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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 July 24, 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: TBA

July 2017 Program: Mentalism or Mental Magic

Dust off those Zener cards and multiple-out envelopes, as you prepare yourself to utterly amaze your Ring 211 audience with a demonstration of your mental prowess. Telepathy, clairvoyance, telekinesis, it’s all fair game in July.

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

Ring 211 and its many friends:

The Annual Ring 211 Picnic will be Sunday, August 20, beginning at 2 PM, at Dr. Jack Vander Wal’s residence (in the back yard facing Crystal Lake), 946 Miede Street, Jenison, MI 49428. Phone: 616-204-0301 or 616-204-0302.

Fish in the lake and beat Gary Oisten’s record. Play frisbee too. Chat among members and show a trick or two. Bring lawn chairs or sport chairs. This will help as we have metal folding chairs. Your lawn chair may be more comfortable.

The club furnishes the burgers, hot dogs, pop, and utensils. Please bring a dish to pass such as a salad or dessert.

Grilling may begin at 3:30 PM or so. After the dinner, there is an impromptu magic show. Hence, performing magi, please bring a trick to perform.

Hocus Pocus Party Tickets may be available for sale as well as flyers to distribute.


Coming Soon!

The Magic of Suzanne

Ring 211, Grand Rapids is having a special lecture on Sunday, August 27 at 3:00 P.M. It will be at Brann’s Steakhouse 4157 Division Avenue S. The lecturer is the 2010 AMA Close-up Magician of the Year. On October 5, 2015, Suzanne fooled Penn & Teller. Read and view all about this champion of magic at The Magic of Suzanne | Minneapolis Saint Paul

Want to get ready for next month’s Magic Theme?

August is set aside for the annual Ring 211 picnic, so there won’t be any Magic Theme until September. September’s theme (the last for 2017) will be Halloween based. More on that at:

Complete list of all Monthly Magic Programs for 2017

Hocus Pocus is November 4, 2017

Upcoming Lectures

TBA…

Ring Event: Trevor Duffy Lectures to Ring 211

On Sunday, July 16, the day after the I.B.M./S.A.M. Combined Convention ended in which Trevor had a dealer booth, he began his U.S. lecture tour and Grand Rapids was his first stop.

Trevor Duffy is a professional magician and innovator of magic, who has performed in the United States, England, Australia, parts of Africa and now resides in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has received Gold medal awards in South African National championships. In 2002, he won a Gold medal in the category of invention, for his and Denton Cooley’s card trick, Minds in Focus and later in the year, placed second place in the Australian I.B.M. Close-up competition.

Ring 211 member Bill Rasmussen briefs us what Trevor’s lecture was all about in the below paragraphs.

He performed many effects such as: Double Your Money. Here he took a $5 bill from an audience member and right before us in his hands he folded it into a $10 bill and returned it to the audience member, handing it back with the comment that he learned early in life that “it is better to give than to receive.” Nice routine, very understandable, without any noticeable props.

Signed Card to Both Pockets. Here he had me select a card at random, sign it, and hand it to him. Within a few moves, he displayed that it was in his “right” trouser pocket! Then, after some more moves, it vanished! He removed the card from his “right” pocket and, surprisingly, it was a different, unsigned card! What happened to “my” card? Astonishingly, he removed a card from his “left” front trouser pocket and it was “my” signed card! Whew!

Invisible Deck. I have seen this trick performed many times by others and, in fact, Christian and I perform it sometimes. But, Trevor has a completely different twist to the trick. He starts with his hands empty. And I mean completely empty! Then, he goes through the “normal” routine of “throwing the invisible deck” out to a spectator having the spectator doing the “normal” twists and turns of “turning over” one of the cards, returning the card to the “invisible deck,” and throwing the deck back to Trevor. Then, out of nowhere, the deck turns “visible” in his hand! Astonishing! Then, after the revelation of the reversed card (the spectators selected and reversed card), he is able to make the deck vanish again, right before our very eyes! Incredible. Besides these three gems, he demonstrated other great tricks, as well. One of the great feats was his ability to make a deck of cards (and I mean an “ungaffed deck of cards”) smoke right in his hand before us “on his command!” I was mystified! At the end of the show I spent $195 for his complete package. This package included his unique creation (which, by the way, he builds and sells) that makes any deck (or other object) smoke right in his hands!

As is usual with great lectures such as this, I went away broke. Quite a bit of magic by him!

This was a splendid lecture. We thank Trevor and recommend him to any club. We thank our lecture chair Dave Bogdan (bogsmagic@comcast.net) and Bill for submitting what happened. For more information and video visit these links: More info and video visit these links: http://trevorduffy.co.za/products-page and www.trevorduffy.co.za.

Ring 211 July 2017 Report

Gil Scott presented our July workshop. This was on Banachek’s Ring of Truth. One can do this logic trick using a coin or any item one can hold in their hand. It was a truth or lie routine. Two people are used. Either one can lie or tell the truth. One holds the item and the magi determines whom. The magi asks the first person, “Did you choose the same.” That is, are you both telling the truth or lying? The person answers. Then the magi asks the second person, “Do you have the item?” The person answers. Then the magician requests whoever actually has the item to hand it over. Next, Gil did a similar truth or lie routine by asking “Does this road lead into town?” Thank you Gil.

At this meeting, our newly elected officers took their positions. They are Jeff Brodrick, President; Trino Schincariol, Vice President; Charles Bennett, Secretary; Michele Parkes, Treasurer; Sergeant at Arms, Jim Parkes; June Horowitz, Emeritus Member; Gil Scott and Dave Bogdan, Board Members at Large. We thank P. J. Weber for serving as president, Charles Bennett as vice president, and Jesse Shira for serving as secretary the last two years. We thank Jim and Michele Parkes along with Gil, Dave, and June for their service as they were also elected again.

Tonight was Mental Night or Mentalism. Ron Carnell was the emcee. Christian Rasmussen with the assistance from his father Bill presented Cataclysm by Brian Caswell. Three cards are chosen by a audience member and displayed. The numbers (each card has a random number on the back of it) from each of the chosen cards matched the numbers on the back of three cards displayed in a photo. Bill made a stage version of this routine. In fact one can view this routine on YouTube.

Dr. Jack Vander Wal performed a card routine by John Born. One audience member holds a wallet from the magi. Three audience members choose the card (red or black, then suite, then value). The back of the deck is shown in which each card has a different monetary value (dollar and cents). The card determined by the audience is shown and the value on the back of the card matches the value of the money in the wallet.

Marc Denton determined what two objects Trino was thinking by asking a few questions.

Jeff Brodrick impressed us with the “Phil” card trick. Then a plate of various food items was displayed and Jeff determined the food item chosen twice. This routine was “Food For Thought.”

Bob Panlener intrigued us with a card routine involving fate or chance.

Randy Vander Wal performed Sketch Book by Samuel Patrick Smith.

Gary Laundre’ baffled us by having a person choose a random shape among many pieces of paper in which the prediction matched.

Trino performed an impressive book test.

Steven Elkowitz (welcome back from the U. P.) had various people provide three digit numbers and these were multiplied many times as each person put in their number. The result was the final number rang Steven’s phone.

Ron Carnell closed the show with what he called “Blind Luck.” Blind Luck is his own routine, using methods by Woody Aragon for the first phase and Bob Cassidy for the second phase. In the first phase, a dollar bill was selected from many (to insure a random selection), placed into an envelope which was then signed by the volunteer, and finally moved around with four empty envelopes. He was blindfolded and, no matter where the volunteer moved the envelopes, Ron eliminated empty envelopes until only the signed envelope remained. Then is the second phase the dollar bill is removed from the envelope and he read the volunteer’s mind to determine the serial number.

Another night of magic and fun. Our annual Hocus Pocus Party takes place Saturday, November 4, at the KC Banquet Center. More details on the club’s web site. This party includes strolling close-up magic, cash bar, dinner, balloon twisting, face painting, fortune telling, and a cabaret show. Also, Ring 211 is excited to be the hosting Ring of the 2018 I.B.M. Convention right here in Grand Rapids. Hope to see you there!

Broken Wand: Gerald Herdegen

Gerald Herdegen has passed. He held I.B.M. number 35212 and was a Order of Merlin Shield. He was a member of Ring 211, The John DeVries/June Horowitz Magic Club in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was a “Hall of Fame Member” (honorary member). He was president of Ring 211 from 1985 – 1987. He also served as the treasurer for over twenty years. He participated in many Ring 211 events and provided balloon twisting at the Annual Hocus Pocus Parties, the previous Installation Banquets & Shows, and a few local “Tommy Fitzgerald’s Juice Balsl (fund raiser event in which the Ring participated). He was known as “Choo Choo The Clown.” He performed a few magic effects in his shows but was known as “Balloon Sculpturer Extraordinaire.” He won contests in balloon twisting (affiliated with Clown Alley), was also honored to be a judge at many of these contests, and had a passion to teach the art. Below is a copy of his obituary notice.

Obituary for Mr. Gerald F. “Choo Choo” Herdegen

Mr. Gerald F. “Choo Choo” Herdegen age 76 of Grand Rapids went to be with the Lord on Friday July 7, 2017. He will be dearly missed by his wife of 55 years Kathleen; his children Joseph, Michael (Virginia), Patrick, Paul (Mary), Deborah; grandchildren Scott, Beth, Carl, Camren, Mia, Charlie, Lilia and Gabe; his siblings James (Judy), David (Bonnie), Mary Pechumer and John (Carol); many, many relatives and friends. Jerry graduated in 1959 from Catholic Central High School. He was a member of Clown Alley 44 and the International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring 211. Jerry was a longtime active member of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 11:00 am at St. Anthony of Padua Church where his family will receive visitors one hour before the Mass. The family will receive visitors Monday 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Arsulowicz Brothers Remembrance Mortuary, 3525 Remembrance Rd NW where the Vigil Service will be held at 7:30 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the Food Pantry at St. Anthony Church, 2510 Richmond St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 and online at https://myowngiving.com/Default.aspx?cid=1444.

Ring 211 June 2017 Report

Hey! The 2018 I.B.M. Convention is in Grand Rapids, Michigan! Information and registration available at www.magician.org.

We held no workshop for this June meeting. Tonight’s program was “A Tribute To Couples.” This month Ring 211 celebrated the magic of, the magic about, and the magic for couples. MagicBob Zoerman opened the show with his version of Jumbo Split Deck. Jeff Brodrick used a blue backed deck and a red one. The card was chosen from the red backed deck and happened to be the 36th card down in the blue one. Dennis Favreau performed Napkin To Rose (Michael Mode). Phil Gleason impressed us with two parachute cords by by linking loops and penetrated the cords from finger to finger. Ron Carnell closed the show with what he called “Spell The Lie Card Trick.” By lady’s intuition, the chosen card had turned around in the deck.

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

Ring 211 May 2017 Report

Jeff Brodrick presented our May workshop and it was part six of his series on “Television Magic.” Jeff has quite a collection of magic on TV. We viewed the following segments: Mark Wilson producing Nani Darnell out of a glass box on a 1975 episode of “The Odd Couple” and then having Oscar being levitated, Mark then performing a lady cut in half illusion (choo choo train) on “ABC’s Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell,” Tom Mullica and also Kamarr the Discount Magician on “Late Night with David Letterman,” George Carl as a vaudevillian-style comic and clown on a 1980 (May 27) episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” Glen Kaufman on a 1964 “What’s My Line?,” and Alfred DeLage on a 1960 episode of “To Tell The Truth.” Very entertaining, thanks Jeff.

Tonight’s program was a focus on magic with silks and ropes. Ring 211 President P. J. Weber opened the show with an attractive cut and restored rope routine in which he vanished the cut rope pieces left behind. Ron Carnell solved the Rubick’s Cube with the aid of a silk. Jeff Brodrick performed a rope levitation called “Standing Rope From Mini Purse.” Maciek Biezunski (new member — we welcome him) amazed us by having a white rope cut and knotted and magically slid into a blue rope. Phil Gleason (from Ring 45 in Miami now also a new member as he and his wife reside summer and fall months here) astonished us with a rope through neck illusion and flinging knots onto a rope. Randy Vander Wal performed a 20th Century Silk illusion. Ron Carnell closed the show with an excellent Professor’s Nightmare and having the knots magically vanish blending the rope into one.

Tonight was another night of magic and fun. We thank all the performers and those who attended. Ring 211 is delighted that Grand Rapids is the host city of the 2018 I.B.M. Convention! It will be “grand!”

Ring 211 April 2017 Report

Our April workshop was presented by MagicBob Zoerman with a few insights from his wife SuZie. MagicBob and Suzie just came back from their twelfth trip to India. They went with Joseph and Vilma White (Joe is a balloon artist), Rik and Sue Reuter (Rik being a clown and ventriloquist), Bruce Elliott (magician), and James Shipman (magician). They were divided into three teams and toured cities in India as part of a mission trip. MagicBob performed magic and SuZie impressed the masses with her artwork which included her chalk art. The crew performed 125 shows to an estimated audience of 75,000 people. They did this from January 28 to February 21. MagicBob and SuZie visited the following cities in Tamil Nadu, India: Chennai, Danishpet, Coimbatore, Erode, Gobi, Salem, Vellore, Ranipet, and Krishnagiri. MagicBob showed us many pictures on a big screen of their performances, the places visited, the audiences (elementary school to high school to university students, including nursing students, and churches), and the culture. MagicBob even came back with a tailored-made cassock for his preaching here (MagicBob is also an ordained minister). They came back with many artifacts and had these on display. While in India, they also handed out a children’s book by Carol Clark, mission coins, and solar Bibles. MagicBob concluded the presentation with a rope through body illusion. We thank both MagiBob and SuZie for sharing their recent journey to India.

Tonight’s program was Money Magic. Jeff Brodrick performed a coin prediction he calls “Predictable Change.” A selection of coins are pictured on large cards which are randomly mixed. A number and position are given by the spectator and the prediction matches the chosen coin. John Sterlini (Sterlini Magic) from Ring 386 visited from Colon, Michigan. He performed “Trapdoor Dollar” which was put out by MagicBob Zoerman many years prior. John also performed a string and ring routine. Hank Slagter impressed us with a coin prediction involving many people taking a coin from a bag full of coins. Hank successfully determined who had which type of coin. Randy Vander Wal performed a silver dollar and penny transformation from his hand into a spectator’s. Oddly, enough the penny grew to the size of the silver dollar. MagicBob Zoerman performed Slowburn with a money clip, Holy Moley, and produced a coin from the air. Marc Denton presented a nice truth or lie coin routine. Dennis Favreau amazed us by having a coin melt through his shirt and the coin to melt inside the face of a cell phone and then slide out. Ron Carnell closed the show with a Three-Fly routine.

Another fun magical night! Thanks to all our performers. The I.B.M. 2018 Convention is July 4 through 7, 2018 in Grand Rapids! It will be grand!