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Ring In Walnut Review

December 10th, 2013 1:19am
Reviewed by Dr. J. M. Ayala de Cedoz
I like effects like this and was really looking forward to this version. I was not disappointed!

This DVD is a bare bones live performance and explanation video, but it does not leave you wondering how this and that is done.

It opens with a performance with some dreaded puns in it here and there and the explanations follow.

John first goes over everything you need first, giving you a chance to gather everything together if you wish to follow along. He shows every step of the set-up process and also gives you hints and tips about why some of the things should be done a certain way. He does not leave anything out so you will not be left scratching your head about any of it afterward. It is clear that he has worked this and knows the effect inside and out.

That is pretty much it. The set-up for each performance should take you no more than a few minutes and though not all of the parts can be prepped too far in advance, there are some that can be which will make it easier or faster.

This effect can be adapted to most venues with some serious thought on prop management and practicality but this is primarily a parlour/stand-up effect best suited to working out of some sort of case.

The one thing I would say this definitely needs is your own script and presentation angle (just like all of your magic should have!). Some of the scripting John uses is clever, but there are too many bad puns in his script. It works for him and it will probably not work for anyone else.

I personally found the audio and video to be clear and for being bare bones with no bonus ideas or effects, there was nothing wrong with the menu either.

The other thing about this DVD is its surprisingly low price for what you get - this could have easily been sold for $50.00/USD like so many other horribly-produced one-trick DVDs out there. This routine was not worked for a few years and put on DVD - John has been working this for 15 years.

If you want a strong piece of magic that will get spectators to remember a special moment, this is a great choice. I highly recommend this!

Product info for Ring In Walnut

Author: Shryock, John
Publisher: John Shryock
Average Rating:  (3)
Retail Price: $29.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

A borrowed RING ends up in a WALNUT!

The WALNUT is in an EGG!

The EGG is in a LEMON!

After almost 15 years of performance, for the first time on DVD, John Shryock releases his signature routine. A true reputation maker. Nothing is held back. All of the tips and tricks from thousands of performances are explained in full detail.

"I used some of John Shryock's ideas in the Ring In Walnut routine that I presented on the David Letterman show. His loading procedure is really quite brilliant, and served as the "missing link" for a routine I'd been working on for several years."
- STEVE COHEN, The Millionaires' Magician

"If you take the time to learn and perform this effect properly, you will have one of the strongest effects in the art of magic!"
- JEFF McBRIDE, creator of McBride's Magic & Mystery School

"I've seen John perform Ring In Walnut at Warren & Annabelle's numerous times and it kills every time! When the ring is produced the audience gasps."
- WARREN GIBSON, owner of Warren & Annabelle's, Maui, Hawaii

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