I was doing a photo shoot with Fredde Lieberman
and he showed me the performance portion of the Shoot Ogawa "Ninja Rings" DVD.
I was STUNNED! Betsy (my "Swiss Army wife"), who is VERY picky about magic, immediately turned to me and said "You MUST add this to your restaurant set!"
About a week later, I finally ordered the DVD and rings set from Bob Kohler's web site and got them very quyickly indeed. (Bob also did not charge my card until after he shipped the product, which I appreciate.)
Long story short - this is STUNNING my audiences at the restaurants. I find that it plays very big, and has been especially good for large parties - actual groups of 10 to 30 people!
A surprise side benefit - when tables who had not been interested in magic see the Rings a few tables away, their jaws hit the floor and they grab the nearest waitron and now have GOT to see the magician!
I have been doing various ring routines for a long time, and found that the moves yield best to consistent short practice sessions. However, while I am sure the DVD is selling like hotcakes, I would be willing to bet that by the end of this year, perhaps a dozen people will actually be using this in the real world - simply because ti does take work.
I did re-routine the piece a bit, first, to get rid of any use of table surface (not practical in most restaurant settings) and second, to get a length in between Yanagida's "Short Routine" and the full routine ogawa does on the tape, which I found to be longish and a tad repetitive.