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Ring Reports

October 2013

February 2014

   We started our February meeting by greeting some guests from Ring One in St Louis, Randy Kalin, Greg Green, Rich Thompson and Andrew Coats.  We then discussed an upcoming show that my son and I are going to be doing at “The Salem on 7th Theatre” in Petersburg, IL.  We also talked about the upcoming “Central Illinois Magic Get-Together” that our Ring will be hosting on June 7th of this year.  So far our list of performers includes:  Sean Bogunia, Tom Burgoon, Michael Baker, Brian Pankey and David Ginn.Ring 239 President Tony Dowell was this month’s featured member.  Tony is our resident dove worker.  He began his presentation by showing us various harnesses that he had invented or modified.  Next he discussed the proper care of doves and the importance of using props that are safe for the doves.  We then watched a video of Tony’s award winning act.  Tony says that one of his major influences is Tony Clark and it reflects in his performances.After Tony’s presentation we opened the floor for performance.  Randy  Kalin showed us a neat mystery with a wooden puzzle.  Jesse Miller performed a card trick based on Richard Osterland’s “Optic Vision”.  Three cards were freely chosen and revealed.  Greg Green did a trick he called, “The Flying Credit Card”.Oh yes, I almost forgot we had one other guest.  Richard Landry introduced us to his newest cast member “Snowball the Rabbit”.  I believe this is Snowball #5.

Next month our featured member will be Tim Gallaher.  Tim is very talented.  It should be a great meeting.

January 2014

At our January meeting we discussed “The Central Illinois Magic Get-Together” that will be hosted by our club in Springfield, IL on June 7th. The list of performers, lectures and dealers is very impressive, and we are just getting started. We also talked about an upcoming show that Troy Roark and I will be doing at “Salem on Seventh Theatre” in Petersburg, IL on March 1st.

Jeff Harpring and Dave Matrisch gave us a review of the Peoria, IL Ring 48 annual Banquet. They said the evening was the perfect combination of good food and great performers with Jay Zentko and Rob Thompson doing the honors onstage.

Luke Hayes was our featured member this month. Luke demonstrated a really nice “Lady From Light” type illusion that he built. Luke says that one of his major influences is David Copperfield. You can see this in Luke’s performing style.

After Luke’s presentation, Mike Plog showed us a three poker hand trick which he always won. The trick used a neat flip over move. Steve Steer did a trick that Stan Burris taught him that used a similar move. Keeping with the theme, Greg Green wowed us with a riffle force using another flip over move.

Ring President Tony Dowell is next month’s featured member. We are all looking forward to his presentation.

Reporter

Eldon Roark

December 2014

For our December meeting we had punch, cookies and a door prize drawing to celebrate the holidays.

Our vice-president Dave Matrisch won the door prize. It was a packet trick. Hopefully he will perform it for us at a future meeting.

It was announced that our Ring President Tony Dowell will be a featured performer at the MagiCelabration in Colon, MI in July 2014. We discussed David Blaine’s latest TV special. Everyone seemed to like it. We were sad to hear that Bud Dietrich’s wife Audrey passed away. Every trade show magician working today owes a thank you to Bud. He laid the foundation on which they stand.

Jeff Harpring was our featured member this month. Jeff started his presentation by performing some amazing magic. His first trick was a really nice “Coins Across” into a drinking glass. Next he made three Chinese coins penetrate a ribbon, one at a time. The last coin appeared in Dr. Steve Steer’s hand. Jeff then did an outstanding short change routine. He followed this with two card tricks, a signed card transposition and “McDonald’s Ace’s”. You can tell that Jeff performs the ace trick a lot, it was very smooth. He closed his performance with the Cups and Balls. Jeff says one of his major influences is Dan Fleshman. Dan would be proud of Jeff. He did a wonderful job.

After Jeff’s presentation, Steve Steer taught us a super false cut created by Martin Nash. Jim Percy showed us two holiday themed tricks, “Legend of the Christmas Tree” and “Mismade Frosty”. Our youngest and extremely talented member, Luke Hayes showed us a card trick from a “Harry Lorraine” book. Four randomly chosen cards all matched. They were all two’s. Steve, Jim and Luke all did a terrific job. We can always count on our members to perform some great magic.

This is our last meeting in 2013. We are looking forward to 2014 when Ring 239 will be hosting the Central Illinois Magic Get-Together on June 7th. It’s the World’s Greatest One Day Magic Convention. For more information go to www.CentralIllinoisMagic.com .

Eldon Roark

Reporter

November 2013

In the business portion of our meeting we discussed that Ring 239 has just become a resident of “The Hoogland Center for the Arts” and how much this would benefit our club when we host The Central Illinois Magic Get-Together, on June 7, 2014. We bill this as “The World’s Greatest One Day Magic Convention”, and it truly is. You should definitely plan on attending this year. You can go to www.CentralIllinoisMagic.com for more information. We also voted to pay to have a Resident sign displayed on the front of the building, along with the other organizations that call The Hoogland home.

Our featured member this month was our Vice President Dave Matrisch. Dave performed several close-up tricks for us. The thing that stood out about Dave’s presentation was that he did tricks using

several types of props. He started with a card trick where a chosen card was shuffled into the deck and then cut to the top. Next, he showed us a nice routine using a die and the paddle move. From there he moved on to a coin trick. A penny invisibly jumped from one hand to the other. He then made a coin penetrate a scarf. Dave’s last two effects were a trick he teaches kids using elastic bands that magically transpose and a gospel paper tear.

Dave told us about how he started in magic by taking promo photos of a local magician in exchange for magic lessons and how the late great Richiardi was one of his major influences. Dave did a wonderful job and was very entertaining.

After Dave’s presentation, James Percy performed several awesome card tricks. We can always count on Jim to wow us at our meetings.

Next month we will have holiday cookies and punch and our featured performer will be Jeff Harpring. I can’t wait. Jeff is great and I love cookies.

Eldon Roark

October 2013

     In the business portion of our meeting we discussed that Ring 239 has just become a resident of “The Hoogland Center for the Arts” and how much this would benefit our club when we host The Central Illinois Magic Get-Together, on June 7, 2014.  We bill this as “The World’s Greatest One Day Magic Convention”, and it truly is.  You should definitely plan on attending this year.  You can go to www.CentralIllinoisMagic.com for more information.  We also voted to pay to have a Resident sign displayed on the front of the building, along with the other organizations that call The Hoogland home.
  Our featured member this month was our Vice President Dave Matrisch.  Dave performed several close-up tricks for us.  The thing that stood out about Dave’s presentation was that he did tricks using several types of props.  He started with a card trick where a chosen card was shuffled into the deck and then cut to the top.  Next, he showed us a nice routine using a die and the paddle move.  From there he moved on to a coin trick.  A penny invisibly jumped from one hand to the other.  He then made a coin penetrate a scarf.  Dave’s last two effects were a trick he teaches kids using elastic bands that magically transpose and a gospel paper tear.
  Dave told us about how he started in magic by taking promo photos of a local magician in exchange for magic lessons and how the late great Richiardi was one of his major influences. Dave did a wonderful job and was very entertaining.
  After Dave’s presentation, James Percy performed several awesome card tricks.  We can always count on Jim to wow us at our meetings.
 Next month we will have holiday cookies and punch and our featured performer will be Jeff Harpring.  I can’t wait.  Jeff is great and I love cookies.
Eldon Roark


August 2014

Several of our members attended “The Midwest Magic Jubilee” in St Louis the weekend before our August meeting, so we had reviews of the convention. Everyone thought it was great. Next year will be the combined IBM-SAM Convention in St Louis, so there will be no Jubilee in 2014, but it will return in 2015. The Jubilee is a great convention and I highly recommend it to everyone.

One of the highlights of this years Jubilee was the stage competition. Ring 239’s President Tony Dowell competed this year and took home first place with his new dove act. Tony is very talented and the trophy was well deserved. We are all very proud of him.

Speaking of Tony, he brought a neat little prop to the meeting. He had owned it for years and wasn’t quite sure what it was. It turned out to be a “Wonder Clock”. Steve Steer showed all of us how it worked.

The theme for our August meeting was “The First Trick I Ever Learned”. The list was quite diversified.

Dave Matrisch – The French Drop; Jeff Harpring – Vanishing Silk; Steve Steer – Levitating Mummy; Tony Dowell – Sponge Balls; Mike Plog – Three Card Slap. I got my first trick from a box of Cracker Jacks. It was a small paddle with three holes in it. A small wooden peg would magically jump from one hole to the other. I have no idea what the official name for the trick is.

Next month’s theme is “Comedy Magic” I can’t wait.

Eldon Roark

Reporter