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  • 28 I Left My Cards at Home • by Steve Marshall

  • 30 Hit the Road • by Scott Alexander

  • 32 Nielsen Gallery • by Tom Ewing

  • 34 Cheats and Deceptions • by Antonio M. Cabral

  • 36 COVER STORY • by Christian Painter

  • 42 Illusions of Grandeur • David Seebach

  • 43 Magic in the Middle East • by Dr. Sanad Rashed

  • 44 Messing with your Mind • by Christopher Carter

  • 46 Not Just Kid Stuff • by Jim Kleefeld

  • 50 The High Road • by Mick Ayres

  • 52 For Your Consideration • by George Parker

  • 54 Ebook Nook: L.I.N.T. by John Luka

  • 58 Informed Opinion • New Product Reviews

  • 67 Tech Tricks • by Bruce Kalver

  • 68 Salon de Magie • by Ken Klosterman

  • 69 Inside Straight • by Norman Beck

  • 70 The Dean’s Diary • by George Schindler

  • 70 Basil the Baffling • by Alan Wassilak

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The subject of this month’s cover story is Tony Brent, a performer whose name may not be familiar to you. Tony is a very busy professional magician who has a long-running show in Orlando, Florida. Christian Painter brought Tony to my attention, and he wrote the cover story on page 36. (Incidentally, Christian has written quite a few cover stories for M-U-M, and I thank him for all his efforts.) The I.B.M./S.A.M. combined convention is rapidly approach- ing, and I’m looking forward to it. If you haven’t already regis-

tered for it, you may be out of luck, but it would be worth your time to check the website ( to see if any reg- istrations are still available. I’m especially looking forward to seeing the Fat Brothers (Dani DaOrtiz, Christian Engblom, and Miguel Angel Gea) again. The last time I saw all three of them together was quite a few years ago backstage at the Penn & Teller show in Las Vegas. If you have an interest in close-up, card, or coin magic, you will want to spend some time around these three gentlemen. They are world-class performers. Incidentally, I’ll be around the entire time at St. Louis. If you have comments or suggestions about M-U-M, please come up and talk to me. This is your magazine; your input is appreciated. Over the years, I’ve attended a lot of magic conventions. After a while, they all start to blur together, but one of them stands out in my memory – the I.B.M. convention in Evansville, Indiana in

1976. This was not only the first large, national magic convention I had ever attended; it was the first one that I worked as a hired

performer. At that time, I was working on my master’s degree at Butler University in Indianapolis. Once a month I’d make the trek up to Lafayette to attend the magic meetings that were held at Ron

London’s magic shop. I wasn’t performing magic professionally; in fact, I had no interest in doing that. Most of my time was spent

figuring out ways to fool my magic club buddies. I had three

routines that seemed to do the job and were entertaining. The

first was an All Backs routine that was based on Harry Riser’s

The Practice Deck (The Feints and Temps of Harry Riser, pages 77-85). The second routine was an Okito coin box routine that was inspired by Ed Marlo’s S.O.C. routine. I worked out the third routine with my friend Rick Swaney; it was called The Invisible Thumb Tip. This was a goofy routine that played very well for magicians. (In fact, it was really only good for magicians, since it openly discussed thumb tips.) The idea was that I brought out an old, really beat up, metal thumb tip and touted its quality as a completely invisible thumb tip. This got a laugh, because you could spot this tip a mile away. But when I put it on my thumb, it disappeared; both hands could be shown completely empty. Then I apparently pulled the tip off my thumb and it reappeared. I then used the tip to vanish a silk. Each

time, the tip (and the silk) vanished completely. The kicker was

that at the end of the trick I pulled the invisible tip off my thumb and threw it away, whereupon it made a loud clank (even though

it was invisible) when it hit the floor. This got a big laugh.

I have two vivid memories of the Evansville convention. The

first is of the dealer’s room. I think there were sixty dealers at that

convention, and when I walked into the room it was like being six years old again and walking into Stoner’s Magic Shop in Fort Wayne. I was simply overwhelmed; there was just so much ... stuff. It was a great feeling. The other thing I vividly remember

is that the final close-up show was on Saturday morning. I’m not

sure about the time; it was probably at 11 a.m. or so. At 6 a.m. that

morning, five of the six close-up performers were still up doing

tricks for each other in the lobby of the hotel. Friends of mine

who saw my performance that morning said I didn’t have any of

my usual “tells.” I guess they were obliterated by fatigue. (I just took a break from typing to run up to my library to check my notebooks. I started keeping a notebook of tricks back in 1975. The All Backs routine I did is #67, dated 11/3/75. The

coin box routine is #79. Unfortunately, I cannot find any notes

for the Invisible Thumb Tip routine. It may be lost forever, which

probably is not a bad thing.)

Rick Johnsson was one of the other close-up performers. I remember this quite well, because Rick was always working the room next to the one I was in, and the noise that came from that room was overwhelming. At the time, Rick had a great presenta- tion for Nick Trost’s Horse Race (The Card Magic of Nick Trost, pages 99-103). Rick turned this trick into a full-room, shout-at- the-top-of-your-lungs, audience-participation trick. And in case the audience wasn't making enough noise as they cheered for their horse in the race, Rick hopped up on a chair and honked an old horn to goose up the enthusiasm. In the dealer’s room I met a young man who was working the

Hank Lee booth. He had created a number of packet tricks that sold well for Hank. This was none other than Phil Goldstein, soon to become Max Maven. Phil saw my close-up show and was very complimentary about it. Through my association with Harry Riser, I had been able to meet a number of “name” magicians before I went to the Evans- ville convention, so I had several names to drop as I introduced myself to people. This is one of things that makes going to a con- vention so much fun – the people you meet and the friendships you establish. There’s nothing like it, and the memories will stick with you for a long time. (There is sort of a P.S. to this story. The I.B.M. went back to Evansville for their 1980 convention. Unfortunately, this conven- tion was plagued with some problems, the worst of which was the fact that Evansville had been soaked with a serious rainstorm that produced a dampness that permeated the hotel. I also performed at this convention, but as a musician. At the time I had a jazz trio in Indianapolis and we accompanied the acts at the cabaret show and played for a cocktail party. My most vivid memory of this convention is of Inez Blackstone Kitchen coming over and yelling at us for playing too loud.)

President’s Desk Dal Sanders Soon I will pass this column, the gavel, and the title of

President’s Desk

Dal Sanders

Soon I will pass this column, the gavel, and the title of National President to Kenrick “Ice” McDonald and will return to my proper place in the back of the room. When I took over

this office and this column eleven issues ago, I had everything

planned out. I had already written all of my articles and thought I knew in what direction I would be heading during my year as the president of The Society of American Magicians. Clearly, I was

delusional. This year has been an amazing year of activity and I

felt the need to share much of it in this column. The good news is that I have twelve inspirational articles already written that will

surely show up somewhere else. This last article will also be filled with news, but first I need to say thank you to some people.

It was inspirational to serve behind Past Presidents Mark Weidhaas, Vinny Grosso, and Christopher Bontjes. I learned a lot from these guys that not only helped me through the year but will

help me as I move forward and become a PNP. I also want to thank

the officers in line behind me, Kenrick McDonald, David Bowers,

and Jeff Sikora. The Society of American Magicians is in great hands with these people. I also want to thank Eric Lampert for being a great treasurer with a great sense of humor. Finally, I have to say thank you to the heart and soul of The Society of American Magicians, Manon Rodriguez and Marlene Clark. As National Administrator, Manon keeps all of us on target and focused, and as the National Secretary, Marlene keeps us organized. We all owe a great debt of gratitude and respect to these two women. Without them I’m not sure that the S.A.M. could survive. I know that I haven’t said it often enough or loudly enough but I’ll say it now: thank you for all that you have done.


Now we go on to the news. First of all, I want to thank Chris Bontjes for putting together the Science behind the Magic booth that The Society of American Magicians had at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. PNP Bontjes compiled a special magic book that employed STEM princi- ples; we had over a thousand downloads of this book over the three-day conference. Our display included the demonstration of several of the tricks included in the book; other close-up magic was performed by 1 st VP David Bowers, 2 nd VP Jeff Sikora, PNP Christopher Bontjes, and me to help gather crowds. This was a fantastic promotion to introduce the S.A.M. and the S.Y.M. to people interested in magic.


You may have read about a fantastic training experience for assembly leaders on the horizon; now we have a little more in- formation to share. This November, Las Vegas will host a one of a kind gathering of magicians with a focus on improving your magic club experience, The S.A.M. is working with Stan Allen from MAGIC magazine and Brian Daniel South (formerly

of Creative Magic) to present a summit for assembly leadership. It will be a weekend full of activities, workshops, and keynotes focused on making magic clubs more fun and more effective. We

would really like to have your assembly represented. We would like two representatives from every assembly to attend, but of course, it will not be limited to just two. In fact, this won’t even be limited to S.A.M. members. The goal is to elevate and advance the art of magic, so anyone will be welcome. The S.A.M. is exploring ways to subsidize the cost for two members of each assembly and give other pre-registration opportunities to S.A.M. members. Similar to a MAGIC Live! convention (after all, Stan is working on this), there will be surprises you definitely won’t want to miss.

Due to the unique nature of this summit, there will be a very limited capacity. RVPs will be reaching out to assemblies soon with registration information. In the meantime, if you have any questions you can email Brian at (


As you

will read



Newsworthy section of M-U-M (page 48-49), on April 28, 2014, Congress- man Pete Sessions recog- nized in remarks for the

Congressional Record that magic is an “Art.” Since the 1960s the S.A.M. has been trying to get congressional recognition of “The Art of Magic.” With the help and guidance of another S.A.M.

member, Mayor Eric Hogue,

we were finally able to get

congressional recognition of the art of magic.

President’s Desk Dal Sanders Soon I will pass this column, the gavel, and the title of

Dal Sanders & Mayor Eric Hogue

Why is this important? When considered for grants, magic has been seen as a hobby or at best, a craft. The S.A.M. has been looking for recognition of

the art of magic for more than fifty years. Doug Henning won a

grant from the Canadian government to study magic by convinc -

ing a panel of government officials that it could be considered an

art form. I encourage all of you go to The Society of American

Magicians website and download a copy of the Congressional Record document. Make it a part of your grant requests; post it on your websites and social media sites. Spread the word that (as we all have known all along) magic is an art. In 1902 the founders of The Society of American Magicians stated that our goal is to elevate and advance the art of magic;

this should be the goal of all magicians. We have finally received

recognition from the U.S. Congress. It is in the Congressional Record. Anyone can look it up. It is up to all of us to be excellent,

to be artists, and to elevate and advance our art. However, we

must live up to the high standards that come with this recognition.

Otherwise, we will betray ourselves, our audiences, and those who believe that we deserve to be called artists. Of course, this is just my opinion; I could be wrong.

S.A.M. National Officers Dean : George Schindler, 1735 East 26th St., Brooklyn, NY 11229, (718) 336-0605,
S.A.M. National Officers Dean : George Schindler, 1735 East 26th St., Brooklyn, NY 11229, (718) 336-0605,
S.A.M. National Officers Dean : George Schindler, 1735 East 26th St., Brooklyn, NY 11229, (718) 336-0605,
S.A.M. National Officers Dean : George Schindler, 1735 East 26th St., Brooklyn, NY 11229, (718) 336-0605,

S.A.M. National Officers

Dean: George Schindler, 1735 East 26th St., Brooklyn, NY 11229, (718) 336-0605, Fax (718) 627-1397, President: Dal Sanders, 3316 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75229 (214) 902-9200, President Elect: Kenrick “ICE” McDonald, P.O. Box 341034, Los Angeles, CA 90034, (310) 559-8968, First Vice President: David Bowers, (717) 414-7574, Second Vice President: Jeffrey Sikora, (402) 339-6726 Secretary: Marlene Clark, 274 Church Street, #6B, Guilford, CT 06437, (203) 689-5730, Skype: marlene.clark, Treasurer: Eric Lampert, (215) 939-5555,

Regional Vice Presidents

New England: CT MA RI NH ME VT Joseph Caulfield (603) 654-6022, North Atlantic: NY NJ Eric DeCamps, (718) 896-5861, Mid Atlantic: PA DE MD VAWV DC Phil Milstead, (703) 481-5271, South Atlantic: FL AL GA MS NC SC Debbie Leifer (404) 630-1120 Central Plains: KY TN OH IN MI Steven A. Spence, (317) 722-0429 Midwest: IL MN WI MO ND NE KS SD IA Shaun Rivera, (618) 781-8621 South Central States: TX AR OK NM LA Michael Tallon, (210) 341-6959 Southwest: CA AZ NV HI Ron Ishimaru, (808) 428-6019, Northwest: WA OR UT ID CO AK WY MT James Russell, (360) 682-6648 Canada: Rod Chow (604) 669-7777

Society of Young Magicians Director:

Jann Wherry Goodsell, 329 West 1750 North, Orem, Utah 84057 (801) 376-0353.

Living Past

National Presidents

Bradley M. Jacobs, Richard L. Gustafson, Roy A. Snyder, Bruce W. Fletcher, James E. Zachary, David R. Goodsell, Fr. Cyprian Murray,

Michael D. Douglass, George Schindler, Dan

Rodriguez, Dan Garrett, Donald F. Oltz Jr., Craig

Dickson, Loren C. Lind, Gary D. Hughes, Harry

Monti, Jann Wherry Goodsell, Warren J. Kaps, Ed Thomas, Jay Gorham, John Apperson, Richard M. Dooley, Andy Dallas, Maria Ibáñez, Bruce Kalver, Mike Miller, Mark Weidhaas, Vinny Grosso, J. Christopher Bontjes

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  • 2 Amazingly, the chosen number had been written in chalk on the inside of the box. Adeptly assisted by Corky, John Caris staged Jim Steinmeyer’s Princess in a Crowd, an effect Bob had inspired John to learn. The mage made one change in the routine by using Tarot cards instead of regular playing cards. Terrie Cardoza and Mary Caris participated in vanishing the delicious cake Corky had brought. —John Caris Golden Gate Assembly 2 meets first Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Community Room of Taraval Police Station, 2345 24th Avenue, San Francisco. Contact Tamaka (415) 531-9332 https://www.facebook. com/groups/249018441875771/ for more details.




are saddened to report the recent passing of our friend Ed Berg, who

passed away on April 22, 2014, leaving us all too soon at the age of

fifty-nine. Ed, who was a former

Assembly 4 president, had been a member of the club since the mid 1980s. He loved to perform chil- dren’s magic. When not working as a substitute teacher in the Phila- delphia public school system, he found time to donate his services as a volunteer ambulance driver.

He was a gentle soul with a heart

of gold; we extend our condolenc - es to his many friends and family. Our April meeting featured an excellent lecture by Bob Solari.

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Bob Solari teaching the Peek-A-Boo Deck

Prior to the lecture, Peter Cuddihy presented a most informative half hour mini-lecture on the art of children’s magic, during which he discussed the psychology of per- forming for children of different ages and taught some wonderful time-tested effects that he had

created over the years. The pre - sentation was further enhanced by commentary from Jane Armstrong, Dick Gustafson, and

Donna Horn, among others.



evening’s performances were dedicated to Bob Kuhn, our 101-year-old dean, who recently has been unable to attend the monthly meetings. Tamaka video recorded the performances and the recoding will be given to Bob for his viewing pleasure. Most of the routines presented were either

inspired by Bob or taught by him. Corky LaVallee gave tonight’s teach-in: thread magic using invisible thread with and without a reel. Utilizing a crumpled dollar bill, he caused it to levitate and move from one hand to the other. After the bill routine, he levitated playing cards and then a spinning quarter. During his demonstra- tion he provided props to inter- ested members for their learning

purposes. He commented on the

importance of lighting placement. We also found out that a slow movement of the levitating object is more elegant and magical than quick or jerky movements.

Hippo Lau began the regular

show with several card sleights Bob loved to do, including

bringing the chosen card back to the top of the deck. For his second

effect Hippo told a story of a blind magician who liked flowers. Hippo opened a plastic case,

showed it empty, and then closed

it. When he reopened it, a picture of a rose appeared. Corky returned

with several sleights. He dealt four

cards face down as the members called out numbers. When the cards were turned over, they were the four Aces. Then, with Cynthia Yee’s assistance, Corky placed the two black Aces face down on Cynthia’s palm; when they were turned up, they had become the two red Aces and Corky now held the black ones. Rich Seguine showed a shallow wood box with two sections. One

held a photo of Houdini and the

other a piece of chalk hanging from the top. After asking for a number from the members, Rich placed a silk cloth over the box and, saying some magical words, pulled the cloth away.

Following Peter’s presentation, we were treated to an extremely entertaining lecture by Bob Solari from northern New Jersey. Bob’s lecture included a wide mix of close-up magic and stand-up magic with cards, coins, paper money, business cards, and matches. Every effect taught was commer- cial in nature and would prove
4 priceless to a “worker.” One of the highlights of the lecture was Ultra Match, in which Bob’s prediction inside a sealed envelope correctly matched the identities of cards that had been freely selected by three different audience members. Another great effect, Business Minded, involved reading the mind of a spectator who had drawn an image on a business card and then buried it in a stack of cards that were rubber-banded together. Bob’s take on the Tossed- out Deck, which he calls the Peek- A-Boo Deck, was worth the price of admission alone. Also, Bob’s Knife through Borrowed Bill, which created the illusion of a bill penetration through a borrowed bill that escaped unscathed, was extremely visual. Bob taught so many excellent effects that everyone in attendance agreed his



lecture was well worth the trip.

Any assembly looking for a lecture chock-full of practical magic need look no further than Bob Solari. It

was a great night of magic for all. —Peter Cuddihy

James Wobensmith Assembly 4 meets third

Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at the Bustleton Memorial Post,

  • 810 (American Legion) 9151

Old Newtown Road Contact

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assembly expressed its wishes for a speedy recovery to member Mike Schirmer, convalescing at home. Peter Wood started the magic with a book test he claimed to have performed at a prison, using a huge copy of Shakespeare and three “prisoner” volunteers. Can we really believe him? Re - gardless, he successfully divined all three randomly chosen words.

Andy London then demonstrated card “sleight of hand you will all aspire to.” Mentalist Oneil Banks somehow predicted a selected U.S. president’s name, from randomly chosen odd and even

digits. Howard Katz amazed us

by putting into a cube a wand that

was clearly bigger than the cube;

the wand then turned into a pencil. Craig Feinstein showed his

vintage three traffic light cards ...

an oldie but goodie. Guest Jared Raitzyk followed with a nice two-pair card match. Joe Bruno, while looking away, somehow matched drawings made by our

four Hopkins guests based on

“their personality traits.” Eric

Hoffman had hoped to perform

Die of Destiny (a Mike Schirmer

favorite), but could not locate his props in time, so he substituted

Prophesy Pack. Mark Wolfire

patiently showed Jeff Eline “how

to be a magician,” using a card box.

Dennis Hasson made our heads

spin with a “sobriety test” followed by a rope that knotted, unknotted,

and finally ended up with a red

section. Guest Ronann Carrero showed the tiny wallet he carries, with its even tinier contents.

He then performed a card trick learned from the Bill Malone VHS tape he won at last month’s raffle. Guest Ghen Ferguson, Hopkins

materials science student, dem- onstrated magic “at the atomic

level,” mysteriously linking and unlinking rubber bands. Guest Mike Bledsoe, asking his spectator to “pick not just any card, but a random card,” took a shot at a spelling trick. Guest

Assembly News

Les Albert showed a fine face-up

reveal (his version of Cheek to Cheek) and his Spectator Cuts to the Aces (using “approximate” cuts); he graciously tipped both. Jay Silverman performed an in- teresting reveal using two specta-

tors and two decks of two colors. Finally, Jeff Eline surprised us all by performing two effects, neither involving cards! First he demonstrated making decisions “by gut reaction,” using two bags,

Assembly News Les Albert showed a fine face-up reveal (his version of Cheek to Cheek) and

Signed Card Through Glass

performer was Daryl Howard,

who started with a ring and

necklace penetration and then a

ring and wand penetration. He

then produced a magic “gift box,” which started empty but subse - quently produced many items. Derrel Allen performed at a table for John Greene and Jennifer

Gracy. Derrel had John remove a

deck of cards and select a suit and

a value. He then asked him to look

for that card in the deck. When

one filled with dangerous broken glass. He then divined the small

items (cash, coin, candy, or cap) held secretly by four spectators,

even after they traded back and

forth. —Eric Hoffman

The Kellar/Thurston Assembly

6 meets every first Thursday at

8:00 pm at the Magic Warehouse, 11419 Cronridge Drive suite #10 in Owings Mills, Maryland. 410-561-0777. Contact Andy London or for more details.


ST. LOUIS, MO — March 27 th

Skype2: The first Skype conver- sation was the pure magic of Dal Sanders, our national president. Meet him at the SAM/IBM con-

vention here in July! Second, Ricky Lax from Wizard Wars on the SyFy channel taught a two versions of an impromptu effect with a dollar bill and then with a playing card. George Van Dyke taught an effect from our M-U-M and noted a move he gleaned from the book Simon Says by Simon Lovell, who has performed at the Midwest Magic Jubilees. Dan (the Great) Todd used Mc-Grip’s for card shooting. Andy Leonard caused a ring to end up inside a locked box from

his pocket! PNP Harry Monti

explained how Bicycle playing

cards are made. John Davit gave us a lesson on great card magic with cards as- sembling with some helper cards. In Columbus Smith’s words, “Chris (Korn) did a four-Jack

production from a shuffled deck.

Followed by a card vanish using the Jacks. Then he reached in his back pocket to produce the card only it to be the four Jacks and the vanished card in his hand where the Jacks were.” Ron White performed the card through glass and explained how we can perform this effect. Joseph Lortz came to visit and performed a great, signed card to pocket effect. Joey has expressed interest in joining. April 10 th : Use the Force. Vice President Steve Barcel- lona presided over the meeting

John stated that the card was not in the deck, they discovered it was still in the card box. Then, Derrel showed off his “cheat detector,” which was a small gadget with four lights that indicated card suits. Four cards were arranged in front of the machine (one of each suit) in random sequences, but the lights on the machine always

correctly identified the location of

each card.

Assembly News Les Albert showed a fine face-up reveal (his version of Cheek to Cheek) and

Dal Sanders presents Frank Seltzer a 25-year S.A.M.


Mike Squires took on a challenge presented to him by Dal Sanders. Dal randomly selected a volume of Tarbell (in this case, Volume 4), and Mike had to perform effects limited to that volume. Mike started with an effect using blocks

labeled with the letters D, M, and C representing the Dallas Magic

Clubs. He then performed a bottle

in the absence of the President, Secretary/Treasurer, and the Sergeant at Arms. We saw the Doc Eason’s Profound Influ- ences coming full circle on You

Tube. And PNP Harry Monti

told a story of touching the lives

of others and having a positive impact on those we meet and touch through our performances. Columbus Smith taught us Elbow, Knee, and Neck by Daryl, from the book Spectacle by Stephen Minch, which was an Ebook
8 Nook selection in the February M-U-M. Steve performed and then walked us through his version of the Chicago Opener. Then he did

  • - his version of the Devin Knight’s 1972 Flying Kiss effect. Steve taught another force. Columbus chose an object supplied by the audience after Sandy wrote down her own selection; they matched! Adam Putman, Columbus, Joseph Lortz, and Harry Monti taught their favorite card forces. Rocky, Sandy Weis’s dog, performed. Chad Jacobs performed a card effect and Joey was inspired to produce Elvis shades from an empty newspaper. —Dan Todd Assembly 8 meets at Mount Tabor United Church of Christ located at 6520 Arsenal in Saint Louis, Missouri 63139. Contact Dick Blowers (213) 846-8468 http://Assembly8. com for more details.






meeting started with voting for

2014 officers. These officers

will be installed at the Dallas

Magic Clubs banquet in May:

Joe Byers (Sgt. at Arms), David Knight (Vice President), Frank Seltzer (President), Dal Sanders (Secretary), and Reade Quinton (Treasurer). Following voting, Dal Sanders presented Frank Seltzer a

special certificate from the Society

of American Magicians, celebrat-

ing Frank’s twenty-five years of

membership. The April meeting featured the

Dallas Magic Clubs first Magician of the Year contest. The first

effect in which the liquid contents of a soda bottle remained in place
13 when the bottle was inverted.

He finished with a card effect in

which cards were placed into a wine glass and mysteriously trans- formed into selected cards. Joey Byers performed a mentalism effect in which the club members were asked to organize next year’s big conven- tion. Members chose a location for the convention, the date, the reg- istration cost, and the headlining magician. It was then revealed that a balloon contained a folded piece of paper that predicted correctly each of these decisions. Wrapping up the performances was Kendal Kane, who performed

an energetic act set to music. Effects included silk productions,

umbrella productions, and flower

productions. The winner of the

competition will be announced at the banquet in May.

The Dallas Magic Clubs meet at Crosspointe community center, Theater 166, in Carrollton TX on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM. Check out www. for directions. Contact Reade Quinton reade. (972) 400-0195 for more details.




was the theme for the evening and Ed Kazar, aka the World’s Worst Magician, began with his comical routine of passing a coin and silk through a solid drinking glass.

He surprised us when he asked if

we were hungry and he showed us his chicken sandwich (a real

chicken in the center). Later he

brought out some old photos of

famous actors. He had placed a

prediction in an envelope and got the volunteers free will choice correct. Bob Carroll, the World’s Most Famous Unknown Magician and Ventriloquist, showed us his take of twisting the Jacks called Shock Twist. Bob always keeps us laughing every meeting. We will

miss him when he moves away.

Tom Gentile, alias Santa, brought

his fortune teller cards. Rick Meyer had to choose a card to see

what his future held. He looked

at Tom, who was now wearing a red clown nose. The card read, “You will make passionate love to

a clown.” Rick was a good sport.

However, no kiss for Santa.

Assembly News Les Albert showed a fine face-up reveal (his version of Cheek to Cheek) and

PJ Pinnsonault receiving Presidential Citation from Dal Sanders

Peter Lennis, who is always full of surprises, impressed us with his own card trick called Mind

Perception. He took and shuffled a

red deck and a blue deck. He then

passed out three white envelopes (one to each person). They wrote their names and placed a card

from the red deck in a separate brown envelope and placed that

inside the white one. He was able

to match each of their cards by taking them from the blue deck.

He had us all guessing on that one.

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All too soon the evening ended as

and returned. After a shuffle, he

Wands. The second act was Henry

Springer with a manipulation act that included the Miser’s Dream, production of a champagne bottle, and a Benson Bowl routine that ended with the production of dozens of large sponge balls from under the bowl. Kent Morgan then

produced a bouquet of flowers in an empty flowerpot and presented

Andrew Mayne’s torn and restored

newspaper and his self-levita- tion while standing on a chair.

Harrison Lampert next presented

a high-energy card routine using an audience member to play the part of the magician who divined

a selected card. Jim Callen was

our sixth performer. He presented

Martin Lewis’s color changing pencil and a successful predic - tion of the amount of change in the pocket of an audience member. Jim Militello next performed several effects in which selected

cards matched his prediction cards from a different deck. Jim

finished with a carnival game in

which three participants each won a stuffed animal. The seventh performance was a character act by Brian Regalbuto.

He did a great job as Mark Twain,

presenting a humorous monologue illustrated by a few magic

effects, including the produc - tion of a goblet of burgundy silk and a chewing gum packet that changed into a cigar. Closing the show was Magic Castle performer Bob Bolivar debuting a torn and restored newspaper effect of his own origin. The tabloid-sized dou- ble-page sheet was cleanly torn,

restored in a flash, and directly

handed out to the audience for in- spection. This was a very surpris- ing effect and had the audience

of magicians baffled as to his

method. It’s a secret. Another great night of magic in Southern California. —Steven L. Jennings

offered a six-bill money counting routine and a torn-and-restored newspaper using the Washington Post. Arnie Fuoco delivered a die box routine and a Chinese sticks effect. Dwight Redman, a past president of the assembly, did Aldo Co - lombini’s ring-and-rope routine as well as several popular effects using jumbo cards. Augie Arnstein offered a clever quiz show routine based on a mentalism theme. Larry Lipman, another former assembly

leader, incorporated clever sound effects in his act as he did a cards across assembly and several other routines. Jim Flanigan, also a former assembly president, was the evening’s emcee.

Assembly 23 meets at the National

Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20045 Contact

Jim Flanigan

(202) 494-7302 for more details.







meeting was held as a celebration of magic at the Georgian Club in Marietta. We enjoyed a buffet dinner and a display from our archives by Bob Stultz. One of the items on display was the wand

used by Julian Boehme, one of the founders of the Atlanta Society of Magicians. A brief historical program was presented by John Miller. Emcee Joe Turner led us on a magical journey with performers Jim Driscoll, Bob Stultz, Martin Baratz, and Mal Simpson. It was a lovely and meaningful evening enjoyed by all. Our 901st meeting was hosted

by emcee Mark Hatfield. Debbie

Leifer presented a Professional Development lecture on Silk

Magic. Debbie demonstrated how to fold a silk and make a false knot. She performed and explained silk through glass and the use of a hank ball and Palmo ball for pro -

ductions. She finished with a silk

from apple. She displayed several colorful Rice silks.

Merle Harmon performed an

usual. If you are in the area, drop

showed the wrong card, saying “Is



visit with

us for a spell.

this your card?” Well, of course

—Karen Gibson


it was my card; it came from my








the first Friday



Dana Ring did a quick mentalism

month at 7 pm at RP Magic Shop/

with packets of sweetener that

Moto X

Equipment; 69 East

are in every restaurant, hiding a

Street; Ludolow




duplicate of one of the choices




under a plate and using the Ma- (413)


gician’s Force to get a selection




of the right color. Norman St.



Laurent suggested a variation in which seven packets are numbered
19 and eliminating all but the force number (which is the only one numbered on both sides.)

Dan asked two people to pick a



TX— April’s

number (one odd, one even), and showed them a card with objects

meeting date was set aside for a lecture by Eric Roumestan. We

listed next to a number. Both his guesses matched the selected

had an opportunity to have Eric

business meeting was very short

objects. He then showed us how to

lecture on this single day, so we took advantage of it. The lecture

do it, using a special card. Rick St. Pierre, saying cards are the basis

was free to paid-up members, so we had a good turnout. Our

in order to get directly to the magic. Eric shared some of his

of computers, twice found a triple match (color/number/match). Dave Garrity sent a link to Norm’s cell phone, which resolved to a set of ESP symbols. Norm concentrat-

three cards from a blue deck, and

Angelo’s on Main, 289 South Main

fine coin magic. His routines were

ed on a symbol, and Dave could

well thought out and, of course,

tell which it was! This reminded

audience tested. I especially liked the use of his shirt Topit, which was cleverly made and well explained.

Dan of Mind Lister, which he performed for Kat Lovell. Peter Lennis passed out to three specta-

His Coins Across routine with

tors: a marker, a coin envelope, and

the use of a drinking glass and a

a business envelope. Three cards

shell was well done and also well

were selected from a red deck. The

received. He finished the evening

cards went into the coin envelope,

with his Matrix routine that left us all wondering, but came back and explained it in great detail. Overall it was a very good lecture that you

should not miss if you have the op - portunity to catch it.

then into the business envelope, signed and sealed. Peter then drew

all three matched the selections. —Dana T. Ring

We have Martin Lewis coming

Street, West Hartford Connecticut

to Houston on May 22, which

starts off our new lecture series. —Miles Root

Assembly 19 meets the first

Monday of every month at the International Alliance of Theatrical State Employees

Local 51 Meeting Hall, 3030

North Freeway, Houston, TX. A

teaching lecture begins at 7:30

pm with the meeting beginning at 8:00 pm. Contact Miles Root (281) 334-7508 for more details.

meets on second Mondays except December. Contact Dana T. Ring (860) 5239888 for more details.

  • 22 Southern California Assembly 22 meets the third Monday each month at 8:00 PM, St. Thomas More Parish Hall, 2510 South Fremont Avenue, Alhambra, California. Contact Ed Thomas (213) 382 8504 for more details.



Montgomery, president of Larry West Assembly 23, opened an

annual spring close-up show at the National Press Club in April, performing a sponge balls routine and a slick cut-and-restored rope

effect. He is a full-time magician

who performs around the Wash- ington area, including the White

House. Lars Klores, an award-

winning actor and magician,



  • 21 business meeting of Assembly

  • 22 included a second reading and

unanimous election into mem- bership for David Chen. Con-
21 gratulations, David. It was then time for the scheduled program, competition for several of the assembly trophies available for stage and parlor magic presenta- tions. Producing the program was John Engman, who also emceed the show, presenting his magic between acts. Opening the show was Steve Jennings, who replicated a magic

act he presented fifty years ago

for his high school senior talent show. Included were routines with the Die Box and the Chinese

  • 23 effect using three piles of cards. A predictor card was chosen and with magical dexterity, the top card of each pile was the predictor. Merle performed this for member- ship and was accepted. Dan Garrett used a light bulb to channel energy and made it light on command. He also removed the glow from the light and put it back into the bulb. Very enlightening. West Evans performed a very nice Cups and Balls routine.

Gene Hendrix had three “crook”

cards selected and used his


HARTFORD, CT— The theme

for tonight was “Impromptu Magic,” and since our theme captain was out sick, we had to improvise even more than usual. Dan Sclare started by showing a tent card labeled “Iitycidamtfy?” and waited for somebody to ask ... (If I tell you, can I do a magic trick for you?) The trick was to borrow a deck and have a card selected

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“ace” detectives to find the cards hidden in the deck. Rick Hinze

presented a voodoo card effect. A

card was chosen and a sympathy

card also. With a flame under

the card a burn appeared on the

back of the sympathy card. A skeleton card held the chosen card. —Carol Garrett

Assembly 30 meets the second

Tuesday of the month at Piccadilly

Cafeteria, I-85/North Druid Hills

Road, Atlanta, Georgia



April theme was “Money Magic.” It turned out that the magic for the evening was right on the money!

But first we discussed our plan

for inviting all clubs within a rea- sonable distance of Indianapolis to join us at our annual Magic

Picnic on June 22. It is always a great event with food and magic in a beautiful outdoor setting at one of the largest city parks in the country. Feel free to check our website for details. Our second “on the money” event was the formal initiation ritual of new member, Doug Jave. We all know Doug as a superb magician and he proved it to us with some astounding money magic later in the evening. We are proud to welcome Doug into our Assembly

some time and that every time he

misses, it costs him fifty cents!

Finally, it should be noted that newly inducted member, Doug Jave, taught us how to transition a borrowed bill into a bill divided into four quarters. To top it off, he used his membership pin box which was presented to him earlier

in the evening as the prop for his magic!

Assembly 31 meets the first

Monday of the month at 7:00 pm.

If the first Monday conflicts with

meets the third Tuesday at 7:00

p.m. at Tharp Funeral Home, 220

Breezewod Drive, Lynchburg,

VA. Contact John Jennings (434)

851-6240 for more details.



meeting this evening began with a broken wand ceremony for long-time member, Mr. George

Post, who first joined the club

when Dwight Eisenhower was president. Mr. Post loved giving shows for children, many times doing several shows in the same

day. He even graced the cover of

devoted member Chad Wonder, Jeff McBride was in town and provided a stellar mini-camp to our membership for a minimal

fee. He then was featured in a

public show at one of Denver’s hot cabaret-style theaters. A

week later we hosted a magic flea

  • 35 market to provide our member- ship with an opportunity to sell their excess magic wares and to provide an opportunity for magic enthusiasts from around the state to buy magic items at a discounted price. Several members were on hand to sell, including Larry Betz, Mark Strivings, Chris Manos, and Denver’s own creative coin master Dave Neighbors. Buyers were not only from the Denver metro area but our neighboring clubs to the north (Ft. Collins and Greeley) and to our south (Colorado Springs), not to mention our local clown cousins. We also had a couple

NY— Our

brave souls make a 100-mile trek

up from Pueblo, Colorado. A couple who are one of our club’s greatest assists Bruce and Kitty Spangler celebrated their

fiftieth wedding anniversary with

a lavish party thrown at their television celebrity son Steve Spangler’s family home. They are celebrating in grand fashion their upcoming cover story for M-U-M magazine.

Assembly News “ace” detectives to find the cards hidden in the deck. Rick Hinze presented a

Tim Ellis and Autumn Morning Star pose after Tim’s brilliant lecture

The month then ended in down- under fashion with a fun and

educational lecture from come - dy-magic icon Tim Ellis. Tim is an artistic and creative soul who deeply cares about others, espe -

cially his audience. His lecture

was centered on making people care about magic. What better

  • 31 a holiday weekend, we postpone the meeting by one week. Unless otherwise announced, the meeting location is the Irvington United Methodist Church, 30 Audubon Road, on the east side of the city. For more information contact Taylor Martin at kazoo23@aol. com or 317-413-1320

IN— Our



theme was “Magic Out Of The Drawer,” meaning effects and props that have been stored away

and are not being used or seldom see the light of day. Lynchburg’s magicians must generally have drawers crowded with magic as all attending had something to offer, many with multiple tricks.

Patrick Hubble got things started

by magically twisting the end of a

M-U-M in March of 1966. A video of him performing was shown, so that newer members could get
32 but a glimpse of what the older members vividly remember. Afterwards we had a presentation of mentalism effects by our own

Harvey Berg. A card was selected;



several permeations were made, with the card to be revealed by a phone call to Mrs. Berg who was at home. The effect ended with an unexpected result. Another effect demonstrated was titled Possible Impossibil- ity. Mr. Berg was assisted by Gayle Alexander, “Dr. Platypus,” Rebeckah Curry, and John McMorrow. The cards were cut several times, each person being dealt thirteen cards. Yet every time a card was called out from Ace to King to be put onto the table, each person turned out to have exactly an Ace through King each time. This was repeated several times

with the exact same result. Mr. Berg went on to tell us a story of someone that he knew in school years ago, someone who inspired him to seek to better himself. This friend eventually became a U.S. Supreme Court justice. Mr. Berg performed a few times for the

justices. Were they able to figure

out how he did his effects? Ap -

parently the jury’s still out on that one. —Darryl Bielski

Assembly 35 meetings are held at Milanese Restaurant in Poughkeepsie, NY. Typically, meetings are held every 2nd Tuesday of each month. Meetings begin at 7:30 pm. Contact Joel Zaritsky (845) 546-1559 for more details.

  • 31. key and the shape of the key was

And then it was time to move

on to multiple miraculous effects with coins and bills. Daniel Lee

showed us his take on the Extreme Burn 2.0. President Taylor Martin

shared a “Brief History of Money,”

including a description of the

origin of the picayune. He also did

a nice four coins and a card, and taught us the “Taylor Twist,” his method of moving coins through his hand one at a time. Jim Croop asked for a dollar bill, but it turned out to be counterfeit; using the Scottie York Counterfeit

Bill routine he was able to save the owner from embarrassment and

jail. However, the owner of the bill

clearly imagined it was a dollar and four quarters were produced from the remains of the counterfeit

bill, which allowed Jim to move on to the Garrett Thomas Imagina- tion Coins routine. Very long time member Tom Winterrowd did his version of a half dollar traveling invisibly from one hand to the other which he termed “Very Costly.” With two half dollars in his right hand, he tossed one invisibly to his left hand. Unfortunately, he missed, leaving him with only one half

dollar. He commented that he had

been working on this effect for

transformed. This, like some other tricks to follow, is too good to be tucked away in a drawer for any extended time. Glen Rae performed next and presented a series of effects, including a premonition effect by Richard Osterlind, Sid Lor- raine’s 1-2-3 card effect, Eye of the Beholder, and a real fooler using

ESP cards. He finished with a

nicely handled Lazy Man’s Cards. Mike Kinnaird demonstrated a prediction of the future with four queens he had in an envelope and also performed another very clever Tenyo mental effect called The Elite Fortune Sticks. Trevor Albright performed his version of the 21 cards. John

Jennings had a turn and first shared

a brass Nut and Bolt prop that was

more a puzzle than magic. He also

had a comedy Finger in a Box and presented an ESP Box with cards

that dated back nearly fifty years.

Bob Staton shared an in- teresting effect using states and discussed variations. This was a meeting with consider-

able participation by all, a factor that adds interest and enjoyment anytime these wizards get together. —John Jennings

The Hersy Basham Assembly 32

way to start the caring then to eat a few razor blades in tune with a
37 nifty ditty. Then Kitty Spangler got to play chicken with a rat trap or two. Andrew Bates received a photograph of his palm holding the chosen card inside and Lewis


Peacock’s Seven of Hearts spelled

DENVER, CO— April in the

out the word C A R E.






Colorado’s magic-storyteller






Autumn Morning Star helped Tim

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out with an ambitious card trick



a charming

music box

melody. Delightful club member Glenn Prouix offered his ring for a brilliant rubber band trick while

member Mike Townsend looked on. Tim’s best was saved for last

used properly, such devices can me most effective in producing real magic. Korso (stage name) did a portion of his act, which included the discovery of a chosen card stuck on the back wall. Israel Rivera did a portion of his stage



used cards to tell the story of his life and dreams so far. Numbers picked always produced a Queen. Basically, his mantra was to pursue your dreams and stay true to yourself and you

will find the treasure

in your life. The routine and ma- nipulation were


Professor Rem

Assembly News out with an ambitious card trick done to a charming music box melody. Delightful

as our group of a lucky thirty-five

act, including pouring color-




Tim’s awesome

changing liquid into and out of a

signature piece, Run around Sue.

folded newspaper which somehow

He later joined Theatre of Dreams

managed to remain perfectly dry.

hosts Joe and Carol Givan for two back-to-back sold-out shows the

Neat! Don Becker showed us a 1950s




is brilliant!

model of Forgetful Freddie, a

—Connie Elstun


trick which many of the younger

Assembly 37 meets at the

members had never heard of. He





Littleton Colorado.

Contact Connie Elstun

connie@comedymagicbunny. com (303) 933-4118 for more details.



38 met on March 25, 2015, and,

following a repost of the board of directors, launched into a multital- ented and multifaceted evening of magic. It was led off by member and regional vice president, Shaun Rivera, who regaled us with several

also treated the members to a dem- onstration of an apparently 1930s model of a “Forgetful King Kong,” a steel (and really noisy) version of the lost and rediscovered head guy. And Laremy Schulze proved that
38 his lucky matchbox was really lucky (fortunately for the owner of the bill that was stashed in it). Good evening with lots of magic. Good time at the local af- terhours hash house, too, where a local pool player showed us a



“card trick” and asked if it was a good one. Creative hemming and hawing followed. All in all, a great evening! —Don Becker

Assembly meets at The Improve

of his usual fine card effects. He

Coffee House and Theater, 4010

was followed by Bob Goodin, a regular at several Kansas City res- taurants, who, assisted by Leatha La Guardia, also provided us with his customary blend of skill

and entertainment. John Hicks, another card aficionado, included

a version of Triumph in his pre - sentation. Then it was time for Daniel Jackson to entertain us with some of the material that has insured

Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, MO on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Contact Don Becker (816) 886-6780 for more details.

him a spot among the top of the city’s street performers. Ropes, Cups and Balls, borrowed bill in kiwi (use a kiwi; it makes the bill so messy that the spectator who loaned it will usually not want it back), and the production

of a bowling ball from his floppy

hat. Surprised the heck out of everybody! Dr. Bill King, did some work with a Stripper deck that was also marked, showing us how when

Assembly News out with an ambitious card trick done to a charming music box melody. Delightful

Bob Gooden does magic for Leatha La Guardia

Front row: C.J. Diamond, J-Mysterio, Yort, Maralyn Keefer Back row: Grant Golden, Kyle Bassett, Michael Baker, Jerry Tupper, Jay Zentko, D’Nordo, Mrs. & Mr. Peacock

performing at the men’s Bradley University basketball game later

this year in front of over six thousand people! On April 5, we had our annual shows at Expo Gardens Opera

House, with two shows that day,

an hour long matinee and a full evening show that night. Stage performers included emcee Jay Zentko, C.J. Diamond, D’Nordo, Jerry Tupper, Yort, J-Mysterio, Grant Golden, Kyle Bassett, Mr. Illusion, and Michael Baker. Close-up performers included Michael Couri, Brock Cassidy, D’Nordo, Yort, and Mr. Illusion. Our apologies, if any performers were overlooked.

Regis Kormick did a fine job

used his origami skills and added a magic touch. A paper was cut into a heart, which changed into two squares, which became separate, but linked! Another favorite of mine was a wandering

hole routine on a piece of card with my neighborhood drawn on it. Rem of course, added his well known quips and jokes. A fun ride. JP Lacey stunned the crowd with a piece of paper that, when

lit, burst into flame to reveal a

silver dollar. Two more appeared, vanished, and switched hands. This was pleasingly masterful

magic that had to be seen. He then

made the coins pass one at a time through a transparent silk; the last one done in a spectator’s closed

fist! As he left, he produced a glass

of water! Beautiful to watch and admire! —Mike Ihrig

Rd, Penfield, NY 14526 Contact

Mike Ihrig (585) 377-1566 for more details.



meeting was called to order by

President Rodney Nordstrom. There were thirteen members in attendance. The topic was “Present your favorite magic trick or discuss your favorite magician.” It was interesting to get feedback

on the most popular tricks and favorite magicians. We will be doing twenty per-

formances at the Heart of Illinois

fair in July. Also in July will be a performance at the Riverfront Museum, in conjunction with their exhibit theme of “Believe it or Not.” In the same area of town, every other Saturday throughout the summer, we will have a tent at the Riverfront Farmer’s Market, where we will perform close-up. We are also planning a “Tribute to

Houdini” for October and will be

handling our ticket booth, while Mr. & Mrs. Peacock served as greeters. Thanks to Steve Spain at The Costume Trunk for helping with advance ticket sales. Thanks also to all who contributed to the planning and execution of this event in any manner. The shows were considered a success! April began our new incentive
51 program. Any member who attends three consecutive meetings in any calendar quarter will be entered into a drawing for




a $50 cash prize. Our theme for the evening was

on the topic of “patter.” Partici- pants included Regis Kormick, Troy Keefer, Rodney Nordstrom, Jerry Tupper, Dr. Ron Sumner, Grant Golden, Michael Baker, and Betty Giacobazzi. There was more discussion following the meeting, and several of us looked over and purchased some books and other items from Gordon Snow’s estate. —Michael Baker

Assembly 51 meets the third Monday of the month, beginning at 7:00pm at Schnucks Grocery in the Metro Center, University and Glen. Contact Michael Baker themagiccompany@ (205)612-3696 http:// for more details.

Assembly 47 meets the third
47 Tuesday September thru May at

St. Joseph’s School, 39 Gebhardt



meeting brought on the close-up contest as well as nominations for officers for the coming year. Nom- inations for officers are: JP Lacey

and Mike Ihrig for President, Nick Young for Vice President, Joel Greenwich for Secretary, and Jeff Blood for Treasurer. The close-up contest was a huge success, due to the tremendous work of JP Lacey. Eight members performed for $175 in prizes. Dan

Grayson performed literally for

the first time in a group environ-

ment and was well received. He

took a borrowed ring, vanished

it, and made it reappear inside of three silk handkerchiefs rubber banded together. A nice card rev- elation followed; he ended with a gypsy thread routine using dental


Mike Ihrig did a tribute to his

four-month-old granddaughter,

Ondine by performing a Hello

Kitty magic show using not only

the tricks exclusive to Toys R Us, but also his own innovations. It was well received.

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  • 52 brought to us by Carl Day. Carl started us off followed by Dave Davis, Paul Burnham, Jo Ann Kinder, Scott Miller, John Love, Fred Witwer, Millie Witwer, and Oran Dent. A great time was had by all. —Matthew David Stanley







3, 2014, Brother John Hamman




Assembly 52 held its monthly meeting at La Madeleine Res- taurant. We had a great turnout tonight with fifteen in atten- dance, including members and wives. With April being tax month, tonight’s suggested theme: currency, bills, coins, or even an effect that is particularly “Taxing!” President Don Moravits started

off the open performances by doing a rope trick to music. Ray Adams told a great story while

doing the Hundy 500, and Doug

Gorman told a story about the Tax

Code Simplification Act using an Okito coin box and five coins.

Joe Libby did a hilarious vent act using a puppet representing his brain. Michael Tallon entertained us with Misled and Paul Mims performed Pen through Bill and Traveling Cash. Ed Solomon presented a wonderful mini-lec - ture on storytelling. Ed spoke about why you become a storytell-

er; which comes first, the magic

or the story; the importance of

perception; and told a wonderful story as an example of the points

he previously made. His talk was

followed by an extensive question and answer period. The number of questions and their insightful- ness served to illustrate just how very much we all appreciated Ed’s efforts. We were all privi- leged, indeed, to hear these gems of wisdom from a genuine inter- nationally revered master of the art. Door Prize winners were Ray Adams, who won Tom Craven’s Blue Collar Aces; Joe Libby, who won Daryl’s lecture notes, 4FXII and Sponge Egg; and Michael Tallon, who won David Stone’s Rewind 2.0.

Brother John Hamman Assembly 52 meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first

Thursday of the month at La Madeleine Restaurant, located at 722 N.W. Loop 410. The restaurant is inside Loop 410 on the access road between Blanco Rd. and San Pedro. For more information, contact



meeting was well attended. Compeer Scott Miller called Compeer Bill Alexander who now lives in Louisville, Kentucky via FaceTime so everyone could say hello and wish Bill well. Our Theme of “Rope Magic” was

Assembly 56 meets at various Locations Contact Paul Burnham for more details.




compeers. My name is Andy Turner and I am your new Assembly 59 secretary. This is

the first of many club reports that

I will be writing. I look forward

to the many challenges that I will conquer in my new position. April’s meeting title was “Leo

Haglund’s Most Entertaining Card

Trick Contest” and was sponsored by Dave’s Killer Magic Shop. It was a dark and rainy April night – a night that all who attended will remember in the future. The meeting was kicked off by our new

president Mel Anderson, covering a few issues of business and then we went into this much anticipated annual contest. The contestants who wowed the crowd were: Bob Eaton, Tom Waldrop, Jay Fredericks, Randy Stumman, Mel Anderson, Larry Seymore, John Edsall, and

finally Jorjan Plimmer. The grand

winner for this year’s contest was none other than our own Randy Stumman. It was a great night of magic shared by all! We had several guests for the contest, including Jack Buchalter, Jorjan Plimmer, and returning visitor Frank Dudgeon. Everyone who attended was amazed, entertained,

and baffled by all the great acts of

the night. We then were addressed by President Mel Anderson with a few old business notes followed by new business, which included a shout-out from Art Manning recruiting stage assistants for the upcoming show for the Elks Lodge

61 elected new officials at the

February meeting and the March get-together went off with a fun and educational night of coins!
59 Newly elected president Mark Martinez set the stage for the March meeting by declaring it coin night. Members, each with



Assembly News 52 brought to us by Carl Day. Carl started us off followed by Dave

SAM 61 Coin Night

a unique coin effect, gathered and shared their art. We were educated on a non-gaffed Coins Across routine from Mark that sent everyone home with practice material for a month! VP Mario Gayoso dazzled with a Matrix effect, and Treasurer Robert Rath

supplied a flurry of sleight of hand

that kept us all guessing. We saw

coin productions and vanishes and even had a coin appear in a sealed sugar packet from an effect created by new secretary Jeremy


Magic is alive and well in the

Brew City! With a great group of magicians already on board, we are looking forward to growing and sharing great magic in 2014!

—Jeremy Scheifflee

Assembly 61 meets at Dicken’s

9646 W Greenfield Ave.,

Milwaukee, WI 53214. Contact

Jeremy Scheifflee thegreatsavill@ (991) 3003 www. for more details.







out of a brutal winter, we kicked

off spring with a fantastic April meeting! The theme this month was silk magic and our members came prepared. A standing-room- only crowd was mesmerized as nine members performed feats of silken sorcery. After welcoming three guests (Tim Miller, Shabier Raffee, and Jeff Boyer), the fun began. Jim Placido kicked things off with a smooth rendition of Silkola.

on May 24. It was noted that this show, which will include at least six members performing, is going to be another great show put on by the club for the purpose of paying our rent to the Elks. Upon ad-
56 journing, off into the rainy night we went. —Andy Turner




Assembly 59 meets at the Beaverton Elks Lodge 3500 SW 104 th ,Beaverton, Oregon 97005. Contact Andy Turner mysteriesofmagic@ (503) 975-6139 for more details.

Magic Joe (Fusco) followed as one of three colored boxes was freely selected by a spectator. She also randomly selected a playing card. After some comical byplay, the selected card was found inside the box previously chosen. Jim Folkl penetrated a silk hank with a sword, then produced two (very small) “rabbits” from a “tube of

mystery/genii tube,” culminat- ing with the appearance of a large

Rabbit in the Hat silk.

President Bill Brang pulled out all the stops. In rapid succes-

sion, Bill magically rearranged

numerals on a silk streamer, trans- formed red/white/blue silks into

an American flag, produced an Olympic flag, did a funny bit with

a “UNIQUE” silk, presented the

classic effect “Blendo silks,” and concluded with the appearance of

a 36” THE END silk. George Honer proceeded to

transform the colors of various silks in a mysterious bag. The kicker

came with the change of the bag’s

color from black to multi-color! After showing a green silk with a white rectangular center, Marvin Mathena had a freely selected card vanished and its denomination appeared within the center of the silk to audiences’ amazement. Jim Ruth demonstrated one his restaurant routines employing the thumb tip: the appearance and subsequent disappearance of a yellow silk from within a blue silk. The trick was simple and direct with maximum impact, ideal for dining venues. Always comical, Scott Kindschy recounted his frequent globetrotting vacations

while producing the flags of many

nations. His patter lead to the con- clusion of being happy to be back

in the USA, as an American flag

was produced! Scott handled his magical adventures with aplomb to the merriment of the group.

Assembly News 52 brought to us by Carl Day. Carl started us off followed by Dave

Jim Placido performing Silkola

Tim Miller closed the show by performing an effect previously demonstrated and with a prop that was used repeatedly throughout the night – the Change Bag. What made the trick hilarious was his impromptu patter regarding the duplication of the trick itself and its principal gimmick. It is the

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mark of a skilled performer to present an entertaining routine on

the fly and Tim did just that! —Jim


Assembly 88 meets the second Wednesday of every month, 7pm, at Faith Luthern Church, 1255 E Forest Ave, Ypsilanti, MI. Contact Jim Folkl folkinimagic@yahoo. com (248) 8514839 http://www. for more details.



topic of our April meeting was Strolling, Walk-Around, and/or Table-Side Magic, inspired by our members’ continuing par- ticipation in Monday Night Magic at Morocco’s Restaurant. Carl Thomsen performed a multi-phase Further Than That card routine. Guillermo Perez showed us a Matrix effect with four coins and four cards that he often performs on barstools. Stephen Sebeny shared his presentation of Unshuf-

fled. Ken Gielow mysteriously and

accurately predicted the results of a spectator’s attempts to divine (or guess) the designs on a series of Zener cards. Manfredi Corradino performed a Ring and String

routine in three phases. Finally, Kim Silverman gave us the pre - sentation he had recently given at Magicon. On April 23, San Francisco magician, writer, and storyteller Christian Cagigal gave a special performance of his critically acclaimed solo show, Now and at the Hour, for Silicon Valley Assembly members and guests. This was followed by a magicians- only lecture and discussion on the structure and development of

the show. He shared the ups and downs of creating a new, original, and personal work and discussed his thoughts on mixing magic and theatre, his choice of effects, and even tipped a couple of effects from the show. This was not a lecture of tricks and their secrets. It was a show and discussion about pushing one’s love of magic beyond what’s been already done in hopes of creating something unique and new. Christian discussed how he arrived at the premise of the show, the choices and commitments he made to keep the magic consis- tent with its premise, and turning intensely personal and potentially upsetting memories into a mysti- fying and entertaining hour-long show. To cap off the month, members Phil Ackerly, who has been voted Top Performer of the Year by Bay Area Parents magazine

more times than I can remember, and Assembly President Kim

Silverman, whose magic speaks to your heart and can leave you in awe, were joined by David Gerard, a talented local performer of mind- blowing mental magic, to present a very special show accompanied by a delicious Moroccan dinner for the patrons of Morroco’s res- taurant on April 27. —Joe Caffall

built. Dennis Hewson showed a beautiful steel flip-down magic

table that he had built; he then

performed a mind reading card effect with the aid of a homemade paper bag. Closing the show was Tony Chris with his marketed effect Test Drive using his own design of very sleek automobile cards. —Rod Chow

The Carl Hemeon Assembly No. 95 meets the first Tuesday of

each month at members’ homes. Contact Rod Chow rod@rodchow. com (604) 669-7777 www.sam95. com for more details.


Fallon. Mark Fitzgerald performed an effect from Paul Gordon. Greg Solomon did a card effect from his restaurant work. Dan Stapleton did a BINGO Card effect in which all the selected numbers add up to his prediction. Josh Aroyo did a couple of card effects very well and found the cards both times. Keith Kong and Christian Soroundo (guest) did a second-

sight mind reading routine. Until next time, let there be magic everywhere you go. —Craig

Assembly 99 meets the 3rd Wed.

at 7:30 pm at the IHOP restaurant,

We do not currently have a permanent meeting location.
94 Please email Joe Caffall at for meeting information. We meet on the second Monday of each month. Contact Joe Caffall jocaff@ (408) 375-1905 for more details.




The April 2014 meeting was held at the recreation room of Juan Garcia’s condo. After some nice snacks, the evening started off with Rod Chow showing a video of his latest money act for critique by the members. The theme for this

evening was “I Made it Myself,” and all of the effects in Rod’s act were made by him. Starting off the

live portion was Jens Henriksen

with a prediction effect utilizing the math skills of Tony Chris. Next was Trevor Watters, who performed a very intriguing card effect. Rick Mearns followed with some of his unique commercial magic. Ray Roch showed a silk

that he made up that was able to

penetrate through any fixed object.

Dave Watters brought along

Assembly News mark of a skilled performer to present an entertaining routine on the fly and

David Watters with his crazy homemade mind reading apparatus with Henry Tom assisting

a special homemade comedy

mentalism apparatus prop that he had used to win a Vancouver Magic Circle comedy award in the past. Dave went through his entire comedy routine, which had the

members in stitches. Henry Tom

performed a dental prediction with a folded piece of mouth art that he made himself. Following was host Juan Garcia with a colorful card-prediction stand that he had

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The Wednesday, April 2 meeting of Assembly 104 was called to order

at 7:40 p.m., following Len Lazar’s teaching at the Bill Towne School of Magic. Getting right down to business, the subject of our 2014 SAMCON convention was tackled and ideas, including the date and new venue possibilities were discussed. (A few days after the meeting, producer Evan Buso-Jar- nis communicated the good news on both fronts: SAMCON will

be held at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel, In Danvers, Massachusetts,

on Saturday, November 15, 2014.) We also learned that our S.Y.M. 124 kids had recently enjoyed a great lecture by local legend

David Oliver. Our own good news for the night came in the form of a lecture all our own delivered by Mr. Oliver, magic’s medical Come Back Kid himself. It was one we would remember for quite a while. David endured years of misdi- agnosis and half-right diagnosis

only to finally face an epic,

eleventh hour, double lung

transplant, complications, and colossal expenses as well as a long recovery. It might seem too much for anyone’s optimism to

survive. But the historic financial

and moral support David Oliver found himself receiving from magicians and friends across the country seems to have brought

him to an inspiring gratitude and calm. It became clear that David is breathing well and in a good place.

He brought his rejuvenated humor

and talents this night to our place

for an eager crowd. After detailing his medical experiences, to quell any questions, David began

sharing a volley of fine ideas

and handlings for some familiar effects. These included the

  • 95 ORLANDO, FL— Mark intro - duced the board of directors: Craig Fennessy, VP; Bev Bergeron, Treasurer; Chris Dunn, Sgt. at Arms; Craig Schwarz, Web Designer; and Phil Schwartz, Historian. President Mark Fitzgerald opened the meeting welcoming visitors to our meeting. Ryan Schlutz did a wonderful lecture on Self Working card magic on April 13. Ryan covered some of the effects in his book Making The Cut.

Our 2014 flea market raised

enough money for our club budget. Everyone agreed that the new location was great. Craig Fennessy reported that we received a refund

on our reservation and put the money towards next year’s event. There was a long discussion on how we could possibly improve

the auction portion of the flea

market. The silent auction did not

draw enough bids to satisfy the sellers. The general consensus was

we need to find better time to do

the auction, which would draw the attention of all the attendees. Phil Schwartz presented Magic

History Moment #57. Phil started

his presentation with a quote from

an obituary: “He was virtually the

last of the old school magicians

– a man who raised the art to its highest pinnacle and kept I there whenever he appeared as its

exponent.” – Adam Hull Shirk

The magician who is the subject

of this Magic History Moment

was Born July 11, 1849 in Erie,

PA. and died March 10, 1922

in Los Angeles. His name was Heinrich Keller. We all know him as Harry Keller. Phil presented the highlights of Harry Keller’s

life. You can read all the details of this wonderful presentation on our website at Thank you Phil for our continuing education. Bev Bergeron did the poker deal he saw Ricky Jay do on Jimmy

Assembly News

Assembly News David Oliver shares his joy and his magic Tossed-out Deck, Sponge Balls, and the

David Oliver shares his joy and his magic

Tossed-out Deck, Sponge Balls, and the Invisible Deck. The latter was an eye-opener for many of us when the Oliver Touch eliminated a need for any counting. Goodbye, 13! An Oliver Linking Ring routine, using three rings, offered

a subtlety in which a finger’s cover

renders the linking invisible and more magical. A light moment was enjoyed when Compeer Burch Stokes assisted in a notepad pre - diction effect, doing something David had never seen before. David smoothly regrouped, the effect was reworked and blushing Birch returned to thoughts about his impending second-time fa- therhood. The Oliver Touch was also on display in presenting Silk

to Egg, again with the same high quality thinking that enriched the whole evening. David Oliver is

definitely back, regaining strength and skill. His grace, however,

will never be in short supply. —Bob Forrest

Assembly 104 meets the first

Wednesday of each month, September-June, 7 p.m., at the First Baptist Church of Salem, 292 Lafayette Street, Salem, Massachusetts. Contact Bob Forrest captainalbrightsq1@ (339) 227-0797 www. for more details.


HARRISBURG, PA— The after-

meeting activities for April were two separate contests, The Ducky Waterman and an open event. The Ducky Waterman contest is named after a 1950s member who came up with the idea that a contest should be held with just the winners of the previous year’s contests entered, “A best to the best” contest if you will. Many think that the contests are only about who is the best magician, when, to a great extent they are about what effects and presen- tations are able to impress and entertain such a “jaded” group. Two previous contest winners did not participate in this year’s Ducky Waterman; consequently,

there were but three contestants.

Izzy Schwab was the first to

appear with the story of his uncle

Harry who had traveled to New

York and found himself in a three card Monty game. Jack Ritter brought his homemade Chinese candle clock, which, according to Jack’s patter, separated each day into three sections, a time to work, a time to be with family and a

time to rest. Joe Noll was the final

performer, assisted by Tom Narin, who, having selected a card and keeping its identity known only to himself, tried to project the cards

identity to the onlookers. Since Tom was not successful on his own Joe offered the use of the patented, twin turbo, Grandpa Bumbles thought projecting device. The group voted Izzy Schwab the winner of the Ducky Waterman Trophy. Well done Izzy!! There were four contestants for the “open” contest. Lou Abbotiello balanced a quarter on a dollar bill, Tom Narin gave us Gemini twins, Almar stabbed a pen through a dollar bill and the bill healed its wound, and John Sergott gave us an impromptu prediction using loose change gathered from audience members using Vic Oriolla to assist him. The group selected Tom Narin as

first place, John Sergott as second

place, and Almar as the third place.

Joe Homecheck, SAM Assembly

110, meets 2nd Thursdays, 7:00pm, at John’s Diner, 146 Sheraton Dr., New Cumberland, PA 17070. Email:



evening with a presentation of his Indestructible Rope effect, in which a rope running through the center of two blocks of wood is

cut and then restored. Bob makes many of his own props for the effects he performs, and he does really great work. Next up was Zappo, who managed to make a chosen card disappear from the deck and to appear in the wallet of a spectator. Ric Ewing followed Zappo with an excellent routine of Coins Across. Eddie Carson, a protégé of Ric’s, then came up to demonstrate his version of Two-card Monte. Then

Roy Porfido, with the help of Erich

Biggs, performed a unique card trick he calls the Bullet Card. Afterwards, Roy encouraged Erich to demonstrate his coin routine known as Three Fly. Erich has developed one or two moves that can mystify even his fellow magicians and he graciously

shared the moves with us. He also

demonstrated the muscle pass.

Assembly News David Oliver shares his joy and his magic Tossed-out Deck, Sponge Balls, and the

Bob Holdridge cuts thin rope before showing that it is
112 actually indestructible

Following Erich, Michael McGriff showed the group how to perform another coffee shop type of trick in which the magician allows a spectator to break a wooden stirring stick inside a

small paper bag, only to have it reappear in one piece. Finally, Ric returned to discuss a performance technique useful to restaurant workers and others. Dividing your close-up tricks into sets of three with each ending trick

leading into the first trick of the

next set is a great way to organize your act and entertain a large number of people without a lot of repetition. Members continue to be impressed by the new format of our fun and informative meetings. —Bill Marquardt

Diablo Assembly 112 meets on the third Wednesday of every month at

the VFW building in Pleasant Hill,

California Contact Larry Wright Zapppo@zappothemagician. com (925) 685-5129 http://www. for more details.

March meeting started with a great teaching presentation by
110 Ric Ewing, who demonstrated the Gypsy Thread effect using dental

floss. Ric then explained the trick

and used his iPad to show videos of performances by several well- known magicians. Patter can vary from comic to emotionally moving with this effect. Within minutes, everyone was practicing and performing the Gypsy Thread with a partner.

Larry Wright even performed for us his version of the effect. There was also discussion over the ad- vantages or disadvantages of

dental floss over regular thread.

Following a short break, President Larry Wright announced that our assembly is planning to produce a fund-raising dinner show at the

Elks Club on or about Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Bob Holdridge began the open

performance portion of the






NASHUA, NH— The Granite

State Conjurors have had a busy month. We performed our annual charity show for the Merrimack Crimeline. We also hosted a lecture by Sandy Rhodes at Black Sword Estate. We have an upcoming show in May at Camp Sargent. In June, we will host a lecture by Craig Browning. Contact us for more information about any of these events.

118 GRANITE STATE CONJURORS NASHUA, NH— The Granite State Conjurors have had a busy month. We

Sandy Ehodes levitates Nancy Frankel at his lecture for the Granite State Conjurors




on the

third Wednesday of each month

at 7:00 p.m. at Black Sword Estate, 126 Perham Corner Rd.

Lyndeborough, NH 03082 Our

venue rotates, so contact us first.

Contact Robert Granville sam. (603) 505 8749 for more details.









discussed and passed a Danbury

Top Hatters Magician of the

Year Award to be presented to a selected member at our annual Christmas banquet. Magic Marty was mentioned concerning his involvement in stand-up comedy. Best wishes to President Mo, healing up after foot surgery and Walter Burrows re-cooperating after a fall. Tony Spiro performed the classic Adams Egg Bag with some comedy to go with it. Really “egg-ser-lent.” Our own Des then presented us with the comedy Troublewit, a fantastic paper fold routine.

Des will perform comedy magic routines for the aged at a facility in PA. We were his sounding board and loved it. Magic Marty produced an egg

from a flash, opened the egg and produced four coins. He could

then go into a Matrix routine or a four-coin roll-out routine.

Assembly News

Assembly News Magic Marty to be involved in New SYM in Poughkeepsie Tom Demouth, our newest

Magic Marty to be involved in New SYM in Poughkeepsie

Tom Demouth, our newest member, performed Twisting the Aces with some original patter and instructions, handling etc. Tom then performed a Three Card Monte routine, with added comments by our members

as to it being one of the best cons. Bubbles the Clown performed a wonderful Easter effect with an original P and L Change bag. As her assistant dropped a blue and pink plastic egg in the bag it fell through the bottom and broke. The Change Bag was then zippered closed on the bottom and the egg was dropped in again. The egg was taken out and opened to reveal a pink and yellow chirping toy chick. Bubbles really did a cute effect. This was an interesting meeting because we exchanged creative ways to produce an egg, a true learning experience for young and old. —Magic Marty Steinberg

Assembly 131 meets the third Monday of each Month at The Methodist Church #5 Clapboard Ridge Rd., Danbury CT. Contact Martin Steinberg (845) 797-8363 for more details.


ELMHURST, IL— In addition

to this month’s theme (favorite close-up and walk-around magic), we presented a semi-regular feature of Assembly148: member conducted workshops. Don Dvorak (our sergeant at arms) unavoidably missed the previous meeting where he was scheduled

to present, so we had a double workshop. Don demonstrated and taught a brilliant-four card routine in which Aces reversed themselves, changed color, and

finally turned into Kings. Tony

Noice (president) executed and explained a variety of approaches to a truly fundamental sleight, the double lift, including Vernon’s, Lorayne’s, Daley’s, and Dingle’s versions. Then the members at large took over and “Put on a Show.” Bob Syrup performed an Al Leech stunner in which the Ace of Spades

ever-so-cleanly located a freely selected card. Rudy Alfano repeat-

edly tossed a solid ring onto an ungimmicked bracelet, and then pulled a silk through the bottom of a solid glass bottle, although the bottle’s only opening was stuffed with a different colored silk. Gorden Gluff did a great routine of penetrations using a solid

bracelet and a long shoestring.

Tom Tremont, returning after a long absence from the club, did an impromptu card location that fooled everyone. Tom LoCasio arrived at the meeting to a surprise.

The national office of the S.A.M.

tracked him down so he could be

presented with his thirty-five-year certificate for his contributions to

the society. Of course, his fellow members insisted on an anniver- sary effect and Tom obliged by performing and explaining a card trick in which the spectators do all the work. Next month, we’ll have a magical presentations from the members of the nearby Mazda Magic Club in Elgin, IL. See you then. —Tony Noice

Assembly 148 meets every third Monday at the Evangelical Lutheran Church (downstairs) on the s.w corner of Spring Road and Vallette in Elmhurst. Contact Tony Noice (630) 993-3740 www. SAM148 for more details.



Magicians of Beaver Valley (Assembly 157) cancelled their

regular meeting because of the passing of our valued friend and

treasurer, Rich Howard. He was a

mainstay of the club, performing

June, Ray Lucas is going to take over the cooking and bringing the meat, buns, condiments, and paper supplies. Eric Davis and Bob Mullins are going to bring coolers, ice, soda, and water. Judy Steed needs to be contacted with

number coming and what bringing as a side dish. As you can see, it is taking four of us to do Rich’s job. Ray announced this picnic

will be known as the Rich Howard

Memorial Picnic from now on.

Assembly News Magic Marty to be involved in New SYM in Poughkeepsie Tom Demouth, our newest

In Memory of Rich

Promoter Keith Simmerer was at the meeting and has requested an application to join the club. The

Nathan Kranzo Lecture will be June 5. In place of our Teach and Learn session, Jack Greenberg did a mini-lecture on the Magic Touch,

a card trick he has perfected. He

During his lecture, Duane takes several of the old classics and breathes new life in to them. Ball

and Vase, which we all know and has been relegated to the chil- dren’s magic sets, now becomes a card and silk trick. Duane also has some very clever handlings for the thumb tip, a gimmick, that when handled correctly, should never be seen.

All of his routines reflect his

philosophy of keeping the magic

simple, being clear with the

message you are trying to deliver, and being original.

The Laflins have developed the

new “Grand Magic Show” and

taken it to South Dakota. Now they perform near Mount Rushmore

and the Crazy Horse monument. The beautiful Black Hills of South

Dakota appear to be the perfect place for their “Vegas quality yet

always family friendly” style of


Assembly News Magic Marty to be involved in New SYM in Poughkeepsie Tom Demouth, our newest

Duane Laflin

With the speed at which Assembly 181 is growing, members have decided to hold an additional meeting on the fourth Thursday beginning in May. For this second monthly meeting, we choose a different venue, Tommy’s Inn at Millstone. This different venue will give a different feel to the meeting and does not affect our regularly scheduled meeting

on the first Thursday of the month.

So now, as a member of Assembly 181, you get two meetings to attend every month. Maybe this

performed the trick, and then proceeded to lecture on how it is
157 done, step-by-step. Only three members performed, with Ray being emcee. Eric Davis did the card trick, Four Card Monte. Don Moody did a novelty trick with specially made dollar bills and some soda. Ray had a slate with six cards in which a card




was chosen and it was the same as written on back of slate. —Judy Steed

The Mystic Magicians of Beaver Valley (157) meet the second Thursday of every month at the Towne Square Restaurant in Beaver, PA. Contact Judy Steed (330) 525-5389 for more details.

  • 148 many functions. In recent years, he did not do as much perform- ing, but very little magic went on in the Greater Pittsburgh area that he was not in the audience or backstage helping out. He was a great promoter of everything magic. He was treasurer for many years, ran the monthly raffles, sold our logo pins and patches, did the monthly newsletter, handled our holiday banquet, got plaques for our annual awards, got the park permits, and handled the food and drinks for our picnic and the GPMN picnic. This list does not contain all of the things he did or the support he gave. The members of the club and many magicians from the Pittsburgh area helped with the Broken Wand Ceremony at his calling hours, which was on our regular meeting night. The Mystics meeting was held two weeks later. Ray Lucas appointed Bob Mullins to the treasurer’s position for the rest of the year. For the picnic in

  • 181 month, you can stop in and see us. —David Zboray Assembly 181 meets the first Thursday of every month, September thru June at the First United Methodist Church , 187 Stockton Street, Hightstown, NJ 08520. Doors open at 7:00PM Contact Stephan Sloan lands10@ (732) 757-5337 for more details.




took a few months, but we have a



NJ— Our

April meeting was headlined by

a Duane Laflin lecture, and it

was a standing-room-only event.

We literally ran out of seats for the attendees. Among magicians, Duane is well known for his showmanship, stagecraft, and

creativity. He has invented tricks,

routines, and illusions that are

used by performers around the world. Assisted by his wife, Mary,

the Laflins have performed on five

continents, in eighteen countries,

and in forty-seven of our fifty


Assembly News

new slate of officers in the Baker-

Temple Assembly 226 for 2014. In the attached picture are (from left to right): Ron Grossman, President; Alexander Goldberg, Vice-President; Michael Heck- enberger, Secretary; Howard Karnes, Treasurer; and Watt Hyer,

Sergeant at Arms. After the installation ceremony it was time for some silk magic! We

had not had silk magic as a theme for some time so everyone brought something to perform and teach if there was interest.

Watt Hyer did Chameleon Silks,

Rainbow Streamers, and Troy

Hoosier’s A Charming Chinese

Challenge. Ron Grossman inserted three different colored silks into a clear plastic tube, blew at one end, and the three silks were tied together! Then he took a colored

scarf and sawed it through a rope. William Baber performed a Silk King Studio effect called Meet the Missus from The Encyclope - dia of Silk Magic. Vice President Alexander Goldberg stated his campaign promises to “not let the assembly get tied up in red tape and not allow currency to vanish

without a trace.” He tied a knot

in silks, the knot vanished, and

then a second coin appeared and

vanished. Michael Heckenberger

did a coin penetration through a

silk and then taught the assembly members.

Henry won 2000 FISM for Card Magic. —Michael Heckenberger

Assembly 226 meets the fourth

Wednesday of the month (except August and December) at the Williamsburg Library, Room B, 515 Scotland Street, Williamsburg, VA. Meetings start at 7:00PM

Contact Michael Heckenberger (757) 812-3299 http/


for more details.

who requested or required further assistance. Mr. A’s Magic Shop is open every Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

The Sam Schwartz Assembly 274 meet, from 7:00 – 9:30 P.M, the

first Monday of each month, at

the Adolph and Rose Levis JCC, 21050 95th Avenue, S., Boca Raton, Florida 33428. 561/558- 2500. For further information

contact Harold Greenbaum

( or by phone at (954)549-8296.

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BOCA RATON, FL — Since this




is the first reporting of the current

Pocono Mountains Magic Club




like to express

held their April meeting; it

our gratitude to the members who

included a lot of great informa-






tion and a lot of great magic. By

club during a very difficult year

performing some close-up magic

of transition. If anyone near or far

before the business portion of our

away would like to remain on our email list, to keep up-to-date with

meetings, then the theme perfor- mances after, we’ve seen some

upcoming themes and


great magic in recent months.

and you are not currently receiving

Our close-up performers

emails, please contact our new

included Jay Kraft, who shared

President, Harold Greenbaum by

his version of the memorized

email (


deck. Jay slimmed down the pre -






sentation and showed just how



brief to allow

powerful the magic could be with

adequate time for Richard Adler

(Mr. A), magician, member of our assembly, and owner of Mr. A’s Magic Shop in Palm Beach,

just a simple deck setup and a false


Next up was Odes Odhner who told a scary story about spiders

Merlin did indeed open the lock. This is the classic Seven Keys to Baldpate with a clever storyline twist.

Assembly News new slate of officers in the Baker- Temple Assembly 226 for 2014. In the

S. Patrick as Merlin The Magician!

Jordan Benoit was up next and shared his Time Machine story while performing his version of the Ambitious Card. Great job! Ryne Gade was our next performer and he told the classic story of Kate and Edith with his own young-person charm and comedy. It works well for him. Odes Odhner was our last performer and he shared his great version of the Three Card Monte, which told the story of how Odes

beat the devil with his own game. —S. Patrick

Assembly 277 meets each 3rd


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that culminated with a surprise of

Friday at the “Art Space Gallery”

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(18 N. 7th St. Stroudsburg PA.

highlight, and

tator’s hand. This is, of course,

18360). Also on each 1st Monday

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Jim Pace’s classic effect The Web.

at the Hughes Library (route 611


Ryne Gade showed a great effect

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he picked up a bit ago, Oz Pearl- Contact S.




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The theme performances then


In April, the Baker Temple






began after the business meeting


Assembly did something we

allow a magical transition. “Kid’s

in the main room. The theme for

rarely ever do – host a lecture!

Stuff” using a balloon penetration

the night was “Story Magic.” The



CA— This

Our assembly is small (member-

Argentina and he was spectacu-

through a canister, floating glass,

goal was to create or relate a story

S. Patrick was up first and to

month we welcomed our newest

ship in the low teens) but we have

and a collapsible foot by foot die,

while you performed your effect.

Assembly 291 member – Heather.

saved money over the years and

as well

as a blooming bouquet

Our guest emcee for the night

She received her pin and cre -

we decided to spend some of that

that separated into two colorful

was Fred Kraft, who did a great

dentials. Welcome to our magic

money and have a lecture that

bouquet of flowers, would intrigue

job and even vanished the list of

family! This was followed by an

was free to our members! The magician was Henry Evans from

both young and old. Other items were a specialized Scotch and Soda and Wiregram,

performers he was reading off of at the end of the performances.

S.Y.M. member – Satori – telling us about his experience at the McBride School of Magic; he

lar. I have to admit it that it wasn’t

which when heated, worked


everyone’s surprise he came into

thanked the assembly for helping

until after we had this arranged

a predictor, available in several

the room dressed as “Merlin The

the experience happen.

that I realized Henry Evans will



were amazing.

Magician,” which S. performs

Then began our theme – Money

be the first lecturer at the 2014

Once cooled and straightened, the

professionally as well for special

Magic. Keep in mind we are

I.B.M./S.A.M. convention in St. Louis! Since most members will not be attending the conven-

memory wire can be used over and over again. Mr. A transitioned to a vanishing rainbow ribbon using a

shows. S. shared his Book of Spells, which was a leather-bound book closed with a lock. The lock

playing with money during crunch time for taxes and April 15th right around the corner when the govern-

tion they got to see a class act

very flexible Japanese type thumb

had several keys but only one

ment can become the magician by

up close and personal (and free).




separately. Both

opened the lock. The book was

either producing money or making

Henry’s magic is very visual,

Mr. A and Selim presented each

protected by a spell that stated

it vanish. The performances began

very commercial, and very enter-

item seamlessly. Time was given

that when the one key gets lost or

with Bill performing his rendition

taining. Henry performed many

following the presentation for pur-

stolen it will always find its way

of Extreme Burn II – talk about

card tricks, a few coin tricks, and

chasing and receiving additional

back to the rightful owner. After

burning money. Next, to hide his

everyone was amazed. No wonder

instruction, as needed by those

mixing the keys, the one left for

assets, Frank did the Teleporting

Assembly News

Assembly News Heather Coin. Then, Rafeal balanced his money by Balancing the Money Bill. Unlucky Les


Coin. Then, Rafeal balanced his money by Balancing the Money

Bill. Unlucky Les had to resort to Printing Money. Phil dealt with his tax issues by Condens- ing Money. Marty showed us the

problems of Money Inflation. As a

result, he was able to also show us

that you can go through a bill with

a fifty-cent coin piece – this goes

to show that metal currency is still more secure than printed money. To make your money disappear, Christopher shared the trick of

Coin Through the Handkerchief

and a poker demonstration – no

casino required to loose your money. This goes to show you that not only the taxman can play with your money during tax season. —William Dow Jr.

Assembly 291 meets the second Tuesday of every month at OPICA Adult Day Care Facility, 11759 Missouri Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90025. *This is subject to change.* Contact Les Cooper (310) 473-1820 more details.




GREELEY, CO— Jim Pope ran

April’s business meeting during lunch. Teagan Brown, Autumn Morning Star, and Lloyd Worley reported on Jeff McBride’s

workshop, and Lew Wymisner on Jeff’s show at the Mercury Café.

For having five years in S.A.M., we gave Ed “Mr. Magic” Hurtubis

a big hand. We welcomed three new members: James Dinnebeck, Autumn Morning Star, and Doug Zimmerman. Paul Noffsinger introduced Mark Strivings. Mark gives four

hundred shows a year and is a

prolific writer. Mark presented the

assembly a funny framed certifi- cate for being “Gluttons for Pun- ishment,” because we had booked him more often than any other magic group. This was his fourth lecture for us. Mark’s latest lecture combines magic and mentalism (with sources credited). The effects presented need not be detailed below, because they are fully described in his catalogue (email Most of his ingenious effects could be

Assembly News Heather Coin. Then, Rafeal balanced his money by Balancing the Money Bill. Unlucky Les

routine using five boxes with

emotion-laden contents. After intermission, Mark

performed his updated Symbol Minded, an easy de - sign-duplication that can be done strolling. Synchronicity is his locked-chest routine with a “brain crusher” climax.

We were the first group of

Ed Hurtubis (rear center) getting a big hand

played as either mentalism or

magic. His amusing and polished

magicians to see It’s Hip To

Be Square. This is Mark’s brilliantly inventive way to quickly draw a magic square, for any requested number between 50

routines are real workers for non- mentalist magicians. Mark’s program opened with his new Frederick the Great (card- matching with names and a double climax), using as volunteers Autumn Morning Star and Teagan Brown. We thank both of them for continuing to be helpful by volun- teering for a number of routines. A Work of Art II is an improved version of the design duplication in his book Mental Mix. James Dinnebeck volunteered for Hyp - no-Voque using close-up disks. Impossible Threesome is a new and stunning card-matching trick. Mark’s new booklet Fifty/Fifty (50/50) includes an effect using a transparent bag full of cards folded in quarters for Crimped Coincidence. Sensational Intuition is a new and memorable padlock

and 150, which will add up some twenty-three ways! (Don’t panic; there are gimmicks.) James Lopez assisted in an impressive new

Psychic Influence II, created by using two decks of Card Shark’s thin cards. Mark closed with It’s Hammer Time, a funny seven- keys routine with Gary Hickox and his at-risk eyeglasses. We recommend Mark’s new lecture as a highly entertaining and worthwhile program for any assembly. —Ron Dutton The Dr. Ronald P. Dutton Assembly 292 usually meets at Kenney’s Steak House, 3502 West 10th Street (corner of 35th Avenue) at 11:00 A.M. (lunch optional), on the second Saturday of the month. Contact Jim Pope jlp1616@ (970) 339-3277 www. for more details.

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Broken Wands

EDDIE LEE ROBINETTE RICH HOWARD Eddie Lee Robinette, sev- enty-five, of Fallston, Maryland, and Tucson, Arizona,
Eddie Lee Robinette, sev-
enty-five, of Fallston, Maryland,
and Tucson, Arizona, died
March 26, 2014. Born in Ap -
palachia, Virginia, Eddie taught
elementary school for thirty
years prior to retiring. He was
very active in his county and
state teachers’ associations.
Eddie became interested in
magic while in high school and
it became a lifelong passion for
him. He held I.B.M. number
24766M since 1972 and was a member of the Order of
Merlin Shield (forty-two years of continuous member -
ship). He also held member number 7977 in The Society
of American Magicians for forty-six consecutive years and
was active in Assembly 6 in Maryland and the John E.
Alexander Assembly in Tucson, Arizona.
Eddie enjoyed performing in myriad venues including
birthday parties, farm fairs, school shows, adult parties,
and programs for the Boy Scouts. He was renowned
for his Linking Rings routine and had a trick known as
Clowndini published in magic magazines. He was equally
adept at performing sleight-of-hand tricks as well as
performing with illusions. Eddie thrived on entertaining
people through his magic and was eager to perform for
any type of crowd.
He is survived by his wife of fifty-three years, Patricia,
and his son, Michael. – Joseph Bruno
Robert H. Creer, eighty-
four, of Saginaw, Michigan,
died April 6, 2014. He was
a long-time member of
S.A.M, I.B.M., and the Saginaw
Valley Mystics. By profession,
Bob was a fork-lift operator
for General Motors. As a
part-time pro, “Bob Creer
and his Enchanting Family
of Magic” (wife Lorine and
children Catherine, Helen, and Michael) performed for
clubs and social organizations in the mid-Michigan area
for almost thirty years. Lorine predeceased Bob in 2001.
He remarried Lillan Ormsby, and she and his children
survive him. Our club members often said that we knew
of no one – no one! – who loved magic more than Bob.
It was fun to watch him, because sometimes Bob’s tricks
turned out in ways that even surprised him, as well as
any magicians present. Regardless of the outcome, we all
knew we had witnessed something unique and special.
– Gene Anderson
The Mystic Magicians
of Beaver Valley,
Assembly 157, lost a
revered member of
their club on April 7,
2014. Richard “Rich”
Allen Howard, sixty-
three, of Beaver Falls
passed away suddenly.
Rich was the treasurer of the Mystics for twenty-five
years, as well as the editor of the club’s newslet-
ter, general of the raffles, grand master of the picnics,
manager of the Greater Pittsburgh Magic Network (a
non-profit website, assisted by Nick Carifo to promote
everything magic in and around Pittsburgh), and helper
and enthusiast of magic wherever he was needed.
Every magician performing a public show or holding a
lecture, convention, banquet, or magic picnic anywhere
near Pittsburgh knew Rich would be in that audience
supporting and cheering them on. His face was well
known at the S.A.M. and I.B.M. Conventions, Canton’s
Battle of Magicians, Gatlinburg’s Winter Carnival of
Magic, The Cuckoo’s Nest Pittsburgh Conventions, and
thirty-six years of attending his favorite – the MagiFest
in Columbus, Ohio. In 2013, Rich received the Order
of Merlin of the I.B.M. Before the Mystics, he was a
member of the former Sorcerers of the Realm magic club
in Butler, Pennsylvania.
In recent years, Rich had retired from actively per -
forming, but in the 1970s and 1980s Rich was half of
the comedy magic team known as the “The Hayseed
Brothers.” Rich and his partner, Jay Brenner, of Ellwood
City, Pennsylvania, performed as two good-natured,
albeit dim-witted, country brothers attempting to
perform magic, actually fooling everyone – and them -
selves –in the process. It was Hee-Haw meets Laurel and
Hardy with a bit of Doug Henning thrown into the mix.
Jay passed away a few months ago.
Rich and Jay met while working as steelworkers at
B&W Steel in the final years of the Pittsburgh steel
industry. After leaving B&W, Rich performed as a
Hayseed brother and opened his own auto mechanic
business, Magic Auto Service, in Beaver Falls, Pennsylva -
nia. In recent years Rich moved on to sales management
for Advance Auto in New Brighton, Pennsylvania.
Rich is survived by his wife Sandra, three children
(Richard, Kathy, and John), and a magic hat full of grand -
children and great-grandchildren. Rich was a very young
and proud great- grandfather. He loved magic, entertain -
ment, and everything in between. He loved to laugh
and make others laugh. As an avid Disney aficionado, he
loved taking his children, grandchildren, and great-grand -
children to experience the magic of Disney World every
summer where he held a timeshare in Orlando.
– Judy Steed



Call to order:

Most Illustrious Dal Sanders called the regular meeting of the National Council of The Society of American Magicians to order according to ritual at 9: 09 a.m.

Later in the meeting, MI Sanders welcomed Past Presidents David Goodsell, Jann Goodsell, Brad Jacobs, Mark Weidhaas, John

Apperson, Vinny Grosso and Ed Thomas. He

also thanked members of S.A.M. Assembly 136 in Tucson for their hospitality and acknowledged Bill Black, John Redmon and Michael DeSchalit for organizing rides between the hotel and airport.

Approve Minutes of November 9, 2013, National Council Meeting:

Request from RVP and Houdini Gravesite

Curator Eric DeCamps to correct the minutes

of the Nov. 9, 2013, meeting:

  • 1. That the discussion and vote on the Houdini Gravesite be corrected to reflect that there are 10 graves occupied at the gravesite, not 12; and that the cemetery is located in Glendale, NY, in Queens County, NY; not in Queens, Long Island.

  • 2. That his live report covered the charitable events many North Atlantic Assemblies are involved in, and to find out more, he recommended that they read the newsletter to get the details; not that he mentioned his region’s newsletter and encouraged

members to read it. Motion: PNP Ed Thomas moved the minutes be approved as corrected. Vote: Motion passed.


Note: full reports are in the Blue Book except those listed as live reports. The Blue Book is available electronically from National Secretary Marlene Clark, as hard copy from National Administrator Manon Rodriguez, or online in the member-only section at

his Blue Book report by stating that Ronnie Reckseit was the emcee for the show at The Club at Boca Pointe in Boca Raton Florida that National Council members took part in and that raised $860 for the Magic Endowment Fund.

President-elect Kenrick “Ice” McDonald

encouraged all NC members to reconnect with

their local assemblies; often, assemblies feel they are “out there” by themselves. First VP Dave Bowers highlighted his

Blue Book report. He will interview a Houdini

relative, Sarabelle November of Richmond Virginia. If anyone has questions about

Houdini they’d like to have answered, please

email Dave at

Second VP Jeff Sikora asked Council members to ask their assemblies to place an ad in the Combined Convention program book.

Media Library Curator Mark Jensen. Absent – no report in the Blue Book: Legal Counsel Stuart Schneider; M-U-M Editor Michael Close.

National Administrator Manon

Rodriguez referred to her Blue Book report. She noted the increase in new members was a result of all the work being done with social


Roles & Responsibility – Dick Bowman

said he was readying a draft of the Roles and Responsibilities document for review

by National Council. He added that he was

honored to have been nominated for Second Vice President and is soliciting support so that he can continue to serve the S.A.M.

Insurance Committee Joseph Caulfield

referred to his Blue Book report.

He also mentioned that MI Sanders visited

Alex, the Omaha Nebraska SYM member, who will receive a stem cell transplant on March

27, as an example of how caring the S.A.M. is. National Secretary Marlene Clark discussed requests to include activity reports submitted after deadline in current Blue Books. Elec - tronic delivery means that deadlines are later

than when the secretary had to mail the Blue Books, but deadlines are necessary so the secretary can compile the books and get them to National Council members and committee chairmen 5 days before the council meeting, as outlined in the secretary’s duties. They are part

of the official record of each National Council

meeting Late reports don’t make the record, but

to accommodate them, National Secretary Clark will create a Late Reports section in the following Blue Book and publish them there. National Treasurer Eric Lampert referred to his Blue Book report. As of January 31, 2014, income and receipts exceeded expendi-

tures by $12,701. He noted that surpluses or deficits change during the year, as the report is prepared on a cash basis, which reflects only

the funds received and items paid during the period.



Absent – report in the Blue Book: Eric DeCamps – North Atlantic; Phil Milstead – Mid Atlantic; Michael Tallon – South Atlantic. Absent – no report in the Blue Book: Debbie Leifer – South Atlantic.

New England – Joseph Caulfield encour- aged all to attend Oceanside magic invitational April 10-13 and added that President-elect Ice MacDonald will perform. Central Plains – Steve Spence thanked members of Assembly 136 for transportation. Midwest – Shaun Rivera referred to his Blue Book report.

Northwestern – JR Russell – referred to his Blue Book report. He announced a mem- bership campaign for the Northwest, the prize being an “Anything Possible” bottle.

Southwest States – Ron Ishimaru

welcomed all to the Southwest and reported that Michael DeSchalit is the deputy for Arizona. Canada – Rod Chow referred to his Blue Book report. President-elect MacDonald acknowledged Chow for putting together the guide for membership retention that Assembly# 95 has been using.


(all present with reports in the Blue Book)

Most Illustrious Dal Sanders updated

Absent – report in the Blue Book: Chaplain Michael Douglass, Gifts & Insignia – Craig Schwarz; Investment Committee Richard Dooley, SYMbol Editor Michael Raymer;


Absent – report in the Blue Book:

Dean George Schindler – International

Deputy Coordinator, Houdini Fund, Publicity; Eric DeCamps – FaceBook, Houdini Gravesite Curator; Anthony Antonelly – Good and Welfare; John Engman – Hall of Fame & Magic Museum Inc.; Bill Gleason – Heroism & Patriots; Dan Sclare – Life Mem- bership; Kelly Peron – Membership (Marketing); Tom Ewing – National Historian; Charles Siebert – Paranormal Investigation Committee; Bruce Kalver – SAMtalk, Technology. Absent – no Blue Book report: Kyle Peron – Assembly Contact Coordina- tor; Simon Carmel – Deaf Magicians Deputy; Marc DeSouza – Ethics; Trudy Monti – Magic for Special Education; Steve Marshall – Member Promotion; Clem Kinnicutt – Deputy-at-Large; Bob Carroll – Sharing Awareness Mentoring; Les Cooper – New Assembly Coordina- tor; Chris Bontjes – Veterans Program.

Ambassador of Magic, FISM

Liaison (no report), Magic Endowment Fund (live report) Bradley Jacobs:

(Ambassador of Magic) PNP Jacobs said he and his counterparts in the IBM have been discussing exchanging conventions in the years between joint conventions. There are too many hurdles to overcome to begin in 2017, but they will continue to have discussions. (Magic Endowment Fund) PNP Jacobs reported that as of March 1,

the value of the M.E.F. had reached $1 million, thanks to the hard work and diligence of many and the generosity

of Life Members. He acknowledged the

efforts of early leaders: Jim Zachary and Warren Kaps, the late Bill Andrews and

Cesareo Palez; and the significant effort

Marketing – Brian South referred to his Blue Book report. He added that marketing

should be more important and visible in the S.A.M., with a greater emphasis on attracting younger members, having fun and supporting

one another. He will expend most of his efforts

into the Magic Advantage Pack (MAP) and

is working on a magic club start-up kit and a leadership training program for presidents or delegates. The committee also is looking to produce videos of archived tricks from


National Magic Week – Jeff Sikora

reported that Lance Burton will receive this

year’s S.A.M. Humanitarian Award.

Paranormal Investigation Committee

– Charles Siebert discussed an increased presence in the S.A.M. via articles in M-U-M and a blog on the S.A.M. website. Spotlight Program – Barbara Dallas (live report by National Secretary Marlene Clark)

continues to seek Spotlight recipients. This wonderful recognition program has been a positive addition for the S.A.M. Send nomina-

tions and a clear photo directly to Barbara at She thanked all who have taken the time to send spotlight nomina- tions.

Young Member Program Jann Goodsell

reported that 89 members have received Joshua

Jay’s book. She reported a new Facebook page for S.Y.M. members. It will be a private group page that will be monitored. She proposed the following members to the S.Y.M. Board:

Marlene Clark, Bruce Kalver, Andy Dallas, Ed Thomas, Mike Miller (3 years); Arlen Solomon and Julie Bontjes (one year); and David Oliver and Kayla Drescher (one year).

IBM/SAM Combined Convention – Mark

Weidhaas (live report) urged those who were planning to enter a contest to submit their ap -

plication as soon as possible. Special events

Conference Executive. Motion: PNP Apperson moved to approve Weidhaas as Conference Executive. Discus - sion: none. Vote: motion passed. Weidhaas acknowledged Apperson’s work in helping the S.A.M. get the convention

running in the black. He then named some

of his committee: Mike Miller – talent show producer; John Apperson –site selection; Dal Sanders – communications director; Anne Weidhaas – registrar; Dan Rodriguez – dealer chair; Manon Rodriguez – food and beverage; Jann Goodsell – young member activities.


MI Sanders called for a break at 10:15 a.m. to no objections. MI Sanders called the meeting back to order at 10:33 a.m.

Old business:

  • 1. Cyber bullying resolution: Dean George Schindler requested that the S.A.M. include an official vote of thanks to Todd Karr and PNP Warren Kaps for bringing the issue of cyber bullying to the attention of the S.A.M.

  • 2. Motion: PNP Jacobs moved that we approve Dean Schindler’s request for an official vote of thanks to Todd Karr and Warren Kaps. Discussion: none. Vote: motion passed.

Society Business (Items from caucus)

  • 1. BE TV: Ariann Black has approached the S.A.M. to get involved in a new Internet television network whose first launch is the “BE Amazed” Channel – an all-magic channel that will highlight magic in general and specifically, the S.A.M. Motion: Marlene Clark moved to move forward with a mutually ben- eficial relationship with Be TV and that

of Clem Kinnicutt, whose work is being

Hall of Fame and Magic Museum:

before the actual convention, which runs July

we request a contract for consideration.

continued by Dan Sclare.

1-5, include a special youth event June 29 and 30 with Lance Burton and others and lecture

  • 2. Discussion: none. Vote: motion passed. Motion: PNP Apperson moved that all – including those that are copyrighted

(live report by PNP Ed Thomas) the

for all registrants by Henry Evans on June

archived films, tapes and other items

temporary exhibit at the Whittier Museum society will close at the end of July. The hall of fame continues to seek

30. Registration is getting close to the 1,400 cut-off number.

Conference Executive John Apperson

belonging to the film and tape library

and that are in storage for one reason or

donated space for its collections.

announced he was resigning this position,

the other – be immediately transferred

motion passed.

Magic Center Foundation – Dan

effective March 8. He said he was resigning

to Media Library Curator Mark Jensen

Rodriguez reported that the Magic Center continues to host magic shows at its Parker Colorado location, which it is outgrowing.

as of the council meeting so the new chairman would have time to work on the 2015 S.A.M. Convention in Philadelphia, July 1-4.

in preparation of working with the BE TV Network. Discussion: none. Vote:

The Town of Parker no longer wants to sell

Following the announcement, MI Sanders led


Contest Awards:

the building. The Magic Center Foundation is seeking board members. Those interested may contact Dan at

the council in a Battery for PNP Apperson – a special honor conferred upon members. MI Sanders sought approval for Mark Weidhaas as

Motion: PNP Vinny Grosso moved that for the combined convention, the S.A.M. increase the following awards


in both close-up and stage: First Place from $1,000.00 to $2,000.00; and Gold

Medal Award of Honor from $1,000.00

to $3,000.00. Discussion: none. Vote:

Motion passed.

  • 4. Increase in postal rates: National Administrator Manon Rodriguez explained that until recently, mailing M-U-M to Canada and Mexico involved a surcharge of $10; the surcharge to other countries was $20. Now all are $20, including Canada and Mexico. Motion: Canada RVP Rod Chow moved that the S.A.M. approve a $20 surcharge to mail M-U-M to all international members. Discussion: none. Vote: motion passed.

  • 5. Membership management software:

that the S.A.M. allow the National Administrator to upgrade or replace the membership management software as necessary. Discussion: none. Vote:

motion passed.

  • 6. Convention Registration: Conven- tion Chairman John Apperson moved that the S.A.M. approve up to $10,000 in additional convention expenses to cover those whose registrations will be paid for at the IBM/SAM combined convention. Discussion: none. Vote: motion passed.

Society business (other):


Good & Welfare:

  • 2. The 2015 S.A.M. Convention will take place over 4 th of July in Philadelphia and will most likely be busy in the city; people should get their hotel reserva- tions in early.

  • 3. MI Sanders reported that former S.A.M. Insurance Committee Chairman Michael Piacente and others have passed on since the fall council meeting. He asked for a moment of silence to think of those departed members.

Benediction: PNP Jann Goodsell gave the benediction.


Meeting adjourned according to ritual at

Ms. Rodriguez explained that the


First Vice President Dave Bowers

10:52 a.m.

S.A.M. website continues to have problems because the membership

reported that he got a letter from Dick Brookz and Dorothy Dietrich of the

Respectfully submitted,

management program does not meet our needs. She suggested that the

Houdini Museum in Scranton Pennsyl- vania thanking the S.A.M. for taking

Marlene Clark,

S.A.M. obtain a software program that

over the care and maintenance of the

National Secretary

does. Motion: PNP Apperson moved

Houdini gravesite.

SOCIETY OF AMERICAN MAGICIANS in both close-up and stage: First Place from $1,000.00 to $2,000.00; and
ROBERT BENEDICT photo by Peter Gould Robert was born in the sunny town of Winter Haven,


ROBERT BENEDICT photo by Peter Gould Robert was born in the sunny town of Winter Haven,

photo by Peter Gould

Robert was born in the sunny town

of Winter Haven, Florida. His interest in

magic began in the popular way that most

of us started, with the gift of a magic set

for his birthday. One definite advantage he

had, though, was an understanding grand-

mother who hand sewed a magician’s cape for him to perform in.

He also had his own custom-built

theater. “My Mom put up a new shed in

our backyard, but for some reason she never got around to moving the stuff out

of the old one, so a friend (who was also interested in magic) and I started using the new shed as a covered place to put on magic shows. We would charge a quarter a piece to the neighborhood kids to see our shows.” The TV magicians of the day were

Doug Henning and David Copperfield;

young Robert would eagerly await their yearly magic specials. “I remember my dad telling me when the magic specials were going to be on,” Robert said. “And I would be really good for the time leading up to them, because I didn’t want to risk the chance of my TV privileges being taken away. I didn’t even pick on my sister!”

I Left My Cards at Home

By Steve Marshall

When Robert was in high school, his father was transferred and the family moved to Ohio. It was there that Robert lost his interest in magic due to a new interest, girls! When he was nineteen, he worked at a

Meijer discount store; one of the security guards happened to be part-time magician whose father was a professional magician. “I had never really seen anyone with his

skill level do magic up close before. He did

the Hot Rod trick for me. After he made

the gems change color and then go back, he handed the plastic rod to me. I stood there

shaking and twisting it trying to figure it

out. I was totally astounded. I remember

thinking, ‘I want to be able to make people

feel this way, too.’” However, it would be

another ten years before Robert got back into magic again. “By the time I was twenty-nine, I had

moved back to Florida to get away from the cold Ohio winters. I was working in a shop in Old Town in Kissimmee; one day, while walking around the complex, I saw a magic shop, walked in, and described the little plastic rod with the different colored gems. The guy said they had that trick and sold me one. When I got home and learned the secret, I thought they had sold me a different, inferior trick to the one I had seen. I didn’t think this ‘paddle move’

would fool anyone. But I tried it and fooled myself! So I put it in my pocket, took it everywhere, and showed it to anyone who would stand still long enough to watch it! To this day I always carry a paddle trick with me, or have one close by.” Now that he had discovered a magic shop, he started the magic-buying process. As Robert put it, “I started buying self- working tricks and then moved on to more expensive self-working tricks. Jason Wethington, my roommate and a great magician, tried to teach me some card tricks, but I just couldn’t master sleight of

hand with cards. Have you ever heard of

a bad dancer having ‘two left feet?’ Well I have two left hands! I did discover coin magic, though, and really took to that. I enjoy doing sleight of hand with coins

and really old coins in particular since they have something tangible, a history to them.”

These days Robert can be found living in Orlando, Florida. By day he works as a software security framework developer and manager as well as doing strolling gigs around town. Since 2009, Robert has also been a regular at Erick Olson’s Wizardz

Magic Theater in Kissimmee, Florida. He

even has his own seat, which is front row on the far left end from the performer’s view. The position of his seat wasn’t purely coincidence. “Back in early 2009 I was helping Erick and Kim set up for their new place and, as a thank-you for my help, Erick told me to pick out a seat that would be my regular place. When I said I wasn’t sure, Erick immediately pointed to the

chair I always sit in now. He said that this

chair had the worst angle for the perform- ers and he knew that if I was sitting there I wouldn’t give the performer a hard time if

  • I happened to catch a flash of anything that

  • I shouldn’t.”

Having performed there a few times

  • I can tell you that it’s always nice to see

Robert’s smiling face just to my left. If you’re ever in Florida, stop by Wizardz Magic Theater on a Monday night and say hi to Robert. You know where he’ll be sitting!



Here’s a cool way to gimmick your

iPhone case so you are always ready to do a quick coin vanish for anyone who says,

“Hey magic boy (or girl), show me a trick!”

To make this up you will need an iPhone case (one with a dark, solid color works best) some Super Glue, and a quarter. In case he wants to make it reappear somewhere later, Robert prefers to use one

of the fifty-states quarters, since it doesn’t

have a date on the front. Glue the quarter, heads up, to the iPhone case, gluing it a bit off center. (Photo 1 shows the quarter glued onto a

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clear iPhone case because that’s the case I had!) Let the glue dry, place the phone into the case, put everything in your pocket, and you are ready to go. When you’re ready to perform, bring out your phone, holding it with the screen facing up in the position shown in Photo

2. Note how one of the long edges of the phone is partway over the outstretched

fingers; the tip of the thumb is just under

the other long edge. This position will be important in a moment. At this time say, “Mobile phones are

great, but I remember back when there were only pay phones; it would cost me a quarter to make a call. In fact, strangely enough, it still costs me a quarter. Let me show you what I mean.”

Reach into your pocket with your other

hand and start jingling your change around as if you are searching for a quarter. Bring your hand out of your pocket with the backs

of your fingertips toward the audience and your thumb underneath your fingers, as if

you are holding a coin. Bring the hand that is supposedly holding the coin toward the phone and

begin flipping the phone over by pushing

up with your thumb, while at the same time

curling in your fingers. Time this so that

the hand that is supposedly holding the

coin covers the coin that is glued onto the

case without flashing the coin. (Photos 3 to

5 show this sequence of moves. Note that the quarter is exposed in Photo 4, but in real time this will not happen.) Act as if you are steadying the coin, and then move your hand away to show it resting on the back of the phone (Photo

6). Transfer the phone to the other hand and hold it by the long edges between the

thumb and fingertips (Photo 7).

Act as if you are dumping the coin from

the back of the phone into your other hand by turning the phone over and “catching” the coin in the other hand, while at the

same time closing that hand into a fist

(Photos 8 and 9). As you do this, let the

phone naturally flip over so the back of the phone is now resting on your fingertips.

Note how the back of the phone can now

be displayed with the fingers covering the

coin. Wave the phone over the closed hand,

place the phone back into your pocket,

and open your hand to show the quarter has vanished, as you say, “This must be a two-bit phone.”

Robert says that, to help the illusion of a coin actually falling into his hand, he lets the hand that is supposedly catching

the coin go down a bit as if some weight is falling into his hand. Obviously, a quarter wouldn’t be heavy enough to do this, but he has found that it helps to sell the illusion. Also, if he knows he’s going to be doing this trick, he will hide another quarter somewhere else, like under a saltshaker or in a napkin, and have it reappear there.

This is where the fifty-states quarters

come in handy, since there is no date on the front and no one ever sees the back of the coin on your phone.


I really like this; it is a way to gimmick something that you carry with you all the time without taking away any of the func - tionality of the item being gimmicked.

I think if you make this up you’ll find

yourself having a lot of fun with it in

quick, improvisational,

situations. By

the way, this trick showed up in my



totally unsolicited. Thanks,

Robert, I wish more people would do

that. (Hint, hint, hint!) Contact me at


EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD GETTING THERE EARLY Ninety percent of success in life is just



Ninety percent of success in life is just showing up on time. I think you can up

those odds by showing up early. I always try to get to a gig at least two hours early if I am just doing stand-up magic, and a good three or four hours early if I am doing illusions. If you are driving to the gig, I suggest arriving at least an extra hour earlier than you think you will need to set up. This accomplishes a few things. First, it gives you peace of mind so you’re not rushing around; your head is clear and you are in a calm and relaxed state, ready to do a good show. Second, it shows the client that you are a pro. They are paying their good, hard-earned money to have you show up and entertain their guests; showing up early demonstrates that you value their investment in you and your

talents. And finally it also gives you a chance to fix any mishaps that may occur.

I remember once getting to the gig and putting the Kub Zag illusion together and discovering that one of the plastic pin hinges for the prop was broken. Since I got there and started setting up early, I had time to run to the drugstore to buy

some Super Glue. I was able to fix the prop

without having to rush around, or worse, try to perform the prop with a broken and wobbly door. That could have spelled disaster.


My friend Adam Ace drives to about

seventy percent of the gigs he does. He is a very successful college entertainer. He was

voted College Comedian of the Year three times by the Association for the Promotion

Hit The Road

With Scott Alexander, Puck, Jenny Alexander, and Adam Ace

of Campus Activities. He has this “driving

to the gig thing” down to a science. I’ve

traveled with him to several gigs that

we worked together in his “Toaster.” He

nicknamed his car “The Toaster” because

his Honda Element is a boxy car that looks like a square, rolling toaster. He carries a

lot of gear; the Element is the biggest type of regular vehicle that can accommodate his gear without jumping up to the next

stage, which is a panel van. The back of the Toaster has several shelves Adam had

custom built to hold the various duffle

bags and road cases that store different parts of his act. Adam used to just cram all his stuff into a few bags, load everything

into the venue, unpack, and then figure

out which stuff to use once he got inside.

He soon realized that he was wasting a

lot of manpower because he didn’t end up using everything he loaded in. So rather than schlep everything into the venue, he segmented his act into chunks and dedicated a bag to each segment. These bags are on the shelves in the back of the

Toaster and this way he can determine the type of show he wants to do once he

sees the venue. He can mix and match his

routines, and only load in the appropri- ate bags for the program he plans to do that evening. What a time saver! Being organized and having your cases split up into different length shows or different style shows can make loading into the venue a piece of cake.


The console and dashboard of Adam’s Toaster looks like the command center of the Starship Enterprise. There are all kinds

of gadgets and gizmos rigged up to make his drive to the gig as easy, comfortable,

and smooth as possible. Hooked to the

dashboard is a GPS system. This is a must.

He also has a Satellite Radio hooked up

for entertainment purposes. It’s hard to get

bored with a thousand radio stations. He

also has a mount for his iPhone and iPad

so he can stop and check emails and such.

You never know when that next gig email

will come through. He also always has a small cooler filled with cans of ice cold

Coke. If you have a particularly long drive of three hours or more, it doesn’t hurt to pack a few light snacks to take with you in case you get “the hungrys,” so you don’t have to stop for food.

The most important of these little things is the GPS system. I remember driving to gigs back in the day. I asked the client for directions and scrawled them down on a piece of paper, and then followed them like

some kind of treasure map hoping to find

the X. Then I graduated to Googling the directions on the Internet when that tech- nology became available. Now, I have a tiny lady, in a little black box, who tells me

exactly where to go step by step. How did I

ever live without this? If you don’t have a GPS, I highly recommend you get one. Most smart phones also have a mapping system like this, but I would recommend using the standalone GPS as your main navigating tool; if it goes down, you always have your smart phone as a backup. Make sure to have a copy of your contract with the client’s mobile number and the number of the venue where you will be

performing just in case you run into any

travel difficulties such as traffic, a flat tire,

weather issues, or any other unforeseen

circumstances that could make you late to the show. This way you will be in contact to let them know. I also suggest you call the client the day before the gig and let them know you will see them tomorrow.

This instills confidence even before you

show up. It demonstrates preparedness and professionalism.


The following advice is huge if you are working in places that have actual seasons, unlike southern California or

Vegas. Adam had to drive to a gig in Minnesota once; it was an ten-hour haul.

He left sunny Virginia and began driving

west. As he passed through Pennsylvania, the skies got a little darker. This darkening

continued through Ohio. Once he got to Minnesota, it began to snow. The further

he got, the more snow fell. He managed

to trudge through the snow and arrive at

the gig on time. He went into the venue only to find no one there. Apparently, they

had cancelled the gig and neglected to contact him. Just because the weather is good where you are leaving from, doesn’t necessarily mean it will be good where you’re going. Different parts of the

country deal with weather differently. The

South shuts down if even a snowflake falls,

but the Midwest tends to trudge on through the rough weather because they are used to it. We just went through the worst winter in a hundred years; Adam had to resched-

ule seven different shows. He now always

checks the weather and calls ahead to double check before making the trip. Like a Boy Scout, whose credo is “Be Prepared,” making simple preparations

before driving to the gig can save you lots of hassles. Make sure you are comfort- able and connected, hydrated and fed, give yourself ample opportunity to show up on time, and have your stuff organized for an easy load-in. This way you will deliver the best possible show you can, whether you are driving around the block or across the country.


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The Nielsen Gallery

The Astral Hand

Dimensions: One-sheet: 27.5" x 42" • Lithographer: Goes Litho • Date: 1905 • Nielsen Rating: Rare

This month’s beautiful poster dates to 1905 and promotes the show of Charles Carter, who began his magic career at the age of ten as “Master Charles Carter the Original Boy Magician.” By

the time of his death in 1936, he had toured the world seven times; he carried tons of illusions and presented a show that grew with each consecutive tour. And, while he offered many large-scale

illusions, a perennial favorite was his entertaining Astral Hand, which served him well throughout his career. Carter was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania, on June 14, 1874. Just ten years later he offered his first public show in Baltimore. He continued to tour as a magician, and in 1894, met a woman named Corrine, whom he married and made part of his show. In 1900, he moved to Chicago and opened his own theat- rical agency and started a theatrical trade magazine called The Chicago Footlights.

His first world tour began in 1907 when, billed as Carter the

Mysterious, he set sail for Australia with tons of equipment and assistants. The tour took him through New Zealand, India, China, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Italy, and other countries. The tour lasted until

1909, and included five or six hundred performances. Six other

tours followed over the years. Magician and magic historian Mike Caveney, writing in his

wonderful book, Carter the Great, noted that:

“He certainly did not exhibit the egomaniacal drive of his

friend Harry Houdini. He never mastered the manipulative skills

that propelled Cardini to fame or the creative abilities of P.T. Selbit

or Bautier DeKolta. Nor did he possess the mysterious appear-

ance of a Herrmann or Dante. What he did have was the ability to

thoroughly entertain an audience of lay people, which he did on a nearly nightly basis during seven lengthy trips around the world.”

His illusion show included such effects as Sawing a Woman in Half, vanishing a live elephant, a version of Kellar’s Levitation

of the Princess Karnac, the Torture Cell of Spikes, the Million Dollar Mystery, and other effects requiring considerable prepara- tion, set-up, and special stage settings. Such was not the case with

the Astral Hand. All that was required was a replica human hand

made of wood, a pane of glass, and two straight-backed chairs. The illusion is more commonly known as the Spirit Rapping

Hand; it answered questions posed by the audience by rapping

out answers where one rap meant “no,” two raps meant “yes,”

and three meant “I do not know.” As Caveney notes, many in his audiences believed that effects like the Spirit Cabinet and Astral

Hand were accomplished by supernatural means. Carter assured

audiences saying:

“I would not have you suspect, however, that I am about to ridicule Spiritualism. On the contrary, you are at liberty to infer whatever you please after having seen the deception, if it may be called so. If you so desire to designate it as Spiritualism, you may do so, or hypnotism, mesmerism, magnetism, mechanism, or rheumatism.”

He then placed two chairs center stage, back to back, and placed a pane of glass between them. He used glass to prove the absence of electricity as a source of activating the hand. He also

told the audience he used glass so that, “you may see through the trick.” Carter described it as a piece of wood, “carved, painted,

and made to represent, as nearly as possible, a lady’s hand.” He

claimed, “It will tell you how old you are, where you were born, how much money you have in your pockets, where you are going,

your age, in fact anything that you care to know.” He then went

into the audience where he offered to allow the audience to shake hands with it. Returning to the stage, the hand was placed upon the glass pane and answered questions posed. Carter prided himself on his ability to deliver his show in the native language of whatever country he was performing in. This proved challenging on the opening night of his tour of Ireland

when he presented the Astral Hand. One question from the back

of the audience was delivered with such a thick Northern Irish accent that Carter (and the spirit) were unable to determine what

it was. He asked for the question to be repeated. It was. He asked

again and it was. Finally in frustration the hand simply answered “yes”; the audience laughed, knowing that the magician had no idea what questions had been asked.

In 1922, archeologist Howard Carter discovered the lost tomb

of King Tutankhamen and news of the discovery set off a global

interest in all things Egyptian. Charles Carter hopped on the bandwagon and soon audiences witnessed an Egyptian sarcopha-

gus on stage. From a wooden box Carter removed a mummified

hand that he claimed was taken from a princess who died four

thousand years ago. He even commissioned an elaborate poster

featuring him sitting upon a camel in front of the Sphinx. Carter had many harrowing experiences including onstage

accidents, natural disasters, thievery, financial failures, and in

one case, a narrow escape. At the end of the second world tour, he

tried to book passage on a new ocean liner but was unable to due to the large contingent of wealthy passengers. That ship was the RMS Titanic.

This month’s poster is very desirable and difficult to obtain. However, during his third world tour from 1920-22, he ordered

nearly thirteen thousand lithographs featuring his illusions

(including 2,035 of the Astral Hand) for which he paid $183.15.

Carter died on February 13, 1936, of a heart attack while in

India. His body was embalmed and returned to the United States,

where he was buried in Calvary Cemetery in Queens, New York. Content of this column came from Carter the Great, written by Mike Caveney, copyright 1995, and published by Mike Caveney’s Magic Words.

—Tom Ewing

MEMORIZED DECK MAGIC MADE SLIGHTLY EASIER The memorized deck is one of the most powerful tools


The memorized deck is one of the most powerful tools in a card magician’s arsenal. Thanks to the work of Simon Aronson, Michael Close, and Juan Tamariz, memorized decks have enjoyed renewed awareness among card workers over the past couple of decades. And yet, it still

seems like there are a lot of card workers who don’t know where to go or even where to begin with a memorized deck. Memorized deck work can seem very

intimidating at first. There’s the ever-

present question of which is the absolute best stack to learn – the one that will give you the most miracles for your effort. Then there’s the apparent daunting task of

getting a whole sequence of fifty-two cards

in your head when you have a hard enough time remembering your email password. And there’s always the nagging question of, “What are the absolute best tricks that you should be doing with your stack?” The best stack, plain and simple, is the one you actually use. It’s often suggested to aspiring memorized deck workers that rather than fret over which

published stack to use, they simply shuffle

a deck and memorize it. Michael Close, in Closely Guarded Secrets, calls it stupid to memorize a stack with no built-in features and likens it to buying a power screw- driver and never putting batteries in it. While he’s certainly not wrong, I say it’s better to actually use the screwdriver than to get hung up as to whether Duracell or Energizer will do a better job of getting the shelves up. I’m not saying a stack shouldn’t have any built-in features, but in terms of actual utility, the person with a featureless stack in his head is in better shape than someone who’s still pondering which set of poker deals and spelling tricks he likes best. Of course, that assumes the person has

Cheats & Deceptions

(For Entertainment Purposes Only)

By Antonio M. Cabral

actually committed the stack to memory.

Historically (at least in the USA), the standard advice has been to first learn the

Major System of mnemonics. First you learn a series of peg words for the numbers

1-52, then the peg words for all fifty-two

cards in the deck, and then you create word pairs for each number in the stack.

This system has stood the test of time; if you take the time to get it down, it will prove useful beyond merely learning your stack. Where it becomes problematic for the beginning memorized deck worker is that it’s a whole separate subject to absorb before getting to the real prize: having an arrangement of cards in your head. The Major System is so tied to memorized deck work in this country (from

H. Adrian Smith to Nicola up through

Simon Aronson) that it took reading Juan Tamariz’s Mnemonica to remind me that they’re two separate things. I realized that if I wanted to start doing memorized deck magic, I just had to memorize the stack and get it in my skull however I could manage it. Mnemonica offers a number of alter- native suggestions for memorizing your stack, many of them colorful and creative rote methods. In the end, I used Tamariz’s suggestion of making up a training deck with the stack numbers drawn colorfully on the face of each card. Again, it was more important to me to get the stack in my head and start using it than to worry about how it got there. Once you actually have a stack in your mind, it turns out that many of the strongest possible effects with a memorized deck are many of the simplest: divining an unknown card, naming the card at any position in the deck, naming the position of any card, “weighing the cards,” and getting any named or seemingly unknown card instantly under control with estima- tion (what Simon Aronson calls the Open Index). These are all very direct applica- tions of the fact that you know the numeric position of each card in the deck and you know the playing card for each position in the deck. There are some beautifully devious effects possible with a little extra

effort or a certain amount of secret mental math, but that’s the deep end of the pool. If you pass over these simpler, more direct effects because they’re “basic” or because magicians will recognize them, you’re missing out. These are the tricks that will get you really comfortable with your stack and come across as miracles to audiences of normal people. And there’s no shame in these apparently “simple” tricks. The first effect in Mnemonica is the simple

divination of a card, and Juan advises at that point that you put the book down and just work on that. Rene Lavand actually

closes his formal act by false shuffling

and simply reciting his stack in order as he blindly deals through the deck. (Okay, there’s a little more involved, but still you don’t need an advanced calculus degree to pull it off.) The following routine is a favorite memorized deck routine of my own, based

on Jon Armstrong’s My Opening Act (Jon Armstrong – Card Magic Vol. 2). Arm-

strong’s original routine is done from a

shuffled deck, and well worth checking

out. Using the memorized stack, however,

gives the effect a different structure and a

different flavor.


Begin with a deck in memorized stack order and a Balducci-style card-loading wallet in your inner jacket pocket. Bring

out the card box and place it in front of one of your participants. “Did you ever take piano lessons as a kid? I did. And I’ve still got a pretty good ear. Believe it or not, it comes in handy when I’m performing card tricks. I’ll show you.” Give the deck a false shuffle and a legit- imate cut. I use the Erdnase Blind Shuffle

Retaining Entire Order, First Method, which does both at once. You want the cut to be more or less halfway, to facilitate what’s coming up. Spread the deck face down between your hands and ask someone to touch the back of any card. The selection is free, but you want the card touched somewhere