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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 next meeting will be September 26, 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

September 2016 Program: Tarbell Night

There are 61 chapters in the original Tarbell Course of Magic and an additional 32 chapters in the three books later added to the Course. It shouldn’t be too difficult to pick out one trick or routine from this encyclopedic collection to perform for the Ring 211 audience in September?

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

Start getting ready for our October 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.

Hocus Pocus – November 5

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

Tickets are available NOW!

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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!

Ring 211 April 2016 Report

IMG_6080Jeff Brodrick, MLIS, M.Ed, presented our April workshop. His title was “Television Magic: A History of Magic Seen on Television.” His workshop involved trivia, clips, and lots of magical television memories. His workshop was dedicated to Dorothy Dietrich. Workshops are usually a half hour, but Jeff had us so glued to this unique happening of magical history, that it was about one hour. The following paragraph describes what he had to share. All may not have been printed. The full workshop part of this report can be found on the Ring 211 web site.

IMG_6079Jeff’s interest in classic television caused him to create the first Internet website about “Gilligan’s Island.” He also created the first one about comedian Jerry Lewis as well. Jeff is a television history researcher who has contributed to “Larry King Live,” “A&E Biography,” “E! True Hollywood Story” and even held a “Gilligan’s Island’s 50th Anniversary” party. He has met Lennart Green, George Schindler, Kreskin, etc. The history of television and the many magical moments seen on it are the impetus for a forthcoming work. He shared with us how magic on TV has had a possessing power beginning with Romper Room’s “magic mirror.” Included in the talk were the first male magician on TV, Edwin Howard; BBC’s first was Fred Culpitt. The first lady magi for television was “The Magic Lady,” Geraldine Larson. The first magician on American widely syndicated TV was Mark Wilson’s “Magic Land of Allakazam” (1960 – 1964). Dick Williams followed with “Dick Williams’ Magicland” (1966 – 1989), which still holds a record for the longest running magic show on television. The first major film star to perform magic on television was Orson Wells in a 1956 episode of “I Love Lucy.” Jerry Nelson was the voice of the muppet, “The Amazing Mumford” on “Sesame Street.” Dick Cavett was a talk show host (1968 – 2007) and is still a performing magician.

IMG_6078Then there was the one-time professional magician Johnny Carson of “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” (1962 – 1992). The first magician to sell magic on TV was Marshall Brodien. David Copperfield has had eighteen magic specials to-date. Jeff presented a list of TV series titled with the word “magic” within their respective title, and series without the word “magic” or “magician” in the title. We saw an excerpt of Don Alan performing on “Don Alan’s Magic Ranch” TV show. Jeff showed parts of two TV magic advertisements that he mentioned, Marshall Brodien selling “TV Magic Cards” and an “Almond Joy/Mounds” commercial. He closed his workshop by mentioning numerous game shows and variety shows. We also saw one part of Gali Gali in an early 1950’s performance. Jeff had a table full of commercial TV shows with magicians in episodes, series, and movies on VHS and DVD formats along with other television photos and unopened collectibles (and this was only a small sample of his vast collection). The club thanks Jeff very much for presenting this workshop. We think there may be a sequel…. stay tuned!

IMG_6085The April program was “Money Magic.” Since the tax filing day just passed, one’s trick or routine had to center on money or address it only obliquely, but it should definitely bring out the cash at some point. MagicBob Zoerman was our first performer and performed Slowburn (Richard Sanders). He showed us how he “personalized” it (idea from a recent David Corsaro Lecture). He followed with David Corsaro’s Mall Rats. He concluded with an ESP routine involving a lottery ticket.

Jeff Brodrick performed Harry Anderson’s 2 Dollar Bill and another routine called Purse of Pennies. He was able to match the only one with the date 1998. Evan Priem amazed us with a “Sharpie” maker and coin vanish and reappearance routine.

IMG_6090Dr. Jack Vander Wal performed a one dollar bill into two fifty dollar bills and back by having two spectators hold each of his wrists. Dennis Favreau dazzled us with a coin through his shirt and a coin toss routine called Random Predictability (from an old “Linking Ring”). In this effect, the magi is able to draw four symbols on the coins and have the spectator freely shuffle them in their own hands, dropping them on a table. Each time this is done, the turned down coin(s) are eliminated. Until the spectator is left with one coin with a symbol that matches the prediction.

Bob Panlener was our last performer. He astonished us with a torn and restored dollar bill routine, a one dollar into a one hundred dollar bill, a torn and restored center of a one dollar bill, and a $2 dollar bill into two $1 dollar bills back to a $2 dollar bill.

This was another night of magic, fun, and fellowship. We thank the performers and all who attended. Thanks to Jeff Brodrick and Dennis Favreau for contributing to this report.

Ring Event: Ring 211 Hosts David Corsaro Lecture

Ring 211 David CorsaroOn Sunday, April 10, Ring 211 (The June Horowitz/John deVries Magic Club, Grand Rapids, Michigan) had the pleasure of experiencing David Corsaro’s “Time To Be Awesome” lecture. Our lecture chairman, Dave Bogdan (bogsmagic@comcast.net) quickly booked this lecture when Rick Merrill informed him that David was going to join Rick at a marketing seminar the next day downtown. Thanks to both Rick and Dave Bogdan for obtaining this lecture.

Three scenarios that David Corsaro addressed about magicians throughout the lecture were: those that primarily want to make money in magic, those that do not currently make money but want to begin, and those that do not want to and have no intention. Within these three scenarios was the main key for all of us: time to be awesome prior, during, and after our performances.

Highlights of David’s lecture were:

  • Mad About You — a name on card matching picture routine
  • tips on making an effect one’s own, determine what defines one as a person
  • Getting To Know You — a name on card back routine similar to Oscar which involves three questions magician asks the spectator. This routine clarified his points on “personalize your magic.” He also showed two video commercials about two companies on how the ads expressed emotion among the viewer. He emphasized for us to inject emotion in our magic.
  • Wild Birthday — a wild card routine for the birthday person
  • Mallrats — a mapping prediction routine
  • a discussion on quick tips of the proper way to address an audience member — be specific, proper way of pointing out a member of the audience, and how to spread a deck of cards as well as display a fan of cards so the audience sees, and the difference between “close face” and “open face” expressions from audience members (audience thinking how the trick is being done versus being astonished).

The second half of the lecture was on marketing. David is employed with a major marketing firm. He focused primarily on marketing to restaurants but all of his points can be used for marketing any type of performance for any venue. First, the show is number one . . . so one must be good. Second, marketing is number two to number 132 on his list. He gave insight on the following: getting the first job, getting the second job and beyond, how to use social media, doing magic for free, how to make customers happy and other tips, and his take on the “jump” theory. He closed the lecture by performing “Can I Call You Sometime?” This routine involved a selection of names and phone numbers on napkins with the end result of matching the chosen napkin.

David had his lecture notes “The Magic of David Corsaro” in DVD and his marketing notes (volumes one and two) for sale as well as the routines he presented. The DVD and notes were also available as a download. David may be reached on Facebook and at www.davidcorsaro.com. Those interested in viewing his weekly internet show should check out www.timetobeawesome.com. We thank David for this lecture and recommend him to any club.