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Video:The Levitating Ring

with Al Archimage

The levitating ring magic trick is relies on deceiving your audience. Watch how to perform the levitating ring trick with tips form a magician.See Transcript

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Transcript:The Levitating Ring

Hi, my name is Al Archimage for About.com, and today I’m going to show you how to perform the levitating ring. The levitating ring is a fun trick for children of all ages. It is also a great introduction to magic, as it uses some very basic techniques that are often used in other magic tricks.

To demonstrate this, my assistant Alvaro will perform the trick, and then show you the secret behind the illusion.

To Perform the Levitating Ring Trick, You'll Need:

  • A pencil
  • A finger ring
  • Clear adhesive tape
  • Black thread.

The Ring Rests on a Hidden Thread

Using the clear adhesive tape, attach the thread to the metallic brace near the bottom of the eraser. Make sure that the tape and thread is only visible on one side of the pencil. Next, take the other end of the thread and wrap it around a button on your shirt. If you are not wearing a button-up shirt, you can attach it to your belt by taping it or wrapping it around the buckle.

You can also simply hold the thread in your free-hand, making sure to keep it hidden behind your other hand. The length of the thread may vary depending on your position, so you will need to practice this ahead of time. The goal is to have the thread pulled tight as you extend your arm in front of your body.

Next, hold the pencil with the eraser side up. Your free hand should remain behind the pencil, and the invisible thread should be resting loosely. Now, with your spectator standing directly in front of you, drop a ring over the pencil and let it fall down onto your hand.

Next, slowly extend your hand away from your body, allowing the thread to tighten. This will pull the ring upwards.

Distract the Audience to Perform the Trick

Use your other hand to distract the audience from noticing the thread by waving over the top of the eraser. You should always make sure that your audience is standing in front of you and not off to the side, otherwise they may see the string.

To make the ring descend, simply move your hand toward your body, and as the thread relaxes, the ring will drop back down to the bottom.And that is how you perform the Levitating Ring. Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit about.com

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