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Growing Ring by Dan Hauss (DVD + Gimmicks) Make a ring grow to three times its original size right before the spectators eyes. NOW SHIPPING. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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Dan Hauss creator of best selling effects Rattled and Flow brings you the most visual of all his creations, the Growing Ring.
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good visual, but lots of limitations Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 10th, 2012
The actual moment when the ring grows is a great visual. (I had assumed, by the way, from the promo video, that the "growing" portion involved just pushing a large ring upward on your finger. But no, it's better than that -- you can show the "ring" snug around your finger in the moment before the diameter starts to expand before the spectator's eyes.)10 of 10 magicians found this helpful.
But there are so many limitations that I don't see myself performing this very often. It's probably not a spoiler to say that there's some palming and switching involved, and it's a lot harder to get away with palming and switching in a trick that practically screams "palming and switching" because that's the only way it can be done.
In fact, the beginning of the DVD shows a demo of Dan doing the trick from start to finish, seated across the table from a spectator. Normally, those demos also appear in the online promo video for the trick -- that's why they're created -- but in this case, it wasn't included in the promo. This looks suspiciously like the sellers realized that a complete start-to-finish demo of the trick would make it obvious that the trick relied on ditching stuff in your pockets or under the table, so they left it out of the online video. (The promo video even says, "Everything's clean, everything ends clean". Hey guys, every trick "ends clean" if you're allowed to ditch your gimmicks under the table!)
It's also very angle-sensitive. The online ad says it's "good for street, parlor, close-up", but then on the DVD Dan says it's really only good for up to about 3 people.
If you haven't bought Dan Hauss's "Rattled", you'll probably like that one better -- angle-proof, examinable, gimmick does all the work. I could only ever really see doing "Growing Ring" for a small group sitting across a table from me.
Growing ring is disappointing Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 5th, 2012
Here's a really interesting idea that falls down in actual use. The rings provided are good quality and Dan Hauss has several excellent ideas for using the jumbo ring for growing effects that don't require the gimmick. My main complaint is with the gimmick. It looks good in a dim bar setting but does not hold up in normal lighting. The actual "growing" is convincing to a point and the final clean up is adequate at best. You will have better results in dim light and seated at a table, which is a situation I don't often find myself in as a strolling corporate performer. If you like ring magic, save your money and apply toward any of Garrett Thomas' fine videos and gimmicks, including "Banded".10 of 11 magicians found this helpful.
Visual, but not so practical Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 8th, 2013
This looks incredibly visual. But there's a few drawbacks.6 of 6 magicians found this helpful.
1 - Don't expect to be performing this surrounding or to more than 5 people at once due to angle issues
2 - You'll be carrying on you more than just a ring...
3 - The 'gimmicks' included isn't enough
That said, the thinking behind it is creative. Also if you're just planning to perform this on the occasion or just planning to film yourself performing it, it's great.
Disappointing Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 8th, 2013
I do not like the gimmick, put it in your pocket and it's pretty much ruined. Angles are terrible, great idea bad execution, this one goes in the drawer.3 of 3 magicians found this helpful.
great extra effect not mentioned in the demo video Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 18th, 2014
I agree with the other reviews on the general practicality of doing the main growing ring effect before live audiences. However there is another effect you can do with the two rings, one is finger size and the other about 1 inch in diameter, that is not mentioned in the demo video. Dan showed this additional effect during a lecture in the Baltimore area about 1 1/2 years ago, and I am not sure off hand whether or not it is in the product video. I do perform this additional effect, so I did get something out of this magic product.1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
Growing Ring by Dan Hauss Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 28th, 2013
This is nice. The only failing is the lack of sizing on the ring itself. It is a trade off and can be easily got around but still it could be nicer.1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
Great visual magic! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 4th, 2012
Watch the trailer. That's exactly what happens. They examine your ring, you put it on your finger and it visually grows before their eyes. You can go right into a ring and string effect with the enlarged ring.2 of 4 magicians found this helpful.
If you like spooky magic, you can put the large ring on a string/chain and do a mentalist dead or alive routine ( check out Docc HIlford's Attack Of Monster Mentalism dvd, Volume 1 for a great dead or alive routine ).
Not that Great Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 9th, 2012
I did not expect the method to be like this. It works but i don't really like the method.1 of 2 magicians found this helpful.
Growning ring... Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 26th, 2012
It looks nice, and I have not tried it infront of people yet. I do not think it would make it in my normal set. BUT I could see doing it here n there... TV Spots etc. SO not bad just not a real worker.1 of 2 magicians found this helpful.
Size does matter Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 18th, 2016
I bought this because it's visual but for me it's not. Let me explain. The ring that comes with it does not fit my index finger but that's ok. The gimmick requires a little arts and crafts but that's ok because nearly everything you need comes with it and it only takes 15 minutes. The size the ring grows to is limited by what you receive (without giving too much away) and that is a problem.
The demo shows an index finger ring growing to a jumbo ring and Dan refers to this as a jumbo ring. Mine is not jumbo, just large so I can grow a ring that doesn't fit because it's too small to a ring that still doesn't fit because it's a little too big. Not very impressive but I just about get away with it by adapting Dan's Grandfather patter so it's a filler trick but nothing more whereas it should be a WTF.?
If it came with a jumbo ring it'd be a four star trick because the visual would be so much more impressive rather than, 'oh, did that get a tiny bit bigger? Cool.'
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