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 +The effect of linking together two borrowed finger rings was described in "Zum Ringspiel",​ a short article with no byline (likely written by Carl Willmann, the editor) in //​[[https://​askalexander.org/​display/​10634/​Die+Zauberwelt/​75|Zauberwelt]]//,​ Vol. 5 No. 5, May 1899, p. 75. Two methods are given. In the first, one or two of the rings have slits, but no further details are given. The second method uses two unprepared finger rings, which are apparently but not genuinely linked, using a secret loop of thread. (Using thread to create the illusion of linking has also been used as an alternative method in the Chinese Linking Rings.)
  
 In //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​38505/​The+Sphinx/​13|The Sphinx]]//, Vol. 20 No. 10, Dec. 1921, p. 353, Glenn Gravatt and Harold McFaddan published an effect description in which eight or nine finger rings are collected on a tray, then linked together into "a chain or any design."​ The method was promised for a later issue and the readers challenged to come up with a method. Wm Larson Jr. (not Larsen) of Green Bay, Wisconsin, took up the challenge four months later in [[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​38134/​The+Sphinx/​27|The Sphinx]], Vol. 21 No. 2, Apr. 1922, p. 67, by suggesting the obvious: two "​key"​ finger rings are secretly added to a number of borrowed ones. Perhaps this was essentially Gravatt and McFaddan'​s method, as they don't seem to have followed up on their promise. Their plot description is reprinted in //The Fine Print//, No. 4, Feb. 1997, p. 92. The effect of linking nine finger rings (four gaffed) and a method were also published by Theo Bamberg in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​20201/​Okito+on+Magic/​36|Okito on Magic]]//, 1952, p. 26. In //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​38505/​The+Sphinx/​13|The Sphinx]]//, Vol. 20 No. 10, Dec. 1921, p. 353, Glenn Gravatt and Harold McFaddan published an effect description in which eight or nine finger rings are collected on a tray, then linked together into "a chain or any design."​ The method was promised for a later issue and the readers challenged to come up with a method. Wm Larson Jr. (not Larsen) of Green Bay, Wisconsin, took up the challenge four months later in [[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​38134/​The+Sphinx/​27|The Sphinx]], Vol. 21 No. 2, Apr. 1922, p. 67, by suggesting the obvious: two "​key"​ finger rings are secretly added to a number of borrowed ones. Perhaps this was essentially Gravatt and McFaddan'​s method, as they don't seem to have followed up on their promise. Their plot description is reprinted in //The Fine Print//, No. 4, Feb. 1997, p. 92. The effect of linking nine finger rings (four gaffed) and a method were also published by Theo Bamberg in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​20201/​Okito+on+Magic/​36|Okito on Magic]]//, 1952, p. 26.