On behalf of your friends at RING 22, I would like to extend our warmest wishes to all of you as we are now nearing the end of another rather unforgettable year.  While the lingering COVID crisis has made life a little more difficult for everyone, it did not extinguish our love for the art of magic!  Thanks to YOU and your continued support for our magic fraternity (now with club membership represented in several states and Canada), we celebrated a very special “holiday” event (on Tuesday, December 21, 2021) reaching record-breaking proportions with more than 50 members and guests sharing magic, fun, and the usual mayhem!  In the true spirit of the season, numerous special prize give-aways were raffled off while we all enjoyed an excellent meal prepared by club member RICK RAIMONDO and his professional catering service (AllAboutCatering.Com). Of course, there’s never a club activity without plenty of fun and strong magic performances, and our party continued its shenanigans at our regular “Afterglow”, with about 15 members performing more magic into the wee hours of the morning!   Our club has now become a unique adventure, and heartfelt thanks goes to all of YOU for making modern miracles possible!

On a personal note, I cannot help but reflect (especially as we conclude our current year) on some incredible moments – moments not related to MAGIC or the COVID pandemic, but to the wonderful and numerous friendships I have enjoyed – a privileged “byproduct” of our FANTASTIC club.  Not only have I watched 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 offer my sincerest “thank you” to everyone!  No doubt, many of you share and have experienced those same strong friendships, and let us never forget, that is magic’s TRUE and ULTIMATE goal!  I'd also like to give a wonderful "shoutout" for our fabulous VP, FRED LENTER, and our outstanding TREASURER, ROBERT PURCELL, for their contributions and efforts to once again make our club an enormous success!

As we forge ahead, remember that It’s only the beginning of our club’s journey and the “magic” is just getting started! Make sure to attend some outstanding magic events coming your way soon in the year 2022:

  • JOSHUA JAY LECTURE (hosted by our friends in the Toledo RING 68), Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 7-9:30 PM (Maumee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 20189 N. Dixie Highway [Route 25], Bowling Green, OH).

  • RING 22 IN-PERSON and SIMULCAST ONLINE CLUB MEETING, Tuesday, January 18 , 2022, at 7:15 PM (Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 749 W. 14 Mi. Rd., Clawson, MI).

  • MAGIFEST, January 20 - 23, 2022 (Renaissance Hotel, Columbus Downtown, 50 N 3rd St, Columbus, OH 43215).

PLEASE join us - take the “plunge” and see first-hand why 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)!  

John Smith (“Johnny New York”), President, IBM RING 22

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