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Ring 71—2018/2019 Season of Magic

The Zig Zag - an official publication of IBM Ring 71

August   2018
President’s Message

 

Dear Magi,

The officers and board members met on July 28th to plan out the upcoming year. I would like to thank all the members that attended! A lot of great ideas were introduced to be considered. We are all working together to create another great fun-filled line up for the upcoming 2018-2019 year! The final details on most activities are still being arranged, but you can look forward to four lectures, the annual holiday banquet,  a close up contest, auction, a picnic with children invited and one event to be decided.

We have a place to meet for the remainder of this year and are still looking for a place to meet next starting year. Anyone with any with suggestions please let me or a board member know your thoughts. We felt that it would be best to find one place to meet rather than several. It is my hope to have this done by our first meeting, which is on September 21st.  7:00 p.m. Our new meeting place right now is:

North College Hill Senior Center (click here for map)
1586 Goodman Ave.
North College Hill 45224

Our  proposed activities for the year are:

September 21st 7:00 p.m. – Tom Craven, free for members guest $15.00
October 26th 7:00 p.m. – Devin Knight, free for members guest $15.00
November 17th – Banquet
December – no meeting
January 25th – Close up contest
February 22nd – lecture
March 22nd TBA
April27th – auction
May 24th – lecture
June 9th – picnic
July – no meeting
August -no meeting

If you have not yet done so, please open the PDF link below to fill out and mail in your dues for the new year.

 

With magic,

Pat

Pat Hartzel
President
hartzelp@fuse.net
513-679-1607

Dues Renewal Form-PDF


Upcoming events-September 21st-Tom Craven                                                               

For those of you who may not know Tom, here are a few highlights from his (almost) 50 years in magic.

  • First person to receive the “Spirit Of Magi-Fest” Award, Columbus Ohio
  •  One of only two people to have attended all 41 of the Fechter’s Finger Flicking Frolic (F.F.F.F.) Conventions
  • Guest Of Honor F.F.F.F. in 1987
  • 10 time winner of the IBM Ring #2 “Magician Of The Year”
  • Trade Show Worker Full Time, 1977-1984
  • Worked the Close-Up Gallery at the Magic Castle 1981, 1985, 1989, 2009, 2010
  • Worked the Parlor at the Magic Castle 2011

Tom has been a magician for nearly 50 years.  He has performed a number of times at the famous Hollywood Magic Castle, as well as taught magic at Akron University, Polk Community College and Maplewood Joint Vocational School. He has written numerous articles for magic magazines and even has his own monthly column in “The Linking Ring”.  Tom also lectures all over the United States and Canada to the magic fraternity.

 


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Reed Sisters Show

Reed Sisters Show – June 19, 5:30PM

Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area magicians and their family and friends are cordially invited to the Reed Sisters magic show at the Elks Lodge (3621 Glenmore), at 5:30 PM Tuesday, June 19th. The show is free for children. Adult donations accepted but are not required. Parking in rear of building. Show is on 3rd floor use elevator in back of building.

The date and time on the poster is not the time or date of show.

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June 10th-IBM/SAM Picnic

 

IBM RING #71 AND SAM ASSEMBLY #11 COMBINED ANNUAL PICNIC
SUNDAY, JUNE 10TH
@Ken Klosterman’s – Langsem Farm
6600 Smith Road
Loveland, OH 45140
 Your fellow magi will gather for an afternoon of food, fun and magic!
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Social hour-2 to 3 pm. Flea market will be open!
Awards by each club at 3 pm. Dinner at 4 pm.
After dinner we will have the War of the Wizards!
MENU by Jack’s Catering
Hot Dogs, bratwurst, mettwurst, hamburgers, Italian sausage, cheeseburgers, black bean veggie burgers, sliced American cheese, relish, mustard , catsup, mayo, potato salad, creamy style cole slaw, fresh pasta salad, macaroni salad, hot baked beans, ripe sliced tomatoes, sweet onions & shredded lettuce, sauteed green peppers, onions, mushrooms and hot sauerkraut for toppings.
The clubs will provide the drinks, desserts, chips, pretzel, and popcorn.

Tom Vorjohan Lecture May 25th.

Friday, May 25th-Lecture by Tom Vorjohan and Elections

Before our May 25th lecture, we will be having elections.  If you would like to serve on the board (three positions are up) or be an officer, please let  Mark Wiechman  know that you are interested.  The nominating committee has  put forth their candidates for the 2018-2019 year.  The slate is as follows:

President-Pat Hartzel
Vice-President- Patrick Thernes
Treasurer-Mark Wiechman
Secretary-Lori Arkin
Board of Governors-Bob Hedlesten, Frank Johnston, Ron Lawson
Sgt. at Arms-Larry Payne

KT Magic will then be hosting our lecture by none other than Tom Vorjohan!
Tom is a native of Cincinnati where he started doing magic by hanging out with Bill Pryor at his “MagiCorner” twice a week starting in the 6th grade. Tom was active with the Counts of Conjuring, and then his chosen career path of being an engineer took him away. “This is indeed an honor,” Tom said about being asked to lecture to the Cincinnati Ring.

While in college in Terre Haute, Indiana, Tom began working once a month with the Jimmy Trimble Assembly at a restaurant called “Deli on the Green,” and this led to his first weekly restaurant gig at another establishment. That was 1985, and he has been working at one or more restaurants every week ever since! This includes restaurants in Dallas, Cincinnati, Evansville, and now Knoxville. He even had an opportunity to work at “Illusions” restaurant in Carmel, Indiana on several occasions. Although he didn’t move to Boca Raton, Florida, one of his favorite quotes comes from Bill Malone who said, “I’ve looked at 41 videos of people doing restaurant magic, and you are the only one who gets it.” Mr. Malone went on to tell Tom that it’s all about making people have fun and want to stay…and to come back.

This is a message that comes across in Tom’s restaurant magic lectures: strong magic plus great interactions equals fun times for all ages! Tom holds nothing back from his 33 years of experience working in restaurants. The lecture notes are nearly a hundred pages long and include everything from how to get started, when to work, why to do table hopping, and what restaurants to look at…up to how much to charge and how to pitch the concept of having a “house magician” to the management. Tom’s geeky side shines through because he actually has a formula you can use for determining how to charge. (Many have said this one piece of knowledge alone is worth their time to come to the lecture!)

This information is great, but the bulk of the lecture is about the magic. Tom has developed a style of hard-hitting magic that is ideal for family restaurants. In a typical night, Tom will bounce from a table of grandparents to several tables with parents and a couple kids and maybe even a young couple out on a date. “The Approach” is critical and the way that Tom engages an entire family (from the dad who is worried if this is going to cost him money to the teenager who would rather be texting to the over-active seven-year-old and his protective mother) so that everyone has fun and wants to come back.

Routines include:

  •         Tom’s favorite “Any Card at Any Number” that allows four people to have an active role in the effect.
  •      The tried-and-true “Multiplying Rabbits” and how this presentation morphs depending on the age or the children or the variety of responses from the family.
  •     Tom’s three-phase Ring & String routine that has been tested thousands of times to be his signature effect.
  •         A couple of Nick Trost’s excellent routines suitable for strolling with a full deck that allow for great interaction with the audience including having the spectators cutting to the aces.
  •       Several of the sight gags, one-liners, and conversation starters that Tom uses to determine whether a table wants to see some magic.

There are a variety of other effects covered depending on the interests as well as the interest level of the audience. Tom’s version of his Chop Cup routine is a great example of what Tom will discuss about a “Kamikaze” magic style. His Bill Change routine is one that you will not ever see again.

In addition, Tom will discuss the “power of latex” and using balloons in the restaurant to make the place seem like a party. While Tom is a three-time award-winning balloon artist, he very strategically uses his balloon talents in the restaurants to again get people to want to come back.

If you can get Tom to shut up and go home after a couple hours, you will be lucky. He has 33 years of experience working in the restaurants – with the managers and servers – and he has load of information (albeit “wisdom” some might say) to share during this lecture. Like his performances, Tom promises lots of fun as well as some great magic!

Auction April 28th.

April 2018
President’s Message

 

Dear Fellow Magi,

A big “Thank you” to all who came out to KT Magic to see the Cody Nottingham lecture!  It was great to see everyone and welcome our newest members!

We are having our auction on Saturday,  April 28th at the Amberley Village Community room  and would like to have more sellers. I would like to have a list of who will be selling by April 21st.   Please see below for more information.

We  also need  three members to perform for our War of Wizards Contest at our annual picnic on June tenth. Each act should be eight to ten minutes long. Let me know if you are interested by May 1st. Reply to me at hartzelp@fuse.net.  You can also reach me by calling  679-1607.

Upcoming events for the remainder of the year:

April 28th – Magic auction
May 26th – Lecture by Tom Vorjohan and elections
June  10th – Picnic

Yours in magic,

Pat

Pat Hartzel
President
hartzelp@fuse.net
513-679-1607


Recap of Friday, March  23rd meeting-Cody Nottingham Lecture

Cody Nottingham lectured for Ring 71 on March 28, 2018 in a room packed with over thirty-five  members and guests.  President Pat Hartzel opened the evening by welcoming guests  and announcing our upcoming events. These include the Magic Auction will be held on Saturday April 28th, the Tom Vorjohan lecture and elections on May 25th and  the picnic on Sunday, June 10th

Attendees were encouraged to register for the 2018 IBM Convention to be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Pat Hartzel provided the status of club finances, and mentioned that a portion of the monies in the checking account will be used to open certificates of deposit.

Sir Pat-Trick Thernes introduced our lecturer, Cody Nottingham.  Cody is a member of the Lexington IBM Ring, and has been a consultant for Penguin Magic, The Illusionists, and Eric Jones.

Cody explained that he creates simple gimmicks and easy-to-perform routines by taking complex ideas and breaking the concepts down into simple key components, often using basic sleight of hand techniques.

Cody opened his lecture with several mind reading routines.   He first demonstrated a prediction of a number, often used as an icebreaker opener to an ambitious card routine.  His next mind reading effect involved a volunteer writing down information on a stack of business cards which were then placed in an envelope; Cody successfully determined the information and explained his method.  He also explained how to use friction pens to mark backs of cards for additional effects.  In another routine, Cody demonstrated and explained the use of gimmicked envelopes to peek at prediction cards that were placed inside the envelopes.  He then demonstrated how to use a calculator from a borrowed phone, to perform a series of mathematical calculations and obtain a forced prediction number result.

In his next demonstration, which was well received by the audience, Cody had a volunteer select a card, which he shuffled into the deck, and after a series of moves, the selected card appeared upside down in the deck.  Cody explained methods to change both the placement and direction of the card.  He included both swivel and biddle movements to achieve this effect.

Cody also demonstrated:
·    how to borrow a dollar bill, and manipulate it in a special manner during the folding process, to enable reading of the serial number;
·    preparing a playing card to enable performing a close-up impromptu card levitation;
·     his version of Goodwin’s 4 queen routine which appears to change face-up Queens into face-down Queens;
·    borrowed ring finger penetration and transposition using faster-than-the-eye-can-see moves;
·     Methods to force a card and have the “selected” card appear upside down inside a deck;
·      Easy to perform color changing card;
·      Card through window;
·      Pen through dollar bill without using a gimmicked pen.

Many of the demonstrated effects were further explained on DVDs which were available for sale at the end of the lecture.  Following the lecture, many of the attendees adjourned to a local restaurant for late night dining and more magical discussions.


Upcoming Events and Magical Happenings…

Saturday, April 28th , Auction at Amberley Village Community Room

The Magic Auction returns to the Ring! President  Pat Hartzel would like to have a list of who will be selling by April 21st. Please contact him so he may email you a spreadsheet (example below).

our name and seller number
Item Number Min Bid Description Price Seller Buyer No Sale net to ring net to seller cash check
1 $2.00 ball
2 $3.00 Ring, deck of cards, coin, silks
3 No min bid Dove vanish
Zig Zag

 

Each seller will have to opportunity to list up to twenty items to be sold on the first round.   Sellers having more than twenty items will need to have a second list starting with items twenty-one and up to go on to round two.  Ten percent of the sales will benefit Ring #71.  There will be a $5.00 fee for a buyer’s number at the door.  Set up for sellers will start at 11 AM, with the Auction starting at noon.  We do need to be out of the room by 5 pm., so we will be wrapping things up around 4pm.  Walk-in sellers on the day of the auction will not be accepted.   Please contact  Pat Hartzel for a seller’s spreadsheet, or call him with any questions.

The Auction will be now be held in the Community Room of the Amberley Village Municipal Building, 7149 Ridge Road, Cincinnati, OH 45237.  The entrance is in the back of the building on the lower level.  There is plenty of parking and is easily accessible from Interstates 71, 75 and Ronald Reagan Highway.

Map to Auction


Friday, May 25th-Lecture by Tom Vorjohan and Elections

Before our May 25th lecture, we will be having elections.  If you would like to serve on the board (three positions are up) or be an officer, please let  Mark Wiechman  know that you are interested.  The nominating committee has  put forth their candidates for the 2018-2019 year.  The slate is as follows:

President-Pat Hartzel
Vice-President- Patrick Thernes
Treasurer-Mark Wiechman
Secretary-Lori Arkin
Board of Governors-Bob Hedlesten, Frank Johnston, Ron Lawson
Sgt. at Arms-Larry Payne

KT Magic will then be hosting our lecture by none other than Tom Vorjohan.
Tom is a native of Cincinnati where he started doing magic by hanging out with Bill Pryor at his “MagiCorner” twice a week starting in the 6th grade. Tom was active with the Counts of Conjuring, and then his chosen career path of being an engineer took him away. “This is indeed an honor,” Tom said about being asked to lecture to the Cincinnati Ring.

While in college in Terre Haute, Indiana, Tom began working once a month with the Jimmy Trimble Assembly at a restaurant called “Deli on the Green,” and this led to his first weekly restaurant gig at another establishment. That was 1985, and he has been working at one or more restaurants every week ever since! This includes restaurants in Dallas, Cincinnati, Evansville, and now Knoxville. He even had an opportunity to work at “Illusions” restaurant in Carmel, Indiana on several occasions. Although he didn’t move to Boca Raton, Florida, one of his favorite quotes comes from Bill Malone who said, “I’ve looked at 41 videos of people doing restaurant magic, and you are the only one who gets it.” Mr. Malone went on to tell Tom that it’s all about making people have fun and want to stay…and to come back.

This is a message that comes across in Tom’s restaurant magic lectures: strong magic plus great interactions equals fun times for all ages! Tom holds nothing back from his 33 years of experience working in restaurants. The lecture notes are nearly a hundred pages long and include everything from how to get started, when to work, why to do table hopping, and what restaurants to look at…up to how much to charge and how to pitch the concept of having a “house magician” to the management. Tom’s geeky side shines through because he actually has a formula you can use for determining how to charge. (Many have said this one piece of knowledge alone is worth their time to come to the lecture!)

This information is great, but the bulk of the lecture is about the magic. Tom has developed a style of hard-hitting magic that is ideal for family restaurants. In a typical night, Tom will bounce from a table of grandparents to several tables with parents and a couple kids and maybe even a young couple out on a date. “The Approach” is critical and the way that Tom engages an entire family (from the dad who is worried if this is going to cost him money to the teenager who would rather be texting to the over-active seven-year-old and his protective mother) so that everyone has fun and wants to come back.

Routines include:

  •         Tom’s favorite “Any Card at Any Number” that allows four people to have an active role in the effect.
  •      The tried-and-true “Multiplying Rabbits” and how this presentation morphs depending on the age or the children or the variety of responses from the family.
  •     Tom’s three-phase Ring & String routine that has been tested thousands of times to be his signature effect.
  •         A couple of Nick Trost’s excellent routines suitable for strolling with a full deck that allow for great interaction with the audience including having the spectators cutting to the aces.
  •       Several of the sight gags, one-liners, and conversation starters that Tom uses to determine whether a table wants to see some magic.

There are a variety of other effects covered depending on the interests as well as the interest level of the audience. Tom’s version of his Chop Cup routine is a great example of what Tom will discuss about a “Kamikaze” magic style. His Bill Change routine is one that you will not ever see again.

In addition, Tom will discuss the “power of latex” and using balloons in the restaurant to make the place seem like a party. While Tom is a three-time award-winning balloon artist, he very strategically uses his balloon talents in the restaurants to again get people to want to come back.

If you can get Tom to shut up and go home after a couple hours, you will be lucky. He has 33 years of experience working in the restaurants – with the managers and servers – and he has load of information (albeit “wisdom” some might say) to share during this lecture. Like his performances, Tom promises lots of fun as well as some great magic!


Saturday,  May 26th-Eaton Auction

May 26th and 27th 2018
PREVIEW FRIDAY MAY 25, NOON TO 6 PM
Auction Begins 10 AM Both Days
Located in the Preble County Auction Gallery
210 Nation Ave., Eaton, Ohio 45320
This auction will feature Magic Items: Illusions,Props,Books,
DVD’s, Memorabilia, Close Up & Stage Items,Silk Magic,
Tables, Posters, Sound and Lighting Equipment, Curtains.
We are accepting consignments for this auction.
Consignments will be not be accepted on day of auctions.
Auction website-click here!
Please call Larry for updates on consigning.
AUCTIONEERS:
Larry and Lysle McMechan, Jessica Reed,
Amy Bridge, Don Vaughn
Apprentice Auctioneer: Chris Overbeck
Phone 937-456-7136 or 937-657-2663
There will be a bidder registration/paddle fee
TERMS: CASH, in State CHECK W/ID,
or Credit Card w/4% Clerk Fee
Food and restrooms available


Sunday, June 10th-IBM/SAM Combined Picnic
Our annual combined picnic will be taking place on Sunday, June 10th. We are bringing back the “The War of the Wizards” contest, which is always a fun event!  The IBM is seeking performers to compete against the SAM.  Brush up on your routines and get ready to wow them so the IBM can bring home the win!  Please let President Pat Hartzel know you are ready to go for the gold! 

IBM RING #71 AND SAM ASSEMBLY #11 COMBINED ANNUAL PICNIC
SUNDAY, JUNE 10TH
@Ken Klosterman’s – Langsem Farm
6600 Smith Road
Loveland, OH 45140
Come join your fellow magi for an afternoon of food, fun and magic!
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Social hour-2 to 3 pm. Flea market will be open!
Awards by each club at 3 pm. Dinner at 4 pm.
After dinner we will have the War of the Wizards!
MENU by Jack’s Catering
Hot Dogs, bratwurst, mettwurst, hamburgers, Italian sausage, cheeseburgers, black bean veggie burgers, sliced American cheese, relish, mustard , catsup, mayo, potato salad, creamy style cole slaw, fresh pasta salad, macaroni salad, hot baked beans, ripe sliced tomatoes, sweet onions & shredded lettuce, sauteed green peppers, onions, mushrooms and hot sauerkraut for toppings.
The clubs will provide the drinks, desserts, chips, pretzel, and popcorn. All this for $15 per person. Sorry, no children under 14 allowed.
Payment required at time of reservation. Reservations must be made by Friday, May 25th, as we need to give a count to the caterer.
Please either pay at our April Auction, May meeting or by mail.
Mail check payable to IBM RING #71 and send reservations to: Pat Hartzel, 1617 Marilyn Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45231

Gazzo Lecture in Lexinton Ky.

Hi Everyone,

We were able to book a last minute lecture with Gazzo on Monday night 3/19/18  (This coming Monday Night)
Gazzo is a street performer, who teaches tried and tested routines from the street, that can be performed in any environment.   Gazzo also teaches audience management and will discuss any topic the crowd is interested in.
The Lecture will be held at Mark Comley’s new home:  2116 Hunters Wood Lane, Lexington KY 40502.
I hope everyone can make it on short notice. This lecture will be well worth the time you invest!
See you on Monday,
Mike Woodward
mike.woodward@aol.com

Cody Nottingham Lecture

Friday, March 23rd-Lecture by Cody Nottingham

Our 7pm. meeting at KT Magic will be a lecture by Cody Nottingham.

Those of you who’ve heard the name Cody Nottingham know the kind of visual, hard-hitting magic he delivers. From his break-out successes with “Changes”, “Shake”, and “Code Red”, Cody brings an onslaught of routines, moves, and magic concepts in his first-ever lecture here with us At The Table! Here’s what you’ll learn:

Ring Penetration: A gimmickless ring-penetration effect that starts on the finger of one hand, and ends up on the finger on your other hand.

Ring Through Shirt Penetration: A variation on the ring penetration where the ring travels through the fabric of your shirt.

Queens Assembly Routine: A gimmickless and impromptu routine where 4 Queens are placed onto 4 different packets of cards. One by one, the Queens in each packet disappear and finally reappear onto the final packet.

Dude Where’s Your Card?: A spectator chooses a card and loses it back into the pack. The magician now uses the Queens to find the spectator’s card.

Punched and Restored Bill: A spectator punches a hole in a bill. In a split second, the hole is gone!

Interchange: A utility switch device hidden in plain sight. Incredibly easy to build and even easier to use!

Top Card Tenkai: A move that gets a card that’s supposed to be lost in a pack into Tenkai palm position with one hand.

One Handed Card Switch: Inspired by the MacMillan Switch, this is a quick and mechanical card change with tons of potential uses.

Various Triumph: A chosen card is lost in a face-up and face-down deck. The magician fairly cleans up the face-up and face-down situation, but when the magician spreads the cards, the selected card is the only card reversed in the deck!

Cipher: A simple and devilishly clever bill serial number divination effect. It’s easy to perform and even easier to get great reactions.

TC Change: A visual color change of a vertical card in a horizontal deck.

Cody’s Queens: Cody’s version of Bill Goodwin’s “Queens.” A visually stunning piece of magic where Queens seem to disappear from the top of the pack into the middle of the deck.

Cody’s Pop Out Move: A selection pops out of a riffle and bridged deck.

Spread Split: A flourish that reveals and displays the middle card of a sandwich trick!

Admission for IBM Ring #71 members is FREE.   Guests are welcome and their entrance fee is $15.

“Shake” by Cody Nottingham


Saturday, April 28th at KT Magic-Magic Auction 

The Magic Auction returns to the Ring! Make sure to sign-up to sell by April 1st.  The first to signup will be Seller #1, the second will be Seller #2, and so forth.  Please provide a list of items for bid including a minimum price (if any), and a description of the item or items if you want to bundle a few for one price.

Example:  Item #1-$10 Sawing lady in half
Item #2-$15 Deck of cards, video, coin trick, multiplying balls
Item #3-no minimum  Dove vanish
Item #4-no minimum Zig-zag, rope trick, books, magic notes

Each seller will have to opportunity to list up to twenty items to be sold on the first round.   Sellers having more than twenty items will need to have a second list starting with items twenty-one and up to go on to round two.  Ten percent of the sales will benefit Ring #71.  There will be a $5.00 fee for a buyer’s number at the door.  Set up for dealers will start at 11 AM, with the Auction starting at noon.   Walk-in dealers on the day of the auction will not be accepted.   Please email your item list to Pat Hartzel, or call him with any questions.


Friday, May 25th-Lecture by Tom Vorjohan and Elections

Before our May 25th lecture, we will be having elections.  If you would like to serve on the board (three positions are up) or be an officer, please let  Mark Wiechman  know that you are interested.  The nominating committee will be putting forth their candidates for the 2018-2019 year.

KT Magic will then be hosting our lecture by none other than Tom Vorjohan.  More information to follow!


Sunday, June 10th-IBM/SAM Combined Picnic
Our annual combined picnic will be taking place on Sunday, June 10th. We are bringing back the “The War of the Wizards” contest, which is always a fun event!  The IBM is seeking performers to compete against the SAM.  Brush up on your routines and get ready to wow them so the IBM can bring home the win!  Please let President Pat Hartzel know you are ready to go for the gold!

The Ring is working out all the final details for the picnic. As soon as all is confirmed, we will let you know! 

Recap of Friday, February 23rd meeting-Close-up Contest

Ring #71 held its annual Close-up contest on February 23, 2018 before a nice crowd of magicians and guests.  President Pat Hartzel mentioned future events: Cody Nottingham lecture on March 23rd, Magic Auction on Saturday April 28th, Tom Vorjohan lecture and elections on May 25th, and IBM picnic on Sunday June 10th.  Chuck Arkin encouraged people to register for the 2018 IBM Convention, to be held in nearby Grand Rapids Michigan from July 4th to 7th.  Good and Welfare wishes and thanks were extended.

Contestants for the evening in order of appearance, were Chuck “Cheatin Charlie” Meyer, Chuck “Sunshine” Sonenshein, Greg Hamilton, Chuck Arkin, Bill Pryor, and Josh Helton.

Chuck Meyer opened with the three-shell game, followed by West’s “Four Dollar Trick”, then a version of Mike Close’s “Clones” sponge ball routine and ending with a comedy “Growing Penny” effect. Chuck delivered smooth patter and comedy throughout his routine.

Chuck Sunshine followed with Steve Beam’s “Multiple Impact” mentalist routine involving five spectators.  Each volunteer cut the deck to locate a card, and then buried the card within the deck. The deck was then cut and shuffled by the final spectator.  Chuck mixed humor and audience interaction in this captivating routine.

Greg Hamilton then borrowed a quarter from Bill Pryor, and had a volunteer draw designs on both sides of the quarter for unique identification.  Next he cut a small slit in a paper bag through which the quarter was pushed into the bag. Greg then had the volunteer reach into the bag and withdraw a locked steel strongbox, into which the quarter had mysteriously penetrated.

Next, Chuck Arkin borrowed a two dollar bill from Mark Wiechman. Mark then wrote the serial number of the bill on the outside of a paper bag for future identification.  Chuck proceeded to visibly tear the bill into tiny pieces and drop the pieces into a second paper bag.  After selecting the color “yellow”, and asking the audience to name something yellow, Bob Hedelsten said “banana”, and Chuck magically made a banana appear inside the second bag. Upon opening the banana, the borrowed bill which had been destroyed, re-appeared fully restored inside the banana, which was confirmed by matching its serial number.

Our Dean Of Cincinnati Magicians, Bill Pryor, followed with Geoff Williams’ match-no-match card prediction.  This was a fun betting game, with stakes progressively higher, as the volunteer attempts to predict whether sets of drawn cards will match each other with the same value.  Bill then demonstrated a nice variation of the shell game, using two pennies, one nickel, and three caps.

Finally, Josh Helton presented “The World’s Most Dangerous Card Trick”.  Audience volunteer Frank Johnston freely selected a card and buried it into the deck. After a bit of byplay, including a fun card-throwing exhibition which cut through a vegetable, Josh placed the deck into a metal animal trap, and thrust his hand into the trap to retrieve the chosen card from the middle of the deck as the trap was closing. Well done!

In a most tightly scored contest, in which the judges had only one point difference between first and second place, Chuck Arkin and Chuck Meyer won first and second place respectively, with Josh Helton winning third place.

After the meeting, several of the attendees adjourned to a local restaurant for a late dinner and more magic.   

From left to right: Chuck Arkin, Bill Pryor, Chuck Sunshine, Chuck Meyer, Greg Hamilton, Josh Helton