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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

The webmaster asks that Ring 1 members submit images of themselves in action so we can showcase the fun we have to share. The world is visiting OUR www.ibmring1.com to see what the excitement is all about! E-mail a photo of you performing magic (or your preferred headshot) to: watson7654321@gmail.com . Your photo may magically appear on our Ring 1 website! 

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            2024-2025

           OFFICERS

President

     D Jay Lenz
      618-462-3675

Vice-President

     Steve Queen
       314-651-9162

Treasurer

     Sandy Weis
      314-378-4403

Secretary

     Alan Zibits
      636-273-9974

           2024-2025

     BOARD MEMBERS

          Scott Smith

        Past President

        618-610-5947

      Steve Finkelstein
        314-409-6869

        Gary S. Chan

         929-525-3496
       mentalist@gschan2000.com

        Paul Gregor

           314-628-0894

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


Scribe

    Sandy Weis
      314-378-4403

Spirit Editors

Gary S. Chan & Paul Gregor

 

RING ONE

JUNE 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:

 

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 

Please Contact Any Officer Or Board Member Listed Below For Informaton

Our Next Meeting 

RING 1 Auction & Flea Market

August 14th, 2024 at 6:30 p.m.

Please join us on

August 14th 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!

On May 14th, Naathan Phan, along with Hayden Allcorn and Lucas Breneman,  performed at the Gaslight Theatre in St. Louis. It was advertised as FOOL YOU TWICE—An Evening of Magic, Singing, Comedy, and Friendship. Michael W. McClure had bought tickets for the show and contacted Naathan beforehand to see if he was available to give a lecture to Ring 1 members on May 15th.  He agreed! Sandy Weis commented—"The lecture was terrific! Nathan is a dynamic presenter. He is quite busy but I recommend that other Rings book him for a lecture—you won’t be disappointed. Not one member left the lecture early. They didn’t want to miss anything he had to share. One of her favorite effects he performed was N.A.M.E (Not Another Mental Epic). What a clever effect! Another one of her favorites was his version of Torn and Restored Newspaper which he calls Ripped Off. He had both of these effects for sale after his lecture.” Paul Gregor commented—"Every second of his lecture contained magical gems that everyone could enjoy and apply to their performance work. His expertise was apparent from the start, sharply dressed with his signature color clothing and a deep knowledge of the current work of magic. His lecture moved briskly along yet was easy to keep up. A vast array of tricks were demonstrated and were for sale at the end of the lecture. His well thought out routines and high quality props made for a fantastic evening of magic.”  Thank you, Michael, for reaching out to Naathan!

New Year's Message

from Our President

Darryl 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

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. Darryl 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! 

INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY FOR ST. LOUIS MAGICIANS!!!

  Ring 1’s Fall Show is scheduled for October 19th this year at the Florissant Performing Arts Center.  The following members volunteered to be on the Production Committee—Darryl Lenz, Steve Zuehlke, Steve Finkelstein, Paul Gregor, and Michael W. McClure. On June 5th the Ring 1 Meeting was advertised as JUDGEMENT DAY, a clever new way of giving all members, that wished to perform on stage, a chance at a fair audition, and to be judged by their peers. All members who would like to perform at the show were asked to summit a video, no more than 5 minutes, showing one or two effects they would like to perform at the show. If their act was selected, the committee would provide music and background images to accompany their magic. The theme for the show is Magic & Fantasy-- Including Fairy Tales & Adventure. The members were encouraged to let their imagination run wild! They were told to try to think of a fairy tale, legend or fantasy character/story that their favorite act could represent such as Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, Pirates, Sherlock Holmes, Romeo & Juliet, Light-Scare Halloween themes, Wizards, Dragons, Leprechauns … anything that is a fictional story and of course, is in the Public Domain.  An example is as follows: Our President Darryl Lenz hopes to earn a spot and performed a version of his Professor’s Nightmare Rope Trick but with a nod toward Goldilocks and the Three Bears. If one remembers, the titular heroine had trouble with things always being too big, too small, and only one just right. Therein lies the connection that we would embellish and charm the family audience. At the meeting, all members present were asked to rate the performances on a scale from 1 to 5.  Also, they were asked to write at least one positive comment and also any suggestions as to how the magician could improve their act. Any member who voted then became a co-producer of the show just by sharing their opinions. The members viewed the following videos—Darryl Lenz (performed a Professor’s Nightmare routine), Steve Finkelstein (performed 2 effects-- one using a mind-reading puppet and the other using a handkerchief as a ghost), Tim Shegitz—(performed several including the 3 card monte, ropes, etc.), Steve Buesking and Jeff Lefton—(Snow Way to Play, a card using pieces of bread as the deck), Marty Kopp—(A Silent Mystery Act), Paul Gregor—(A variety, comedy act using his handmade assistant on a tripod), and D. J. Edwards—(A stage show he had previously performed which included several stage props). The members present rated the performances and also included comments. With the added input from the members, the show will probably be one of the best the Ring has ever produced. Also, all the performances were excellent and will, more than likely, be included in the show.

 

During the second half of the meeting, Steve Finkelstein discussed launching Magic 101 again. The Ring previously met a half hour before the regular meeting and Steve, or another member, would present effects that members could learn immediately. The members are excited he is willing to lead Magic 101 again.  He passed out a handout and actually taught the group two effects which everyone went home knowing how to do.  In fact, Sandy Weis attended the Puppet Guild of St. Louis’ Picnic on June 8th and performed the effect where she had everyone think of a card mentally. Then she gave them a few mathematical operations to follow and she was able to guess everyone’s card (except one person who wasn’t paying attention).  Everyone attending the picnic was amazed at her ability to read their minds.

 

The Ring’s newly elected officers and Board Members for the 2024-2025 year are as follows: President--Darryl Lenz, Vice-President--Steve Queen, Treasurer--Sandy Weis, Secretary--Alan Zibits, and Board Members—Scott Smith, Steve Finkelstein, Gary S. Chan, Christian Misner, and Michael W. McClure. Michael is also the Webmaster, Gary S. Chan and Paul Gregor are the Spirit Editors, and Sandy Weis is the Scribe.

Visitors are always welcome to attend Ring 1 meetings and activities. Check out Ring 1’s website to view all the activities planned throughout 2024.

Current Ring 1 members (those with a paid up dues status for 2024) may offer up to three items to be Auctioned off at this event, but it's first comes - first added to the list. We have a tight time frame to consider at our venue, so no items will be added past the established limit to ensure we are finished by 9pm. Photos and descriptions of ALL items for sale MUST be sent to Michael W. McClure (watson7654321@gmail.com) before August 9th to be considered. The accepted Auction items will be posted HERE on our website for pre-consideration and value specific research. No effects will be demonstrated on the night of the Auction, so all research will need to be done on your own prior to the item's offering.

 

Attention Sellers: The Ring requests a donation in the amount of 10% of the item's final purchase price to help cover the evening's expenses. 

 

 AUCTION DETAILS

 

Cash is preferred but some sellers may accept checks.

 

Most of the LIVE auction items (CloseUp, Parlor, Stage) are valued from $50 to several hundreds of dollars. We will accept incremental increased bids of $5 to keep the event moving. 

 

Several of the items will have a minimum bid value and therefore may not be sold unless the seller is willing to accept a lower bid during it's LIVE offer.

 

This event is designed to provide a fun, rewarding evening of opportunities for ALL magic fans of ALL interest levels. We will be inviting the public to join us, in the hope that they might become interested in further fellowship as new members of our community. 

 

IMPORTANT: Please check out the items in advance of the LIVE auction.  We will not be demonstrating the items or answering a lot of questions that evening.  Do your homework and come prepared to bid on the items you want.  GOOD LUCK & HAVE FUN!!!

 

FLEA MARKET DETAILS

 

Any Ring 1 member in good standing may request to have a table for their smaller sale items, but these also are extremely limited and on a first come - first serve basis. You would be expected to staff you own table during the Flea Market times (both before and after (but NOT during the LIVE Auction). There is no cost to host a table, but the Ring would appreciate a donation if you were successful with your sales.

LIVE Auction Items To Be Showcased Shortly. Keep Checking Back For The Latest

LIVE Auctioneer

STEVE CORBITT

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