Linking Rings No Gap Trick Exposed And Explained

Are you still trying to unlock the mystery of this so-called linking rings no gap trick routine found in Reddit?

This linking rings magic trick does not have a key ring with a gap or a break in it.

It is a no cut linking rings magic trick.

Each of the three steel rings is one solid continuous ring.

By the way, two of the rings are interlinked as a pair.

So how does he able to link and unlink the three rings?

Keep reading…

Linking Rings No Gap Trick

Chinese Linking Rings Trick

The basic effect of the Linking Rings is solid metal rings impossibly penetrate through each other, linking and unliking at the will of the magician.

The Linking Rings or popularly known as the Chinese Linking Rings is a classic of magic routine.

Chinese Linking Rings Trick Tutorial

Linking Rings Magic Trick Explained

The secret is among the rings, one of them has a gap or a slit.

Linking Rings Magic Secret

When the magicians link and unlink them, they use the palm of their hands, or thumbs and forefingers to hide this opening.

Chinese Rings Magic Trick


RELATED: Shigeru Sugawara Ring And Ribbon Revealed

By the way, that is how the magic trick Ring And Ribbon by Shigeru Sugawara works too.

There is a concealed gap at the ring, as you can see from the image below.

Ring And Ribbon By Shigeru Sugawara

Shiegeru Sugawara used to be one of the creative minds behind the Japanese Tenyo Magic tricks.

Sugawara’s Tenyo creations include: T-141 Mini-Zag, T-86 Ultra Tube, T-132 The Ninja Experiment, T-205 Confined Cubes, T-163 Burglar Ball and T-114 Wonder Window.


Where did the Chinese linking rings come from?

No one really knows the origins of the Linking Rings trick.

There are speculation this linking rings trick could have been from Turkey, Egypt and the Middle East.

The De Subtilitate Of Girolamo Cardano PDF

According Italian polymath Girolamo Cardano‘s 1550 book “The De Subtilitate“, he wrote:

…I have seen three rings thrown up and coming down interlinked, though they were unbroken and separate before and while being thrown up.

You can find the “The Magic Rings” in the 1862 book “The Magician’s Own Book, Or, The Whole Art Of Conjuring” by George Arnold and Frank Cahill.

The Magician's Own Book, Or, The Whole Art Of Conjuring

The linking rings trick is also mentioned in 1854 French book “Nouvelle Magie Blanche Dévoilée, Physique Occulte Et Cours Complet De Prestidigitation, Vol. 2” by Jean Nicholas Ponsin.

Nouvelle Magie Blanche Dévoilée, Physique Occulte Et Cours Complet De Prestidigitation, Vol. 2

Back in the 19th century the Italian painter Giacomo Mantegazza depicted a female performer doing the linking rings magic trick.

Giacomo Mantegazza An idle evening in the seraglio

This is another picture of Japanese man holding up linking rings taken from the 1764 Japanese book “Hōkasen” by Hirase Hose.

Hokasen Linking Rings Trick

Throughout the years, there are many variations available in the market, and even using the coat hangers by Mike Caveney and hula hoops.

Mike Caveney Linking Coat Hangers

Then we have other similar linking closeup magic tricks: linking cards, linking pins, linking paper clips, linking  finger rings, linking rubber bands and linking ropes.

Joe Porper’s Examinable Linking Rings 

In 2010, the late Joe Porper came up the examinable linking ring set.

linking rings magic trick revealed

He used the similar gimmick like the Blaney Miracle Hoop for the Walter Blaney Ladder Levitation.

The secret linking gimmick of the key ring is like the necklace or bracelet clasp which it can slide in and out.

The picture below captured the gap at the ring from this video clip at 0:14.

Joe Porper Examinable Linking Ring

Slow down the playback speed to 0:25 and you can see the gap gimmick of the ring, just after he hits it with another normal ring.

Melero Rings By Ernesto Melero

You might like to check out the Venezuelan magic legend Ernesto Melero demonstrating the Melero Rings.

Melero Rings Ernesto Melero Exposed

Nowadays you can buy the key ring which is magnetic and can be locked.

Linking Rings Magnetic Lock

Watch the linking rings magic trick revealed by the Masked Magician here.

Linking Rings No Gap Revealed

Now, let’s explore how the no cut linking rings trick routine is done in this Reddit video.

Remember this is merely my speculation how the no cut linking rings magic trick works by viewing the video clip.

Two Smaller Linked Rings

There are two smaller size rings, which are already interlinked, and a third slightly wider ring.

Linking Rings Trick Explained

Throughout the act, he never openly shows the viewers them as three separate rings, but only by verbally counting them.

At the beginning and the end of the act, the performer hides the two interlinking rings in his hand.

No Gap Linking Rings Explained

Single Wider Ring

He begins by passing the third wider ring to his left hand, and quickly lifts up the two interlinked rings.

Then he places the third wider ring over the top ring (highlighted in orange color).

Linking Rings No Gap

This is the position of the third wider ring (orange color) just before it is dropped down.

Chinese Linking Rings Magic Trick

Next he drops it down and it rests on top of the interlinked section of the two rings.

Look at the picture below and you can see the third wider ring (orange color) is actually straddling over the interlink point of the other two rings (indicated with black arrows).

Single Wider Ring Not Linked To Two Rings

This third ring is NOT linked to the two rings.

It is just hanging by itself on top of the two smaller interlinked rings.

Linking Rings Trick Revealed

To end the the linking rings no gap trick, he just pulls down the unlinked third ring away from the two interlinked rings set.

This is what I think this no gap linking rings magic trick found in Reddit is done.

Tenyo Chinese Linking Rings

Here is a a linking rings routine in Japanese from Tenyo Japan 110386 Chinese Linking Rings.

You can find about more about how the linking ring trick works, in these free books:

Free Books On Linking Rings Tricks

Jack Miller's Linking Ring Routine Free Book
Jack Miller’s Linking Ring Routine
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Linking Ring Manipulation Dariel Fitzkee PDF

Linking Ring Manipulation By Dariel Fitzkee
Click on any of these: Link 1Link 2

Cellini's Lord Of Th Rings

Cellini’s Lord Of The Rings By E. M. Mcfalls
Click on any of these: Link 1, Link 2

Slydini Liking Ring Routine By D. Angelo Ferri

The Linking Rings: An Intensive Study Of The Slydini Liking Ring Routine By D. Angelo Ferri
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Chris Capehart's Three Ring Routine

Chris Capehart’s 3 Ring Routine By Karl Fulves
Click on any of these: Link 1, Link 2, Link 3

The Magic Of J. N. Hofzinser PDF

The Magic Of J. N. Hofzinser Translated By Richard Hatch
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NOTE: The Chinese linking rings tutorial is titled The Chinese Rings listed under XII Rings, from page 196.

More Magic Of The Hands Edward Victor PDF

More Magic Of The Hands By Edward Victor
Click on any of these: Link 1, Link 2

NOTE: Found in Chapter IV, The Chinese Rings.

The Art Of Modern Conjuring For Wizards Of All Ages PDF

The Art Of Modern Conjuring For Wizards Of All Ages By Henri Garenne
Click on any of these: Link 1, Link 2

NOTE: Found in Chapter 9: Miscellaneous Tricks, The Chinese Ring Trick

RELATED: Linking Ring Spin Flourish

This is an additional trick which you can spice up your linking rinks routine; to make one of the ring spins between your hands.

Linking Rings Trick

It is simply by using a rubber band.

This idea is by Tony Lopilato.

Check out how it is done in one of Harry Lorayne’s Apocalypse periodicals.

Harry Lorayne’s Apocalypse Vol.8 No. 4 April 1985
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