In the fourth phase, two cords of different colors are employed. One cord is looped around the middle finger and the other around the ring finger. With a tug of the cord, the loops change places. In the final phase, the cords are looped around the fingers and tied with a knot to form rings, which are then pulled off the fingers. And interestingly, at end of this final phase, the rings are found to be linked together. If you like, in each phase, a spectator can hold the magicians hand to verify that the loops are not somehow slipping off of the tips of the fingers.
Learning the Routine
The routine is not difficult to learn and perform, although it takes practice to do well. All of the action occurs at the performer’s waist level and the effect has some angle issues from the side and back. Also, you’ll have to watch angles should you choose to perform while your spectators are seated. The routine can be successfully performed in this situation, but you’ll need to be careful. For this reason, this one is not optimal for restaurant work. A more ideal situation is where everyone, including you, is standing.
On paper, this one features lots of elements that I like in a close-up routine. The props are simple and can be examined. The routine occurs in several phases with different phenomena occurring in each. There’s no preparation and no reset. There’s also lots of potential for spectator interaction as they can choose the fingers to link and unlink, assist with the tying and more. Furthermore, the effect is quite baffling.
So while I’m intrigued with Enigma and appreciate the fresh new angle, I am not motivated to learn and perform it.