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.