Welcome to Ring 211

Featured

“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 February 27, 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

March 2017 Program: Comedy Magic

March’s theme will be Comedy Magic. Get ready to tickle your audience’s funny bones with a trick or routine designed to make them laugh. Cards, coins, silks, anything at all flies as long as it’s funny. And if you can amaze them at the end with some really strong magic, that works, too.

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!

Annual dues are due in January. Local dues are $10.00 for youth members (17 yr and under) and associate members (spouses and magi assistants), $20.00 for regular membership. Please see Jim Parkes to pay your dues.

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

With April 15 fast becoming a National Day of Mourning, it’s only natural that our April Program focus on our continuing love/hate relationship with MONEY. Your trick or routine can center on money, or address it only obliquely, but it should definitely bring out the cash at some point.

Note: We’re setting up a special Escrow Account for anyone who wants to burn a volunteer’s hundred dollar bill this year.

Complete list of all Monthly Magic Programs for 2017

31 Flavors of Magic Fesitval

Colon’s spring festival, sponsored by Ring 386, will be on April 22 this year, running from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sixteen performers spread throughout the village in twelve different venues. Stage, parlor, close-up, kids’, gospel and more.

A Day with Bond Lee

Saturday, May 6th Sterlini Magic will be hosting “A Day with Bond Lee”, a spectacular one time event featuring a lecture covering both stage and close up magic, close up show, meet and greet, an evening stage show in our intimate theater, and other fun events.

Michigan Magic Day 2017

Michigan Magic Day 2017, sponsored by Ring 211 this year, will be held Saturday, May 20th with a pre-party on Friday night, May 19th at the beautiful facilities of Grace Bible College! Dan Harlan, Rick Merrill, Eric Ross, Jonathon LaChance, Trino, Brad Lancaster, Jessie Shira, Maciek.

Please click to download a printable PDF Registration Form for MMD 2017.

Please click to download and print a MMD2017 Flyer to distribute to friends and family!

Ring 211 February 2017 Report

Jeff Brodrick presented our February workshop. This may be the fifth in the series of TV magic history from him. Jeff set up his computer to the large viewing screen so we could enjoy the following: Sid Caesar as Houdini Von Hoffmier in a 1956 episode of “Shows of Shows” with Carl Reiner, Red Skelton with Jerry Lewis (“Red Skelton Show,” September 4, 1970), Joseph Gabriel on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” March 6, 1991, and a segment of Lance Burton on his own special in 1996.

The program tonight was Barnyard Magic. Members had to perform a trick or routine involving the use of related items which one could find on a farm. Marcus Denton, a new member, performed his “Battle of The Cow Shed.” This was a mental prediction involving which animal guarded which pasture. Jeff Brodrick followed with another matching prediction which his predicted colored egg matched the colored egg chosen between Kathy Herdegen and Sara Wehr and then vice versa. MagicBob Zoerman not only impressed us but surprised us by vanishing an egg in his hand (must not have been boiled) and had it reappear from his jacket pocket as fried. Ring president P. J. Weber took a robin’s egg and performed a “two in one hand and three in pocket” routine. The climax was none as a miniature nun.

Tonight was another night of magic and fun. A thanks to Jeff for the workshop and all who performed. Remember, Michigan Magic Day (48th edition) is hosted by Ring 211 on Saturday, May 20, right here in Grand Rapids at Grace Bible College! Yes, there is even a Friday Night Before Party. Check out the talent line-up, all the details, and one can register on-line at http://michiganmagicday.com. Talent includes Dan Harlan, Rick Merrill, Eric Ross, Jonathon LaChance, Trino, Jesse Shira, Brad Lancaster, and Maciek. Early bird registration is $40.00 (savings of $10.00). All-day dealer room, three lectures, a close-up show, and a gala show makes the magic day!

Ring 211 January 2017 Report

Jeff Brodrick presented the January workshop. Jeff spent a lengthy time residing in Scranton, Pennsylvania and talked about his friends Dorothy Dietrich and Dick Brookz who operate the Houdini Museum there. He talked about the museum which is located in a one hundred year-old house and is full of Houdini artifacts and collectibles. He also mentioned that they are creating the board game “Houdini-oploy.” There is a kickstarter campaign. For information one should visit http://houdiniopoly.com/. This will link to the kickstarter campaign for those interested in purchasing. One can even have their own name (or magic club) on the board. Then he showed us two video clips. One was the “Relatively Speaking Game Show” from 1988. In this Harry Blackstone was a contestant and did his Vanishing Bird & Cage. In that episode he won a set of golf clubs. He never told Gay. She was wondering why he had a set in the garage when the garage was being cleaned after his death in 1997. Fortunately, Jeff was able to give her a copy of this video program which explained why. He also showed us a video clip of Sid Caesar as Hocus Von Pocus with Carl Reiner in “Your Shows of Shows,” circa 1951. Thank you Jeff.

Tonight’s program was “May The Force Be With You.” Each performer had to perform a trick or routine involving some sort of force. Randy Baker, our emcee, opened the show with what he called a “cosmic trivia concept.” He was able to magically reveal the thought of a three letter word from a spectator among many. Gil Scott was able to reveal a spectator’s card, a World Poker Tour Card. He also performed a book test in which the end result was his book was all blank. He concluded with three card selections in which he revealed all three. Jeff Brodrick had a person select a card and we saw Ginger from “Gilligan’s Island” reveal the card on the large screen. Randy Vander Wal performed a card silk prediction routine. Dr. Jack Vander Wal followed with a card selection routine in which the revealed card had written on its back the exact dollar amount and change in his wallet. P. J. Weber impressed us with three card selections and revelations. Jim Parkes astonished us with his version of the Mental Choice Card. Gary Oisten amazed us with his card selection and find which involved various cuts, shuffles, and called out numbers.

Another night of magic and fun! Thanks to the performers and all who were here. Michigan Magic Day is Saturday, May 20, at Grace Bible College, here in Grand Rapids. There is also a Friday Night Before Party. All details at michiganmagicday.com and on our club’s web site.

Ring Event: Jeff Bibik Lectures To Ring 211

On Monday, January 9, Jeff Bibik presented a lecture to Ring 211 — The June Horowitz/John deVries Magic Club — in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The title of his lecture was “How To Be As Cool As Me.” His lecture was a unique assortment of close-up, stand up, kid stuff, adult stuff, and what he calls “stuffy stuff” in his invitation announcement to fellow members. His prediction was correct as revealed in his invitation that “I have always said it would be a cold day when I go back to Grand Rapids, and the weatherman predicts it will probably be.” It was.

Jeff is an expert at sleight of hand and illusion. He adds a zany comedy twist, resulting in first-rate entertainment. He is a featured performer at The Magic Lounge in Chicago. He performs for family parties, schools, festivals, comedy clubs, etc. Along the way he has performed on cruise ships and has made many television appearances. He is recognized in the magic industry as a lecturer, author, performer, and inventor of magical effects. He has won many awards and has also consulted on special effects for theater, movies, and ad campaigns. Hey, it’s “Bibik . . . Of Course!”

Highlights of his lecture were:

  • his bag of balls routine — a truth or lie routine of who has the gold ball
  • a rope routine involving a production of a knot, a cut and restore, and a “no ends”
  • a card routine in which the deck which looked all different had numerous times he had to remove groups of Jokers until only card was the Ace of Spades. Oh, the deck came from his “bag of crap” which was a bag full of fake doggy “do-do”
  • a card silk routine with use of a fire wallet and production of a fake ear from a spectator’s ear
  • a card to wallet routine with use of the long card gag
  • the production of a chicken by folding a yellow towel and pulling the ends resulting in a chicken-shaped towel
  • Thanks Pal — a food choice card packet trick with the result of “the bill” card
  • Card On Back
  • Flashy Queen — risque as the Queen “peeps.”
  • displaying his Viagra pills — they magically stood — a gag
  • endless production of liquid from his flask
  • Funeral Flag — a gag
  • air mask gag
  • 3 and 1/2 of Clubs
  • a red and white jack knife routine resulting in many mini colored jack knives
  • production of a mini hand from his two palms and the mini hand had yet a thumb tip on its thumb — a gag
  • Napkin To Rose (Michael Mode)
  • a torture challenge, his Toilet Seat Of Nails. He successfully sits on a toilet seat of sharp upward pointed nails with a spectator sitting on his lap

What an entertaining and fun time with Jeff! He had lecture notes for sale as well as many of the items listed above. You want a zany and comic time? Ring 211 suggests Jeff Bibik. We thank our lecture chairman, Dave Bogdan (bogsmagic@comcast.net), for having Jeff. Also, a big thanks to Jeff. Connect with Bibik at http://bibik.com.

Michigan Magic Day Announcement

From Ring 211 President P. J. Weber (Pj Weber):

Trino will be one of the prime producers of Michigan Magic Day 2017. Ring 211 is pleased he has been a member of our club for now over a year and appreciates his involvement with Michigan Magic Day. He was a fine act at our recent Hocus Pocus Party, is a successful magical entertainer, has produced and produces his own benefit show in Paw Paw for his alma mata high school, and has a degree in the area of event planning from CMU. In addition, his experience being an intern at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and currently working with the Masters of Illusions Tour since last October, we look forward to what he brings to this year’s Michigan Magic Day!

Ring 211 Presents Michigan Magic Day 2017 on Saturday, May 20, in Grand Rapids, at Grace Bible College. There will also be a night before party. Details will become available soon at http://michiganmagicday.com.

Ring 211 December 2016 Report

T’ was the night exactly four weeks after Christmas and all through the house not a mouse was stirring, except at the Hibachi Grill Supreme Buffet restaurant on the northwest side of town where Ring 211 held its annual Holiday Party. Each member and spouse received a gift bag compliments of the Ring which included festive candy pieces, candy canes and a gift, such as a pair of dress socks, a bow tie, and perhaps other appealing repertoire. After a delicious filling dinner amongst the lively friendly chatter, a few of the members also performed a trick informally in small groups, in some cases, “a teach and do.” No formal performance program today. Just a good time of food, magic, fun, and fellowship. Looks to be a bright and exciting year ahead in 2017! Stay tuned with Ring 211 by viewing its web site.

What a fun holiday party. We thank Michele Parkes for her work designing this party. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year! Michigan Magic Day 2017 will be in Grand Rapids! Our Ring will host the event on Saturday, May 20, 2017. A Friday Night Before Party will be on May 19. Details as they develop at http://michiganmagicday.com.

Monthly Magic Programs for 2017

January 2017

May the Force Be With You

We’re looking for any trick or routine that depends on a force, i.e., a volunteer unknowingly makes a choice that has been dictated by the magician. This doesn’t necessarily have to be a playing card, of course. Other items can also be forced. Be creative! (HINT: Magician’s Choice, or Equivoque, is also a force.)

February 2017

Barnyard Magic

The farm is a truly magical place, one that many magicians take advantage of with great effect. Milk, eggs, rope, plants of great variety, even produce and animals, all are subjects the Ring will explore this month.

March 2017

Comedy Magic

Get ready to tickle your audience’s funny bones with a trick or routine designed to make them laugh. Cards, coins, silks, anything at all flies as long as it’s funny. And if you can amaze them at the end with some really strong magic, that works, too.

April 2017

Money Magic

With April 15 fast becoming a National Day of Mourning, it’s only natural that our April Program focus on our continuing love/hate relationship with MONEY. Your trick or routine can center on money, or address it only obliquely, but it should definitely bring out the cash at some point.

Note: We’re setting up a special Escrow Account for anyone who wants to burn a volunteer’s hundred dollar bill this year.

May 2017

Ropes & Silks

Twist it, tie it, knot it, cut it in half — ropes & silks have been staples in the magicians repertoire for hundreds of years. Related items, such as string or handkerchiefs, can also be used this month to mystify and amuse your audience.

June 2017

A Tribute to Couples

Anniversary Waltz is probably one of the most famous (and strongest) tricks designed for two people in a relationship, but it’s certainly not the only one. This month Ring 211 will celebrate the magic of, the magic about, and the magic for couples.

July 2017

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.

What’s the difference between Mentalism and Mental Magic? Mentalism can be too long and potentially boring because the performer wants us to believe he’s really psychic. Mental Magic is usually faster paced and more fun because we all know it’s just a trick. You can pick which one you want to do at July’s Ring meeting?

August 2017

Annual Picnic

September 2017

Something Wicked This Way Comes

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to bring out the spooky stuff, the magic routines guaranteed to raise hairs on the back of your audience’s neck. Jason and Freddy Krueger can step aside and make room for Ring 211’s seriously scary sleight of hand.

October 2017

Hocus Pocus Table-hopping Round Robin

We’ll be looking for performers who would like to try out their walk-around routine for club members. Since many of us are performing tableside at Hocus Pocus, we don’t always get to see each other’s magic. EVERYONE intending to perform at Hocus Pocus is invited to first do their thing for fellow Ring 211 Members.

Please be prepared to do about five minutes at each of four to five tables.

November 2017

Ring 211 Flea Market & Auction

December 2017

No Meeting