Brad Lancaster presented our February workshop. His topic was on thumb tip techniques. Brad showed us a metal and cream color thumb tip he had which dates back to 1968. He displayed an array of thumb tips and prefers to use plastic and vinyl. He informed that the best fit for a thumb tip is when it fits right above the knuckle so there is enough space to vanish items. He emphasized the key to success in using a thumb tip is “naturalness.” Whenever one show the hands empty, always point the thumb tip directly at the spectator and do this briefly. Do not show the the hand with the thumb tip as a challenge. He gave examples of this by demonstrating what he calls “the wave,” “the in the face point,” and “the open palm display.” Also, do not hold up your hands as if in a robbery pose — instant giveaway. For the silk vanish, he demonstrated four methods of getting the thumb tip into the fist: closed fist method, left thumb method, right thumb method, and stroke method. Next, he demonstrated three methods of stealing the thumb tip from the fist: the tuck principle, the pivot principle, and the tail principle. He advises to always add theater. One is going to do a minor miracle, so treat it as such. He continued by showing us how to show the hand with the thumb tip empty and making the silk reappear by the “look and grab” and “point and grab” methods. We thank Brad for the workshop. Look for some interesting upcoming workshops. Brad is now our workshop chair. We thank Charles Bennett for his time as the chair. He is recuperating from a fall.
Tonight the program was titled “A Tribute To Couples” with Ron Carnell as the emcee. Dennis Favreau opened the show with his cocoa beans, sugar, and tin foil in one hand . . . add heat . . . and two Hershey Kiss candies is the result. He continued with Napkin to Rose (Michael Mode) and then with Nancy Greiner presented a duo cut and restored paper heart routine in which exchange corners matched the restored paper hearts. MagicBob Zoerman illuminated us with a prediction involving a phone note book of a girl friend from his youth days. His prediciton matched with a comic picture. Jeff Brodrick followed with a card prediction involving Bruce and Sara Wehr. Next, Marc Denton chose three cards from a choice of two decks, one blue and one red. Jeff matched the cards chosen from the other deck. April Thompson (daughter of Steven) produced balloons from a bag, made a heart out of one of them, and vanished the rest. Very well done . . . she stole our hearts. Nancy Greiner (new member) chilled us with her act as being “Chi Chi” and performing another torn and restored paper heart routine and Dennis Favreau was involved again in this one as the disrespectful lover. Ron Carnell closed the show with a performance on the power of suggestion. He had MagicBob Zoerman and his wife SuZie challenge each other. Somehow by the power of suggestion (magic?) SuZie could maintain her arm held up strong, MagicBob could not. SuZie could bend a nail, MagicBob could not. SuZie could break a thread and tear a slip of paper. Could MagiBob? No.
Another night of magic and fun was had. We thank all the performers. Reminder: The I.B.M. Convention is being billed as “The Greatest Magic Convention of 2018.” Twenty smashing performers! Unbelievable Evening Shows! Stage and Close-Up contests with cash prizes! World Class Dealers! Eleven Outstanding Lectures! The Legions of Comedy Show! Special “The Amazing Jonathan” Late Night Show! Fireworks after the final show — over the Grand River! July 4 – 7! Amway Grand Plaza Hotel! Grand Rapids! Attractive and walk-able downtown! Eight excaliburish bars/lounges/restaurants in the hotel, over 25 eateries/bars between the hotel and theater! Beer City! Enjoy some craft beer! Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum! Grand Rapids Public, Children’s, and Art Museums! John Ball Zoo! A Francis Menotti favorite: Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park! Register at www.magician.org/convention. More about Grand Rapids at www.experiencegr.com. PIP June Horowitz and Ring 211 invite all magi to our grand city!
Gil Scott presented our January workshop. One of the card effects he showed he wanted to reinforce into us to look at improving a flaw. One could improve the card trick by having a card reading “off by one” being produced. The second card effect dealt with having two cards being faced up after cutting the deck. The third involved guessing the number of cards, adding face up cards to one of the piles, and having the whole deck changing to being face-up. He also shared his thoughts on patter and scripting. He demonstrated the pass, the top change, and the double lift. He reminded us to take advantage of normal body movements when doing a card move and emphasized that the big move covers the small move (card move or sleight). Thanks Gil.
Tonight the program theme was “May the Force Be With You” with our program chair Ron Carnell. Magi could perform a trick or routine in which a force was involved. Marc Denton performed a card trick which challenged the spectator to avoid choosing the “death card.” The spectator was spared by a note which was next to the death card. Brad Lancaster impressed us with a card selection routine in which he spelled to the card and the rest of the selection was the four aces. Welcome back Joe Bennett from Paw Paw, Michigan! He dazzled us with a card routine in which the chosen card happened to be the only red back card in a blue back deck. Gil Scott intrigued us with a psychic card routine which involved two selections. Randy Vander Wal performed a favorite of his, Las Vegas Glasses (Karrell Fox, Dick Stoner). Jeff Brodrick enlightened us with a coin prediction involving many pennies with different dates. His prediction of the date matched. Hank Slagter impressed us by matching the chosen card with the same card from another deck. Steven Elkowitz “wowed” us by having the chosen card be revealed on his smart phone. The back of the card was shown and it turned around to reveal the selection. Ron Carnell thrilled us with four routines: a version of Tossed Out Deck, a “Scrabble-like” prediction in which he got the letter and the rest of the letters spelled out the revealed card selected, matching a chosen card by NLP (neuro-linguistic programming technique), and a 3 Fly Coin routine. P. J. Weber closed the show with a coin to large penny production and vanish and then a card selection in which the card was revealed from his back pocket.
Another night of magic and fun. A thanks to Ron and all the performers. Hope to see many of you at the I.B.M. Annual Convention this year in Grand Rapids! July 4 – 7. Smashing entertainment! Lance Burton Teen Seminar for the youth! Amway Grand Plaza Hotel — historic luxury blended with today’s indulgent luxury with eight lounges and eateries! Includes two Wolfgang Puck restaurants and a Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse! Shops, pool, spa and salon, tennis court, and fitness center! Over 25 walkable eateries between hotel and the classic vaudevillian Civic Theatre! Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum! Frederik Meijer Botanical Gardens and Sculpture Park! Plus more attractions! Oh, and check out a few of the many craft breweries in the Beer City! Convention will be Grand! All details at www.magician.org. Find out more about Grand Rapids at www.experiencegr.com.
T’was the night exactly two weeks after Christmas and all through the house not a mouse was stirring, except at the China Buffet restaurant on the southwest 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 and a candy cane. After a delicious filling buffet lunch among the lively friendly chatter, a few of the members, which included Hank Slagter, Steven Elkowitz, Jeff Brodrick, and Gil Scott also performed a trick informally in small groups, in some cases, “a teach and do.” No formal performance program was set. Just a good time of food, magic, fun, and fellowship. Looks to be a bright and exciting year ahead in 2018! Stay tuned with Ring 211 by viewing its web site.
What a fun holiday party. We thank Michele Parkes and her sidekick Jim for their work designing this party. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year! A grand part of the excitement ahead in 2018 is that the I.B.M. Annual Convention will be here in Grand Rapids! Check out the grand talent! All details at www.magician.org. Register before March 1 to avoid the next tier level increase. Also, explore www.amwaygrand.com (Amway Grand Plaza Hotel is the convention hotel). See all what this hotel offers! Eight delightful restaurants including a Ruth’s Chris Steak House and two Wolfgang Pucks! Plus, visit www.experiencegr.com which is the site of Experience Grand Rapids (Convention and Visitors’ Bureau) and the 2018 Visitors’ Guide is now available on line! This site lists the many attractions, things to do, restaurants, events, trip planning, and all about Grand Rapids! Remember, there are over 26 enchanting eateries between the convention hotel and the Civic Theatre. See you July 4 – 7!
This year Ring 211 just lost another member. Wayne Ramsdell passed on December 13, 2017. He held I.B.M. number 64794. Wayne participated in many Ring 211 events and meetings. He was always glad to chat with members. He had vast collections, one such was the many types of storage bags/purses of many sizes he shared at one of the club’s workshops. A few times he was the biggest buyer at the club’s annual auction. He loved Ring 211 and was happy the the next I.B.M. Convention will be in Grand Rapids. Back about ten years ago, he even emailed David Sandy (site chair at the time) influencing him to what Grand Rapids has to offer. Also, he loved his costumes. One never knew what appealing costume he would be wearing at the annual Hocus Pocus Party. His obituary follows below.
Ramsdell, Wayne Ramsdell,
Wayne F. Ramsdell, aged 80 of Greenville, formerly of Grand Rapids [MI] and Cleveland, OH, made his transition on December 13, 2017. He is survived by his wife Nancy; six children: Julie (Tim) McCaul, Bob (Tammi) Ramsdell, Todd (Danita) Wabeke, Tammie Thomson, Tony Losey, Jeff (Jasmine) Losey; eleven grandchildren: Brian (Evangeline) McCaul, Steven McCaul, Callie Wabeke, Jessica Maximillano, Gabby Maximillano, Bella Thompson, Tori Thomson, Mark Losey, Ilona Losey, Solyel Losey, Brandon Losey; one great-grandson, Isaac; sister, Sharon Ols of Cleveland, OH; brother Gary Ramsdell of Columbus, OH and many dear friends. He retired from RTS of Muskegon where he was in sales and served in the Ohio National Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to Frederik Meijer Heart Center. Family will greet friends on Friday, December 22, 2017 from 2-4 and 6-8 at:
For our November regular meeting we do not hold a workshop and the business meeting is very brief so we may have enough selling and buying time for our annual auction. The doors opened early for a flea market. Sellers were MagicBob Zoerman, Rick Howell, Marc Denton, John Dudley, Antony Gerard (from Kalamazoo and Ring 333), and Trino. Each had an array of magic product which enticed our eyes. The flea market part was ready at 5:30 PM for any early arrivals. Just past 7:30 PM, as a tribute to the Late Dr. Jack Vander Wal, I had the honors of presenting the Candy Grab Bag Sale. This sale is actually attributed to Percy Abbott as he had many of these types of sales back in the early days of the Abbott Magic Get Togethers. Ninety bags were filled with five pieces of special candy delights. This year the candy was purchased from a little ole’ lady who ran a candy shop just outside downtown Louisville, Kentucky. In July, my father, my nephew Jesse Shira, and I, mistakenly took the wrong exit on our way to the I.B.M./S.A.M. Combined Convention. While our route was diverted we came across her shop. Since we were so close to her shop, we took the candy early. We saved on postage. Five bags yet were a tad bit more of interest as each of these contained a one dollar bill. The bags sold faster than lit flash paper as they were fifty cents a bag or three for one dollar. Over five lengthy (8 foot) tables displayed enticing magic apparatus, tricks, and books. Small illusions, various card tricks, rope, coins, and escape items appealed many. Other items were sold as package deals. Pamphlets, books, magazines, posters, DVDs, and memorabilia filled in any empty spots on the tables. All these items were from the flea market sellers and any other member who had items.
MagicBob Zoerman was the auctioneer. He used his auctioning skilled voice to force those bids to the highest potential. Many of the items sold. The sellers made their profits, the buyers were pleased with their newly purchased “toys,” and the club made ten percent of all sales. Ring Treasurer Michele Parkes and I kept track of each sale making sure the debits matched the credits. P. J. Weber was our biggest buyer this year. Our biggest seller was Trino with a special thanks to Rick Fisher of FAB Magic (Colon, Michigan) who bought a last special deal as Trino wanted to sell the remainder of his items.
Another night of fun and fellowship. The club thanks all who came and either bought, sold, and/or enjoyed the festivities. A thanks to MagicBob and Michele for their devotion to this auction. Thoughts and prayers to our members Ruth Peters, SuZie Zoerman, and Michele Parks (and sister) for health concerns and surgery recoveries. Heads up: I.B.M. Convention is in Grand Rapids! July 4 – 7. All details at www.magician.org. It will be GRAND! Follow “ibm convention” on Facebook and “ibm@ibmmagic” on Twitter. Also on other social networks, just search. Register if you have not already! Get the word out to fellow magi! Hope to see you here!
Our Ring President, Jeff Brodrick, presented the workshop, eighth in his series of Television Magic. He showed the following clips: Harry Blackstone, Sr, in a cereal commercial in 1957; Marvin Roy and Carol, 1960; Mac Ronay, French mime-magician, 1961; Rene’ Lavand on the Ed Sullivan Show, December 29, 1963, and then also on the Paul Daniel’s Christmas Show, 1987; and Jerry Lewis performing as Dunninger, spring 1989. These are very interesting clips. Magic sure has a strong history.
Tonight was Hocus Pocus Table-hopping Round Robin since our annual Hocus Pocus Party was a few days away. MagicBob Zoerman intrigued us with his revealing of Pi memorization and reveal. An audience member gave MagicBob the page number of the booklet he had which had a of listing the continuous digits of Pi. MagicBob could call out the digits. He even could have the person run a few digits off from anywhere on the page or any of the pages and then MagicBob continued calling the digits of Pi. Randy Baker displayed his Iraqi deck of playing cards. Bruce Wehr impressed us by having four aces moved up and down and turned over in the deck. Then he did a prediction using two decks, red and blue. Three prediction cards matched the three red cards left from the three piles. Gary Laundre’ gave us laughs with his revealing of the three and a half card from a spectators selection of a card from a die. Next he performed a wonderbar routine and the gem turned pink. Dave Bogdan enticed us with some palm reading. Jeff Brodrick had a card selected and his cell phone (Sirius) called out the name of the card. Steven Elkowitz dazzled us with a card prediction with Out of This World.
Another night of fun! Thanks to our performers. Remember to register for the I.B.M. 2018 Convention Grand Rapids! July 4 – 7! It is going to be Grand!