Originally posted by Joel Givens:
I do Andys link all the time. I have been doing Power Link out of Trapdoor magazine for over ten years, which is in my oppinion one of the best linking rubber bands out there, i think Andy gave the one i am talking about as one of his inspirations for his trick.
Glad to hear you're enjoying it, Joel!
I want to clarify something, though, because I've already gotten some flack about this due to people not knowing timelines and relationships.
"Linked 4 Life" was independently developed, pretty much in its exact form as marketed, based on my experimentations with various methods for permanent links.
After I created it and had been performing it, I came across Steve Kradolfer's "Power Link", which is a wonderful impromptu link (that grew out of a "classic" Bill Kalush effect). Steve's effect shares a common bond with mine in regards to how the bands are displayed, although it uses this grip for a different purpose. It was NOT, however, an inspiration for my effect. I didn't even know it existed until after mine was created.
I tried to make this clear in my note in the manuscript, writing that I saw Steve's after mine was developed. While it was not in any way directly related to the development of my effect, I wanted to give due credit to Steve for developing a similar (but markedly different at the same time) idea independently.
I hope that makes things clear :)