First shown at Magic Live in August, the Messado Rings completely sold out during that initial release.
"My name’s Mr Messado, I’m going to show you the magic of Messado’s rings. Are you ready? Gather round let me show you something cool…”
So starts the most phenomenal performance of the Linking Rings we’ve ever seen. At 6ft tall, with a top hat, bow tie and pocket-watch, Messado stands out on the streets of New York - but it's his sheer class with a set of rings that stops spectators in their tracks.
Despite a startling series of flourishy links, unlinks and displays in his solo performance, it's Messado's involvement of the spectators that really shines - taking the linking rings from a detached exhibition of stage magic to a totally engaging close-up experience.
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Full OverviewEven David Copperfield is a fan of The Messado Rings - taking the time to congratulate Joshua Messado for the stunning moments of bewilderment created in the mind of the spectator, when the rings simply melt through each other on the tip of the spectator's finger.
Messado’s involvement of the spectator is not something that is simply tacked onto the end of a linking rings performance. This routine makes the spectator central to the magic - from sticking out a finger to unlink the rings at their very touch, to physically holding a ring and crashing it through another - linking them in their own hands - the magic happens just inches away from their nose.
This is a routine that builds, rather than flatlines, with the rings linking and unlinking under increasingly impossible conditions. Messado’s performance involves rings that jump to join others, links that happen in midair- even links that seem to defy gravity.
While Messado shares his full routines as he performs them on the DVD, teaching each move in context, he also encourages you to choose those moves that appeal to you and your own style - and being completely modular, you’re able to develop your own routine.
The Messado Rings
Built to Joshua Messado’s exact specifications, we went through over a dozen prototypes until the seamless, carbon-black rings were in his words ‘just perfect’. The Messado Rings are unlike any other rings you’ve seen - they have a larger gauge, but smaller circumference than other close-up rings (e.g - Ninja).
The rings are forged from a custom alloy that bonds to the finish ensuring a rugged construction that stands up to hundreds of ring clashes a day, and are precision weighted to deliver an exact centre of gravity - crucial for moves like the Centrifugal Link.
Messado gives the rings the prestige they deserve, from his eloquent speech to his top-hat and coat - even the name ‘Mr Messado’ commands respect. So we ditched the mock-velvet bag that rings are usually carried in, and instead designed a stylish black carrying case, emblazoned with the Messado Rings logo and finished it with zippers shaped to echo the rings inside.
On the DVD
When it comes to teaching, Messado holds nothing back. Even if you’ve never touched a key ring in your life, Messado will have you performing like a master in just a few hours. He teaches his full routine - from start to finish, from the most basic single link through to his wrap-up flourish display, in stunning and meticulous detail.
Basics:The Messado Rings
The Key Ring
Wrap Up Routine
Links:Key Ring Link
Double Rings Link
Spinning Jumper Link
Advanced Techniques:Matrix Spin
It's not often that we are totally blown away by a trick where the method is so universally known - but in Messado's hands, the linking rings stop being a 'trick' - they become something we never thought could be said about rings... They become cool.
Add the Messado Rings to your arsenal today. You'll be glad you did.
These rings are far better than average, only thing that has them beat are Shoot's Ninja Rings which rarely come on the market. If you take good care of these they're incredible.
Messados routines though, that's the best part of this release. Ive got his DVD as well as Shoot's and without a doubt Messados wins by a mile. This is a worker Ill be using whenever I perform, no doubt about it.
I am in love! These are amazing!
First off, the rings are awesome. They are a great size and nicely weighted. I can't see any of the welds at all. The black paint does wear off over time, but I don't see a problem with it. If anything, with more use they just start to look more authentic. The case they come with is a huge plus. It looks sleek, and has a real solid shell and plenty of foam padding inside, so the rings stay safe in any bag you keep them in.
The DVD is of course really nice quality. Messado goes in depth on all the moves, and shows plenty of performances. It teaches all the basics and then some. For those of you who like me thoroughly enjoy practicing, these offer endless possibilities. Once the basics are down, you can progress into the more showy tricks that add nice style. That is fun, but my favorite part is progressing beyond the DVD and creating new ways to link and unlink the rings and piecing together a unique routine. The routine Messado shows is fantastic, but I really like adding more of my own flare. Even if there is little difference in a spectator's perception.
All in all, I am obsessed. Perfect for close-up with a small group. I am working on creating a busking routine, and these will certainly have a place in it. They are just so much fun.
I don't know why I'm leaving a review when my other reviews have been ignored and never posted, but here goes.
The video that comes with the rings is EPIC. Messado is a WONDERFUL teacher. He teaches you a ton of great effects and moves.
The rings are black and sound SO cool when they come together and make that tone ring out.
NOW for the only downside, which happens to be a pretty bad one. I've had these things for about a week, and have not been rough with them in any way whatsoever. The black is already coming off the rings, and it doesn't help you can see the welds without straining your eyes at all.
I was VERY excited to receive this set, but with the black already coming off, I feel let down again. Two orders, and both times I feel I was taken for way too much money.
If Ellusionist posts this review, I may give them another shot. I always hear such great things about this site, so I'm willing to give the benefit of the doubt here....but mostly because I've spent way too much money to not at least HOPE it's just a bad coincidence. I really want to love this site like my peers seem to...I guess I'll just play it by ear....or wallet.
p.s. to anyone on the fence about this product: the pros DO outweigh the cons, hands down. And ESPECIALLY for the newbies, this is an easy skill to adapt to and learn, so check it out if it at all interests you!