Tom Frank DVDs Reviewed: Cups and Balls, Linking Rings

By Tom Interval

Magician friends, if you haven’t watched Tom Frank‘s instructional DVDs on the Cups and Balls and Linking Rings, I highly recommend doing so. These are the beautiful, practical routines that have put food on his table for decades, and he teaches the moves and theory with clarity and passion. The DVDs are well thought out, professionally produced, and include footage of Tom performing each of the routines for live audiences.

Tom’s Cups and Balls routine incorporates both standard and original moves, and he offers advice and theory that any magician at any skill level would find useful. He also includes some bonus goodies, such as a tour of his Cups and Balls collection, performance footage of his mentors Larry Pringle and Cellini, and a personal anecdote about Dai Vernon he shares to make an insightful point.

The ring routine, dubbed The Legend of the Five Mystic Rings, is Tom’s version of Jack Miller’s five-ring routine mindfully performed to a beautifully written, Edgar Allan Poe-inspired poem. The instruction here is pretty straightforward, but I recommend supplementing it by reading Jack Miller’s Linking Ring Routine, by Bob Novak. It’s a 32-page, profusely photo-illustrated pamphlet you can find used online for under ten bucks.

Before watching either of Tom’s DVDs, having basic working knowledge of magic and its terminology would be helpful, if not required. The DVDs are well worth the price of $25 each (plus $5 shipping/handling). You can purchase them directly from Tom on his website:


About Tom Interval

San Diego Magician Tom Interval, owner of Interval Magic, provides magic entertainment and training to private and corporate clients locally and nationally. A member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM), Society of American Magicians (SAM), and the Academy of Magical Arts (AMA), Interval has captivated tens of thousands of people at numerous venues, including Busch Gardens theme park in Williamsburg, Virginia. With a BA in professional writing and minors in communications and business administration, Interval writes magic-related e-books, magazine articles, and blogs and produces tutorials and related videos for his YouTube channel. Most recently, Interval earned The Linking Ring Award of Excellence for a cover story he wrote for the magicians' publication. To learn more, please visit
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