Broken Wand: Gerald Herdegen

Gerald Herdegen has passed. He held I.B.M. number 35212 and was a Order of Merlin Shield. He was a member of Ring 211, The John DeVries/June Horowitz Magic Club in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was a “Hall of Fame Member” (honorary member). He was president of Ring 211 from 1985 – 1987. He also served as the treasurer for over twenty years. He participated in many Ring 211 events and provided balloon twisting at the Annual Hocus Pocus Parties, the previous Installation Banquets & Shows, and a few local “Tommy Fitzgerald’s Juice Balsl (fund raiser event in which the Ring participated). He was known as “Choo Choo The Clown.” He performed a few magic effects in his shows but was known as “Balloon Sculpturer Extraordinaire.” He won contests in balloon twisting (affiliated with Clown Alley), was also honored to be a judge at many of these contests, and had a passion to teach the art. Below is a copy of his obituary notice.

Obituary for Mr. Gerald F. “Choo Choo” Herdegen

Mr. Gerald F. “Choo Choo” Herdegen age 76 of Grand Rapids went to be with the Lord on Friday July 7, 2017. He will be dearly missed by his wife of 55 years Kathleen; his children Joseph, Michael (Virginia), Patrick, Paul (Mary), Deborah; grandchildren Scott, Beth, Carl, Camren, Mia, Charlie, Lilia and Gabe; his siblings James (Judy), David (Bonnie), Mary Pechumer and John (Carol); many, many relatives and friends. Jerry graduated in 1959 from Catholic Central High School. He was a member of Clown Alley 44 and the International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring 211. Jerry was a longtime active member of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 11:00 am at St. Anthony of Padua Church where his family will receive visitors one hour before the Mass. The family will receive visitors Monday 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Arsulowicz Brothers Remembrance Mortuary, 3525 Remembrance Rd NW where the Vigil Service will be held at 7:30 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the Food Pantry at St. Anthony Church, 2510 Richmond St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 and online at https://myowngiving.com/Default.aspx?cid=1444.

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.

Monthly Magic Programs for 2017

January 2017

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.)

February 2017

Barnyard Magic

The farm is a truly magical place, one that many magicians take advantage of with great effect. Milk, eggs, rope, plants of great variety, even produce and animals, all are subjects the Ring will explore this month.

March 2017

Comedy Magic

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.

April 2017

Money Magic

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.

Note: We’re setting up a special Escrow Account for anyone who wants to burn a volunteer’s hundred dollar bill this year.

May 2017

Ropes & Silks

Twist it, tie it, knot it, cut it in half — ropes & silks have been staples in the magicians repertoire for hundreds of years. Related items, such as string or handkerchiefs, can also be used this month to mystify and amuse your audience.

June 2017

A Tribute to Couples

Anniversary Waltz is probably one of the most famous (and strongest) tricks designed for two people in a relationship, but it’s certainly not the only one. This month Ring 211 will celebrate the magic of, the magic about, and the magic for couples.

July 2017

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?

August 2017

Annual Picnic

September 2017

Something Wicked This Way Comes

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to bring out the spooky stuff, the magic routines guaranteed to raise hairs on the back of your audience’s neck. Jason and Freddy Krueger can step aside and make room for Ring 211’s seriously scary sleight of hand.

October 2017

Hocus Pocus Table-hopping Round Robin

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.

Please be prepared to do about five minutes at each of four to five tables.

November 2017

Ring 211 Flea Market & Auction

December 2017

No Meeting

Ring 211 May 2016 Report

Charles Bennett presented our May workshop. Charles topic was “Magic As A Hobby Versus Magic As A Business.” Charles has been a tax preparer for over 20 years and shared his knowledge on this with us. He provided a detailed handout with an example of filing a 1040 form plus forms of Profit or Loss From Business, Itemized Deductions, Expenses for Business Use of Your Home, and Self- Employment Tax. He defined magic as a hobby and as a business and the differences. Plus he included knowledge on the following: activity not for profit, hobby losses, Schedule C of Form 1040 and what this includes, the types of business for Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, & Related Industries, and then material participation. He had an illustrated hobby example and and illustrated business example with the appropriate completed forms. We thank Charles for this informative workshop. Those wanting a copy of his handout may contact him at cbennett724@comcast.net.

Tonight was “Magician In Trouble.” One had to perform a trick or routine where failure appears to be imminent, yet just before the magi turns it around and once again does the impossible. Ron Carnell opened the show with a small gag before our first performer, Gary Oisten. Gary had a carton of coffee creamer turn into a carton of milk which vanished as he crinkled up the bag. Gil Scott performed a card routine called Dunbury Delusion which has the final four cards dealt to find the chosen card and those four cards were the aces. Gary Laundre’ presented a nice silk vanish of many mini colored silks into a “blendo silk.” Jeff Brodrick thrilled us with an “envelope money” game. A twenty dollar bill from a spectator and three other bills were used. Bills were placed in the envelopes, mixed among the audience helpers and traded. Yet, the result was a not good until the twenty dollar bill appeared from the magic money machine. He concluded his act with a card selection and find in which a folding piece of paper when unfolded revealed the card. This was his “emergency card.” Ron Carnell closed the show with a fun psychic test. Ron asked a handful of audience members questions as he exercised his mental powers. Some of his answers were more like gags such as the word “no,” a drawn stick animal to that question “name a four legged animal,” and the upc symbol shown representing a called out supermarket item. However, earlier in the show, Ron had given Michele Parkes an envelope holding a prediction. She read it at this time and all the answers matched what Ron had written.

Another night of magic and fun! A thanks to Ron and all the performers. The 30th Annual Earl Ray Wilcox Memorial Hocus Pocus Party will be Saturday, November 5. Details on the club’s web site as they develop. This night includes strolling close-up magic, balloon twisting, mind reading, fortune telling, full dinner buffet, cash bar, prize drawings, and a cabaret show! Event still going strong!

Monthly Magic Programs for 2016

January

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.)

February

Magic With a Message

EVERY magic trick tells a story, but some are clearly more explicit than others. Perform a trick or routine that delivers a message to your audience. Gospel magic certainly qualifies, but there are many other possibilities as well. Your message can be a serious one, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be.

March

Comedy Magic

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.

April

Money Magic

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.

Note: We’re setting up a special Escrow Account for anyone who wants to burn a volunteer’s hundred dollar bill this year.

May

Magician In Trouble

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. Perform a trick or routine where failure appears imminent — just before you turn it around and once again do the impossible.

June

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.

July

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?

August

Annual Picnic

September

Tarbell Night

There are 61 chapters in the original Tarbell Course of Magic and an additional 32 chapters in the three books later added to the Course. It shouldn’t be too difficult to pick out one trick or routine from this encyclopedic collection to perform for the Ring 211 audience in September?

October

Hocus Pocus Table-hopping Round Robin

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.

Please be prepared to do about five minutes at each of four to five tables.

November

Ring 211 Flea Market & Auction

December

No Meeting

2014 Program Schedule for IBM Ring 211

January 2014 Program – Sponge Sensations!

Perform magic with sponge balls, cubes, pieces or anything made from foam rubber. Be creative! We want to see a diversity of magic using sponges. Remember this is a performance, please do not lecture or sell anything at this time. We need performers and an MC! Contact Pete Stobie if interested.

February 2014 Program – Rope Revolution!

Perform your favorite effect or routine using rope cord or string! Be creative! We want to see a diversity of magic using ropes, cords or string! Remember this is a performance, please do not lecture or sell anything at this time. We need performers and an MC! MC – Contact Pete if interested!

March 2014 Program – Ring 211 Close-Up College Slam!

This will be a night to remember! Members will enjoy a combination of program and workshop through a unique round robin of 211’s finest! Join “Professors'” Dennis Favreau, Brad Lancaster, Gary Landre, & Gary Oisten will demonstrate 1-3 effects each and then teach you how to perform each. The meeting this night will start at 7:15pm so the 2 hour workshop can start sharp at 7:30pm. MC – Pete Stobie

Props for March 211 Close-up College Slam

People should bring:
1. 1 deck of cards
2. 4-6 coins, quarters or halves
3. If they want a matching coin shell
4. Pen or marker with a cap (sharpie)
5. Enthusiasm to learn and enjoy!

April 2014 Program – Ring 211 Flea Market!

More details to Come!

May 2014 Program – Assistance Required!

Perform an effect or routine in which one or more assistants are required. Remember this is a performance, please do not lecture or sell anything at this time. We need performers and an MC! MC – Contact Pete if interested!

June 2014 Program – Musical Magic!

This is a trick or short routine (3 minutes maximum) with no patter and to a suitable musical background! Remember this is a performance not a workshop! Please do not lecture of sell anything at this time. Please contact Program Chair Peter Stobie @ peterstobie@gmail.com if you would like to perform! MC –

July 2014 Program – Bags of Fun!

Perform a trick using a bag made of cloth, paper, etc. Remember this is a performance not a workshop! Please do not lecture of sell anything at this time. Please contact Program Chair Peter Stobie @ peterstobie@gmail.com if you would like to perform! MC –

August 2014 Program – Ring 211 Annual Picnic

Please contact Randy VanderWal if you would like to perform at the picnic!

September 2014 Program – Restaurant Magic Round Robin

Need Five Magicians who have performed Restaurant Magic! Contact Peter Stobie @ peterstobie@gmail.com if interested! More info to Come!

October 2014 Program – Kiddie’s Corner

Perform a suitable routine for those under the age of eight years old. Contact Peter Stobie @ peterstobie@gmail.com if interested! More info to Come! MC –

November 2014 Program – Annual Ring 211 Auction

Maybe at the next lecture you should buy two so you have something you can put in the auction and demonstrate after those months of practicing!

December 2014 Program

No Meeting this Month! But talk to Dave Bogdan because you might be able to twist his arm to have a lecture or two this month! 😉