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December 2018

December  2018/January 2019

President’s Message


Dear Magi,

First, I would like to thank everyone that attended our Holiday Banquet.  We had a great turnout, great entertainment and a great time! It was certainly an evening to remember!  Special shout-out  to everyone that helped out to make it memorable!As we wrap up 2018, I hope that everyone has a very happy and magical holiday season! We will not be meeting in December, but we will be lighting up the New Year with our annual Close-Up contest! We still need at least three more performers to participate in the contest. Your act should be seven to eight minutes long with the routines of your choice.

In February, we will learn effects from members of our group during our “Teach-a-trick”night.  This meeting is  open to all members and guests at no charge. Tricks may be any form of magic.  Maybe  someone from the Close-up contest will show us some of their secret moves, or if you want to try out a routine that night, please let me know. Call me to sign up to be a “Teacher”.

I am still working on dates and lectures for March and May. As soon as plans are finalized, we will let you know.

With our April auction, you can empty out your closets and clean house or fill the closet with more magic bargains! I am now taking  lists of sellers. The first seller to respond to me will be seller #1, second to respond will be seller #2, seller #3, etc.

In May, we will hold our elections.  We need members to step up and help the club be the best it can be! This is your club.  By being involved in the running of the club, you can make a difference!

Don Westermeyer has graciously offered his home for the site of our June 9th picnic. More details will follow as plans are made.  Many thanks in advance to Don!

All activities will continue to be held at the North College Hill Senior Center (except for the Picnic).

December – no meeting
January 25th – Close up contest
February 22nd – Teach-a-Trick
March 22nd TBA
April 27th – auction
May 24th – lecture and elections
June 9th – picnic
July – no meeting
August -no meeting

With magic,


Pat Hartzel

Holiday Banquet of November 17th-Recap

Ring #71 held its annual banquet on Saturday, November 17,, 2018 at the North College Hill Senior Center.  A crowd of almost sixty people enjoyed socializing, great food, a fun raffle, and two excellent magic shows.  Treasurer Mark Wiechman covered the sign-in desk and welcomed people to the event.  After welcoming remarks,  President Pat Hartzel passed the microphone to Ron Lawson, who served as Master of Ceremonies for the evening.  After giving thanks for the fellowship, attendees enjoyed a delicious meal of beef, chicken, beans, salad,  and desert, presented by Jack’s Catering.

Following dinner, the duo of “Jason and Lucas, the Greats” opened the evening with a high energy magic show.  Their first illusion involved Lucas (Jason’s son) entering into a Kovari Box, upon which Jason thrust several steel blades and a large tube through the box.  Timed to quick paced music, Jason spun the box around to so all audience members could see through the tube with the effect that Lucas had vanished. Once the blades and tube were withdrawn, the door opened and Jason appeared unharmed.  Jason proceeded with several additional effects, including silk-to-egg, balloon sword swallowing, needles and thread from mouth (assisted by Helen Fehn), and Jason’s signature “Rambo Ring Vanish Routine” with gumball machine and assistant Sarah.

During intermission, Chuck Arkin conducted a magic raffle of items donated by himself, Patrick Hartzel, and Helen Fehn.  Over 25 items were given out to successful winners, with “runner” assistance from Mark Wiechman, Lucas, and Chuck Meyer.

The second show featured “The Magic of Phil Dalton”.  With his entire family of performers, Phil delivered a quick-paced magic show to an appreciative audience.  Phil opened with his “Beside Myself” (Modern Art) illusion, and continued with a cut and restored rope routine.  Phil and his wife presented a Handsaw Illusion, demonstrated by a visible sawing through neck with no pain and good humor.  A nice “Reflection Levitation” body suspension featured Phil and one of his sons as a mad scientist.  Later, Phil had volunteer Clark  assist with tying up Phil’s wife with a rope and had a “costume change” with the Gypsy Mystery Rope routine.  The finale used “The Pyramid of Mystery” in which several items were magically transformed, leading to a very spectacular surprise ending!

After the show, attendees continued to visit and enjoy the warmth and friendships of the evening.  Many thanks to all our volunteers.


International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring #71 Fall/Holiday Banquet Saturday, November 17th

Our 2018 IBM Ring #71 Holiday Banquet will be on Saturday, November 17th at the North College Hill Senior Center. We will have entertainment by Master Illusionist Phil Dalton and Jason the Great!  Reservations must be made by Friday, November 2nd. so we may give a final count to the caterers. All dinner reservations MUST be pre-paid, no walk-ins permitted. Price will be $25 per person for Magi and their adult guests for the banquet and show, and  $20 for children under 12 for the banquet and show. Pre-paid show only tickets for all ages are $15 and $20 at the door. Doors will open  at 6 PM, with dinner being served at 6:30 pm. Doors will re-open for the show only ticket holders at 7:15 pm, with the entertainment beginning at 7:30 pm. Come on out and have some fun!

Payments can be mailed to Pat Hartzel, 1617 Marilyn Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45231 or Mark Wiechman, 6791 Marvin Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45224.


Holiday Banquet @ North College Hill Senior Center

1586 Goodman Avenue
Cincinnati, Oh 45224

Map to Senior Center

October 26th Devin Knight Lecturer


Devin Knight is regarded as one of magic’s most prolific inventors. He is also a highly sought after lecturer for both magicians and mentalists. Most of his effects are run-away best sellers and have received rave reviews. Devin was a protege of the late Al Mann and currently works as a full-time magician and mentalist.

Devin strives to create effects that not only fool magicians, but at the same time are easy to do. The majority of his effects rely more on clever ideas, rather than difficult sleights. This puts most of his effects within the skill range of most magicians.


With over 200 marketed items and multiple publications in both magic and mentalism, Devin Knight is regarded as one of magic’s most prolific inventors. Devin has been performing and creating magic his whole life. In fact, he was what you might term a child prodigy, with his innate ability to instantly know how virtually any effect was done, and then improve on it! Devin’s magic will fool you and when he tells you how it’s done, you’ll be delighted at its beautiful simplicity. He’s going to cover a ton powerful, practical, real-world mentalism and magic.

“The span of his thinking is unreal. Old ideas gleam anew. His memory work and his teaching are not to be missed. You need ideas in salesmanship, Devin knows. Publicity stunts – I’ve used his too. Each is a gem, but always with room to grow in your own hands.”- Marc Salem

“Devin Knight is a fine creator and longtime practitioner of mentalism. I’m looking forward to seeing his lecture and his approach to the art.” -Richard Osterlind

“Devin Knight is one of the best “out of the box” thinkers ever.” -Tom Craven


Psychic Money Sense- designed for an intimate close up show, this experiment apparently shows that a spectator has an excellent psychic sense as he achieves an impossible outcome using three pay envelopes and some ordinary coins.

Puzzle Mania- a brilliant routine which is perfect for children’s shows. Both the magician and then the birthday child, manage to correctly guess which pieces have been removed from a completed tray puzzle.

Aqua Coin Flight- a practical parlor routine. Three different value marked coins are dropped by a spectator into a tall thin glass of water and one is then selected. Without sleights or difficult moves, the MARKED coin vanishes from the glass and ends up inside a sealed envelope.

BLINDSIGHT OUTDONE- A version that fools those who know the original. A spectator correctly guesses the colors sealed in four envelopes. No gimmick markers.

KNOCKOUT Tossed Deck- new tossed out deck where 5 people peek at a card and each sits down one at a time as each card is revealed.

ASSISTANT’S TEST- A comedy warmup that always gets laughter from an audience as the magician explains a test he uses to hire assistants.

BREAKFAST MATCH- an amazing mental trick for kids using small packets of cereal.

COIN SPLIT- A quarter smashed on the table instantly changes to two dimes and nickel. A very visual effect. Hands shown empty before and after!

AUTO SPELL DECK- A spectator freely selects a card (no force) The card is pushed into the center of the deck. The magician gives the deck one cut and immediately spells to the card. Self-working. NO SKILL OR SLEIGHTS

CANDY TRICK- A great trick for kid shows, especially at Halloween. Two kids take an equal turn at removing candy from a bowl. Yet one child ends up with 5 pieces and the other 2 pieces. Baffling to an audience. Magician directs from a distance.

NTE- A card feat that can be done over the radio. The magician shows the audience how to program their deck into a SMART deck and proceeds to locate everyone’s chosen card over the radio. A great publicity stunt that will get you booked on radio shows.

BACKSTAGE MONTE- Magician explains how a simple flap monte is done, then proceeds to fool the audience with the same trick.

RUNNING FORCE- A superior force where a spectator stops the magician anywhere during a running cut. Yet, that card is forced without any sleights or slip cuts!!


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November 17th-Ring #71 Holiday Banquet

Our annual Holiday banquet is planned for Saturday, November 17th.  The banquet will be held at the North College Hill Senior Center, 1586 Goodman Ave, North College Hill, 45224.  Entertainment will be provided by Master Illusionist Phil Dalton and Jason the Great. The cost will be $25 for Magi and guests, $20 for children 12 and under, and  $15 for show only tickets.  Doors for the banquet open at 6:00 pm., with dinner being served at 6:30.  Doors re-open for the show only at 7:15 pm. with the show starting at 7:30 pm.  Payments can be mailed to Pat Hartzel, 1617 Marilyn Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45231 or Mark Wiechman, 6791 Marvin Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45244, or paid at the October meeting.  Reservations must be made by October 26th.  No walk-ins accepted.  October 26th is the last day to cancel any reservation, or you can have someone attend in your place


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 Hartzel

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.


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.


June 10th-IBM/SAM Picnic


@Ken Klosterman’s – Langsem Farm
6600 Smith Road
Loveland, OH 45140
 Your fellow magi will gather for an afternoon of food, fun and magic!
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!