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Rick Lax: How I Fooled Penn and Teller


Rick does not perform in front of live audiences, but on Monday he appeared on Penn & Teller: Fool Us with a memory trick. He wowed Penn & Teller and the audience by glancing at a packet of 21 cards, mixing them up, then separating the reds and the blacks without looking at the cards. Teller grabbed some of Rick’s cards to see if they’d been marked or stripped or otherwise doctored but he came to the conclusion that they are ordinary cards. Penn & Teller were fooled and Rick won the challenge.


September Zig Zag published

The September 2015 edition of the ZigZag has been published, with details of upcoming lectures and the Holiday Banquet.

June ZigZag published

The June 2015 edition of the ZigZag has been published, with details of the recent election, the Eugene Burger lecture, and the upcoming summer picnic.

RIng 71 election results

The election of new officers and board members was held at the May 29th meeting. The officers and board members for 2015-2016 are:

President: Patrick Thernes
Vice President: Larry Payne
Secretary: Lori Arkin
Treasurer: Mark Wiechman
Sargent at Arms: Kristian Hrack

Board of Governors:
Ron Lawson (new)
Frank Johnson (new)
Bob Hedlesten (new)
Mickie Pyles (continuing)
Rick Gaffney (continuing)

Congratulations to our new officers and to the new and continuing members of the Board of Governors.

Indy Magic Monthly

indymagicmonthlyFrom Taylor Martin comes word of Indy Magic Monthly, regularly scheduled magic performances at Theater on the Square in Indianapolis. June’s performance showcases young magicians.

Corrected edition of May Zig Zag published

A corrected edition of the May Zig Zag was published this morning. Get the details on the Eugene Burger lecture, elections, and the summer picnic.


Cups and Balls: The Oldest Trick in the Book

Magicana presents a multimedia history of the Cups and Balls. Be sure to check out the Performances section, featuring Dai Vernon, Johnny Paul, Don Alan, and others.

Cody Clark: A Different Way of Thinking

Cody Clark uses magic to show how he overcame autism.


Cody has a different way of thinking, a different way of seeing the world. He discovered his love for magic at age 11, 9 years and 9 months after his parents discovered he had autism. Through stage magic and story, sleight of hand and journey of mind, Cody will show you the world through his eyes. Maybe you’ll find that his way of thinking isn’t all too different from yours.

Cody will be presenting his unique brand of magic during several performance over the course of this year’s Cincinnati Fringe Festival, May 26 through June 6. Tickets are $15. Find out when and where you can see Cody.

Reed Sisters Show – June 9

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 6:30 PM Tuesday, June 9th. The show is free for children. Adult donations accepted but are not required.



The Magician Who Astounded the World by Conjuring Spirits and Talking with Mummies

thurston“Thurston’s popularity also benefited from a growing interest in ghosts and the occult. During the mid-19th century, a religious fad known as Spiritualism gained millions of followers as mediums claiming to contact the dead sprang up all over the country. At a time when new technologies and scientific discoveries introduced seemingly magical concepts into everyday life, everyone was looking for ways to communicate with ghosts—even Thomas Edison worked on a “mechanical medium” to contact the deceased. Archaeological discoveries in Egypt, like the finding of King Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922, furthered the public obsession with the afterlife… Thurston was aware of the profit to be made by exploiting the murky realm of religion, mysticism, and the supernatural.

“In 1907, Thurston paid $7,000 for the rights to magician Harry Kellar’s illusions and props, including the famous Levitation of Princess Karnac. The two magicians toured together for Kellar’s final season, and the following year, Kellar retired and passed Thurston the title of “The World’s Greatest Magician.” One of the few illusions from Kellar’s show that Thurston continued to use was the Spirit Cabinet Illusion. Feldman’s collection includes a later version of the Spirit Cabinet, which resembles a three-sided folding screen with velvet-lined holes for hands to reach through. After a magician or assistant was locked inside, floating instruments such as jangling bells and tambourines would appear above the prop, their cacophony indicating the spirits were present.”