RdL, Renegadesignlab a research and development project that Renegade Juggling is a founding member, has undertaken a study of the solid plastic juggling rings. Currently solid plastic rings, are only made in a couple of sizes. The most common size standard ring for solo numbers juggling made by Babache, Absolute(Beard), Goudurix, Dube, and Play Juggling, is about 12.75 inch (32cm) diameter. With the ring width at about 1.4 inches. Dube’s Airflights are the largest at 33cm and the rest are very close to 32.5cm. A larger size 40cm, is made by Babashe and Play. This ring is used and well liked, but is generally though to be to heavy/large for solo numbers ring juggling. The only other size made is 24cm Babache ring, which is too small for any technical ring juggling. So in summery we only have three sizes, too big (40cm), too small (24cm), and the middle size (32.5cm) the best size available.
The new eight ring, this is the updated version, we had been making a prototype ring by welding two solo rings together, but that had a visible seam, which was not good for isolation tricks.
The ring is cut out of sheet plastic with a water jet cutter, which shoot a very thin stream of water that cuts through the plastic. It is CNC controlled so the parts come out perfect. We will now start producing other show quality rings developed by RdL, www.Renegadesignlab.com
This ring is 29″ X 15″, it is 3/16″ thick. In metric that is 74cm x 39 cm, 5mm thick. (weight 372 grams) Unbreakable plastic.
If you look at the post below you can see some video of how this ring can be used. Though some RdL members are working on new material with this ring, when I get some video I will post it. The 8ring has a lots of potential for new and interesting juggling manipulation tricks
Levistick or Fire Dancing Cane
The Levistick or Flow Stick is a adaptation of the Dancing Cane a very old (1800′s ?) classic magic trick.The adaptation of the dancing cane to use as a fire prop is pretty new, maybe in the last 5 years it has become more common. The name Levistick is also a new term which has surfaced in the last 5 years or so, as far as I know. Flow Stick maybe the last year or two. I think the name of this prop should be Fire Dancing Cane, so the name represent its historical roots.
There is a good collection of Dancing Cane video clips on http://wn.com/The_Dancing_Cane
This shows most of the classic moves, of which, some could be adapted to the fire version of this magic prop. There are also several magic based instructional videos on this topic I have heard that Dancing Cane 101 by David Mann is a good beginner introduction to this prop. You can also buy it as a computer download.
I have seen several comedy magic routines, Haggie Oegemann, (sp) performed this at Moisture Festival in Seattle several time, where it appears that the cane is attacking him. I think that would be a good adaptation with a Fire Dancing Cane, where the cane is trying to catch you on fire, that could be a nice routine.
For the illusion to work you really need to see the performer, so adapting this to a fire props is not perfect but can work with enough ambient lighting.