Ring In The Knot

This is a direct adaptation of the well-known effect in which a coin is vanished then found within a knot previously tied in a handkerchief (one of the many descriptions of this effect will be found in " Greater Magic Hilliard, p.682). Using the Ellis ring a humorous note can be introduced into the presentation as described below. EFFECT—

A ring is vanished and later shown to have passed within a knot previously tied in a handkerchief.


The Ellis ring and shell. A handkerchief which may be borrowed. METHOD— Basic effect

It is necessary to secretly separate the ring and shell and then get the ring into the position shown in Fig. 28. The recommended procedure is as follows: display the combined ring and shell as in Fig. 16 then raise the left hand to obtain the position shown in Fig. 17. Take the shell in the right hand

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in Fig. 28. The recommended procedure is as follows: display the combined ring and shell as in Fig. 16 then raise the left hand to obtain the position shown in Fig. 17. Take the shell in the right hand

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and place it aside, e.g. in the eye as a monocle or hook it over a pen or pencil projecting from the breast pocket. Take the handkerchief in both hands by diagonally opposite corners and turn the left hand palm downwards to allow the ring to slide to the tip of the thumb and hence against the rear side of the cloth. Flip the handkerchief over to obtain the position shown in Fig. 28, i.e. the ring held between the two folds of the cloth. Now flip the hanging corners over as indicated by the arrow, thus forming a " tube " of cloth.

Bring both hands together, simultaneously releasing the ring which will fall within the "tube" as indicated in Fig. 29. Now tie a single overhand knot in the handkerchief thereby trapping the ring within it. Finally vanish the shell in any suitable manner then allow a spectator to discover the ring within the knot. Humorous Presentation

This is designed as a climax to a routine involving the passing of a ring on to a wand using a handkerchief as an accessory. Proceed as in the basic effect up to the point where the knot has been tied in the handkerchief. With the wand held by two spectators hold the shell on top of it with the left hand. Hold the knot in the right hand and put the knotted part of the handkerchief on top of the shell.

Under cover of the handkerchief push the shell into the right thumb palm (both hands being held palm downwards). Now place the left hand on top of the knot to hold it in position and grip the corner of the handkerchief nearest to you with the right hand.

With the left hand tap the hidden ring against the wand to confirm its presence—the position is now as in Fig. 30—then remove the left hand and pull away the handkerchief. Do not look at the wand but immediately drape the handkerchief over the left shoulder, disposing of the shell in the breast pocket under cover of this action. Now with both hands held palms upwards gesture towards the wand. As you look at the wand register dismay at the non-appearance of the ring.

Claim that you have no explanation for this surprising result and, taking the handkerchief from your shoulder, drop it on a table. The resulting thud will attract attention. Have a spectator examine the handkerchief and let him untie tfie knot to reveal the missing ring which, you claim must have penetrated the handkerchief instead of the wand!


This routine is a particular favourite of mine combining, as it does, maximum effect with the minimum of apparatus.

While the ends of a borrowed handkerchief are held by spectators the performer apparently rubs a steel ring on to it so that it is threaded thereon. The ring is removed and a loose knot is tied in the handkerchief after which the ring is apparently thrown, not only on to the handkerchief, but on to that part of it enclosed by the knot.

A spectator unties the knot leaving the ring threaded on the handkerchief which is then tied around the performer's hand, the ring being visible throughout. On shaking the cloth encircled hand over that of a spectator, the ring drops clean off and the handkerchief, still knotted, is immediately returned to its owner. Thus a very satisfactory climax is obtained with all the visible apparatus in the hands of the spectators.


The Ellis ring and shell.

The three phases of the routine will be described separately—in practice each leads naturally into the next. Phase 1.

This is a direct adaptation of the " Ring of Thoth " effect (see Ref. 15). Borrow a handkerchief and hold by one corner in the right hand. Display the combined ring and shell in the left hand then perform the Howie "Pick up" move reaching the position shown in Fig. 12. Thrust the corner of the handkerchief through the hidden ring and take the shell in the right hand (close the left fingers around the ring and handkerchief). Use the right second and third fingers to pull the handkerchief half way through the left fist then turn the left hand palm downwards.

With the left hand pointing half right put the shell part way between the left first and second fingers as shown In Fig. 31. Move the right hand so that it may be seen to be empty, take the shell back for a further brief display then apparently replace it as in Fig. 31. This time, however, you actually allow the shell to slide back within the right fingers simultaneously using the left thumb to push the solid ring outwards between the first and second fingers so that the appearance is unaltered. Let the right hand fall to the side and, facing front, have the ends of the handkerchief held by two spectators.

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With a grabbing action enclose the ring within the left hand then, after some kneading of the left fingers, remove the left hand to reveal the ring threaded upon the handkerchief.

NOTE—If desired, this phase of the routine may be repeated without using the shell thus ; Temporarily dispose of the shell (e.g. to a clip) then perform Hans Trixer's " Epilogue to Thoth " (Ref. 16) at the conclusion of which the shell must be regained in the rigTit hand.

Phase 2.

Offer to attempt a more ambitious feat. Hold the handkerchief on the upturned left hand and bring the right hand over to " remove the ring." Actually leave the ring on the handkerchief closing the left fingers over it as the right hand encircles the handkerchief just below the ring. Move the right hand along and off the handkerchief,

immediately displaying the shell as the ring. Place the shell aside (in the eye, over a pencil in the breast pocket, etc.), then tie a loose single overhand knot in the handkerchief. Fig. 32 shows the position just before the knot is tied. When the knot has been formed loosely take particular care to ensure that the ring will be hidden by the knot before finally removing the handkerchief from the left hand. Hold the handkerchief by one corner in the left hand so that the ring is facing towards the rear. Take the shell in the right hand—the position as seen from the rear is now as in Fig. 33.

Make three throwing motions of the right hand towards the knot and, on the third " throw," quickly thumb palm the shell and let the right fingertips just touch the knot. Immediately grip the lower corner of the handkerchief in the right hand and twirl the handkerchief simultaneously tightening the knot. When the handkerchief comes to rest the ring will be visible within the knot as in Fig. 34. Hand the handkerchief to a spectator for examination.


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To be continued

Don't address your audience too often as ' Ladies and gentlemen '; take it for granted that they are.

T. Nelson Downs.

BY the time this appears in print, the B.M.S.

Jubilee will be round the corner and announcements will be forthcoming about the Magic Circle festivities in April. The venue for the main part of the affair is the St. Paneras Assembly rooms. Not an impressive sounding, but a beautiful suite of rooms and a first class nine hundred seater theatre. When we say first class we mean it in every way for the appointments, lighting, dressing rooms and seating accommodation leave nothing to be desired.

The social event which we hope is going to be a success and the forerunner of many similar functions, is the " British ,Ring " Christmas Party scheduled to take place at the Criterion Hotel on Sunday, December 12th. Dancing to a West-end orchestra, fun and games, a Cabaret (that is a cabaret and not an endurance test), a sit down supper, all for the low price of 15/-. Our friend Francis Haxton, whose address is St. Anthony's, Nonsuch Walk, Cheam, will be pleased to supply you with the necessary tickets.

The Magic Circle has TV time on December 29th at 7-45 to 8-15.

Our very good friend Bob Driebeek (Aenigma) made a fine impression when he recently appeared for Harry Stanley at Victoria Halls, and although we were unable to see his show, we did have the chance of a little conversation on the following day just before he left for London Airport. It is an amazing thing that such a small country like Holland has made such prodigious strides in magic during the last decade. Whilst it certainly had a fine heritage in the name of Bamberg, to-day it is the home of continental novelty and skill.

Whatever may be the thoughts of other magicians interested in Annemann, we think that the publication by the Phoenix of the fake Jinx in bad taste and completely unnecessary. The magician without fault or some kind of viciousness is a comparitive rarity and, in the case of a man like Anneman, who in so little time gave so much to the printed chicanery sheet surely it is better to assess him as a magician only.

As things go at present it would seem that there is a good chance of at least two Christmas magical seasons in the West End.

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