Zig Zag Prez Message & Klosterman Mill Visit


Dear Fellow Magi,
The picnic was a lot of fun!  Don Westermeyer’s home (mansion) was a wonderful place for the picnic!  You missed a lot of fun if you didn’t attend – Dameon (Hal Meyers) did an excellent magic lecture; Susan Payne lead the charge to throw Larry into the pond; Chuck Arkin had magic worth about $6,000 for sale at the flea market (that he is now planning to donate to the IBM); and Don gave out gold bars as presents when we left.  You really, really should have been there…
Unfortunately, Pat Hartzel was in the hospital and unable to attend the picnic.  He was out just in time to attend the Board Meeting.  He is recovering at home.  Denny Metz was not able to attend the picnic because he was a having gall bladder issue.  I haven’t been updated about Denny’s status, but I’m hoping he’s back up-and-around.  Please keep both Pat and Denny in your thoughts, heart, and prayers.
As our wonderful scribe (Lori) has written, we also had our first Board Meeting.  Not as much fun as the picnic and Larry stayed dry this time. We did exchange a lot of ideas and have a basic plan for the meeting through January 2020.  The Board and I want to try some different things this year at the meetings.  More about that later.  Please let me know what you like and what you didn’t like after the upcoming meetings.
The highlights of the questionnaire responses, in descending order of importance.
What is liked?

  • Drawing for a trick/DVD
  • Teach-a-Trick
  • Magic Performed by members
  • Lectures
  • Help session with tricks/routines
  • Snacks/drinks
  • Summer Picnic
  • Public Show by the club.

What is NOT liked?

  • Contests
  • Teach-a-Trick
  • Performing
  • Business Meetings

Yes, there is some overlay – but that is to be expected.  Not all of the I.B.M. members want to perform/teach for other magicians or the public, but they do enjoy watching and learning tricks.
Talk to me in person at the meetings, send me an email, call me.  No, we can’t please everyone.  But if you do NOT communicate your concerns, thoughts, ideas, and suggestions, then we won’t know what is working and what is not working.
We are also going to look for more ways to communicate with the club members, through Social Media, the website and emails.

Trip to The Mill-Saturday, July 27th

Save the date!  More information will be sent out soon!

The Klosterman Mill tour in Georgetown, Ohio, will be on Saturday,  July 27th from noon to 6:00 PM.

  • The plan is to carpool.  Details will be announced later.
  • There will be food and drink.
  • Charlie Meyer will be going early to help setup / prep for the visit/tour. If you are interested in going early with Charlie, please let him know – 513-702-4400.  (Early arrivals without Charlie are NOT permitted.)
  • If anyone is interested in performing at the Mill (there is a stage with theater seating), please let Charlie or Lori know ASAP.  The performances will be videotaped and each performer will get a copy.
  • The Mill is not air-conditioned.  There will be fans, but it’s going to be hot in July.
  • The is a small elevator at the Mill to go between floors.

Board Meeting – June 15

Charlie Meyer started the meeting off by providing each member with a copy of the survey results from surveys turned in at the May meeting and the June Picnic.

Discussed were options for meeting locations, activities, and preferences, as well as suggestions made by members.

  • It was agreed that the club should change it’s meeting night to a Thursday night.
  • A Lecture Committee was formed, consisting of Frank Johnston, Ron Lawson and Pat Thernes to seek out and review potential lecturers on the quality of their lectures.
  • A Membership committee was formed to work on membership retention and engagement. The members of this committee are Mark Wiechman, Larry Payne, and Charlie Meyer. Swag bags for new members was also suggested.
  • A committee was also formed for the purpose of bringing in more youth to the Ring. A Youth Scholarship could be awarded by having a youth perform magic at meetings.  The Youth Scholarship Committee is composed of Frank Johnston, Ron Lawson, and Mark Wiechman.
  • Suggestions for new meeting format included having the business meeting at 6:30 pm., with new business being brought up only in the business meeting.  The meeting would then start at 7:00 PM with 10-15 minutes of announcements, followed by the scheduled activities.
  • Possibilities for pre-meeting activities include Teach-a-Trick, History of Magic and/or Product Reviews.
  • Other possibilities include bringing back the raffle, door prize or a “split the pot”.
  • As meeting feedback is important, comment sheets will be distributed at the end of each meeting for board members to review.

Discussed meeting schedule:

  • Saturday, September 21st at 7 pm. was confirmed for the Trevor Duffy lecture.
  • The November meeting will be Mike Powers lecture on November 14th.
  • The October meeting may be Halloween magic (kids/family friendly).  We are working on the possibility of performing the magic for kids and follow that with the meeting.
  • The December meeting (though usually dark in the past), would have the theme of Holiday tricks with food being served.  The tentative date for this is Saturday, December 7th.
  • The January meeting will be close-up performed by the club members.

The Board adjourned with the anticipation of getting the results from the new committees.

I.B.M. Summer Picnic – June 9

Our June meeting was held on Sunday, June 9th, when we had our Annual Picnic and a lecture by Hal Meyers (aka Dameon).  Our venue this year was at the home of Donald and Dy Westermeyer, who were very gracious and accommodating hosts!  Several members had high-quality items for sale for the flea market. Snacks and dessert were also provided, and the drinks were flowing!  The rain held off, and many decided to enjoy the outdoor breeze on the deck by the pond. Jack’s Catering once again provided a great lunch, and as usual, there was plenty of leftovers to divide up among the members for them to take home!
After our lunch, TVP Ron Frank started the meeting by greeting the guests and inducting all the newly-elected officers and giving the past board members certificates of appreciation from the Ring.  President Charlie Meyer then made announcements about the questionnaire, asking those in attendance who had not filled one out to please do so.
Dameon then took the floor and gave us some background on his magic career.  He had all of the lecture attendees pick up a paper bag before the lecture, and then fill the bag with balls, cards, rope, etc. that would be used in his “hands on-back to the basics” lecture. The first part of his lecture was on ropes.   He showed us how to make a vanishing knot, shoelace knot and a jumbo version of a ring and string routing which turned into a  hula hoop and rope.
The second teaching segment was on balls. Dameon showed everyone how to do basic rolls and flourishes, change the ball colors, and how to palm the balls.  Next up was the segment of cards. He demonstrated how to make a card rise, back-palming, card manipulation, and flourishes.  With the thimble segment, basic thimble moves were taught, as well as how to do color-changing thimbles and making the thimbles jump.  The segment on doves was next.  Dameon explained about loading doves and doves harnesses. Dameon also shared his knowledge that he gained from years of experience on setting up an act, and what items to always bring to every performance (tape, rubber bands, scissors, markers, etc.).
Dameon took the time to walk around the room and assist audience members were needed for each part of his teaching lecture. Everyone got to keep their bag with the items to practice.
It was great to see everyone!  A good time was had by all!

IBM Ring 71 summer picnic attendees. 

2019-2020 Officer Installation

IBM Ring 71 picnic, with Rob Frank (Territorial Vice President) congratulating incoming officers and board members who were in attendance. Left to right: Rick “T-rick” Gaffney, Bob Hedlesten, Frank Johnston, Ron Lawson, Treasurer Mark Weichman, Secretary Lori Arkin, Vice President Larry Payne, President Charlie “Charlie Cadabra” Meyer. Congrats to all!

Hugh Turley Lecture


Presented by IBM Ring #71

Come to the North College Hill Senior Center this Friday, March 22 at 7 pm. to see Hugh Turley! His lecture will cover:

 • How to perform magic professionally in a hospital
• His complete walk-around routine for children with all the bits, gags, and laugh lines.
• Using a magic wand
• Turley’s magic mouse routine
• Any message appears on any card named
• Impromptu torn and restored napkin
• Turley’s easy-to-do miracles magicians miss
• Turley’s magic beans
• How to add extra income to your act

 Admission is free for Ring #71 members and $15 for guests.  See you there! 

Teach a Trick Night

February 2019 
President’s Message

Dear Magi,

There are many things  to consider for 2019. What is it that makes you want to see, hear or do magic? At the January meeting, it occurred to  me that it is in the sharing that makes magic work. So, this month’s meeting will be sharing or teaching tricks. If you have anything you would like to show the group please let me know, as we have three members willing to amaze us so far! Do you have an effect or two that you want to learn or improve on?  Bring it in and someone might be able to help you!  So grab your paper, pencil, rubber bands,  deck of cards and anything other effect and come enjoy an evening of learning and sharing magic!

As of this writing, I still have not found a  lecturer for our meeting in March.  The two possible lecturers that I  had contacted  were not able to commit to us. So on to Plan C, which is in the works. We’ll keep you posted.

The sudden loss of Professor Bill Pryor leaves the title and honor of being the Dean of Cincinnati Magicians open. We have no one person in mind at this time for someone that could fill this honorable role. If you know  someone who is worthy of this honor,  please submit their resume and state why you feel  this person deserves this honor. Names will be put on the May ballot for a vote by members. This honor is bestowed by both the local IBM and SAM clubs jointly.  Both clubs must agree on a single nominee to move forward to have this title granted upon them.

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! If you are interested in being an officer, please let me know.

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).

February 22nd – Teach-a-Trick/Learn-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

January 25th meeting-Recap

Ring #71 held its January meeting Friday, January 25th at the North College Hill Senior Center.  President Pat Hartzel welcomed members and introduced our guests, Debbie (who accompanied Bob Hedlesten), Casey Rayls and his ladyfriend, Patricia.  Mark Wiechman gave the treasurer’s report.  A contribution to Matthew 25 Ministries was made in honor of Bill Pryor.  Mark was also going to transfer money from our checking account into a CD.  As there was no meeting in December, Lori Arkin did not have anything to report.

Pat also acknowledged the loss of three local magicians in the past couple of weeks.  Dr. Fred Smart, Ray Turner, and Bill Pryor were all in our thoughts with a moment of silence in their honor. Clark Van Scyoc made a motion to rename the Annual Close-up Contest to honor Bill Pryor.  Sir-Patrick Thernes seconded the motion.  All were in favor.

President Hartzel then made an announcement on behalf of John Blaylock.   Ring #324 is planning a spring show.  If anyone is interested in performing in this fundraiser, please contact John for details. His number is 513-319-9207.  Also, Sir Patrick will be performing at the Falcon Theater on Saturday, February 16th at 7 pm.  Tickets are available at www.tricktheshow.com.

Due to several close-up contest contestants not showing up for various reasons, we were unable to have the competition.  However, that did not stop us from being entertained at the meeting!  Greg Hamilton took to the stage and showed us his rope trick, and then did a coin transposition with a Morgan Silver Dollar. Greg then asked audience member Cathy Ogilivie to pick a number from 1 to 52.  Cathy picked twenty-eight, and Greg counted out twenty-eight cards from the deck.  The selected card matched his prediction that was in a wallet he had placed on the table beforehand.

Next up was Frank Johnston.  Frank asked audience member Patricia to volunteer to help him.  Frank performed Martin Lewis’ CardioGraphic routine. Amazingly, her selected card, the Nine of Hearts, appeared on the notepad, rising up from behind the Ace of Spades that Frank had previously drawn on his notepad.  Patricia was handed the piece of paper as a souvenir and stayed seated for Frank’s next magical moment.  She followed Frank’s lead by repeating his actions, and a brass bell was rung after each move.  Several moves with cards were done, and by the last action, they both had cards that matched.

Pat then made several announcements regarding some upcoming events.  He then invited anyone else who wanted to perform to come on up!

Next up, was our junior guest, Landon Ogilvie.  Landon performed a card trick involving Four Jacks, who went into hiding in the deck, then the Jacks mysteriously rose to the top of the deck! Larry Payne then showed us his little Red Scarf Trick that was one of Bill Pryor’s signature routines. Guest Casey Rayls then got up and  performed Cell-out. Sir Patrick took to the floor and first announced that he will be performing at the Magic Castle from March 4th to 10th.  He then did a very nice card routine.  Frank Johnston then showed us several effects that were done using his I-Phone. Siri chose a card at random, and it appeared upside down in his deck.  Helen Fehn then told a joke, followed by Ray Boston coming up and telling us about the Nicknames for Cards in the deck.  Rick Gaffney then had Landon Ogilvie write his initials on a metallic card, and asked audience members to take a picture of the card.  A surprise appeared in the photo after it was taken!   Feedback was given to everyone and fun was had by all.  After the meeting, fellowship continued at the restaurant next door.

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.