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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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 email@example.com.
Our June workshop was on gaffed decks. Six members performed a trick using the gaffed deck and explained how. Gil Scott showed us his performance using the Mental Photography Deck. He also added a blank card as to hand out during the performance. Also, he showed us by using a reverse fan of a regular deck, one could perform a “mental photography” routine. Jim Parkes presented a routine using the Svengali Deck. Hank Slagter amazed us with his routine of the Stripper Deck. P. J. Weber shared his version of the Invisible Deck and adds two Jokers to use as “backs.” Gary Laundre’ then performed a mind reading version with the Invisible Deck. Jeff Brodrick impressed us with a routine using the Pop Eyed Popper Deck. Thanks to these members for sharing.
Special Note: Many magi know that June Horowitz (Past International President 1987 – 88) has passed. She was a member of Ring 211 since its beginning (1969 and chartered in 1971) and the previous Ring 16. To add to the “early bird” period at each monthly meeting, she encouraged the Ring to have a “workshop” period. This was her idea. The workshop could be a report of something related to magic, a “show and tell,” or a “how to.” Well, Ring 211 has been doing this so called “workshop” ever since the idea passed at a meeting in the late 1970s. So, Ring 211 has in a sense “two programs” at every regular meeting. Thank you June!
Tonight was “Magician In Trouble” as the program. It’s a common theme in magic, and one that audience’s always seem to enjoy. They love to see us stumble and prove we, too, are merely mortal. Tonight, members performed a trick or routine where failure appeared imminent — just before we turn it around and once again do the impossible. To add to the program, Lilly Hartoon, eight year-old granddaughter of Bruce and Sara Wehr, enlightened us with her floating of a cup. Ring President Jeff Brodrick performed a three card selection effect and after failing finally revealed the the right chosen cards. Marcus Denton demonstrated his mental ability on Jim Parkes. Three random numbers were given. Marcus used the famous “No” gag in preparation. His prediction of him being “off by three” saved him. Randy Vander Wal performed a kid favorite, the Hippity Hop Rabbits. Gary Laundre’ followed with his version of McCombical Deck. P. J. Weber amazed us with a card selection and find. New member Benjamin Turner, previously from England now residing here, concluded the show with a card selection and find in which he correctly revealed the card after two misses.
Tonight was another night of magic, fun, and fellowship. We thank the performers and all for coming. As of this writing, the 90th I.B.M. Convention just ended. It was GRAND! Many, many compliments on the convention regarding the talent, lectures, contests, shows, dealers, the hotel, the city, and Ring 211 as the hosting Ring. Facebook was filled with posts. I hear talk of returning to this grand city in the future. Read all about the convention in the August and upcoming editions. A big thank you to all those who were involved in putting this convention on and to all who participated!
The May workshop was on Sponge Magic. Our workshop chair, Brad Lancaster had the following members perform and then explain their routine. Ring president Jeff Brodrick performed a sponge ball to pocket and then the famous Ball to Jumbo Square. Gil Scott performed a spectator favorite, the multiplying sponge rabbits. P. J. Weber followed with a sponge ball appearance, then the ball traveling to his other hand, a “which hand is it in” challenge, one ball becoming two, and balls (one at a time) from one hand into his pocket with the ending being the appearance of many from his pocket. Hank Slagter showed us a ball production of one into two and the balls vanishing and appearing underneath his hat. These members also added pointers to each other’s routines. A thanks to our presenters.
Tonight was “Magic with a Message.” Every magic trick tells a story, but some are clearly more explicit than others. Members had to perform a trick or routine that delivers a message to the audience. Gospel magic certainly qualifies, but there are many other possibilities as well. The message could be a serious one, but not necessarily. Brad Lancaster enlightened us with his story while performing the Colored Beads of Prussia. Marc Denton followed with an ESP card routine. Randy Vander Wal performed a silk routine using a change bag to produce silks (Jesus silk, a red and yellow silk) and then a blending into a large color version of the Jesus silk to the question of how we should know Jesus. P. J. Weber closed the show by amazing us with a story involving a coin appearance and vanish.
This was another night of magic and fun. A thanks to our performers. For all those who attended the 89th Annual I.B.M. Convention this past July in Grand Rapids: We thank you and hope you enjoyed the convention! It was a pleasure to be the hosting Ring.