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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

There is no meeting in August. Instead, we all get together for the Summer Picnic.

Ring 211 Annual Picnic! Members bring family members and friends for an afternoon of fun, fellowship, food, and magic! Picnic begins at 2 PM. Eating at around 4 PM. Members bring a salad or dessert (dish to pass). The club will furnish the soda, dinnerware, hot dogs, and burgers. Bring any yard games. Fish in the adjacent lake and attempt to beat Gary Oisten’s record: 14″ Bass. After the supper, magicians are encouraged to perform an impromptu trick. So magi bring a trick to perform. Hocus Pocus tickets will be available for sale!

Where: Dr. Jack Vander Wal’s back yard, 946 Miede Street, Jenison, MI 49428

Our September meeting will be September 28, the Fourth Monday as usual. 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

September 2015 Program: Holiday Magic

Perform your favorite Magic for your favorite Holiday! We are looking for tricks and routines for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Valentine’s Day or any other holiday that you can inspire our members with! Let’s make this a Party! 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!

The Youth Chapter meeting will be held September 25, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Denny’s: 3900 28th Street, SE Kentwood, MI 49512

If you’d like to start getting ready for October, it’s going to be a Hocus Pocus Preview Round Robin. We’ll be looking for performers who would like to try out their walk-around routine for club members. Since we are performing at Hocus Pocus, we don’t always get to see each other. We need 4-5 performers to perform about 5 minutes at each of 4-5 tables.

Whit “Pop” Haydn, winner of seven “Magician of the Year” awards from the Magic Castle, will be lecturing for Ring 211 on Monday, September 14, 7pm, at Bran’s. Details to follow as they become available.


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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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Ring 211 Youth Chapter June 2015 Report

IMG_0173.JPGThe Ring 211 June Horowitz / John DeVries Magic Club Youth Chapter met on Friday, June 19, 2015 from 6:30-8:30 at the residence of June Horowitz in Grand Rapids. Youth present included, Jessie Shira, Steven Elkowitz, Dalton DeWitt, Tori Shannon and Evan Priem. Youth Advisors present included Peter Stobie, Dr. Gary Laundre and June Horowitz. Parents present included Kristen Priem, Jennifer Elkowitz, Tom Shannon, and also June’s caretaker, Richard. We thank the parents and siblings for their support and transportation to our Youth for these meetings.

We had a great meeting for our 6 month mark! We had our meeting at Past International President June Horowitz’s house in Grand Rapids, MI. June will be 102 in September, 2015 and she was full of enthusiasm as our hostess for this meeting. June welcomed the youth with cookies and beverages and we all gathered around her dining room table. Pete started the meeting with announcements and from there went into introductions of everyone.

We then opened the floor for performance. The topic was magic from a book, however, any performance is always welcomed. Dalton started the magic off with a torn and restored in a card box effect. Jessie performed the card effect Order from Chaos from Joshua Jay’s Magic the Complete Course and another card effect titled Cheek to Cheek. Evan freked Tori out with Michael Ammar’s Little Hand as “a creepy little hand reaches out of Evan’s Hands and snatches a coin he attempted to vanish! Tori’s reaction was priceless! Gary entertained us with his spring-loaded boxing glove he used to get our attention. He then did a cup & ball routine with a small crystal box and a small ball. Gary also got everyone involved with a card prediction as Jennifer held a closed card case. We all held hands and Gary connected the group with a transparent cylinder, a clear tube! When the circuit was complete the tube had lights and sound that went off! Gary checked and made sure the energy had built up with a light bulb. When Gary waved the bulb over the circle it lit up. He then had a member name a card and when Jennifer opened the deck the named card was the only one flipped over in the deck!

We then were all treated to Steven’s first public performance of his Manipulation Routine he has been practicing for Competition! Steven has a sure to be award winning smile and his magic was as smooth! He combined card and coin flourishes with billiard ball and silk routines. Everyone complemented Steven on his hard work and entertaining manipulation. We wish you well in your upcoming competitions!

IMG_0172a.JPGWe wrapped the evening up with a Q & A session with PIP June Horowitz. The kids asked her what her first trick that she performed? “The Egg Bag.” What kind of magic did you perform? “I started on stage with my father, but I really enjoyed close-up magic.” What is your go to trick that you perform now? “Card Tricks.” Other questions were asked, but June had one for us. She wanted to know if 10 year old Tori, our only girl representative member would perform a trick? Tori asked to borrow a quarter and proceeded to vanish it with an impressive French Drop.

I turned the question and asked June if she would perform a trick for us? She responded by asking if we insisted? We did! She took out a deck of cards and removed five of them. She tore them all in half showing an impressive feat of strength at 101! She then separated the halves into two piles. She then asked us to choose a pile and she said a word. She counted the cards to the bottom for the number of letters in each word. June made us laugh by saying, “Wouldn’t it be great if I blew this?” We were allowed to have her switch piles at point in the counting. She did this four times after each of the words which spelled “Last Two Cards Match.” When she asked someone if they wanted to switch, she turned to Evan and said, “Should I use him or an honest person?” True enough, she turned the last two halves over and they matched. Then to everyone’s amazement she turned over the other four pairs and they all matched as well. Thank you June for hosting and everyone else for an entertaining evening and a fantastic meeting!

Jim will be sending out an e-mail soon about the July Meeting, scheduled for July 24, 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 July 24, 2015 at 6:30-8:00pm. Location Denny’s on 28th Street. Watch your e-mail!

The purpose of the IBM Youth Chapter is as follows.

  • Youth magicians will have an opportunity to get together and share, practice and perform magic in a setting that is comfortable to them.
  • Have available resources for them to grow in the art and hobby of magic through the local Ring 211 Magic Club and IBM as a National Membership.
  • Have a limited number of adults present during the meetings so this can be primarily youth driven and not pose the adult intimidation factor often experienced by youth in front of adults.
  • All adult members who wish to visit the Youth Chapter Meetings should clear this by the Youth Chapter Advisers and attend only as observers unless otherwise directed by Youth Chapter Advisers.
  • Youth can waive Ring 211 dues for their first 6 attendances to the ring 211 Youth Chapter meetings but will be required to pay Ring 211 dues after that at $10 for Youth age seven to seventeen. For more information on IBM Ring 211 please see Ring 211 Website at www.ring211.org
  • Also after six attendances of Ring 211 Chapter Meetings, Youth will be strongly encouraged to apply for IBM National Junior Membership for age seven to seventeen. For more information on IBM Membership please see International Brotherhood of Magicians website at www.magician.org

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Ring 211 May 2015 Report

Gil Scott presented our May workshop. It was on his continuing series: “Everything One Wants To Know About Card Magic But Is Too Afraid To Ask.” Gil performed a sequence from Darwin Ortiz on card counting and shuffle tracking. In each trick, Gil could cut to the chosen card. He also showed how he did this and had Steven Elkowitz assist. Gil gave insight on “breather crimps” and on Frank Thompson’s False Cut. While at it, Gil also talked about corner shorts, gluing a center of a card onto another to make a locator card, how one can use Superglue on the corners of a card to make it a locator card, “reversed” Svengali Deck, and a “reversed” Pop-eyed Deck. Thank you Gil.

Tonight was Office Magic Night. One could perform magic with items found around one’s office. Randy Vander Wal performed a book test using a dictionary and two die (Elmwood Magic). Dr. Jack Vander Wal performed a coin pail routine with a large coin finish using a pen/pencil container. Jesse Shira performed Composition by Aldo Colombini (from his Card Festival DVD). Then Jesse performed a self folding napkin to crane. Steven Elkowitz impressed us with Hundy 500. Gary Laundre’ amazed us with his salt shaker through table routine and his jack knife (Hot Rod) routine which included the knife vanishing.

Also, tonight President Michele Parkes presented the following award certificates: Peter Stobie, Excellence in Stage; Gary Laundre’, Excellence in Close-Up; Brad Lancaster, Workshop of the Year; Gil Scott, Workshop of the Year. The following received Most Service to Club: Jerry and Kathy Herdegen, Peter Stobie, Ron Carnell, and Dave Bogdan. Stephen Bargatze received Outside Lecturer of the Year.

Another night of magic and fun. Ring 211’s Hocus Pocus Party (29th Edition!) will be Saturday, November 7. See web site for details.

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 6:30pm, 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, asuper 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.

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!