May the Force Be With You
We’re looking for any trick or routine that depends on a force, i.e., a volunteer unknowingly makes a choice that has been dictated by the magician. This doesn’t necessarily have to be a playing card, of course. Other items can also be forced. Be creative! (HINT: Magician’s Choice, or Equivoque, is also a force.)
High Risk Magic
Houdini didn’t just escape from a straitjacket — he escaped from a straitjacket hanging upside down, thirty feet above a very hard ground. Houdini knew that danger, an intense building of tension and suspense, could be a very big part of magic. This month we celebrate magic routines that give the ILLUSION of danger. Please keep in mind that only an idiot ever actually places himself in jeopardy. At no time should there be any chance of someone getting hurt.
Get ready to tickle your audience’s funny bones with a trick or routine designed to make them laugh. Cards, coins, silks, anything at all flies as long as it’s funny. And if you can amaze them at the end with some really strong magic, that works, too.
With April 15 fast becoming a National Day of Mourning, it’s only natural that our April Program focus on our continuing love/hate relationship with MONEY. Your trick or routine can center on money, or address it only obliquely, but it should definitely bring out the cash at some point.
For thousands of years, magicians have been destroying things JUST so they could put them back together again with a triumphant TADA. This month we celebrate the cut/torn/burnt/maimed & restored magic effect.
Handkerchiefs, silks and foulards may be props second in importance only to cards in the magician’s repertoire. This month we’re looking for tricks that use (or abuse) the mystical hank.
Mentalism or Mental Magic
Dust off those Zener cards and multiple-out envelopes, as you prepare yourself to utterly amaze your Ring 211 audience with a demonstration of your mental prowess. Telepathy, clairvoyance, telekinesis, it’s all fair game in July.
What’s the difference between Mentalism and Mental Magic? Mentalism can be too long and potentially boring because the performer wants us to believe he’s really psychic. Mental Magic is usually faster paced and more fun because we all know it’s just a trick. You can pick which one you want to do at July’s Ring meeting?
This Case is Open & Close
There are thousands of routines we can put into the middle of a show, but only a select few are strong enough to be Openers or Closers. Your Opening trick has to immediately grab their attention and set the tone for everything that follows, while your Closer needs to be powerful and memorable (because it WILL be the thing they remember the best). This month, we focus on the best of the best.
Hocus Pocus Sampler
We’ll be looking for performers who would like to try out their walk-around routine for club members. Since many of us are performing tableside at Hocus Pocus, we don’t always get to see each other’s magic. EVERYONE intending to perform at Hocus Pocus is invited to first do their thing for fellow Ring 211 Members.
Ring 211 Flea Market & Auction