For some reason this week magicians on the social media have been sharing videos of themselves doing the linking ring trick. What I don’t get is why is everyone proud of their linking rings…especially when 99% of them are not their routines.
There are a few routines that are truly unique, like the Viktor Voitko’s Flying Linking Rings:
There are some great presentations, like Whit Hayden’s or Tom Frank’s routines. However when you are doing those routines, unfortunately you really can’t add much new to them, and still do the routine.
So why are people sharing them?
I’m not sure, my best guess is that it’s a way to get praise for putting in the least amount of effort. Let’s face it, the linking rings isn’t the hardest trick to do from a technical standpoint. Sure there are some quiet links, but for the most part palming a card is more difficult. The real challenge with the linking rings is to make them relevant to the audience. Unfortunately most of what I’ve seen this week has failed at that.