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During this Autumn season, our imaginations  entertain stories of the supernatural. Please enjoy an old time radio broadcast from 1949 featuring a ghost and Harry Blackstone Sr., The Magic Detective, titled "The Phantom Intermezzo." At the end of the show, Blackstone will teach a trick that anyone can perform. Just click the track below and enjoy the show ... but remember not to tell anyone the secret you will learn! 

HARRY BLACKSTONE 

 

World's Foremost

Magician

"Blast From The Past"

Click Track for a Magic Mystery

IBM Ring 1 Annual Dues

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            2023-2024

           OFFICERS

President

     D Jay Lenz
      618-462-3675

Vice-President

     Terry Richison
       314-791-9108

Treasurer

     Sandy Weis
      314-378-4403

Secretary

     Alan Zibits
      636-273-9974

           2023-2024

     BOARD MEMBERS

          Scott Smith

        Past President

        618-610-5947

      Steve Finkelstein
        314-409-6869

        Jerry Collins
       314-517-7619

 

        Ted Schnarre

        314-440-2341

 

    Michael W. McClure
       618-826-5125                         (Also Our Webmaster)


Scribe

    Sandy Weis
      314-378-4403

Spirit Editor

     Gary Chan
      617-418-4468

RING ONE

APRIL 2024 REPORT

Sandy Weis

I.B.M. Ring1

Scribe

 1927         95 Years of Magic!         2021

 

 Annual membership in IBM Ring 1 is $20 and is a bargain, considering our lineup of performers, lecturers, and activities! If any of your contact information has changed, please let Alan Zibits know at alan.a.zibits@boeing.com.

To pay by mail: Write a check payable to “IBM, Ring 1” for $20.

Write “2024 Dues” on the memo line.

Mail the check to"

Sandy Weis

1755 Elkins Drive

St. Louis, MO 63136.

OR PAY ONLINE:

 

To pay dues by mail:

Write a check payable to

“IBM, Ring 1” for $20

 Write “2024

 Dues” on the memo line

 

 Mail the check to:

Sandy Weis

 1755 Elkins Drive

 St. Louis, MO 63136

View Steve Finkelstein's Lecture before it's gone by                         

A bit of HOGWARTS magic resides on our Officers & Board page ... Check out Ring1's counterpart to Prof. Dumbledore ... our very own animated 1st President!

 

 

Harry Blackstone Sr. performed at the 1946 I.B.M. Convention in St. Louis, Missouri - hosted by our I.B.M. Ring 1

Join MAGIC 101

Our Experienced Mentors Are Available To Help New and Intermediate Magicians ... 

Please Contact Any Officer Or Board Member Listed Below For Informaton

Our Next Meeting 

I.B.M. Ring 1

April 3, 2024 at 6:30 p.m.

Please join us on

April 3rd at 6:30 pm

 

Dielmann Recreation Center

11400 Olde Cabin Road

Creve Coeur, MO 63141

I.B.M.Ring 1 Annual Dues

PLEASE USE THE DONATE BUTTON ABOVE WHEN PAYING BY PAYPAL.

UPON MAKING PAYMENT YOU MUST SEND AN EMAIL TO

sweis50@yahoo.com

FOR HER TO PROPERLY CREDIT YOUR ACCOUNT.

 

IF YOU FAIL TO SEND THIS EMAIL, THE FUNDS YOU TRANSFERRED MAY NOT BE CREDITED TOWARD ANY MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL (SINCE PAYPAL DOES NOT ALWAYS PROVIDE ENOUGH INFORMATION TO IDENTIFY WHO YOU ARE). ANY PAYMENT RECEIVED WITHOUT THE REQUIRED EMAIL WILL BE CONSIDERED AS A GENERAL DONATION ONLY.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORT.

PLEASE USE THE DONATE BUTTON ABOVE WHEN PAYING BY PAYPAL.

UPON MAKING PAYMENT YOU MUST SEND AN EMAIL TO

sweis50@yahoo.com

FOR HER TO PROPERLY CREDIT YOUR ACCOUNT.

 

IF YOU FAIL TO SEND THIS EMAIL, THE FUNDS YOU TRANSFERRED MAY NOT BE CREDITED TOWARD ANY MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL (SINCE PAYPAL DOES NOT ALWAYS PROVIDE ENOUGH INFORMATION TO IDENTIFY WHO YOU ARE). ANY PAYMENT RECEIVED WITHOUT THE REQUIRED EMAIL WILL BE CONSIDERED AS A GENERAL DONATION ONLY.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORT.

Annual Dues increased to $20 on Jan. 1, 2023

Annual Dues increased to $20 on Jan. 1, 2023

Happy New Year,

As this message is being written just prior to Christmas, I want to wish everyone a very warm and safe holiday and a wonderful new year.

We completed an extremely successful year in 2023, and look forward to renewing our efforts to educate and entertain our membership in 2024!

As a reminder, our member dues rate for the 2024 year is $20.00. We offer so much for a modest amount, and continue to bring in top-tier lecturers while providing others with many opportunities to help themselves and our club to flourish. 

Please join us as often as you can for our exciting New Year plans! You are welcome to bring guests at any time ... they just might get bitten by the magic bug and officially join in on our fun and fellowship. I hope to see you soon!

Steve Zuehlke  shared the following: “We were treated to a lecture at our April meeting by our own Christian Misner. Christian is one of the most engaging, dynamic, and high-energy performers I have seen in a long time. You can't go to his show and not have a good time. Christian lectured on using music with your act in order to improve it. Things have come a long way since this reviewer started in magic over fifty years ago. Christian opened his lecture with his opening of his typical magic show, complete with music, a voice over introducing himself and applause. What a way to start a show! Christian basically uses four main components to accomplish this. A speaker and stand, an iPad,  an Audio Ape and his phone. Starting with the speaker, Christian uses a battery-operated speaker placed on a high quality stand. Christian explained that good sound is not cheap and also stressed the importance of a high quality stand that can be adjusted to project the sound at the audience's level. The next tool is an iPad. This allows Christian to make play lists/voice overs/sound bites, etc., coupled with an Audio Ape which sends the play list from the iPad to the speaker. The Audio Ape also has a remote control so Christian always has complete control over his sound, from volume, pauses, fade in and fade outs, etc. These three will work alone but Christian also uses his phone via blue tooth to add a few more effects. The world is changing fast, and Christian is up on the latest and greatest gadgets that hit the market. Christian explained the importance of using a prerecorded introduction. Not too long ago, a professional voice over would cost several hundreds of dollars. Today with the internet and email, you can have a professional voice over for less than ten dollars. Christian also touched on using royalty free music and covered the different licensing fees when using music that is not public domain. Fascinating information! The best part is all this information is on the web and free for the taking if you know where to look. Christian provided QR codes for the products he uses for all who were interested. He divided them into three categories—software, equipment, and professional resources. If anyone has any questions on using music, reach out to Christian as he is always glad to help. A fantastic evening with a wealth of information!”

 

 

Jill Schmidt shared the following on a recent Facebook post-- “A religious preschool booked Jill "Silly Jilly" Schmidt and asked her not to do any toilet humor. Jill said to herself, "Oh no, that's a third of my act!" The director requested a no-toilet humor show because the school once hired a singer who sang a song about underwear. She said the song was age-appropriate, but she was concerned about the students telling their parents about the underwear song. So Silly Jilly removed from the preschool magic show her squirting toilet, diaper hat, pooping unicorn, silk routine where the kids try to make a hole in a boy's pants disappear, but mistakenly make the pants disappear, and removed her usual show finale of magically changing a traditional-sized whoopee cushion into a giant whoopee cushion large enough for ten kids to sit on. Silly Jilly added her coloring book routine to the show, which she hadn't done in years and also some other effects. After the show, the school directed texted her, "They loved you!!!" Lesson learned—One may need to make changes in their act in order to please their audience.

 

Dan Todd shared the following:  “I have not visited Rankin Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital this year. I should be hearing from them soon regarding resuming the Ring’s monthly visits. Shriners Children’s St. Louis Hospital has requested that I perform magic twice a month there.  However, they have just added me for March 14th, 26th and the 28th.  On March 1st I performed a magic show at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.  I performed the following: My large version Empty Spelling routine, What's Next, Match the Color Balls - Teaching Effect, My Grandmas Pearl Necklace routine, Picture Fun, Chico the Mind Reader, and Multi Color Paper Production. Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital emailed me that they are scheduling me for magic shows in April, June and August. They said they loved the responses they received from the lobby show last time. I am keeping quite busy visiting the hospitals since I retired. However, I really enjoy sharing my magic with the patients, their families, and the staff.”

 

The Ring has many exciting meetings planned for the coming year. Our lecture chairman, Mike McClure, recently purchased tickets to a show entitled “Fool you Twice.”  It is coming to St. Louis on May 14th and features Naathan Phan, Hayden Allcorn, and Lucas Breneman. Mike contacted Naathan and asked if he would like to give a lecture to Ring 1 when he is in town.  Naathan said he would. How exciting! The Ring wants to thank Mike for reaching out to Naathan!

 

The Ring always welcomes visitors to attend the Ring’s meetings and activities.  Check Ring 1’s website for further information.

New Year's Message

from Our President

D. Jay Lenz
 

Our April Fool Us live event was a huge success, and now it is being reworked as an ongoing virtual competition so YOU can play along in your own homes.

Details to follow later this year! 

 

MAGIC MOMENTS  VOLUME 1

Click here to view

our first filming adventure ...

Ring 1 magicians performing for you!

 

 

VIRTUAL COMPETITION COMING SOON !!!

President Lenz's Certificates of Appreciation

Sandy Weis - Gary S. Chan - Paul Gregor - Dan Todd

Michael W. McClure - John Davit - Steve Finkelstein

I.B.M. Ring 1

Close-up Contest Winners 2023

1st Place Advanced

2nd Place Advanced

3rd Place Advanced

2023-4 Officers Installed by Alan Fisher, IBM-GCTVP

Arts & Crafts Magic

Tips & Tricks

In-Person Lecture & Workshop

with Steve & Barb Zuehlke

 

 

Even if you don't consider yourself an artist, or all that crafty, be sure to join us for an evening of invaluable tips and advice on crafting better magic. All in attendance will take something valuable away from this lecture. Steve and Barb have agreed to reprise their popular workshop with all new effects and methods. DON'T MISS THIS ONE!!!

Our THANKS to the following members that helped make our

2023 Florissant Performance a HUGE success 

Steve Zuehlke

Laurence "Chuck" Levy

Jeff Lefton

Joshua Weidner

Terry Richison

Sandy Weis

Alan Zibits

Chuck Peterson

Pres. D. Jay Lenz

John Davit

Paul Gregor

Mike and Susan McClure

 

 Our heartfelt thanks to all others who supported our only annual fundraiser in 2023. We are eagerly looking forward to our NEW SHOW in 2024! 

Attention members … at Ring 1 your opinions matter to us, and your point of view is highly valued. Please join us on June 5th and you will become a co-producer of our next Fall Show in October … just by sharing your opinions.

 All members who would like to perform in our only annual fund-raising event will be submitting video auditions, and every member present on June 5th will have the opportunity to vote on their favorites. The club’s collective conclusions will help the Show Committee fill the stage with our highest rated acts and ensure that the audience is entertained to the best of our ability. The show is set for October 19th at the Florissant Performing Arts Center.

AUDITIONS:

  • Are open to EVERY member of Ring 1
  • Are to be short, one or two effect performances totaling no more than 5 minutes
  • The theme for the show is Magic & FANTASY – including Fairy Tales & Adventure
  • Audition videos are to be sent to watson7654321@gmail.com before May 20th
  • Auditions need NO special production ... art, music, costumes nor editing … just the act as you would perform on stage. If your act is selected, our committee will provide music and background images to compliment your magic. We are a team in this, and will do everything we can to make you shine like stars on stage!
  • Your videos will also be used to help the Show Committee evaluate your tempo and timing
  • Any recording method is accepted, as long as the digital file can be downloaded prior to May 20th, and then shared on the TV screen at Dielmann Recreation Center for the club’s viewing on June 5th. The easiest way to film your act is to prop your phone up and push record. We can edit the beginning and end to remove any unwanted footage if necessary..
  • Let your imagination run wild! Try to think of a fairy tale, legend or fantasy character/story that your favorite act could represent. For Example: Our President D. Jay Lenz hopes to earn a spot and perform a version of his “Professor’s Nightmare” but with a nod toward “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” If you remember, the titular heroine had trouble with things always being to big, too small, and only one just right. Therein lies the connection that we would embellish and charm the family audience.
  • Please do NOT let a lack of ideas deter you from auditioning … call or email Mike McClure with any and all questions. Our committee is here to help you “skin” your ideal effect into a moment of wonder.
  • Last year’s show brought in an equal spread of ages … one third children, one third seniors, and one third regular adult age. Please gear your act to be family friendly!
  • Mike McClure can be reached at 618-826-5125, or by email at watson7654321@gmail.com and is delighted to discuss all ideas and possibilities. Please leave a message if he is unable to answer the phone.
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MAGIC & FANTASY – Fairy Tales and Adventure

Some possible examples include: Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, Pirates, Sherlock Holmes, Romeo & Juliet, Light-Scare Halloween themes, Wizards, Dragons, Leprechauns … any fictional story that involves the imagination (and of course, is in the Public Domain). Contact us with your thoughts and we can help you fine tune your next featured performance.

CALLING ALL RING 1 MEMBERS

DON'T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO BE A STAR ONSTAGE!

Naathan Phan, Broadway star of stage, screen (both big and small), and one of the last great showmen, will be Ring 1's guest on May 15th ...more details coming soon ... BUT he is also starring in a ONE NIGHT ONLY performance on May 14th at the Gaslight Theater, and he wants to save you some money while supporting his show. Use the link:

https://magicasianman.yapsody.com/event/index/800945/fool-you-twice?fbclid=IwAR20s5sS_Rz0OIX_BKP7lsrGXPNFaFyN1tBprM7IXk1gj2PhaPc-rmJipfo 

When purchasing your ticket(s) enter the code MAGI10 to save 10% off your ticket, or buy 6 seats and enter the code BRINGTHEFAM for 20% off!!!

Please join us as we experience an incredible night of magic and merriment! 

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