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by Bob Kohler
When you hear the word ninja many thoughts enter your mind. Concepts like total precision, unbelievable skill and the ability to do the impossible to name just a few. You could add to that list advanced planning, choreography and the expert use of secret weapons. Gone are the days of assassinating feudal lords, however, today™s Ninjas are high-caliber Japanese magicians, who utilize their skills to assassinate the unsuspecting minds of their audiences.
Traditional Methods, Revolutionary Techniques
In 1989 Masahiro Yanagida visited the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, CA and performed his fabulous Ninja Rings routine for the first time in America. Everyone who witnessed this performance in the legendary close-up gallery gasped repeatedly as they saw the small steel rings seemingly melt right through each other time and time again. Masahiro fooled many of the best magicians in the world with his masterpiece. Why? Masahiro had spent the last thirteen years perfecting his routine during literally thousands of performances-his method was traditional but his techniques were revolutionary.
A New Ninja in Town
It™s now 2003 and Masahiro has passed the mantle to Shoot Ogawa. Shoot has been trained from very early in his youth as a Ninja Magician. It is rare to see such perfection in someone so young. But Shoot has all of the weapons: incredible skill, expert technique, a wonderful personality, professional presentations and focus. To witness Shoot™s handling of Masahiro™s Ninja Rings will leave you breathless like all of us so many years ago.
Packs Small, Packs a Punch
The Ninja Rings is a routine that, once learned, will become a mainstay of your arsenal. The rings are only four and one half inches in diameter but the routine is perfect for formal close-up situations, walk-around, or intimate table-side magic. The rings are small and lightweight, but the routine is packed with power and extreme visual magic.
This DVD begins with performances by Masahiro and Keiko-the top demonstrator of the Ninja Rings at Wizards Inn, Inc., Masahiro™s stores. Shoot Ogawa then performs the routine before a live audience before explaining every technique in excruciating detail. Nothing is left out.
After each technique has been learned, Shoot goes through the entire routine again, but this time very slowly, clearly organizing the entire routine into the correct order for the student. At every step of the way, Shoot explains every facet in precise detail and includes many tips for proper performance.