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Pi: Ring on Band Review

Official Review

April 4th, 2014 8:34pm
Reviewed by Fredrick Turner
About twenty-five years ago I fell in and out of favor very quickly with the late Bob Read. In because I was the only one in the lecture room that laughed at his very British jokes. Too much PBS I suppose. And Out because I said that I liked rubber band magic. Apparently Bob didn't.

I admit it. I like rubber band magic. I also like the effects on PI. PI is a collection of ring and rubber band moves from Philadelphia magician, Michael Scanzello. PI has five links, some variations with other objects and a “bonus” effect. More on the “bonus” later.

The DVD comes with twenty or so high quality rubber bands and a practice ring. The latter is nice but since it's more of a curtain ring than finger ring, I didn't find it useful. It is too light and thin.

The DVD is well shot with good angles to learn the moves. Each teaching segment features an over-the-shoulder demonstration that is helpful and effective. However, I wish Michael’s explanation was a little more scripted at times. It felt too off-the-cuff at points. Crediting is very good with on-screen text citing the originator’s contribution. The end of the DVD has a more extensive credit roll that's surprisingly detailed. Excellent work!

Of the five links, I found three to be my favorites: Strand-by-Strand, So Mo Link, and the Master Link. Strand-by-Strand and So Mo Link are self-explanatory titles. The Master Link is a very clean display that looks like the ring is on the band. The Master Link shares the same set-up as one of the least favorites, the Lost Link. I didn't find the Lost Link to be as clean. The fifth link, the Dangling Link just looks like you're trying to hide something - which you are.

The flaw with these moves as well as any rubber band magic is trying to find cover for the off-moment for the set-up. Michael uses little stupid jokes as he calls them. I would encourage something more as good, strong, impromptu magic deserves better. I would also recommend finding a presentation frame beyond the descriptive “now your ring is it's off...” for the same reason.

The variations are linking hair bands and bracelets to the rubber bands. These felt like filler. The Ring in Shoe felt like you were violating the trust the participant gave you when you borrowed their ring. I found the “bonus” effect of Crazy Man’s Handcuffs to be true filler. While the explanation is adequate, it lacked the subtleties and finesse that the other Michael, Michael Ammar, has brought to the effect.

If you want to expand or add rubber band magic to your repertoire, then PI is a great place to start.

Available at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer

Product info for Pi: Ring on Band

Author: Scanzello, Michael
Average Rating:  (3)
Retail Price: $20.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

"WOW... Awesome and practical. The new standard in ring on rubber band."
- Chris Kenner

"Your work is very nice. I like the way you use multiple methods to build up the believability of each phase. The whole routine is great and I really like the "Lost Link." Visual and smooth."
- Dan Harlan

"The third phase (Dangling Link) looked really great. New and from what I know original. good job."
- Joe Rindfleisch

Pi is a MIND BLOWING, Impromptu 4 phase routine with VISUALLY-DEVASTATING LINKS and UNLINKS with a BORROWED RING and rubber band under increasingly impossible conditions! Including a breath-taking, ONE HAND DISPLAY! After 10 YEARS of REFINING and RESEARCH, creating handlings unlike anything you've seen before! Get ready for women to scream and guys to be transfixed in bewilderment!

- 100% IMPROMPTU - No Gimmicks or Gaffs!
- PRACTICAL - Perform it surrounded in real world conditions!
- VERSATILE - Link bracelets, hair ties, even pretzels!
- NEW METHOD - The ring dangles on the loose band!
- WORKER - Takes up no pocket space and resets instantly!
- A WHOLE ACT - With Crazy Man's Handcuffs and Shoe In you get an entire close-up act!
- DETAILED TEACHING - Clearly explained up-close from 2 camera angles with first person replay loops and a diagram sheet for key positions!

Pi: Ring on Band (4 phase routine):
Phase 1 - The borrowed ring melts through each strand. So smooth and clean people freak out!
Phase 2 - The ring slowly melts through the band unlike any other handling and is shown in a NEW DISPLAY that will devastate!
Phase 3 - (Dangling Link) - New Method for linking a ring onto a rubber band that leaves the skeptics speechless!
Phase 4 - (Lost Link) -The most direct and clean linking of a borrowed ring onto a rubber band possible. If you really could link a ring onto a rubber band THIS is how it would look!
Alternate Phase - (Master Link) - Featuring the killer ONE HAND DISPLAY and smooth unlink so clean it looks like trick photography in real life!

Pi: Ring on Band is a ground-breaking effect giving you all the visual impact of a gaffed routine, without the gimmicks or gaffs! Start clean and end clean!

Bonus Effects:
Crazy Man's Handcuffs - Michael's presentation and handling to make this classic even better!
Shoe In (Ring to Shoe) - For laymen, has the impact of ring flight without the gimmick!

Package Includes:
Instructional DVD
20 Super Stretch Bands
Practice Ring
Full Color Diagram Sheet

Running Time Approx: 70 minutes
Permission from: Bill Kalush, Dan Harlan, Harry Lorayne, Simon Aronson, Joe Rindfleisch, Russ Neidzwiecki, John Rogers, Justin Miller, and Vincent Mendoza, Thanks guys!

Refill Packs Available Separately. Never run out of the perfect bands!
Includes: 350 Super Stretch Bands in a UV protective bag for extended band life.

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