Ring 211 November 2015 Report

For our November regular meeting we do not hold a workshop and the business meeting is very brief so we may have enough selling and buying time for our annual auction. Actually, we opened the doors early for what was to be a flea market prior to the auction. Only two of our members had brought a vast array of product for the flea market: Brad Lancaster and MagicBob Zoerman. The flea market part was ready at 5:30 PM for any early arrivals. Just past 7 PM, Dr. Jack Vander Wal, had the honors of presenting the Candy Grab Bag Sale. This sale is actually attributed to Percy Abbott as he had many of these types of sales back in the early days of the Abbott Magic Get-Togethers. Seventy bags were filled with at least two pieces of special candy delights. This year the candy was purchased from a candy maker from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, avoiding the unfortunate happenings in Paris, France. Also, some of the bags had magic puzzles and trick prizes donated from Jim & Michele Parkes of Hippity Hop Magic. Five bags yet were a tad bit more of interest as each of these contained a one dollar bill. The bags sold faster than lit flash paper as they were fifty cents a bag or three for one dollar. Over four lengthy (8 foot) tables displayed enticing magic apparatus, tricks, and books. Small illusions, various card tricks, rope, coins, and escape items enticed many. Other items were sold as package deals. Pamphlets, books, magazines, posters, and memorabilia filled in any empty spots on the tables. Even a few VHS videos were for sale, but many DVDs were available, especially from Brad Lancaster. He must have brought his whole video library.

MagicBob Zoerman was the auctioneer. He used his auctioning skilled voice to force those bids to the highest potential. Many of the items sold. The sellers made their profits, the buyers were pleased with their newly purchased “toys,” and the club made ten percent of all sales. Ring Treasurer Michele Parkes and I kept track of each sale making sure the debits matched the credits. This year’s biggest buyers were P. J. Weber and Wayne Ramsdell. Our biggest seller was Brad Lancaster.

Another night of fun and fellowship. The club thanks all who came and either bought, sold, and/or enjoyed the festivities. A thanks to MagicBob, Dr. Jack, and Michele for their devotion to this auction. Heads up: Michigan Magic Day 2016! — Ann Arbor — presented by I.B.M. Ring 210 and S.A.M. Assembly 88 — The Ann Arbor Magic Club — Michigan Magic Day 2016 will be held Saturday, April 9th with a pre-party on Friday night, April 8th at the beautiful facilities at Washtenaw Community College! Featured performers will be Gordon Schott Jr., John R. Dudley, Paul Nielsen, Anthony Grupido, Gene Anderson, Stuart MacDonald, Rufus the Dufus, and Levent, and perhaps some other surprise guests! It’s going to be great! Registration will be $50 for Saturday (including the public show that evening), $10 for the pre-party, and TBA for just the Saturday night show. Details as they develop at www.michiganmagicday.com. Also, https://www.facebook.com/michiganmagicday2016/.

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