My teaching skills must need some fine tuning. A reviewer, whose name is not important, but we shall call Mr. Loonybits, reviewed my Ring Chain and made two statements I have to clear up:
you cannot perform the trick surrounded, even though Regal says otherwise.
I said that? Puzzled, I watched my DVD to see what was misunderstood. No, you can prepare
the trick so there is nothing to see from any angle, allowing you to stroll and have complete mobility. To claim that one can do a trick with a person behind you, when the work is done behind you, would be idiotic. I guess Mr. Loonybits thinks Im just that sort of idiot. He also said:
And perhaps the biggest drawback is the fact that you really cannot wear any type of close-fitting shirt. In other words, anyone who wants to perform on the street cannot wear the tight fitting T-shirts designed to show off your muscles.
Um it can be done in a close-fitting shirt. This morning I reluctantly sat in front of my laptops webcam and performed the effect wearing a tight T-shirt. You can see it here:
The Muscular Mr. Regal
It can be done in any shirt. If you are able to remove the chain, you can do the trick. The inspiration for the prop is a great effect I had as a kid called Ringo, in which a finger ring traveled down the length of a wand, down a cord, and was stopped by a tassel but to the spectators it seemed like the ring simply appeared on the tassel. It amazed me that spectators didnt register the moving ring. With my ring chain, one can slip the loaded ring under a shirt, but one doesnt have to, as I demonstrate on the DVD. I must not have been as clear about that as I could have been, or maybe Mr. Loonybits missed that part.
The review also said unless you are in a formal show and standing behind a table, there is no way to show your hands empty following the vanish of the ring.
Well, in the clip I use no table and I do not lap the ring. Maybe you dont like my vanish, or you dont think my hands appear empty. Thats okay. Mr. Loonybits must not have liked my choice of vanishes, which is fine as we all have our preferences, but he didnt say that. Instead, he came to the conclusion that convincing vanishes are not possible. The Regal Ring Chain does not vanish a ring. It is a prop to use after a ring has been vanished, when one is holding a ring unbeknownst to the audience. So, one could use the popular Clifton Ring Move if one felt that was more convincing, or a ring-vanishing prop such as a handkerchief (inexpensive and excellent).
My ring chain is, simply, a practical, fast-loading gimmicked chain. It reminds me of the many non-reel ring-to-key-chain effects that have been marketed (Einhorn, Swadling, Stewart, Dusheck, etc.) in which a dirty hand reaches for the key case. When this style of method first came out everyone was shocked that it worked, as it was so direct (and the jury came in on that approach long ago).
My ring chain has turned out to be controversial. I guess I dont mind that. I love magic and I even love Mr. Loonybits.
P.S. You can get it for $60 at my website.