cord being coloured, except for the fact that rings match the ends over which they are placed.
With rings in place, lay the cord on the table as shown in (Fig.l). The cord in actual fact is longer than shown. This is in order to get the whole thing in the picture. Note in particular that the cord is not in a straight line but is laid loosely down. There is a large curve in the cord just to the right of the right hand ring. THIS IS IMPORTANT. THE CURVE MUST BE THERE. Don't make a thing about the curve. Practice a few times and you will soon get the knack of placing the cord down so that the curve just drops into place.
Now separate the rings and explain what you intend to do. Cover the centre of the cord with a linen handkerchief and ask that an eye be kept on the ends of the cord to make sure that you do not cheat.
Place the hands beneath the handkerchief. Put the 16ft thumb on the portion of cord between the two rings and 'trap' it on the table. This prevents any error. Now take the cord at the curve that you have been so careful to leave, with the right hand and pass thife 'slack' through the left hand ring. You will now find that you are in the position shown in (Fig.2).
Slip the thumbs between the loops as shown and exclaim "Good, done it." At the same time rapidly raise the hands about eighteen inches in the air. It appears that this is done in order to toss off the handkerchief that is used as cover. Indeed it is, but it also allows the loops to be drawn through the rings. There is however, a special way to do this. If the cord is just pulled outward it looks 'fishy'. As the hands fly upwards, keep the hands together. At the top of the upwards thrust pause a brief second . . only very briefly.
Now drop the hands about a foot and at the same time toss the handkerchief free and pull outwards. The cord slips thro' the ring with ease. The reason for this is that handling the props as explained cuts the friction to a minimum. If you take the trouble to try both ways without the cover you will quickly see what I mean. It allows the ends of the cord to drop together before the outward pull and cuts out the drag.
The cord slips through the fists which should encircle it and its passage is halted before the ends are reached. The knots at the end of the cord are an added precaution. If you feel these in the fist grab on tight and stop pulling. With a very little practice however you will find that you will not need to rely on the knots.
In conclusion hand out the cord and the rings whilst they are still in place on the cord. They may be examined till the cows come home as there is nothing to hide.
A word about the unusual title of this trick. I was at a loss for a name for it. Using the word 'ring' in the title seemed corney and overdone. It was then that I remembered that when I first gave the effect a try-out, the chap who was acting victim at the time just blinked and said "Crikey" so I took the last two letters of CrikEY, reversed them, YE and moved them from the end of the word to the beginning. Now I don't know which is best. . the title or the trick. <0
This effect was a development of Mike Boden's "Marked Pack" which appeared in "Card Cavalcade 2". There is little difference between the two effects, the difference being in the presentation.
Using a blue backed pack, a spectator selects, notes and returns a card to the pack. In attempting to find the card the performer appears uncertain and finally ends up with four cards. Fanning the four cards face up, he comments that he is not sure which of the four is the one chosen but requests that the spectator does not tell him. After studying the cards, he removes one and places it face up on the table in front of the spectator asking if this was the noted card. Upon receiving a negative reply, turns it face down to reveal that it has a red back. The performer comments that the selected card had a blue back and so obviously the card laid down is the wrong one. He tries again, laying down one of the remaining three face up cards. The spectator disowns this card which is also shown to have a red back. The performer's third attempt is also wrong and proves to be another red backer. The fourth card is claimed by the spectator to be the correct one. This has a blue back. The performer states that it must be and to emphasise the point, the remainder of the pack is spread out to show that all the backs are red.
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