Miserís Rings
Available from Merlins of Wakefield

Reviewed by Al Smith

Back in the olden days, any number of magic sets featured Misersí Rings, although I donít recall it being called that. In fact I donít recall it ever being called anything in particular. To m it was always ďthat chain thing.Ē I think Ellisdons sold one as part of their regular stock; but maybe not.

The idea will be familiar to most magicians of a certain age and any number of magicians of a not-so-ancient persuasion. The prop is a set of rings linked together in a way I donít really know how to describe, the effect is that an individual link travels from the top of the link, apparently linking and unlinking as it does so. Itís an interesting and puzzling and very visual. And best of all, it works itself. In fact, if you want to dent your reputation, you can allow a spectator to have a go.

The Merlins addition, which the spectator wonít be able to manage, is to apparently and completely remove the link from the bottom of the chain and discard it. And to repeat the effect as often as desired. To magicians itís a bit obvious, to say the least. There are shades of the Miserís Dream principle (perhaps thatís where they got the name from). It reminded me of the Repeat Banana Trick, or whatever itís called.

Anyway, obvious or not, when it was demonstrated to me I thought it looked good and had potential. Iíve since tried it in walkaround (as suggested by Merlins) and it went well.

I donít think the chain is actually gold(!) but at a glance it looks it and together with the attractive velvet carry-bag, the package adds up to an elegant little outfit. Easy to carry, easy to do.

A neat spin on a golden oldie, which is almost, but not quite, a pun. Worth checking out.

 

Available from www.merlinswakefield.com

 

© Al Smith, September 2010

 

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