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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 July 27, 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

July 2015 Program: Mind Benders

Perform your favorite Mental effect! ESP, Book Tests, Cold Readings and other mental challenges may be considered for Ring 211’s Entertainment. 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 Friday, July 24, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Denny’s: 715 44th St SW, Wyoming, MI 49509

If you’d like to start getting ready for August, it’s going to be our annual Picnic at Jack VanderWal’s beach-front property. Please contact Randy if you’d like to perform at the picnic.

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.


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!

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.