Ring 211 April 2017 Report

Our April workshop was presented by MagicBob Zoerman with a few insights from his wife SuZie. MagicBob and Suzie just came back from their twelfth trip to India. They went with Joseph and Vilma White (Joe is a balloon artist), Rik and Sue Reuter (Rik being a clown and ventriloquist), Bruce Elliott (magician), and James Shipman (magician). They were divided into three teams and toured cities in India as part of a mission trip. MagicBob performed magic and SuZie impressed the masses with her artwork which included her chalk art. The crew performed 125 shows to an estimated audience of 75,000 people. They did this from January 28 to February 21. MagicBob and SuZie visited the following cities in Tamil Nadu, India: Chennai, Danishpet, Coimbatore, Erode, Gobi, Salem, Vellore, Ranipet, and Krishnagiri. MagicBob showed us many pictures on a big screen of their performances, the places visited, the audiences (elementary school to high school to university students, including nursing students, and churches), and the culture. MagicBob even came back with a tailored-made cassock for his preaching here (MagicBob is also an ordained minister). They came back with many artifacts and had these on display. While in India, they also handed out a children’s book by Carol Clark, mission coins, and solar Bibles. MagicBob concluded the presentation with a rope through body illusion. We thank both MagiBob and SuZie for sharing their recent journey to India.

Tonight’s program was Money Magic. Jeff Brodrick performed a coin prediction he calls “Predictable Change.” A selection of coins are pictured on large cards which are randomly mixed. A number and position are given by the spectator and the prediction matches the chosen coin. John Sterlini (Sterlini Magic) from Ring 386 visited from Colon, Michigan. He performed “Trapdoor Dollar” which was put out by MagicBob Zoerman many years prior. John also performed a string and ring routine. Hank Slagter impressed us with a coin prediction involving many people taking a coin from a bag full of coins. Hank successfully determined who had which type of coin. Randy Vander Wal performed a silver dollar and penny transformation from his hand into a spectator’s. Oddly, enough the penny grew to the size of the silver dollar. MagicBob Zoerman performed Slowburn with a money clip, Holy Moley, and produced a coin from the air. Marc Denton presented a nice truth or lie coin routine. Dennis Favreau amazed us by having a coin melt through his shirt and the coin to melt inside the face of a cell phone and then slide out. Ron Carnell closed the show with a Three-Fly routine.

Another fun magical night! Thanks to all our performers. The I.B.M. 2018 Convention is July 4 through 7, 2018 in Grand Rapids! It will be grand!

Ring 211 March 2017 Report

Our March workshop was presented by Jeff Brodrick. He showed us a video segment of Lennart Green performing his typical routine in which Jeff saw at Tannen’s. Very entertaining.

Tonight was Comedy Night. Ring President P. J. Weber was the emcee. Jeff Brodrick magically tied two ropes together as he placed them in a bag. The result was the famous “TIDE” gag. Gary Laundre’ had a person select a card. He put on some medical equipment and had a lead vest to protect from the so-called radiation. A wiener on a stick was used as well as a toy cat as part of what he was calling a “cat scan.” The result was a picture of the person’s brain and within the picture was the image of the playing card. Dr. Jack performed what he called “Triple Deception.” This routine is from Card Shark. Gil Scott demonstrated some poker hands and shared with us some Texas Hold’em in which he used a flash light from his cell phone to see the image of two chosen cards which magically changed. Jerry Herdegen shared a few stories from the past when he used to perform a little magic in his clown shows. He told us how he had funny situations which developed from audience members and then he made sure to have these situations repeated in every show. P. J. Weber, Dennis Favreau, and Dave Bogdan also shared some stories.

Another night of magic and fun. A thanks to all the performers.

Ring 211 February 2017 Report

Jeff Brodrick presented our February workshop. This may be the fifth in the series of TV magic history from him. Jeff set up his computer to the large viewing screen so we could enjoy the following: Sid Caesar as Houdini Von Hoffmier in a 1956 episode of “Shows of Shows” with Carl Reiner, Red Skelton with Jerry Lewis (“Red Skelton Show,” September 4, 1970), Joseph Gabriel on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” March 6, 1991, and a segment of Lance Burton on his own special in 1996.

The program tonight was Barnyard Magic. Members had to perform a trick or routine involving the use of related items which one could find on a farm. Marcus Denton, a new member, performed his “Battle of The Cow Shed.” This was a mental prediction involving which animal guarded which pasture. Jeff Brodrick followed with another matching prediction which his predicted colored egg matched the colored egg chosen between Kathy Herdegen and Sara Wehr and then vice versa. MagicBob Zoerman not only impressed us but surprised us by vanishing an egg in his hand (must not have been boiled) and had it reappear from his jacket pocket as fried. Ring president P. J. Weber took a robin’s egg and performed a “two in one hand and three in pocket” routine. The climax was none as a miniature nun.

Tonight was another night of magic and fun. A thanks to Jeff for the workshop and all who performed. Remember, Michigan Magic Day (48th edition) is hosted by Ring 211 on Saturday, May 20, right here in Grand Rapids at Grace Bible College! Yes, there is even a Friday Night Before Party. Check out the talent line-up, all the details, and one can register on-line at http://michiganmagicday.com. Talent includes Dan Harlan, Rick Merrill, Eric Ross, Jonathon LaChance, Trino, Jesse Shira, Brad Lancaster, and Maciek. Early bird registration is $40.00 (savings of $10.00). All-day dealer room, three lectures, a close-up show, and a gala show makes the magic day!

Ring 211 January 2017 Report

Jeff Brodrick presented the January workshop. Jeff spent a lengthy time residing in Scranton, Pennsylvania and talked about his friends Dorothy Dietrich and Dick Brookz who operate the Houdini Museum there. He talked about the museum which is located in a one hundred year-old house and is full of Houdini artifacts and collectibles. He also mentioned that they are creating the board game “Houdini-oploy.” There is a kickstarter campaign. For information one should visit http://houdiniopoly.com/. This will link to the kickstarter campaign for those interested in purchasing. One can even have their own name (or magic club) on the board. Then he showed us two video clips. One was the “Relatively Speaking Game Show” from 1988. In this Harry Blackstone was a contestant and did his Vanishing Bird & Cage. In that episode he won a set of golf clubs. He never told Gay. She was wondering why he had a set in the garage when the garage was being cleaned after his death in 1997. Fortunately, Jeff was able to give her a copy of this video program which explained why. He also showed us a video clip of Sid Caesar as Hocus Von Pocus with Carl Reiner in “Your Shows of Shows,” circa 1951. Thank you Jeff.

Tonight’s program was “May The Force Be With You.” Each performer had to perform a trick or routine involving some sort of force. Randy Baker, our emcee, opened the show with what he called a “cosmic trivia concept.” He was able to magically reveal the thought of a three letter word from a spectator among many. Gil Scott was able to reveal a spectator’s card, a World Poker Tour Card. He also performed a book test in which the end result was his book was all blank. He concluded with three card selections in which he revealed all three. Jeff Brodrick had a person select a card and we saw Ginger from “Gilligan’s Island” reveal the card on the large screen. Randy Vander Wal performed a card silk prediction routine. Dr. Jack Vander Wal followed with a card selection routine in which the revealed card had written on its back the exact dollar amount and change in his wallet. P. J. Weber impressed us with three card selections and revelations. Jim Parkes astonished us with his version of the Mental Choice Card. Gary Oisten amazed us with his card selection and find which involved various cuts, shuffles, and called out numbers.

Another night of magic and fun! Thanks to the performers and all who were here. Michigan Magic Day is Saturday, May 20, at Grace Bible College, here in Grand Rapids. There is also a Friday Night Before Party. All details at michiganmagicday.com and on our club’s web site.

Ring Event: Jeff Bibik Lectures To Ring 211

On Monday, January 9, Jeff Bibik presented a lecture to Ring 211 — The June Horowitz/John deVries Magic Club — in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The title of his lecture was “How To Be As Cool As Me.” His lecture was a unique assortment of close-up, stand up, kid stuff, adult stuff, and what he calls “stuffy stuff” in his invitation announcement to fellow members. His prediction was correct as revealed in his invitation that “I have always said it would be a cold day when I go back to Grand Rapids, and the weatherman predicts it will probably be.” It was.

Jeff is an expert at sleight of hand and illusion. He adds a zany comedy twist, resulting in first-rate entertainment. He is a featured performer at The Magic Lounge in Chicago. He performs for family parties, schools, festivals, comedy clubs, etc. Along the way he has performed on cruise ships and has made many television appearances. He is recognized in the magic industry as a lecturer, author, performer, and inventor of magical effects. He has won many awards and has also consulted on special effects for theater, movies, and ad campaigns. Hey, it’s “Bibik . . . Of Course!”

Highlights of his lecture were:

  • his bag of balls routine — a truth or lie routine of who has the gold ball
  • a rope routine involving a production of a knot, a cut and restore, and a “no ends”
  • a card routine in which the deck which looked all different had numerous times he had to remove groups of Jokers until only card was the Ace of Spades. Oh, the deck came from his “bag of crap” which was a bag full of fake doggy “do-do”
  • a card silk routine with use of a fire wallet and production of a fake ear from a spectator’s ear
  • a card to wallet routine with use of the long card gag
  • the production of a chicken by folding a yellow towel and pulling the ends resulting in a chicken-shaped towel
  • Thanks Pal — a food choice card packet trick with the result of “the bill” card
  • Card On Back
  • Flashy Queen — risque as the Queen “peeps.”
  • displaying his Viagra pills — they magically stood — a gag
  • endless production of liquid from his flask
  • Funeral Flag — a gag
  • air mask gag
  • 3 and 1/2 of Clubs
  • a red and white jack knife routine resulting in many mini colored jack knives
  • production of a mini hand from his two palms and the mini hand had yet a thumb tip on its thumb — a gag
  • Napkin To Rose (Michael Mode)
  • a torture challenge, his Toilet Seat Of Nails. He successfully sits on a toilet seat of sharp upward pointed nails with a spectator sitting on his lap

What an entertaining and fun time with Jeff! He had lecture notes for sale as well as many of the items listed above. You want a zany and comic time? Ring 211 suggests Jeff Bibik. We thank our lecture chairman, Dave Bogdan (bogsmagic@comcast.net), for having Jeff. Also, a big thanks to Jeff. Connect with Bibik at http://bibik.com.

Ring 211 December 2016 Report

T’ was the night exactly four weeks after Christmas and all through the house not a mouse was stirring, except at the Hibachi Grill Supreme Buffet restaurant on the northwest side of town where Ring 211 held its annual Holiday Party. Each member and spouse received a gift bag compliments of the Ring which included festive candy pieces, candy canes and a gift, such as a pair of dress socks, a bow tie, and perhaps other appealing repertoire. After a delicious filling dinner amongst the lively friendly chatter, a few of the members also performed a trick informally in small groups, in some cases, “a teach and do.” No formal performance program today. Just a good time of food, magic, fun, and fellowship. Looks to be a bright and exciting year ahead in 2017! Stay tuned with Ring 211 by viewing its web site.

What a fun holiday party. We thank Michele Parkes for her work designing this party. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year! Michigan Magic Day 2017 will be in Grand Rapids! Our Ring will host the event on Saturday, May 20, 2017. A Friday Night Before Party will be on May 19. Details as they develop at http://michiganmagicday.com.