Monthly Magic Programs for 2017

January 2017

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 2017

Barnyard Magic

The farm is a truly magical place, one that many magicians take advantage of with great effect. Milk, eggs, rope, plants of great variety, even produce and animals, all are subjects the Ring will explore this month.

March 2017

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 2017

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.

Note: We’re setting up a special Escrow Account for anyone who wants to burn a volunteer’s hundred dollar bill this year.

May 2017

Ropes & Silks

Twist it, tie it, knot it, cut it in half — ropes & silks have been staples in the magicians repertoire for hundreds of years. Related items, such as string or handkerchiefs, can also be used this month to mystify and amuse your audience.

June 2017

A Tribute to Couples

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.

July 2017

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 2017

Annual Picnic

September 2017

Something Wicked This Way Comes

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to bring out the spooky stuff, the magic routines guaranteed to raise hairs on the back of your audience’s neck. Jason and Freddy Krueger can step aside and make room for Ring 211’s seriously scary sleight of hand.

October 2017

Hocus Pocus Table-hopping Round Robin

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.

Please be prepared to do about five minutes at each of four to five tables.

November 2017

Ring 211 Flea Market & Auction

December 2017

No Meeting

Ring Event: Ring 211 Hosts 30th Annual Hocus Pocus Party!

On Saturday, November 5, Ring 211 — The June Horowitz/John deVries Magic Club in Grand Rapids, Michigan — held its 30th Annual Earl Ray Wilcox Memorial Hocus Pocus Party. Members sold tickets to a crowd of 240 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 such as a fifty/fifty cash drawing, and a fabulous cabaret show.

The event was held at KC Banquet Center on the southwest side of town. Magically, attractive designed table décor invited the guests to their tables. Magic-themed posters, streamers, and other party related décor were placed on the side walls to add to the festive appeal. This event was also advertised on local newspaper and TV station web site calendars, Facebook, Twitter, and on MLive.com. Ring President P. J. Weber had a spot on FOX 17’s “Morning Show” the previous Sunday. A few days later on FOX 17’s “Morning Mix,” Dennis Favreau astonished viewers.

Prior to the full dinner buffet and until the cabaret show, there was fortune telling by Bogga Kahn (Dave Bogdan). Also there was face painting by SuZie Zoerman and Cassandra Heimbecker as Whimsey T. Clown. Jerry Herdegen provided many balloon creations to not only any kids, but to adults too. Raven Keckler as Harvee The Rabbit was also a favorite attraction. The 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: MagicBob Zoerman, Bill Rasmussen accompanied by his son Christian, Gil Scott, Jesse Shira, Nicholas Watkins, Wayne Ramsdell, P. J. Weber, Gary Oisten, Dennis Favreau, Dr. Jack Vander Wal, Randy Vander Wal, Bruce Wehr, Randy Baker and his grandson Julian, Bob Panlener, Jeff Brodrick, and Leo Peters.

Gil Scott along with Michele Parkes recognized PIP June Horowitz (still “magic-partying” now at 103!) as she had the honor of pulling the ticket winner of the fifty/fifty raffle. A lucky winner received $205.00 and other winners received the giveaway prizes which included small beginner magic tricks from Hippity Hop Magic, pizza coupons, and other novelty items of Christmas and circus themes.

The evening concluded with an extremely entertaining cabaret show featuring Jesse Shira as the emcee, Trino, Bill Rasmussen and son Christian, Gene Anderson, and headliner Rod Snow. Ring 211 President, P. J. Weber enlightened us with his mouth coil to dove production and then introduced Jesse. Between the acts, Jesse dazzled the audience with a unique blend of comedy and magic, including Scott Alexander’s Candle to Flower, a phone number gag, and the Pom Pom Pole (Prayer Stick). Trino impressed yet continued the laughs with the Appearing Bowling Pin (Michael Mode), a comedy book test plus, and a straitjacket escape. Bill Rasmussen and his son Christian, our dynamic duo for the evening, was the third act. Bill mesmerized the audience with “Sympathetic 10” (from Card-Shark by Jorg Alexander). Christian followed with his “Top Secret Briefcase.” This coincided with the recent Presidential Election. After his revelation of the 38D bra, he mentioned that he was planning to run for president someday and that he “already was working on his strategic plan to attract the female vote.” To counteract any repercussions that may have stirred up among the Trump supporters, he mentioned that he “will continue to have his own private email server – and that no one would ever have access to it.” The duo concluded their act with their version of Sword Through Neck. Magic Tops Hats Off to Christian as this was his first time appearing on stage for Ring 211! Gene Anderson spiked up the show further with his performance which included his newspaper “Hello” cut, Picto-Transpo, Nemo Jumbo Rising Cards (double card rise), a Professor’s Nightmare and restore, his die box routine to the nursery rhyme of “Mother Hubbard,” and his torn and restored newspaper. Rod Snow closed the show. He is a ventriloquist and put on the final comedy touches with an animated drawing vent, a sock puppet with turtle vent, his The Baby and Gee Tar vents, and the last two vents were two kids from the audience.

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, Brooks Alder for operating the sound and lighting, Charles Bennett with Jim & Michele Parkes for heading the prize drawings and raffle, 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 my cousin Derek Lieverdink for photos and videotaping. A thanks to Bruce and Sara Wehr, Jeff Brodrick, P. J. Weber, and to Bill, Julie, and Christian Rasmussen for night before help as well as video tapping and video projection on large screen. Also, a thanks to Monica Cooper, Teresa Krause, Stacey Krause (relation to Michele Parkes) in assisting with ticket handling, decorations, and the prize drawings. A final thanks to any other member who helped out in any way and to the KC Banquet Center’s staff for their pleasant hospitality. An event such as this allows Ring 211 to host many lectures throughout the year to its club members.

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Ring 211 November 2016 Report

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, Eric Ross, John Dudley, Jesse Shira, 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, Dr. Jack Vander Wal, 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. Sixty bags were filled with at least two pieces of special candy delights. This year the candy was purchased from a little ole’ lady who ran a candy shop at one of the ports along the Alaskan coastline. Dr. Jack informed the members he came across this fine candy shop while upon an Alaskan cruise. 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.

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. Wayne Ramsdell was the biggest buyer followed by our president, P. J. Weber. Our biggest seller was Rick Howell followed by Eric Ross.

Another night of fun and fellowship. The club thanks all who came and either bought, sold, and/or enjoyed the festivities. It was a delight to see Antony and Laura Gerard from Ring 333 visiting. A thanks to MagicBob, Dr. Jack, and Michele for their devotion to this auction. Heads up: Michigan Magic Day 2017! — Grand Rapids — presented by I.B.M. Ring 211 — Michigan Magic Day 2017 will be held Saturday, May 20th with a pre-party on Friday night, May 19th at the beautiful facilities of Grace Bible College! Details as they develop at www.michiganmagicday.com.

June Horowitz Enjoys Master of Illusions Live Show

The Master of Illusions Live Show made a stop in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Thursday, October 20, at Forest Hills Public Schools Fine Arts Center. A handful of Ring 211 members were in the audience to witness a spectacular show. Among the audience attendees was PIP June Horowitz. Even at 103 years young, there is no stopping June from the magical arts! Her friend Diane Downs, the mother of B. J. Mallen (Abbott’s Magic Company), drove up from Colon, Michigan to attend the show with June. June was also recognized by Jonathan Pendragon during his segment. Here is a pic of June Horowitz with the cast.

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Top row: Michael Turco, Trino Schincariol (Ring 211 member who was part of the show’s October tour), Tom Burgoon, and Greg Gleason.

Middle row: Farrell Dillion and Gay Blackstone (Executive Producer).

Bottom row: Jonathan Pendragon and June Horowitz.

Photo taken by Jeff Brodrick. He is with June in the other photo.

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June and Jeff at Masters of Illusion (1)

Ring 211 October 2016 Report

For our October workshop Jeff Brodrick brought in a few videos of Don Alan’s “Magic Ranch TV Show.” This show ran for thirteen episodes in 1961 on the ABC network. In the selection we saw Senator (Clarke) Crandall and Jack Gwynne. Thanks Jeff.

Tonight was Table-Hopping Round Robin in preparation of the upcoming Hocus Pocus Party (report to soon follow in upcoming edition). It will be the 30th Edition. Bill and son Christian Rasmussen (who will be one of the featured acts on the cabaret show of the party plus join together in performing strolling magic) performed an astonishing card routine called “Whitewash” (by Auke van Dokkum) from Card Shark. MagicBob Zoerman (in which the club . . . should have done this years ago . . . was just named Ring 211 Chaplain) presented a mind boggling challenge involving a spectator to lift three decks of playing cards. This was a weight challenge. He also performed a lottery type routine in which he matched the lucky number. Jeff Brodrick performed “Houdini’s Influence” (a photograph card routine) and a his Card Printer (a card silk routine). Randy Baker had his grandson Julian Leeball (5 years old — who will join him in performing strolling magic at the Hocus Pocus Party) impressed us with a three-shape prediction. Then Randy continued with another card selection and matching prediction along with a double prediction revelation. Wayne Ramsdell . . . oh boy . . . intrigued us with a string and ring routine and followed with a nut magically screwing itself off of the bolt. Dr. Jack (Happy Jack) Vander Wal performed Doc Eason’s “All Screwed Up!” This is a fabulous nut and bolt routine. He followed with Norm Nielsen’s (Japanese) Chop Cup Tea Cup Routine. Dennis Favreau closed the evening off with a thumb cuff escape, a two card transposition, and a dandy ribbon and finger ring routine.

Another night of magic and fun. Thanks to the performers and all who participated.

Michael Ammar Experience Visits Grand Rapids

On September 10, Penguin Magic brought the Michael Ammar Experience to Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Experience has been happening in various cities and the last stop was Grand Rapids. Even though this was not a Ring event, many Ring 211 magicians attended and magi were drawn from all over the West Michigan area and even from as far away as Bay City. This was Michael’s fifth appearance in Grand Rapids over the last four decades. Brent Braun was demonstrating and selling his favorite Penguin products. The event took place at the DoubleTree Airport Hotel on the southeast side. In short,The Experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn magic hands on and up close. It was three hour hands on learning experience where he taught not only how it works but why it works. Michael was one of the lecturers at the I.B.M. convention in San Antonio which was reviewed in the September issue of “The Linking Ring.” A big thanks to both Penguin Magic and to Michael. Ring 211 member Jesse Shira summarizes the Experience by writing the following:

The lecture was really well planned out. Michael said he was going to do two hours worth of magic at the start and the lecture went about 3 and a half. And after that he stuck around just to talk with anyone who had questions, wanted to show him something, take pictures, anything really. He shared a multitude of magic for every skill level ranging from an absolute beginner to the polished pro. There was a nice Q & A at the end where he talked about a bunch of things, including practice tips and stories about The Professor and the differences of performing on Johnny Carson and David Letterman. At the beginning he said he wanted this lecture to be better than his “Better Than Live” video tape series, and I say he did it. When signing up on the Penguin Magic website they don’t call it a lecture, they call it an experience, and that is exactly what it was, an experience nobody there will forget.