Welcome to the new 2011 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.
On Thursday May 2, Dan Garrett presented his “Forward Into The Past” Lecture to Ring 211 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to a full house of magicians. Dan has lectured at least three other times to our club over the past three decades. We welcomed him back again. Dan Garrett: Mentalist – Magician – Speaker – Humorist. Dan Garrett we observed wears many hats, as a performer, inventor, lecturer, author, columnist, publisher, teacher and reviewer. It is noted that he performs at ease with every conceivable demographic of audience, large or small, children or adults, family groups or corporate clients. Dan has been featured on the cover of the I.B.M.’s magazine The Linking Ring, and twice on the cover of the S.A.M.’s magazine M-U-M. In the November 2012 issue of M-U-M, Dan Garrett was first on a list of magicians described as “a living magic legend [and] an artist who defined close-up magic in the last years of the twentieth century.” He is Past President of the S.A.M., Past Territorial Vice-President of the I.B.M., Member of the Inner Magic Circle (M.I.M.C. with Gold Star) in London, and a Guest of Honor at F.F.F.F. (the original close-up magic convention, now known as “ Obie’s 4F”) where he currently serves on the Board of Directors. Dan Garrett has also been a feature writer for Stan Allen’s MAGIC. Dan is a M-U-M columnist and product reviewer, who has performed live on CNN Headline News. Dan has been a full-time pro for 40 years. He has lectured world-wide, in over a dozen countries. Dan has produced six lectures and three “fully-loaded” DVD’s on magic, plus his acclaimed “Over the Rainbow” routine for color-changing disks. He performs and teaches magic for many different audiences and situations. Stan Allen has called Dan a “general practitioner of magic.” Others have described Dan as a “great teacher of modern-day magic and methods.” Forward Into the Past was a brand-new lecture experience for us filled with magic from Dan Garrett’s working repertoire of both past and present. The contents included mainly close-up magic and mentalism with coins, knives, paddles and cards. There was serious magic and comedy magic; there was truly something for everyone. Emphasis was placed on improving one’s own performances and tapping into the emotions and intellect of one’s audiences.
Highlights of his lecture included:
- Magi-Fest Jest – a hilarious MC gag.
- The GodMother of All Book Tests – Easy to perform and nothing to buy. Two books, two participants, three minds, one thought.
- Pocket Knife Act – A full close-up act for walk-around, no resetting needed. He sure got us on the surprise ending!
- Up the Creek WITH a Paddle – See the classic paddle move in a whole new light. Dan made an offer we could not refuse.
- Hello, Mr. Chips – Duke Stern’s coin routine with special touches from Dan Garrett.
- Desire Under the Elms(leys) – a strange and wonderful biological circus routine with a few acrobatic cards.
- Epic – Marked Down – A mentalism act for close-up or stage that fits in your pocket and costs less than $10 to make.
- Two Foreseen – The miracle that everyone who witnesses this lecture is talking about. A double impossible CAAN (card at any number) with no memory work or technical skill required.
- Even More Magic with cards, coins, rubber bands, character impersonations, and the awesome power of words!
We are glad that we grabbed this chance to learn from one of magic’s most acclaimed performers and teachers. Rick Howell said of his lecture: “Some innovative twists on the paddle move and fun routining! Products very reasonably priced.” We recommend Dan to any club. We thank Dave Bogdan, our lecture chairman for connecting with Dan. To see what Dan has to offer, including this lecture on DVD, visit his web site at http://www.dangarrettmagic.com.
Rarely do we have a lecture on a meeting night, but for our April meeting we did. David Stone was in the area. He was one of the headliners at this year’s Michigan Magic Day in Flint. Our meeting was two days after that . . . he was available . . . and we wanted more of his amazing magic. So Dave Bogdan, our lecture chairman, made the magical connection. The April workshop was moved forward as well as the original program for this month. We were well entertained, enlightened, and mesmerized. He showed many variations of his concepts. His lecture was sent in as a Ring Event and should appear in the August or September issue. The report has been posted to the Ring 211 web site.
Ring 211 in Grand Rapids had the pleasure of enjoying a lecture by David Stone. He was one of the major talents at this past Michigan Magic Day in Flint (April 20). His lecture to us was on April 22. We were well entertained, enlightened, and mesmerized. He showed many variations of his concepts.
Here is a brief history of David. At 19, a chance encounter with a school friend allowed him to discover the art of magic and of card manipulation. At 23, he won the Diavol Grand prix (France championships of magic). At 24, he won the Gold Dove (close-up category) award at the European championships of magic organized in France. The same year, David won the Close-up Grand Prix of South America in Las Tunas, Cuba. In 1995, David met the French magician Stéphane Jardonnet who truly launched his career by producing a video starring David (Basic Coin magic vol.1). The video became the first French magic program ever sold on the American market with over 28.000 copies sold in 40 countries and was a best-seller. After obtaining a degree in Philosophy at the Amiens University, he went to Saint-Tropez and started working in some of the most prestigious restaurants of the Riviera, including 7 years in La Voile Rouge, an amazing beach restaurant where he honed his craft of performing magic. Stone gained recognition in the world of professional magicians. Since 1999, he has performed his lecture on the art of Table hopping (professional magic in restaurants) at magic conventions in more than 19 countries and is one of the most famous French magicians outside his country. His encounter on 2001 with magician and DVD producer Jean-Luc Bertrand produced a successful partnership that has yielded several short films and magic DVDs. Their first co- production, a short movie, won the 1st prize at the first ever Magic Film Festival in Las Vegas (2006). In 2003, at the FFFF convention, David was voted as the Most Valuable Performer. His most recent book (2005) “Close-up: The Real Secrets of Magic” is a best-seller in France and was sold out in less than 15 days after its release. The DVD “The Real Secrets Of Magic” (2006) adapted from this book was nominated Best Magic DVD 2006 by Genii Magazine, Magie Magazine (DE) and over 14.000 copies were sold in 13 months. In August 2006, David won the 3rd prize at the World Championships of magic (FISM) in Stockholm, Sweden (Micro-Magic – FISM Award 2006) and was voted in April 2008 the TMW Award for Best Magician 2008. In 2010,The FFFF convention voted David Stone as Guest of Honor for FFFF 2012. David becomes the second French magician to receive this Honor in 40 years.
Highlights of his lecture were:
* Many coin productions and vanishes to a deck of cards production, to a color changing card routine to a torn card corner and restore — use of the snap change and the “Misdirection Deck” gimmick
* Coin and silk routine involving a bottle production — “Flash Bottle” gimmick. He also demonstrated the bottle production from a balloon, a spectator’s jacket, and his shoe.
* An multi-level ambitious card routine in which the card appeared on his forehead twice, under a service bell on the table, in his pocket, then the deck appearing from the pocket while the deck became the card in the hand
* Glass of water production from a jacket (Patrick Paige) and then a shoe production from the jacket
* “Rewind” — torn and restored four corner card routine
* “Cell” — card appearing from phone
* Dual Card Stab
* Using the “Tool” — the chosen card appeared in its box, four aces appeared from two halves shuffled, a cards across routine, a Houdini card escape, another torn and restored card, and another four ace production
* Kap’s Wallet
* “Spot” by Sandy
* Swallowing a balloon and then magically having it appear from beneath his navel.
He had for sale the items and DVDs. He also encouraged us to follow our instincts . . . follow our heart to seek success. His lecture was well received. We thank our lecture chair, Dave Bogdan (email@example.com_ (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) ) for obtaining David Stone. We recommend David Stone to any club. Visit David at http://stone.magiczoom.com/.
Ring 211′ers and its many friends:
***** Note the location of the Dan Garrett Lecture — El Barrio Grill, 545 Michigan Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. ***** Our original meeting place, Brann’s, was only able to give us half the room. But this is a Dan Garrett Lecture so a bigger facility was needed.
Inquiries please contact Jim or Michele Parkes, 550-4697 or 550-5406, email@example.com
RING 211 PRESENTS Dan Garrett
Mentalist – Magician – Speaker – Humorist
Presents his “Forward Into The Past” Lecture! Thursday, MAY 2, 2013 7:00 PM!!
Admission: Ring 211 Members: Free
Other Magi & Guests: $15.00
El Barrio Mexican Grill
545 Michigan Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Plenty of parking in their back lot. Join fellow magi for dinner and fellowship at 5:00 PM.
Forward Into the Past is a brand-new lecture experience filled with magic from Dan Garrett’s working repertoire of both past and present. The contents include mainly close-up magic and mentalism with coins, knives, paddles and cards. It has been rumored that there is even a grand illusion in this lecture. (?) Serious magic and comedy magic: there is truly something for everyone. Emphasis is placed on improving your performances and tapping in to the emotions and intellect of your audiences.
A Partial List of Contents
* Magi-Fest Jest – a hilarious MC gag.
* The GodMother of All Book Tests – Easy to perform and nothing to buy. 2 books, 2 participants, 3 minds, 1 thought.
* Pocket Knife Act – A full close-up act for walk-around, no resetting needed. You’ll love the surprise ending!
* Up the Creek WITH a Paddle – See the classic paddle move in a whole new light. Dan will make you an offer you can’t refuse.
* Hello, Mr. Chips – Duke Stern’s coin routine with special touches from Dan Garrett.
* Desire Under the Elms(leys) – a strange and wonderful biological circus routine with a few acrobatic cards.
* Epic – Marked Down – A mentalism act for close-up or stage that fits in your pocket and costs less than $10 to make.
* Two Foreseen – The miracle that everyone who witnesses this lecture is talking about. A double impossible CAAN (card at any number) with no memory work or technical skill required.
* Even More Magic with cards, coins, rubber bands, character impersonations, and the awesome power of words! Grab this chance to learn from one of magic’s most acclaimed performers and teachers.
If you miss this lecture, you won’t be able to sleep with yourself again!
About Dan Garrett:
Who is Dan Garrett?
Dan Garrett wears many hats, as a performer, inventor, lecturer, author, columnist, publisher, teacher and reviewer. He performs at ease with every conceivable demographic of audience, large or small, children or adults, family groups or corporate clients.
What are Dan Garrett’s credentials?
Dan has been featured on the cover of the I.B.M.’s magazine The Linking Ring, and twice on the cover of the S.A.M.’s magazine M-U-M. In the November 2012 issue of M-U-M, Dan Garrett was first on a list of magicians described as “a living magic legend [and] an artist who defined close-up magic in the last years of the twentieth century.” He is Past President of the S.A.M., Past Territorial Vice-President of the I.B.M., Member of the Inner Magic Circle (M.I.M.C. with Gold Star) in London, and a Guest of Honor at F.F.F.F. (the original close-up magic convention, now known as “ Obie’s 4F”) where he currently serves on the Board of Directors. Dan Garrett has also been a feature writer for Stan Allen’s MAGIC. Dan is an M-U-M columnist and product reviewer, who has performed live on CNN Headline News.
Dan has been a full-time pro for 40 years. He has lectured world-wide, in over a dozen countries. Dan has produced six lectures and three “fully-loaded” DVD’s on magic, plus his acclaimed “Over the Rainbow” routine for color-changing disks. He performs and teaches magic for many different audiences and situations. Stan Allen has called Dan a “general practitioner of magic.” Others have described Dan as a “great teacher of modern-day magic and methods.”
Even if he never taught a single effect, just listening to his voice, watching his style and enjoying his performance would be worth the entrance fee. [Epic Marked Down] used only index cards and 3 different colored pens – and no props. This, too, was worth the price of admission. We do know [that] no matter the cost of the lecture, the time spent absorbi ng Mr. Garrett’s knowledge is a great value… Do not miss one of the best lectures we have seen in years! – Tim Quinlan, MAGIC NEWS, _www.insidemagic.com_ (http://www.insidemagic.com)
A few reviews for Forward Into the Past may be found in the following locations:
6 reviews in The Linking Ring, Vol. 92, No. 11, November 2012 Ring Reports – Ring 46, Oklahoma City OK, pg. 129; Ring 58, Knoxville TN, pg. 131; Ring 64, Louisville KY, pg. 132; Ring 81, Sarasota FL, pg. 133; Ring 130, Jacksonville FL, pg. 138; Ring 198, Lexington KY, pg. 143.
For more on Dan and to watch video on his magic, visit _www.dangarrettmagic.com_ (http://www.dangarrettmagic.com/) . Go to “for magicians only” to see what he has available. You may view his lecture pdf file on the site.
Dan’s Lecture Reviewed in Ring Reports
The Linking Ring, Nov. 2012 (Volume 92, Number 11)
We had an incredible turnout for Dan Garrett, eagerly anticipating his new “Forward Into the Past” lecture experience. We knew this was going to be fun… In just under two hours, Mr. Garrett presented more than 15 varied effects. Most memorable was “Two Foreseen” was a double-selected-cards-at-any-number effect that had us all scratching our heads during the break. There was quite literally something for everyone, including two different Book Tests, a card effect with pictures of cereal boxes, a coin routine, and several uses of ambigrams, including a great paddle effect. He concluded with “Epic – Marked Down,” a triple prediction effect like Mental Epic. We thank Dan for including Ring 58 in his lecture tour.! – Tom Vorjohan, Ring 58, Knoxville TN
Mr. Garrett used items that most of us have in our magic supply or around the house. These included knives, coins, cards, books and markers. Dan also used poetry and ambigrams to make a point. Each of these items were used with a sleight, a shift, or a paddle move. Should you think you already know card moves, or how to do the Paddle move, you should reconsider. Dan Garrett used many different Paddle moves on knives, coins, and even business cards, as well as the “Hot Rod” type prop (with a twist, naturally). Mr. Garrett showed us the well-known moves on cards and paddles, then showed how these can be altered and improved. He gave us a few examples of his talent in impressionist style, saying famous lines from movies and from famous actors saying those lines. Thanks for the laughs, the sleights and the moves, Mr. Garrett. It made for a very different kind of night.! – Tom Crecelius, Ring 64, Louisville KY
The largest part of the evening was filled with the magic of Dan Garrett. Aside from his manipulative skills and engrossing patter, you can’t take your eyes off his perfectly groomed and waxed mustache. He is a master at telling stories that fit naturally with his magical performance. But most appreciated by me was his clear explanation of how to predict the first words in a book… I am pleased to say he made a number of sales that night as well as increased his number of fans. – Jerry Meketon, Ring 81, Sarasota FL
Dan opened with a funny bit which he called “The Magi-Fest Jest,” where the appearance is given that a card is firmly wedged into his forehead. Dan shared some excellent tips on the Paddle move, including several routines with blank paddles and ambigrams. Dan showed that almost anything can be used as a paddle, including business cards. Dan’s card effects were humorous and themed. In one of those he took on the role of a circus ringmaster/biologist. The strongest and most fooling card effect was “Two Foreseen” where two cards are predicted with two spectators in an ACAAN type effect. Some fine mentalism effects were shared [including] the “Godmother of All Book Tests.” Dan closed with a clever and extremely portable “Mental Epic” type routine. This was a fun lecture with lots of useful tips and tricks. Dan is entertaining and Ring 130 is happy that he spent an evening with us. – Simone Marron, Ring 130, Jacksonville FL
*********** Another “Cut Above The Rest” Lecture from our lecture chairman Dave Bogdan! Ring 211 welcomes Dan back for his third lecture with us! *****************
MagicBob Zoerman presented our March workshop. It was a report about MagicBob and his wife SuZie’s trip to India. They have had nine trips to India and are planning on their tenth. MagicBob and SuZie presented forty shows in just over three weeks. They toured through Campus Crusade For Christ. This year they had a magi friend from Phoenix join them along with a magi from India. There was not an air- conditioning venue but all shows were “overfilled” with eager viewers. Most audiences were for young adult students. But they had other shows for younger students as well. They visited the southern most tip (close to the equator) which included Tamil Nadu and Kanyakumari, He showed us many pictures through a Power Point set up. Neat to see how these people packed the venues. In the shows MagicBob would open with his magic, SuZie would have a segment in which she performs her chalk art, they then do a part together, and he then would close the show. He concluded the workshop by answering many questions from club members. Thanks to MagicBob and SuZie.
Tonight was Silk Magic Night with chairperson Randy Vander Wal. Oddly enough our first act was not a silk routine. Bill Rasmussen challenged us with his Wheel of Phenomenon. This involved two spins, adding the two numbers, cards were dealt from a deck involving the spinning numbers, and the card in a separate envelope matched the cards dealt.
Now to the silks. Dr. Jack Vander Wal delighted us with his gospel spoof routine of “Little Bo Peep” with use of the Mutilated Parasol. P. J. Weber followed with an enticing production of a silk bunny rabbit from a silk top hat (silks from Laflin). The bunny silk also vanished in his hand and only to reappear from the silk top hat.
Randy Vander Wal was next and had new youth member Braxton Picou and his mom, Josie, assist with a MisMade Bunny silk routine in which each person chooses a color from a bag of colors and the outlined bunny silk appears in full color. Gary Laundre amazed us with a green silk hand vanish, then a yellow silk magically turned green going through his hand. Not less than a minute later, the green silk changed into yellow. Gary exercised his magical hands a little bit more with a green silk vanish and golf ball routine in which he exposed the hole in the golf ball. Then he peeled off the “hole” and the ball surely bounced from the floor and ready for the Masters. Chuck Bennett closed the show with the Silk Serenade to a gospel theme.
That’s it. Another night of magic and fun. Thanks to our performers. Magic Week is two weeks this year in Colon, Michigan. Go to the prospected web sites for more details: