Monthly Magic Programs for 2019

January 2019

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 2019

High Risk Magic

Houdini didn’t just escape from a straitjacket — he escaped from a straitjacket hanging upside down, thirty feet above a very hard ground. Houdini knew that danger, an intense building of tension and suspense, could be a very big part of magic. This month we celebrate magic routines that give the ILLUSION of danger. Please keep in mind that only an idiot ever actually places himself in jeopardy. At no time should there be any chance of someone getting hurt.

March 2019

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 2019

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.

May 2019


For thousands of years, magicians have been destroying things JUST so they could put them back together again with a triumphant TADA. This month we celebrate the cut/torn/burnt/maimed & restored magic effect.

June 2019

Hanky Panky

Handkerchiefs, silks and foulards may be props second in importance only to cards in the magician’s repertoire. This month we’re looking for tricks that use (or abuse) the mystical hank.

July 2019

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 2019

Annual Picnic

September 2019

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.

October 2019

Hocus Pocus Sampler

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.

November 2019

Ring 211 Flea Market & Auction

December 2019

No Meeting

Ring 211 October 2018 Report

For our October workshop, our workshop chairperson Brad Lancaster had four magicians perform a coin routine or trick and then explain it. Gary Laundre’ performed three coin transpositions from hand to hand using “wiffle dust.” He also vanished a “marked” coin from his hand which appeared in a small box. Hank Slagter used the “Rattle Box” to vanish a coin which then appeared in his hat. Gary Oisten (Good to see Gary back as he had heart surgery recently.) performed David Roth’s take off of the Chink-a-Chink coin matrix routine. Phil Gleason showed us his own coin sleight he calls a “Reverse French Drop.” P. J. Weber presented his version of Miser’s Dream.

Tonight was Hocus Pocus Table Hopping Round Robin. Well, we skipped the round robin part. Since our annual Hocus Pocus Party was coming up we had a handful of performers show us what they may be performing table to table during the close-up period of the upcoming party. Tanyon Sanders, a new youth member, dazzled us with a copper/silver coin transposition. MagicBob Zoerman performed a coin routine in which one Chinese coin multiplied into three, then to an American half dollar, and back to a Chinese coin. P. J. Weber impressed us with a short silver dollar coin routine which included appearances and vanishes with a few transpositions. Hank Slagter raised our eyebrows with his performance of “Marked.” This was a four card packet routine with a color change. Randy Vander Wal received a few chuckles as he presented the vanish of two Chinese coins into nun, the appearance of a miniature nun.

Tonight was another night of magic, fun, and fellowship. We thank Brad and the magi who presented the workshop and the performers for the program. A report of our 32nd Annual Earl Ray Wilcox Memorial Hocus Pocus Party may be in this issue or an upcoming one.

Ring 211 September 2018 Report

For our September regular meeting, we postponed our workshop, had a very brief business meeting, and canceled the program for a special lecture by Steve Marshall. Some would say, he was tonight’s program! A fine one indeed. It was his East Meets West Magic Lecture Tour 2018. He also called this as Asian Astonishments: Magic & Mystery from the Far East. Read all about it as that report was sent in as a Ring Event. Look for it in this issue or an upcoming one.

Ring Event: Ring 211 Hosts Steve Marshall Lecture

For Ring 211’s regular September meeting . . . call it a fall kick-off lecture! . . . we had the delight of having Steve Marshall present his East Meets West Magic Lecture Tour 2018. He also called this as Asian Astonishments: Magic & Mystery from the Far East. Steve Marshall is currently visiting nearby Holland, Michigan, where he was born. When he was three years-old his family moved to Zephyrhills, Florida, where he spent his youth. He has been living in Japan for the last twenty years but decided to come back to the USA for four months to perform shows and do a lecture tour that took him to six states. He attended the I.B.M. Convention this year in Grand Rapids and was part of the talent line-up of the recent Abbott’s Magic Get Together. Since he has family living in Holland he decided to base himself there for the tour. In October he will be doing a series of seance-style shows that were inspired by the Spook Shows of the mid 20th century. He will return to Japan in November.

Steve Marshall has been traveling the world entertaining audiences with strong magic, fun comedy, and original presentations for over thirty years. In his career he has been a circus clown, fire eater, escape artist, and TV commercial actor but his first love has always been the art of magic. Steve has also written, directed, and performed shows for major theme parks, cruise ships, and companies such as Louis Vuitton, Cartier, and De Beers Diamonds and he wrote an award winning column in M-U-M magazine for ten years called Asian Astonishments. Steve has appeared on Penn & Teller’s Fool Us and on the covers of the M-U-M and The Linking Ring and knows what it takes to entertain audiences of different ages, cultures, and walks of life. Recall, that Steve Schlanger produced an in-depth article about Steve Marshall in the November 2016 issue of this journal. Plus, Steve Marshall had a One-Man Parade in that issue.

Eagerly with a full house of magi, Ring 211 was ready for his lecture where we learned magic that Steve has personally used in his shows for paying audiences so he knows that it works and the strong reactions the material gets. Also, we learned his original effects as well as magic from Japanese magicians who are his friends and have a unique way of thinking about the art and presentation of magic. We experienced the “Japanese way” of creating a trick. Further, we learned items for close- up and stage routines as well as Steve’s presentation tips that make everything play well. He answered our questions. Plus, we enjoyed his love to discuss magic with us and his telling stories of his life and travels.

Highlights of his lecture:

* Color Bands by Nobuyuki Nojima — a rubber band color change
* Small Triumph Card Trick also by Nobuyuki
* Crazy Calculations by the Napoleons — impressive revelation for use on any calculator including on a smartphone
* All Messed Up by the Napoleons — card selection and reveal with use of a lunch bag
* Ben-san’s Bowl Routine — all heard of Benson’s Bowl Routine — this one using sponge Sushi and other fish with a bagel production as climax
* Strawman by Alan Wong — an Okito voodoo doll with a Glorpy routine
* His appearance on Penn & Teller’s Fool Us — stories of his dice stacking
* Wong Guess by Alan Wong — with use of a white board the wrong guess changes to the correct revelation with the eraser.
* Diamond Twist by Alan Wong — similar to Twisting the Aces in which the diamond drops from the Ace as climax and the PIP is gone
* The End — card selection and find trick in which the card is lost and then found in the deck and when placed between spectator’s hands, it magically appears on top of the deck and the card between the hands has changed to a gag card. His own trick which was featured in his One-Man Parade.
* Disappearing Knot’s by Chidori Shyokyokusai — a Knot’s Off Silk routine
* Lemon Prediction by Dr. Shigeru Tashiro
* Blister on finger and thumb to reveal image of card from Sharpie marker

He had his lecture notes available for sale as well as Alan Wong’s DVD on Souvenir Linking Lover Bands, Routines by Steve, Diamond Twist, Strawman voodoo doll, Disappearing Knot’s, pen caps, Ben-san (Benson) Bowl, pocket watch coin holder, neck crackers, and Alan Wong’s Presents Missing by Charlie Frye (DVD).

We thank Steve for this enjoyable lecture and we recommend him to any club. This lecture was set up by our Ring President Jeff Brodrick, a thanks to him. Most of our lectures are set up through Dave Bogdan (, our lecture chairman. Connect with Steve on his web site and Facebook Page:


Ring 211 August 2018 Report

In August, we do not have either a board meeting nor a regular meeting because we have our annual picnic. Once again, it was held at the Late Dr. Jack Vander Wal’s back yard which blends into Crystal Lake. Members, their friends, and family members arrived just past 2 PM on Sunday, August 19, which happened to be a beautiful sunny day. Members brought salads and desserts. The club furnished the dinnerware, soft drinks, burgers, and hot dogs. Those who attended chatted among each other about their summer activities, the latest on the magic scene including recaps of the recent I.B.M. Convention Grand Rapids, and a few magi performed a close-up trick or two. Jennifer Elkowitz and her sons Steven and Robert cast their fishing poles upon the lake and caught many. In fact, Robert beat Gary Oisten’s record of a fourteen inch Bass last year only to tie his record of 17.2 inches this year. Christian Rasmussen with his dad, Bill, and his mom, Julie, plus Randy Vander Wal kicked a soccer ball around. Randy Vander Wal grilled the burgers and hot dogs. Jesse Shira assisted in preparation of the picnic and in the serving of the food. The food was delightful and enjoyed by all. After the meal, a handful of members put on an impromptu show.

Gil Scott opened the show with an impressive book test. Randy Vander Wal performed a favorite of his, The Prayer Stick. Jeff Brodrick amused us with a knife through a spoon illusion in which a spoon is placed in a mini envelop and a knife stabs through the envelope lifting a fork out instead. Hank Slagter amused us with a ring and rope penetration and then a ring onto a necklace. Christian Rasmussen demonstrated his skills in juggling by juggling balls, rings, and clubs. Not just three but doing at least four. Then he balanced himself on a Bongo Board and continued juggling clubs and then balls. Finally, Jeff Brodrick assisted Christian with a “toss across head ringer.” Christian threw all eight rings at once a good five feet and Jeff ringed them around his neck over his head. Steven Elkowitz (going by Steven Michael) closed the show with quite an impressive manipulation routine. This was a sneak peek at what he will be performing at our upcoming Hocus Pocus Party in November. To music he began with a flash and a ball appeared. This changed to a silk and then back to a ball with some silk and ball manipulations. There were many ball vanishes and appearances including a color change. Then out of his top hat there was multiple productions and vanishes of card to ball to card to more card productions. Cards productions single as well as fans from his hand appeared and dropped into the top hat, even an array of cards produced from his mouth impressed us. This was followed by more card productions (single and fans) including multiple color changes.

Once again, it was a great fun time at this picnic. Thanks to all who came and also for bringing their edibles. Hocus Pocus Party is Saturday, November 3. It is the 32nd edition. Two headliners this year: The Vegas Magic of Joel Douglas and The Amazing Corbin! Details are on the Ring 211 web site and on Facebook — Just search “Hocus Pocus Party!”