I thought I would pay you all a quick visit to expound upon this matter which of course is of earth shattering importance.
I tend to think that the rings should indeed be examined. You cannot underestimate the intelligence of laymen. It does dawn on them that there may well be a slit in the rings.
I think the argument about it slowing things down is poppycock. I see no reason why the performer has to wait for the results of the examination before he continues. While the rings are being examined he can carry on waffling and doing his thing anyway. No need to stop.
However many professsional magicians have gotten along quite well without this examining business.
Usually silent acts.
However, the late great Al Koran did a show stopping 3 ring routine to patter and nary an examination. It may well have been the strongest trick in his act in some ways.
When someone once asked Koran about this lack of examination I vaguely remember that he replied that he didn't need to have them examined because his audiences had seen other magicians do the trick and hand out the rings for examination.
In other words the other magicians had done his job for him.
Maybe that is an answer to the mystery as to why certain magicians can get away without having the things examined.
I hate to be negative about the rings. I do think it is a wonderful classic but it is very hackneyed. It has a bad reputation in showbusiness. I remember showing up at a hotel gig and the owner said "Magician? I hope you are not going to do that ring trick. I would rather you didn't. I hate the bloody trick-it is so boring and everyone has seen it"
I told him I only bored people with card tricks.He said that was OK as long as I didn't do the rings.
I think some magicians are their own worst enemy where this trick is concerned. I was selling svengali decks at an outdoor festival once and several of the vendors complained to me about a magician that they had seen there. It appears that he did the rings and went on and on and on and on.
They were actually laughing at him. I told the magician it would be wise to cut out half of the weird and wonderful moves he had. He took no notice and to this day is performing the same routine that bored the vendors so long ago.
Some people never learn.
OK. I get vibes I had better go.
Cheerio till next time.