At first glance this looks like a traditional gumball machine. Though it’s been carefully engineered for magic routines like the ring a ding, yet it still meets all commercial product standards for food safety in vending machines. This makes it the perfect addition to a magic parlor’s waiting room or in the concession area to keep the laughs rolling during an intermission.
One of the most popular tricks for this gimmick works well for a magician working a crowd that’s in waiting. Especially if you are warming up for an opening act.
With this effect a magician working a small crowd asks to borrow a small valuable object from a spectator. While a quarter will work, something like a ring, earring or another small piece of jewelry adds to the tension.
Upon borrowing the object you hand the participant or another spectator a coin. If you choose a second participant it helps redirect skepticism toward them as perhaps being “In” on the trick. This can be a handy misdirection.
The participant then inserts the coin into the machine. They crack the knob just like you would on any other gumball vending machine. It then delivers their valuable back to them for astonishing display. This particular Ring a Ding gumball machine can be set up to deliver the specific item on the first, second, or even third attempt. This can further be used to add suspense or comedy to the performance.