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 meeting will be October 24, the Fourth Monday as usual. We’ll 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: TBA

October 2016 Program: Table-hopping Round Robin

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.

Please be prepared to do about five minutes at each of four to five tables.

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!

Complete list of all Monthly Magic Programs for 2016

October will be the last Ring 211 for 2016. November is reserved for the club’s Auction and Flea Market, and we don’t meet at all in December.

The Program for the upcoming 2017 year is still a work-in-progress, but will likely very similar to 2016. If you have any suggestions or comments, please feel free to either email me or hit me up at the October meeting. Thanks for fun year, Ron.

Hocus Pocus – November 5


November 5, 2016: Hocus Pocus is just around the proverbial corner!

Tickets are available NOW!

Christian and Bill

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Michael Ammar Experience Visits Grand Rapids

On September 10, Penguin Magic brought the Michael Ammar Experience to Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Experience has been happening in various cities and the last stop was Grand Rapids. Even though this was not a Ring event, many Ring 211 magicians attended and magi were drawn from all over the West Michigan area and even from as far away as Bay City. This was Michael’s fifth appearance in Grand Rapids over the last four decades. Brent Braun was demonstrating and selling his favorite Penguin products. The event took place at the DoubleTree Airport Hotel on the southeast side. In short,The Experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn magic hands on and up close. It was three hour hands on learning experience where he taught not only how it works but why it works. Michael was one of the lecturers at the I.B.M. convention in San Antonio which was reviewed in the September issue of “The Linking Ring.” A big thanks to both Penguin Magic and to Michael. Ring 211 member Jesse Shira summarizes the Experience by writing the following:

The lecture was really well planned out. Michael said he was going to do two hours worth of magic at the start and the lecture went about 3 and a half. And after that he stuck around just to talk with anyone who had questions, wanted to show him something, take pictures, anything really. He shared a multitude of magic for every skill level ranging from an absolute beginner to the polished pro. There was a nice Q & A at the end where he talked about a bunch of things, including practice tips and stories about The Professor and the differences of performing on Johnny Carson and David Letterman. At the beginning he said he wanted this lecture to be better than his “Better Than Live” video tape series, and I say he did it. When signing up on the Penguin Magic website they don’t call it a lecture, they call it an experience, and that is exactly what it was, an experience nobody there will forget.

Ring 211 September 2016 Report

The September workshop was presented by Jeff Brodrick. Jeff has interest in magic on TV and on film. He showed us excerpts of the following: “The Magician,” Thomas Edison filmed, February 28, 1900; “Magic Ranch,” 1961, starring Don Alan featuring Ralph Pierce and John Hurtz; “Cardini Festival of Magic,” 1957; and Slydini on “The Dick Cavett Show,” 1977. We enjoyed these moments of magic history and thank Jeff.

Tonight was Tarbell Night. Magi were encourage to perform a routine from the 61 (plus 32 added later) chapters of the Tarbell Course. MagicBob Zoerman performed Magical Bow Tie Knot (volume 1, page 374), Al Baker’s Handkerchief Through Arm and instead using a rope going through his neck (volume 1, page 385), Chefalo’s Knot (volume 2, page 358), and a bill vanish as a prediction using Buddha Papers Mystery (volume 7, page 202). Jeff Brodrick followed by magically dissolving a coin known as The Vanishing Coin In Glass. Another night of magic and fun was had. We also thank the performers.

Ring 211 August 2016 Report

In August, we do not have either a board meeting nor a regular meeting because we have our annual picnic. Once again, it was held at Dr. Jack Vander Wal’s back yard which blends into Crystal Lake. Members, their friends, and family members arrived just past 2 PM on Sunday, August 21, which happened to be a beautiful sunny day. Members brought salads and desserts. The club furnished the dinnerware, soft drinks, burgers, and hot dogs. Those who attended chatted among each other about their summer activities, the latest on the magic scene, and a few magi performed a close-up trick or two. Dr. Jack Vander Wal grilled the burgers and hot dogs (no he passed that down to me now). Jesse Shira assisted in the serving. The food was delightful and enjoyed by all. After the meal, an impromptu show was put on.

I began the show with the Princess Card Trick rolling out as a banner (marketed through Michael Mode). Gary Oisten performed his classic version of Signed, Sealed, and Delivered. Wayne Ramsdell humored us with his card selection and find routine which involved many piles and adding of cards. He successfully found the chosen cards. Jeff Brodrick amused us with a succession of diminishing fans and back. MagicBob Zoerman amazed us with a lottery tickets routine. Somehow, he had the winning number. Dr. Jack Vander Wal performed Sight Unseen by Joshua Jay. Bill and son Christian Rasmussen impressed us with their card skills and brilliance. Christian took a few seconds to scan the entire face up deck spread. Then two cards were chosen. The cards were mixed, shuffled, and cut. By Christian’s mental powers the two cards were found. As of this writing, PIP June Horowitz has just turned 103 years young! Happy Birthday June!

Once again, it was a great fun time of a picnic. Thanks to all who came and also for bringing their edibles. Hocus Pocus Party is Saturday, November 5. It is the 30th edition. All details on our web site.

Ring 211 July 2016 Report

Jeff Brodrick brought a magic video which many could view while socializing prior to our program. This video filled in for the July workshop.

Tonight’s program was Mentalism or Mental Magic. Jeff Brodrick opened the show with a card selection. The chosen card from this deck was found from another deck at a number Jeff called. Dr. Jack Vander Wal performed Coincidence. Ron Carnell followed by having various members call out any random number being “one” through “nine.” The numbers added to Ron’s prediction. Randy Vander Wal performed a Joker’s Are Wild card routine and Three Wave. Dennis Favreau presented a nice string and ribbon routine. The ring was blown off the ribbon twice, melted through the ribbon, vanished, and then popped back onto the ribbon. Next, he presented a card routine in which the chosen card matched the color of the backs but somehow all the faces turned to being the Six of Spades. Bill Rasmussen and son Christian thrilled us with mentally determining where a card was in a deck. Christian could “hear” where one’s chosen card was in the deck. He did this tree times after the deck was cut. He also could riffle up from the bottom of the deck to determine the chosen card. He did this with the deck behind his back. Then he could pick out of the deck from behind his back two black cards and a red card, next he did all four suits, then he laid out Ace through King. This all after the deck was cut, split, and shuffled. Ron Carnell closed the show with a dare. He successfully slammed his hand down on four bags in which the fifth one had a spike under it. Using his mental powers he avoided that bag.

Another night of magic and fun. We thank all the performers. Ring 211 hosts its 30th Annual Earl Ray Wilcox Memorial Hocus Pocus Party on Saturday, November 5. Details on the club’s web site.

Ring 211 June 2016 Report

Gil Scott presented our June workshop. Gil shared with us his thoughts on what an opener should be since the program tonight included that topic. He suggested that one’s opener may vary and may have to adapt to the situation at the moment. His topic for this workshop was on false shuffles and cuts. Gil at times will use an alcohol based lotion for his hands for better card control. He suggests for one to be casual and avoid attention. The false shuffles and cuts he demonstrated were: false overhand shuffle, three section false cut, swivel cut, and the Frank Thompson Cut with a swivel cut. He concluded his workshop with an ambitious card routine and card to pocket with a small talk on the Azra Illusion. Thanks to Gil for the workshop.

Tonight was Openers & Closers. One had to perform either an opener, a closer, or both. Dr. Jack Vander Wal performed the Vanishing Canary & Cage. Bill Rasmussen presented an amazing two packet card match. A sealed deck was unsealed by a spectator and used. A packet of cards were chosen for each of two glasses. The cards were mixed and then both packets matched in each glass. Jeff Brodrick dazzled us with a wand and silk appearance. Jesse Shira enlightened us with a card selection which involved the 52 on one card and the conclusion being a card to wallet. Randy Vander Wal closed the show with the Famous Far Eastern Card Effect which included constumes and dancing around Rajah the Rising Cobra to find the selected Card (Kyber Kobra).

Tonight was another “magic and fun” night. A thanks to all who came and the performers. Ring 211’s 30th Earl Ray Wilcox Memorial Hocus Pocus Party is Saturday, November 5. Details on the club’s web site.

Ring 211 May 2016 Report

Charles Bennett presented our May workshop. Charles topic was “Magic As A Hobby Versus Magic As A Business.” Charles has been a tax preparer for over 20 years and shared his knowledge on this with us. He provided a detailed handout with an example of filing a 1040 form plus forms of Profit or Loss From Business, Itemized Deductions, Expenses for Business Use of Your Home, and Self- Employment Tax. He defined magic as a hobby and as a business and the differences. Plus he included knowledge on the following: activity not for profit, hobby losses, Schedule C of Form 1040 and what this includes, the types of business for Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, & Related Industries, and then material participation. He had an illustrated hobby example and and illustrated business example with the appropriate completed forms. We thank Charles for this informative workshop. Those wanting a copy of his handout may contact him at cbennett724@comcast.net.

Tonight was “Magician In Trouble.” One had to perform a trick or routine where failure appears to be imminent, yet just before the magi turns it around and once again does the impossible. Ron Carnell opened the show with a small gag before our first performer, Gary Oisten. Gary had a carton of coffee creamer turn into a carton of milk which vanished as he crinkled up the bag. Gil Scott performed a card routine called Dunbury Delusion which has the final four cards dealt to find the chosen card and those four cards were the aces. Gary Laundre’ presented a nice silk vanish of many mini colored silks into a “blendo silk.” Jeff Brodrick thrilled us with an “envelope money” game. A twenty dollar bill from a spectator and three other bills were used. Bills were placed in the envelopes, mixed among the audience helpers and traded. Yet, the result was a not good until the twenty dollar bill appeared from the magic money machine. He concluded his act with a card selection and find in which a folding piece of paper when unfolded revealed the card. This was his “emergency card.” Ron Carnell closed the show with a fun psychic test. Ron asked a handful of audience members questions as he exercised his mental powers. Some of his answers were more like gags such as the word “no,” a drawn stick animal to that question “name a four legged animal,” and the upc symbol shown representing a called out supermarket item. However, earlier in the show, Ron had given Michele Parkes an envelope holding a prediction. She read it at this time and all the answers matched what Ron had written.

Another night of magic and fun! A thanks to Ron and all the performers. The 30th Annual Earl Ray Wilcox Memorial Hocus Pocus Party will be Saturday, November 5. Details on the club’s web site as they develop. This night includes strolling close-up magic, balloon twisting, mind reading, fortune telling, full dinner buffet, cash bar, prize drawings, and a cabaret show! Event still going strong!