Membership Drive 2023!

RING 22, the official non-profit regional organization of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM), is dedicated to the promotion of magic throughout the Greater-Detroit community.  Known as “The DETROIT MAGIC CLUB”, we are proud to serve a membership both young and old that includes professional and amateur magicians as well as hobbyists and enthusiasts who simply enjoy a common interest in the wonderful art of MAGIC.  Our “RING-ers” range from those just beginning their journey to those who have devoted lifetimes pursuing the world of mystery, sleight of hand, and illusion.  In addition to hosting regular monthly informational club meetings, we are proud to present top-notch, cutting-edge lectures featuring internationally acclaimed magicians throughout the year. 

We collect online payments via PayPal - a safe and secure method to pay your dues online!

RING 22 is funded entirely by the support of YOU, our dedicated club members, and we are sincerely appreciative of your contribution to our club.  YOU are the true magic of our organization!

Becoming an official club member of RING 22 for the year 2023 has never been easier -  additional IBM membership is encouraged but NOT required.  As an active member you’ll receive exclusive and invaluable tips from fellow members, gain access to our private internet publications, share ideas among friends, and earn considerable discounts at all of our special lectures and exclusive events.  We hope YOU will take advantage of the "best magic deal in town”!  

DON’T WAIT - SUPPORT our “MAGICAL MISSION” for 2023 and JOIN US TODAY!

Registration rates are listed and explained below.  Annual registration fees include full RING 22 membership currently through December 31, 2023.  For your convenience, you may register in person at our monthly club meetings or send us a completed MEMBERSHIP REGISTRATION FORM via US mail.   You may also use our ONLINE PAYPAL link at any time!

SPECIAL "Early-Bird" Registration (Save $10!)
For those who register BEFORE March 1, 2023, our annual membership fee (regularly $40/year) is currently available at a one-time reduced rate - only $30With early payment and registration your membership is effective immediately and will continue through the entire year 2023 - this is truly a magical "offer you cannot refuse!"   We want everyone to experience and enjoy the special magic of our club as an official member of RING 22Get "on board" and join us TODAY!

  • Standard Registration (Effective March 1, 2023 - December 31, 2023)
    Our annual membership fee is $40 for the entire year 2023.  We're proud to be the "best magic deal in town" - it's never too late to join us and support magic in our community!
       
  • Junior/Student Registration (Always save $$$)
    Registration created ESPECIALLY for our younger members (ages 12-20) or currently enrolled full-time students in ANY learning institution is always $20. With this registration your membership is effective immediately and will continue through the entire year 2023.  RING 22 eagerly welcomes our future magicians!
     
  • Benefactor Registration
    Being a non-profit organization, our fees are needed to support our all of our hosted events, including meetings, guest lectures, special parties, online activities, etc.   Donations of ANY amount (in addition to the applicable membership registration fee) are always appreciated and can be made at ANY time.  THANK YOU for your generosity and support!!! 

As always, we appreciate your continued support of RING 22 -- we are looking forward to sharing MAGIC with YOU and making the year 2023 the most magical year ever!

HURRICAN VICTIM/PRO MAGICIAN NEEDS YOUR HELP!

Many of you will recall the wonderful positive magic of JIM CHARTIER, a good friend of IBM RING 22.  Jim is a fulltime professional magician in Florida who has generously donated his time for us, presenting a full lecture at no cost to our magic club, given a "Mystery Workshop", and performed some outstanding magic via our ZOOM CONNECTION at several of our club meetings.  He is a wonderful person who is always willing to help our club in some way if ever called upon.  Recently he and his wife have faced a huge setback - HURRICAN IAN has severely damaged his home and furnishings, destroying most (if not all) of his precious "tools of the trade" - props, books, and equipment needed to perform magic as a professional magician - something he has done for an entire lifetime.  Moreover, his usual venues and places of employment are not currently functioning, and all of his annual bookings have unfortunately been cancelled.  Jim needs immediate financial help at this time - perhaps some of you may be in a position to help out.  A GoFundMe page has been created especially for JIM and his wife, Lori.  Please visit the site for more info (https://gofund.me/773d7caa).  Any and all help will be greatly appreciated.  To learn more about the magic of JIM CHARTIER, you can also visit his professional website at https://www.jameschartier.com/.

TRIBUTE to NICK PUDAR (1962 – 2022)

NICK PUDAREveryone should be as lucky as I have been these past years, and I’m sure all of our club members feel the same way when it comes to any discussion regarding our wonderful friend, NICK PUDAR.    Although not unexpected, his recent passing is undoubtedly difficult for all of us to handle, as anyone who knew NICK for any period of time knew what a true GEM he was, not only for the magic community, but for anyone fortunate enough to have "experienced" him in some way or other. 

NICK was a true RENAISSANCE MAN blessed with many extraordinary talents, and he will always be one of the most versatile and amazing individuals we’ve ever known.   Not only did he support our magic efforts in RING 22, he managed to leave his mark all over the world.  We’ll always remember his commanding smile, his excited eagerness to share with us (magic or otherwise), and his humble willingness to help everyone around him.  No one will ever forget his STUNNING and INEXPLAINABLE MAGIC – made even stronger because we all inevitably felt it radiating from his heart.  NICK was and will always be loved by everyone, and it is only with great fondness that we will remember his wit, his wisdom, and the inspiration he brought to each of us. 

Bravely, he and his family accepted the cards life dealt to him while always exuding a positive energy – an energy that will surely be missed, an energy our world could use a lot more of today.  Reflecting on his sad passing, let’s never forget how lucky we all are because of him.  March on, my friend!   GOD BLESS NICK PUDAR!

RIFFLE DEEPER – MARV LONG’S Latest EBook Is Now Available

RING 22 has many talented and dedicated club members - one of whom is our own MARV LONG!  An outstanding magician and creator of magic for many years, Marv was a longtime resident in the greater-Detroit area before migrating to Florida.  Now, even from afar, he manages to stay very connected to RING 22, and we're glad he's on board!  Recently (around our last winter holiday season), Marv officially published his latest magic effort, an Ebook entitled "RIFFLE DEEPER" - a completely different handling of a classic card move (often overlooked) as well as a dozen strong card effects that have been "field and battle" tested.  This isn't "move monkey" stuff, but rather, the kind of magic everyone will want to use in their repertory.  Best of all, several club members were involved in Marv's exciting project  (Norm Cattell, Paul North, John Luka, Tom Mosier, and yours truly).  the book is available for purchase from Penguin Magic (https://www.penguinmagic.com/p/16808).  For those unfamiliar with the book, be sure to check it out soon!

 

Add Some “MAGIC” to Lady Sarah and the Magic Soiree

If you happen to live anywhere near the neighborhood of TROY, MICHIGAN, you're probably already familiar with the wonderful MAGIC SOIREE dinner/magic events created by our very own club members and world-class magicians, KEITH FIELDS and his wife, LADY SARAH.  The SOIREEs have been an enormous success, experiencing sell-out crowds and showcasing the talents of many local and nationally celebrated magicians.  The TROY CHAMBER of COMMERCE is currently holding an anonymous online vote for significant entrepreneurs within the Troy community ("BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS"), and both LADY SARAH as well as THE MAGIC SOIREE are up for special recognition awards!  Let's make sure these wonderful artists receive their "due" -- if you can, simply click the link below and cast your vote (pay particular attention to the ballot categories #5 and #12!).  We're sure KEITH and SARAH will appreciate your vote of confidence and support -- when it comes to promoting the art of magic, no one can deny their important contributions.   The ONLINE voting process is available through February 5, 2021, and it only takes a few seconds  -- VOTE NOW!

https://www.troychamber.com/events/business-excellence-awards/

 

End of Year Message (2020) to All Members and Guests

Your friends at RING 22 would like to extend our warmest wishes to all of you as we are now nearing the end of a rather unforgettable year.  The current world crisis created many hardships for everyone, but fortunately for us, it did not extinguish our love for the art of magic!  Thanks to YOU for your continued support for our magic fraternity (now representing the greater-Michigan area and beyond!),  our recent “holiday” meeting (on Tuesday, December 15, 2020) ended with a BANG of SUPER NOVA proportions, and once again was very well attended!  With about 40 members and guests sharing magic, fun, and the usual mayhem, we shattered our own “glass ceiling”, featuring the extraordinary magic of our spotlighted magician and guest, the very talented Matt Stanley, a sensational hands-on mystery workshop with veteran magician John Luka, a magical historama with the very knowledgeable Dave Wirth, a special award ceremony for magician/entrepreneur, Josh Wilde and The Wunderground Magic Shop (presented by none other than IBM President Stephen Bargatze), a surprise “cabaret” performance with Michigan’s dynamic duo, Keith Fields and Lady Sarah, a world premiere video starring VP Fred Lenter, and of course, the highly entertaining magic performed by our members and guests.  That’s quite a line up, and just in case you missed it, members can now view a video version of the entire meeting in the “Members Only” section of our club website.  Heartfelt thanks goes to all of YOU for making modern miracles possible!

On a personal note, I cannot help but reflect (especially during this special time of year) on some incredible moments – moments not related to the COVID pandemic, but to the wonderful and numerous friendships I have enjoyed – a privileged “byproduct” of membership in our SUPER club.  Not only have I enjoyed and learned from YOUR terrific magic, I’m also extremely lucky to experience extraordinary friendships that I will always cherish.  For that I can only humbly share my sincerest “thank you” to everyone!  No doubt, many of you share and have experienced those same strong friendships, and that is ultimately magic’s most important goal!

Don’t forget, our club “magic” is just getting started – PLEASE make sure to attend our first event of 2021, our online club meeting on TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2021 (CLICK HERE to REGISTER)!  Take the “plunge” and see first-hand why I feel RING 22 is the best magic club in the country, and I’m confident anyone who has seen us in action will whole-heartedly agree!  Thanks again for making us truly THE Detroit Magic Club! 

Happy holidays and see you all next year (it’s not that far away)!

Help Needed NOW

Ken Chandler is a mentalist and magician living in Florida. I have known him for many years. A couple of years ago he had to drop out of the magic scene as his wife came down with a terrible disease.  All of his 401K has gone to hospital bills and he is now living on social security. He is very much in need of additional required medical treatment for his wife.  If anyone is so inclined, you can help in TWO ways. First, there is a go fund me page that tells the story and gives you a chance to make a donation.
 
Secondly - A group of well known mentalists (mostly PEA members) put an ebook together that is currently for sale.   The book contains great routines from some very well-known mentalists and it is very reasonably priced at only $49!   ALL PROCEEDS GO TO KEN.
 

I'm hoping friends in our magic community may be interested in helping him out a little.   As I said, I know Ken and his wife, Bean, personally - this is not a scam - it is sadly very real, and I'm sure they would appreciate anything you can do.

Thanks - Marv Long
Visit Ken's Go Fund Me Page at:
 
To purchase the Ebook:

“TEA TIME” Hits Close to Home

Everyone knows that our RING 22 members include many very talented magicians.  Among our most celebrated members is the well-known magician Keith Fields and his wife ("The Lady Sarah").  Together they're not only regular performers at the legendary MAGIC CASTLE (in Los Angeles, California), their unique brand of magic, humor, and entertainment is commonly booked around the world.  Apparently not "busy enough", they've recently launched two HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL ventures.  Of course, you've probably already attended their monthly "hit" dining/magic galas (known as "Lady Sarah's Magic Soiree"), which brilliantly promote magic and magicians with  family-fun fare featuring top drawer close-up and parlor prestidigitation.   Normally scheduled on various weekend evenings at the Camp Ticonderoga in Troy, MI, you'll have to hurry to reserve tickets as every Soiree normally sells out quickly.

During the rise of the life-changing COVID-19 pandemic, Keith and "Lady Sarah" managed to make "lemonade out of lemons" - but in this case the lemonade happens to be "TEA TIME", a weekly television-type show airing every Tuesday afternoon at 2 PM on their Facebook and YouTube channels (see links listed at the end of this post).   This is must see viewing entertainment as Kieth and Sarah interview local celebrities, entrepreneurs, and representatives from many worthwhile organizations.  Not surprisingly, they even feature daily magic presentations by some of the best magicians in our area as well as several internationally known performers.  The 30 minute TV show experience is loads of fun - Kieth and Sarah possess a magic all their own and collectively bring out the very best from their guests.  A large part of the show's success comes from the help of their producer, their daughter, Felicity, who adeptly keeps everything on track.  Several RING 22 magicians  have been featured on TEA TIME, including the RING 22 VP Fred Lenter and Wunderground Magic Shop owner Josh Wilde,  just to name a few.   

Recently, our British TEA TIME hosts honored me as an interviewed guest (discussing, of all things, the success of RING 22!) and also as a performing magician.  The entire experience was a blast, and needless to say, I learned plenty from their experience regarding camera angles, backdrops, and interview do's and don'ts.  Below is the clip of the entire 30 minute segment.  Fortunately (in case you may have missed any of their previous TEA TIME shows), you're able to watch all of their past episodes directly from their Facebook page.   I'm sure you'll agree with me - Keith and "Lady Sarah" are well worth the watch - be sure to tune in for their next TEA TIME.  Check them out at https://themagicsoiree.com/.  CONGRATS and THANKS to Keith Fields and "Lady Sarah"!

Follow Keith and Sarah at:

Facebook/TheMagicSoiree 
Youtube/KiethFields 
The Magic Soiree

My Conversation With HARRY LORAYNE

It may not be commonly known, but for many years now I’ve shared a long personal friendship with the great magician, HARRY LORAYNE…Well, not really, but I couldn’t resist grabbing your attention with the exaggeration!  Recently, however, as the HARRY LORAYNE welcomed the start of his 95th year (!), I honestly DID have the opportunity to talk with the master cardman and noted memory expert, even managing to ask him a question or two. Needless to say, despite his remarkable age, he’s still as sharp as ever.  LORAYNE has garnered a reputation as sometimes being an overly aggressive lifetime New Yorker, but in our brief conversation (and listening to his response to others), he immediately impressed me as a wonderfully warm and friendly sort who enjoys interacting with anyone he meets.  HARRY LORAYNE was, as always, very informative, entertaining, and revealing.  He’s obviously paid his dues traveling for a lifetime on the road leading to his current status as one of magic’s most celebrated artists, and he’s well aware of how he got there.  Check out my conversation below:

“The Touch of the Master’s Hand”, and More Thoughts

Greetings all, just wanted to share a few thoughts and an awesome poem by Myra Brooks Welch.  My fascination with magic began in the early 70's, largely inspired by the works of Doug Henning.   My personal leap into the art began almost a decade later and the hero of that time was David Copperfield.  When I began I was completely on my own having never even heard of the IBM. I had no direction and largely didn't even know what I wanted from magic. 
 
I mainly collected tricks that interested me and that I could afford. At that time it was about learning tricks, a far different thing than learning magic. There were several effects that I distinctly remember thinking of (at the time) as being really stupid effects.   I could not imagine something like the Egg Bag actually fooling anyone. Skipping forward many years, I was preparing for a show and needed a few small filler effects to finish off the set. I called The Wunderground Magic Shop and spoke to the owner, Josh Wilde, telling him I needed something easy to learn that would "pack small and play big". He immediately suggested the Egg Bag.  After taking a second look, what I first assumed to be a ridiculous effect from the perspective of a total magical novice, I now witnessed as real magic in the hands of magical masters.  That leads me to the following poem -- I hope you all enjoy it!
  

THE OLD VIOLIN
The Touch of the Master's Hand

'Twas battered and scarred, and the auctioneer
Thought it scarcely worth his while
To waste much time on the old violin,
But held it up with a smile.
"What am I bidden, good folks," he cried,
"Who'll start the bidding for me?"
"A dollar, a dollar. Then two! Only two?
Two dollars, and who'll make it three?"

"Three dollars, once; three dollars, twice;
Going for three…" But no,
From the room, far back, a grey-haired man
Came forward and picked up the bow;
Then wiping the dust from the old violin,
And tightening the loosened strings,
He played a melody pure and sweet,
As a caroling angel sings.

The music ceased, and the auctioneer,
With a voice that was quiet and low,
Said: "What am I bid for the old violin?"
And he held it up with the bow.
"A thousand dollars, and who'll make it two?
Two thousand! And who'll make it three?
Three thousand, once; three thousand, twice,
And going and gone," said he.

The people cheered, but some of them cried,
"We do not quite understand.
What changed its worth?" Swift came the reply:
"The touch of the Master's hand."
And many a man with life out of tune,
And battered and scarred with sin,
Is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd
Much like the old violin.

A "mess of pottage," a glass of wine,
A game — and he travels on.
He is "going" once, and "going" twice,
He's "going" and almost "gone."
But the Master comes, and the foolish crowd
Never can quite understand
The worth of a soul and the change that is wrought
By the touch of the Master's hand.