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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 May meeting will NOT be the Fourth Monday, as usual, but will instead be the third Monday this month, May 18, to avoid a conflict with Memorial Day. We’ll still 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: To be announced

May 2015 Program: Office Supply Magic!

Bring the office alive with entertainment! Rubber bands, paperclips, post-it notes, pencils, pens, or any other office item can qualify as suitable fodder for a magic trick. Let’s have some fun with Magic of the Office kind this month. 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!

If you’d like to start getting ready for our June Program, it’s going to be called By The Book. You’ll be asked to perform a trick or routine from a book that you can bring to the meeting to share with other Ring Members. Please contact Ron Carnell if you would like to perform or MC.


Ring Event: Gregory Wilson Lectures to Ring 211

Ring 211 Gregory WilsonGregory Wilson is a two-time FISM award winner who specializes in close-up magic, and is the subject of a chapter in Paul Harris’ book, Art of Astonishment, Vol. 1. He is a regular performer at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, as well as large corporate events all over the world. He is professionally represented by Secret Source Entertainment, Inc. Check his web site out for his full line of product, http://thesecretsource.com. Gregory has also been one of the resident “Wizards” on Syfy’s magic show Wizard Wars with Penn & Teller.

He thinks that every routine must be cool, clever and cutting edge. Also, originality is a high priority while using natural props, direct methods and compelling presentations. Plus, a few special effects along the way are always a nice added bonus. He emphasizes to engage with your audience; bring them in.

His Twitter caption reads, “I earn my living and laughs with deception: card- sharking, pick-pocketing, street-swindling and mental manipulation.”

Ring 211 Gregory Wilson with Rick HowellHe presented a lecture just about ten years ago to Ring 211 and was “back by popular demand!” on Saturday, April 18. Early on he used member Rick Howell (who has a lot of Gregory’s DVD’s) as the “butt of jokes and magic happenings.” Rick was astonished as we all were and was a good sport at being the “go to victim.” All because he innocently was mistaken as a possible heckler/”tongue and cheek wise guy.” Usually, member Wayne Ramsdell fills that role.

From his lecture promo — what we will learn: “Picture The Sting and Catch Me If You Can. This charming and debonair con man will reveal ‘Things I actually carry and use.’ Imagine how much usable material he pulls from his pockets! What will you learn? . . . Cards, Coins, Rings, Pens, Smoke, Paper Money, Poker Chips, Toothpicks, Silverware, Dog Tags, Mentalism, Pickpocketing, Coffeehouse Conjuring. In Greg’s lecture, nothing is what it seems. With a healthy dose of misdirection and psychological influence, you’ll become deeply mystified and love every deceptive minute of it!” — And we did!

Highlights of Gregory’s lecture were:

  • His Something For Nothing Coin Routine
  • An “off the wall” (not planned, he found himself presenting) pick pocket routine using Rick Howell which included use of Rick’s wallet, credit cards, coin pouch, deck of cards, and cell phone
  • Tell of a coin in hand with a watch steel
  • Pointless
  • Recap
  • Holy Smoke
  • Revolution — spinning a playing card on tip of his finger after spinning the deck
  • likewise
  • Exact Change
  • Bandwidth
  • Foreign Affair
  • Switchcraft
  • Coffeehouse Conjuring
  • Plip-ipedia
  • Unleashed

He had available for sale what he presented as well as the following: Double Take, On The Spot, Off The Cuff, Card Stunts, Ring Leader, Pyrotechnic Pasteboards, At The Table Live, and The Poker Test 2.0.

We were well entertained and informed, in fact, engaged. We thank Gregory for his lecture and recommend him to any club. We also thank Dave Bogdan (bogsmagic@comcast.net) our Lecture Chairman for obtaining this lecture through Martin Mercy (mercymemagic@att.net).

Ring 211 Youth Chapter May 2015 Report

The Ring 211 June Horowitz / John DeVries Magic Club Youth Chapter met on Friday, May 15, 2015 from 6:30-8:30 Denny’s on E. 28th Street in Grand Rapids. Youth present included, Jessie Shira, Paul Vander Woude and Evan Priem. Youth Advisors present included Peter Stobie and Dr. Gary Laundre. We thank the parents and siblings for their support and transportation to our Youth for these meetings.

At 6:30 pm, Paul showed us some of his magic from his Magic set from England that got him started in magic. Jessie and Pete helped Paul with his paddle move. Jessie shared a few card effects before Evan arrived. We than all shared different effects with rubber bands, cards, and other items. Evan showed us a ring that he crafted from a half dollar. He hopes to sell these and ones made from quarters in the near future. Pete and Gary provided encouragement, tips and taught a few techniques for the boys to work on. Gary was thrilled with the progress that Paul made in 20 minutes with his paddle move and the many ideas Paul came up for possible patter. It was fun to watch. Gary also enjoyed seeing Evan for the first time as Evan performed many sleights. It was great to have Jessie join us and share his experience and encouragement. Jessie wrapped up the meeting for us with a three parlor routines including, a clever color changing shoe lace routine, a super hero prediction routine where Paul was given a free comic at the reveal, and a VanderWal family tradition of the Die Box. Great performance to wrap up a very enjoyable low-key evening.

Peter will be sending out an e-mail soon about the June Meeting, scheduled for June 19, 2015. Remember, that as a youth you are welcome to join our Monthly Youth Chapter Meetings for six times before you officially join the Club. We ask you to Join IBM Ring 211 for Yearly dues of $10 and strongly encourage you to check out the International Brotherhood of Magicians and become an official junior member through their website at www.magician.org. Also keep up on all upcoming Meetings, Lecture and other Ring 211 events at our website at WWW.Ring211.org and also like us on FaceBook at I.B.M. Ring 211.

The next Youth Chapter meeting will be on June 19, 2015 at 6:30-8:00pm. Location TBA. Pete is working on a special meeting. Watch your e-mail!

Ring 211 April 2015 Report

MagicBob Zoerman presented our April workshop. He showed us a PowerPoint slide show presentation of his and his wife’s (SuZie) second mission trip to the Dominican Republic for two weeks this past February. MagicBob and SuZie were accompanied by another performer, Sonny (James) Shipman of Phoenix and two of their grandchildren, Daniel and Emily Spilker from southeastern Pennsylvania. Forty-seven magic shows and chalk art shows were performed by the team to incredible audiences in schools and churches in many Dominican cities and villages including Santo Domingo, Punta Cana, Higüey, Los Frailes, Bajos de Haina, and La Caleta. Between performances the team enjoyed the many ocean view beaches and visited the National Aquarium of the Dominican Republic. They brought back gifts of jewelry featuring the gemstone called Larimar, which is only found in the Dominican Republic and presented a Dominican Larimar necklace to our own PIP June Horowitz. Also, they brought back some flip rings which included the Larimar gem stone. MagicBob’s act featured the MisMade Flag using the flag of the Dominican Republic. He also passed out coins to many students, using sleight of hand, which had a prayer on one side and a Bible quote on the other. He also gave each of us one of the coins. Daniel and Emily were the highlight of the final show at a large Dominican public high school. Ten days after their return to the US, MagicBob & SuZie headed for Turkey. While there they performed one show and visited many archeological sites including the seven churches of Revelation, Istanbul, Troy (replica of the famous Trojan Horse), Assos (ancient Roman Road and an ancient remains of a temple), Ephesus, and many other sites. They also visited Pergamon and the ruins of the Sanctuary of Asclepius (also known as the Asclepium). Asclepius was the Greek god of healing. His symbol was a snake, used even today for the medical profession. MagicBob showed us a relic, a 2200 year old coin with the snake of Asclepius on it. MagicBob answered questions from various members regarding their trip. We all wonder where he’ll be going next??? Thanks MagicBob and SuZie and also to MagicBob in assisting in the writing of this report.

Bob-SandersTonight we had Bob Sanders present a lecture to our club as the program. Bob Sanders runs DoveLite Silk and is from Clanton, Alabama. He had his whole line of silks, gimmicks, THIS, Knots Off, dove harness, 20th Century Silks, Silk to Egg including his ceramic eggs, and more for those interested in purchasing. He had the pleasure of learning from Harold Rice and used Rice silks. He told us of the four sources of silks (Japan, China, Thailand, and India) and that statistics of silks: momme, weaves, hems, square footage, diamond cut, square cut, various sizes, streamers, and measuring by the straight edge. He told us that silk is two-thirds the strength of steel and showed us how to prepare a silk fountain with a tube. He showed us many shapes of silks, prints, custom designs and how to care for silks such as ironing, washing, storing, and some “do’s and don’ts.” Do not use hand sanitizers on silks and spray the magician with Static Guard, not the silk. Bob imports 100% pure China silk with 5 momme. We thank Bob for his informative lecture. Visit him at www.magicbysander.com. Also, check out Magic Valley Magic Convention held this October 2 and 3: flea market, shows, open mic, lectures, etc. See http://magicvalleymagic.com.

Another night of magic and fun.

Ring Event: Ring 211 Hosts Francis Menotti Lecture

Ring 211 Francis Menotti 1On March 24, Francis Menotti with his wife, Clarissa, were on tour and lectured to Ring 211 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has been a full time professional magician since 2000, Francis has over thirty years experience practicing sleight of hand. He impresses audiences whether entertaining on six-star cruise lines, U.S. Presidential Inaugural Balls or intimate private events. He has also earned respect as an international industry leader, inventing, writing, and lecturing on new magic for fellow magicians.

Highlights of his lecture were:

  • Shuffled Words — a un-order to order card routine
  • Vivid — prediction of one’s quarter
  • Materialistic — coin through tee shirt
  • Fleeting Thoughts — a cards across
  • Toxic — a number and post card prediction and anti-prediction
  • To Market from his Dissolve DVD
  • Dissolve with the Dissolve Deck
  • Bilver — $1 bill to folded into a coin and back
  • Nevermore Vanish — a coin vanish
  • Spelled Out — card from deck box
  • magically printing of blank business card
  • Ins and Outs using In Faro and out Faro shuffles — chosen card appears at a called
  • out number and deck ends up in new deck order
  • Ring from Nest of Wallets (Einhorn)
  • Use “prop maps” to lay out your props for performances
  • Sync — a three part card routine finding a card’s twin
  • Smack — a lightning fast torn and restored card
  • Performance only of Wordsmith, a Scrabble-type game, soon to be released

Ring 211 Francis Menotti with Ring 211 membersFrancis also had his lecture notes, a selection of items, and DVDs for sale. We enjoyed his lecture and recommend him to any club. Visit him on his web sites: http://www.menottimagiciansite.com/ and http://francismenotti.com/. The club also thanks Dave Bogdan (bogsmagic@comcast.net), our lecture chairman, for another outstanding lecture.

Ring 211 March 2015 Report

First we begin with Ring 211’s Youth Chapter Report submitted by Peter Stobie.

The Ring 211 June Horowitz / John DeVries Magic Club Youth Chapter met on Friday, January 23, 2015 from 6:30-7:45pm at Trinity Lutheran church in Grand Rapids. Youth present included, Evan Priem, Steven Elkowitz, Paul Vander Woude and Emmett Saltsman. Youth Advisors present included Peter Stobie and Jim Parkes. Ring 211 President Michele Parkes stopped into show her support and observe the beginning of this exciting adventure. Parents and one Grandparent were present quietly observing the meeting.

Peter Stobie kicked the meeting off with some business encouraging Ring and IBM membership dues, information on upcoming meetings both Youth and Club, and explained the purpose of having a Youth Chapter. Everyone introduced themselves, shared why they got into magic and what they looked forward to from the Magic Club.

We then opened the floor up to share magic effects the youth have been working on. Evan started us off with a nice card revelation. Steven performed a nice routine where the spectator’s card leapt out of the deck. Paul performed a nice Ring on String effect he acquired from London. Emmett shared his interest in the program the Carbonaro Effect on Tru TV. Paul and Emmett continued to give us a play by play of several entertaining episodes by Michael Carbonaro. We then branched off into some rubber band magic where Peter, Evan and Steven shared several effects with the group. Jim shared a breakfast cereal version of dots impossible. Jim gave each youth a copy of this packet trick made up for the youth by Michele’s uncle and Ring 211 alumni Ray Bielecki.

We then talked about upcoming meetings, lectures and went around the group to Have them mention one thing liked about the evenings meeting and one thing they are looking forward to for future meetings. It was a great first meeting and the kids are excited for the next meeting.

Now on to our regular meeting. This meeting we combined the workshop and the program to feature “Close-Up College Grand Slam!” Four of our members performed at each of four tables and then demonstrated how each trick or routine was performed. Members were encouraged to bring items the performers suggested so as to also have a “hands on” workshop. Each performer had about twenty minutes at each table.

Steven Elkowitz amazed us with a Torn and Restored Card routine, a “hand sandwich” in which the cards switched places between two people, and a card from mouth routine. Gil Scott intrigued us with Prophecy Card using the sixes, Stabbed (card trick with two halves of the deck), Spellbound with a color changing poker chip, and Coins Across using poker chips. Peter Stobie dazzled us by having a Sharpie marker go up his nose and out including a color cap change, a Houdini Coin in paper escape, Concorde Coins, a ring on a rope penetration, an Egg-citing Coin Revelation (coin appearing from a cracked egg from a coin vanish), and Boomerang Cards. David Storms presented his entertaining version of Karrell Fox’s Cut & Restored Rope, tying a rope into a bow knot and then vanishing the knot, and having a knot appear in a rope by whipping the rope.

This was an very entertaining and educational meeting. We appreciate each performer’s performance and “workshop.” Michigan Magic Day 2015 in Kalamazoo hosted by Ring 333. Details at www.michiganmagicday2015.com.

Ring 211 February 2015 Report

P. J. Weber presented the February workshop. He talked how he has his magic items in his magic table case arranged and the many types and sizes of boxes and containers (cigar boxes, Crystal Light containers, film cases, etc.). He has items arranged for quick pick-up and so as to be able to reset as he performs. Crystal Light containers are ideal for pens and wands. Cigar boxes can be used to hold doves and linking rings. Also, he uses dividers in the boxes and at times one cigar box within another. Film containers are great for retrieving vernets. He also uses duck tape to secure the boxes and containers. Other points he mentioned were that he rolls silks within shelf paper to keep the silks wrinkle free, wraps coins in silk or a cloth for his Miser’s Dream, has his show list within his table available and lists which music track to which routine, and has extra cords and batteries in their own containers ready for replacement for his sound system. Thanks P. J.

Tonight was Magic Food Buffet. One had to perform a routine involving some sort of food. Gary Laundre’ was the emcee. He began the show with a comedy Egg Bag routine which had the production of a liquid filled shot glass as the climax. Steven Elkowitz performed a torn and restored card routine which involved the corner of the card to match the rest of the card which was revealed from a Valentine’s heart within a locked box. Dalton Dewitt, a new member, impressed us with a card routine in which he used all five senses to find one’s card. The one sense that worked was his sense of taste. The card appeared from within his mouth. MagicBob Zoerman sneezed and a donut appeared from his nostrils. Randy Vander Wal performed Sandwich Surprise. Dr. Jack Vander Wal presented a chop cup routine using a china tea cup. The climax was the production of two spud potatoes. Brad Lancaster closed the show with what he called “The Stupid Bean Trick.” To music, beans appeared from his hand into an empty can. More beans appeared from a bag and into a dish. The beans were placed in the can and overflowed the can. Beans overflowing from top of the can vanished with use of the bag. Yet, when the can was turned towards the dish, water poured out of the can.

Another night of magic and fun. A thanks to all our performers. Upcoming: 31 Flavors of Magic in Colon, Michigan, presented by Ring 386. Details at http://magic-festival.com/. Also, Michigan Magic Day is May 1 through 3 in Kalamazoo, sponsored by Ring 333. Details at www.michiganmagicday.com.