Review: Vanishing Ring Black by SansMinds

[vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Abril%20Fatface%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Vanishing Ring should be more accurately called Vanishing Ring Box.  It is the special ring box that causes a ring placed inside it to vanish in a clean manner.  Vanishing Ring may imply that a ring is specially gimmicked that allows it to vanish undetectably.

Whatever you call it is immaterial.  It is a wonderful prop – the best so far – that was designed by the creative Will Tsai.  You will fall in love with it quite immediately – both with the physical prop itself as well as with the ingenious method in which the ring vanishes.  I did!

You receive the specially crafted ring box, very professional and expensive looking, and covered with velvet.  It is available in 3 different colours.  You need to specify which colour you desire when you order – black, red or blue.

You also receive a training diamond (not the real thing!) ring.  You do not use this ring in your performance – you borrow a ring from the audience.  This ring is for you to practise with the ring vanish box.  Both the ring box and the ring come in a nice and expensive looking white box.  This box does not play any part in your performance or your training.  I wonder why it is sold with this container.  It definitely costs quite a bit as it is very well made, and it contributes to the already high cost of the product at $140.

The real McCoy is the vanishing ring box.  Consider how clean the vanishing of the ring is, using this box.  A finger ring is borrowed from a spectator.  She is given a nice ring box.  She can freely examine the ring box.  She opens the box, inserts her ring into the slot in the ring box, and closes the lid.  When the moment comes for the vanish of the ring, she opens the box, and finds that her ring is no longer inside.  All this while, the performer does not even come close to her.  Once the box is given to her, the ring box is in her possession all this time.  This is how clean the vanish of her ring is.

The attention of the entire audience is now directed to the impossible location where the ring will reappear.  The ring box is apparently no longer needed in the performance.  The performer retrieves the box and deposits it in his pocket or elsewhere.  When the heat is not on the ring box, this is the moment the perormer can secretly obtain the hidden ring from inside it.  Because of the clever design and the high quality of the contruction of the ring box, the reacquiring of the ring is almost self-working!  However, you are taught 3 diferent methods of accomplishing this: the one-handed method, the two-handed method and the box toss method.  Choose the one that suits you best.

The instructions are from an online tutorial video and are by Will Tsai himself.  There are several errors in the spoken instructions, but they are corrected by the sub-titles.  I like the pace in which Will Tsai speaks.  He does not dwell too long on any particular topic by going over and over again on the instructions, unlike the instructor in some other tutorial videos.  The latter makes it rather draggy when you have to return to a certain spot in the video to view the instructions again.  Overall, the video is well produced.

Although this product is an utility item (it allows you to vanish a borrowed ring), Will Tsai describes 2 full routines using it.  One routine is ring in kiwi fruit.  Be careful about performing this effect, as some spectator may not be happy when her expensive ring or ring with sentimental value is covered in messy fruit stuff.  In this case, you may like Will’s second routine which is ring in sealed envelope in wallet.  Will also recommends Vanishing Ring to be used in other routines such as with Richard Sander’s “Interlace” or with his own “Photoshop” effects.  His “Vapr” (appearing vapour) can be used to enhance the vanish of the ring held in a spectator’s hands.

Note that TV rights are not automatically included with the purchase.  You need to obtain them from SansMind Magic.

A wonderfully crafted and easy-to-use utility item.

 

Please support intellectual property. Only buy original. Available from all reputable Murphy’s Magic dealers.

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Ning Cai is a Singapore Literature Prize nominated author, who was also long listed for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016. A bestselling writer, she is also recognised for her illusionist/ escapologist stage character Magic Babe Ning, and recognised by Channel News Asia as South East Asia's first professional female magician.

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