Clear Your Calendars!

With 2011 quickly drawing to a close, the new year is shaping up to be an extraordinarily magical one. At the final 2011 board meeting held on December 12th, Lecture Chair Dave Bogdan and President Michelle Parkes announced a plethora of planned events for early 2012, including (but not limited to) the following.


The Juice Ball is January 7, 2012 at the J.W. Marriott Hotel Grand Rapids, 235 Louis Campau St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, from 6pm to 1am.

Theme this year is Medieval or Renaissance. So come in appropriate costume. The Kostume Room in Wyoming, MI is now taking reservations for costumes, which they said run in the $30 – $40 range, for the most part.

Please arrive one hour prior to your shift time. First shift goes from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. So arrive at 6 p.m. and look for Dave Bogdan on first floor near main entrance by circular drive. Second shift runs from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. So this shift of performers should report at 9 p.m. to get see what is going on and be ready to perform at the start of their shift.

Performers are exempt from the Juice Ball ticket fee.

Note: Please feel free to work the entire night – as a handful of us did last year. The time really does go fast. We are expecting more than 3,000 people this year.

What type of performers are we looking for? Fortune Tellers telling fortunes and using the type of fortune telling that you would have seen during those times. We may be all set on this. Balloon Makers, making the same type of balloon creations that were popular during Medieval times. But seriously, if you can make jester hats, or swords, or any other creation that would fit the times, it would work.

And of course, magicians. As many as we can provide for the event. If you happen to know what type of magic was done during the Renaissance and can do it, then fine. But this has to be strolling, close up magic. Now if you don’t do any renaissance or jester style of magic, then any strolling magic will do, as long as you are in costume.

Money raised from this event goes to support the Kid’s Food Basket, which now provides more than 4,500 free lunches every day for kids in the Grand Rapids area. What an organization!!! This will be a who’s who of Grand Rapids” personalities at this event, mingled with people from all walks of life that support this cause.

Note: Ring 211 will be accepting a $1000 check from the organizers but will be providing a check in the same amount to be accepted by Tommy and the Kid’s Food Basket. At just this past board meeting, we elected to do this.

Please email Dave Bogdan at bogsmagic@comcast.net to let him know if you can join us at the JW Marriott on January 7th.


The regularly scheduled Ring 211 Board Meeting will be held Monday, January 9. All members are invited to attend the Ring’s monthly Board Meeting. If you want to have dinner with a few friends, show up about six o’clock; the meeting will start at 7:30. We’ll meet in the back room at Denny’s Restaurant, 715 44th Street SW, Wyoming, MI 49509 (44th Street @ US 131)


rickmerrillRick Merrill will be lecturing on Thursday, January 12, at Brann’s Sizzling Steaks & Sports Grille, 4157 S. Division Avenue, Wyoming, MI 49548. Rick, of course, needs no introduction to Ring 211 members. As is typical, the lecture will be in the back banquet room at 7:30 pm. Arrive near 6 PM if joining members for dinner and fellowship.

Ring 211 members: free. Other magicians: $15.00.

Visit Rick’s Web site: Rick Merrill – World Champion in Magic


Ring 211’s Holiday Party will be Sunday, January 15, 6 PM 5PM. It is at Ming Ten at 2090 Celebration Dr NE # 215 Grand Rapids, MI 49525. It is a buffet type restaurant serving excellent and delightful food: Chinese, Japanese, and American cuisine. View menu at http://www.mingtenrestaurant.com.

Part of our entertainment will be about eight of Ring Members doing a “Hocus Pocus” type of table hopping. We have six performers confirmed, and would like two more. Please let Randy know if you can perform.


The regularly scheduled Ring 211 Meeting on Monday, January 23, will include the Program Theme: NEW 2 YOU!

From Program Chair, Pete Stobie: “Present an effect you have learned in the last 6 months, August 2011 through January 2012. Perhaps you found something during your travels, bought something at the Ring 211 Auction, or got something new for the holidays? Please bring the effect or routine and perform it for our program.

“We will vote on the best performance. If interested contact Pete Stobie, Program Chair, or sign up the night of our January meeting. We will have as many magicians as we can perform within the 1 hour limit. Remember this is a performance, please do not lecture or sell anything at this time. The MC will be Pete Stobie.”


alainnuAlain Nu will lecture on Wednesday, February 8, at Brann’s Sizzling Steaks & Sports Grille, 4157 S. Division Avenue, Wyoming, MI 49548. The lecture will start at 7:30 pm, with optional dinner and fellowship at 6pm.

A headlining performer at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for four straight years, Nu was also the international star of the 2005 TLC four-part hour-long television specials entitled “The Mysterious World of Alain Nu.” You can check out some of his TV clips on YouTube. On January 20th, 2009, Alain was asked to appear before many of the living recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor at the Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball which celebrated President Obama’s inauguration into the White House. Alain Nu is also the author of  “Picture Your ESP,” available at Amazon books. Nu is a true working mentalist.

Ring 211 members: free. Other magicians: $15.00.

Alain Nu is also offering his workshop for this same night, starting at 5 p.m. Cost would be $60 per person, and each person would get a free copy of any of Alain’s $50 manuscripts. This is an excellent deal and opportunity for this hands on attention and secret work. This will happen if five people sign up for the workshop, which will run from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Please contact Dave Bogdan if interested.

Visit Alain Nu’s Web site: The Mysterious World of Alain Nu


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The annual Abracadabra Close-up Show will be held Sunday, February 12, from 1:30pm – 5:30pm. It will be on the Upper Floor of Celebration Cinema North, 2121 Celebration Dr. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

There will be two separate shows, one at 2 p.m., then another at 4 pm. All tickets are $10.00 and can be obtained through Hippity Hop Magic (Jim and Michele Parkes) at 616-742-3898 or 616-550-5406. Tickets are limited to 70 per show. Buy early! Six acclaimed performers will amuse and amaze. Each performer will travel to each of five rooms. The rooms only hold fifteen people, so we’re talking serious close-up viewing.

Scheduled performers include Ron Carnell, Tom Coverly, Krag Ryal, John Dudley, Brad Lancaster, and Jim Parkes.


The regularly scheduled Ring 211 Board Meeting for February will be held Monday, February 13. All members are invited to attend the Ring’s monthly Board Meeting. If you want to have dinner with a few friends, show up about six o’clock; the meeting will start at 7:30. We’ll meet in the back room at Denny’s Restaurant, 715 44th Street SW, Wyoming, MI 49509 (44th Street @ US 131)


The regularly scheduled Ring 211 Meeting on Monday, February 27, will include the Program Theme: Get LECTUREFIED!

From Program Chair, Pete Stobie: “Present an effect you have learned from one of our past lectures during January 2011 through December 2011. We had twelve amazing lectures for you to glean from. All you need to do is perform one effect from one of these excellent events sponsored by Ring 211.

“2011 Lectures included Jonathan Levit, Aaron Fisher, Dick Oslund, William Houston, Bill Wisch, Jay Sankey, Richard Osterlind, Aldo & Rachel Colombini, Duane Laflin x 2, David Kaplan and Wayne Houchin.

“We will vote on the best performance. If interested contact Pete Stobie Program Chair or sign up the night of our February meeting. We will have as many magicians as we can perform within the 1 hour limit. Remember this is a performance, please do not lecture or sell anything at this time. MC – Mike McNee”


leeasher2Lee Asher will lecture on Wednesday, April 11, at Brann’s Sizzling Steaks & Sports Grille, 4157 S. Division Avenue, Wyoming, MI 49548. The lecture will start at 7:30 pm, with optional dinner and fellowship at 6pm.

Lee Asher, a good friend of recent lecturer Wayne Houchin, was born in Florida, 1976, to semi-professional magician, Mark Horowitz. Horowitz learned his magic from the likes of Al Flosso and Lou Tannen in New York City during the Sixties. Lee knew, very early on, what he wanted to do with his life.

At fifteen, Asher invented an effect he called “The Asher Twist,” a card trick that quickly made an international name for him. In 1991 and 1992 he won 1st place, two years in a row, at the IBM Junior Close-up Championships. He was hired to work at Caesars Magical Empire in Caesars Palace performing card magic under the name “Cardius Sharkus,” from 1996 to 1997, often working with internationally known magicians like Jeff McBride, Chappy Brazil, Joey Burton, Daryl, Michael Ammar, Jonathan Pendragon and many more. In 2004 Asher set up the “X-elent Lecture Series” to bring the best magic lectures from around the world to his community (Pacific Northwest.) Since then, it’s grown into an eight city lecture tour spanning across Canada. Asher was also a featured lecturer at the inaugural Session Convention, a British convention for close-up magicians held in 2006.

Visit Lee Asher’s Web site: Lee Asher – CardStar Pro Magician

 

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