For our September regular meeting, we postponed our workshop, had a very brief business meeting, and canceled the program for a special lecture by Steve Marshall. Some would say, he was tonight’s program! A fine one indeed. It was his East Meets West Magic Lecture Tour 2018. He also called this as Asian Astonishments: Magic & Mystery from the Far East. Read all about it as that report was sent in as a Ring Event. Look for it in this issue or an upcoming one.
For Ring 211’s regular September meeting . . . call it a fall kick-off lecture! . . . we had the delight of having Steve Marshall present his East Meets West Magic Lecture Tour 2018. He also called this as Asian Astonishments: Magic & Mystery from the Far East. Steve Marshall is currently visiting nearby Holland, Michigan, where he was born. When he was three years-old his family moved to Zephyrhills, Florida, where he spent his youth. He has been living in Japan for the last twenty years but decided to come back to the USA for four months to perform shows and do a lecture tour that took him to six states. He attended the I.B.M. Convention this year in Grand Rapids and was part of the talent line-up of the recent Abbott’s Magic Get Together. Since he has family living in Holland he decided to base himself there for the tour. In October he will be doing a series of seance-style shows that were inspired by the Spook Shows of the mid 20th century. He will return to Japan in November.
Steve Marshall has been traveling the world entertaining audiences with strong magic, fun comedy, and original presentations for over thirty years. In his career he has been a circus clown, fire eater, escape artist, and TV commercial actor but his first love has always been the art of magic. Steve has also written, directed, and performed shows for major theme parks, cruise ships, and companies such as Louis Vuitton, Cartier, and De Beers Diamonds and he wrote an award winning column in M-U-M magazine for ten years called Asian Astonishments. Steve has appeared on Penn & Teller’s Fool Us and on the covers of the M-U-M and The Linking Ring and knows what it takes to entertain audiences of different ages, cultures, and walks of life. Recall, that Steve Schlanger produced an in-depth article about Steve Marshall in the November 2016 issue of this journal. Plus, Steve Marshall had a One-Man Parade in that issue.
Eagerly with a full house of magi, Ring 211 was ready for his lecture where we learned magic that Steve has personally used in his shows for paying audiences so he knows that it works and the strong reactions the material gets. Also, we learned his original effects as well as magic from Japanese magicians who are his friends and have a unique way of thinking about the art and presentation of magic. We experienced the “Japanese way” of creating a trick. Further, we learned items for close- up and stage routines as well as Steve’s presentation tips that make everything play well. He answered our questions. Plus, we enjoyed his love to discuss magic with us and his telling stories of his life and travels.
Highlights of his lecture:
* Color Bands by Nobuyuki Nojima — a rubber band color change
* Small Triumph Card Trick also by Nobuyuki
* Crazy Calculations by the Napoleons — impressive revelation for use on any calculator including on a smartphone
* All Messed Up by the Napoleons — card selection and reveal with use of a lunch bag
* Ben-san’s Bowl Routine — all heard of Benson’s Bowl Routine — this one using sponge Sushi and other fish with a bagel production as climax
* Strawman by Alan Wong — an Okito voodoo doll with a Glorpy routine
* His appearance on Penn & Teller’s Fool Us — stories of his dice stacking
* Wong Guess by Alan Wong — with use of a white board the wrong guess changes to the correct revelation with the eraser.
* Diamond Twist by Alan Wong — similar to Twisting the Aces in which the diamond drops from the Ace as climax and the PIP is gone
* The End — card selection and find trick in which the card is lost and then found in the deck and when placed between spectator’s hands, it magically appears on top of the deck and the card between the hands has changed to a gag card. His own trick which was featured in his One-Man Parade.
* Disappearing Knot’s by Chidori Shyokyokusai — a Knot’s Off Silk routine
* Lemon Prediction by Dr. Shigeru Tashiro
* Blister on finger and thumb to reveal image of card from Sharpie marker
He had his lecture notes available for sale as well as Alan Wong’s DVD on Souvenir Linking Lover Bands, Routines by Steve, Diamond Twist, Strawman voodoo doll, Disappearing Knot’s, pen caps, Ben-san (Benson) Bowl, pocket watch coin holder, neck crackers, and Alan Wong’s Presents Missing by Charlie Frye (DVD).
We thank Steve for this enjoyable lecture and we recommend him to any club. This lecture was set up by our Ring President Jeff Brodrick, a thanks to him. Most of our lectures are set up through Dave Bogdan (firstname.lastname@example.org), our lecture chairman. Connect with Steve on his web site and Facebook Page:
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!”
On August 17, Ring 211 had the pleasure of having Bernardo Sedlacek present his current lecture to Ring 211. Bernardo Sedlacek is known by his strong card magic, creativity, style, and extreme card skills. He began in magic at the age of nine. Considered one of the best card magicians in Brazil, he has performed in many countries including USA, Australia, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay and a few others, acting side by side and fooling the most known and brilliant minds in magic, such as Michael Vincent, Alex Pandrea, Woody Aragon, Bill Mallone, Lennart Green and many others.
The lecture he calls “nameless lecture” has been seen in four countries (USA, Spain, Mexico, Brazil). Using his own effects, he taught and showed us the most important things in magic: psychology, theories and subtleties, that can be used in any kind of magic. The lecture was divided in three parts: mini show; explanations in full details including all the subtleties, theories, and psychology applied; and a la carte (informal talk about magic) plus a surprise. Gil Scott, one of our card magic experts, enjoyed the lecture. The following members provided their input. “Bernardo Sedlacek is the leading card magician in Brazil. His style and performance are genuine. Although he is only twenty-one, his presentation and ability appears to be from years and years of practice. His lecture is smooth. It includes interesting psychological aspects to card manipulation. It is also very entertaining.” — Ring President Jeff Brodrick
“Great lecture! He had great routines that showed how psychology and subtlety works.” — Al Munro
“I enjoyed the Sedlacek lecture, and I thought he was a good choice. The techniques were simple and effective. I especially liked his version of the classic force. That being said, almost all of Sedlacek’s techniques depended on his very talkative style. His classic force is an example. It depends on an ongoing stream of patter that’s interrupted with an aside at the moment of choosing a card. Without the rather rapid, fluent patter there would be no interruption and no misdirection. I don’t know how one achieves this level of loquacity. I suspect it’s some scripting and a lot of exposure to audiences. Classes in improvisation? Lecturers who depend on a skill rather than on a series of concrete steps are inspiring but very difficult to emulate.” — Phil Gleason
He had material to sell. Ring 211 recommends him to any club. We thank him for his lecture and our lecture chairman, Dave Bogdan (email@example.com), for obtaining Bernardo. In fact, upon having dinner with Jim and Michele Parkes, he sparkled, impressed, and amazed not only the waitstaff but nearby patrons. Michele exclaimed, “He gave us yet another show! The waitstaff was just bewildered.” Visit Bernardo on You Tube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ2EWsoQWvSeD4SfH0dp64g and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/bernardosedlacek/?hl=en.
The club held a Broken Wand Ceremony for June Horowitz in place of the July workshop. MagicBob Zoerman, our club chaplain, officiated. The wand was provided by Bill Rasmussen.
This month’s program theme was Mentalism or Mental Magic. Members had to dust off those Zener cards and multiple-out envelopes, as we prepared ourselves to utterly amaze ourselves with a dmonstration of our mental prowess. Telepathy, clairvoyance, telekinesis, was all fair game. We could pick to do mentalism, which tends to be long and potentially boring because the performer wants us to believe he/she is really psychic, or mental magic which is usually faster paced and more fun because we all know it’s just a trick. (This paragraph modified from Ron Carnell’s July meeting announcement. He is our webmaster, who posts our monthly program announcements on the Ring 211 web site.)
Just prior to the program, Bill Rasmussen and his son, Christian, showed us their table with camera set up for viewing close-up magic on stage. It was quite interesting and their set up table/smartphone video transmitting has quick set up and breakdown, is lightweight, and quite handy. They also shared how they entice their audiences to show up at the start of showtime with the posting of a “pre-show schedule.”
Ron Carnell, our program chairperson, opened the show with a truth or lie card routine. The chosen card happened to be the only card in a blank deck. Gil Scott demonstrated his fine mind reading talent by obtaining the correct wine Mackenzie Bradley was thinking. He continued with an exceptional book test revelation. Hank Slagter intrigued us with his reading of ESP cards. Ring President Jeff Brodrick borrowed Bill Rasmussen’s smartphone which transmitted a larger image of Harry Houdini on the available room screen. Looking at Houdini’s eye pupils one could see Bill’s card selection revealed. Impressive. Gary Laundre’ dazzled us by using a “third eye” trinket to reveal Randi Richardson’s card. We welcome Randi Richardson back to our meetings! Also, the whole deck changed to the chosen card which was the Eight of Clubs. Not only that, but then her card changed to the Hocus Pocus Party card. This card is about the size of a bridge size card and advertises our upcoming Hocus Pocus Party which will be November 3. Details on our web site. Great boost on the advertising Gary. MagicBob Zoerman enticed us by revealing which member had the black marble out of the many white marbles we could select from a bag. Next, MagicBob impressed us with a book test. Randy Vander Wal added some comic flair by presenting McCombical Deck. P. J. Weber puzzled us with a series of multiple coin tosses that he had Jeff Brodrick do. We could pick head or tails. Some how the coin always ended tails side up and Charles Bennett was the last one standing. Ron Carnell closed the show with a gathering of multiple numbers given from various audience members and when added together, it matched his prediction.
Tonight was another fun-filled night of magic and fellowship. We thank all our performers. Gear up for the Hocus Pocus Party!
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.
* 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 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.