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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"

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IBM Ring 1 Annual Dues

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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

           2023-2024

     BOARD MEMBERS

          Scott Smith

        Past President

        618-610-5947

      Steve Finkelstein
        314-409-6869

        Gary S. Chan
       mentalist@gschan2000.com

        Christian Misner

        christianmisner@gmail.com

 

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


Scribe

    Sandy Weis
      314-378-4403

Spirit Editors

Gary S. Chan & Paul Gregor

 

RING ONE

MAY 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

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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

May 15, 2024 at 6:30 p.m.

Please join us on

May 15th 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

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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!

Ring 1 usually meets on the first Wednesday of every month. However, the May meeting was moved to the middle of the month since Naathan Phan agreed to visit Ring 1 on the evening after his show in St. Louis. Thanks to Mike McClure for reaching out to Naathan! Therefore, a review of his lecture will be published in the next Ring Report since it is occurring after the Ring Report deadline. Sandy Weis is constantly asking members to contribute to the Ring Report.  However, for various reasons, members do not submit articles (she is almost certain other Rings are having the same problem).  She asked several members to PLEASE send input for this newsletter and thankfully a few members did submit input.

Steve Buesking submitted the following-- “Our Ring has two sets of Steves. Where you see one Steve, you often see the other--Steve Zuehlke and Steve Buesking. The pair sponsored The Gateway Close-up Convention which was located in Collinsville, Illinois during the weekend of April 11th.  This is the third year we have produced this convention. This convention consists of three days of close-up magic. Because the size is limited, attendees are able to interact with the performers. Prior years' performers return each year just to be a part of the crowd, magicians helping magicians during the day and into the late-night sessions. This convention offered Friday and Saturday breakout sessions.  Each session placed  the performers in a different room, allowing each attendee to choose the performer they would like to ask questions to, seek advice from, or any tips on performing. Personally, I would love to see Robert Moreland's Cloud Change again.  He is so deceptive that I may never see how he does it.  Such a likeable performer! Antony Girard is a David Crosby lookalike.  If you don't know either of those names, as a personal note, be sure to  research these names.  John Bannon worked two days as a break room leader and no one wanted to leave the room - well, John possibly, but none of the attendees.  His techniques and teaching are flawless.  John, like the other performers, is approachable and willing to help.  This explains why John was chosen as Guest of Honor and led off the convention and closed the Saturday evening show. As I was waiting to take a performer to the airport, I had the opportunity to sit with John and other attendees.  We spoke about one unnamed effect.  An attendee offered - TSA APPROVED - as a possible name.  It could happen.  Like many long-term conventions, we were able to secure top talent including Steve Ehlers - brilliant card work, Dr. Michael Rubinstein - brilliant coin work, David Parr who was just brilliant, and St. Louis’s own Dan Fleischmann. Finally, many magic shows have a standing ovation at the end of the show.  In all the years I have attended conventions, I cannot recall only a few standing ovations mid-show. Nick Lewin, second on the Saturday night bill, did his part to earn a standing ovation at the end of his performance. It was well deserved—a memorable performance.  Nick was charming, funny, and a kind man.  Nick was a highlight! I invariably, probably left someone out of my review.  If that happened here, attribute that to a worsening memory and nothing more. The two Steves will be hosting the convention again during the first weekend of April 2025. I’m told the lineup is not to be missed. I highly recommend this convention for all magicians, not only close-up magicians, since everyone will leave having learned something new.”

Michael W. McClure shared the following-- “My deeply magic-themed tabletop game, Masters To Mythics, will have its Kickstarter campaign launched in the August/September window of this year. This will ensure that the games are available in time for the holidays. Prototypes are already in the hands of popular game reviewers, and their resulting gameplay videos and evaluations will be included on the crowdfunder’s landing page. Our continued goal is to provide diversified magic history, imagery, and exciting gameplay for the growing niche of tabletop enthusiasts, and help cultivate an interest in magic as a hobby or profession. We expect to see new performers enter our art as a result of this mission. Updates on our progress will be found at: https://www.baskervilleproductions.com/masterstomythics

Dan Todd submitted the following—"Ring 1 has not visited Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital for Project Magic since November 2023. I have had contact with the organization and they stated that there have been several cases of respiratory illnesses  and that they would tell us when they wanted us back performing magic. On the plus side I performed 13 magic shows at Ranken Jorden since 7/11/2022. I have been performing close-up magic in the lobby at Shriners Children’s Hospital since I became a Volunteer there on 5/9/2023. I have performed 17 shows for them since then. The next shows scheduled are on May 14th, 23rd, and 28th. As for St. Louis Children’s Hospital, I have performed 57 magic shows since 5/25/2018, mostly on their live CCTV. So as we go forward I will continue to entertain the children wherever they want me.” (The Ring really appreciates the visits Dan makes to these hospitals providing magic shows. Thank you Dan)

Christian Misner contacted Sandy Weis and asked if he could submit a review of a product he is using.  She said that it would be ok if he was using it and if he thought IBM members in general would be interested in a review. He felt it was very innovative and according to him, “The Future of Book Tests is Here!” Sandy Weis is fascinated by artificial intelligence because she remembers when computers were first installed in her school during her teaching career. What is AI Technology? For those who do not know, a brief definition is as follows—AI is the simulation of human intelligence processes by machines.  She wondered how could a book test use AI technology? Therefore, Christian Misner submitted the following regarding one book test he is using that uses AI technology.  There are probably others who are combining AI technology with book tests but this summary of the WikiTest will give members, in general, information as to what AI has provided to enhance book tests. It was not written as an advertisement but just written to education members regarding new technology.

“Mentalism has taken a quantum leap into the 21st century, folks. That classic of classics - the book test - just got one hell of an upgrade courtesy of cutting-edge AI technology. I'm talking next-level, boundary-pushing, mind-blowing amazement. The kind of zhoosh that'll have jaws hitting the floor when you reveal those cosmic-level coincidences. Here's the deal: WikiTest, by Marc Kerstein, ditched the old book in favor of unleashing an AI beast to dynamically craft Wikipedia articles on the fly. Your participant searches anything they want on Wikipedia, and what appears is an articulate, rational, and professional-grade article whipped up by an advanced language model. Every last detail faultlessly plausible...yet generated from scratch just for them. No way those AI scribes could've known the randomly chosen topic beforehand! But here's where it gets downright unfair - you STILL nail their concentrated word from the conjured text. A total shot in the dark as far as they're concerned. (Cue the stunned silence and wth's). While the mechanics are delightfully simple on your end, the air-tight method seems to defy all conventional explanation. Now one potential fly in the ointment - there can sometimes be a brief lag period between when your participant locks in their search and the AI text populating. 30 seconds. Maybe a minute if conditions aren't ideal. A margin where that telltale loading screen taunts us. Your challenge is redirecting their attention while the AI engine crunches away behind the scenes. But once that flowery prose materializes...sheer sorcery. WikiTest already packed a bevy of pro tricks up its sleeve - live peeking their search, glimpsing the AI-generated image, on-the-fly translation to any language, and more. But integrating this dynamic AI model is a watershed moment for book tests. You've got cerebral, evergreen, interactive awesomeness that belies any precomputed tomfoolery. My advice? Get current and nab this AI-enhanced mentalism gem for your next gig. With some deft spectator choreography and magical patter to bridge the gap, you can leave them gobsmacked by your seemingly-psychic command over the cosmos. The future is now!” (Thank you Christian for educating members, such as Sandy Weis, regarding the benefits of combining AI with book tests. She is amazed and plans to continue learning about how artificial intelligence can be used in the field of magic.)

Christian also shared that he will be performing at the grand opening of The Museum of Illusions located in The City Foundry in St. Louis, Mo. on May 24th.  According to the press release, he will make an appearance, bringing comedy and magic to the grand opening. 

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

Naathan Phan

In-Person Lecture

In-Person Lecture on May 15th

 

 

Sharply dressed, ebullient, and dynamic, Naathan creates memories for those seeking wonder by combining his skills for magic, singing, comedy, vocal mimicry, acting, improv, writing, and storytelling into one unforgettable show. He is a graduate of the Orange County School of the Arts (where he majored in Creative Writing), an Eagle Scout, and member of SAG-AFTRA, Global League of Magicians and Mentalists, and the Academy of Magical Arts – the organization inhabiting the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, where he is a frequent performer and strolling magic champion. His multitude of talents have been featured at Bally’s Las Vegas, Caesars Windsor, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, the Winter Gardens Blackpool, as well as other theaters, casinos, corporate events, private events, on stages and cruise ships around the world as well as on Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Superbad, Celebrity Name Game, Tosh.0, The Hollywood Christmas Parade, Wizard Wars, America’s Got Talent, and more! He also holds the distinction of being one of only two magicians in the world who have appeared in the Masters of Illusion national tour, both the Atlantic City and Las Vegas residencies, and international television series, which Naathan has been a part of for the last nine consecutive seasons… in fact, he is part of the season currently airing Monday nights at 9pm The CW!
 

Neil Patrick Harris declares Naathan is “Hilarious… exclamation point!” Broadway World raves about his “Robin Williams-paced wit and humor,” and Dick Van Dyke extolls that he is “impossibly talented!” Critics, peers, and audiences alike call him “the ultimate showman” and “the Sammy Davis, Jr. of magic.” Come to Naathan’s Lecture and see why for yourself!

DON'T MISS THIS ONE!!!

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! 

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! 

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