Ring Event: Ring 211 Recent Lectures — Suzanne, Jan Rose & Danny Orleans, Meir Yedid, and Eric Stevens

Ring 211 has had its fulfillment of lectures since last August of 2017 through May of 2018. Suzanne, Danny Orleans with his wife Jan Rose, Meir Yedid, and Eric Stevens all presented lectures.


Suzanne Sinclair, who resides in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota has had audiences all over the country fall in love with her magic since 1985. She can be see locally at Birch’s on the Lake and Lord Fletcher’s Old Lake Lodge in Spring Park. She has an engaging style which makes the audience an essential participant in her performance. Many respected professional magicians have called her “flawless” and “amazing”. She is a favorite at the famous Magic Castle and was awarded Close-Up Magician of the Year for 2010 by The Academy of Magical Arts. Her specialty is close-up magic for corporate and private events.

Ring 211 member Jesse Shira describes her lecture of August 27 by saying the following.

“The first half of the lecture began with Suzanne performing her award winning magic castle act. She wowed and amazed ring members with well-rehearsed feats of card magic. With the help of a volunteer, she then displayed a neat transposition of a secret message between band aids. To close out her performance, Suzanne shared with us her take on the cups and balls, an eloquent routine done as a poem. After this she went back and explained her card routines. She shared the motivations and reasoning behind every double lift, top change, and other sneaky sleight she used to win the AMA’s Close Up Magician of the Year in 2010.”

Ring member Al Munro added, “The Suzanne lecture was excellent! It covered the ‘why’ and not just the ‘how’ of her effects, obviously from a working repertoire. It also featured concrete examples of strong misdirection in action, in the context of her routines.”

Contact Suzanne at http://www.suzmagic.com/.

Jan Rose and Danny Orleans

Danny Orleans has been performing magic for children for over 40 years. He is a former Kindergarten teacher and uses modern-day teacher’s techniques to manage the behavior of audiences at kids shows. In the 1980s, he joined forces with Jan Rose, a professional actress from Chicago, to create a two-person family magic show which they toured to major arts centers in the eastern half of the US, Canada and the Virgin Islands.

Their lecture was titled “Kids Show Masterplan. He has written a book for children’s magicians called Kids Show Masterplan. During the past two years Danny and Jan have released the “Colossal Coloring Book of Magic,” a super-sized coloring book prop which has a big impact on kids. It is also available on www.amazekids.com . Danny is best known for his high-quality DVD sets, The Art of Presenting Magic to Children and The Art of Presenting Magic to Teenagers which are groundbreaking instructional DVDs for the magic community. These DVD sets share the audience management strategies and performance techniques that Danny and Jan have created to successfully perform magic for young people.

During the past four years, they have lectured on how to perform magic for children to magic clubs and conventions in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom and at FISM2017 in Italy. In their lecture of November November 5 on children’s magic, they shared these techniques as well as some great kids show routines.

Highlights were:

* hand warm up exercise to occupy first comers, engages silently, and informs teachers that the magician is in control
* pair of squares for children to stay in one spot
* line across floor to keep audience on one side
* structure — showed example with Coloring Book routine and Vanishing Crayons
* texture — includes high, lows, and quiet moments — SAP (stage audience part), GAP (group audience part), NAP (no audience part)
* behavior control — modeling and showing using verbal cues — example was his video performance of Aqua Cups — use of verbal control in form of questions — interpretation of politeness — establishes security teach expectations
* positive reinforcement — compliment good behavior
* finale was video of them performing a segment from their Children’s Theater Show about a magician and a friend using the metamorphosis illusion

They had lecture notes and magic they use in their show. Contact them at http://www.dannyorleansmagic.com.

Meir Yedid

Meir Yedid is a multi-award winning magician who has performed and lectured around most of the world, both live and on television. He has created and published several hundred magic routines for the magic fraternity and currently runs some of the most popular websites for magicians and gamblers.

Highlights of his lecture of November 15 were:

* Five forces with five cards into a Royal Flush — Slip Force, Riffle Force, Trevor Lewis’ Swivel Force Swindle, Chop Shuffle Force (Lift Shuffle), Hindu Shuffle with subtleties to what he calls “Asian Shuffle.”
* A Touch of The Mentalist (Gene Maze) — a three card prediction match
* Juan Tamariz’s Royalistic
* Ted Bogusta and Meir Yedid’s Supersized KFC Coins — KFC (Key-ring/Fifty/Centavo) Coin gimmick is an ingenious and well machined gaff that was created by Ted Bogusta and can be used to create impossible and startling coin magic using a half dollar, a copper coin and a key ring. Meir created additional handlings, even David Regal.
* Predetermined Pasteboard using Fred Caps’ Force
* Nick Brown’s Wonder Bill — an inside out bill
* Mayoral Mix
* Tuc Poker Chip Set
* Criminal Cards — a truth or lie routine, a Peter Duffy idea
* You Lose It, I Find It — card routine
* Almost Perfect Coin Vanish

Visit Meir Yedid’s site at https://www.mymagic.com/ and subscribe to his newsletter.

Eric Stevens

Eric Stevens who has been known to go by “Mr. Success” is a professional sleight-of-hand artist, author and speaker who has spent the last fifteen years providing top-notch entertainment for different types of audiences all over America. He has worked with and for some of the top entertainers in the world, also performing for such noted celebrities as singer CeeLo Green, comedian Patton Oswalt and actor Chad Lindberg from the well-known CW series “Supernatural”. He specializes in the field of close-up magic and with his remarkable people skills and bright personality, he made his lecture the best it could be, performing brilliant astonishments hand-picked for us. His lecture was on May 17 with the focus that a magician’s performance needs intent (reasoning for doing magic), trust (includes comfort and treatment), and meaning (should be relative). He showed this through his routines:

* One-Armed Man — a three card monte with a color back change and a value change — take the monte away from the “crouch” view and put up towards one’s face — emphasis that magic happens in the moment of which the audience determines when this moment is received
* Hang ‘Em High — a three quarter coins across hand to hand and hanging coins to coin on shoulder and final coin vanish
* Happenstance — card revelation which included a cold reading, card at any number, card cut from choice of three piles
* Showing and understanding who the magician is and the audience — some pinpointing thoughts from his lecture notes, “Perspective”
* Tribloon — precision coins — one to three coin production change to Chinese coins and a three to one coin and vanish
* Split Second Marvel — an Invisible Deck routine using a stop watch to obtain number with one deck used for the spectator and another used as the prediction deck
* Sympathy For The Devil — a “do as I do” color changing card routine with use of the Jokers
* The Wall — a prediction system — a prediction revelation from a spectator’s experience and match the spectator’s word

Another pointer shared was to be honest and fair with oneself and to be “yourself.” Items for sale were his lecture notes as well as Sympathy For The Devil, The Wall, Tribloon, and Happenstance. See his You Tube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Php6XO-wpNI. Contact him through Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/eric.stevens.9469.

We all enjoyed what these fine magi had to offer and recommend them to any club. We thank each of them. We also thank our lecture chair Dave Bogdan for obtaining these magicians. Future lecturers should contact Dave at bogsmagic@comcast.net.

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