Winter holidays past and the New Year upon us, Ring 54, The Doug Dean Ring, The Magicians Guild of Lansing, Michigan, opened the year with a great meeting. As will be the case with all the meetings between now and our hosting of the 2012 Michigan Magic Day here in Lansing, the meeting began with an update, report and review of how things are shaping up for the event. We are excited about this year’s event, from the night before party entertainment right on through the evening show.

Michigan Magic Day is a long-standing tradition in Michigan, with the various Rings and Assemblies hosting the event on a rotating basis. Our planning is well under way and the venue and talent have been secured. There will be a night before party and then a full day of workshops, contests and shows for magicians, followed by an evening show open to the public. Follow the link to Michigan Magic Day 2012 at michiganmagicday.com for details on the event and to purchase your registration and tickets! (Ticket sales for the evening show will be online soon.) We will be traveling around the state for the next couple of months visiting Ring and Assembly meetings to announce the event. Any members who sign up for the event at that meeting will get a $5 discount off the $35-45 event price! If your Ring or Assembly would like us to appear at your next meeting, contact us!

To reduce our costs for the facility for the night before party, Sam Durocher, Savannah Durocher, Krag Ryal and Ken Salzman all turned out to perform for the New Years party at the Quality Inn. A wonderful time was had by all, the four of us strolling the celebrants and Savannah putting on a great show for the kids.

The fun part of the evening started with our traditional 50/50 raffle, and then the meeting went mental. Nearly everyone in attendance had some piece of Mentalism to offer. Minds were blown, thoughts were shared and numerous discussions ensued regarding method and nuance ensued. There really is nothing quite like sessioning with other magicians, teaching, learning and practicing our fine art.

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