This is a pre-owned book. The front cover is soiled and is missing a very small section at its lower right corner as are the first few of the interior pages. There is a light corner crease of the interior pages at the upper right corners and some of these areas are lightly foxed. Page 11 and 16 have ink markings under and around the text. All text and pictures are clear and very legible and makes for a good reading copy. If you’re looking for great information on a classic routine by one of magic’s masters then this is for you. If you’re a book collector looking for a pristine copy this is not for you.
Lewis Ganson, expertly and with care to minute details, explains the famous six ring routine devised by Dai Vernon. Vernon first performed the entire routine in front of Ganson’s cine camera. By studying the film in slow motion, they were able to determine the most suitable photographs to take with a still camera to illustrate the text.
Many have considered this to be the best and most beautiful routine for the Chinese Linking Rings.
Introduction: “Dai Vernon teaches you to “play” so that you too can perform THE SYMPHONY OF THE RINGS”; Lewis Ganson
The Symphony of the Rings: Introduction and advice on performing the linking rings
The Rings: What size to use. The “symphony” uses only 6 of the standard 8 ring set.
Arranging the Rings: Folding the Chain of Three
Rings: The Order of the Rings
Performance: Intro to the routine
The Count: counting the six rings as all separate
The Twisting Move: shows the rings (including the key) as all solid
Linking Two Rings: a slow, smooth linking
Spinning the Rings: A flourish that also demonstrates all rings are solid
Unlinking Two Rings: a swinging unlink
Sounding the Rings: Another flourish adds a nice touch
The Crash Linking: One ring is “crashed” into the other, where they link
The Pull Through: an unlinking move
The Chain of Three Rings: introducing the 3 rings with a move from the Odin Count and a toss linking in the air
Linking the Two Single Rings and the Key Ring: in a clover leaf formation
Unlinking the Rings: with audience participation
The Continuous Linking: a very visual linking of 4
The Falling Ring: a single ring “tumbles down” through the others
The Interlocked Rings: four rings interlock
Figures: a couple of ring figures
The Long Chain: all six rings in one long chain
Unlinking a Solid Ring: the solid single ring is pulled free and fully shown
Unlinking All the Rings: each remaining ring is apparently pulled free
Comments: Dai Vernon’s Symphony of the Rings is a classic presentation of the Chinese Linking Rings mystery, and includes some excellent moves. The text is filled with B&W photos. The book contains 31 pages. Highly recommended to anyone wishing to learn a routine with their set of Linking Rings.