May 2011: Survey results, elections, and the summer picnic!

Dear friends and fellow magicians,

Topics this month are (i) Auction comments, (ii) Ring elections, (iii) Carroll Baker lecture, (iv) the Spring 2011 Ring 71 Interest Survey results, (v) new Ring 71 website, and (vi) our upcoming summer picnic.

(i) Our April 17th Magic Auction was a huge success!   Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in the auction.  Special thanks to our record-keepers Pat Hartzel, Frank Johnston, and Don Hinton, to Rick Gaffney and Bill Pryor and Jerry Levin who helped in the auction room, to our runners who helped move everything along, and to Lori Arkin for bringing the delicious refreshments and handling the food sales.

(ii) Please join us at Haines House of Cards on Friday, May 27th for our annual elections and lecture.

Doors to the lecture room will open at 6:30 pm, so please arrive early to cast your ballots for our 2011-2012 fiscal year officer and board elections.

The candidates for elections (nominations will also be accepted from the floor at 6:45 pm) are:

  • President – Don Hinton
  • Vice President – Chuck Arkin
  • Secretary – Jeff Brown
  • Treasurer – Pat Hartzel
  • Sergeant at Arms – Rick Gaffney
  • Board Position (one opening) – Frank Johnston

(iii) Our elections will be followed by a terrific lecture from professional magician Carroll Baker.  Carroll has recently returned from performing at the 2011 Winter Carnival of Magic and many other venues, and we are thrilled to have him join us for the final lecture of our fiscal year.

Carroll Baker, a full-time magician, experienced restaurant performer and general practitioner, performs at five different restaurants each week in addition to trade shows, corporate engagements and family events. Carroll also teaches magic in several Central Ohio after-school programs.  Carroll keeps his calendar full and will tell you how as well. Carroll’s lecture will have many of the close-up effects that keep the customers happy and coming back to see him each week. It will also cover a stand-up effect that plays big for children’s birthday parties, corporate shows, and cabaret shows.

(iv) Our Spring 2011 IBM Ring 71 Interest Survey results are in!  We received fifty-four (54) responses, and excellent response rate for this kind of survey. Some of the key takeaways from the responses include:

  • At magic lectures, people would like to see more professional working magicians, rather than people who just do lecture tours (our next lecture, Carroll Baker, is a good example of a working magician).
  • People enjoy a wide range of lecture topics, especially close-up magic (though less mainstream card and coin tricks), and more theory and actual entertaining insights.  Also, lecture notes should be available at a reasonable fee. It is also important that lectures demonstrate effects that can be learned without having to master difficult sleight of hand moves.
  • At annual events (such as summer picnic and winter banquet), people like to see stage, cabaret style, as well as close-up magic.
  • No one felt that our Ring dues (only $35.00 per year) are too high.  Some people prefer to pay occasional lecture fees rather than joining as a full Ring member.
  • An overwhelming 92% of the people on our distribution list want to continue receiving event information from Ring 71.
  • Our respondents would like more information about upcoming events, including magicians who are performing in the area.  We are happy to publish information about upcoming magical events in the tri-state Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana area. Please send them to our Ring Secretary before the 20th of each month for publication the following month, so we can help promote magic in our community. 

(v) The ring website has been completely redesigned. Please check out the new site, which can still be reached at Our new site has many new and improved features.  It includes a link to our Facebook page, an events calendar, videos, picture galleries of Ring 71 events, and an easy way for more people to request addition to our distribution list.  It is an evolving and growing web page, so we would appreciate your feedback as you see our latest “bells and whistles”.

(vi) Finally, please save the date for our IBM/SAM combined picnic and War of the Wizards.  It will be held at Lake Isabella this year on Sunday, June 12th beginning at 2:00 PM.  Picnic cost is only $15.00 per adult, and only $10.00 for each child.  For this very low cost, you get a great meal, an exciting magic show contest, and, of course, wonderful fellowship.  There are also flea market tables available for a cost of only $10.00 per seller.  Please contact Don Hinton (513-248-0773 or with your reservations, preferably by June 1st (for a preliminary count) but no later than June 5th.

As always, feel free to contact me or any of our officers or board members if you have additional ideas or suggestions for enhancing your Ring 71 magic experience.

Chuck Arkin

President – Ring 71
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