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We're not your typical magic club, and thanks to the imaginative ideas and invaluable input from our members, we've added some great website features and scheduled some awesome magic activities in the coming months.   Of course, we also have a few more "tricks up our sleeve" that you'll be enjoying in the near future, and we are predicting the best year ever in 2022!  As always, we are thankful and appreciative for YOUR continued participation, dedication, and support.   Here's just a brief overview of our super successful or currently planned highlights:

  • Don't miss our next TWO club events this month (MAY) - a fantastic club meeting on  TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2022, 7:15 PM, featuring club treasurer ROBERT PURCELL and a FIRST-TIME EVER activity, FOUR WHIRLWIND CLOSE-UP, HANDS-ON MINI-LECTURES covering coins, cards, sponges, and strings, presented by FERRAN POAGE, KEN FOLEY, VP FRED LENTER, and yours truly (JNY)!   The meeting is free and guests are ALWAYS welcome.  We're also hosting our very first IN-PERSON Guest Lecture for the year 2022, featuring celebrated magician ANTONY GERARD, on TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2022, at 7:30 PM!  This lecture is FREE for any and all IBM RING members (non-members and guests, $10 at the door). 
  • Our RECENT CLUB MEETING (Tuesday, April 19, 2022, 7:15 PM) featured, PATTRICK PRZYSIECKI - a nationally award- winning magician - and was an enormous success.  With 37 people attending in-person and at least a dozen or so members and guests online, we enjoyed quite a turnout!
  • We are currently making arrangements to host our first (of several) special guest lectures, coming your way sometime in MAY.  Please stay tuned for specific updates - we're sure you'll enjoy what's in store!
  • Our BIGGEST event of the year is coming your way and it's just in time for the holidays!  RING 22 is hosting another "first" - a complimentary catered dinner and a gigantic, informal magic session with friends at our final monthly meeting of the year, on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2021, at 7 PM.  This is an IN-PERSON ONLY event and unfortunately, it will NOT be simulcast online.  For our club members, this is the one meeting you simply do not want to miss - there will be loads of FREE prizes, plenty of food, and and a fun evening filled with "must-see" magic!  Free for members, suggested donation of $10 for guests.  PLEASE JOIN US!  More info will be emailed to you - CONTACT US for more info.
  • RING 22 hosted it's first-ever MONTHLY CLUB MEETING/GALA MAGIC SHOW ("A November to Remember"), both IN-PERSON and SIMULCAST, on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2021, and it was an absolute BLAST!  A special shoutout goes to EVERYONE who participated (FRED LENTER, ANDY MAKAR, JOSH WILDE, GORDON RUSS, MIKE THORNTON, and KEITH & LADY SARAH FIELDS)!   Of course, our club is indebted to all of YOU for attending (in-person OR online)!  For our club members, the video recording of this event is now available in the "Members-Only" section of our website!
  • RING 22 once again celebrated a super monthly club meeting on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2021!  Our featured spotlighted magician PAT COLLINS presented some outstanding magic,  and we also enjoyed an excellent book report by FERRAN POAGE, discussed some clever tips by VP FRED LENTER, and learned some great coin magic in a special Broadcast MAGIC WORKSHOP with guest KEN ABBOTT!  Thanks everyone for attending and supporting our club!
  • RING 22 enjoyed another smashing IN-PERSON and SIMULCAST monthly club meeting on Tuesday, September 21, 2021!  The event featured more than 12 performers, including spotlighted magician CHRIS BOGUCKI, an outstanding "give-away" workshop presented by REX KAY, and a great book review by NORM CATTELL.  For a detailed meeting summary, CLICK HERE!
  • Our FIRST-EVER BBQ and CLUB MEETING (on 8/17/2021) was an enormous success - thanks to all of YOU!  For a detailed summary of all the action, read our BLOG POST or simply CLICK HERE!
  • Our most recent IN-PERSON and SIMULCAST club meeting (July 20, 2021) was an enormous success, THANKS TO ALL OF YOU, with 28 people attending in-person and 12 attendees online.  Spotlighted guest magician JOE CHASNEY opened the meeting with a bang (as well as 20 minutes of amazing magic!), RICK RAIMONDO presented and outstanding Mystery Workshop, VP FRED LENTER gave a very informative Book Review as well as several gift “give-aways”, WUNDERGROUND MAGIC shared some great shop secrets, and there were quite a few great performances, in-person AND online, from our club members!  A video of that meeting will be posted and available in the Members-Only section of our website soon - please stay tuned!
  • RING 22 hosted its first IN-PERSON and SIMULCAST monthly club meeting  on TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 2021, 7:15 PM EDT (at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 749 W. 14 Mile Rd., Clawson, MI  48017), and it was packed with special magic activities EVERYONE enjoyed, including some 31 IN-PERSON attendees and 14 participants ONLINE!  
  • Our last May club meeting was once again a resounding success, with 45 members and guests attending online.  Our VP and spotlighted magician, FRED LENTER, "wowed" everyone, and our activities included a special guest, underground magician, gambler, and entrepreneur, NORM BECK!  We all participated in honoring one of our most celebrated club members, NICK PUDAR, and everyone enjoyed an outstanding book report by one of our newest club members, NORM CATTELL.  A video of the MAY meeting is available in our "Members-Only" section of this website - be sure to check it out!
  • Club member KEITH FIELDS has kindly shared an outstanding NEW tutorial video for our club members, featuring full explanations of three fantastic routines.  The video is currently posted in the "Members-Only" section of this website and it definitely falls in the "MUST-SEE" category - be sure to check it out soon!
  • Our April Online Club Meeting (TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2021was another huge success, with 43 members and guests again attending to see our featured performer, JIM CHARTIER and his family magic mini-show/lecture, as well as a slew of great magic performed by our members, discussions, book reviews, puzzles, and a look at the latest items featured at the nearby WUNDERGROUND MAGIC SHOP.   Thanks again to all of you for your tremendous support of our events!  A video of the April meeting is available in our "Members-Only" section of this website!
  • RING 22 enjoyed another widely successful club meeting on Tuesday, MARCH 16, 2021, with more than 40 members and guests in attendance!   The meeting was full of NEW items and segments, opening with our featured guest magician NATE KRANZO, who did an absolutely amazing job sharing magic and effects with all of us!  Special kudos to many of our talented club members who presented at the meeting, including KEN FOLEY, BOB WHITFORD, and JOSH WILDE.  We also presented a brief tribute to one of our club's most influential members of the past, CLARE CUMMINGS (better known as "Milky the Clown")!   Thanks to all of you who participated or attended!
  • Our  club continued its "roll" into the New Year 2021 with our recent ONLINE club meeting (Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at 7:30 PM)!   The meeting featured the usual fantastic magic and our special guest magician, STEVE REYNOLDS! If you haven't seen his work, he is not only a major headline performer, he is the creator of some phenomenal sleights and effects.  A video of the meeting is currently available for our members in the Members-Only section of this website.  We also now have a video of the RAFAEL BENATAR Lecture available - BE SURE TO CHECK THEM OUT!
  • Our club kicked off the New Year with our first ONLINE MEETING of 2021 (1/19/2021), featuring our special guest magician, BOB BENGEL!   The event was another enormous success.  A video of the meeting is currently available for our members in the Members-Only section of this website.  Be sure to check it out!
  • As expected, our online meetings on November 17, 2020 (featuring our Guest Magician, GEOFF WILLIAMS) and our special holiday meeting on December 15, 2020 (featuring our Guest Magician, MATT STANLEY) were big hits with our members and guests.  Each meeting attracted more than 40 viewers in attendance, and each event was loaded with exciting surprises, including notable contributions from many of our veteran club members!   In case you missed them, members can view video recordings of the entire meetings in our Members-Only section.  
  • We've had great attendance at all of our recent events, including our monthly ONLINE club meetings.  Our October meeting featured a fantastic seminar with featured guest magician JACK CARPENTER as well as a special guest appearance by FREDDIE TREEBECK,  the long lost relative of Jeopardy's notable emcee Alex Trebeck - members should be sure to check it all out on our posted meeting video highlights!  Super magician DAN FLESHMAN has joined the ranks of our "spotlighted" magicians and wowed everyone with his usual OUTSTANDING MAGIC at our September meeting (he even taught a few effects for us and hung-out for the rest of the meeting).  
  • Our monthly club meeting (July 21, 2020), was an enormous success and we'd like to give a special "thank you" to our guest and spotlighted master magician, GEORGE TAIT (aka PATRICK REDFORD), who opened our meeting with several astounding mentalism "goodies" and taught a very clever effect that can be performed anywhere and anytime!  Longtime friend of RING 22, MARV LONG, also provided a major contribution to our meeting, explaining two outstanding ZOOM-friendly routines as part of a very well produced Magician's Workshop segment.   As always, several members and guests shared some amazing and entertaining magic for everyone.  Remember, it's always better to be a part of the action and YOU are the reason for our club's success!   
  • Members of our club enjoyed a "magical blast" at our last exclusive  SECRET SESSION ("The AMBITIOUS CARD", Thursday, July 30, 2020), and we're keeping the tradition alive during the month of AUGUST with our next scheduled SECRET SESSION on Thursday, August 27, 2020, at 7 PM!  The members-only session will focus this time on "FAVORITE CARD REVELATIONS", a mainstay in every working magician's magic bag of tricks!  Registration will be emailed to our members soon (video recordings of past SECRET SESSIONS are posted regularly in the "Members Only" section of this website).
  • Our combined ONLINE Club Meeting AND Guest Lecture (featuring internationally-acclaimed magician MEIR YEDID) on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, was an enormous success, with more than 75 people registered and a whopping 53 members participating.  That's a club record!
  • Our recent SECOND ONLINE CLUB MEETING, held on TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2020, at 7:30 PM, was a very successful "LEARN-A-THON", with several sure-fire magic effects taught and explained by special guest MIKE POWERS (super magician, author, and lecturer) as well as club members, Fred Lenter, Andy Makar, and me, for a whopping 55 registered members and guests!  Dave Wirth shared a few "gems" from his historical treasure chest, everyone had a chance to perform, and Josh Wilde demonstrated a few "hot items" from his Wunderground Magic Shop.   For a detailed summary, CLICK HERE.
  • Our FIRST-EVER, SPECIAL ONLINE club meeting on TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2020, at 7:30 PM was a terrific success!  Club member Andy Makar has produced an excellent video of the session capturing many highlights of the historic event.  Registered RING 22 members can view it (see blog post, "Resounding Success:  Our First ONLINE Meeting") after logging in.  It's definitely well-worth watching!
  • Monthly CLUB MEETINGS for 2020 have been extremely well-supported and attended (averaging 32+ members per meeting!), and  we are fortunate to have featured the amazing magic of our own verteran performers Mike Mode and Nick Pudar.  Additionally, we've shared some very important discussion topics concerning the art of magic, not to mention all of the super strong magic YOU have performed on our "always-open" stage.  We even had an outstanding guest performance by well-known magician Martin Cox (direct from the UK!), who "tipped" one of his favorite routines and displayed his unique brand of stunning magic, humor, and showmanship!  Although we have unfortunately cancelled our regularly scheduled March meeting due to the current COVID-19 situation,  we'll be resuming our monthly club meeting schedule as usual in April (on every third Tuesday of each month),  and we're looking forward to  our next physical, in-person meeting on April 21, 2020!  Members as well as guests are always welcome to join us!  Let's keep the ball rollin'  - be a part of the best magic club in Michigan!
  • Our first Guest Lecture of this year (Monday, March 9, 2020), featuring the amazing magic of GLENN MORPHEW (of Penn and Teller's "Fool Us" fame), was an enormous success,  with an ALL-TIME, RECORD-BREAKING 41 members and guests attending!  If you happen to miss it, don't worry - there's more outstanding lectures coming your way soon!
  • It's that time of year again, and RING 22's  all new Membership Drive 2020! has officially begun!   Created with YOU in mind, we are currently offering incentives for sponsoring and recruiting new members!  For more information, please be sure to visit our Membership Drive 2020! page.
  • By now everyone is familiar with our new location and all of our club events (meetings and guest lectures) are hosted in our new home at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 749 W. 14 Mile Rd., Clawson, MI 48017. Our new and convenient location is only a few blocks from downtown Clawson, on 14 Mile Road just five blocks West of Main Street. The new "digs" look great and we are extremely excited to be hosting all of our future activities at our new "magic castle"!  Best of all, our meeting area (the church's Welcome Center) is very comfortable, with easy access using the main entryway directly from the facility's well-lit parking lot! 
  • We've also found a new "nightspot" for our members and guests to converse after every activity - The HideOut.   The restaurant is only three blocks away, directly on 14 Mile Rd., serving excellent but affordable food and beverages until 1 AM - hope to see you all there after our next event!
  • We are always posting new items of interest in our exclusive "Members-Only" area of our website.  Members ares strongly encouraged to officially register and log in to gain access to all of the links available in our Secret Stuff drop-down menu -- you'll be so glad you did!  The page contains loads of great advice, tutorials, video clips, effects, and more! 
  • If any RING 22 members are hosting or performing in a special magical event, please let us know - we'd love to help and support your efforts!
  • A Magicians for Hire page listing professional magicians who are available and seeking performing opportunities is now posted and viewable for all of our website visitors!
  • An Online Members Directory (containing contact information for those members who wish to be included) is now available for RING 22 members who have officially registered and logged into this site -- find it in the  Secret Stuff drop-down menu!
  • Our fully functional and secure ONLINE Paypal Option is up and running for our web viewers, making payments for yearly membership dues and specific lectures fast, easy, and convenient -- look for it in the Membership drop-down menu!

There’s always plenty to look forward to at RING 22! Please stay tuned and VISIT THIS SITE OFTENyou never know what you’ll be missing!

IBM RING 22 | John Smith ("Johnny NewYork"), President | Fred Lenter, Vice-President | Robert Purcell, Treasurer | Keith Fields, Artistic Advisor