Zig Zag Newsletter – November 2019

President’s Message
Dear Fellow Magi,
We had a wonderful October meeting!  The audiences for the two shows enjoyed all of the acts.  We had approximately sixty children, ages 6-12, for the first show and approximately thirty-five children, ages 2-5, for the second show.  Personally, I thought the two acts for the first show were excellent.  I’m not so sure about the guy that did the second show…  The feedback about the performances during the meeting portion was all positive.
We also had a fun time during the meeting.  Many of the members who attended the meeting performed some magic for the rest of us.  I thought that was a fantastic part of the evening.  I enjoy watching the other club members perform and will continue to encourage each of you to bring something and share it.
I’m looking forward to both the Mike Powers lecture (Thursday, November 14th) and the Christmas Dinner (Friday, December 6th).  I hope you will plan to attend both events.  See the details included below.
Finally, we have a seven-week gap between the Holiday Dinner and the January meeting.  The thought occurred to me that it might be fun to have a “get-together” sometime in late December/early January that is not a formal IBM meeting.  It would be just a chance to perform some magic  for other magicians.  Please email me if that is something you are interested in holding.


Our new meeting place: Springdale Nazarene Church
11177 Springfield Pike
Cincinnati Ohio, 45246

Meeting Recap – Wednesday,October 30th
Ring #71 held it’s October activity/meeting at the Springdale Nazarene Church.  A magic show was performed for two groups of children, who were there for the church’s Halloween festivities.
The performers for the first group of older children were Ron Lawson and Patrick Thernes.  Ron had the children’s attention when performing “Bakery Bear”. Screams of delight were heard in the room!  Ron then interacted with the kids with his “Breakaway Fan” and “Broken Wand” routines. Murmurs of “How did he do that???”  were heard when he ended his performance by producing a colorful mouth coil.
Next up was Sir Patrick-Thernes, who first  produced beautiful silks out of a change bag. His  “Ethereal Salt Pour Trick” on an unsuspecting child wowed the audience! Two adults were needed for the “Chinese Handcuff Escape”, which completely amazed everyone!
The kids were ushered to another activity and then replaced with the younger set.  This group was entertained by our Ring president, Charlie Cadabra. A young man volunteered to have green slime being poured over his head, but the slime that was poured into the paper funnel never got him slimed!  He certainly was prepared for it with his hat and goggles! A runaway spider certainly got the kids jumping out of their seat with excitement!  But what the kids certainly did love the most, was the production of Harvey, his rabbit,  from out of nowhere!  When the show concluded, all the boys and girls got a chance to gently pet Harvey before heading out.
Ring members then went upstairs to have their meeting.  The room was set up with Halloween candy, cupcakes and other assorted snacks. Positive feedback was given to the performers of the kid’s shows by various members who attended it. 
It was then time for some impromptu Halloween magic by attendees.  Doing tricks for the others were Gerald Ralston, Greg Wier , Patrick Thernes, Greg Hamilton, and Charlie Cadabra.   The raffle for the door prize was held and the winner was Chuck Arkin!  Chuck won Wacko-Magic’s Countless Cookies ($55 retail price).
Thanks to all who came out on a rainy night for some magic and friendship!

Next Meeting – Thursday, November 14th, Mike Powers Lecture, 6:30
Admission is FREE for IBM Ring #71 members – Guest fee is just $10!
Mike Powers has been in the magic scene for over forty years. In 1978 Mike met Ed Marlo and became a welcome guest at the Marlo table in Chicago. With Marlo’s guidance, Mike published his first book, Powerful Magic in 1983. Contributors included Simon Aronson, Dave Solomon, Jay Sankey, Gary Kurtz and Marlo himself. Subsequently, Mike has published two more books – Top Secret Stuff (1993) and Power Plays (2006). Power Plays was voted Book of the Year in 2006 on the Magic Café and was runner up Book of the Year in the Magic Industry Awards.
Mike’s magic has appeared in every major magic publication and in the books of Paul Harris, John Born, Peter Duffie, and others.Besides being an author and columnist (The Card Corner in the Linking Ring).
Mike has extensive experience in performing magic, especially in the restaurant/strolling arena. He has performed at the Society of American Magicians national convention and will be featured at the IBM national convention in 2016.
In 1993 Mike was invited to perform at the famous Magic Castle in Hollywood and to lecture at the Hollywood Day of Magic. In 2019 Mike will be the guest of honor at the prestigious 4F Convention (Fechter’s Finger Flicking Frolic) in Batavia NY.
Mike’s lecture will start at 6:30 PM at Springdale Nazarene Church in Room 303.  Take the elevator or stairs up!                                  

Upcoming Magic Events!
November 7-9 – Inner Circle of Bizarre Magick (I.C.B.M.) in Rocky Hill, Connecticut – Website: http://www.icbmmagick.com/
November 7-9 – TRICS (Carolina Close-Up Convention) in Charlotte, NC –
Website: http://tricsconvention.com/
November 10-12 – MINDvention in Las Vegas, Nevada –
Website: http://www.mindvention.net/
November 15-16 – MAXX CENTRAL 2019: Columbus, OH.
Website: http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/12248 

Save the Date: Friday, December 6th – IBM Holiday Party!
Our Annual Holiday party will be held on Friday, December 6th at the Springdale Nazarene Church.  It will once again be catered with entertainment! We have three fantastic entertainers  for you! I know that you haven’t seen these magicians perform in years – the show is going to be great!
Entertainers appearing on the Holiday Party Show:
David Hennig:
For over 35 years, DAVID HENNIG has performed has amazed audiences of children and families all over Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky!
 Using amazing MAGIC, captivating MUSIC, side-splitting COMEDY, and a healthy dose of AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION, the audience is fully engaged and entertained.
For the last 15+ years, DAVID HENNIG has performed as the MAGICIAN WITH A MISSION in SCHOOLS and LIBRARIES with educational programs containing important messages on a VARIETY OF TOPICS.

Steve Faris:
Steve has performed in a variety of venues: TV, festivals, cruises, libraries, schools, street fairs, stage, and the 1982 World’s Fair.
Since about the age of 10, Steve has been obsessed with magic. From this young age, he read books on magic and sought to understand it through any means to which he had access, including TV and movies. Later on, he bought tricks and played with them constantly, otherwise known as practice.
These six decades later, he still performs with great enthusiasm. It’s obvious when watching Steve perform that he is having just as much fun as the audience. He is very interactive with his audience and tunes in to all remarks, most of which are immediately incorporated into his act.
Faris is also a historian. He collects books, props, posters, tricks, biographies and experiences of magic.
Steve also rarely performs for other magicians.  If you haven’t seen him, you’ll want to be sure to attend.  If you have seen him, I know you will want to see him again.

Chuck Sunshine:
Since 1964, Chuck has been involved in many aspects of mathematics education. From 1964 to 1994, he taught high school and junior high school mathematics; teaching a wide range of courses from General Math to Advanced Placement Calculus. Throughout his teaching career he presented at regional and national conferences of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Since 1994, he has been an educational consultant for numerous school districts throughout the United States and Canada. Lately, he has been presenting keynote addresses for math teachers’ organizations throughout North America.
In addition, Chuck is an accomplished magician specializing in sleight of hand. For more than 40 years, his magic and comedy have been the highlight event for many companies and groups throughout the United States and Canada.
Chuck has probably the funniest magician living in the tri-state area.  If you haven’t had the chance to see him perform, you are in for a holiday treat!  If you have seen Chuck perform, I know you don’t want to miss it again!
  Chuck is going to perform his “Donut on Rope” – if you know it, you’ll be there; if you don’t know it, you need to be there!!!

    ASSORTED CAKES FOR DESSERT (Carrot, Apple, Spice, Chocolate)
    $15 for adults
    $10 for children 12 and under 
    5:30 – 6:30 Socialize, Close-up performers
    6:30 – 7:15 Dinner
    7:15 – 8:30 Magic Show 
    8:30 – 9:00 Clean-up, Socialize
This is a great price for Dinner and Entertainment!  Please send your reservations to Mark Wiechman, 6791 Marvin Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45224-1141.
As we have to give a count to the caterer, all reservations should be in by November 30th.  

I.B.M. 2020 Convention-Pittsburgh, PA
 Come join us at the beautiful Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Hotel in Pennsylvania for the 2020 I.B.M. Convention July 8-11.
Make your reservation at the special group rates by CLICKING HERE
You can also call and book with the Wyndham directly at: (877) 999-3223. Be sure and tell them you are part of the International Brotherhood of Magicians group, in order to get the negotiated convention rate.
Sophisticated Style – Enjoy stylish accommodations, and an indoor pool at an incredible location, where Pittsburgh’s famed three rivers meet soaring skyscrapers.The Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown awaits to offer you an inspired experience in the heart of the city. They are located in easy walking distance of Heinz Field, the Cultural District, and more than 80 restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, and shopping.Take in spectacular views of Point State Park as you relax by the indoor swimming pool, or soak in the jacuzzi. Energize in the 24/7 fitness center with views of downtown, or explore classic flavors of Pittsburgh at the onsite upscale 3 Rivers Restaurant and Lounge.

Respectfully submitted,
Lori Arkin
Ring #71 Secretary
IBM Ring #71 Officers
2019-2020 President: Charlie Meyer (aka Charlie Cadabra)
Vice-President: Larry Payne
TreasurerMark Wiechman
SecretaryLori Arkin
Sgt. at ArmsPatrick Thernes
Board of Governors Ed Arnold, Rick Gaffney (Term Expires 2020), Bob Hedlesten, Frank Johnston, Ron Lawson (Term Expires 2021)
Good and Welfare: Mark Wiechman

Immediate Past President: Pat Hartzel

Eaton, OH Magic Auction – October 12 & 13

Auctioning 3 magician’s estates!
Here is a link to photos of SOME of the auction items.
There is plenty of free parking. Food and drinks are available.
Cost for a paddle to bid is only $5.
There are NO buyer premiums paid by the buyer.

Preble County Auction Gallery, 210 Nation Avenue, Eaton, Ohio 45320

Preview of auction items: Friday, October 11th: 11:00 am – 6:00 PM.

Saturday, October 12th: Starting at 10:00 am.
Sunday, October 13th:  Starting at 10:00 am.

Terms:  Cash, in state checks, Paypal, or credit card with 4% clerk charge

Count Marco’s Haunted Castle Returns – Oct 29, 30, 31.

Mark Weichman, a long time Ring #71 member puts on a Halloween Castle display annually. He is celebrating their 57-year for the display. I have seen it in years past and it is impressive and fun!

It takes “Count Marco” and his team 3+ weeks to get the Haunted Castle set up! Yes, it’s that large and well worth making an effort to see it this Halloween season!

Mark your calendar’s now for October 29, 30, 31. The display is open from 6:00 – 10:00 PM. The address is 3456 Crooked Tree Dr, Mason, OH 45040.

Donations made at the Haunted Castle benefit the “Pray Hope Believe Foundation” and the “Shine Like Sable Foundation”.

Wednesday, October 30th Meeting Announcement – Family Friendly Halloween Magic

 October Meeting Schedule:

  • 5:30 – 6:30 Arrive and get set up (Show Performers and Officers Only)
  • Ring members should arrive in time for the first show at 6:30.
  • 6:30 – 6:55 Show #1 with Performers #1 and #2
  • 7:00 – 7:25 Show #2 with Performers #3 and #4
  • 7:30 – 9:00 Ring 71 meeting

The church has half of the kids take a Hayride, while the other half is inside for Halloween activities.  Then the children switch places – which is why we have two shows.  The Ring will have four performers be part of the Halloween activities inside for the children and families attending.  If it rains that night, then all of the activities will be indoors.

The shows will be on a stage, with a sound system and plenty of comfortable seating for everyone attending.  We will be in the children’s area on the lower floor.  There is an elevator to get between floors.

During the meeting portion after the shows, we will ask three people to provide feedback for a performer, so a total of 12 members will provide feedback to the 4 performers.  Each reviewer provides feedback for only one of the performers. (4 magicians x 3 reviewers = 12 different reviewers).

Also, during the meeting portion, I’d like to encourage you to perform a “Halloween” trick – please, don’t tell you don’t have one – ‘cuz I know you do!  Anything with spirits, ghosts, haunted, skeletons, pumpkins, poltergeist, writing, and so much more are all “Halloween-ish”.

Everyone attending the shows and meeting will be eligible for a door prize (a platform magic trick) with a retail value of $55.

Trevor Duffy Lecture Review

Trevor Duffy lectured for I.B.M. Ring #71.  His lecture was full of magic that was commercial, easy to perform and with a nice variety of effects.  It’s clear that Trevor performs regularly for lay audiences.  The routines were all well thought out, had nice touches, clear premises and surprise endings.

The card routines were varied and entertaining.  The coin routines did not use gimmicked coins and were easy to follow.  The magic tricks included a range of skills from self-working to intermediate sleight of hand.  There were no “knuckle buster” moves or sleight.  His “Magic Blood Trick” was a fun interlude that will take your helper and the audience by surprise.  Trevor’s “Smoke Pro” creates delightful moments in the show.

Trevor did an excellent job of not just explaining the routines, but also the “whys” of routine.  The “whys” included his thought process, psychology, performance tips, and misdirection.

The reviews of his lecture by the attendees were excellent.  Everyone enjoyed the tricks, routines, and presentations.  And, the feedback consistently said that the tricks were ones that the attendees can perform themselves.  What more could you ask from a lecturer?

Trevor Duffy Lecture – Saturday, Sept 21

Trevor Duffy is an award-winning comedy magician and entertainer residing in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has performed professionally for the past 25 years.

Trevor has developed a unique blend of comedy and magic. His lecture encompasses Close up and Parlor shows – magic with coins, banknotes, thin cards, regular cards, and utility devices. He shares the secrets and then his thought process behind the scenes. Laws of human nature are also woven into his methodology, all and all making for an extremely user-friendly and practical lecture.

Furthermore, he discusses experienced insights and methods for keeping oneself motivated and driven. He talks about the value of using affirmations and positive thinking in order to achieve the best in life.

From Trevor:

Here following is a more in-depth view of what is entailed in my current ‘Negotiating the Barriers’ Lecture.  As mentioned in the synopsis,  my performance entails using coins, banknotes, cards, thin cards, and utility devices.  Cards are not a huge part of the lecture – purposefully.

lectures for magicians by Trevor Duffy 3

Rather, I have woven in a lot more of other material.  My use of clothing for instance, as a utility device, is extremely fascinating and very useful.

There are some ‘more on the serious side’ topics of the lecture and then there are other more humorous aspects, with some good laughs.

With many of the routines, I also talk about the psychology behind ‘why I do what I do’.  An example of this is when I do the ‘Double your Money’ routine.  My thinking is based on the law of Reciprocity, which is explained in detail and as to why it is such an effective routine.  I talk about ‘thinking more deeply’ with our magic and how crucial this is.  An example is presented which leaves the audience without any clue as to how things could have worked.

In the second half of the lecture, along with more magic, I discuss and share how important positive thinking is and how this is so connected to our own success.  If I have time, I talk about my unique method for practice.

I guarantee an evening with much to learn and think about, no matter what style of magic people perform.  Much of what I talk about, can be merged into whoever we are, as magical entertainers.

To conclude, whilst there are some sleight-of-hand techniques used in my lecture and which I teach, it is very ‘user-friendly’.   Most people will be able to learn what I teach and I guarantee that everyone will leave the lecture inspired.

Admission is FREE for IBM Ring #71 members. Guest fee is only $15.

Zig Zag Prez Message & Klosterman Mill Visit


Dear Fellow Magi,
The picnic was a lot of fun!  Don Westermeyer’s home (mansion) was a wonderful place for the picnic!  You missed a lot of fun if you didn’t attend – Dameon (Hal Meyers) did an excellent magic lecture; Susan Payne lead the charge to throw Larry into the pond; Chuck Arkin had magic worth about $6,000 for sale at the flea market (that he is now planning to donate to the IBM); and Don gave out gold bars as presents when we left.  You really, really should have been there…
Unfortunately, Pat Hartzel was in the hospital and unable to attend the picnic.  He was out just in time to attend the Board Meeting.  He is recovering at home.  Denny Metz was not able to attend the picnic because he was a having gall bladder issue.  I haven’t been updated about Denny’s status, but I’m hoping he’s back up-and-around.  Please keep both Pat and Denny in your thoughts, heart, and prayers.
As our wonderful scribe (Lori) has written, we also had our first Board Meeting.  Not as much fun as the picnic and Larry stayed dry this time. We did exchange a lot of ideas and have a basic plan for the meeting through January 2020.  The Board and I want to try some different things this year at the meetings.  More about that later.  Please let me know what you like and what you didn’t like after the upcoming meetings.
The highlights of the questionnaire responses, in descending order of importance.
What is liked?

  • Drawing for a trick/DVD
  • Teach-a-Trick
  • Magic Performed by members
  • Lectures
  • Help session with tricks/routines
  • Snacks/drinks
  • Summer Picnic
  • Public Show by the club.

What is NOT liked?

  • Contests
  • Teach-a-Trick
  • Performing
  • Business Meetings

Yes, there is some overlay – but that is to be expected.  Not all of the I.B.M. members want to perform/teach for other magicians or the public, but they do enjoy watching and learning tricks.
Talk to me in person at the meetings, send me an email, call me.  No, we can’t please everyone.  But if you do NOT communicate your concerns, thoughts, ideas, and suggestions, then we won’t know what is working and what is not working.
We are also going to look for more ways to communicate with the club members, through Social Media, the website and emails.

Trip to The Mill-Saturday, July 27th

Save the date!  More information will be sent out soon!

The Klosterman Mill tour in Georgetown, Ohio, will be on Saturday,  July 27th from noon to 6:00 PM.

  • The plan is to carpool.  Details will be announced later.
  • There will be food and drink.
  • Charlie Meyer will be going early to help setup / prep for the visit/tour. If you are interested in going early with Charlie, please let him know – 513-702-4400.  (Early arrivals without Charlie are NOT permitted.)
  • If anyone is interested in performing at the Mill (there is a stage with theater seating), please let Charlie or Lori know ASAP.  The performances will be videotaped and each performer will get a copy.
  • The Mill is not air-conditioned.  There will be fans, but it’s going to be hot in July.
  • The is a small elevator at the Mill to go between floors.

Board Meeting – June 15

Charlie Meyer started the meeting off by providing each member with a copy of the survey results from surveys turned in at the May meeting and the June Picnic.

Discussed were options for meeting locations, activities, and preferences, as well as suggestions made by members.

  • It was agreed that the club should change it’s meeting night to a Thursday night.
  • A Lecture Committee was formed, consisting of Frank Johnston, Ron Lawson and Pat Thernes to seek out and review potential lecturers on the quality of their lectures.
  • A Membership committee was formed to work on membership retention and engagement. The members of this committee are Mark Wiechman, Larry Payne, and Charlie Meyer. Swag bags for new members was also suggested.
  • A committee was also formed for the purpose of bringing in more youth to the Ring. A Youth Scholarship could be awarded by having a youth perform magic at meetings.  The Youth Scholarship Committee is composed of Frank Johnston, Ron Lawson, and Mark Wiechman.
  • Suggestions for new meeting format included having the business meeting at 6:30 pm., with new business being brought up only in the business meeting.  The meeting would then start at 7:00 PM with 10-15 minutes of announcements, followed by the scheduled activities.
  • Possibilities for pre-meeting activities include Teach-a-Trick, History of Magic and/or Product Reviews.
  • Other possibilities include bringing back the raffle, door prize or a “split the pot”.
  • As meeting feedback is important, comment sheets will be distributed at the end of each meeting for board members to review.

Discussed meeting schedule:

  • Saturday, September 21st at 7 pm. was confirmed for the Trevor Duffy lecture.
  • The November meeting will be Mike Powers lecture on November 14th.
  • The October meeting may be Halloween magic (kids/family friendly).  We are working on the possibility of performing the magic for kids and follow that with the meeting.
  • The December meeting (though usually dark in the past), would have the theme of Holiday tricks with food being served.  The tentative date for this is Saturday, December 7th.
  • The January meeting will be close-up performed by the club members.

The Board adjourned with the anticipation of getting the results from the new committees.

I.B.M. Summer Picnic – June 9

Our June meeting was held on Sunday, June 9th, when we had our Annual Picnic and a lecture by Hal Meyers (aka Dameon).  Our venue this year was at the home of Donald and Dy Westermeyer, who were very gracious and accommodating hosts!  Several members had high-quality items for sale for the flea market. Snacks and dessert were also provided, and the drinks were flowing!  The rain held off, and many decided to enjoy the outdoor breeze on the deck by the pond. Jack’s Catering once again provided a great lunch, and as usual, there was plenty of leftovers to divide up among the members for them to take home!
After our lunch, TVP Ron Frank started the meeting by greeting the guests and inducting all the newly-elected officers and giving the past board members certificates of appreciation from the Ring.  President Charlie Meyer then made announcements about the questionnaire, asking those in attendance who had not filled one out to please do so.
Dameon then took the floor and gave us some background on his magic career.  He had all of the lecture attendees pick up a paper bag before the lecture, and then fill the bag with balls, cards, rope, etc. that would be used in his “hands on-back to the basics” lecture. The first part of his lecture was on ropes.   He showed us how to make a vanishing knot, shoelace knot and a jumbo version of a ring and string routing which turned into a  hula hoop and rope.
The second teaching segment was on balls. Dameon showed everyone how to do basic rolls and flourishes, change the ball colors, and how to palm the balls.  Next up was the segment of cards. He demonstrated how to make a card rise, back-palming, card manipulation, and flourishes.  With the thimble segment, basic thimble moves were taught, as well as how to do color-changing thimbles and making the thimbles jump.  The segment on doves was next.  Dameon explained about loading doves and doves harnesses. Dameon also shared his knowledge that he gained from years of experience on setting up an act, and what items to always bring to every performance (tape, rubber bands, scissors, markers, etc.).
Dameon took the time to walk around the room and assist audience members were needed for each part of his teaching lecture. Everyone got to keep their bag with the items to practice.
It was great to see everyone!  A good time was had by all!

IBM Ring 71 summer picnic attendees. 

2019-2020 Officer Installation

IBM Ring 71 picnic, with Rob Frank (Territorial Vice President) congratulating incoming officers and board members who were in attendance. Left to right: Rick “T-rick” Gaffney, Bob Hedlesten, Frank Johnston, Ron Lawson, Treasurer Mark Weichman, Secretary Lori Arkin, Vice President Larry Payne, President Charlie “Charlie Cadabra” Meyer. Congrats to all!