Dan Garrett Lecture

On Thursday May 2, Dan Garrett presented his “Forward Into The Past” Lecture to Ring 211 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to a full house of magicians. Dan has lectured at least three other times to our club over the past three decades. We welcomed him back again. Dan Garrett: Mentalist – Magician – Speaker – Humorist. Dan Garrett we observed wears many hats, as a performer, inventor, lecturer, author, columnist, publisher, teacher and reviewer. It is noted that he performs at ease with every conceivable demographic of audience, large or small, children or adults, family groups or corporate clients. Dan has been featured on the cover of the I.B.M.’s magazine The Linking Ring, and twice on the cover of the S.A.M.’s magazine M-U-M. In the November 2012 issue of M-U-M, Dan Garrett was first on a list of magicians described as “a living magic legend [and] an artist who defined close-up magic in the last years of the twentieth century.” He is Past President of the S.A.M., Past Territorial Vice-President of the I.B.M., Member of the Inner Magic Circle (M.I.M.C. with Gold Star) in London, and a Guest of Honor at F.F.F.F. (the original close-up magic convention, now known as “ Obie’s 4F”) where he currently serves on the Board of Directors. Dan Garrett has also been a feature writer for Stan Allen’s MAGIC. Dan is a M-U-M columnist and product reviewer, who has performed live on CNN Headline News. Dan has been a full-time pro for 40 years. He has lectured world-wide, in over a dozen countries. Dan has produced six lectures and three “fully-loaded” DVD’s on magic, plus his acclaimed “Over the Rainbow” routine for color-changing disks. He performs and teaches magic for many different audiences and situations. Stan Allen has called Dan a “general practitioner of magic.” Others have described Dan as a “great teacher of modern-day magic and methods.” Forward Into the Past was a brand-new lecture experience for us filled with magic from Dan Garrett’s working repertoire of both past and present. The contents included mainly close-up magic and mentalism with coins, knives, paddles and cards. There was serious magic and comedy magic; there was truly something for everyone. Emphasis was placed on improving one’s own performances and tapping into the emotions and intellect of one’s audiences.

Highlights of his lecture included:

  • Magi-Fest Jest – a hilarious MC gag.
  • The GodMother of All Book Tests – Easy to perform and nothing to buy. Two books, two participants, three minds, one thought.
  • Pocket Knife Act – A full close-up act for walk-around, no resetting needed. He sure got us on the surprise ending!
  • Up the Creek WITH a Paddle – See the classic paddle move in a whole new light. Dan made an offer we could not refuse.
  • Hello, Mr. Chips – Duke Stern’s coin routine with special touches from Dan Garrett.
  • Desire Under the Elms(leys) – a strange and wonderful biological circus routine with a few acrobatic cards.
  • Epic – Marked Down – A mentalism act for close-up or stage that fits in your pocket and costs less than $10 to make.
  • Two Foreseen – The miracle that everyone who witnesses this lecture is talking about. A double impossible CAAN (card at any number) with no memory work or technical skill required.
  • Even More Magic with cards, coins, rubber bands, character impersonations, and the awesome power of words!

We are glad that we grabbed this chance to learn from one of magic’s most acclaimed performers and teachers. Rick Howell said of his lecture: “Some innovative twists on the paddle move and fun routining! Products very reasonably priced.” We recommend Dan to any club. We thank Dave Bogdan, our lecture chairman for connecting with Dan. To see what Dan has to offer, including this lecture on DVD, visit his web site at http://www.dangarrettmagic.com.

RING 211 PRESENTS Dan Garrett

Ring 211’ers and its many friends:

***** Note the location of the Dan Garrett Lecture — El Barrio Grill, 545 Michigan Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. ***** Our original meeting place, Brann’s, was only able to give us half the room. But this is a Dan Garrett Lecture so a bigger facility was needed.

 

Inquiries please contact Jim or Michele Parkes, 550-4697 or 550-5406, hippityhop10@gmail.com

RING 211 PRESENTS Dan Garrett

Mentalist – Magician – Speaker – Humorist

Presents his “Forward Into The Past” Lecture! Thursday, MAY 2, 2013 7:00 PM!!
Admission: Ring 211 Members: Free
Other Magi & Guests: $15.00

El Barrio Mexican Grill
545 Michigan Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Plenty of parking in their back lot. Join fellow magi for dinner and fellowship at 5:00 PM.

Forward Into the Past is a brand-new lecture experience filled with magic from Dan Garrett’s working repertoire of both past and present. The contents include mainly close-up magic and mentalism with coins, knives, paddles and cards. It has been rumored that there is even a grand illusion in this lecture. (?) Serious magic and comedy magic: there is truly something for everyone. Emphasis is placed on improving your performances and tapping in to the emotions and intellect of your audiences.

A Partial List of Contents
* Magi-Fest Jest – a hilarious MC gag.
* The GodMother of All Book Tests – Easy to perform and nothing to buy. 2 books, 2 participants, 3 minds, 1 thought.
* Pocket Knife Act – A full close-up act for walk-around, no resetting needed. You’ll love the surprise ending!
* Up the Creek WITH a Paddle – See the classic paddle move in a whole new light. Dan will make you an offer you can’t refuse.
* Hello, Mr. Chips – Duke Stern’s coin routine with special touches from Dan Garrett.
* Desire Under the Elms(leys) – a strange and wonderful biological circus routine with a few acrobatic cards.
* Epic – Marked Down – A mentalism act for close-up or stage that fits in your pocket and costs less than $10 to make.
* Two Foreseen – The miracle that everyone who witnesses this lecture is talking about. A double impossible CAAN (card at any number) with no memory work or technical skill required.
* Even More Magic with cards, coins, rubber bands, character impersonations, and the awesome power of words! Grab this chance to learn from one of magic’s most acclaimed performers and teachers.

If you miss this lecture, you won’t be able to sleep with yourself again!

About Dan Garrett:

Who is Dan Garrett?

Dan Garrett wears many hats, as a performer, inventor, lecturer, author, columnist, publisher, teacher and reviewer. He performs at ease with every conceivable demographic of audience, large or small, children or adults, family groups or corporate clients.

What are Dan Garrett’s credentials?

Dan has been featured on the cover of the I.B.M.’s magazine The Linking Ring, and twice on the cover of the S.A.M.’s magazine M-U-M. In the November 2012 issue of M-U-M, Dan Garrett was first on a list of magicians described as “a living magic legend [and] an artist who defined close-up magic in the last years of the twentieth century.” He is Past President of the S.A.M., Past Territorial Vice-President of the I.B.M., Member of the Inner Magic Circle (M.I.M.C. with Gold Star) in London, and a Guest of Honor at F.F.F.F. (the original close-up magic convention, now known as “ Obie’s 4F”) where he currently serves on the Board of Directors. Dan Garrett has also been a feature writer for Stan Allen’s MAGIC. Dan is an M-U-M columnist and product reviewer, who has performed live on CNN Headline News.

Dan has been a full-time pro for 40 years. He has lectured world-wide, in over a dozen countries. Dan has produced six lectures and three “fully-loaded” DVD’s on magic, plus his acclaimed “Over the Rainbow” routine for color-changing disks. He performs and teaches magic for many different audiences and situations. Stan Allen has called Dan a “general practitioner of magic.” Others have described Dan as a “great teacher of modern-day magic and methods.”

Testimonials

Even if he never taught a single effect, just listening to his voice, watching his style and enjoying his performance would be worth the entrance fee. [Epic Marked Down] used only index cards and 3 different colored pens – and no props. This, too, was worth the price of admission. We do know [that] no matter the cost of the lecture, the time spent absorbi ng Mr. Garrett’s knowledge is a great value… Do not miss one of the best lectures we have seen in years! – Tim Quinlan, MAGIC NEWS, _www.insidemagic.com_ (http://www.insidemagic.com)

A few reviews for Forward Into the Past may be found in the following locations:

6 reviews in The Linking Ring, Vol. 92, No. 11, November 2012 Ring Reports – Ring 46, Oklahoma City OK, pg. 129; Ring 58, Knoxville TN, pg. 131; Ring 64, Louisville KY, pg. 132; Ring 81, Sarasota FL, pg. 133; Ring 130, Jacksonville FL, pg. 138; Ring 198, Lexington KY, pg. 143.

For more on Dan and to watch video on his magic, visit _www.dangarrettmagic.com_ (http://www.dangarrettmagic.com/) . Go to “for magicians only” to see what he has available. You may view his lecture pdf file on the site.

Dan’s Lecture Reviewed in Ring Reports

The Linking Ring, Nov. 2012 (Volume 92, Number 11)

We had an incredible turnout for Dan Garrett, eagerly anticipating his new “Forward Into the Past” lecture experience. We knew this was going to be fun… In just under two hours, Mr. Garrett presented more than 15 varied effects. Most memorable was “Two Foreseen” was a double-selected-cards-at-any-number effect that had us all scratching our heads during the break. There was quite literally something for everyone, including two different Book Tests, a card effect with pictures of cereal boxes, a coin routine, and several uses of ambigrams, including a great paddle effect. He concluded with “Epic – Marked Down,” a triple prediction effect like Mental Epic. We thank Dan for including Ring 58 in his lecture tour.! – Tom Vorjohan, Ring 58, Knoxville TN

Mr. Garrett used items that most of us have in our magic supply or around the house. These included knives, coins, cards, books and markers. Dan also used poetry and ambigrams to make a point. Each of these items were used with a sleight, a shift, or a paddle move. Should you think you already know card moves, or how to do the Paddle move, you should reconsider. Dan Garrett used many different Paddle moves on knives, coins, and even business cards, as well as the “Hot Rod” type prop (with a twist, naturally). Mr. Garrett showed us the well-known moves on cards and paddles, then showed how these can be altered and improved. He gave us a few examples of his talent in impressionist style, saying famous lines from movies and from famous actors saying those lines. Thanks for the laughs, the sleights and the moves, Mr. Garrett. It made for a very different kind of night.! – Tom Crecelius, Ring 64, Louisville KY

The largest part of the evening was filled with the magic of Dan Garrett. Aside from his manipulative skills and engrossing patter, you can’t take your eyes off his perfectly groomed and waxed mustache. He is a master at telling stories that fit naturally with his magical performance. But most appreciated by me was his clear explanation of how to predict the first words in a book… I am pleased to say he made a number of sales that night as well as increased his number of fans. – Jerry Meketon, Ring 81, Sarasota FL

Dan opened with a funny bit which he called “The Magi-Fest Jest,” where the appearance is given that a card is firmly wedged into his forehead. Dan shared some excellent tips on the Paddle move, including several routines with blank paddles and ambigrams. Dan showed that almost anything can be used as a paddle, including business cards. Dan’s card effects were humorous and themed. In one of those he took on the role of a circus ringmaster/biologist. The strongest and most fooling card effect was “Two Foreseen” where two cards are predicted with two spectators in an ACAAN type effect. Some fine mentalism effects were shared [including] the “Godmother of All Book Tests.” Dan closed with a clever and extremely portable “Mental Epic” type routine. This was a fun lecture with lots of useful tips and tricks. Dan is entertaining and Ring 130 is happy that he spent an evening with us. – Simone Marron, Ring 130, Jacksonville FL

*********** Another “Cut Above The Rest” Lecture from our lecture chairman Dave Bogdan! Ring 211 welcomes Dan back for his third lecture with us! *****************

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Our Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be January 22, the Fourth Monday as usual. We’ll meet at at Brann’s. Arrive at 7:15 pm starting time, or 6:00 pm for those wanting to eat dinner with friends.

Workshop: TBA

January 2018 Program: 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.)

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?

February 2018 – A Tribute to Couples Break out all those special effects you always save for Valentine’s Day. 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.

Complete list of all Monthly Magic Programs for 2018

Ring 211 February 2013 Report

Leo Peters presented our February workshop on Silks. Leo told us that silks add color to one’s show. He demonstrated this by showing us: a silk streamer production from a change can; silk hand vanishes and productions, even silks producing from silks; a mismade bear silk routine called Fuzzy Wuzzy Bear using a triangular vanish prop; a silk color blendo routine called Sad, Glad, Mad, Envy (been had); another streamer from a can; a three individual silk vanish in hand, produced from one silk, into hand with outcome of being tied together with use of a die tube; and multiplying silks from each other called snap silks, gathering the silks, and silk fountain with a large butterfly silk finish. He also showed us a variety of thirty-six inch silks, demonstrated the benefits of keeping silks folded in a file folder, and explained the use of some of his props.

Quite a silk workshop! Thanks Leo.

randy01Tonight was Money Magic with chairperson P. J. Weber. Randy Vander Wal opened the show with a Tom Burgoon effect in which two mini credit cards are produced from two borrowed credit cards. The two baby ones fit nicely is Randy’s shrunken wallet (Tom Burgoon too) which had mini dollar bills, a shrunken and distorted picture of his niece and nephew, and even small pennies and half dollar coins.

MagicBob Zoerman performed the Inside/Outside Bill using a jumbo bill. He also magically stretched a penny (his own effect) in which the stretched part contained the Ten Commandments.

jim-and-sara02Jim Parkes astonished us by pulling out the color thread within a bill and then putting it back into the bill and followed with a coins through table routine in which the climax was the attempt of two coins seen through a glass were to penetrate through the table and yet only one coin went part way, just underneath the mat.

Gary Oisten enlightened us with a bill routine in which he felt cheated from the bank teller. She counted the bills as twenty and he as nineteen, then to fifteen with the ending being nineteen plus a silver dollar.

pj01P. J. Weber ensured that money grows by doing two of his favorites: Hundy 500 and folding a one dollar bill into a one hundred dollar bill.

Gary Laundre’ closed the show with a Chinese coin and a US half dollar coin transposition, a three coin routine with vanishes and reproductions, another vanish and reproduction routine involving a US half dollar coin and an English penny, and yet another transposition with an English penny and US half dollar coin.

Another night of magic and fellowship. We thank our performers. Keep up to date with us on our web site.

Ring 211 December 2012 Report

T’ was the night exactly three weeks after Christmas and all through the house not a mouse was stirring, except at a Chinese/Japanese buffet restaurant where Ring 211 held its annual Holiday Party. Each member and spouse received a gift bag compliments of the Ring which included candy canes and a gift. After a delicious filling dinner amongst the lively friendly chatter, there was a “white elephant” gift exchange. President Michele Parkes read The Night Before Christmas and every time she said the word “right” or “left,” we had to pass the gift in front of us either to the right or left. This was quite fun and I did not realize how many “rights” and “lefts” were in that story. All were pleased the gift they received. A few of the members also performed a trick informally in small groups. No formal performance program today. Just a good time of food, fun, and fellowship. Looks to be a bright and exciting year ahead in 2013! Stay tuned with Ring 211 by viewing its web site.

What a fun holiday party. We thank Prez Michele for her work designing this party. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year! Our friends of Ring 36 are hosting Michigan Magic Day 2013 in Grand Blanc (near Flint) on April 19 and 20. Check out the talent and all details at http://www.michiganmagicday.com . Visit Ring 36 on it’s Facebook page. Michigan Magic Day is also listed as an event on Facebook.

Ring 211’s 26th Annual Hocus Pocus Party & Christian & Katalina Lecture

On Saturday, November 3, Ring 211 — The June Horowitz/John deVries Magic Club in Grand Rapids, Michigan — held its 26th Annual Earl Ray Wilcox Memorial Hocus Pocus Party. Members sold tickets to another record crowd of nearly 400 people. Attendees came from all over West Michigan. Members, their friends and family members enjoyed a fun-filled evening of magical wonderment which included a delicious buffet dinner and cash bar, a strolling close-up magic period, sponsored raffle giveaway prizes, and a fabulous cabaret show. Again it was held at The Knights of Columbus Hall on the south end of town. This year there were attractive designed table decor themed “red, white, and blue” for the upcoming Presidential Election. Also, a program booklet was available to each attendee which showcased each act and allowed advertisements from sponsors including our own members. This event was also advertised on local TV station web site calendars, Facebook, Twitter, and was number two on Todd Chance’s Playlist in The Grand Rapids Press and on MLive.com.

cassandra001Prior to the full dinner buffet and until the cabaret show, new this year was fortune telling by Bogga Kahn (Dave Bogdan), tarot card readings by Krag Ryal, and numerology by Carole Ryal. Also new this year was face painting by SuZie Zoerman and Cassandra Heimbecker as Whimsey T. Clown. Jerry Herdegen, who has always done so, provided many balloon creations to not only any kids, but to adults too. Richard Hoffmann also provided balloon creations. To add further appeal to the evening, Raven Keckler was Harvee the Rabbit walking among the tables giving a “hocus pocus” greeting.

jackv001mikem002The strolling close-up magic began during the food buffet period and continued for about an hour after the dinner. Magicians began by going to tables waiting to go through the buffet line. The following Ring 211 magi amused, amazed, and dazzled our guests: Jared Kish (youth), Roger Bus, Kellen Bogdan (youth), MagicBob Zoerman, Bill Rasmussen, Gil Scott, Ron Carnell, Charles Bennett, John Dykstra, Peter Stobie, Jesse Shira (youth), Jim Parkes, Nicholas Watkins, Wayne Ramsdell, Randy Baker, Bob Panlener, Don Tremblay, P. J. Weber, Nemencio Flores, Gary Oisten, Dennis Favreau, Dr. Jack Vander Wal, Randy Vander Wal, Vince Rosso, Bruce Wehr, Gary Laundre’, Jeff Veley, Mike McNee, and Leo Peters.

Ring 211 President Michele Parkes had each of the close-up performers stand up prior to the evening show to receive recognition. Gil Scott, our “festivities director” recognized PIP June Horowitz (still “magic- partying” at 99!). He also recognized Bob & Judie Kramer who own of Kramer International Entertainment and before their retiring years were a top notch and fast-paced international act known as Kramer & Co. This year they sponsored their first magic and novelty act contest (see previous article) and President Michele informed the attendees of the winner who not only received $500.00 but also to be on tonight’s cabaret show. Jesse Shira accepted this honor.

The evening concluded with an extremely entertaining cabaret show featuring Brad Lancaster as the M.C., Jesse Shira, Peter Stobie, Tom Coverly, and headliners Christian & Katalina from Indianapolis. Brad Lancaster opened the show with his billiard ball manipulation routine. Jesse Shira mystified us with his version of Five Card Repeat, the Prayer Stick, and the Die Box. Peter Stobie performed Gene Anderson’s Torn and Restored Newspaper to Simon & Garfunkel’s 59th Street Bridge Song and an original routine entitled Egg-Shoe-Young with the effect being an egg production. He added laughs with his comic and cartoon impressions, including Aldo Colombini’s Boomerang Gag, all leading up to Wayne Rogers’ Pinocchio’s Nose Routine with the Appearing Pole. Tom “The Illusionist” Coverly followed with a linking rope routine and had his beautiful assistant, Kim Dezonno, appear from a large flexible Square Circle. He also amazed us with Sinful (quarter penetrating a soda can) and a prediction box routine; both these routines involved much audience participation. Next, Brad Lancaster baffled us with a Silk to Egg, a Cut & Retored Rope, Multiplying Sponge Balls, and his well-acclaimed routine of the Three Card Monte. Headliners Christian & Katalina opened their act with their signature piece, Married Money. Next, Katalina (not facing us) displayed her mind reading ability by quickly naming the items taken out from various audience members’ pockets. Christian continued the mind-boggling with his Triple Prediction. They closed the show with Katalina reading a person’s mind in the future (a book test).

What another astounding Hocus Pocus Party! There are many to thank: the entire membership for selling tickets, Jim and Michele Parkes for obtaining the place and managing all ticket sales, Gil Scott and Dave Bogdan for putting the show together, our stage, close-up performers, and other artists, Bill Rasmussen for heading the sound and lighting, Charles Bennett with Jim & Michele Parkes heading the prize drawings and producing the program booklet, Dr. Jack Vander Wal with supplying the jet sets, Jeff Veley for use of his attractive backdrop, Jerry and Kathy Herdegen for decorating each table to magic affair, and to Tina Weber, and my cousin Derek Lieverdink for photos and videotaping. A final thanks to any other member who helped out in any way and to The Knights of Columbus’ staff for their pleasant hospitality. An event such as this allows Ring 211 to host many lectures throughout the year being free to its club members.

Christian & Katalina Lecture

The following day, Christian & Katalina, continued the blast of magic by presenting a lecture to our club at our regular meeting place.

Highlights of their lecture were:

  • Touchstones, an equivoque routine with a twist, in which the correct stone is revealed within the correct hand.
  • A routine using four decks, four chosen cards, for the revelation three top cards are the same and one differs, yet that card appears as a special card with three club pips and one diamond pip. A similar routine followed using Karrell Fox’s Out Foxed.
  • PDQ — a mental telepathy routine between the magician and his partner who knows which item has been selected by an audience member. The chosen item follows either the penny, dime or quarter.
  • Pandora’s Box — the same card from an envelope is revealed as the spectator’s and on the back of it, the spectator’s selected word. This was followed by another routine using the Pandora Cards.
  • Parallax, an equivoque routine using four items and a half dollar coin.
  • Diming You Out — person with the dime has a different card and claiming the date of the dime while the other people with other coins have their cards all the same.
  • The Seven Pile Prediction by Steve Daly
  • Will The Cards Match, a card matching routine (may use cards with names of your choice) using two goblets with the scenario of “fate” or “free.”

lecture001byrandylecture002byrandyChristian and Katalina shared a few interesting and funny stories from their many performances. They had items for sale as well as Protoplasm, a recent book by Christian (2010) of which most of the routines above are illustrated along with a few essays. Also available was The Pitch — Selling The Experience, a DVD from Heller Productions. Ring 211 highly recommends Christian and Katalina to your magic club. Visit them at www.married2magic.com. Christian also writes his column Mental Breakdown in MUM magazine.

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