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

Our next Ring meeting will be on September 23, 7:15pm to 10pm, at Brann’s Steakhouse, 4157 S. Division, in Wyoming.

Workshop: “TBD”

June 2019 Program: This Case is Open & Close

There are thousands of routines we can put into the middle of a show, but only a select few are strong enough to be Openers or Closers. Your Opening trick has to immediately grab their attention and set the tone for everything that follows, while your Closer needs to be powerful and memorable (because it WILL be the thing they remember the best). This month, we focus on the best of the best.

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!

Want to get ready for next month’s Magic Theme?

October 28, 2019 Program: Hocus Pocus Sampler

We’ll be looking for performers who would like to try out their walk-around routine for club members. Since many of us are performing tableside at Hocus Pocus, we don’t always get to see each other’s magic. EVERYONE intending to perform at Hocus Pocus is invited to first do their thing for fellow Ring 211 Members.

Workshop: TBA

Complete list of all Monthly Magic Programs for 2019

Upcoming Lectures

Lectures for Ring 211 Members are $10. Other magi is $15

August 31: Nathan Coe Marsh, 7pm, Denny’s, 3900 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids (Kentwood), MI. Sneak Peek: https://nathancoemarsh.com/

September 18: John Carey, 7pm, Brann’s Steakhouse, 4157 S. Division, in Wyoming. Sneak Peek: https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/magician/John-Carey/

Ring 211 Hosts Four Fabulous Spring To Summer Lectures

From spring into summer, our lecture chairman, Dave Bogdan (bogsmagic@comcast.net), booked four spectacular lectures for Ring 211 — The June Horowitz/John deVries Magic Club — Grand Rapids, Michigan. Olmac (Olivier Macia), PIP Joe Turner, Dan Fleshman, and Dameon (Hal Meyers) were the Fab Four. To read about the bio of each lecturer in depth and to view the product line of each, go to the web sites listed below. Olmac was obtained through Obie O’Brien (rjobie@gisco.net). Joe Turner was through our own Jeffrey Alan Brodrick. Dan Fleshman and Dameon came through Scott Wells (lectures@scottwells.com).

Olmac Lecture

Olmac which stands for Oustanding Lecturer, Magician, And Conjuror is what Olivier is. He is an expert at close-up magic, internationally renowned, and is a FISM 2003 winner. Highlights of his lecture were:

From his Control Freak DVD —

* an impressive ambitious card routine which includes his own moves and steals for the chosen card to appear on top of the deck, on the bottom, and from his pants pocket
* another card to pocket routine including the deck to pocket
* Boomerang Card
* four aces invisibly to appear each out of thin air

From his Olmac in London DVD —

* Full Deck Vanish To One (two versions)
* Card In Box Repeat (mini suitcase)
* use box as to reveal a prediction such as a credit card information
* box levitates
* use as a pad prediction
* use with Rubrik’s Cube or a finger ring or any other small object wrapped up as a gift with ribbon
* use box to produce folding bills and then multiple bills as a climax
* cigarette lighter vanish and reappearance routine and cigarette vanish

From his Olmac In The Desert: the secrets of visual coin magic DVD —

* Perfect Vanish
* Olmac Vanish and its plus version
* a coin change
* 3 Fly Olmac

Then more such as —

* two card selection (red and black) in which one card appears from mouth and the other being wrong from deck only to appear from mouth with a color change (Control Freak DVD)
* single card color change to many varieties such as Multi Change Back (8 times change), Multi Face Change (9 times change), Vegas Olmac Change, Blink Olmac Change, Twist Air Change, Bim Bam Change, and Snap Olmac Change — all from his Olmac in Las Vegas DVD.
* Boomerang Card Change
* Impact — Card appears from two and is dropped into one’s hand
* another card appearing from beneath deck

Visit Olmac at https://magicolmac.com.

Joe Turner Lecture

Joe M. Turner is a magician, mentalist, a professional keynote speaker, a columnist for Genii Magazine, and a Past International President (PIP) of the I.B.M. He has performed in all three show rooms at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, appeared at Monday Night Magic in New York City, and at the Dickens Parlor Theater at the Tropicana Atlantic City. His primary expertise is sleight of hand card magic and comedy escape magic. Highlights of his lecture were:

* Unwedding Ring, a ring and string routine, involving an impressive move
* Vanished Card To Wallet with importance on the impact of the half effect known as the vanish.
* a ten signed across card to pocket one at a time routine — could also do with business cards
* a card to pocket routine, one routine involved the chosen card sandwiched between two cards and placed in the middle of the deck, the other involved the spectator take the card out of the magi’s pocket
* Practical Matchmaker, Mindwriting, and Smiling Tiger (by Jim Surprise) using the Numerical Memorized Deck
* his sharing of thoughts and ideas on estimation and using the memorized deck for mentalists
* Zaro Skill, a card prediction routine involving nine piles of cards down to three piles with three predictions having matching outcomes

Visit Joe at https://turnermagic.com.

Dan Fleshman Lecture

Dan Fleshman has been practicing magic for over forty-five years and as a pro since 1991. He is the house magician (eleventh year) with the Chop House restaurants in Beaver Creek and Vail, Colorado. He has performed in a vast number of top restaurants, hotels, and nightclubs with great success. The only two states he has not lectured in are Maine and Alaska. Plus, he is the only four-time lecturer to Ring 211. Shoot, he is a favorite to my dad, the Late Dr. Jack. He is featured in many L&L DVDs, including many of the World’s Greatest Magic series, Live At The Jailhouse DVD (three DVD set) with six other performers, and his just released DVD, Every Table is a Stage (two DVD set produced by Kozmo Magic).

Dan has effects that are both visually appealing, highly commercial, and entertaining. He gave tips on routining, timing, the use of body language, how to connect with the audience, and how he resets. He shared his thought process behind his selection of effects and tips on working restaurants today. Highlights were:

* Professor’s Nightmare Ring on Rope Routine (uses BTC rope)
* Ninja Rings
* Jiggernaut
* Pointless, a pen and cap routine by Gregory Wilson
* Clone Deck by Joker Magic — produced Kids’ Kards from it
* No Two Alike
* Now Look Here (Chad Long)
* a metamorphosis card trick using a himber wallet — The Pocket Grenade Wallet by John Luka (card to wallet)
* Mona Lisa’s Secret (card routine)
* Extreme Burn (Richard Sanders)
* Kinetic Key Jr. (Viking Magic)
* a four ace production then to Oil/Water/Rough Triumph
* Unplunged (card routine)
* Copper/Silver/Brass Jumbo Coins Across Routine
* Turn Around Swivel Pass
* Kids’ Kards

Visit Dan at https://www.danfleshman.com.

Dameon Lecture

Dameon is an accomplished prestidigitator and entertainer specializing in manipulative magic, creating visually captivating presentations to music. A performer for over thirty-five years, appearing in numerous shows and revues worldwide, he was a top feature at the 2018 S.A.M. National Conference in Orlando and at the 78th Abbott’s Magic Get Together (2015) being honored with the Bill Baird/Neil Foster Award. His lecture, more of a mini seminar, was unique, fast paced, fun-filled, and interactive as each of us were given balls, rope, cards, etc. to follow along as a “learn by doing.” We could even take these items home. Dameon drew far and wide as a few attendees came from Indiana and even Toledo, Ohio, like Andrew Martin.

Highlights of what he demonstrated and explained were:

* quick basic roll and flourish sequence, palming, reach out produce, and three color changes with balls. Also, the importance of how balloon material helps with gripping and how mime enhances the performance
* for rope — Overhand Vanishing Knot, Shoelace Knot, Threading the Needle, and Jumbo Ring and Ribbon Penetration
* One to Ten Count Two Sponge Ball Vanish
* act set up — talked about the many supplies, extra materials, and importance of timing of one’s act
* basic thimble moves including the jumping thimble (Buckingham)
* cards — back palm, front palm, card tossing, split fanning, second dealing and doubles, and passes.
* doves — talked about the cage, the vanish, his tail coat, and harnesses.

Visit Dameon at http://www.halmeyers.com and follow him on Facebook as well.

Wow, what a fabulous four lectures we just had. Each lecturer took time to address questions and explained patiently any requested moves. We thank each of our lecturers, the contacts, and SuperDave. A thanks to Jim Parkes for his promoting and for contributing to this report. Ring 211 highly recommends each lecturer to your club.


Ring 211 July 2019 Report

Tonight’s workshop was on Rope Tricks. Jeff Brodrick shared the Color Changing Rope, Stiff Rope, and Standing Rope. Phil Gleason showed us Linking Parachute Chords and then a chord to travel from one finger to another. Ring President Dennis Favreau demonstrated the Shoelace Knot, Clap Knot, Throwing A Knot, mulit-knot throw and reverse, and tying a knot without either hand leaving the end. We thank Jeff, Phil, and Dennis for the workshop.

Bill Rasmussen and his son Christian, along with Dennis Favreau and Jeff Brodrick gave us their insights on what they experienced at the I.B.M. Convention Scottsdale! It was hot! We thank them for sharing with us.

Tonight was Mental Magic with Dennis being the emcee and he opened the show with Wild-Colombini’s Magic Zodiac Prediction. Gil Scott was able to mentally name a selected card and then was able to reveal Christian Rasmussen’s thought up word using four letter cards. Phil Gleason amazed us by having a metal slug slowly travel down a mental tube using his mental powers, thus defying gravity. Jeff Brodrick impressed us with a card prediction; the revelation matched what he had wrote. Hank Slagter followed with one of his own mental card predictions. Randy Vander Wal was next and revealed what color crayon a person had selected just by having the thoughts from the audience sent to him. Dennis Favreau closed the show by writing down a person’s initials on a pad after capturing the thought.

Another night of magic and fun. We thank all who attended and our performers. Heads up: The 33rd Annual Earl Ray Wilcox Hocus Pocus Party takes place on Saturday, November 2 with headliner Michael Finney! Party begins at 5:30 PM which includes a full dinner buffet, cash bar, balloon twisting, face painting, fortune telling, strolling close- up magic, prize drawings, and a cabaret show. Wow! Child tickets are $10.00 and adults are $25.00. John and Tammy Sterlini, Maciek, David Storms, and Jeff Brodrick as emcee join Michael on the cabaret show. Event takes place at the KC Banquet Center on Clyde Park Avenue SW. All details on the Ring 211 web site.

Ring 211 June 2019 Report

At this meeting our newly elected officers took their positions. Dennis Favreau, President; Gary Laundre’, Vice President; Charles Bennett, Secretary; Treasurer, Michele Parkes and Phil Gleason; Sgt. At Arms, Jim Parkes; Dave Bogdan, Board Member At Large; and Gil Scott, Board Member At Large. The club congratulates these members on their elected positions.

The club also thanks Jeff Brodrick for being president the past term and Trino for being vice president. Charles Bennett, Michele Parkes, Jim Parkes, Dave Bogdan, and Gil Scott all have been re-elected in their positions. The club also thanks these members for their service of the past term. Note: The club appreciates the work that these members provided as within their term they worked with the 2018 I.B.M. Convention Committee as that year the convention was here in Grand Rapids. The I.B.M. also shared its appreciation as announced at the convention. Magic Top Hats Off to Ring 211!

For our June workshop our workshop chairman, Brad Lancaster, had lined up three or our expert magi. The combined years of magical entertainment experience between these three is well over one hundred and eighty years. Wow! The panel consisted of Dave Bogdan (our lecture chairman), Gary Laundre’, and Gil “one ‘l'” Scott. Jeff Brodrick was the moderator and had the following questions addressed. Oh, P. J. Weber was also to be part of the panel but was out performing a show. But, Jeff had gathered P. J.’s responses prior. Now that makes over two hundred and twenty years of combined experience!

* Your name and where you were born
* The first magician you saw
* The age you realized you wanted to become a magician
* The place you bought your first magic trick and what was that trick
* The length of time you have been in the magical arts
* Tell of your performance experience
* Your favorite trick and a second
* Why you like being a magician and your most rewarding part
* Most difficult magic trick
* Handling stressful situations
* Final advice to share

Here are some highlights from the discussion. For P. J. his neighbor was the first magician he saw and P. J. was three years of age. The neighbor also taught him magic. Gary mentioned Claire Cummings as his first magician. Gil Scott pointed to Lynn Miner and J. B. Bobo. Dave remembers Mark Wilson on the “The Magic Land of Allakazam.” P. J. wanted to become a magician already at age three. Gary and Dave became interested around 6 and 7 years of age. Gil caught the magic bug in his early teens. As far as performance experience, Dave began performing in his restaurant called “Bogdan’s Magic Palace” and had performed for many celebrities. Gil opened for Loretta Lynn, performed many trade shows, and early in his career performed eight shows a day on a six day schedule at Cedar Point Amusement Park. Gil did own his own magic shop called “Merlin’s.” Gary was Captain Magic on the local Bozo Show here in Grand Rapids (second longest running Bozo Show next to WGN TV 9 in Chicago), emcee’d and opened for the Statler Brothers for over seven years, other expos, Brenda Lee, and Sally Struthers. Of course, he did have a stint at Alladin’s Magic Shop before it changed to Merlin’s. P. J. has performed for four US Presidents, in sixty-eight countries, Gorbachev, and had vanished a local radio station’s (WCUZ) mobile studio with audience members touching it. He also was the headliner for the New Olympian International Show Team which helped him obtain shows world wide. Favorite tricks mentioned were the multiplying sponge bunnies, Invisible Deck, Chop Cup, Norm Nielson’s Floating Violin, Blackstone’s Sword Cabinet, Gene Anderson’s Paper Tear, and rabbit out of the hat. Most rewarding parts mentioned were the smiles, interaction, and reaction of the audience members. Final advice was “practice, practice, practice” and perform what you love and interests you; make it fun and your personality will come through. A few audience questions were addressed, in part, where are the opportunities for the the younger magicians these days.

The panel discussion was very much interesting and there more which could be written. To hear the full discussion check out the Ring 211 web site at http://ring211.org. This will appear under the June Ring Report. We thank our panel for their stories and insight.

Tonight’s program was Hanky Panky. Four us performed some kind of magic using silks. Gil Scott, generally a card guy, produced a deck from a silk so he could perform for us a card trick. It involved the chosen card which changed into the King of Clubs and then all four kings completed the routine. Jeff Brodrick produced a wand from a silk and continued with a color-changing silk through his hand. Randy Vander Wal performed a known classic, a 20th Century Silk routine. Ring President, Dennis Favreau, presented to music an enjoyable Knott’s Off Silk routine.

Another night of magic and fun with plenty of fellowship. A thanks to our performers and all who at the meeting.

Ring 211 May 2019 Report

The May workshop was packet tricks with chairperson Brad Lancaster. Six of our members demo’d and then explained the routine. Ring President, Jeff Brodrick, presented his version of Dots Impossible card routine. Hank Slagter followed with Twister. Gary Laundre’ showed us two versions of Mental Choice. One routine with cards and the other with poker chips. Dennis Favreau delighted us with Twisted Sister. Ron Carnell intrigued our eyes with Danny Archer’s Eye Exam. Brad Lancaster closed the workshop with Dai Vernon’s Twisting the Aces. We thank Brad and all who performed.

At this meeting the club had its election of officers. The following members will take on their newly elected positions at our June Board Meeting: Dennis Favreau, President; Gary Laundre’, Vice President; Charles Bennett, Secretary; Treasurer, Michele Parkes and Phil Gleason; Sgt. At Arms, Jim Parkes; Dave Bogdan, Board Member At Large; and Gil Scott, Board Member At Large. The club congratulates these members on their elected positions. The club also thanks Jeff Brodrick for being president the past term and Trino for being vice president. Charles Bennett, Michele Parkes, Jim Parkes, Dave Bogdan, and Gil Scott all have been re-elected in their positions. The club also thanks these members for their service of the past term. Note: The club appreciates the work that these members provided as within their term they worked with the 2018 I.B.M. Convention Committee as that year the convention was here in Grand Rapids. The I.B.M. also shared its appreciation as announced at the convention. Magic Top Hats Off to Ring 211!

Tonight, the program was Restorations with chairperson Ron Carnell. Tanyan Sanders opened the show by cutting up a paper heart and placing it in a bag for its restoration. Gerrit, a new member, performed a torn and restored corner of a card. Gary Oisten enlightened us with Colombini’s Signed, Sealed, & Delivered. Jeff Brodrick impressed us by tearing a long piece of invisible tape and then restoring it. Gary Laundre’ amazed us with a watch vanish using a handkerchief and the watch being displayed on his arm among a few more. Brad Lancaster added a little more comedy as he read newspaper headlines from various newspaper pieces he had collected, yet only to restore the pieces to a full newspaper. Ron Carnell closed the show with a Rubick’s Cube routine. He had the cube mixed and then matched one side to a side which was chosen by random from a group of choices printed on cards. Then, he quickly restored the entire cube.

This was another night of magic, fellowship, and fun. We thank all for coming to the meeting and the performers as well.

Ring 211 April 2019 Report

Our April workshop was on magic found in magic kits or sets such as what Marshall Brodien had manufactured. Six of our members performed magic from such kits. Our president, Jeff Brodrick, presented the quarter penetration, money tray, ink to water, paper version of What’s Next, mystic coin catcher, and a coin bounce (not in kit). Hank Slagter showed the card frame and then a ring and string (chain) penetration. Gary Laundre’ performed hole in rabbit and the multiplying sponge rabbits. Gil Scott presented two versions of ball and vase, one with a dime and the other routine with the ball vanishing into the vase. P. J. Weber escaped from the Siberian chain. Jim Parkes performed “think a number” and colorvision. Thanks to Jeff and our performers.

Tonight’s program was Money Magic with Ron Carnell as the emcee. Gary Laundre’ opened the show by magically vanishing and appearing golden nuggets, the famous one in hand — one in pocket — to two in hand with a large nugget finish. He called this “Dubloon.” P. J. Weber continued with a silver dollar appearance and it completely vanished from his hand. Tanyon Sanders side-stepped the money and presented a card and find with a four ace production. Jeff Brodrick did not have enough of the kit magic from earlier and did another coin vanish. Gil Scott stepped up the pace by displaying six coins in two rows and performing a three coins across routine. Ron Carnell closed the show with his version (could be his own) of The $188 (yes, one hundred eighty-eight) Dollar Bill Challenge. This was an entertaining “truth or lie” routine with a card selection and find involving a $100 dollar bill in one of seven envelopes of which smaller denominations of bills were in the remaining six.

That was another night of magic, fellowship, and fun. We thank all our performers. Also, “Magic Tops Hats Off!” to our magic friends of the Conjurors Club — Ring 36 in Flint for their hosting of the 50th Annual Michigan Magic Day.

Ring 211 Hosts Thom Peterson Lecture

Thom Peterson is The Amazing Guy! A one-man flash mob of magic and comedy. On March 21, Ring 211 laughed as he turned our lecture experience into a slumber party of fun and mystery. We learned magic that will blow spectator’s hair back and comedy that’s illegal in five states (or at least… frowned upon). Thom has been a fulll-time performer for over 30 years and provides a great mix of stand-up and close-up material he actually uses day-in and day-out. There was no “knuckle-busting” here, just material we could immediately put into our own performing repertoire. Indeed, there was something for everyone in this lecture. Tonight, we found out besides Thom being a member of both London’s Magic Circle and the British Magical Society, including him being a regular performer at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, why Thom is “The Amazing Guy!”

Highlights of Thom’s lecture were:

Cheers — This is Thom’s signature opener. First, a piece of fruit is produced, then a tall glass of liquid, then a bottle of your favorite beverage. It’s the perfect, logical set-up to a bill (or card) in lemon routine.

Kapow! — Thom’s favorite opener for walk-around magic. In less than 10 seconds you’ll be able to establish yourself as a fun fooler — worthy of being watched (and just maybe…worshiped). — Silver dollar coin to larger coin production.

George of the Jumble — What begins as a cruel joke, end up with the spectator’s bill being torn, restored BACKWARDS, and left with them. Thom loves routines that leaves a souvenir with the spectator where the magic is still happening. This one does just that.

Rock, Paper, Rabbit — Anytime you’re within arm’s reach of some PostI® Notes, you’ll have an amazing and fun way of leaving a positive, lasting impression on those around you. — An origami routine.

Killer Spoon — Another routine straight out of Thom’s stand-up show. First, a spoon visibly bends without any manipulation. This is immediately handed out. Next, Thom illustrates how this is possible by bending a 2-dimensional signed drawing of a spoon (Revenge of the Spoon 2.0). Oh yeah…this is handed out as well!

Wise Quack — Thom takes Al Koran’s famous Medallion Routine and presents it in a way that’s fun, while simultaneously removing all of the not-so-elegant moments. Think mentalism isn’t for you? Wait until you see this! — A lighthearted mentalism routine.

Walk-Around Williamson — Thom takes a wonderful card routine by David Williamson, and re-blocks it to make it practical for everyday performing, as well as a LOT easier! — A torn and restored card routine.

Just Fate — An ESP card symbol match.

Psycho — The Spectator finds his/her own card.

Thom had his lecture notes and many of his routines available for sale. One can connect with Thom through his web site at http://amazingguy.com/. Ring 211 enjoyed this lecture and recommends him for your club. We thank our lecture chairman, Dave Bogdan (bogsmagic@comcast.net), for obtaining Thom. Also, a thanks to Scott Wells (http://www.scottwells.com/) for lining up this tour.