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

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