Magic Tricks Revealed - Climbing Ring

The performer hands out a wand for examination and borrows a fingerr ing.
He holds the wand in his hand, point upward, and drops the ring on it, then makes mesmeric passes over the wand with the other, and causes the ring to climb toward the top, stop at any place desired, pass backward, and at last fall from the wand. The wand and ring are examined again by the audience.
To produce this little trick, the performer must first provide himself with a round, black stick, about l-t in. long, a piece of No. 60 black cotton thread, about 18 in. long, and a small bit of beeswax. Tie one end of the thread to the top button on the coat and to the free end stick the beeswax, which is stuck to the lower button until ready for the trick.
After the wand is returned, secretly stick the waxed end to the top of the wand, then drop the ring on it. Moving the wand slightly from oneself will cause the ring to move upward, and relaxing it causes the ring to fall. In the final stage remove the thread and hand out the wand for examination.

THE BOY MECHANIC - BOOK 3 - 800 THINGS FOR BOYS TO DO
1919, POPULAR MECHANICS PRESS CHICAGO