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Review of Linking Ring DVDs: Al Schneider and Essential

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Review of Linking Ring DVDs: Al Schneider and Essential

Al Schneider Linking Rings

Murphy's Magic
Al Schneider is a magic master and his “Al Schneider Linking Rings” teaches two excellent linking ring routines. The first, or “solo,” routine employs five rings and is suitable for use in a stand up or stage shows. This routine features no interaction with spectators. The second routine, “Full Stage,” employs six-rings and features lots of audience interaction and as the name implies, is designed for stage shows. This routine employs a couple volunteers from the audience who come on stage to assist. Of course, the linking rings is a classic penetration effect.

The solo routine was previously published in Schneider’s book, “Al Schneider Magic,” but here, he teaches it with the addition of his five-ring count. Also, he has added a few subtleties. The count is very convincing - I really like it. The routine is well sequenced so it appears that the rings are gradually linking to each other, one-by-one, until they’re all linked. And there are variations, including fun “tumbles.” Best of all, the routine is well paced and entertaining. You can learn this entire routine or incorporate elements of it into your own routine. (This one employs a “triple.”)

The “Full Stage Linking Rings” not only features lots of audience interaction, it offers a stunning premise - “no key.” At one point, spectators are holding all of the rings and they are each completely solid. While you do perform some links and un-links at the beginning of the routine in the conventional manner, but by the time spectators handle the rings, they’re completely solid.

The routine begins in a dramatic fashion with you bringing out the three rings in the shape of a sphere with a small flame burning at its center. In the first phase you link and unlink three rings. In the second phase, you bring up an audience member and bring out three more rings. These are linked and the spectator may freely examine all rings. At this point, they are solid. I appreciate the way that in the second routine that the rings are apparently shown separate and then link, one by one. In the last phase, you link and unlink in mysterious and entertaining ways and the rings are shown to be separate again.

As you would expect, the stage routine employs brilliant switching and other ploys that make it appear that the linking and un-linking is occurring. While you’ll need a set of rings from a dealer, this one requires some specific staging and a prop that you’ll have to construct yourself. As a result, to perform this routine, you’ll be carrying more than the rings to a venue. Overall, I find this routine to be pure genius.

The instruction is very thorough and features various camera angles - overhead, close-up and more - so you can see everything from an optimum position. Schneider also offers lots of detailed information and subtleties.

If you’re looking for a powerful linking ring routine, you’ll find it in “Al Schneider Linking Rings.”

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