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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 April meeting will be the Fourth Monday on the 27th at Brann’s. Arrive at 7:15 pm starting time, or 6:00 pm for those wanting to eat dinner with friends.

Workshop: MagicBob on him on SuZie’s Tour of the Dominican Republic.

February 2015 Program Ring 211 Flea Market!

Details to follow …

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

Coming Soon!

31 Flavors of Magic Festival in Colon

Sat, April 11th, 11am – 5pm

Tickets available on-line or at Five Star Pizza the day of the event


Youth Chapter Meeting
Fri, April 24, 6:30pm – 7:45pm
Trinity Lutheran Church, 2700 E. Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49506


greg-wilsonGregory Wilson lecture

Saturday, April 8 18, 1:30pm – 4:00pm (Please note date and time change!)

Brann’s Steakhouse & Grille, 4157 Division Avenue South, Grand Rapids, MI 49548

More details to follow. Ring 211 Member Fee: $5.00. Nonmember of Ring 211: $15.00


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.

Ring 211 March 2015 Report

First we begin with Ring 211’s Youth Chapter Report submitted by Peter Stobie.

The Ring 211 June Horowitz / John DeVries Magic Club Youth Chapter met on Friday, January 23, 2015 from 6:30-7:45pm at Trinity Lutheran church in Grand Rapids. Youth present included, Evan Priem, Steven Elkowitz, Paul Vander Woude and Emmett Saltsman. Youth Advisors present included Peter Stobie and Jim Parkes. Ring 211 President Michele Parkes stopped into show her support and observe the beginning of this exciting adventure. Parents and one Grandparent were present quietly observing the meeting.

Peter Stobie kicked the meeting off with some business encouraging Ring and IBM membership dues, information on upcoming meetings both Youth and Club, and explained the purpose of having a Youth Chapter. Everyone introduced themselves, shared why they got into magic and what they looked forward to from the Magic Club.

We then opened the floor up to share magic effects the youth have been working on. Evan started us off with a nice card revelation. Steven performed a nice routine where the spectator’s card leapt out of the deck. Paul performed a nice Ring on String effect he acquired from London. Emmett shared his interest in the program the Carbonaro Effect on Tru TV. Paul and Emmett continued to give us a play by play of several entertaining episodes by Michael Carbonaro. We then branched off into some rubber band magic where Peter, Evan and Steven shared several effects with the group. Jim shared a breakfast cereal version of dots impossible. Jim gave each youth a copy of this packet trick made up for the youth by Michele’s uncle and Ring 211 alumni Ray Bielecki.

We then talked about upcoming meetings, lectures and went around the group to Have them mention one thing liked about the evenings meeting and one thing they are looking forward to for future meetings. It was a great first meeting and the kids are excited for the next meeting.

Now on to our regular meeting. This meeting we combined the workshop and the program to feature “Close-Up College Grand Slam!” Four of our members performed at each of four tables and then demonstrated how each trick or routine was performed. Members were encouraged to bring items the performers suggested so as to also have a “hands on” workshop. Each performer had about twenty minutes at each table.

Steven Elkowitz amazed us with a Torn and Restored Card routine, a “hand sandwich” in which the cards switched places between two people, and a card from mouth routine. Gil Scott intrigued us with Prophecy Card using the sixes, Stabbed (card trick with two halves of the deck), Spellbound with a color changing poker chip, and Coins Across using poker chips. Peter Stobie dazzled us by having a Sharpie marker go up his nose and out including a color cap change, a Houdini Coin in paper escape, Concorde Coins, a ring on a rope penetration, an Egg-citing Coin Revelation (coin appearing from a cracked egg from a coin vanish), and Boomerang Cards. David Storms presented his entertaining version of Karrell Fox’s Cut & Restored Rope, tying a rope into a bow knot and then vanishing the knot, and having a knot appear in a rope by whipping the rope.

This was an very entertaining and educational meeting. We appreciate each performer’s performance and “workshop.” Michigan Magic Day 2015 in Kalamazoo hosted by Ring 333. Details at www.michiganmagicday2015.com.

Ring 211 February 2015 Report

P. J. Weber presented the February workshop. He talked how he has his magic items in his magic table case arranged and the many types and sizes of boxes and containers (cigar boxes, Crystal Light containers, film cases, etc.). He has items arranged for quick pick-up and so as to be able to reset as he performs. Crystal Light containers are ideal for pens and wands. Cigar boxes can be used to hold doves and linking rings. Also, he uses dividers in the boxes and at times one cigar box within another. Film containers are great for retrieving vernets. He also uses duck tape to secure the boxes and containers. Other points he mentioned were that he rolls silks within shelf paper to keep the silks wrinkle free, wraps coins in silk or a cloth for his Miser’s Dream, has his show list within his table available and lists which music track to which routine, and has extra cords and batteries in their own containers ready for replacement for his sound system. Thanks P. J.

Tonight was Magic Food Buffet. One had to perform a routine involving some sort of food. Gary Laundre’ was the emcee. He began the show with a comedy Egg Bag routine which had the production of a liquid filled shot glass as the climax. Steven Elkowitz performed a torn and restored card routine which involved the corner of the card to match the rest of the card which was revealed from a Valentine’s heart within a locked box. Dalton Dewitt, a new member, impressed us with a card routine in which he used all five senses to find one’s card. The one sense that worked was his sense of taste. The card appeared from within his mouth. MagicBob Zoerman sneezed and a donut appeared from his nostrils. Randy Vander Wal performed Sandwich Surprise. Dr. Jack Vander Wal presented a chop cup routine using a china tea cup. The climax was the production of two spud potatoes. Brad Lancaster closed the show with what he called “The Stupid Bean Trick.” To music, beans appeared from his hand into an empty can. More beans appeared from a bag and into a dish. The beans were placed in the can and overflowed the can. Beans overflowing from top of the can vanished with use of the bag. Yet, when the can was turned towards the dish, water poured out of the can.

Another night of magic and fun. A thanks to all our performers. Upcoming: 31 Flavors of Magic in Colon, Michigan, presented by Ring 386. Details at http://magic-festival.com/. Also, Michigan Magic Day is May 1 through 3 in Kalamazoo, sponsored by Ring 333. Details at www.michiganmagicday.com.

Ring 211 January 2015 Report

IMG_4616Our January workshop was presented by Peter Stobie. Peter gave a short magic show with a Harry Potter theme. He was in costume as “Professor James ‘Mack’ McIlHenney.” He performed the following: Candle lit with d’Lite, Squaring the Circle, Follow the Leader (hand twist), wand twist, Two to One Glasses, Sponge Rock Gag, Boomerang Gag, Ball to Cube, Dead Man’s Finger, Skele-Grow Finger, Superman (physical push challenge), Card Illusion, Silk to Egg, and Son of Morning (lit match in hand vanish). The theme for the show was “Intro to Muggle Studies.” Professor Mack informed us that magic does have its purpose for us. Specifically, for all the young underage wizards (youth in audience) who cannot use spells outside of Hogwarts, there is no harm in using muggle magic. Muggle magic is based on mostly perception and the use of Muggle Science. After the performance, Peter gave a brief lecture on this Harry Potter Experience. Peter, his wife, and their church put on “All Night Lock-Ins” for youth groups. They have presented a few Harry Potter themes. They have presented one for a middle school age group and then another for a high school age group. His wife is quite creative with ideas and many members of their church also get involved. He does two magic segments, others present workshops such as Divination, Flying Lessons, Muggle Studies, History of Magic, Herbology, and Astrology. Snacks are served named and decorated as one were to find in a Harry Potter world. The church halls and rooms are decorated to fit the Harry Potter Experience. Peter gave a final thought for each of us as a challenge to fit magic into other themes, outside the normal genre.

Tonight’s program was Favorite Gimmick. One had to perform a routine using a favorite gimmick. Steven Elkowitz opened with a card selection routine in which he waved his hands over the deck which then magically cut by itself revealing the card flinging upwards. He performed another card routine in which the card was revealed in his hand after the deck had dropped to the floor. Ron Carnell impressed us with a cut and restored silk in newspaper. Jim Parkes dazzled us with a silk in hand vanish, vanishing a pen, and then the silk reappearing from a rolled piece of paper. Dr. Jack Vander Wal pulled a coat button from his suit jacket’s sleeve, vanished it, and it had reappeared back on the sleeve. Cassandra Heimbecker as “Professor Priscilla Peabody Perrywinkle” produced from a booklet spiders, flowers, more flowers, and then dollar bills. In fact, she magically stretched a one dollar bill. Peter Stobie humored us by pulling his finger off and restoring it, pen up his nose, and changing the color of the pen top. P. J. Weber astonished by pouring out the powder of a sweetener packet vanishing it in his hand, only to magically restore the contents into the packet. Bob Panlener amazed us by changing a one dollar bill into a five dollar bill. Wayne Ramsdell followed with a coin routine in which two coins in one hand turned to one coin in one hand and the other to another coin in the other hand. Gary Laundre’ as “Professor Elderberry Winegarden” closed the show by having his Harvey the Rabbit find a selected card.

What another night of magic and fun. Thanks to Peter for the workshop and all our performers. Michigan Magic Day in Kalamazoo this year on May 1, 2 , and 3. Sponsored by Ring 333. More at www.michiganmagicday.com.

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Ring 211 Youth Chapter January 2015 Report

The Ring 211 June Horowitz / John DeVries Magic Club is excited to start off 2015 with a new Youth Chapter meeting monthly the Friday before the regular monthly club meeting of each month. We started with an information meeting with three youth, Noah Cranson, Evan Priem and Steven Elkowitz along with two youth advisors Peter Stobie and Jim Parkes present on December 20 of 2014. Peter Stobie presented the idea for approval by the board at the January 2015 Board Meeting on January 12, 2015.

We hosted our first official meeting on Friday, January 23, 2015 from 6:30-7:45pm at Trinity Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids. Youth present included, Evan Priem, Steven Elkowitz, Paul Vander Woude and Emmett Saltsman. Youth Advisors present included Peter Stobie and Jim Parkes. Ring 211 President Michele Parkes stopped in to show her support and observe the beginning of this exciting adventure. Parents and one Grandparent were present quietly observing the meeting.

Peter Stobie kicked the meeting off with some business encouraging Ring and IBM membership dues, information on upcoming meetings both Youth and Club, and explained the purpose of having a Youth Chapter. Everyone introduced themselves, shared why they got into magic and what they looked forward to from the Magic Club.

We then opened the floor up to share magic effects the youth have been working on. Evan started us off with a nice card revelation. Steven performed a nice routine where the spectator’s card leapt out of the deck. Paul performed a nice Ring on String effect he acquired from London. Emmett shared his interest in the program the “Carbonaro Effect” on Tru TV. Paul and Emmett continued to give us a play by play of several entertaining episodes by Michael Carbonaro. We then branched off into some rubber band magic where Peter, Evan and Steven shared several effects with the group. Jim shared a breakfast cereal version of dots impossible. Jim gave each youth a copy of this packet trick made up for the youth by Michele’s uncle and Ring 211 alumni Ray Bielecki.

We then talked about upcoming meetings, lectures and went around the group to have them mention one thing liked about the evenings meeting and one thing they are looking forward to for future meetings. It was a great first meeting and the kids are excited for the next meeting.

Ring 211 December 2014 Report

T’was the night exactly two and half weeks after Christmas and all through the house not a mouse was stirring, except at the China Buffet restaurant on the southwest side of town where Ring 211 held its annual Holiday Party.

Each member and spouse received a gift bag compliments of the Ring which included festive candy pieces, candy canes and a gift, such as a pair of dress socks, a bow tie, and perhaps other appealing repertoire. After a delicious filling dinner amongst the lively friendly chatter, a few of the members also performed a trick informally in small groups. Gil Scott and Jesse Shira were two which I saw from the corner of my eye. In some cases, “a teach and do.” No formal performance program today. Just a good time of food, fun, and fellowship. President Michele Parkes with assistance from “the first man,” Jim Parkes, orchestrated a white elephant gift exchange. Michele called out the so called chosen card (many a time) and the member who had that card went to choose a gift. During the second round the member could keep the gift or “steal” one from another member. Looks to be a bright and exciting year ahead in 2015! Stay tuned with Ring 211 by viewing its web site.

What a fun holiday party. We thank Prez Michele Parkes for her work designing this party. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year!

Michigan Magic Day 2015 will be in Kalamazoo this year presented by Ring 333 on May 1, 2, and 3 (a three day event). Details as they develop at http://michiganmagicday.com.