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 the Late 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 19, 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 including recaps of the recent I.B.M. Convention Grand Rapids, and a few magi performed a close-up trick or two. Jennifer Elkowitz and her sons Steven and Robert cast their fishing poles upon the lake and caught many. In fact, Robert beat Gary Oisten’s record of a fourteen inch Bass last year only to tie his record of 17.2 inches this year. Christian Rasmussen with his dad, Bill, and his mom, Julie, plus Randy Vander Wal kicked a soccer ball around. Randy Vander Wal grilled the burgers and hot dogs. Jesse Shira assisted in preparation of the picnic and in the serving of the food. The food was delightful and enjoyed by all. After the meal, a handful of members put on an impromptu show.
Gil Scott opened the show with an impressive book test. Randy Vander Wal performed a favorite of his, The Prayer Stick. Jeff Brodrick amused us with a knife through a spoon illusion in which a spoon is placed in a mini envelop and a knife stabs through the envelope lifting a fork out instead. Hank Slagter amused us with a ring and rope penetration and then a ring onto a necklace. Christian Rasmussen demonstrated his skills in juggling by juggling balls, rings, and clubs. Not just three but doing at least four. Then he balanced himself on a Bongo Board and continued juggling clubs and then balls. Finally, Jeff Brodrick assisted Christian with a “toss across head ringer.” Christian threw all eight rings at once a good five feet and Jeff ringed them around his neck over his head. Steven Elkowitz (going by Steven Michael) closed the show with quite an impressive manipulation routine. This was a sneak peek at what he will be performing at our upcoming Hocus Pocus Party in November. To music he began with a flash and a ball appeared. This changed to a silk and then back to a ball with some silk and ball manipulations. There were many ball vanishes and appearances including a color change. Then out of his top hat there was multiple productions and vanishes of card to ball to card to more card productions. Cards productions single as well as fans from his hand appeared and dropped into the top hat, even an array of cards produced from his mouth impressed us. This was followed by more card productions (single and fans) including multiple color changes.
Once again, it was a great fun time at this picnic. Thanks to all who came and also for bringing their edibles. Hocus Pocus Party is Saturday, November 3. It is the 32nd edition. Two headliners this year: The Vegas Magic of Joel Douglas and The Amazing Corbin! Details are on the Ring 211 web site and on Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/events/2141906642786168/. Just search “Hocus Pocus Party!”