Welcome to Ring 211


“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

There is no “regular” meeting during November. Instead, November 23 is reserved for the Ring 211 Auction and Flea Market. Both will be held in our usual room at Brann’s. We will eat, for those who wish to do so, in the smaller meeting room this month.

The Flea Market starts early, at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Auction. There will be tables set up around the perimeter of the room for those who wish to bring items for the Flea Market. If you want to have items included for the Auction, please bring two (2) lists of those items, one for the auctioneer and one for the club.

Ten percent of all proceeds from sales, both Flea Market and Auction, will go into the Ring 211 coffers to help pay for future club activities.

Coming Soon!

There is no meeting in December (regular or otherwise). Stay tuned to this web site for information about a holiday party, usually held in January, and of course our first meeting of 2016 in January.

outerbridgeIllusionist Ted Outerbridge will be lecturing for Ring 211 on Tuesday, January 5, 2016. Stay tuned for details on venue and time.

Ring 211 October 2015 Report

IMG_5850.JPGBrad Lancaster presented the October workshop. It was on Busking. Brad has done busking in New Orleans, New York, and Chicago. He began in 1981. He, at times, continues to busk locally, such as in Holland, Michigan during their summer weekly busking community program. Brad says that his prime reason to busk was to make money “period.” He informed us of some of his experiences. One may busk among comedians, jugglers, singers, musicians, puppeteers, mimes, and other artists. One may have to fight to own one’s space. Know if a permit is needed and be ready to move if the police request. He explained his costuming and that he wanted to stand out. He also performed a few routines he mostly uses and how he would request for money within his patter. Such routines would be Rocky the Raccoon (He’d start out with this in a passive way to attract groups of people.), an introduction followed with three routines such as silk and hand vanish routine, a chop cup routine with large balls as a climax, and a deluxe Professor’s Nightmare Routine and having an audience member with an instrument to add participation. His busking was between twelve and fifteen minutes. He uses a Leffler table and a Happy Amp when needed.

Thanks Brad.

Tonight’s program was a “Hocus Pocus Preview Round Robin.” Nine of our members in two groups went table to table performing up to five minutes of magic, similar to what performers will be doing at our upcoming Hocus Pocus Party.

IMG_5870.JPGSteven Elkowitz amazed with a card selection transposition, an ambitious card including card to mouth, a two card monte and transposition, and hilariously forcing a spectator’s card numerous times. Gary Oisten dazzled with his “cut out the middleman” card routine (a card selection and find including a color change and transposition), another card routine in which the card turns over within two other cards, the production of a red deck from a blue box and the box vanishing in the spectator’s hand, and a card and coin matrix routine with a multiple large to larger coin production as a climax. Gil Scott astonished with a two card transposition, a card out of a box, and a mental reading. MagicBob Zoerman challenged with “cover the spot” game, six smaller circles were dropped just a half inch above a larger red circle. Only MagicBob could accomplish the seemingly easy puzzle. Dr. Jack Vander Wal performed Instinct and Triple Coincidence. Christian Fransted (a newer member and his Ring 211 debut) impressed with a sponge ball routine with multiple productions and vanishes, a two card pocket transposition (Transpositions were popular tonight.), and his “Psychic” routine in which two cut flipped cards are matched to the same two corresponding cut cards pulled from his pocket. Gary Laundre’ amazed us with a coal to diamond routine and his “chalice of mystery” sponge ball routine which included appearances and vanishes from the chalice, a penetration through his jacket, and two in hand and one in pocket. Next, he did a color changing knife routine with a Hot Rod finale. Bob Panlener thrilled us with his version of Card-Warp, rubber band penetrations, and one dollar bill changing into a one hundred dollar bill. Randy Vander Wal performed a coin vanishing with a mini nun appearance and Queens Royal Wave.

Another night of magic and fun. Yes, we are ready for Hocus Pocus Party! A thanks to all for attending and also to each performer. Read about our Hocus Pocus Party in this or an upcoming issue.

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Ring 211 September 2015 Report

IMG_5628.JPGJesse Shira presented our September workshop. He titled it “Perusing Prestidigitatio?n Periodicals: Good Magic from Good Magazines.” Jesse enjoys reading magic routines from past issues of various magic magazines. He compiled a pamphlet including six routines including how to obtain access to back issues. He supplied these to the club members. He performed and explained the following four routines with the assistance of Steven Elkowitz: “The Ace of Trumps” (Fulminations, No. 54, Gary Ouellet, Genii Magazine, May 1996); “Automatic Ace Triumph” (Kuniyasu Fujiwara, Genii Magazine, page 19, May 2000); “Fading Coin” (Tomoyuki Takahashi, Genii Magazine, page 28, May 2000); and “The Acme Thought Card Pass” (Dr. Jacob Daley and Annemann, The Jinx, No. 16, page 80, January 1936). Thanks Jesse.

IMG_5652.JPGTonight’s program theme was Holiday Magic. One could perform a routine being related to Halloween, Christmas, Valentine, etc. MagicBob Zoerman performed a large version of Split Deck relating to Valentine’s Day. Willow Bigham, a youth who goes by Mystic Willow, presented a three large envelope prediction routine involving characters from the movie “Hotel Transylvania 2.” Dr. Jack Vander Wal astonished us with a card selection routine by John Born. Three people select the color, the suit, and then the value of a card, and this card is pulled out of the deck. Next, all the backs are shown to have a written monetary value. Then the money is counted from Dr. Jack’s wallet (lying in view from beginning) and this amount matches the value on the back of the chosen card. Dennis Favreau magically produced a chocolate “Kiss” candy in his hand from a cocoa bean, a sugar packet, and a piece of aluminum foil. Next, he amazed us with a prediction match involving numbers and zodiac signs (from Wild-Colombini Magic) to a Halloween theme. Gary Laundre’ performed a chop cup routine using a ball and a mini witch hat with the assistance of Steven Elkowitz and Mystic Willow. Skeleton wands were used and Steven had to wear “Minion” glasses. The climax was the production of a silver ball. Ron Carnell, are program chairperson, humored us with his “Under Water Escape.” Ron and Mystic Willow each had a full glass of water to hold over their heads and then to soon turn the cups over. While Mystic Willow closed her eyes, Ron drank his cup of water. She had to use magic words. Well, by pure magic when she tipped her glass over her head, the water had escaped!

Tonight was another fun-filled night of fellowship and magic. A thanks to our performers.

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Whit Haydn Lecture

IMG_5604.JPGFrom Jesse Shira:

Ring 211 gladly welcomed sorcerer/scam scoundrel Whit “Pop” Hadyn to a crowded banquet room at Tommy Brann’s on September 14, taking the place of our regularly scheduled board meeting (Many thanks are given to Pop for this swift change of 2nd Monday material). He opened up with his take on Red Hot Mama/Chicago Opener, tenatively titled, “Chicago Surprise”. Without missing a beat he continued on with the performance of his Multiple Peeked Cards to Pocket routine, and shortly after, an effect called “Specific Resonance” which is his take on the Ambitious Card. After detailing some of the finer points to these three close up conjuring miracles, he moved on to a few stage/parlour/platform tricks.

His first was the color changing handkerchief, using 24 inch silks. He talked about the theatrics of the performing, and how using 24 inch silks over 18 inch ones make the act look much more spectacular. He says this is the routine he opens with on stage. Next he described the trick he used to open with, the Sucker Silk to Egg. Moving on from this he went into his take on the Six Card Repeat, and again, talked some fine points on making the act look bigger. To further demonstrate that principal, he showed us the “Mongolian Pop Knot,” a staggering stage rope routine that would work in a hall meant to fit 1000.

At this time we took an intermission and celebrated two birthdays of two of our ring’s lifetime members, Dr. Jack VanderWal who turned 81 on September 3, and P.I.P. June Horowitz, celebrating her 102nd birthday which happened two days prior to the lecture.

When we returned from the cake and song-filled celebration Pop showed us some more fantastic close up magic. The first of these two was his Coins Across routine, and then a fun little presentation called the “Intricate Web of Distraction,” known to many magi as the Color-Changing Knives. It was following this routine that Haydn discussed how important scripts are for magicians, and I’ll pass that on to you — they are VERY important and knowing a routine inside and out is much easier when you have a script to follow along with. After this, Pop went into his grand finale — his Linking Rings routine, using four 12 or 14 inch rings. It is a fun two person ring routine with a natural progression that made everyone enjoy.

The lecture concluded here and many chose to stick around for a little while longer and talk with Pop. Then, when it was all said and done, the ring members paid their bills, bought some new toys, and sunk back into the night, awaiting to incorporate the fun new magic they all learned on this evening into their own professional repertoires.

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Ring 211 August 2015 Report

In August, we do not have either a board meeting nor a regular meeting because we have our annual picnic. Once again, it was held at Dr. Jack Vander Wal’s back yard which blends into Crystal Lake. Members, their friends, and family members arrived just past 2 PM on Sunday, August 16, which happened to be a beautiful sunny day. Members brought salads and desserts. The club furnished the dinnerware, soft drinks, burgers, and hot dogs. Those who attended chatted among each other about their summer activities, the latest on the magic scene, and a few magi performed a close-up trick or two. Dr. Jack Vander Wal grilled the burgers and hot dogs (no he passed that down to me now). Jesse Shira assisted in the serving. The food was delightful and enjoyed by all. After the meal, an impromptu show was put on.

I began the show with the 20th Century Silks. A newer magi by the name of Eric performed a Coke bottle in the bag vanish and produced from his square circle “Rocky the Raccoon,” a silk streamer, and a deck of cards for a card selection and find. Dr. Jack presented a comic mental routine involving drawn animals (from Dazzling Magic — Marty Hahn). His prediction matched that of the two spectators. Jesse Shira followed with another prediction involving candy. Dennis Favreau produced a deck of cards from a sheet of paper displaying a handful of pictured deck boxes. Then he performed Twisting the Aces. Gil Scott impressed us with his gambling ability with his variation of “Beat the Cheat” by Martin Nash. Jim Parkes amazed us with a sponge bunny routine and from his “box of mystery” produced a pink and a green bunny-shaped cell phone covers as a gift to June Horowitz. June has been trying to sneak away Michele Parkes’ bunny-shaped cell phone covers. So Jim thought this would be a kind gesture. In fact, call it a birthday present. As of this writing, PIP June Horowitz has just turned 102 years young! Happy Birthday June!

Once again, it was a great fun time of a picnic. Thanks to all who came and also for bringing their edibles. Hocus Pocus Party is Saturday, November 7. It is the 29th edition. All details on our web site.

Ring 211 July 2015 Report

IMG_5259.JPGDave Bogdan presented our July workshop. It was on Fortune Telling. Dave moonlights as “Bogga Kahn” when he fortune tells, palm reads, and the like. Dad gave us a brief family history. His father was from Mongolia and he is a descendant of Gangus Kahn. Dave began when he was 8 years old. Dave mentioned to us that people are seeking answers about love, money, and health when enticed by fortune tellers. Dave shared fortune telling from its simplest form by giving everyone a “miracle fish.” He went on to describe palm reading and how the shapes of the lines on one’s palm is used for reading. He also passed out simply-made pendulums and demonstrated how to work it. His final item was Gypsy Cards. He shared two readings on these cards. We thank Dave for the workshop.

Tonight’s program was “Mind Benders.” Ron Carnell, our program chairman and the emcee, performed a book test using a book about Sherlock Holmes. Gil Scott did a coin prediction in which the coin was flipped in many heads/tails sequences. The end result was the last person standing matched his prediction. Next, he followed with another prediction using a card selection. The chosen card matched that one in an envelop. Krag Ryal assisted his grandson, Emmett. Emmett used his skillful mind to call out a person’s chosen card. Dr. Jack Vander Wal performed a cut and restored yoyo routine (Mark Mason) and then did a number and card prediction. Steven Elkowtiz thrilled us with a challenge, he successfully smashed four bags without any harm. The last bag, the predicted bag had the spike. Leo Peters intrigued us with a prediction slate routine. The number matched the predicted card. Gary Laundre’ performed a prediction routine involving colored poker chips with use of blue lighted glasses. Wayne Ramsdell astonished us with a prediction which involved determining the correct color gem stone from a bowl of various colored gem stones. Randy Vander Wal performed Joker’s Are Wild (Wild-Colombini Magic) with Krag Ryal’s other grandson, Cohen. Ron Carnell closed the show with a card prediction twist. Ron got somewhat of the cards which were in sets of three’s. The cards matched the serial number on the bill used.

Another night of magic and fun. We thank the performers and all who came. Ring 211’s 29th Hocus Pocus Party is Saturday, November 7. For details see the club’s web site.

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Ring 211 June 2015 Report

IMG_5036.JPGGary Laundre’ presented the June workshop. He titled it, “Making An Old Classic New.” He performed four routines and explained “the old into the new.” What he called an “energy tube” purchased from a hobby store, he used to magically link people’s hand together to transmit energy which lit up the so called tube. He even used the magic light bulb with this and an Invisible Deck routine. Also, he mentioned one could incorporate this tube with the Nut Off Bolt by creating an “energy vortex” from the audience. Next, he performed his Cat Scan routine an impressive card and find routine which involved a “cat scan” with a fluffy toy cat which was hooked to a processor and the result was a picture of the spectator’s brain with the insert picture of the card chosen. Next, six various color gem stones all turn red matching the red stones of the Hot Rod. A card selection (using the Pop-Eyed Popper Deck) and his wind up mini bunny rabbit (which appeared from a mini top hat he had made) found the card. He noted that he uses the mini top hat in his “No Chop Cup” Chop Cup routine. Thanks Gary.

New officers took their positions at this meeting. P. J. Weber, President; Charles Bennett, Vice President; Michele Parkes, Treasurer; Jesse Shira, Secretary; Jim Parkes, Sgt. at Arms; June Horowitz and Dr. Jack Vander Wal, Board Members at Large. The club thanks Michele Parkes for her presidential duties the last two terms, as well as Bill Rasmussen for being the Treasurer, Dr. Jack Vander Wal for being Secretary, Gil Scott and June Horowitz for Board Members at Large. The club looks forward to the newly elected officers.

Tonight was “By The Book.” One could perform a routine learned from a book or any magic periodical. Steven Elkowitz treated us to a performance of his manipulation act for competition which he just did at the Youth Chapter Meeting (see above report). Greg Raven, who is in town playing Dr. Grin’s Comedy Club (previous member now residing in Florida), performed a book test called the Yogi Book Test. Jim Merrills shared a story about how he and his daughter Kristi (and much credit to her creativity and genius when she was nine years old) built a sword box illusion from Pete Eldin’s “The Magic Handbook.” She had found a way to add more swords to the illusion, twenty-three in all. This “homemade” illusion caught the eye of Doug Tilford and it was sold through his publications. Some magician performed the first one sold through Tilford at the Excalibar Hotel in Las Vegas. Eleven were sold each at $1495.00. Cool story. Peter Stobie impressed us with Earthshoes from Joshua Jay’s “Magic The Complete Course, Nose Break, Eye Scream, and French Fry Up Nose (all from “Tricks With Your Head” by Mac King and Mark Levy). He finished with Son of Morning (lit match vanish) from “Tricks For The Part- Time Pro” by Gene Anderson. Gary Laundre’ astonished us with a sponge ball routine using Silvia, June Horowitz’s friend. The routine was from Mark Wilson’s “The Complete Course In Magic.” Jesse Shira followed by performing Order From Chaos (see above report). Dr. Jack Vander Wal performed The Trick That Cannot Be Explained by Dai Vernon.

What another fun-filled evening of magic. We thank all our performers. Saturday, November 7 is the 29th Hocus Pocus Party. See web site for details.

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