Ring Event: Ring 386 Receives Charter

The following Ring Event was submitted to the Linking Ring magazine today. I should have the full Ring Report (not the same as an Event) ready in another day or two and will, of course, post it here.

On June 21, 2012, Randy Vander Wal, Territorial Vice President, presented the Monk Watson / Percy Abbott Magic Club of Colon, Michigan, with their official I.B.M. Charter.

The newly christened Ring 386 turned the event into an evening of high celebration, serving food, drink, and LOTS of great magic to attending village muggles and visiting magi from as far away as Lansing and Grand Rapids. The result was four hours of really great fun in the historic Magic Capital of the World.

Picture 1: Bill Watson, son of legendary Monk Watson, displays the Welcome Cake declaring the magic club henceforth known as Ring 386.

Picture 2: TVP Randy Vander Wal presents the official charter to the club. From left to right: Ron Carnell, Krag Ryal, Preston Eakins, Randy Vander Wal, Bill Watson, Jayden Engster, Rick Fisher, Ron Davis.

These two pictures were also sent to the Linking Ring. The following nine-minute video, of course, was NOT submitted to the magazine, but I wanted to include it here.

Summer Magic Shows in Colon

We’re all grateful to FAB Magic Company in Colon for hosting the monthly meetings for Ring 386. To show our appreciation (and because it’s a whole lot of fun) many of the Ring Members have volunteered to participate in FAB’s Summer Show Program. It’s a great way to repay Rick’s generosity, while getting some audience time to try out new tricks and routines.

Below is a calendar of upcoming show dates, with the name of each person volunteering for a specific date. If you see an open date and would like to volunteer, please post a note in the comments (or drop me an email) and I’ll add your name to the list. The shows run 30 minutes, but if you’d like to do just 10 or 15 minutes that’s fine, too. Just note that in your comment and we’ll put together a few performers, as necessary, to round out the show.

If you’re not performing on any given Saturday but happen to have a little free time on your hands, please stop by to show your support for the Ring Member who is performing that day. It’s always nice to fill the seats . . . and we all know what typically happens AFTER the show when a few magicians get together. 🙂

May 26 – Preston Eakins 30min
June 2 – Rick Fisher 30min
June 9 – Mike Moorian 30min
June 16 – Ron Carnell 30min
June 23 –
June 30 – Randy Morris 30min

July 7 –
July 14 –
July 21 –
July 28 –

Aug 4 –
Aug 11 –
Aug 18 –
Aug 25 –

Sep 1 –
Sep 8 –
Sep 15 –
Sep 22 –
Sep 29 –

Ring Report – May 2012

The newly chartered Ring 386 assembled on May 17 for their regularly scheduled meeting (third Thursday of the month). We spent a few minutes discussing business issues, including the election of officers per I.B.M. prompting. Congratulations to Bill Watson, son of legendary Monk Watson and now the first elected President of the club that bears his name.

Having dispensed with necessary business, we quickly moved on to the Magic. The suggested theme for the night was rope.

Preston Eakins, a.k.a. Scoop, opened the evening’s entertainment by tying a knot in a length of rope and then removing it. Not untying it, mind you; he simply removed it and tossed it into the audience. Ron Davis followed with a finger ring on rope routine that culminated with the discovery of the seemingly disappeared ring appearing on Ron’s magic wand.

Hugh Frisbie, a Colon alumni visiting us from faraway San Diego, demonstrated the importance of character by stunning everyone with a relatively simple Stiff Rope routine that relied on Hugh’s character-driven patter for its impact. As a longtime clown performer, including three decades playing Ronald McDonald, Hugh knows how to entertain. We thoroughly enjoyed his contributions to the evening and hope to see him again in The Magic Capital of the World sometime soon.

Ron Carnell (that’s me) took the opportunity to perform a full twelve minute rope routine, asking Ring Members for suggestions on how to cut it back to eight minutes for an upcoming competition. Rick Lansdale showed us a very different cut and restored rope routine, and Bill Watson used a long, thick length of rope to demonstrate a series of sailor’s knots and how to tie them. Bill finished with a Dragon Knot and everyone had a good laugh as the volunteer found herself “dragon” the knot across the floor. Rick Fisher performed a routine using what once was called the 1-2-1 Rope Trick, a gimmicked rope once produced and sold by nearby Abbott’s.

Fourteen-year-old Jayden Engster deviated from the suggested theme (our themes are always just suggestions) and performed a series of very nice sponge ball moves. Jayden has only been practicing magic a few short months, but is taking to it like the proverbial duck to water. (Jayden was earlier elected to the position of Youth Coordinator for the Ring.) Krag Ryal also went off-theme to share an original card trick he recently put together based on a Marlo twist Krag discovered in a decades-old magazine. Krag handed a small box to an audience volunteer, then removed the four twos from the deck, only to insert them back into the deck upside down. The deck was ribbon spread, the upside down cards separated, and then the volunteer was asked to open the box. Inside the box, inside a small packet, the four removed twos were discovered. The upside down cards were turned over to reveal the four Aces — and the deck was immediately passed around for examination.

It was another great night of magic. The Abbott/Watson Club would also like to extend a special thank you to Kristen Engster, Jayden’s mom, both for bringing her son to each meeting and for her participation as our official layperson volunteer. Any Ring who doesn’t already have a volunteer whose face can still light up with surprise and amazement should immediately go out and hire one for their meetings. It’s people like Kristen who really put the fun into the magic.