The May workshop was on Sponge Magic. Our workshop chair, Brad Lancaster had the following members perform and then explain their routine. Ring president Jeff Brodrick performed a sponge ball to pocket and then the famous Ball to Jumbo Square. Gil Scott performed a spectator favorite, the multiplying sponge rabbits. P. J. Weber followed with a sponge ball appearance, then the ball traveling to his other hand, a “which hand is it in” challenge, one ball becoming two, and balls (one at a time) from one hand into his pocket with the ending being the appearance of many from his pocket. Hank Slagter showed us a ball production of one into two and the balls vanishing and appearing underneath his hat. These members also added pointers to each other’s routines. A thanks to our presenters.
Tonight was “Magic with a Message.” Every magic trick tells a story, but some are clearly more explicit than others. Members had to perform a trick or routine that delivers a message to the audience. Gospel magic certainly qualifies, but there are many other possibilities as well. The message could be a serious one, but not necessarily. Brad Lancaster enlightened us with his story while performing the Colored Beads of Prussia. Marc Denton followed with an ESP card routine. Randy Vander Wal performed a silk routine using a change bag to produce silks (Jesus silk, a red and yellow silk) and then a blending into a large color version of the Jesus silk to the question of how we should know Jesus. P. J. Weber closed the show by amazing us with a story involving a coin appearance and vanish.
This was another night of magic and fun. A thanks to our performers. For all those who attended the 89th Annual I.B.M. Convention this past July in Grand Rapids: We thank you and hope you enjoyed the convention! It was a pleasure to be the hosting Ring.
Our April workshop was presented by MagicBob Zoerman. He and his wife, SuZie, travel to India each year with few other magi and perform shows. Part of this is for mission outreach. He and SuZie (chalk artist) performed thirty-five shows with an average of 1000 students per show. Tonight his focus was on “Magic of India.” He deals with a few manufacturers from India. In fact, a tailor made him a twenty pocket black silk suit. This suit has a breast pocket tunnel to a side pocket which also includes a toppit. He performed the Big Time Root Beer Routine. In India he uses cola labels and calls it “Big Time Cola.” He also performed a large Tipsy-Turvey Champagne Bottle Routine. He showed us a multi-color changing champagne bottle using a tube. He performed Age Cards as a “Power Ball 60 Lotto Ticket.” He made a parlor size version. He showed us a paddle which has a princess on it which changes to an old lady and then a skull. The last routine he performed was Fraidy Cat Rabbit. This had nothing to do with India; he just wanted to perform it. A Time Machine Paddle and an Age Cards effect were handed out to those who wanted them. Thank you MagicBob.
Tonight was Money Magic. Performers performed a money routine of some sort since this is the month of tax filing. Marc Denton opened the show with a random number prediction effect and the two numbers selected happen to match. P. J. Weber impressed us with a production of a coin and then up to three more and then the vanish of the coins. Gary Oisten dazzled us with a coin vanish . . . well, it traveled up his sleeve and through his shoulders down Gary’s other sleeve and into the spectator’s hand. He concluded by having a coin penetrate his palm. Randy Vander Wal performed the quarter and half dollar in which the end result is a nickel and a half dollar in each of the spectator’s hands. Hank Slagter presented a four coin vanish, one at a time, with an appearance in other hand and tossed into a top hat. Ring President Jeff Brodrick performed his own Predictable Change. He has put this routine on the market. 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 of which is the only coin tails side up. MagicBob closed the show with Heiny 500 (Hundy 500 or Extreme Burn — Richard Sanders).
Another night of magic and fun. A thanks to the performers. And if this is in print prior to July 4 . . . It’s happening here in Grand Rapids! — “The Greatest Magic Convention of 2018.” Twenty smashing performers! Unbelievable Evening Shows! Lance Burton Teen Seminar with Jeff McBride and Dr. Lawrence Hass! 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 awe-inspiring 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. Convention schedule is posted. More about Grand Rapids at www.experiencegr.com. Explore the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel at https://amwaygrand.com/. Gerald R. Ford International Airport information at http://www.grr.org/. PIP June Horowitz and Ring 211 invite all magi to our grand city!
Brad Lancaster, our workshop chairperson, presented the March workshop. He performed and then explained (with having us do a “hands on”) three simple magic routines which baffle regular audiences. The first was having a rubber band jump between fingers (Jumping Rubberband of Mystery). The next was the Jumping Four Coin Trick from hand to hand. Gary Laundre’ also provided an additional ending. The last routine was having the four aces appear as the top card of four piles after shuffles and cuts. Brad also reminded us that the performer must “sell yourself” within the presentation. Brad also kindly encouraged three members to perform one of the tricks on tonight’s program.
Tonight was Comedy Magic. Gary Laundre’ was the first performer. He opened with a laugh track gag and then a Campbell’s can applause. He had Jennifer Elkowitz join him with his Tipsy Turvy Bottles in which a bouquet of flowers were produced. After a souvenir ring gag, he had Steven Elkowitz assist him in baking a cake. The ingredients were mixed in a cup upside down on Steven’s head. The end result was a flower produced from the cup since they forgot to use flour. Sara Wehr impressed us with the rubber band trick from the workshop. Marc Denton presented a hilarious mind-reading prediction using cards with verbs. Bob Panlener amazed us with three rubber band penetrations with the assistance of Michele Parkes. Diane Cloutier astonished us with the rubber band trick from the workshop. Randy Vander Wal performed the MisMade Bunny Silk routine (Laflin). Hank Slagter intrigued us by magically putting a knot within a rope without letting go of each end of the rope. Steven Elkowitz dazzled us with his presentation of the four ace trick (using the kings) from the workshop.
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! Lance Burton Teen Seminar with Jeff McBride and Dr. Lawrence Hass! 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. Convention schedule is posted. More about Grand Rapids at www.experiencegr.com. PIP June Horowitz and Ring 211 invite all magi to our grand city!
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!