“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.
Ring 211 Flea Market at Trinity Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids, MI on April 19, from 10am to 3pm. View or print the Flea Market 2014 Flyer for more details.
Boris Wild Lecture – April 27th 2014 7pm at Denny’s.
**** BORIS WILD **** 1ST TIME EVER IN GRAND RAPIDS!!!!! ******
Boris Wild is one of the most renowned French magicians in the world. He is an international performer, author, creator and lecturer. His specialty is close-up magic, a top-level performance happening a few inches only from your eyes! Boris also offers stand-up magic on stage, a complete one-man show in parlour conditions, two world-famous card magic acts plus exclusive lectures and workshops. His performances have drawn thousands of spectators all over the world: London, New York, Las Vegas, Monte Carlo, Sydney, Tokyo…
His creativity and original approach of magic allow him to perform for the biggest companies in the most prestigious places of the five continents, such as “The Magic Castle” in Hollywood where he has already performed more than 100 shows. In 2008, Boris was chosen to be the official magician at the evening gala of the World Economic Forum in Davos which gathers the most influential people of the planet.
Daryl Martinez Lecture - April 29 2014 7:00pm – 9:30pm at Brann’s
Daryl is the professional name of Daryl Easton, formerly Daryl Martinez, an American magician based in Las Vegas. In his marketing he uses the self-proclaimed title of “The Magician’s Magician.”**** 3RD GRAND RAPIDS APPEARANCE!!! *******He specializes in card tricks, close-up and parlor magic. Two of his most famous contributions to magic are the “Hot Shot Cut”, a knuckle-busting sleight where the spectator’s chosen card spins like a boomerang out of the deck, and the “Ultimate Ambition” trick which allows a card to be inserted fairly into the middle of a deck and yet appear back on top.Daryl won the gold medal at FISM – the World Congress of Magic (the “Olympics” of Magic), in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1982, with a routine that included his now famous Ambitious Card Routine using the Ultimate Ambition. He has been awarded 6 Academy Awards from the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, California (no one has earned more). Twice, his peers voted him Close-Up Magician of the Year (1980 and 1981), twice as Parlour Magician of the Year (1986 and 1987), and twice as Lecturer of the Year (1988 and 1992). The list goes on and on with victories in every major competition he has entered. More recently he was voted one of the 100 most influential magicians of the 20th century by Magic Magazine.
His first contact with magic was in 1962, as a 7 year old. A Svengali Deck his friend’s family gave him was the start of everything. He was fascinated by magic as he thought of the kinds of tricks he could perform with this trick deck.
At first, he only showed his friends and family his tricks, but he later began performing street magic in San Diego. For several years, he would street perform during the day, and perform close-up magic in night clubs at night, wearing a tuxedo.
In 1973, when he was 18, his performance at an exhibition held by the Kaiser Aluminum company was well received, and he began to travel with the company to perform at their exhibitions.
In 1999 and 2000 Daryl and his magician wife, Alison, toured the world with Daryl’s “New Millennium World Tour Lecture”. They lectured and performed in over 250 cities in 25 different countries. (Grand Rapids was one the cities.)
In January 2001, Daryl performed magic at the inauguration celebration of President George W. Bush.
Daryl has enjoyed performing and lecturing in Japan many times, including in February 1982, March 1983, 1985, September 1990 and 2000, and November 2005.
Daryl performed as a headline act at Caesars Magical Empire, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas for 7 years before deciding in 2003 to move, along with his young family, to the Sierra Foothills of northern California. There he continues to write, invent and perform magic for both lay people and the magical community.
He is well known to magicians as the presenter of many teach-in video series for L&L Publishing, including Daryl’s Card Revelations, Encyclopedia of Card Sleights, FoolerDoolers, and Daryl’s Ambitious Card Video.
In addition to lecturing around the world, he also teaches individual and group lessons at his home. His wife, Alison Easton, was the first woman to be inducted into The Magic Circle.
Our Next Meeting
There is no April meeting. What? A Flea Market and two lectures this month aren’t enough for you?
Our May meeting will be the Third Monday (not the usual Fourth Monday, due to Memorial Day) on the 19th at Brann’s. Arrive at 7:15 pm starting time, or 6:00 pm for those wanting to eat dinner with friends.
Workshop: Details to follow.
May 2014 Program – Assistance Required! Perform an effect or routine in which one or more assistants are required. Remember this is a performance, please do not lecture or sell anything at this time. We need performers and an MC! MC – Contact Pete if interested!
If you would like to MC future programs, please contact Pete at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information and a map to Brann’s, please check the Events Page