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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

MARCH 2023 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

March 6, 2024 at 7 p.m.

Please join us on

February 7th at

 

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!

The lecture on February 7th was funded by the Midwest Magic Jubilee (IBM Ring 1 and SAM Assembly 8). Therefore, all Ring 1 and Assembly 8 members were invited to attend. Since the Jubilee is no longer offering a convention, the money still in the account is now being used for lectures for its members. Michael Kaminska, the lecturer, is an author, creator, performer and consultant. He regularly works for many fortune 500 companies weaving magic into their presentations and hospitality suites. Internationally recognized as one of the top sleight-of-hand artists in the world today, Michael Kaminskas is a thinker, creator and innovator of magic. The author of several best-selling books for the professional magician, Michael's work has been featured in nearly every trade publication - including a coveted Cover and feature story for the Society of American Magicians - the oldest magic organization on the planet. We were fortunate to be able to book Michael and he was able to lecture on the Ring’s regularly scheduled meeting night.

Steve Zuehlke shared the following: “For our February meeting, we had the pleasure of having Michael Kaminska present his all-new lecture. One of the best lectures our Ring has had in a long time. There was something for everyone. Cards, coins, pens, cups, etc. All the material was commercial, visual, and audience tested. Michael had some interesting takes on routines that most are familiar with. He started off by doing his version of Ammar's Coins Thru the Scarf. This is a great routine and required only two sleights/palms. Next was a great version of Anniversary Waltz. If you don't perform this effect, you need to add it to your repertoire. This effect kills for laypeople. If you are familiar with the effect, you are left with a double backer at the end of the routine. Michael used this card for his effect called Fusion where two selections are placed face to face and fused together, leaving the single double back card which can be passed out to the audience. A very clever idea to "ditch" the gimmicked card. His work on the Mercury card fold was outstanding. The fold is done vertically (lengthwise) and was lightning fast. Michael uses this for a card in box which will be released commercially from Penguin Magic in the very near future. If you are familiar with the different versions on the market (Mint Box, Mystery Box etc.), this version not only allows the card to be seen but also heard! Kind of like a rattle box. Very clever! His take on the chop cup was great. Michael showed how to "properly" load the cup for the final load. This combined a bit of "blocking" which makes this move invisible. He also covered several pocket ditching methods using body blocking as well. Things like this only come from years of practicing in front of a live audience, which Michael is no stranger to. Michael also showed us a very clever hot rod routine, his take on the strike vanish, a pen that clings to the fingertips (this was a fooler, as I thought I knew the method), a three-ball routine, a torn and restored card and a great coin to jar routine using an ungimmicked quarter. This was another fooler for sure. Michael had a large selection of merchandise for sale, all of which were reasonably priced. If your club has the chance to book Michael, do yourself a favor, and book this lecture. Hats off to President D. Jay Lenz and Mike McClure for another outstanding meeting. We had approximately thirty-five members in attendance, including Doug Clark who made the drive from Columbia, Missouri. Always great seeing Doug and longtime member, Martin Kopp, also made a surprise appearance.”

Sandy Weis shared that Michael performed and explained the following effects during the lecture: “My CCR, My go to Chop Cup Routine, WAVE, Anniversary Travelers, Sweet Tear, Escape, KFC, D2D, Klinger, Audience Aces, and Silkcoin 2.0. He had most of the commercial items available for sale. However, he was offering to mail effects he was out of postage free to the members.”

Trudy Monti-Monteith has been instrumental in keeping the Magic Roundtable St. Louis going for many years. The group meets almost every Saturday around 1:30 pm at The Dierbergs Food Market located at Lindeman Rd., Des Peres MO 63131.  She has a group on Facebook which has 125 members.  On February 10th the comment was “Great Roundtable today!!!”  The following members attended: Jim Svaglic, Chuck Levy, Michael Long, Bob Kochan, Trudy Monti, Steve Steer, Steve Boland, Jim Hodge, Jim Holmes, and Tom Reilly.  Jim had a traveling magic shop with him. Trudy had some show & tell, and Chuck Levy entertained with a trick. Chuck Levy commented, “ One thing seldom mentioned is that almost every week Trudy brings interesting and informative things to look at and discuss. Thanks again, Trudy.” Tom Reilly commented, “Yes there were 10 of us there including Bob Kochan who brought an old (1972) SAM roster, it was fun (and sad) looking at some of the older members’ names. James Holmes had lots of items for sale.” The group encourages anyone interested in magic to attend the Roundtable. Check the following website for the latest information before attending each week: https://www.facebook.com/groups/374210993307299.

Chad Jacobs (Chef Bananas), with his family, attended the Kapital Kidvention which was located in Washington D.C. recently. It is the largest convention for kids’ entertainers in the country. He performed twice and lectured twice. Chad commented on Facebook the following: “The first book I ever picked up about kids’ magic was Seriously Silly by David Kaye in 2017. It gave me the foundation to become the performer I am today. I learned so much. I hoped someday I would get to meet David (Silly Billy). We met in 2022 at KIDabra & KAX Conferences, and to be honest, I was starstruck. For real, ask my kids. Last week, at Kapital Kidvention I got to share the stage with him. It was awesome!” Chad also commented: “I had an unbelievably awesome time at Kapital Kidvention in DC the last few days. Meeting so many new friends and sharing ideas was fantastic. The convention ended with one of the most fun shows I've ever been a part of. And, I got to perform with superstars Silly Billy, Christopher T. Magician and Gene Cordova. It was a dream come true.”

Jill shared the following--Jill “Silly Jilly” Schmidt and her friend, Kathleen “Grandma Glee” Neason from Columbia, MO also attended this conference as attendees only. Chad taught a class on branding and a class on his show, plus he was the opening act on the big closing night show. Jill’s favorite parts were the classes taught by Christopher T. Magician, Chef Bananas, and Silly Billy.  She thoroughly enjoyed the closing night show and especially, the “inexpensive” photographer. Jill and Kathleen did skip one class and instead took an Uber to a school show featuring Washington, DC magician, The Great Zucchini. They were impressed by his fast-paced style and got ideas for new routines for their shows.

Dan Todd shared the follow: “On February 2nd I performed magic on the CCTV at Children’s Hospital. I performed Slydini's Silks, my version of Uncanny Yarn (they can freely choose one of five colors), my large version of Free Will, Book of Magic production, a jumbo version of Vernon's Variant using jumbo UNO cards, my personalized Music Box (free choice of five envelopes) and Is There Magic in the Air. Ranken Jordan did not request a magic performance this month. I had to cancel magic at Shriners on February 13th due to a cold. I will be performing at Shriners on the 29th with closeup in the lobby for patients and families.”  The members appreciate his visits to the area children’s hospitals.  However, the members would like for him to be able to attend the Ring’s meetings.  We would love to see all the magic effects he has created. 

The Ring has already listed the agenda for each meeting in 2024. There are several lectures scheduled, an auction, a flea market, a close-up contest, a fall show and a holiday party.  Check out the Ring’s website for a detailed list. The Ring welcomes visitors and guests to its meetings and activities. The Ring is “growing” and more members are attending the meetings.

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 Winter! 

 

MAGIC MOMENTS  VOLUME 1

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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

Christian Misner

Lecture

MUSIC IN MAGIC

Our very own, Christian Misner, will offer an impactful, in-person lecture that explores the diverting details involved in adding music to your magic performances. He will share the latest technology, and leave no (Rolling) stone unturned. All in attendance will have something to take away from this lecture, including the knowledge of how to incorporate music in every part of their lives. 

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!

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