# Ring puzzle

Updated on June 20, 2012

Magic! The word itself raises eyebrows and curiosity. It is such a powerful art form that it leaves the audience baffled at the end of a trick or an illusion. My love for magic goes long back to my childhood when I saw my uncle perform some completely amazing tricks. Magic has a lot of powers and could be used in a number of situations. I myself use magic as a hobby to entertain friends, keep myself busy when I have nothing else to do and impress recruiters in Interview situations. Trust me the reaction is worth it. Apart from the above it also helps one interact better with people and develop IQ.

I intend to teach and reveal very simple puzzles and tricks that can be performed with day to day objects. The first in this series is the Spring puzzle to puzzle your friends.

What are the Ingredients that are required

1) A spring as shown in the picture

2) A ring as shown in the picture

What is the trick?

This is a mindboggling puzzle. As shown in the picture above, the spring with a ring inside it is given to your friends and family. Their task is to remove the tiny ring from the structure without obviously breaking the spring or the ring.

What effect does it have on people?

When this puzzle is given to people, they generally try to get the ring to the edge of the spring and look for an opening or a defect in the spring – ring puzzle. Obviously, there is no defect here. When the trial fails people generally try to pull the ring out but with no avail. Frustrated, they finally give up. This looks like an impossible task at hand.

The trick revealed

When your friends have given up you can take the ring from them and within seconds take the ring out of the spring- ring structure. The trick to this is a ‘half - twist’.

1) Hold the ring as shown in the video with your thumb and forefinger.

2) Give the ring a half twist till you hear a click or a jerk.

3) Slide the ring on top of the spring and there you go the ring is separated from the spring

Isn’t it simple?

The video attached explains to you how to do the above.

Putting it back

Now that you have separated the ring and the spring it is also very important to learn how to put the ring back into the spring for next time.

Following are the steps you need to follow for putting it back.

The process to be followed is backtracking the earlier steps.

1)Glide the ring on top of the Spring

2)Leave the ring hanging in the structure

3)Hold the ring just like you did earlier

4)Give the ring another ‘half –twist ‘

That is it the ring now easy gets locked into the structure.

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Abhijit Aswath

6 years ago from India

Wish I could see the expression on your friends face :) That is what I love in magic .. the reaction .. It is priceless.

• vinner

6 years ago from India

Very nice and simple trick. I tried with my friends. They were amazed. Really cool..

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Abhijit Aswath

6 years ago from India

Thank you sir, once you master it you can try it on your friends and family and see them baffled at the ease with which you solved the puzzle. Will come up with more such things soon :)

• Jim Higgins

6 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

This will take some practice, but should be fun. Interesting Hub!

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