Introduction: Mysterious Physics Ring

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This physics illusion trick is relatively easy to perform, yet it's deceptive and eye-catching. You can be "The Lord of the Ring" and amaze onlookers by appearing to defy the force of gravity right in front of their eyes!  This instructable will explain and show specifically how to pull it off. 

Here's a short video that shows the illusion trick being performed:

Step 1: Materials

Only the following items are needed :

1)  A rubber band
2)  A ring (the heavier the better)
3)  Scissors

Step 2: Preparing the Illusion

First, cut a rubber band wih a pair of scissors. Then, "thread" the rubber band through the ring until the ring is around the halfway point of the length of the rubber band.

Step 3: Creating the Effect

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Grab the rubber band between the thumbs and first fingers of both of your hands as shown in the picture. The ring will be resting on the rubber band between your hands.

Step 4: Performing the Illusion

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Now, pull the rubber band tight so that it appears to others to be longer than it actually is. Obviously you will want to have onlookers watch this illusion from the right vantage point (make sure they are facing you). The photos below show the illusion from "your" vantage point of course.

There will now be a considerable length of excess rubber band concealed within both of your fists. You will need to practice the technique of hiding it.

Tilt the rubber band at about a 45-degree angle so that the ring slides down against the thumb and first finger of your left hand. Ever-so-slightly release some of your grip of the rubber band with that hand. This will take just a little bit of practice, but if you keep the angle right and release the rubber band at a constant, slow rate, the ring will "stick" to the rubber band and travel upwards towards your right hand.

Friction force helps it to stay put and not slide back down. Keep your hands and fingers as still as possible! Continue to release your grip until you "run out" of rubber band on that side. By that point, the ring should be at least halfway up to your right hand. To an unsuspecting observer from the other side, it will look like the rubber band never moved but the ring magically defied gravity and traveled upwards. Repeat the same process with your right hand (tilting the rubber band the opposite way).  You are now The Lord of the Ring!

This video shows the illusion:


Sandeepkubbe (author)2014-07-15

wow! I'm going to fool my friends

angryrobot17 (author)2013-09-10

is it easy awwwwwweeessssooommmmme

Element Force (author)2012-03-26

SOOO that is very cooooooooooool !! best trick!!

champion466 (author)2011-12-23

AWESOME I tried this infront of my siblings and they were totally shocked they loved it !!!!!!

p.s I LOVE it too!

greeenpro (author)champion4662011-12-29

Great! Thank you for your comment.

Pinky212 (author)2011-08-06

Thanks for this cool "magic" trick. I'll be the coolest grandma on the block when I do this for my grandkids! Kudos to you for making me look good! LOL

hjklkjh (author)2011-06-24

that is sooooooooooooooooo cool

greeenpro (author)hjklkjh2011-06-24

Thanks for the feedback!! Try it out!

JinjaNinja (author)2011-06-19

this is sooooooo wicked! its soo easy and quick 2 learn i love it!

qwertymj (author)2011-06-11

thats a cool trick and it works too

bent_paper_clip (author)2011-06-10

Nice yeaaaa

greeenpro (author)2011-05-12

Great. Thanks for your feedback!

yoyo109 (author)2011-04-21

fantastic, That was super daedal than clever but do you think that it can work on string and plastic wires than rubber bands

bhaney (author)2011-03-23

WOW!!! SO sneaky! LOL

egal (author)2011-03-12

thats great..thanks for sharing

greeenpro (author)2010-12-22

Glad to hear that! Cheers.

Jeannette311 (author)2010-12-19

Very cool! I hope you don't get kicked out of the Magician's Alliance because of this. :(

99igo (author)2010-11-28

hey greenpro how come you have 3 e's in your user name

greeenpro (author)99igo2010-11-28

At the time, I set that as my username because I like to make videos of optical illusions and the that's pretty much an optical illusion. Most people don't notice the third e in greeenpro. If you like optical illusions, I posted a whole bunch of homemade ones on YouTube. Here's the link to my channel if you want to check them out:

Talk to you later,

99igo (author)greeenpro2010-12-06

hey its true my sister said it looks like 4

greeenpro (author)99igo2010-12-07

Nice. I just looked at it and I thought it was 6!! haha

99igo (author)2010-11-22

cool but you have to keep bringing one hand down

greeenpro (author)99igo2010-11-22

No, you shouldn't need to bring one hand down at all if done properly.

99igo (author)greeenpro2010-11-27

Oh yeahh i got it now thanks 4 da video

inergy (author)2010-11-23

How did you find this out??
Pretty sweet though :D

dachemist (author)2010-11-22

your just pulling the rubber band through your fingers. But it's a great trick! I'd fall for it if ya turned your hands around.

greeenpro (author)dachemist2010-11-23

Right. It's that simple. If you follow the video and read the instructable, you'll notice that the "magician's" point of view is shown for a reason: to show you what it should look like from your angle if you are the one performing the trick for spectators :) Obviously you wouldn't want to have spectators view this from "your side". Thanks for watching.

ericfrusy (author)2010-11-22

Wow, that sounds interesting! Thanks for the great video!

greeenpro (author)ericfrusy2010-11-22

Give it a try! Thanks!

HeyJD (author)2010-11-21

Nice... I saw this already on your youtube video(I'm a subscriber).

greeenpro (author)HeyJD2010-11-22

It's good to hear from you on this site. Thanks. I threw this link into the YouTube vid's description. I know the trick is simple, but there are a couple of important tips in the instructable that you can't get from the video. Thanks for watching and subbing!!

stackerjack (author)2010-11-22

Very Clever.
Can't wait to have a go.

greeenpro (author)stackerjack2010-11-22

Reply back and post how it goes for you if you'd like to :)

steve6221 (author)2010-11-22

Nice quick trick to have around

greeenpro (author)steve62212010-11-22

Yeah, it's handy. Thanks for the feedback.

zakamooza (author)2010-11-21

so sutpid but so cool , and i was thinking htf is he doing it ?

camscam (author)zakamooza2010-11-21

That's what's great about magic tricks! They boggle the mind, yet are so simple when you know HOW.

greeenpro (author)camscam2010-11-21

True...some are easier than others though. This one is just plain simple and easy.

gogutu (author)2010-11-21

Foarte frumos trucul cum ai reusit?

greeenpro (author)gogutu2010-11-21


*Thank you Google translate*

McNoodle (author)2010-11-21

i used to do this all the time in school but instead of a ring i used a paper clip

greeenpro (author)McNoodle2010-11-21

Yes. Whatever works, right?

Spydamonky (author)2010-11-21

That is diabolical!!

greeenpro (author)Spydamonky2010-11-21

Evil in a good way? Hmm.....*sees DemonSpawn as username and confirms assumption*. Awesome, thanks!

Spydamonky (author)greeenpro2010-11-21

haha, yeah i made this account a long time ago i cant change it... :)

greeenpro (author)Spydamonky2010-11-21

I know how you feel. Mine has 3 e's in it. I would change that too if I could...haha :)

niv_pei (author)2010-11-21

Huuuu. Very nice

Hungerwood (author)2010-11-21

It's sooo simple and awsome! :D
thanks for the nice trick! ^_^

greeenpro (author)Hungerwood2010-11-21

Great. Thank you!

cowboysy (author)2010-11-21

Pretty cool trick....rather ingenious. Nice illusion.

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