Ring 211 January 2017 Report

Jeff Brodrick presented the January workshop. Jeff spent a lengthy time residing in Scranton, Pennsylvania and talked about his friends Dorothy Dietrich and Dick Brookz who operate the Houdini Museum there. He talked about the museum which is located in a one hundred year-old house and is full of Houdini artifacts and collectibles. He also mentioned that they are creating the board game “Houdini-oploy.” There is a kickstarter campaign. For information one should visit http://houdiniopoly.com/. This will link to the kickstarter campaign for those interested in purchasing. One can even have their own name (or magic club) on the board. Then he showed us two video clips. One was the “Relatively Speaking Game Show” from 1988. In this Harry Blackstone was a contestant and did his Vanishing Bird & Cage. In that episode he won a set of golf clubs. He never told Gay. She was wondering why he had a set in the garage when the garage was being cleaned after his death in 1997. Fortunately, Jeff was able to give her a copy of this video program which explained why. He also showed us a video clip of Sid Caesar as Hocus Von Pocus with Carl Reiner in “Your Shows of Shows,” circa 1951. Thank you Jeff.

Tonight’s program was “May The Force Be With You.” Each performer had to perform a trick or routine involving some sort of force. Randy Baker, our emcee, opened the show with what he called a “cosmic trivia concept.” He was able to magically reveal the thought of a three letter word from a spectator among many. Gil Scott was able to reveal a spectator’s card, a World Poker Tour Card. He also performed a book test in which the end result was his book was all blank. He concluded with three card selections in which he revealed all three. Jeff Brodrick had a person select a card and we saw Ginger from “Gilligan’s Island” reveal the card on the large screen. Randy Vander Wal performed a card silk prediction routine. Dr. Jack Vander Wal followed with a card selection routine in which the revealed card had written on its back the exact dollar amount and change in his wallet. P. J. Weber impressed us with three card selections and revelations. Jim Parkes astonished us with his version of the Mental Choice Card. Gary Oisten amazed us with his card selection and find which involved various cuts, shuffles, and called out numbers.

Another night of magic and fun! Thanks to the performers and all who were here. Michigan Magic Day is Saturday, May 20, at Grace Bible College, here in Grand Rapids. There is also a Friday Night Before Party. All details at michiganmagicday.com and on our club’s web site.

Ring Event: Jeff Bibik Lectures To Ring 211

On Monday, January 9, Jeff Bibik presented a lecture to Ring 211 — The June Horowitz/John deVries Magic Club — in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The title of his lecture was “How To Be As Cool As Me.” His lecture was a unique assortment of close-up, stand up, kid stuff, adult stuff, and what he calls “stuffy stuff” in his invitation announcement to fellow members. His prediction was correct as revealed in his invitation that “I have always said it would be a cold day when I go back to Grand Rapids, and the weatherman predicts it will probably be.” It was.

Jeff is an expert at sleight of hand and illusion. He adds a zany comedy twist, resulting in first-rate entertainment. He is a featured performer at The Magic Lounge in Chicago. He performs for family parties, schools, festivals, comedy clubs, etc. Along the way he has performed on cruise ships and has made many television appearances. He is recognized in the magic industry as a lecturer, author, performer, and inventor of magical effects. He has won many awards and has also consulted on special effects for theater, movies, and ad campaigns. Hey, it’s “Bibik . . . Of Course!”

Highlights of his lecture were:

  • his bag of balls routine — a truth or lie routine of who has the gold ball
  • a rope routine involving a production of a knot, a cut and restore, and a “no ends”
  • a card routine in which the deck which looked all different had numerous times he had to remove groups of Jokers until only card was the Ace of Spades. Oh, the deck came from his “bag of crap” which was a bag full of fake doggy “do-do”
  • a card silk routine with use of a fire wallet and production of a fake ear from a spectator’s ear
  • a card to wallet routine with use of the long card gag
  • the production of a chicken by folding a yellow towel and pulling the ends resulting in a chicken-shaped towel
  • Thanks Pal — a food choice card packet trick with the result of “the bill” card
  • Card On Back
  • Flashy Queen — risque as the Queen “peeps.”
  • displaying his Viagra pills — they magically stood — a gag
  • endless production of liquid from his flask
  • Funeral Flag — a gag
  • air mask gag
  • 3 and 1/2 of Clubs
  • a red and white jack knife routine resulting in many mini colored jack knives
  • production of a mini hand from his two palms and the mini hand had yet a thumb tip on its thumb — a gag
  • Napkin To Rose (Michael Mode)
  • a torture challenge, his Toilet Seat Of Nails. He successfully sits on a toilet seat of sharp upward pointed nails with a spectator sitting on his lap

What an entertaining and fun time with Jeff! He had lecture notes for sale as well as many of the items listed above. You want a zany and comic time? Ring 211 suggests Jeff Bibik. We thank our lecture chairman, Dave Bogdan (bogsmagic@comcast.net), for having Jeff. Also, a big thanks to Jeff. Connect with Bibik at http://bibik.com.

Michigan Magic Day Announcement

From Ring 211 President P. J. Weber (Pj Weber):

Trino will be one of the prime producers of Michigan Magic Day 2017. Ring 211 is pleased he has been a member of our club for now over a year and appreciates his involvement with Michigan Magic Day. He was a fine act at our recent Hocus Pocus Party, is a successful magical entertainer, has produced and produces his own benefit show in Paw Paw for his alma mata high school, and has a degree in the area of event planning from CMU. In addition, his experience being an intern at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and currently working with the Masters of Illusions Tour since last October, we look forward to what he brings to this year’s Michigan Magic Day!

Ring 211 Presents Michigan Magic Day 2017 on Saturday, May 20, in Grand Rapids, at Grace Bible College. There will also be a night before party. Details will become available soon at http://michiganmagicday.com.

Ring 211 December 2016 Report

T’ was the night exactly four weeks after Christmas and all through the house not a mouse was stirring, except at the Hibachi Grill Supreme Buffet restaurant on the northwest side of town where Ring 211 held its annual Holiday Party. Each member and spouse received a gift bag compliments of the Ring which included festive candy pieces, candy canes and a gift, such as a pair of dress socks, a bow tie, and perhaps other appealing repertoire. After a delicious filling dinner amongst the lively friendly chatter, a few of the members also performed a trick informally in small groups, in some cases, “a teach and do.” No formal performance program today. Just a good time of food, magic, fun, and fellowship. Looks to be a bright and exciting year ahead in 2017! Stay tuned with Ring 211 by viewing its web site.

What a fun holiday party. We thank Michele Parkes for her work designing this party. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year! Michigan Magic Day 2017 will be in Grand Rapids! Our Ring will host the event on Saturday, May 20, 2017. A Friday Night Before Party will be on May 19. Details as they develop at http://michiganmagicday.com.

Ring Event: Ring 211 Hosts 30th Annual Hocus Pocus Party!

On Saturday, November 5, Ring 211 — The June Horowitz/John deVries Magic Club in Grand Rapids, Michigan — held its 30th Annual Earl Ray Wilcox Memorial Hocus Pocus Party. Members sold tickets to a crowd of 240 people. Attendees came from all over West Michigan. Members, their friends and family members enjoyed a fun-filled evening of magical wonderment which included a delicious buffet dinner and cash bar, a strolling close-up magic period, sponsored raffle giveaway prizes such as a fifty/fifty cash drawing, and a fabulous cabaret show.

The event was held at KC Banquet Center on the southwest side of town. Magically, attractive designed table décor invited the guests to their tables. Magic-themed posters, streamers, and other party related décor were placed on the side walls to add to the festive appeal. This event was also advertised on local newspaper and TV station web site calendars, Facebook, Twitter, and on MLive.com. Ring President P. J. Weber had a spot on FOX 17’s “Morning Show” the previous Sunday. A few days later on FOX 17’s “Morning Mix,” Dennis Favreau astonished viewers.

Prior to the full dinner buffet and until the cabaret show, there was fortune telling by Bogga Kahn (Dave Bogdan). Also there was face painting by SuZie Zoerman and Cassandra Heimbecker as Whimsey T. Clown. Jerry Herdegen provided many balloon creations to not only any kids, but to adults too. Raven Keckler as Harvee The Rabbit was also a favorite attraction. 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: MagicBob Zoerman, Bill Rasmussen accompanied by his son Christian, Gil Scott, Jesse Shira, Nicholas Watkins, Wayne Ramsdell, P. J. Weber, Gary Oisten, Dennis Favreau, Dr. Jack Vander Wal, Randy Vander Wal, Bruce Wehr, Randy Baker and his grandson Julian, Bob Panlener, Jeff Brodrick, and Leo Peters.

Gil Scott along with Michele Parkes recognized PIP June Horowitz (still “magic-partying” now at 103!) as she had the honor of pulling the ticket winner of the fifty/fifty raffle. A lucky winner received $205.00 and other winners received the giveaway prizes which included small beginner magic tricks from Hippity Hop Magic, pizza coupons, and other novelty items of Christmas and circus themes.

The evening concluded with an extremely entertaining cabaret show featuring Jesse Shira as the emcee, Trino, Bill Rasmussen and son Christian, Gene Anderson, and headliner Rod Snow. Ring 211 President, P. J. Weber enlightened us with his mouth coil to dove production and then introduced Jesse. Between the acts, Jesse dazzled the audience with a unique blend of comedy and magic, including Scott Alexander’s Candle to Flower, a phone number gag, and the Pom Pom Pole (Prayer Stick). Trino impressed yet continued the laughs with the Appearing Bowling Pin (Michael Mode), a comedy book test plus, and a straitjacket escape. Bill Rasmussen and his son Christian, our dynamic duo for the evening, was the third act. Bill mesmerized the audience with “Sympathetic 10” (from Card-Shark by Jorg Alexander). Christian followed with his “Top Secret Briefcase.” This coincided with the recent Presidential Election. After his revelation of the 38D bra, he mentioned that he was planning to run for president someday and that he “already was working on his strategic plan to attract the female vote.” To counteract any repercussions that may have stirred up among the Trump supporters, he mentioned that he “will continue to have his own private email server – and that no one would ever have access to it.” The duo concluded their act with their version of Sword Through Neck. Magic Tops Hats Off to Christian as this was his first time appearing on stage for Ring 211! Gene Anderson spiked up the show further with his performance which included his newspaper “Hello” cut, Picto-Transpo, Nemo Jumbo Rising Cards (double card rise), a Professor’s Nightmare and restore, his die box routine to the nursery rhyme of “Mother Hubbard,” and his torn and restored newspaper. Rod Snow closed the show. He is a ventriloquist and put on the final comedy touches with an animated drawing vent, a sock puppet with turtle vent, his The Baby and Gee Tar vents, and the last two vents were two kids from the audience.

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, Brooks Alder for operating the sound and lighting, Charles Bennett with Jim & Michele Parkes for heading the prize drawings and raffle, 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 my cousin Derek Lieverdink for photos and videotaping. A thanks to Bruce and Sara Wehr, Jeff Brodrick, P. J. Weber, and to Bill, Julie, and Christian Rasmussen for night before help as well as video tapping and video projection on large screen. Also, a thanks to Monica Cooper, Teresa Krause, Stacey Krause (relation to Michele Parkes) in assisting with ticket handling, decorations, and the prize drawings. A final thanks to any other member who helped out in any way and to the KC Banquet Center’s staff for their pleasant hospitality. An event such as this allows Ring 211 to host many lectures throughout the year to its club members.

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Ring 211 November 2016 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. The doors opened early for a flea market. Sellers were MagicBob Zoerman, Rick Howell, Eric Ross, John Dudley, Jesse Shira, and Trino. Each had an array of magic product which enticed our eyes. The flea market part was ready at 5:30 PM for any early arrivals. Just past 7:30 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. Sixty bags were filled with at least two pieces of special candy delights. This year the candy was purchased from a little ole’ lady who ran a candy shop at one of the ports along the Alaskan coastline. Dr. Jack informed the members he came across this fine candy shop while upon an Alaskan cruise. 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 five lengthy (8 foot) tables displayed enticing magic apparatus, tricks, and books. Small illusions, various card tricks, rope, coins, and escape items appealed many. Other items were sold as package deals. Pamphlets, books, magazines, posters, DVDs, and memorabilia filled in any empty spots on the tables.

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. Wayne Ramsdell was the biggest buyer followed by our president, P. J. Weber. Our biggest seller was Rick Howell followed by Eric Ross.

Another night of fun and fellowship. The club thanks all who came and either bought, sold, and/or enjoyed the festivities. It was a delight to see Antony and Laura Gerard from Ring 333 visiting. A thanks to MagicBob, Dr. Jack, and Michele for their devotion to this auction. Heads up: Michigan Magic Day 2017! — Grand Rapids — presented by I.B.M. Ring 211 — Michigan Magic Day 2017 will be held Saturday, May 20th with a pre-party on Friday night, May 19th at the beautiful facilities of Grace Bible College! Details as they develop at www.michiganmagicday.com.