Michigan Magic Day

Event Guide CoverThe 45th annual Michigan Magic Day was sponsored this year by the Percy Abbott / Monk Watson IBM Ring 386 magic club in Colon. Originally the brain child of magicians Stan White and Doug Dean, this regional convention rotates through different cities in Michigan every year. In recent years MMD has visited Flint (2013), Lansing (2012), Coldwater (2011), Grand Rapids (2010), Kalamazoo (2009), and Ann Arbor (2008).

2014 was the first time Michigan Magic Day has ever been brought to the Magic Capital of the World.

Festivities kicked off on April 11 with our traditional Night Before Party, held this year at the American Legion in downtown Colon. John and Tamara Sterlini started the evening rolling with a workshop on stage craft, followed by several hours of Open Mic talent hosted by our favorite college student, Trino “Just Trino” Schincariol. John Luca, Michigan’s current TVP, and Randy Vander Wal, our outgoing TVP, conducted a brief presentation to induct new members into the Michigan Magic Day Hall of Fame, including Clare Cummings (posthumously), Kevin James, Larry Thompson, and Marvin Mathena. Kevin was in attendance to accept his framed certificate and acknowledge his addition to the latest of two plaques, both of which hang at the American Museum of Magic in Marshall throughout most of the year. Carole and Krag Ryal announced a very gracious donation of a spectacular gift basket sent by the Magic Castle to help celebrate MMD 2014. Carl and Annette Thornton, owners of our local Five Star Pizza, catered the party, receiving what may well have been the loudest round of applause of the evening.

Saturday April 12, 2014

contest006Saturday, the main day of MMD 2014, was at the Colon High school and opened at a very early 8 a.m. with stage and close-up contests for both Junior and Adult. Tamara Sterlini acted as Competition Chair, MC, and full stage crew, keeping the two hours of magic moving at a brisk pace.

Lecture Kevin Heller 01The remainder of the morning included a lecture by Kevin Heller on the advantages of Performing Outdoors and a lecture by Ron Carnell on Marketing for Magicians. A short lunch break led to a dizzying afternoon of lectures by Duane Laflin and Kevin James. In between the almost back-to-back lectures, the 150 attending magicians made frantic trips to the dealer room where Steven Skindell, Tony Gerard, Martin Mercy, Roger Nicot, Jim and Michele Parkes, and Al Bach displayed and demonstrated their vast array of magical products.

Our break for dinner was scheduled at 5 p.m. with three hours to spend before the start of our Magic & Madness public show at eight o’clock. Of course, it’s rarely difficult for a magician to find something interesting to do in Colon.

About 35 magicians accepted the invitation of local historian Joe Ganger to tour Lakeside Cemetery, the final resting place of 28 magical celebrities, including three generations of Blackstones, Karrel Fox, Duke Stern, Monk Watson, and Don Alan, to name just a few. Joe Ganger has some great stories to tell as he wanders from marker to marker. Others used the dinner break to visit one or more of our three local magic stores: Abbott’s, Fab or Sterlini’s. A few, I suspect, might have actually found time to grab a bite to eat at the M&M, Phil & Dawn’s, Five Star Pizza, or the newly reopened Curly’s.

Magic & Madness

Eight o’clock. “Magic & Madness.” Raffles, drawings, and over two hours of extravagant magic, grand illusions, and yes, more than a little madness.

Duane Laflin 00Duane Laflin, our MC for the evening, introduced the opening act, Kevin and Robin Heller. The Hellers were followed by Ric Carver, performing as mime and physical comedian Lupe, who had all the kids in the audience roaring with laughter. Duane and Mary Laflin closed the first act of the show. After a ten minute intermission that stretched to twenty as it always does, John Sterlini opened Act Two with his classical manipulation routine, followed by Jeff Boyer and family. Ron Carnell performed in front of the curtain to thank our Event Sponsors by calling them up as volunteers. Kevin James closed the show, followed with a curtain call by the performers — who were greeted with a standing ovation by a very appreciative audience.

Immediately following the show, all of the performers gathered at the doors to sign Event Guides, shake hands, and pose for pictures. The thirty-minute Meet & Greet was a fitting close to a truly incredible day.

Night Before Party Gallery

Competition Gallery

Dealers Gallery

Lectures Gallery

“Magic & Madness” Public Show Gallery

Photo Credits

Thank you to everyone who sent me pictures, including Tamara and John Sterlini, Marien Hopman, and Mickey Blashfield.

Message from Rick Fisher

“Okay gang…here is what has transpired. Saturday, November 17th at 6:00 pm in the Colon High School Auditorium – “SHARING THE MAGIC”- 90 minute show – I have reserved the auditorium from 3 pm – 9 pm – Admission to the show is non perishable food, gently used or new clothing and gently used or new toys.

“Kay Holmes is the Colon Pantry director and is tickled to death that we are doing this. We want to try and involve as many ring members as possible on the show – if we do 90 minutes that is about 9 10 minute acts approximately – I am sure we will go over a bit but we need to stick with this because we need to be out by 9 pm……

“and of course we need volunteers to help seat everyone and take in the donations….

“Call me if you have any questions…Rick”

Ring Report – September 2012

Ring 386’s suggested theme for our September meeting was cards. And, for the first time ever, no one performed off-theme. Go figure. What is it with magicians and pasteboards?

After a suitable 45 or 50 seconds spent attending to necessary “business” issues, Richard Lansdale started off the evening’s entertainment with a delightful card trick. Krag Ryal, Bill Watson, Rick Fisher, and Ron Carnell also performed. The highlight of the evening was an intricate Wild Card effect by Frank Gayda, reminiscent of Tommy Wonder’s handling though ultimately very different. It was a true delight to watch.

After the performances, the members broke off into smaller groups for a little sessioning. Krag Ryal gave a mini-workshop in card forces, while Rick Lansdale continued to pester Bill Watson to show him the card trick Bill had performed at the August meeting. Originally a trick taught to Bill by his father, the legendary Monk Watson, four kings magically transformed into four aces, which were revealed to have blue backs that ultimately turned into red backs. “I could never figure out what happened to the blue backs,” Bill would quip, “So I quit doing the trick.” By the end of the evening, Rick pretty much had the trick nailed.

It was decided that the suggested theme for our October meeting would be (what else?) Halloween.

More Photos



Welcome to the Web site for the newly chartered I.B.M. Ring 386, headquartered in the Magic Capital of the World, Colon, Michigan. We’ve got a fun group of people and we look forward to some equally fun activities.


Our August meeting is just around the corner, the third Thursday of the month, on August 21. Usual place (Five Star Pizza), usual time (5pm for eats with friends, meeting at 6:30pm).

John Sterlini, our talent coordinator for the 3rd Annual “Sharing the Magic” benefit show coming up in October, will give us a progress report. We’ll also have a few flyers available for the show. If you’re interested in volunteering your time and talents to help Colon’s local food bank again this year, now is the time to step forward. We want to make this our best year yet!

No particular magic theme for August, so bring whatever you’ve been working on and share it with the club.

Club Dues $10

August is when the annual club dues for Ring 386 are collected. Please bring a ten spot to the meeting with you to give to our Treasurer.

Ring 386 Annual Dues $10

The annual dues run from our August meeting through until the next August meeting in the following year. It’s a relatively small amount and we’re kind of lazy, so we don’t even try to prorate it.

Current Ring 386 Members: Please Register as soon as you can (click the Login link to the right or use a link below) and then fill out your Profile as fully as you feel comfortable doing. And, please, try to keep the contact information current. This will be the “official” source everyone in the club can turn to for contact info.

Please note that many of the fields in your Profile are marked as “Member’s Eyes Only.” Only registered Ring Members will have access to these fields.

Upon successful registration, you will be a Subscriber and will NOT be able to immediately access the Ring Members page (in the top menu). That is by design, keeping our private information private. However, the system will send me an email to let me know someone has registered and, assuming you entered a name in your Profile that I recognize, I will quickly upgrade your status to full Ring Member.