## Ring Escapew

By PHOA YAN TIONC

On reading Milbourne Christopher's "Ring-Escape" routine in his latest book "Varied Deceptions", I was much allured by the effect and went to experiment on my own. The result is the following routine entirely different" from M.C.'s.

Effect : You need two assistants from the audience. One to hold the rope, the other the ring. After examination of both objects, you take the rope and pass it through the ring. The audience can see clearly the ring hanging in the middle of the rope both assistants hofding the ends.

Then ask the assistant who examined the rope to tie the ring on and hold one end of rhe rope, giving the other to his mate.

The performer releases the ring and the audience see it well tied hanging in the middle of the rope.

Performer makes a magic gesture and with a firm tug pulls the ring free from the rope, assistants srill holding the ends and the knot still on the rope. Everything can be examined immediately after the trick, which afso does not need any preparation beforehand.

Method.—1. The working is easy to follow in the drawings. You need a piece of rope about 2 yards and a ring from your linking rings-set . The diameter of the rope best suited is about half an inch.

Fig. I. Shows rope through ring. The ring hanging entirely free in the middle. This will convince the audience more when the ring has been tied.

### Fig. 2. Bring the ends together.

Fig. 3. Take the ends in the right hand. The pieces of rope are of same length. The left hand slides down the rope while you say: "It is important that the ring is hanging exactly in the middle. So the ends must be of same length". Then you drawn attention to the right hand.

Fig. 3a. Left hand forms a loop, shown in the drawing, i.e. left thumb pulls rope extreme A. right across extreme B. without the right hand releasing the ends.

Fig. 4. Right hand drops the ends. Fig. 3, already shows with arrows how extremes A. and B., in relation to the ring which you keep holding in the left hand, should fall after making the loop of Fig. 3a. Extreme A. and B. each falls to its own side (Fig. 3), alongside the ring.

Dropping these ends is one of the most misleading sleights of the routine. Drop Extreme B. somewhat earlier than A., which falls behind the left hand. The loop you get is drawn in Fig. 5.

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Fig. 4. Right hand drops the ends. Fig. 3, already shows with arrows how extremes A. and B., in relation to the ring which you keep holding in the left hand, should fall after making the loop of Fig. 3a. Extreme A. and B. each falls to its own side (Fig. 3), alongside the ring.

Dropping these ends is one of the most misleading sleights of the routine. Drop Extreme B. somewhat earlier than A., which falls behind the left hand. The loop you get is drawn in Fig. 5.

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