June in August

June Horowitz’s 100th birthday isn’t until September 12, and her official Ring 211 Party doesn’t take place until September 21 (see the Events calendar for time and place!), but the unofficial acknowledgements, accolades, and celebrations started more than a month earlier, culminating in a barrage of events during the first few weeks of August.

Even before August, Randy Vander Wal and Jim Parkes started the June Horowitz ball rolling with a video-taped interview in June’s home. There’s about twelve minutes of Q&A with our Grand Lady of Magic, followed by more than twenty minutes of Show & Tell as June talks about some of her magic memorabilia. To comply with YouTube’s 15-minute limitation on uploads, the full interview has been edited into three sections.

On August 8, during the Abbott’s Get-together, a two hour ceremony was conducted at FAB Magic in Colon to present June with her own star on the village’s Magicians Walk of Fame and, of course, help celebrate her upcoming centennial birthday. The presentation was organized by Carole Ryal, who was also responsible for spearheading the month-long drive to finance the $1,275 Star. Donations came from far and wide, from both individuals and institutions, easily covering the cost of June’s Star. The plaque will be installed, probably in September, in the sidewalk outside the old Abbott’s building on State Street, just up from the old Opera House (now the village bank).

June’s Presentation was very well attended, including newspaper staff (see articles in Sturgis Journal and Michigan Live), and it seemed like everyone in town wanted to get their picture taken with the beaming Ms Horowitz. Punch, iced tea, and 100 decorated cupcakes (carefully laid out by Carole) were offered to those celebrating June’s birthday.

Here’s a short video of the actual presentation, including June’s as always pithy response.

The following Saturday, August 10, June was again honored, this time by Greg Bordner and Abbott’s, when she was awarded the Jerry Conklin Magic Family Award for her many contributions to the Get-together. June is quite probably the only person in the world who can claim to have attended every single one of the 76 Get-togethers (though Greg tells me at least one other is close to June’s record).

Following is a gallery of some of the photos taken during the presentation of June’s Star on August 8. There are also a few pictures from the Abbott’s ceremony on August 10, included here with permission from Greg.

Photo Gallery

June Horowitz would like to wholeheartedly thank the following Friends and Family for making her Star a Reality!

Evan Ginsburg
Mike McNee
Bruce and Sarah Wehr
IBM Ring 211 Grand Rapids
The International Brotherhood of Magicians
Eugene Burger
Irving Shapiro
Bob Bloenk
Milt Larson for the Magic Castle
Bill Watson
Carole and Krag Ryal
IBM Ring 386 Colon
Jim and Michele Parkes
Bill Rasmussen
Wayne Ramsdell
Ron Carnell
Raven Keckler
Michael and Harriet Jacobsen
Rick Fisher for FAB Magic
Jeff Nalazek
IBM Ring 36 Flint
Merlin Terrill
George Shindler for SAM
Sonny and Allison Tgiros
Dick Oslund
Steve Weikel
Gene Anderson
Al Leoni
Tim Ogden
Mr. and Mrs. Don Wiberg
Jerry and Kathy Herdegen
Dr. and Mrs. Rick Howell
Ardan James
Mrs. David Weikel
Mark Ginther Family
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Reinstein
Carson and Doug Gancer
Roger Bus
Pete Stobie
Vince Russo
and anonymous donors.

A Star for OUR Star – June Horowitz

To all Our Magical Friends,

As many of you know, our beloved June Horowitz will be celebrating her 100th birthday this September 12th. But, what do you get for a woman who has everything? Beauty, intelligence, skill, humor, and the love and respect of all who know her? Ring 211 would like to present June with a bronze star on the Walk of Fame, in Colon, Michigan, the Magic Capital of the World.

This beautiful star, inscribed with her name, and encased in the sidewalk location of her choice, would last for many lifetimes, and be a fitting remembrance of her lifetime devotion to Magic.

The cost for a star is Twelve hundred and seventy five dollars, installed. Our thought is that many of you would like to join us in making this tribute a reality. Not as a gift from one, but as a loving recognition from many.

If you would like to join us in this endeavor, please make a check to Ring 211, and mail it to June’s Star, Attn:Ryal, P.O. Box 93, Mason, Michigan 48854, or hand in a donation at your next meeting to your Ring Official. Those wanting to donate via Pay Pal can do so at www.hippityhop.com. Any additional funds collected above and beyond those needed for the Star will be presented to June to use at her discretion. All donors will be recognized at the presentation.

Please, join with us, as we say Thanks, to one of the truly Great Women of Magic, June Horowitz.

A Truly Great Woman in every way.

Carole and Krag Ryal
Star Coordinators for Ring 211

View star online @ MAGIC STARS WALK OF FAME/ColonMichigan

Welcome to Ring 211


“The Whole is more than the sum of its Parts.” Aristotle, Metaphysica written circa 350 B.C.

Welcome to the Web site for Ring 211! Our aim is to offer a more informative, more interactive site to help everyone better promote our shared love of magic. We sincerely hope you will join us in this ongoing goal.

Our Next Meeting

Our next Ring meeting will be on June 24, 7:15pm to 10pm, at Brann’s Steakhouse, 4157 S. Division, in Wyoming.

Workshop: “TBD”

June 2019 Program: Hanky Panky

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.

Please contact Ron Carnell if you would like to perform or MC.

For more information and a map to Brann’s, please check the Events Page

Coming Soon!

Want to get ready for next month’s Magic Theme?

July 22, 2019 Program: 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?

Workshop: TBA

Complete list of all Monthly Magic Programs for 2019

Upcoming Lectures

Lectures for Ring 211 Members are $10. Other magi is $15

August 31: Nathan Coe Marsh, 7pm, Denny’s, 3900 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids (Kentwood), MI. Sneak Peek: https://nathancoemarsh.com/

September 18: John Carey, 7pm, Brann’s Steakhouse, 4157 S. Division, in Wyoming. Sneak Peek: https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/magician/John-Carey/

Fielding West Lecture

On Monday, September 17, at 7:30 pm, Ring 211 will host The Fielding West Lecture at Brann’s Steakhouse (click the link for map).

Fielding West is not only a magician’s magician but he possesses that very rare and impeccable sense of comedic timing that has landed him the opening spot for some of the biggest names in show business. A winner in the prestigious Desert Magic Seminar’s Comedy Magic Competition, Fielding has opened the show for such A-List celebrities as Liza Minnelli, Glen Campbel, Earth, Win and Fire, Mel Tillis, Phillis Diller, and dozens more.

His numerous network television appearances include spots on The Smothers Brother’s Comedy hour, A&E’s An Evening at the Improv, Caroline’s Comedy Hour, and NBC’s The World’s Greatest Magic and World’s Wildest Magic specials.

Fielding has also worked as a writer, magic consultant and technical director with Lance Burton, Siegfried and Roy on many of their TV specials. Fielding’s first one hour comedy magic special “Hocus Pocus it’s Fielding West” aired on WGN.

Fielding’s lecture covers wide areas of magic and comedy with NO cards.

  • The Fielding West finger ring vanish and reappearance
  • Large coin tricks
  • New uses for a thumb tip
  • Unpublished dye tube techniques taught to Fielding by Dai Vernon
  • All of his balloon tricks (published and unpublished), swallowing, and how to pull a fully inflated 260Q from your mouth at any point in your act, and how to produce a fully inflated balloon from a bag of balloons
  • DOVE magic – Fielding makes and sells Johnny Thompson’s “Wings of Warsaw” dove production (with his permission) and teaches how to produce several other inanimate objects from the same harness for the none dove workers
  • The Fielding West glass of liquid production
  • Fielding’s techniques for developing comedy from common magic props
  • Fielding’s head painting routine
  • Staging techniques for performing more professionally

Fielding’s lecture is filled with laugh provoking comedy and strong magic. You will find the lecture extremely entertaining as well as very informative.

Ring 211 Calendar Updates

One month down, eleven more to go! January was a busy month for Ring 211, and it appears to be just a harbinger of what is clearly going to be an equally busy year. Here’s an update on what’s coming ’round the bend. Be sure to update your personal calendars so you don’t miss anything!

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 8: Alain Nu Lecture

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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Sunday, February 12: Abracadabra Close-up Show

Abracadabra Flyer

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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.

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Monday, February 13: Ring 211 Board Meeting

The regularly scheduled Ring 211 Board Meeting 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)

Monday, February 27: Ring 211 Meeting

The regularly scheduled Ring 211 Meeting on Monday, February 27.

Attending Ring Members will be voting for the Best-of-the-Year awards for 2011. Please review the nominations and be prepared to cast your ballot.

The Workshop by Bob Zoerman will be titled “Tour of India.”

Performance 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”

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Tuesday, March 6: Keith Fields Lecture

keith-fields-bowler-hatKeith Fields is an outstanding, award winning entertainer with over 30 years of experience. He has performed in London’s West End, New York’s Broadway and the Las Vegas Strip. He is a regular headline act on cruise ships working for Celebrity, Princess, Dysney Cruise Lines, Crystal, and many more.

Originally from London, Fields now resides in Michigan with his wife and two children. He has been described as ‘Delightfully Wacky and bordering on the Manic’ by the Edinburgh evening news and ‘different dramatic and very funny’ by the Magic Circle, the UK’s most elite magic club.

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Friday, Saturday, March 9-10: Abbott’s Close-up Convention

The 33rd Annual Abbott Closeup Convention will be held March 9 and 10 in Colon. Featured performers this year are Bill Abbott and Richard Sanders. Tickets are $85. Last year the two-day convention sold out a week early, so Ring 211ers shouldn’t wait too long to order their tickets.

Ring 211 Members at Abbott's 2011 Close-up Convention

A few Ring 211 Members at Abbott's 2011 Close-up Convention

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Monday, March 12: Ring 211 Board Meeting

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)

Monday, March 26: Ring 211 Meeting

The Workshop by Bob Zoerman will be titled “Tricks of India.”

Performance Program Theme: Now That’s Funny!
Comedy and Magic combine with humorous performances presented by Ring 211 Members.  Performers to be announced as confirmations come in. This will be one hour of performance.   Join us for some laughs and Magic! MC: Charles Bennett.

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Monday, April 9: Ring 211 Board Meeting

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)

Wednesday, April 11: Lee Asher Lecture

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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Sunday, April 22: Henry Evans and Tony Montana Lecture

tony-montana-2Tony Montana was the third place finalist at the FISM Magic World Championships in 2009. Henry Evans is the 2000 FISM World Champion in Card Magic. Both of these world class magicians hail from Argentina.

From Tom Craven: “Ron, Tony Montana will be doing part of his award winning FISM lecture, and Henry Evans has some new surprises for everyone. As you must be aware, Henry has fooled magicians everywhere since he burst on the magic scene. Both of them killed at the FFFF convention last year!”

The lecture will be held at Brann’s, as usual, and will start at 2 p.m.

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Monday, April 23: Ring 211 Meeting

The Workshop by Gary Oisten will be on “Home-made Calling Cards.”

Performance Program Theme: Full of Hot Air!
Ring 211 performers (to be announced) will sculpt an evening of magical entertainment through balloons! This will be one hour of performance. Watch these Ring 211 balloon artists rise to the occasion! MC: Dave Bogdan.

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Saturday, May 12: Abbott’s Annual Flea Market

Abbott’s annual Magic Flea Market and Auction will take place May 12 in the Colon Elementary School. Remember this event is completely free unless you wish to sell something, then you need to purchase a Dealers Table for $30 (which entitles you to place 3 items in the auction).

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Monday, May 14: Ring 211 Board Meeting

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)

Monday, May 21: Ring 211 Meeting

IMPORTANT: Because Memorial Day falls on our normal Fourth Monday meeting day, the Ring Meeting has been moved to May 21.

Workshop: Gary Laundre.

Longtime Grand Rapids magi has something “up his sleeves” to share. Gary is just not “Gary.” He is Doctor Gary. The doctor has ordered ” creating entertainment value” as the prescription (theme of his workshop).

Performance Program Theme: Ring 211 Round Robin (Updated May 15)

A magical evening of Rope, Cards, Coins, Balls, and Silk comes to your table! Five Magicians will visit five tables for a round robin of fun and expertise. Each Magician will have their specialty and entertain you for about eight minutes and then they will rotate until you have had the magical experience of all five Magicians. Featuring the talents of Randy Baker, Gary Laundre, Leo Peters, David Storms, and P.J. Weber. This will be one hour of performance. A nice evening of intimate magic all under one roof! MC – Peter J.F. Stobie

The presentations will be:

  •  At the End of his Rope — Dave Storms
  • How did your Card get in there? — Randy Baker
  • A Change in Currency — P. J. Weber
  • All things Spherical — Garry Laundre
  • Smooth as Silk — Leo Peters

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Monday, June 11: Ring 211 Board Meeting

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)

Tuesday, June 19 7:30 p.m. : Nathan Kranzo Lecture

nathan-kranzoNathan Kranzo was born and raised in Michigan and honed his entertainment skills in the resorts of northern Michigan.

His magic creations have been published in Magic Magazine, Genii Magazine, The Penumbra, Antinomy, Channel One, and The Linking Ring. Nathan has performed and lectured all over the United States as well as Canada, Mexico, France, England, Holland, and Japan.

In 2004 Nathan was a consultant for the series The Virtual Magician which aired in over forty Countries. Most recently Nathan was a consultant on Penn and Teller’s NBC special “Off The Deep End”.

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Monday, June 25: Ring 211 Meeting

Workshop: Mike McNee

Look for an impressive and informative workshop from the 2011 Workshop of the Year recipient.

Performance Program Theme: At a Moments Notice!
P.J. Weber leads this all star cast of impromptu Magic. Enjoy yourselves as the ordinary becomes extraordinary as Ring 211 Members entertain us at the spur of the moment. This will be one hour of performance. An evening of the unbelievable, unexpected and the unpredictable! MC; P.J. Weber

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Monday, July 9: Ring 211 Board Meeting

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)

Sunday, July 15 2pm: Fred Apel Lecture

fredapelFred Apel has been professionally performing magic for sophisticated audiences over thirty years. He has achieved the title of Wizard from the International Brotherhood of Magicians. Author of two books on magical effects, he mentors professional magicians and has been elected into membership at the prestigious Magic Castle in Hollywood, California. His experience includes company sales meetings, corporate events, trade shows, private parties, radio and television commercials, and appearances.

Fred’s lecture is a true education, not just a dealer show. No gimmicks to sell! He wants you to understand the theory behind the effect, not just learn to do another trick.

Fred’s current lecture encompasses:

  • A NEW WAY to set up a Si Stebbins stack, including an explanation of stacked and memorized decks, a complete treatise on the Si Stebbins’ stack and its history, and an innovated way to set it up and use it as a memorized deck (without memorization), providing instant access for finding a card at any number (CAAN). This groundbreaking method expands unlimited possibilities for magicians who have never undertaken to learn a memorized deck.
  • Card at Any Number: One spectator selects a card, another selects a number representing a position in the deck. The card is replaced in the pack and the deck shuffled. The card appears at the location selected in a different deck.
  • Predictions are revealed before the event occurs not after the event happens.
  • Book Test: A spectator has a free choice of three cards. Two cards represent a page and the last card a word on the page. Sight unseen, the magician reveals the word, its location on the line and the page number.
  • Discovery Behind the Back: A spectator selects a card and the magician places the deck behind his back. When the deck is brought forward, there are two cards reversed in the deck. One represents the value and the other the suit of the selected card.
  • The Gilbreath Principal: An amazing discovery of mathematician and magician Norman Gilbreath.
  • Discovery by Mentalism: A freely selected card from a shuffled deck is found with the cards face down.
  • The marvel of the Breather Crimp.

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Monday, July 23: Ring 211 Meeting

Workshop: Gil Scott

What You Want To Know About Card Magic (Sleights) But May Be Too Afraid To Ask! Gil shares with us a hands on workshop of card techniques. These concepts outlined in the Royal Road To Card Magic (book and DVD available from Hippity Hop Magic). Bring a deck of cards. Upon this workshop’s response, the workshops in September and October will be indepth spin-offs.

Performance Program Theme: Young Magicians’ Showcase!
Enjoy an hour of entertainment with the Youth of 211! Grand Rapids Stars of tomorrow will feature Jesse Shira, Kellan Bogdan and others interested in showcasing their talents. If you know of a youth interested in performing or the youth would like a mentor for his/her performance contact Pete Stobie. The future of Magic is in their hands; The future looks good! MC: To be announced

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Sunday, August 12, 2:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. : Summer Picnic

No board meeting and no regular meeting in August because of our all out food, magic, and fun annual picnic! Fish in Crystal Lake adjacent to Happy Jack’s backyard. Beat Gary Oisten’s record! Mingle with fellow magi and family. Show tricks at the socializing tables. Share summer stories. Bring family and friends. Members are requested to bring a dish to pass such as a salad or desert. The club will provide the tableware, hot dogs, and burgers. Grilling begins around 3 or 3:30 PM. P. J. usually brings the watermelon. Impromptu show follows the dinner. Magi bring a favorite trick or so to perform. Tickets will be available for the Annual Hocus Pocus Party.

Where: Dr. Jack Vander Wal’s Backyard, 946 Miede Street, Jenison, MI 49428

Tuesday, August 7: Diamond Jim Tyler Lecture

Since 1986, Diamond Jim Tyler has performed thousands of shows, on television, at hotels, in restaurants, in 20 countries and in 32 states. He has appeared at the world-famous Magic Castle a number of times and has performed at trade shows and other events for such top clients as AT&T, IBM (probably not ours), Mobil, Pepsi, and Time Warner. Jim was also a consultant for the promo of the movie Mirrors, starring Kiefer Sutherland.

Jim Tyler has perfected his magic in the real world, under real-life conditions, making his experience and insight invaluable to all magicians. He uses his peformance experience int he development of his magic, and passes it on in lectures. Jim has lectured in such notable venues as The Magic Castle and the Magic Circle in London.

Diamond Jim is an inventor of many effects, including:

  • The Doomsday Deck
  • Z.A.P. Wallet
  • Sweet
  • DiaMonte
  • Animated Card Box
  • Sentimental Postcards
  • Mythos
  • Mirrors
  • Ouija Card
  • New Age Spellbound
  • Diamond Deck
  • Collateral

Jim’s lecture will include the performance and explanation of magic with bottles, cans, mirrors, coins, rings-and-strings, cards and much more. He teaches close-up, parlor and mentalism. Every routine that Jim teaches has been performance tested and perfected. Visit Diamond Jim Tyler’s web site at www.diamond-jim.com

The lecture for Ring 211 will be held in the back room at Denny’s (NOT at Brann’s Steak House as we usually do) at 7 p.m. Those arriving early for dinner and friendly conversation should eat in the main restaurant (that backroom is going to get crowded!).



VOTE for the 2011 Best-of-the-Year Awards

During the February meeting, everyone will be given the opportunity to cast your ballot for our annual Best-of-the-Year awards. Please take a few moments to review the nominations below and be prepared to vote.

Nominations for Workshop of the Year

  • Dr. Jack Vander Wal, January: A ring and rope penetration and a John Born card routine.
  • Gil Scott, February: Finesse points on card magic including Chicago Card, Chicago Opener, the Jog, and variation on the John Born card routine from previous meeting.
  • Sonny Tgiros, March: Costuming the table and the assistant.
  • MagicBob Zoerman, April: Powerpoint presentation of his and SuZie’s Africa mission trip.
  • Michele Parkes, May: Birthday party magic with Sonny Tgiros, Dave Bogdan, and Brad Lancaster.
  • Dave Bogden, June: Ethics in magic with a questioning panel.
  • Ron Jaxon, July: Invisible thread work, ITR, lighting, clothing, and Haunted Deck.
  • Mike McNee, September: Create Creativity.
  • Dennis Favreau, October: Powerpoint presentation on the history of gambling and games of chance.

Nominations for Excellence in Close-up

  • Roger Bus
  • Bill Rasmussen
  • Dr. Jack Vander Wal
  • Dennis Favreau
  • Charles Bennett
  • P. J. Weber
  • Ron Carnell
  • Gil Scott
  • June Horowitz
  • Bob Panlener
  • Sonny Tgiros
  • Gary Oisten
  • Jesse Shira
  • Jim Parkes
  • Krag Ryal
  • Wayne Ramsdell
  • Randy Vander Wal

Nominations for Excellence in Stage

  • Tom Coverly
  • Randy Vander Wal
  • Jesse Shira
  • Dave Bogdan
  • June Horowitz
  • P. J. Weber
  • Gil Scott
  • Dr. Jack Vander Wal
  • MagicBob Zoerman
  • Charles Bennett
  • Peter Stobie
  • Randy Baker
  • Dennis Favreau
  • Jerry Herdegen
  • Brad Lancaster
  • Mike McNee

Nominations for Most Service to Club

  • Jim and Michelle Parkes
  • Jerry and Kathy Herdegen
  • Dr. Jack Vander Wal
  • MagicBob and SuZie Zoerman
  • Krag and Carole Ryal
  • Dave Bogdan
  • Ron Carnell

Nominations for Lecturer of the Year

  • Jonathan Levit
  • Aaron Fisher
  • Dick Oslund
  • Will Houstoun
  • Bill Wisch
  • Jay Sankey
  • Richard Osterlind
  • Rachel and Aldo Columbini
  • Duane and Mary Laflin (1)
  • Duane and Mary Laflin (2)
  • Dave Kaplan
  • Wayne Houchin