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Our Next Meeting

Our November meeting will be the Fourth Monday on the 24th at Brann’s. Arrive at 7:15 pm starting time, or 6:00 pm for those wanting to eat dinner with friends.

Workshop: No workshop this evening. Short, short business meeting.

November 2014 Program – Auction! Ring 211′s annual auction. This auction has, through the years, been a fun-filled night. Have items you do not need anymore? Sell them at the auction! One’s unneeded items can become someone’s treasures. Sellers: bring two itemized lists. Buyers: bring money. 10 percent of sales go to the club. Remember, the auction begins with the famous candy sale ALA Percy Abbott.

If you would like to MC future programs, please contact Pete at peterstobie@gmail.com.

Upcoming Programs.

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

Coming Soon!

Sun, November 16, 2pm – 4pm at Brann’s Sizzling Steaks & Sports Grille, S. Division Avenue, Grand Rapids

Shoot Ogawa lectures! Arrive around 12:30 PM if joining other magi for lunch and fellowship. Ring 211 Lecture Fee: $5.00 Non-member Lecture Fee: $15.00

About Shoot Ogawa: Shoot Ogawa was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. He began magic at the age of 10. Shoot has been featured on almost and every television channel in Japan and has performed his magic for talk shows, variety shows, and children’s shows. He has produced more than ten videos featuring his original magic. Shoot has also starred as a character in “Magic Master”, a popular Japanese teenager comic book. Now living in the United States, Shoot speaks fluent English and he has maintained two homes – in Los Angeles near the Magic Castle and Las Vegas.

From 1993 to the present, Shoot has won first place in more than ten competitions. In 2002, he took first place in London’s MacMillan International Magic Convention and amazed the magic world with his Doubled-Hand Matrix and Ninja Rings routines. In March 2003, Magic Magazine featured Shoot on the cover. In the same year, he was awarded “Magician of the Year” in the Close-up Category by the American Academy of Magical Arts. In August 2003, Shoot’s biography was published in Japan.

Since moving to America, Shoot has been featured in many major events including the famous Rolling Stone Party. He has also been intimately involved in the Japanese community. In January 2004, “Lighthouse”, one of the most popular Japanese publications named Shoot Ogawa as one of the three best Japanese entertainers in America.


Fri, November 21, 7:15pm – 9:30pm at Brann’s Sizzling Steaks & Sports Grille, S. Division Avenue, Grand Rapids

Wayne Houchin lectures again for Ring 211. Back by popular demand! Ring 211 member fee is $5.00. Non-member fee is $15.00. Title of Lecture is “Strange Ideas.”

About Wayne: Wayne Houchin’s work as a performance artist, magician and daredevil has made him one of the most popular and exciting mystery entertainers in the world.

Wayne Houchin has been described as equal parts con-man, street magician, and daredevil. In 1999 he made headlines when he successfully escaped from a strait-jacket while hanging 50 feet above a crowded intersection – he was 16 years old. Houchin’s work as a performance artist, magician and daredevil has made him one of the most popular and exciting mystery entertainers in the world. His acclaimed performance and lecture tour has taken him to more than 30 countries. He has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, headlined the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, made history in the Dominican Republic by stopping time during a live nationally televised stunt, and has been a guest speaker at Trinity College’s Science Gallery.

Houchin currently stars in the Discovery Channel’s Breaking Magic / Magic of Science which has been watched by more than 100 million people worldwide.

Houchin designs his own magic illusions and stunts. His original illusions have captured the imagination of magicians and audiences alike. David Blaine, Criss Angle, Dynamo and many other magicians perform magic that Houchin created.


Ring 211 Hosts 28th Annual Hocus Pocus Party & Bargatze Lecture!

Ring 211 HP Rick Merrill (stage) with Steven ElkowitzOn Saturday, November 1, Ring 211 — The June Horowitz/John deVries Magic Club in Grand Rapids, Michigan — held its 28th Annual Earl Ray Wilcox Memorial Hocus Pocus Party. Members sold tickets to a crowd of nearly 225 people. Attendees came from all over West Michigan. Members, their friends and family members enjoyed a fun-filled evening of magical wonderment which included a delicious buffet dinner and cash bar, a strolling close-up magic period, sponsored raffle giveaway prizes such as a fifty/fifty cash drawing, pizza coupons from Russo’s, magic kits with wands from Hippity Hop Magic, and a fabulous cabaret show. Tim Carlson (who resided in Las Vegas) now resides in Bay City just had to come to the party. He brought his family. John and Tamara Sterlini visited from Colon (the magic capital of the world) with fellow friend Carl Thorton . . . wait a minute, they were last year’s headliners. They came again because of so much magic and fun. Sunny Johnson drove up from Carmel, Indiana to see her dear friend PIP June Horowitz, and yes, enjoyed the party.

Again the event was held at The Knights of Columbus Hall on the south end of town. Magically, attractive designed table décor invited the guests to their tables. Magic-themed posters, streamers, and other party related décor were placed on the side walls to add to the festive appeal. This event was also advertised on local newspaper and TV station web site calendars, Facebook, Twitter, GRNow.com, and and on MLive.com. Brad Lancaster and Randy Vander Wal also had a short spot on the local FOX 17 TV station’s Morning Show to highlight the event.

Prior to the full dinner buffet and until the cabaret show, there was fortune telling by Bogga Kahn (Dave Bogdan) and assisted by his son, Kellen. Also there was face painting by SuZie Zoerman and Cassandra Heimbecker as Whimsey T. Clown. Jerry Herdegen, who has always done so, provided many balloon creations to not only any kids, but to adults too. Raven Keckler as Harvee The Rabbit was also a favorite attraction.

The strolling close-up magic began during the food buffet period and continued for about an hour after the dinner. Magicians began by going to tables waiting to go through the buffet line. The following Ring 211 magi amused, amazed, and dazzled our guests: MagicBob Zoerman, Bill Rasmussen accompanied by his son Christian, Gil Scott, Ron Carnell, Charles Bennett, John Dykstra, Peter Stobie, Jesse Shira, Jim Parkes, Nicholas Watkins, Wayne Ramsdell, Bob Panlener, P. J. Weber, Gary Oisten, Dennis Favreau, Dr. Jack Vander Wal, Randy Vander Wal, Vince Rosso, Bruce Wehr, Steven Elkowitz, Noah Cranson, Patrick Riley, Brad Lancaster, and Tom Coverly.

Ring 211 President Michele Parkes thanked the close-up performers prior to the evening show and then recognized PIP June Horowitz (still “magic-partying” now at 101!). At this time, a lucky winner received $136.50 from the fifty/fifty raffle and other winners received the giveaway prizes. The evening concluded with an extremely entertaining cabaret show featuring Rick Merrill as the emcee, Dave Bogdan, Jeff Veley, and headliner Stephen Bargatze.

Rick Merrill opened the show with a few of his “home schooled” experiences and gags. Dave Bogdan was our first performer. He welcomed a few gentlemen onto the stage for a balloon twisting competition. One gentleman could actually match up to Dave in blowing air into the balloon. Then he was able to make somewhat of an animal. This whole episode was more of a gag, but Dave wanted to acknowledge the other artists in the room tonight besides the magicians. He had the audience give a round of an applause to Jerry Herdegen for his balloon creations and to Cassandra Heimbecker and SuZie Zoerman for their face painting. Next, Dave had a lady let him borrow her finger ring just to polish it in a small polishing mechanism. Instead the ring was grinded. But good thing we have magic as the ring appeared inside an Oriental tea bag.

Jeff Veley captivated the audience with his Suffocation Escape Routine. Jeff, not just an illusionist, but also a speaker to many youth as he educates students, teachers, and parents on anti-bullying was shackled within an neck brace and handcuffed with regulation handcuffs which were also locked to the neck brace and then secured into a regulation mail bag which was covered and sealed inside a plastic trash bag, hence the meaning of a possible “suffocation.” A metal detector was used to erase any suspicion of keys or lock picks. A timer was set for two minutes with music to add to the intensity. Yet, with two seconds to spare, Jeff broke through the plastic bag completely out of all the restraints.

Next, Rick Merrill had a segment of his unique blend of comic and wit, and of course, magic. He presented an appealing cut and restored rope routine, including a “no ends” and a Professor’s Nightmare, with the finish being the three ropes into one and two being knotted together, magically, becoming one piece. A card routine followed which included the chosen card to be signed and found “ambitiously.” Then the chosen card appeared in his suit coat pocket a few times, out of his mouth, with the climax being the card left in his hand while the whole deck appeared from the suit coat pocket. A few balloon animal creation gags followed. He welcomed a young married couple to the stage and enthralled them with a “Cards Across” routine. Rick closed his segment with his renowned Coin and Sharpie Pen Routine.

Our headliner, Stephen Bargatze, encompassed us with his comedy and awesome magic. This included his by play of having small kids come up to clean the stage full of cards left from Rick, a rope cut up gag, and his Three Purse Trick challenging a kid in his “I Hate Kids Persona.” More followed which included a couple up to witness his multiplying sponge ball inside a net routine, a magical changing of a fifty dollar bill into the mis-made one dollar bill, his wallet and “crime scene” knife gag, four guys on stage as he challenged their “poker faces” (a bank night routine), and a chosen card being retrieved from not just his pant’s fly but from one of the spectator’s fly. It just become funnier as two gentlemen joined him on stage for his Mental Card Plunger Routine and then he fell in love with an elderly lady and failed at a selected card trick only to lead into a ring vanish or ring flying out and being lost off stage. He gave her quarters to win the ring back out of a candy prize dispensing machine. First, a fifty dollar bill was in a prize capsule with the signed previous gentleman’s name and the bill’s serial number, next an adjustable ring, then the Two of Hearts (her chosen card from the failed attempt), and last her shining ring. He closed the show with his hilarious Eleven Dollar Bill Routine with a husband and wife team. Awesome!

What another astounding Hocus Pocus Party! There are many to thank: the entire membership for selling tickets, Jim and Michele Parkes for obtaining the place and managing all ticket sales, Gil Scott and Dave Bogdan for putting the show together, our stage, close-up performers, and other artists, Bill Rasmussen for heading the sound and lighting, Brooks Alder for operating the sound, Charles Bennett with Jim & Michele Parkes for heading the prize drawings and raffle, Dr. Jack Vander Wal with supplying the jet sets, Jeff Veley for use of his attractive backdrop, Jerry and Kathy Herdegen for decorating each table to magic affair, and to my Derek Lieverdink for photos and videotaping. A thanks to Tina Weber, Tim Carlson, Melissa Rabidoux, James Merrills, Robert Ramsdell, Peter Stobie, and Jennifer Elkowitz for their photos. A final thanks to any other member who helped out in any way and to The Knights of Columbus’ staff for their pleasant hospitality. An event such as this allows Ring 211 to host many lectures throughout the year to its club members.

The following day, Stephen Bargatze, continued the blast of magic by presenting a lecture to our club at our regular meeting place. Rick Merrill had the pleasure of introducing him. He is one of Rick’s best friends in magic. They have worked events and conventions together. The two combined make a super comic-duo.

Highlights of the lecture were:

  • his way of inserting a bill into a lemon
  • described his lined shirts with it pockets and toppit, including his ATA case, and his two pound table (actually made for computers, an ISN table)
  • his early performing career at Opryland in the 1980s and how his “I Hate Kids” persona developed
  • Three Purse Trick which included how he explained and educates teens on anti-bullying
  • his version of Dick Stoner’s Sponge Ball and Net Routine, use of more balls, the Senada gimmick, and large ball finish
  • his Mental Card Plunger Routine
  • “A Boring Card Trick,” his blank deck routine
  • A Chicago Opener Card Trick with the “This Card,” “That,” “It,” “Something,” and “Nothing”
  • his Poker Face Routine and his “peeks”
  • his Eleven Dollar Bill Trick with credits to Fred Kaps (Ten Dollar Bill Trick) and Fred Victer’s (Ten Card Trick). Stephen uses eleven bills and finishes the trick with nine bills.
  • more on his life story with his takes on “what” and “hows” of magicians. What ideas, tricks, and gags to steal (use) but “when” and “where.” Learn to be respectful. Do not use at the wrong place.

Stephen had lecture notes available and his “I Hate Kids” and “I Hate Card Tricks” DVDs which are from Palmer Magic. We recommend Stephen to any club. It was a sure magical delight to have Stephen at Hocus Pocus Party and to lecture. Visit Stephen at his web site, www.magicofstephen.com.

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Ring 211 October 2014 Report

Ron Carnell presented our October workshop. His topic was a continuation on having a magic web site. It was titled: “Magic Web Sites 2.0.” Ron focused on how one can sell what one wants and have “online sales.” He talked about the five stages of the Customer Awareness Ladder: unaware of need, aware of need, aware of solution, aware of product, and fully aware. One wants people at the last two steps. He also talked about “Conversion Funnels” in which one directs people through one’s web site. He covered the Importance of Trust and then Pricing. He also showed the relationship between trust and value and the perceptual contrast of pricing. More in-depth details are at http://bettermagicsites.com. Click on the “Ring 211 Workshop” tab. Thanks to Ron for this informative workshop.

Tonight was Kiddie Corner. One had to perform a trick suitable for a kid under the age of eight. Peter Stobie was the chairman and the emcee. He opened the show with by having difficulty putting on his suit coat, of course this brings many kids to inform him on how to put it on the correct way. He also had a challenging time making his top hat stay on his head. It kept springing off.

IMG_4419MagicBob Zoerman amused us with a magic wand and its tip (a gag) but we were surprised when the whole wand magically turned into being “polka dot” looking. He followed with the Skeleton & Closet, similar to Abbott’s Stratoshere.

Next, Peter Stobie teased us again and this time with a pop corn gag.

IMG_4429Steven Elkowitz (and congrats to him as he just received his recognition of acceptance as an I.B.M. member) intrigued us by having a $1 dollar bill vanish and to appear inside a lime which was locked inside a box. The combination to unlock the box were the three cards selected by audience members.

Randy Vander Wal performed his famous Far Eastern Card Routine (Kyber Kobra) in which his snake Rajah rises with the chosen card. In the routine two audience members join Randy is “costuming” themselves and play instruments while dancing around the basket. Even some audience members were given instruments to heighten up the dancing.

Jerry Herdegen had two people choose a card from a deck of animal pictures. One person chose an octopus, the other a gold fish. Jerry claimed he knew each would choose those cards by having each go to the corner of the stage and pick up an octopus balloon animal and a gold fish balloon animal. These were deluxe animal balloon creations made by Jerry.

IMG_4490Next, Peter Stobie enticed us with a very entertaining and educational story (self esteem theme) involving a caterpillar silk changing into a butterfly silk.

Ron Carnell presented the Three Purse Challenge (Stephen Bargatze). Just when the kid thought he had won, the other purses reveal larger amounts of bills.

Peter Stobie closed the show with his Triangle of Terror. He had Steven Elkowitz join him wearing funny hats and glasses as he swung a glass of water lying within a triangular frame suspended by a dog leash three hundred and sixty degrees a few cycles.

Another night of magic and fun. We thank the performers for the show. A special thanks goes to Peter Stobie for being our program chair for the past three years. He has added some extra pizzazz and creativity to the programs.

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Photos by Ron Carnell & Michele Parkes

Ring 211 September 2014 Report

Ron Carnell presented our September workshop. It was on magic web sites. Ron creates web sites and has extensive knowledge in this field. He also is the web master of our club’s web site. For detailed information, visit Better Magic Sites.

He talked about “building a solid foundation” (Act 1), “marketing” (Act 2), and “sales” (Act 3). Each of these acts have an opener, middle, and a closer of what one needs to have for a successful web site. Next month will be part two of this huge topic. We thank Ron for sharing this information.

Tonight was Round Robin Night. Gil Scott, Ron Carnell, Steven Elkowitz, and MagicBob Zoerman strolled among four tables.

Gil Scott amazed us with by having the drawing of a deck of cards on the back of a deck of cards display the chosen card to rise. Next, he amused with a sponge ball routine which included multiplying balls and “two in one hand and one in pocket” scenario. A color changing card routine involving the chosen card to switch with his card in an Altoid box and a chop cup routine with a bigger ball finish concluded his act.

Ron Carnell had a card selected, lost in the deck, and shuffled inverting faces and backs, and somehow the deck magically changed into new deck order except for the chosen card. He followed with two more card routines. One involved a written prediction on back of the chosen card and the other involved two cards matching.

Steven Elkowitz (one of our youth members) impressed us with an “Out of this World” card routine, an ambitious card routine which had the card finally appear from his mouth, and having a chosen card be revealed by feeling one’s pulse.

MagicBob Zoerman amused us with a fork suspension in hand, intrigued us with a penetration of two bills through each other, and followed with a sugar packet in hand vanish and his famous vanish of a coin into a mini character nun effect.

We thank our performers for sharing some magic and fun. June Horowitz also informed the club a little about the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashana (The Jewish New Year). She reminded us that David Copperfield, Max Maven, David Blain, Malini, Harry Houdini, and Uri Geller were not just all great magicians but happened to be Jewish. Visit us on our web site.

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Photos by Michele Parkes

Ring Event: Barry Mitchell & Karl Hein Lecture

In September both Barry Mitchell and Karl Hein lectured to Ring 211. Barry was in early September followed by Karl in late September.

Barry MitchellBarry Mitchell was formerly a street magician in the New Orleans French Quarter. He was formerly a regular opening act for country music stars and the featured comedian at Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction. He was formerly the Oreo Magician for the Southeast, a lecturer at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, and the Magic Circle in London. He has formerly performed in almost every state plus England, Denmark, Australia, and the Bahamas. He has formerly invented magic tricks, written stories, books, and DVDs. He has formerly presented children’s ministry programs such as Upward, VBS, Awana, and Kid’s crusades in churches all over the United States. He has formerly spoken for large corporations, public schools, and civic organizations. All this former experience means he just can’t keep a job. Actually, he has been successfully unemployed as a humorist and children’s entertainer for over three decades. View more at www.barrymitchell.com. Also search “Barry Mitchell” on Google and watch You Tube videos of his magic.

The lecture was his “Think Different Magic Tour” His advertising for this lecture states the following:

“Get ready to think different about your magic. Look into the creative mind of Barry Mitchell for his unique ideas with children’s and family entertainment. Whether you are a beginner or a full time pro YOU WILL FIND USEABLE TECHNIQUES AND MAGIC here. Included are: Think Different effects for sponge magic, silk magic, and simple card magic. It’s all part of a fun and funny presentation that won’t just inform you but it will entertain you. Barry is also known for dollar store creativity and he will always share effects you can make right off the shelves for your store. You need to know this isn’t a card or packet trick lecture. There will be no complicated sleight of hand. This lecture is a study in thinking differently and simply and successfully ‘entertaining’ a family audience with magic. Magicians and clowns will equally love it. Even if you’re a dedicated ‘card trick only’ hobbyist you’ll still learn, laugh, and be entertained.”

He stressed to “play” with one’s magic so “ideas” will happen. He also creates and dyes his own line of silks.

Correction from Barry Mitchell: The silks I sell are Wonder Imagery. The ones with my name on them are my design but made by Wonder Imagery. If you would like to learn more about the silks go to www.wonderimagery.com or my site is www.barrymitchellproducts.com

Highlights of his lecture were:

  • Fluffy the Frog, a silk routine involving a fly and a pod
  • Smiles, multi-production of sponge balls known as “smilemakers” out of a bag along with an appearing cane
  • Pop-Up Trash Can which produced sponge stars and balls and even jumbo balls
  • A production of bags from a bag which also included productions of a ball, a silk streamer, the Dream Bag, and an appearing wand
  • Bucket of Balls which he uses nesting cups by Fisher Price
  • Heart Attack, a sponge heart routine with many scripts available
  • Caterpillar to Butterfly, a silk routine
  • Silk hand To Silk Eye
  • A card vent gag routine which involved a multi-card selection, a comic Axtell mic prop, and a spectator
  • Bag of WOW 2.0, a WOW silk vanish to a production of a larger WOW silk using his DIY Bag
  • Jay Rumple’s What About The Fish routine
  • Magic Box
  • Mother Of All Diamonds

Barry had a great selection of his magic available for sale which included Pole Control, Pop Up Production, No Bleed Balls, and much more. DVD’s available were Bag O WOW, Think Different 3, Target WOW, DUH (vol 1 & 2), Comedy Magic 101, Truth & Treasures, Magic of Thinking Creativity (vol 1 & 2), and The ABC’s of Children’s Magic.

Ring 211 enjoyed Barry’s lecture and recommends him to any club.

Karl HeinKarl Hein is known world-wide for his amazing card handling abilities. His Heinstein Shuffle is widely recognized as the best false riffle shuffle with a bridge ever invented. Ring 211′ers looking for original card sleights, flourishes, and entertaining routines developed by an experienced professional magician were quite impressed. Karl used many of his routines to teach basic and advanced moves and principles of magic and misdirection. More importantly, we learned how to “Go With the Flow” (his title for this lecture) as Karl provided alternate handlings to meet varying skill levels and explained how to change routines depending on one’s audience and conditions.

For our club members who are not interested much in card tricks, were pleased to know that Karl makes the majority of his income as a family entertainer under the stage name of Karl Koppertop (visit www.karlkoppertop.com, www.extremeballoonteam.com, www.karlhein.com). We were not going to miss out on learning Karl’s commercial routines with coins, ropes, bills, and cream filled goodies. Even more valuable were his thoughts on performing and his tips on how to make a six figure income performing family shows.

Highlights of his lecture were:

  • Heinsight – An open prediction with an impossible change and kicker ending with use of the Hoffsinger’s Spread Force
  • Heinstein’s Dream – A named selection is signed, folded, torn into pieces and restored. His handling allows the versatility of performing a flash restoration, piece by piece restoration, or a restoration in the spectator’s hand. Easy, clean, versatile, repeatable, minimal setup, no placing pieces in one’s hands or pockets, and the restored card can be given as a souvenir.
  • A magic square routine with a deck of cards — Karl demonstrated and explained his famous Heinstein Shuffle with tips and variations. This shuffle is in many of his card routines. He also showed the Charlet Shuffle, Zaro Shuffle, and a few others. He made reference to his DVD on false shuffles.
  • Don’t Play by the Rules – One of the best full deck story routines ever created.
  • My Favorite Opener — Karl’s favorite routine for the restaurant environment. This routine contained an amazing color changing deck sequence and a very baffling deck switch. The routine is segmented so that it can end at any point and still be a strong finish. It was also a great lesson in audience management, timing, and improvisation.
  • That Would be a Freaking Miracle – An easy to do three card selection that gets everyone involved and makes a spectator a hero. Just when one thinks it’s over, the kickers keep coming, such as the production of a bottle of Ketchup.
  • Heiny 500 – Karl’s variation of Patrick Page’s Easy Money and Greg Wilson’s Hundy 500.
  • Just Say Twinkie – a very entertaining, very strong, easy to do bill routine that makes sense.
  • Give Me Five – A quick trick using a little money that one will use all of the time, not just for fun but to also help increase tips in a very subtle manner.
  • Hein’s Catch Up — a six phase three fly coin routine using copper, silver, and brass coins.
  • Grandmother’s BLT — An easy to do sandwich effect that has made many top magicians feel that moment of astonishment they haven’t felt in years.

He concluded his lecture with a performance only of a Rubick’s Cube match and Three Degrees of Separation, a four card multi-selection in which the climax is the chosen cards are displayed by the fours of every suit and then in full deck order.

He had his lecture notes and many of his routines available for sale in DVD form plus Heinous Collection (vol 1, 2, and 3). We also recommend Karl to any club.

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Photos by Pete Stobie

Ring 211 Honors Dr. Jack Vander Wal & Ray Bielecki

jackandrayOn Sunday, August 17, Ring 211 held its annual picnic. For this report see the Ring Reports section. At the conclusion of the picnic, Ring President Michele Parks recognized Dr. Jack Vander Wal and Ray Bielecki. Both of these two I.B.M. Order of Merlin Shield members were born the same year as the Great Harry Blackstone, Jr. At the time of the picnic, both Jack and Ray turn eighty years young within the next few weeks. Happy 80th from Ring 211!

Ring 211 August 2014 Report

On Sunday, August 17, Ring 211 held its annual picnic. Members, including their family and friends, began arriving shortly after 2 PM to Dr. Jack Vander Wal’s home in Jenison, Michigan. The picnic was in the backyard which connects to Crystal Lake. Members brought a dish to pass such as a salad or dessert. The club furnished the burgers, hot dogs, and tableware. Of course, P. J. and Tina Weber brought the watermelon. Gary Oisten once again attempted to break the record he set about four years ago, catching an eighteen inch bass. Many gathered around tables and socialized. Others demonstrated a few close-up wonders such as Gil Scott. Around 4 PM, the burgers and hot dogs were grilled and all enjoyed the food. An impromptu magic show followed.

P. J. Weber opened the show with his version of the Invisible Deck. Steven Elkowitz impressed us with a card transposition. Randy Vander Wal performed “Quote-A-Log” by Fred Moore. Gary Oisten dazzled us with a few card routines. One was a card selection and find, then a big card-little card matching prediction, and then the final one being a matching prediction by taking half the value — the three and half of club big prediction card. Dr. Jack Vander Wal presented Phil Goldstein’s “Shinkansen,” an impressive cards across routine. Vince Rosso followed by producing three silks from a rod and air balloon in bottle. Chuck Bennett closed the show with a gospel routine using three white feathered rings and three different color silks. The silks changed to the desired colored silk color with the finish being the three rings transforming into a large multi-color feathered ring.

What a fun time at this year’s picnic. A thanks to all who came and our performers. President Michele also recognized her uncle Ray Bielecki and our secretary Dr. Jack Vander Wal as both of these elderly youthful members turn eighty within the next few weeks. Wow! Ray and Jack each received a brownie dessert. Hocus Pocus Party is November 1 with headliner Stephen Bargatze. Check our web site for details.