Ring 211 July 2018 Report

The club held a Broken Wand Ceremony for June Horowitz in place of the July workshop. MagicBob Zoerman, our club chaplain, officiated. The wand was provided by Bill Rasmussen.

This month’s program theme was Mentalism or Mental Magic. Members had to dust off those Zener cards and multiple-out envelopes, as we prepared ourselves to utterly amaze ourselves with a dmonstration of our mental prowess. Telepathy, clairvoyance, telekinesis, was all fair game. We could pick to do mentalism, which tends to be long and potentially boring because the performer wants us to believe he/she is really psychic, or mental magic which is usually faster paced and more fun because we all know it’s just a trick. (This paragraph modified from Ron Carnell’s July meeting announcement. He is our webmaster, who posts our monthly program announcements on the Ring 211 web site.)

Just prior to the program, Bill Rasmussen and his son, Christian, showed us their table with camera set up for viewing close-up magic on stage. It was quite interesting and their set up table/smartphone video transmitting has quick set up and breakdown, is lightweight, and quite handy. They also shared how they entice their audiences to show up at the start of showtime with the posting of a “pre-show schedule.”

Ron Carnell, our program chairperson, opened the show with a truth or lie card routine. The chosen card happened to be the only card in a blank deck. Gil Scott demonstrated his fine mind reading talent by obtaining the correct wine Mackenzie Bradley was thinking. He continued with an exceptional book test revelation. Hank Slagter intrigued us with his reading of ESP cards. Ring President Jeff Brodrick borrowed Bill Rasmussen’s smartphone which transmitted a larger image of Harry Houdini on the available room screen. Looking at Houdini’s eye pupils one could see Bill’s card selection revealed. Impressive. Gary Laundre’ dazzled us by using a “third eye” trinket to reveal Randi Richardson’s card. We welcome Randi Richardson back to our meetings! Also, the whole deck changed to the chosen card which was the Eight of Clubs. Not only that, but then her card changed to the Hocus Pocus Party card. This card is about the size of a bridge size card and advertises our upcoming Hocus Pocus Party which will be November 3. Details on our web site. Great boost on the advertising Gary. MagicBob Zoerman enticed us by revealing which member had the black marble out of the many white marbles we could select from a bag. Next, MagicBob impressed us with a book test. Randy Vander Wal added some comic flair by presenting McCombical Deck. P. J. Weber puzzled us with a series of multiple coin tosses that he had Jeff Brodrick do. We could pick head or tails. Some how the coin always ended tails side up and Charles Bennett was the last one standing. Ron Carnell closed the show with a gathering of multiple numbers given from various audience members and when added together, it matched his prediction.

Tonight was another fun-filled night of magic and fellowship. We thank all our performers. Gear up for the Hocus Pocus Party!

Ring Event: Ring 211 Recent Lectures — Suzanne, Jan Rose & Danny Orleans, Meir Yedid, and Eric Stevens

Ring 211 has had its fulfillment of lectures since last August of 2017 through May of 2018. Suzanne, Danny Orleans with his wife Jan Rose, Meir Yedid, and Eric Stevens all presented lectures.


Suzanne Sinclair, who resides in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota has had audiences all over the country fall in love with her magic since 1985. She can be see locally at Birch’s on the Lake and Lord Fletcher’s Old Lake Lodge in Spring Park. She has an engaging style which makes the audience an essential participant in her performance. Many respected professional magicians have called her “flawless” and “amazing”. She is a favorite at the famous Magic Castle and was awarded Close-Up Magician of the Year for 2010 by The Academy of Magical Arts. Her specialty is close-up magic for corporate and private events.

Ring 211 member Jesse Shira describes her lecture of August 27 by saying the following.

“The first half of the lecture began with Suzanne performing her award winning magic castle act. She wowed and amazed ring members with well-rehearsed feats of card magic. With the help of a volunteer, she then displayed a neat transposition of a secret message between band aids. To close out her performance, Suzanne shared with us her take on the cups and balls, an eloquent routine done as a poem. After this she went back and explained her card routines. She shared the motivations and reasoning behind every double lift, top change, and other sneaky sleight she used to win the AMA’s Close Up Magician of the Year in 2010.”

Ring member Al Munro added, “The Suzanne lecture was excellent! It covered the ‘why’ and not just the ‘how’ of her effects, obviously from a working repertoire. It also featured concrete examples of strong misdirection in action, in the context of her routines.”

Contact Suzanne at http://www.suzmagic.com/.

Jan Rose and Danny Orleans

Danny Orleans has been performing magic for children for over 40 years. He is a former Kindergarten teacher and uses modern-day teacher’s techniques to manage the behavior of audiences at kids shows. In the 1980s, he joined forces with Jan Rose, a professional actress from Chicago, to create a two-person family magic show which they toured to major arts centers in the eastern half of the US, Canada and the Virgin Islands.

Their lecture was titled “Kids Show Masterplan. He has written a book for children’s magicians called Kids Show Masterplan. During the past two years Danny and Jan have released the “Colossal Coloring Book of Magic,” a super-sized coloring book prop which has a big impact on kids. It is also available on www.amazekids.com . Danny is best known for his high-quality DVD sets, The Art of Presenting Magic to Children and The Art of Presenting Magic to Teenagers which are groundbreaking instructional DVDs for the magic community. These DVD sets share the audience management strategies and performance techniques that Danny and Jan have created to successfully perform magic for young people.

During the past four years, they have lectured on how to perform magic for children to magic clubs and conventions in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom and at FISM2017 in Italy. In their lecture of November November 5 on children’s magic, they shared these techniques as well as some great kids show routines.

Highlights were:

* hand warm up exercise to occupy first comers, engages silently, and informs teachers that the magician is in control
* pair of squares for children to stay in one spot
* line across floor to keep audience on one side
* structure — showed example with Coloring Book routine and Vanishing Crayons
* texture — includes high, lows, and quiet moments — SAP (stage audience part), GAP (group audience part), NAP (no audience part)
* behavior control — modeling and showing using verbal cues — example was his video performance of Aqua Cups — use of verbal control in form of questions — interpretation of politeness — establishes security teach expectations
* positive reinforcement — compliment good behavior
* finale was video of them performing a segment from their Children’s Theater Show about a magician and a friend using the metamorphosis illusion

They had lecture notes and magic they use in their show. Contact them at http://www.dannyorleansmagic.com.

Meir Yedid

Meir Yedid is a multi-award winning magician who has performed and lectured around most of the world, both live and on television. He has created and published several hundred magic routines for the magic fraternity and currently runs some of the most popular websites for magicians and gamblers.

Highlights of his lecture of November 15 were:

* Five forces with five cards into a Royal Flush — Slip Force, Riffle Force, Trevor Lewis’ Swivel Force Swindle, Chop Shuffle Force (Lift Shuffle), Hindu Shuffle with subtleties to what he calls “Asian Shuffle.”
* A Touch of The Mentalist (Gene Maze) — a three card prediction match
* Juan Tamariz’s Royalistic
* Ted Bogusta and Meir Yedid’s Supersized KFC Coins — KFC (Key-ring/Fifty/Centavo) Coin gimmick is an ingenious and well machined gaff that was created by Ted Bogusta and can be used to create impossible and startling coin magic using a half dollar, a copper coin and a key ring. Meir created additional handlings, even David Regal.
* Predetermined Pasteboard using Fred Caps’ Force
* Nick Brown’s Wonder Bill — an inside out bill
* Mayoral Mix
* Tuc Poker Chip Set
* Criminal Cards — a truth or lie routine, a Peter Duffy idea
* You Lose It, I Find It — card routine
* Almost Perfect Coin Vanish

Visit Meir Yedid’s site at https://www.mymagic.com/ and subscribe to his newsletter.

Eric Stevens

Eric Stevens who has been known to go by “Mr. Success” is a professional sleight-of-hand artist, author and speaker who has spent the last fifteen years providing top-notch entertainment for different types of audiences all over America. He has worked with and for some of the top entertainers in the world, also performing for such noted celebrities as singer CeeLo Green, comedian Patton Oswalt and actor Chad Lindberg from the well-known CW series “Supernatural”. He specializes in the field of close-up magic and with his remarkable people skills and bright personality, he made his lecture the best it could be, performing brilliant astonishments hand-picked for us. His lecture was on May 17 with the focus that a magician’s performance needs intent (reasoning for doing magic), trust (includes comfort and treatment), and meaning (should be relative). He showed this through his routines:

* One-Armed Man — a three card monte with a color back change and a value change — take the monte away from the “crouch” view and put up towards one’s face — emphasis that magic happens in the moment of which the audience determines when this moment is received
* Hang ‘Em High — a three quarter coins across hand to hand and hanging coins to coin on shoulder and final coin vanish
* Happenstance — card revelation which included a cold reading, card at any number, card cut from choice of three piles
* Showing and understanding who the magician is and the audience — some pinpointing thoughts from his lecture notes, “Perspective”
* Tribloon — precision coins — one to three coin production change to Chinese coins and a three to one coin and vanish
* Split Second Marvel — an Invisible Deck routine using a stop watch to obtain number with one deck used for the spectator and another used as the prediction deck
* Sympathy For The Devil — a “do as I do” color changing card routine with use of the Jokers
* The Wall — a prediction system — a prediction revelation from a spectator’s experience and match the spectator’s word

Another pointer shared was to be honest and fair with oneself and to be “yourself.” Items for sale were his lecture notes as well as Sympathy For The Devil, The Wall, Tribloon, and Happenstance. See his You Tube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Php6XO-wpNI. Contact him through Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/eric.stevens.9469.

We all enjoyed what these fine magi had to offer and recommend them to any club. We thank each of them. We also thank our lecture chair Dave Bogdan for obtaining these magicians. Future lecturers should contact Dave at bogsmagic@comcast.net.

Ring 211 June 2018 Report

Our June workshop was on gaffed decks. Six members performed a trick using the gaffed deck and explained how. Gil Scott showed us his performance using the Mental Photography Deck. He also added a blank card as to hand out during the performance. Also, he showed us by using a reverse fan of a regular deck, one could perform a “mental photography” routine. Jim Parkes presented a routine using the Svengali Deck. Hank Slagter amazed us with his routine of the Stripper Deck. P. J. Weber shared his version of the Invisible Deck and adds two Jokers to use as “backs.” Gary Laundre’ then performed a mind reading version with the Invisible Deck. Jeff Brodrick impressed us with a routine using the Pop Eyed Popper Deck. Thanks to these members for sharing.

Special Note: Many magi know that June Horowitz (Past International President 1987 – 88) has passed. She was a member of Ring 211 since its beginning (1969 and chartered in 1971) and the previous Ring 16. To add to the “early bird” period at each monthly meeting, she encouraged the Ring to have a “workshop” period. This was her idea. The workshop could be a report of something related to magic, a “show and tell,” or a “how to.” Well, Ring 211 has been doing this so called “workshop” ever since the idea passed at a meeting in the late 1970s. So, Ring 211 has in a sense “two programs” at every regular meeting. Thank you June!

Tonight was “Magician In Trouble” as the program. It’s a common theme in magic, and one that audience’s always seem to enjoy. They love to see us stumble and prove we, too, are merely mortal. Tonight, members performed a trick or routine where failure appeared imminent — just before we turn it around and once again do the impossible. To add to the program, Lilly Hartoon, eight year-old granddaughter of Bruce and Sara Wehr, enlightened us with her floating of a cup. Ring President Jeff Brodrick performed a three card selection effect and after failing finally revealed the the right chosen cards. Marcus Denton demonstrated his mental ability on Jim Parkes. Three random numbers were given. Marcus used the famous “No” gag in preparation. His prediction of him being “off by three” saved him. Randy Vander Wal performed a kid favorite, the Hippity Hop Rabbits. Gary Laundre’ followed with his version of McCombical Deck. P. J. Weber amazed us with a card selection and find. New member Benjamin Turner, previously from England now residing here, concluded the show with a card selection and find in which he correctly revealed the card after two misses.

Tonight was another night of magic, fun, and fellowship. We thank the performers and all for coming. As of this writing, the 90th I.B.M. Convention just ended. It was GRAND! Many, many compliments on the convention regarding the talent, lectures, contests, shows, dealers, the hotel, the city, and Ring 211 as the hosting Ring. Facebook was filled with posts. I hear talk of returning to this grand city in the future. Read all about the convention in the August and upcoming editions. A big thank you to all those who were involved in putting this convention on and to all who participated!

Ring 211 May 2018 Report

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.

Ring 211 April 2018 Report

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!

Ring 211 March 2018 Report

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!