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Note: Two of the three magic tricks I excel at performing — the jumping fingers trick and the ring trick — were taught to me by my dear friend Jill sometime during our freshman year of high school (if not earlier). Over the years, I have added juggling three tennis balls (poorly) and making various grandkids disappear to the act.

Occasionally, you just have to step outside and do some magic tricks.

 Admittedly, I often do them inside, with a full audience (at least two mildly interested onlookers); this time, though, it was just me and Mona, out back of the news office, as she prepared to head out on assignment. Because she had her camera with her, I allowed begged her to take a few snaps while I performed my famous ring trick.

The trick begins with two rings ...

The trick begins with two rings ...

The rings are joined together ...

The rings are joined together ...

A little behind-the-back magic ...

A little behind-the-back magic ...

And voila! The rings are disconnected once again ... and, once again, the hands prove to be oh-so-much quicker than the eyes!

And voila! The rings are disconnected once again ... and, once again, the hands prove to be oh-so-much quicker than the eyes!

 

 

OK, what can I tell ya? The trick is probably much more effective if you can hear me singing my Magic Tricks Song while I’m performing, but as good as I am at sleight of hand, I’m still techno-challenged and have not yet figured out how to shoot, edit, upload and embed a video, so I guess you’ll just have to enjoy the “action shots” as you try to figure out how the trick is done.

And then, there’s the trick that started it all:

The jumping fingers trick ...

The jumping fingers trick ...

Peace out!

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