The kit comes with all of the necessary gimmicks and materials as well as with an instructional DVD. The ads state that “there is nothing to build or buy and you can carry this gimmick with you so you can perform this effect anywhere.” It’s true that you don’t have to buy anything, but you do have to construct a gimmick from the provided materials. The entire process shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes. All of the materials are included. All you’ll need is a pair of scissors and some double-stick tape.
There are really no sizing issues as you’ll be making the ring grow in size. The “basic routine” is quite easy as you’re not ringing in the “real” rings that may be examined. Of course, the “basic routine” forms the foundation of the change. The rest of the work and the more involved routine involves the ringing in of the gimmick for the first ring, and switching the gimmick for the oversized ring at the end - which requires sleight of hand. The switching of the rings for the gimmick, however, is not difficult.
There’s a display of the gimmick that has some angle issues. For this reason, you’ll want your audience mainly in front of you. In fact, the creator states that this routine is mostly for groups of about three people or less who are standing in front of you.
So why would a magician take a ring and make it grow in size? And “just because he or she can” is simply not a good enough reason. In the presentation on the promo video, creator Dan Hauss talks about “warming up” the metal, which somehow causes it to become flexible and enlarge. I think that this is less than stellar angle but there are lots of possibilities and angles for this effect, particularly with all of the symbolism of a finger ring.
”Growing Ring” offers a visual illusion that’s not difficult to learn and perform. And it’s got definite possibilities for themes. It’s good.