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. Preston Eakins also provided balloon creations.
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: Roger Bus, MagicBob Zoerman, Bill Rasmussen, Gil Scott, Ron Carnell, Charles Bennett, John Dykstra, Peter Stobie, Jesse Shira (youth), Jim Parkes, Nicholas Watkins, Wayne Ramsdell, Bob Panlener, Don Tremblay, P. J. Weber, Gary Oisten, Dennis Favreau, Dr. Jack Vander Wal, Randy Vander Wal, Vince Rosso, Bruce Wehr, and Alan Kazam (Smith).
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 100!). This year’s Hocus Pocus Party was dedicated to June. Guests could browse a table which had memorabilia of her which was showcased at her birthday party. At this time, a lucky winner received $175.50 from the 50/50 raffle.
The evening concluded with an extremely entertaining cabaret show featuring Gary Laundre’ as the emcee, MagicBob Zoerman, Gil Scott, Preston Eakins, P. J. Weber, and headliner John Sterlini from Colon, Michigan, the Magic Capital of the World.
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, Danielle Caperus with Stacey Krause (nieces of Michele) for miscellaneous help, Teresa Krause (niece of Michele) for a Happy Birthday cake, 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 Tina Weber, and my cousin Derek Lieverdink for photos and videotaping. 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 being free to its club members.
The following day, John Sterlini, a 1984 Chavez graduate, continued the blast of magic by presenting a lecture to our club at our regular meeting place. His title was “There Is More To Magic Than Card Tricks.” He focused on repairing and routining of props, sound, and shared some magic, with the final being an illustration of his card fans and billiard ball production routine.
Highlights of the lecture were:
- Props — Change decorations, repaint, make them look your own. When refinishing think “Disney colors” which are bright. Cautions and advice on using paint and primer and use paint as an advantage for “sizing” your props. Satin black is great for hiding imperfections. Use a rubberized undercoating before primer on illusion bases. Laminates are a durable alternative. Protect props with ATA and fiber cases and use a castor board with rubber wheels.
- Sound — Invest in quality sound and amplifiers. Countryman Head Set works best for him. Sennheiser wireless system is also great. Tutorials are available (from Amazon.com) to help with editing music. Use of back drops adds to the look of your performance.
- Routining — Make sure your costuming, props, and music fits your act as well as “now” not “then.” Do not overproduce items. Using cue cards, even placing them at specific spots on the stage floor aides the smoothness of your performance.
- Magic he shared and had for sale — Royal Magic’s Flying Coins, Showtime (a DVD version of McCombical Deck), Crystal Car (using a one way deck as well as “lady photo” cards), Disintegration Chamber (ball through rubber band box), and Color Vision.
It was a pleasure to meet John and Tamara. We thank him for his lecture. One may contact John through his web sites: http://www.sterlinimagic.com/ and http://www.sterlini.com/.