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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 July meeting will be the Fourth Monday on the 28th at Brann’s. Arrive at 7:15 pm starting time, or 6:00 pm for those wanting to eat dinner with friends.

Workshop: Bob Zoerman

July 2014 Program – Bags of Fun! Perform a trick using a bag made of cloth, paper, etc. 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 peterstobie@gmail.com.

Upcoming Programs.

For more information and a map to Brann’s, please check the Events Page

Coming Soon!

Tuesday September 9th BARRY MITCHELL 7:30 at Brann’s.
Wednesday September 24th CARL HEIN 7:30 at Brann’s
Friday November 21st WAYNE HOUCHIN 7:30 at Brann’s

Tickets for Hocus Pocus will be available at the June membership meeting. Tickets are still $20.00.


Ring 211 June 2014 Report

Brad Lancaster presented our June workshop and his topic was “Using Music In Magic.” Points stressed were one should have the music be transformational like in the movies, one’s collection of music in the show should be a unified collection and not sporadic, one should carefully plan music so as to have the music not draw away people from the magic but to the magic, one should use instrumental music and be sure to have the magic set the lyrics, and one should fit the music to the magic or edit the music to the routine. He performed his Sidewalk Shuffle routine and also a color changing plume routine both with patter and music as to demonstrate how the music enhanced each routine. He also answered a few questions on royalty-free music, on using an I-Pod for storing your music lists, and on speaker systems. He also advised one to use people that have “an ear” for music. We thank Brad for this much informative workshop.

Tonight was Magic & Music. One had to perform a routine to music. MagicBob Zoerman opened the show by performing the Russian Rings. He dedicated this to one of his magic friends, Randy Craven, who has been battling a health concern. Next, he showed us a science concept on “conservation of angular momentum” using a ceramic egg on a string and how it wraps around a wooden cross without smashing to the floor. Dennis Favreau presented a rope routine which included cutting and restoring, no ends, and a Professor’s Nightmare. He concluded his act with a linking ring routine using two rings leading up to eight rings. Brad Lancaster dazzled us with a four ace production from a deck of cards and then four piles each including an ace had the ace vanish, except for the last pile now ended up having all four aces. P. J. Weber explained what music he uses for his mouth coil to dove production, performed to music the Growing Head Illusion and the Rubick’s Cube Puzzle, and concluded his segment by explaining what music he uses with his linking ring routine. Gary Laundre’ was an added act tonight. He had no music so he hummed and “mouthed” the music to a three coin transposition and Hopping Halves.

Another night of magic, fun, and fellowship was had. We thank our program chair Peter Stobie and all who performed.

Ring 211 May 2014 Report

Our May regular meeting was held one week prior due to Memorial Day. Gil Scott presented this month’s workshop. It was on another topic of “Everything You Want To Know About Card Magic But Afraid To Ask.” This “class” was an expanded version of taking a trick, learning and practicing it the way it is written, then think of ways (patter, methods, etc.) to enhance and improve it. Within this workshop he took us on a tour of how the “Fred” card trick evolved overtime. He explained how Marlo performed it, how it became the “Oscar” card trick, and now the “Phil” card trick. With the “Phil” version there were two parts. He described how he improved his performance of “Phil” patter as well as using a method from one of the two previous tricks. Next, he performed and explained how he improved his performance of a poker card trick by Senator Crandall. Here, five blank cards were fanned and one magically changes to an ace with the climax of all cards changing to show a Royal Flush. Gil called his version “Hooser” or whatever name or resemblance one would like. Those group of five cards were like a “wild hand” to get the winning hand. The climax being all the cards changing to show a Royal Flush. Thank you Gil.

Tonight was “Assistance Required!” One had to perform a routine which used at least one assistant. New youth member Christian Rasmussen (son of Bill) performed three tricks as initiation into our club. His father assisted him. For the first trick, he flicked the deck near his ear to “hear” the chosen card. He did this twice. Next, he had Dr. Jack Vander Wal choose three random cards. Chris used his mental magic power and named all three. Like Johnny Carson’s character “The Great Carnac,” Chris had three $2 dollar bills and a $100 dollar bill each placed in separate envelopes. These were mixed and Chris succeeded in calling out which bill was where. Tina Weber, Gil, and me ended up with the two dollar bills. Good job Chris! I used new member Noah Cranson and Steven Elkowitz to help Paint My Flower, a Laflin silk routine. Steven Elkowitz followed by having President Michele Parkes sign a card. He performed an Ambitious Card. Then folded her card and he signed and folded one, had her place one in between her lips while he had one go into and out of his mouth, and the end result was the cards exchanged places. Gary Laundre’, our MC, had Sonny Tgiros select a card and Cindy Bennett act as the medium by obtaining a sense from a pendulum. Next, Tina Weber made a card selection and Jennifer Elkowitz called out the name of the card by use of Gary’s magical watch. Dennis Favreau had four random people think of an object. Dennis wrote down each thought and at the end, his predictions were masterfully fulfilled.

Another night of magic and fun. Thanks to Gary and our performers. Stay up with Ring 211 by its web site and search “Ring 211″ on Facebook and Twitter.

Ring Event: Ring 211 Hosts Boris Wild & Daryl Lectures

Ring 211 Boris Wild with Tina WeberIn April Ring 211 (June Horowitz/John deVries Magic Club) in Grand Rapids, Michigan hosted two lectures. One was Boris Wild on April 27. Two days later was Daryl. Ring 211 highly recommends both of these magi to lecture to your club.

This was the first time that Boris lectured to our club. He is one of the most renowned French magicians in the world. He is an international performer, author, creator and lecturer. He was on the cover of the April 2008 issue of The Linking Ring. Find more on Boris Wild at his web site http://www.boriswild.com.

Highlights of Boris’ lecture:

  • Three card routines using the Boris Wild Marked Deck — finding the chosen card as the twenty-second card, a card prediction, and then utilizing this with the Invisible Deck
  • Traveling Kiss
  • Perfect Open Prediction
  • Any Card At Any Birthday

Boris strives to perform a routine in which the magi can eliminate all possibilities of how it can be done and the magi finishes absolutely clean. He described his Marked Deck in great detail as all the routines he performed. He had available for sale what he performed as well as his lecture notes (PDF file) and his book “Transparency.”

Ring 211 Daryl 2This was Daryl’s third time presenting a lecture for us. He is “down to earth” and his excitement for performing magic is beyond Planet Pluto. World Champion Magician, Daryl, is internationally acknowledged as “The magician’s Magician.” He is much sought after, world-wide, as a professional performing magician, lecturer, and keynote speaker. He has invented magic for many famous TV magicians and brings people some of the finest, most practical magic in the world. In fact, the vast majority of the magic performed and explained in his lecture used simple, ordinary objects. Visit Daryl at his web site http://www.daryl.net.

Highlights of Daryl’s lecture:

  • Comedy Surprise Torn & Restored Paper Routine (“Cup of Mystery”)
  • Odd Quad
  • Rope Through Neck
  • Ropes Through Body
  • An Impromptu Chink-a-Chink Routine
  • Dai Vernon’s Climax to a Dice Routine
  • Cards Into The Fourth Dimension And Back!
  • Impromptu Card Rise (Rising Card from Envelope)
  • Impromptu Cup and Ball Routine
  • He devoted a few minutes on Theory and Principle and provided examples: The Effect-less Method, A New Effect for a Standard Classic, and his “First Magic Trick.”
  • Passage of Thought! (Crossed Thought)
  • Acrobatic Knot (his favorite trick)

His lecture was filled with great magic, great information, and great answers. He had available for sale in addition to what he performed: Essentials In Magic DVDs, Fooler Doolers 1, 2, 3 DVDs, 3 Card Monte DVD, Audio Transposition, Bounce/No Bounce, Squeaker Gimmick, Rainbow Ropes, Double Crossed, Hyper-Bent-Elation, Princess Card Trick, Dice Set, his 4FXII Lecture Notes, plus packet of previous notes.

Our club thanks both Boris and Daryl for their fantastic lectures including our lecture chair Dave Bogdan for obtaining this “double-whammy!”

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Ring 211 April 2014 Report

IMG_3904In April, our magic club had its first flea market. We have had a flea market before just prior to our auction in the past but have decided to hold one separate from the auction. April was also busy with two lectures: Boris Wild and Daryl. Both these were sent as a Ring Event. We canceled our regular meeting night because the flea market was on a different date as well as both lectures.

On Saturday, April 19, we held our flea market at Peter Stobie’s church, Trinity Lutheran. Dealers were members Jim and Michele Parkes of Hippity Hop Magic, Ron Carnell from Colon, Michigan (Ron also belongs to Ring 54, 89, and 386), Gary Laundre’, Peter Stobie, MagicBob Zoerman with Jesse Shira running his table, Al Munro, and Jack and Randy Vander Wal. Other dealers were Dick Oslund from the U.P. of Michigan, Antony Gerard of The Timid Rabbit and Masquerade Shop in Kalamazoo (Ring 333), and Bob Wigent from South Bend, Indiana (Ring 342). Each dealer paid five dollars a table. Patrons had a five dollar entry fee also. Antony Gerard, Jim and Michele Parkes, Bob Wigent, and Dick Oslund had a huge selection of items, even big illusions. A magicians paradise! A supermarket of magic! Wow. The dealers and patrons attending had a wonderful time. Even, John Sterlini and Tamara visited from Colon. Also, June Horowitz had to visit the array of magic!

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Ring 211 March 2014 Report

Our March Meeting varied slightly from the normal. This month the workshop was included within the program. The program was “Ring 211 Close-Up College Slam!” Members enjoyed a combination of program and workshop through a unique “round robin” of our finest! “Professors” Dennis Favreau, Brad Lancaster, Gary Landre’, and Gary Oisten performed and then demonstrated effects each; i.e. taught us how to perform each. Members were encouraged to bring: a deck of cards, four to six coins (quarters or half dollars), coin shell, pen or marker with a cap, and enthusiasm to learn and enjoy.

Dennis Favreau had the following: Impromptu Pen Vanish, Quarter/Paperclip Puzzle, Impromptu Cap in Water Bottle, and Ace Appearance from Middle of Deck. Dennis provided each of us with a detailed hand- out. Two other routines he shared were cutting to each Ace by showing the top and bottom card of the deck and a four coin and card matrix routine with the end result of the last coin to go attracted all four.

Gary Laundre’ showed us The “No Chop” Chop Cup Routine. Gary obtained the chop cup and balls from a local dollar store. He finds “cool stuff” that he might be able to put a routine together such as this one. He also provided a detailed hand-out and supplied a fancy, attractive cup and balls to each of us.

Brad Lancaster showed us a stunt with four coins in which the end result is that one coin ends up in one hand while the other hand ends up with three coins while in the beginning each hand had two in it, a card routine involving four piles and a shuffle of “three under and one across” gives the result of four aces. He also showed another four ace routine which involved a magician’s choice. His last routine was a four coins across from hand to hand.

Gary Oisten shared with us some of his rubber band magic. One was a rubber band vanish in one hand. The other was a two rubber band penetration one strand at a time. His last item was Pick Your Pocket, a card trick he read from Tarbell. A rubber band goes around top and bottom of the card box with the deck inside the box. The secured box then is placed in his shirt pocket and the chosen card is quickly retrieved as he places two fingers in his pocket.

We thank each of our professors tonight. Each had to do their performing and teaching four times as four tables were set up. But this was a good “hands on” experience.

Chris Randall Lecture

Ring 211 Chris RandallIn mid March, Ring 211 — The June Horowitz/John deVries Magic Club — hosted a lecture by Chris Randall at its meeting place in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Chris Randall was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is considered one of the top sleight of hand artists in the world. He has appeared on The Masters of Illusion TV show and is a regular performer at the famed Magic Castle in Hollywood. He has been working up and down the Las Vegas Strip for over fifteen years. For the last few years Chris has been focusing on traveling the world with his award winning act and has been hitting the streets becoming one of the finest street magicians in the world being hailed by the best in the business as the future of street magic. His original material has been featured in Magic Magazine, Genii, MUM, The Penumbra and on his DVDs Live at the Magic Castle, Sugar High, Magic at the Bar, Sweet, Heavens Aces, and his critically acclaimed The Inception. We were delighted he could perform and share some of his magic with us tonight.

Highlights of his lecture were:

  • UFO
  • Two Linking Ring Routine with a silk penetration
  • Inception (an anytime, anywhere, self-contained bill in lemon routine) which included a Professor’s Nightmare Rope Routine
  • Danny Garcia’s Pressure (phone inside balloon)
  • Heaven’s Aces (four jokers produced at one’s fingertips one by one instantly change into four aces)
  • He demonstrated a few flourishes, card controls, including the Asher Twist at eye level
  • Swoosh (deck switch)
  • Card Out of Mouth
  • Card Under Glass
  • Sugar High (contents of a freely selected sugar packet changes to a selected color)
  • Napkin To Rose — shared with us the preparation and supplied napkins for a “hands on”
  • a color change
  • rose to production of a bottle
  • and His Number/Her Number

He closed his lecture with a few words of wisdom from Lance Burton and on ideas of branding your name.

He had for sale many of the items in his lecture including a pamphlet by Nick Diffatte, “Do Not Pass Go.” DVDs for sale were Heaven’s Aces, Sugar High, The Inception, Chris Randall Live At The Magic Castle, and Magic At The Bar With Chris Randall.

This was another fine lecture. We thank him and recommend him to any club. Visit Chris at his web site: scandalmagic.com. We also thank Dave Bogdan, our lecture chair.