The Annotated ROYAL ROAD TO CARD MAGIC for Club Members!

Everyone knows the significance of a monumental ground-breaking book on card magic and sleights by Braue and Hugard entitled ROYAL ROAD TO CARD MAGIC.  It's been around for quite awhile and the routines included within its pages seem to be surfacing daily in some form or another.  Recently I discovered a fully annotated version by Andrew Musgrave (aka, The Burnaby Kid) - The JOLLY ALMANAC of CARD KNAVERY (JACK).  Apparently released to the public a few years back, the work is FREE for those interested (although Muskgrave is accepting voluntary financial support from  those who are in a position to do so).  The annotated tome contains some excellent material, suggestions, ideas, handlings, and observations.   If you're a current member of RING 22, I'd suggest reading onward - it is well worth the effort for serious card magicians of all levels!  The link to our "Members Only" Tutorial Page is provided below (the annotated ROYAL ROAD TO CARD MAGIC/JACK appears in the EBOOKS section)!

Login to View More
Not a Member? Join Here

Planning YOUR Show, by Anthony Vinson

Anthony Vinson is a magician, story teller, author, and officer in the Atlanta, Georgia IBM RING 9 (https://www.gamagicclub.com/).  He is also a moderator on several online magic communities.  In one of his recent posts he addresses a very important topic that certainly is worth consideration for magicians everywhere and he has kindly offered to share his thoughts with us.  I hope you find his advice helpful and useful! 

*******

I’m sharing my recipe for a successful banquet show. This was designed for a forty-five minute after-dinner show, where I was the feature entertainment at the event. Following this template will help you do a great show at easy gigs, and pull off a good show at tough gigs.

This show strategy is for events where the magic is often a surprise. People aren’t there for, or expecting to see, my magic show. This is your battle plan to win them over and maintain their interest.

You’ll need to look at your repertoire and match up what you do with each objective slot in the show. I believe any magic trick can be adapted to fit any slot. (more on that below) You won’t need any new tricks, but you might need to create some new presentations to suit the objectives.

Login to View More

Not a Member? Join Here

RING 22 End-of-Year Message, News, and Summary! (by JNY)

WOW!!!  Time magically flies by and the IBM RING 22 is once again wrapping up another spectacular year for 2023!  I’d like to send my sincerest THANK YOU to EVERYONE involved in our ongoing and highly successful “magic project” - The DETROIT MAGIC CLUB!  Through your collective efforts - members, guests, out-of-town friends from other states (including other countries!), and fellow officers (VP FRED LENTER, Treasurer ROBERT PURCELL, Advisors KEITH FIELDS, ANDY MAKAR) - our club made record-breaking annual history!  On a personal note, I will forever appreciate your continued support, encouragement, and friendship – it is what I cherish MOST whenever I reflect on the magical wonders within our club!  THANK YOU ONE AND ALL!  

It is impossible to summarize our organization’s year-long achievements in a single message - there are simply too many GREAT THINGS that all of YOU bring to our club at each and every event.  Yet, with every Yuletide season, I think it’s  important to share at least SOME of RING 22’s notable moments during this past year - I may be biased here but I’m enormously proud and grateful for YOUR commitment, energy, and enthusiasm, making our club the most unique (if not THE BEST) magic club ever!

Our recent Holiday Club Meeting (12/14/2023) was a sensational success, with 70 members and guests attending a truly magical evening filled with great magic, fun, and fellowship.  Special thanks goes to club member and caterer RICK RAIMONDO (AllAboutCateringllc.Com) for preparing another amazing feast, and our esteemed guests, master magician MING LOUIE and his charming wife BARBARA, provided an outstanding surprise magic performance!  Our IBM TERRITORIAL VP, JEFF BRODRICK and company, traveled all the way from Grand Rapids to join us and celebrate the holiday cheer (!),  and we all enjoyed “LIVE” music (played by our guest/professional harpist, PAT TAIT)!  Perhaps most significant was the enormous generosity of our members, “paying it forward” and gifting valuable magic items to just about everyone, literally guaranteeing another unforgettable holiday bash!  As always, four lucky winners received gift certificates (courtesy of RING 22!) to our favorite store, the WUNDERGROUND MAGIC SHOP

But our magical fun in 2023 didn’t begin or end there… 

We received countless positive responses to the informative workshop segments and strong performances presented by members and guests at every meeting (now regularly averaging 40-50 people!), and a “hats-off” must be given to our spotlighted performers who opened every meeting with an extended “mini-show”.  Following every event our club magic continued with well-attended AFTERGLOW sessions - now a much anticipated and welcomed tradition!  In addition to our IN-HOUSE lectures (thanks to our Canadian members, CHRIS PHILPOTT and ERIC BEDARD), we also hosted three wonderful GUEST lectures, presented by CHRIS CARTER, FENIK, and GEORGE TAIT.   Let’s not forget our very successful and completely free MAGIC FLEA MARKET & SWAP MEET last August and our TAILGATE MAGIC PARTY & BBQ at the home of KEITH and SARAH FIELDS (who generously allowed 50 or so magicians to invade their magical residence last September!).  Also deserving of mention are those terrific event summaries which are regularly submitted by one of our club members from Ohio, NORM CATTELL, and published each month in the IBM LINKING RING magazine!  No doubt about it, there’s always plenty of impressive activity buzzing within this club, and true to our philosophy, these events are fully funded by RING 22 whenever possible!

And our magical fun in 2023 wasn’t limited to events… 

I’m sure we are all proud of the many magical accomplishments of our wide-ranging membership.  At our May 16th Meeting we were ALL honored and recognized with an in-person presentation from a leader of magic, the IBM PRESIDENT BILLY HSEUH (!), and this year, two of our youngest magicians, FERRAN POAGE and DREYGON HIBBLER,  won 1st and 2nd place in the 2023 IBM Convention Close-Up Competition (HOLY COW!).   Looking at the “big picture”, RING 22 plays only one small part of our incredible magic community at large, and we’re glad to support and acknowledge our nearby neighbors, the Ann Arbor Magic Club RING 210, Toledo’s RING 68, and the ABC SAM Club.   Working together, we will all inevitably strengthen and foster much more extraordinary magic in 2024!

Our magical fun in 2023 will continue…

Speaking of next year (with 2024 just days away!), we’re “rolling out the carpet” for another whirlwind year, and RING 22 has already made preparations for a COIN LECTURE featuring the masterful coin manipulation of RICK HOLCOMBE (!), as well as a lecture by one of Michigan’s most celebrated magicians, NATE KRANZO!  There’ll be much more to come - we hope you all will stay tuned and continue to read my rather long email announcements for updates!   Forging ahead, please keep us in mind with your monthly plans next year – we are only as strong as our membership, and YOU are the SECRET MAGICAL ELIXIR that propels us forward!  If you haven’t signed up already, please visit DetroitMagic.Club and join our ranks SOON!  Remember, we’re more than a monthly club meeting, we’re a MONTHLY CONVENTION!

We’re looking forward to seeing all of you at our next meeting on TUESDAY JANUARY 16, 2024 at 7:15 PM EST (Spirit of Christ/Trinity Lutheran Church, 749 W. 14 Mile Rd., Clawson, MI) - featuring the amazing magic of JOSH WILDE and a few other surprises to kick off the new year!  Best wishes to everyone this holiday season and in 2024!

A CLUB SALUTE to MAGICIAN KEN FOLEY (by JNY)

Do you recognize this magical family?  If not, read on and learn the full story…

The IBM RING 22 Magic Club has garnered high praise from fellow magicians and other magic clubs around the country, and although there are many factors that have helped to make our club as solid as it is today, the real secret behind the success of IBM RING 22 (The DETROIT MAGIC CLUB”) is our highly talented and experienced membership – ranging from full-time internationally known professionals, well-known part-timers, avid hobbyists, and “kids” ages 9-90 (!) who are just getting started exploring the art of magic.

One of our most unique club members is KEN FOLEY, a masterful magician who for years has entertained audiences everywhere.  A longtime professional automotive engineer, he has somehow managed to lead a very successful “double life” as a professional magician, and for decades he continues to entertain audiences large and small, young and old, with his unique brand of extraordinary and entertaining magic just about everywhere. 

Longtime RING 22 Club Member and Outstanding Magician, KEN FOLEY!

KEN grew up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and without local magic shops nearby, he was often forced to pursue magic on his own, creating, developing, and constructing unique magic props and effects that he still uses to this very day. 

Fortunately for RING 22, the FOLEY family now resides in nearby Sterling Heights, MI.  He and his wife, Janice, are the proud parents of Bradley and Ryan, both of whom, as children, became prominent performers in a wonderful family magic troupe, FOLEY THE FABULOUS!    As one might expect, KEN and the FOLEY TROUPE  have garnered high praise and awards in various competitions over the years, with KEN winning 2nd place at Abbott’s Get Together, 2002, 1st place in Michigan Magic Day 2007, and 2nd place in Michigan Magic Day 2009.  Along the way, both Bradley and Ryan have also won several prestigious magic awards (Brad notably winning 1st place in the Michigan Magic Day, 2002, and Ryan winning 1st place in the Michigan Magic Day 2009 – apparently beating his father!). 

KEN is also part of a very elite group of magicians who have enjoyed membership in the INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF MAGICIANS for more than 35 consecutive years (!), and he was recently honored for his milestone achievement by IBM this past year.  He and his magical family have been featured in several local newspapers, and he is still going strong as a “magician’s magician”, performing professional magic in venues throughout the greater-Southeast Michigan area.  You can contact him at ffmagic@comcast.net, and you can view him in action with the short video clip below.  THANKS KEN for being an integral member of IBM RING 22!

A “Favorite” Among Magicians

This past year several "GIANTS of MAGIC" have left us, and although they certainly will be missed by everyone within the magic fraternity, no one will ever forget the great contributions each of them has made in the world of magic.  With the passing of Harry Lorayne, Darwin Ortiz, Tom Craven, and most recently, DAVID BERGLASS, the treasure trove they and notable others have left behind will undoubtedly provide hot discussion topics in magic circles everywhere.  Of particular interest is the famous "BERGLASS EFFECT" (or perhaps I should say "infamous"!).    For those unfamiliar, it is an ACAAN routine (Any Card at Any Number) that adheres to utterly impossible conditions, and its wide-ranged popularity has now assumed an almost mythical status.   No wonder - it is a stunning and astonishing effect, to say the very least.  For those who have never seen BERGLASS in action, check out the video clip below containing one abbreviated presentation of his remarkable effect.  Of course, there are many ways his performance could have been accomplished, but watching the video will definitely get you thinking!
 

Could RING 22 Be Ready for PRIME TIME?

Back by popular demand, our original PILOT EPISODE of RING 22's local magic TV series, "YOU ARE THERE", has once again been requested for air time.  Although local media stations remain vehemently underwhelmed and uninterested in it's artistic value, fortunately for us, a few of our very sage club members have dared us to show it again - especially for those who have never seen the pilot episode in the first place!  We've updated our crediting and sponsorship a little, and in spite of the original painful viewing experience, we're back at it with a serious REDUX!

Young Club Members WIN Top Honors at IBM Convention 2023 – by JNY

Our club enjoys a vast membership of extremely talented magicians, and just recently, two of our exceptional and youngest members (FERRAN POAGE and DREYGON HIBBLER) celebrated an incredible achievement - winning 1st and 2nd place in the prestigious International Brotherhood of Magicians  CLOSE-UP COMPETITION for 2023 - a major event that is always a highlight of the annual IBM Convention! 


DREYGON HIBBLER (2nd Place Winner), KEITH FIELDS (mentor and supporter), and FERRAN POAGE (1st Place Winner)

This year's enormously successful convention took place in Pittsburg, PA,  and our talented club members competed with other magicians literally from around the world, bringing their A-Game to the table with stellar performances!  As many of us have witnessed over the last couple of years, FERRAN and DREYGON have worked hard continuously, perfecting their performances, skills, and presentations, receiving elpful advice and encouragement, not only from everyone at RING 22, but especially with the valuable mentorship of our club's renowned duo, KEITH and SARAH FIELDS (true believers in the art of magic who spotted the potential of both of these young magicians immediately). 

All of us are very proud of these well-deserved winners  - hat's off to FERRAN and DREYGON for their tremendous accomplishment!  At our July club meeting FERRAN and DREYGON rather humbly shared their experience with everyone, and RING 22 considers them to be true AMBASSADORS OF MAGIC.  What will they accomplish next???!

Reminder – NATE KRANZO LECTURE & RING 22 Meeting (TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2024, 7:15 PM)

Flowery words and snappy slogans become unnecessary when describing the next RING 22 meeting, on TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2024, at the Spirit of Christ Lutheran Church, 749 W. 14 Mile Rd., Clawson, MI 48017 (starting at 7:15 PM, EDT).  In fact, we can sum up our very special event in two equally magical words - NATE KRANZO!  

That’s right - we’re devoting our entire meeting to NATE’s latest lecture - “live and in-person" - and he’ll be sharing his latest material as well as his always-clever magical thinking with us!  He’ll have plenty of merchandise on hand for those interested, and best of all, the lecture is absolutely FREE for all RING 22 members (a suggested $10 donation would be appreciated for all guests and non-members).  No matter how many times you see NATE in action, you’re always overwhelmed with his exceptionally practical material, and he’s promised to bring his “A-GAME” just for the occasion  (view the attached PDF Flyer for more info)

Remember, we’re more than a monthly club meeting, we’re a monthly TWISTER of TORRID TRICKERY (whoops, I couldn’t resist a slogan-moment!).  Please support our club and attend this event - YOU are the oil that makes our engine pur-r-r-r so smoothly (and there I go again with another slogan)!

TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2024, 7:15 PM EDT!
Spirit of Christ Lutheran Church, 749 W. 14 Mile Rd., Clawson, MI 48017

BUT WAIT!!!  There are even more monthly events to experience in our magic community…

MAY EVENTS YOU CANNOT MISS!

  • MAGIC SOIREE with KEITH and LADY SARAH FIELDS, most Fridays and Saturdays, 6:30 PM (at the Camp Ticonderoga, 5725 Rochester Rd, Troy, MI 48085).  Visit https://themagicsoiree.com/ for more info.

  • A NIGHT of IMPROMPTU MAGIC (Online Only),  featuring MATT FIORE, GREGORY WILSON, and GEOFF WILLIAMS, Monday, May 20, 2024, 7 PM EDT.  FREE! Register at https://www.mattfore.com/impromptumagic

AND FURTHER DOWN THE PIKE…

  • ONDREJ PSENICKA LECTURE (hosted by RING 22) - This is a rare opportunity to see multiple-time “Fool Us” winner, visiting us all the way from the Czech Republic, Sunday, June 9, 2024, 2 PM (at the Spirit of Christ Lutheran Church, 749 W. 14 Mile Rd., Clawson, MI 48017).  Only $10 for RING 22 members, $20 for non-members and guests. 

Hope to see you all at our next meeting/NATE KRANZO LECTURE on TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2024!

Reminder – ONDREJ PSENICKA Magic Lecture on SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2024

Magic events can’t get better than this, and it’s now only ONE WEEK AWAY!  RING 22 would like to remind you about our exclusive and extremely rare MAGIC LECTURE featuring world-acclaimed magician ONDREJ PSENICKA (pronounced Andre Senicka) - on SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2024, at 2 PM (at the Spirit of Christ Lutheran Church, 749 W. 14 Mile Rd., Clawson, MI  48017).  

This lecture promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you simply cannot afford to miss (even if it is on a Sunday afternoon)!  Admission for ANY AND ALL IBM RING members is only $10; $20 for non-members and guests (payable at the door or online via our club website PAYPAL link).   PLEASE JOIN US - GUESTS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME!

In addition to his RING 22 Lecture, ONDREJ will be a featured performer at the MAGIC SOIREE on FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2024.  CLICK HERE for more details.
 

ABOUT ONDREJ PSENICKA
Visiting the USA directly from the Czech Republic, ONDREJ has won Penn & Teller’s  FOOL US trophy no less than THREE TIMES!  He is the creator of many sleight-free effects, including the development of the widely-popular and best selling BUTTERFLY Playing Cards (a deck that enables magicians to perform effects not possible with any other cards).  His fresh comedic performance style was honed during six years of acting studies in Prague and Los Angeles and he is a regular performer at Hollywood’s prestigious MAGIC CASTLE as well as Chicago’s MAGIC LOUNGE! 

Turning his disdain for arduous practice of complex sleights into a trademark strength, ONDREJ has created jaw-dropping, SLEIGHTLESS magic that consistently stuns audiences everywhere!    And now, he wants to share its secrets with you!  To see him in action, check out the following links:  Fool Us S6Fool Us S7
 

DON'T MISS THIS UNIQUE LECTURE EVENT - EVERYONE IS WELCOME - SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2024, 2 PM (Spirit of Christ Lutheran Church, 749 W. 14 Mile Rd., Clawson, MI  48017)!

FINAL REMINDER – Magic Lecture with FENIK!

What’s better than celebrating a Detroit Lions victory over the KC Chiefs?  The RING 22 Magic Lecture featuring the amazing FENIK - now just ONE day away - on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2023, at 2 PM EDT (Spirit of Christ Lutheran Church, 749 W 14 Mile Rd, Clawson, MI 48017)!   This rare opportunity is something you simply cannot afford to miss (even if it is on a Sunday afternoon)!  Admission for ANY and ALL IBM or SAM members is only $10; $20 for non-members and guests (payable at the door or online via our club website PAYPAL link).   PLEASE JOIN US - GUESTS ARE WELCOME!

ABOUT FENIK
A top-rated underground master magician and sleight-of-hand artist direct from Mexico, FENIK will dazzle you with cards, coins, and never-before-seen material that has amazed the very best.   He was a student and friend of the legendary LARRY JENNINGS, and he has only recently published many of his outstanding effects in a very successful, highly praised 320 page book, THE CODE.  To see just a sampling of FENIK’s work, be sure to watch the attached video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKISIrP7J-4

"Fenik Is one of the most talented magicians I have ever met. His contributions to the magical art inspire us all…” - Jeff McBride

"On a par with the works of Tamariz and Wonder…a variety of amazing magic effects, along with some splendid techniques…" - Marc DeSouza

"One of the most skillful magicians I know.” - Shoot Ogawa

Hope to see you at the lecture this Sunday!