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“The Whole is more than the sum of its Parts.” Aristotle, Metaphysica written circa 350 B.C.

Welcome to the Web site for Ring 211! Our aim is to offer a more informative, more interactive site to help everyone better promote our shared love of magic. We sincerely hope you will join us in this ongoing goal.


Our Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be May 23, the Fourth Monday as usual. We’ll meet at at Brann’s. Arrive at 7:15 pm starting time, or 6:00 pm for those wanting to eat dinner with friends.

Workshop: Charles Bennett will be presenting the workshop.  Magic as a hobby versus magic as a business.  He’ll share his knowledge as a tax preparer.

May 2016 Program: Magician in Trouble

It’s a common theme in magic, and one that audience’s always seem to enjoy. They love to see us stumble and prove we, too, are merely mortal. Perform a trick or routine where failure appears imminent — just before you turn it around and once again do the impossible.

Please contact Ron Carnell if you would like to perform or MC.

For more information and a map to Brann’s, please check the Events Page

Coming Soon!

Complete list of all Monthly Magic Programs for 2016

Friday, May 20, Youth Chapter Meeting, 6:30 PM, Denny’s, 3900 28th Street Southeast, Kentwood, MI 49512

Michael Dardant (the other “Magic Mike”) will be here this Sunday, May 22 — Michael Dardant Lecture — 2 PM start time, Brann’s Steakhouse & Grille, 4157 S. Division Avenue, Grand Rapids. Arrive early ( around 12:30 PM ) if joining other magi for brunch and fellowship!

Multiple award winner, (see https://about.me/michaeldardant for just a few) Michael will talk about entering magic contests (how and why he did); working the streets; performing as a emcee; mentoring others; burlesque shows; customizing your act; comedy and improv; working in movies; advice, tips and more.

He was a highlight at the recent Carnival Of Magic Festival hosted by Knoxville, TN — Ring 58! See article in May edition of The Linking Ring.

Start getting ready for our June Program: This Case is Open & Close

There are thousands of routines we can put into the middle of a show, but only a select few are strong enough to be Openers or Closers. Your Opening trick has to immediately grab their attention and set the tone for everything that follows, while your Closer needs to be powerful and memorable (because it WILL be the thing they remember the best). This month, we focus on the best of the best.

Ring 211 April 2016 Report

IMG_6080Jeff Brodrick, MLIS, M.Ed, presented our April workshop. His title was “Television Magic: A History of Magic Seen on Television.” His workshop involved trivia, clips, and lots of magical television memories. His workshop was dedicated to Dorothy Dietrich. Workshops are usually a half hour, but Jeff had us so glued to this unique happening of magical history, that it was about one hour. The following paragraph describes what he had to share. All may not have been printed. The full workshop part of this report can be found on the Ring 211 web site.

IMG_6079Jeff’s interest in classic television caused him to create the first Internet website about “Gilligan’s Island.” He also created the first one about comedian Jerry Lewis as well. Jeff is a television history researcher who has contributed to “Larry King Live,” “A&E Biography,” “E! True Hollywood Story” and even held a “Gilligan’s Island’s 50th Anniversary” party. He has met Lennart Green, George Schindler, Kreskin, etc. The history of television and the many magical moments seen on it are the impetus for a forthcoming work. He shared with us how magic on TV has had a possessing power beginning with Romper Room’s “magic mirror.” Included in the talk were the first male magician on TV, Edwin Howard; BBC’s first was Fred Culpitt. The first lady magi for television was “The Magic Lady,” Geraldine Larson. The first magician on American widely syndicated TV was Mark Wilson’s “Magic Land of Allakazam” (1960 – 1964). Dick Williams followed with “Dick Williams’ Magicland” (1966 – 1989), which still holds a record for the longest running magic show on television. The first major film star to perform magic on television was Orson Wells in a 1956 episode of “I Love Lucy.” Jerry Nelson was the voice of the muppet, “The Amazing Mumford” on “Sesame Street.” Dick Cavett was a talk show host (1968 – 2007) and is still a performing magician.

IMG_6078Then there was the one-time professional magician Johnny Carson of “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” (1962 – 1992). The first magician to sell magic on TV was Marshall Brodien. David Copperfield has had eighteen magic specials to-date. Jeff presented a list of TV series titled with the word “magic” within their respective title, and series without the word “magic” or “magician” in the title. We saw an excerpt of Don Alan performing on “Don Alan’s Magic Ranch” TV show. Jeff showed parts of two TV magic advertisements that he mentioned, Marshall Brodien selling “TV Magic Cards” and an “Almond Joy/Mounds” commercial. He closed his workshop by mentioning numerous game shows and variety shows. We also saw one part of Gali Gali in an early 1950’s performance. Jeff had a table full of commercial TV shows with magicians in episodes, series, and movies on VHS and DVD formats along with other television photos and unopened collectibles (and this was only a small sample of his vast collection). The club thanks Jeff very much for presenting this workshop. We think there may be a sequel…. stay tuned!

IMG_6085The April program was “Money Magic.” Since the tax filing day just passed, one’s trick or routine had to center on money or address it only obliquely, but it should definitely bring out the cash at some point. MagicBob Zoerman was our first performer and performed Slowburn (Richard Sanders). He showed us how he “personalized” it (idea from a recent David Corsaro Lecture). He followed with David Corsaro’s Mall Rats. He concluded with an ESP routine involving a lottery ticket.

Jeff Brodrick performed Harry Anderson’s 2 Dollar Bill and another routine called Purse of Pennies. He was able to match the only one with the date 1998. Evan Priem amazed us with a “Sharpie” maker and coin vanish and reappearance routine.

IMG_6090Dr. Jack Vander Wal performed a one dollar bill into two fifty dollar bills and back by having two spectators hold each of his wrists. Dennis Favreau dazzled us with a coin through his shirt and a coin toss routine called Random Predictability (from an old “Linking Ring”). In this effect, the magi is able to draw four symbols on the coins and have the spectator freely shuffle them in their own hands, dropping them on a table. Each time this is done, the turned down coin(s) are eliminated. Until the spectator is left with one coin with a symbol that matches the prediction.

Bob Panlener was our last performer. He astonished us with a torn and restored dollar bill routine, a one dollar into a one hundred dollar bill, a torn and restored center of a one dollar bill, and a $2 dollar bill into two $1 dollar bills back to a $2 dollar bill.

This was another night of magic, fun, and fellowship. We thank the performers and all who attended. Thanks to Jeff Brodrick and Dennis Favreau for contributing to this report.

Ring Event: Ring 211 Hosts David Corsaro Lecture

Ring 211 David CorsaroOn Sunday, April 10, Ring 211 (The June Horowitz/John deVries Magic Club, Grand Rapids, Michigan) had the pleasure of experiencing David Corsaro’s “Time To Be Awesome” lecture. Our lecture chairman, Dave Bogdan (bogsmagic@comcast.net) quickly booked this lecture when Rick Merrill informed him that David was going to join Rick at a marketing seminar the next day downtown. Thanks to both Rick and Dave Bogdan for obtaining this lecture.

Three scenarios that David Corsaro addressed about magicians throughout the lecture were: those that primarily want to make money in magic, those that do not currently make money but want to begin, and those that do not want to and have no intention. Within these three scenarios was the main key for all of us: time to be awesome prior, during, and after our performances.

Highlights of David’s lecture were:

  • Mad About You — a name on card matching picture routine
  • tips on making an effect one’s own, determine what defines one as a person
  • Getting To Know You — a name on card back routine similar to Oscar which involves three questions magician asks the spectator. This routine clarified his points on “personalize your magic.” He also showed two video commercials about two companies on how the ads expressed emotion among the viewer. He emphasized for us to inject emotion in our magic.
  • Wild Birthday — a wild card routine for the birthday person
  • Mallrats — a mapping prediction routine
  • a discussion on quick tips of the proper way to address an audience member — be specific, proper way of pointing out a member of the audience, and how to spread a deck of cards as well as display a fan of cards so the audience sees, and the difference between “close face” and “open face” expressions from audience members (audience thinking how the trick is being done versus being astonished).

The second half of the lecture was on marketing. David is employed with a major marketing firm. He focused primarily on marketing to restaurants but all of his points can be used for marketing any type of performance for any venue. First, the show is number one . . . so one must be good. Second, marketing is number two to number 132 on his list. He gave insight on the following: getting the first job, getting the second job and beyond, how to use social media, doing magic for free, how to make customers happy and other tips, and his take on the “jump” theory. He closed the lecture by performing “Can I Call You Sometime?” This routine involved a selection of names and phone numbers on napkins with the end result of matching the chosen napkin.

David had his lecture notes “The Magic of David Corsaro” in DVD and his marketing notes (volumes one and two) for sale as well as the routines he presented. The DVD and notes were also available as a download. David may be reached on Facebook and at www.davidcorsaro.com. Those interested in viewing his weekly internet show should check out www.timetobeawesome.com. We thank David for this lecture and recommend him to any club.

Ring 211 March 2016 Report

MagicBob Zoerman presented the March workshop. It was a report of his and his wife’s (SuZie) eleventh trip to India (two and half week trip). The duo joined with Sonny Shipman (from Phoenix) to do a combined seventy-three shows and pleasing over fifty thousand people in attendances. They do this as part of mission work through Campus Crusade for Christ. MagicBob performs magic shows, as well as Sonny, and SuZie astonishes with her chalk art work. Cities they visited were: Tamil Nadu, Chennai (British influence), Pondicherry, Vellore (French influence), Salem, and Erod. Smallest audience was around five hundred people. Largest audience was around three thousand people. Many of the shows were for high schools and universities, with a few shows being public. The schools were all public with some being Christian operated. MagicBob and SuZie also brought back many items from India to show such as souvenirs, wooden bowls, trays, other trinkets, silk scarves, and place mats featuring artwork such as the “Lord’s Supper.” MagicBob also gave gifts to many of these students of the universities and schools which was a small toy truck and a coin which had a prayer on one side and John 3:16 and the other. Also, many of the club members could purchase magic tricks and memorabilia MagicBob brought back from India. This included Malini Egg Bags, Himber wallets with real leather, lapel pins, Houdini beads, NuWay Animated Bolt, magic pad locks, “X-Ray Eyes” (book by Sam Dalal), Entanglement, Buddha Paper Mystery, and Age Cards. We thank MagicBob for this workshop. For more of an update (including how to obtain the toy trucks and coins) make friends with MagicBob on Facebook to view his posts of the trip.

Tonight was Comedy Magic Night. Jesse Shira was the first performer and got us right on track by opening up with a few jokes and presented a restaurant receipt prediction routine which involved separate members to choose an appetizer, and entrée, and a dessert. The total price matched the written prediction. The routine he obtained from a past issue of Genii Magazine. Gary Laundre’ followed and in a hilarious way with his Cat Scan Card routine. A card selection was taken. Gary placed a blank card in a box (film for the scanner). A stethoscope, a hot dog on a grilling fork, and to avoid the extra radiation a x-ray vest was worn on Gary. A small toy cat was also used. The end result was that the blank card in the box “developed” to show a picture of the spectator’s brain with the chosen card being superimposed. Jeff Brodrick (newer member . . . well, actually welcomed back home after two decades of being in the eastern part of the U.S.) added more laughs with his two mini ropes to become magically tied together. From his magic bag the ropes were “Tide” together. Next, he amazed us by creating a balloon dog with a meatball in the dog’s stomach. Gil Scott changed the pace but kept up the laughter with two mental effects. One was a book test in which the named word came out of a book of blank pages. Next, a thought of word matching which gave much snickering of laughs and a surprise match at the end. Ron Carnell, our program chairperson, closed the show with his game show phenomenon “The Price is Nuts.” The contestant, our own Michele Parkes, could win five dollars. All she had to do was answer by saying, “nuts” to all questions. She did . . . and so did the prize money. It turned into actual nuts.

Another night of magic and fun. We thank Ron and all the performers.

Ring 211 February 2016 Report

Gil Scott presented our February workshop and his topic was Deck Switches. First, Gil performed Cold Case by Gregory Wilson, a deck color change. Next, he performed a ten card poker deal based on the “Jonah Card” principle. He followed with a deck vanish from Shawn Farquhar. He expressed the context of the “move” in these routines. He pointed out to “justify the action.” Misdirection is to focus the audience’s attention elsewhere and one’s routine should cover the “dirty work.” He also showed us the Si Stebben’s deck switch, Blizzard by Dean Dill, and a deck switch with use of the card box (by taking it away) upon the table. Thanks Gil.

Tonight’s program was Magic With A Message. One had to perform a routine and link a message to it: Our chairperson was Shannon Bigham. Jim Merrills opened up the performance by sharing with us his experience of seeing a school show performer many years ago misusing props to make a point. Jim reminded that one can purchase specifically made props for an educational or message approach but if one thinks a bit . . . one can practically use any item or prop. He continued his story by explaining how he performed an eight linking ring routine to discourage youngsters to avoid smoking: phrase words such as “smoke rings,” “chain smoking,” and “just one” were within his patter but also correlated well with the visual of the linking rings. Randy Vander Wal presented Pocket Change by Wayne Dobson (JB Magic — Mark Mason). Randy’s point? Something about the surprise of the market. Mystic Willow (Shannon’s daughter) impressed us with a delightful rope routine using a red, a white, and a blue rope to magically become one rope with the meaning of being united as one, the USA. Shannon followed with a traffic light message using three color silks — green, yellow, and red with another silk with a picture of a traffic light. One of the colors was missing on the traffic light and with a vanish of the appropriate solid color silk, that color appeared on the traffic light. He closed the show with his “Ed, Ned, and Tid” Color Silk routine. The characters were leprechauns. Colored silks produced a rainbow. With the vanish of the leprechaun silk, gold coins were produced from the rolled up rainbow.

Another night of magic and fun. A thanks to the performers and all who were here.

Ring 211 January 2016 Report

IMG_5926.JPGGary Laundre’ presented our January workshop. His topic was the on the cups and balls. Gary performed a basic three cups and ball routine with a two large ball production as the climax. He then explained the moves, how to load, and a few extra pointers on loading. He also demonstrated cup through cup. He mentioned combo sets which includes a chop cup, although he is not a fan. He performed a chop cup routine involving a miniature size chop cup and talked about gimmicked and non-gimmicked chop cups, and a “no chop” chop cup. He also showed us one could use a mini magic hat and even a mini sombrero hat as a chop cup. We thank Gary for the workshop.

Tonight’s program was “May The Force Be With You.” One had to perform a trick or routine in which some sort of force was used. Our chairperson was Ron Carnell. Gil Scott challenged our minds with a mental grid and number effect. Gary Laundre’ had a mini rabbit travel along a deck of cards to reveal the selected card. Next, he impressed us with a poker chip selection in which the chosen poker chip was revealed on a piece of paper inside his pen. Dr. Jack Vander Wal astonished us with a colored gem stone selection and reveal called Touchstones by Christian Painter (found in his book “Protoplasm”). Ron Carnell amazed us with a prediction match which involved the elimination of various items by a spectator and him taking turns. Steven Elkowitz mystified us by vanishing a card and having that chosen card appear inside a bag of chips. The torn corner matched. Ron Carnell then read a letter from Peter Stobie (now residing near Philadelphia) which revealed the chosen card from Gary’s segment. Shannon Bigham impressed us with a zip lock change bag. Jeff Brodrick intrigued us with a card selection in which the card was revealed by the voice of his cell phone. Dennis Favreau impressed us with a number prediction match, a two letter match, and a gathering of random numbers from audience members from questions and when applied with math operations the total number result was revealed as Dennis’ cell phone number. Leo Peters amazed us with a number and card slate prediction. The prediction matched. P. J. Weber dazzled us with Holy Moly including vanishes and appearances. Ron Carnell closed the night off by performing his CART, that is, the Carnell Audience Response Test. This was a six envelope comedy mental routine and used words: something, nothing, everything, love, money, and sex. Each envelope has one of those words written on it. However, upon opening the envelopes, Ron had the only envelope with a slip of paper saying “mine” and all others had “yours.”

Another night of magic and fun was had. We thank Ron and all the performers. Saturday, April 9: Michigan Magic Day presented by the Ann Arbor Magic Club, www.michiganmagicday.com. Saturday, April 16: 31 Flavors of Magic presented by Ring 386 in Colon, http://magic-festival.com/.

Ring Event: The Outerbridges Lecture to Ring 211

Ring 211 Ted and Marion OuterbridgeIn early January Ted and Marion Outerbridge presented their current lecture “Touring Secrets” to Ring 211. Ted Outerbridge has been hailed by critics as “the most successful professional magician in Canada” and “a champion of magic.” A professional since 1982, Ted has been featured in theaters from coast to coast and on both sides of the Atlantic, where he set box office records with his tours Illusions, Magician Extraordinaire, Magical Moments in Time, and The Time Capsule Tour. Marion is a dancer as well as his lead assistant, plus an integral part of their shows. Ted and Marion were a featured act on the Finale Show at the 2015 I.B.M. Convention in Jacksonville. See review of their act in the August 2015 issue. They also received rave reviews for their lecture they presented at that convention. See the November 2015 issue. What follows below are highlights of the routines of the lecture to Ring 211.

  • Perfume — Similar to Cardiographic, a comedy prediction of which perfume a volunteer is thinking.
  • Time of Day Prediction — This diabolically clever prediction was originally developed for their media appearances on radio and television, but it blows people’s minds anywhere, anytime. Use of the Invisible Deck principle.
  • Purple Card — A hilarious selected card and find for adults or children involving a water pistol loaded with grape juice.
  • Psychic Is Right — Similar to McCombical Deck and Psycho but in a game show scenario.
  • TP Prediction — A “packs small, plays big” comedy prediction (time in this case) using a roll of toilet paper.
  • Gypsy Thread — his take on how to avoid the “tangle” and his performance which centered around family values.
  • Touring Secrets — This was throughout the lecture and enhanced with a video presentation of pictures and short video clips. He shared with us how to book your show, what to do at media appearances, great publicity stunts, developing original material, a sample day in a touring illusion show, and more. Floating Barricade Light (zombie routine), Time Machine, Levitation/deKolta Chair, and Divided Lady were shown. Ted builds much of his high-tech illusions because of his background in carpentry. However, he told us he sought help from experts on the production of their web sites, photos, and marketing material. It may be expensive, but well worth the ending results.

We enjoyed their lecture and recommend them to any club. They had lecture notes for sale as well as many of their routines. Visit Ted and Marion at www.tedouterbridge.com. They are also on Facebook and Twitter.