Close-up Contest

February 2018
President’s Message


Dear Fellow Magi,

Our February meeting will be our Close-up Contest. We need to have at least five contestants to compete in order to award the winner of the contest a name on our plaque. So far I have two signed up, and will take up to eight more to perform. Please give me a call to enter!

We have scheduled our board meeting in February to discuss the events for the rest of this year. If you have any suggestions, please call or email any Board member.

If you did not attend the Teach a Trick in January you missed out on learning from the best! Many thanks to Ron Lawson, Frank Johnston, Pat Thernes, Chuck Sonenshein, and Bill Pryor for teaching twenty-five other attendees, eager to learn magic!

Upcoming events (tentative)

February 23rd–  Close up contest
March 23rd – Lecture by Cody Nottingham
April 28th – Magic auction
May 26th – Lecture by Tom Vorjohan and elections
June 9th or 10th – Picnic

Pat Hartzel

Recap of Friday, January 19th “Teach-a-Trick” meeting

Ring 71 held its annual “Teach-A-Trick” event on January 19, 2018.  President Pat Hartzel opened the night with announcements.  After the “Good and Welfare” announcement, in which people wished positive medical recovery to Pam Thompson, President Hartzel mentioned the following upcoming club dates:  Close-up contest on February 23rd, Cody Nottingham lecture on March 23rd, Magic Auction on Saturday April 28th, Tom Vorjohan lecture and elections on May 25th, and picnic date for either June 9th or 10th.

The Past President’s plaque and gavel was awarded to Sir Patrick Thernes for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.  He then distributed certificates of appreciation to the past officers and past Board of Governors who served with him.

Attendees were encouraged to register for the 2018 IBM Convention, to be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Bill Pryor was recognized for his outstanding achievements and being on the cover of the IBM Linking Ring magazine.  Mark Wiechman then provided his Treasurer’s report.

Five of our members presented their “Teach-A-Trick” effects.  First, Ron Lawson demonstrated a card trick attributed to Cameron Francis, named “Creation”.  The effect, using a stacked deck in Sy Stebbens order, has an audience member select a card, which identifies a value, and a second card that reveals a suit, and then the magician identifies that “chosen” card’s position in the deck.

Frank Johnston then shared and explained a card routine in which the volunteer selects a card, then four piles of cards are dealt, with the face-up values totaled and revealing the chosen card’s position in the deck.

Sir Patrick Thernes then performed and taught a family-friendly routine, during which he used a Hyrams Handkerchief to “catch” a fairy, and then have the fairy send a message through the use of Spirit Slates.

Chuck Sunshine presented and explained a series of card effects, during which (i) cards are shuffled resulting in all red cards face-up, and all black cards are face down, then (ii) a selected card is the only face-up card, then (iii) a freely selected card is produced from an invisible deck, and finally (iv) a four-Ace routine during which four Queens are selected and then transpose positions with the four Aces.

Our final performer was Bill Pryor (a/k/a The Dean of Cincinnati Magicians).  Bill first presented his “Duplicate Thoughts” routine.  Fourteen cards are selected from a deck.  Then, through a series of “did you see your card?” displays, Bill determined what card each volunteer selected, and whether both volunteers had the same duplicate thoughts.  For his final presentation, Bill showed his “Shifty-Six” routine, in which the volunteer moved through a series of six cards, ending on a predetermined card prediction with a surprise kicker ending.  These were a good sampling of effects available in Bill’s lecture notes and DVD which were made available to attendees.  Well done!

After the formal events concluded, the magical evening continued with fellowship at a local diner.

Upcoming Events and Magical Happenings…

Sir Pat-Trick and Mike Woodward

Recreating the intimacy of popular vaudeville performances, A Little Night Magic is a new and exciting theatrical show that brings the audience into the Magical World of Award Winning Magicians Sir Pat-Trick and Mike Woodward. This fast-paced 90 minute performance piece is a fun filled family friendly show that uses traditional magic and side splitting comedy to transport the audience back into the time of the golden age of Magic, a time where Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harry Houdini, and Howard Thurston all reigned supreme.

February 16th & 17th at the Falcon Theater

Friday, February 23rd-Close-up Contest

Our February meeting will be our annual Close-up Contest.   This is a great way to try out those new routines and tricks in front of your fellow magi!  The rules for the contest are as follows:

Participants must be a paid up member of the club.
The act must be between eight and ten minutes long.  After ten minutes, points will be deducted from the score.
Judging will be based on the following categories (from 1-5 points for each):

Overall Impact/Audience response

Five Judges will be selected from non-participating members and guests from the audience.
The MC (Master of Ceremonies) can not be one of the contestants.

If you would like to participate, please contact President Pat Hartzel.

Winter Carnival of Magic

Pigeon Forge, TN  March 8-10th

 Country Tonite Theatre is hosting another very magical weekend as magicians gather for a 3-day magic convention. This year’s event features several lectures, a dealer’s room, a close up competition, a stage competition and evening shows. Adults and children of all ages are welcome to join and we hope to see you there!

Year after year, the Winter Carnival of Magic has brought some of the greatest magicians to East Tennessee to perform and lecture. Past performers have included Jeff McBride, Oscar Muñoz, Pop Haydn, Losander, Joshua Jay, The Pendragons, Aldo Columbini, Arthur Trace, Terry Evanswood, Duane Laflin, Gene Anderson, Shawn Farquhar, and a long list of others.

The following performers have been booked for the 2018 Winter Carnival of Magic:

   Winter Carnival of Magic Web Page                                                                                                                    

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!  More information will be coming!  Stay tuned! Meanwhile, start collecting those magic props that you never use so you can  turn them into $$$!



December 2017 – January 2018

President’s Message

Dear Fellow Magi,

What a wonderful month we had in November!  It surely was magical!

I hope everyone who attended the IBM/SAM Banquet had a wonderful time!  Many thanks to Larry Payne, Bill Pryor, Mark Wiechman and a host of others in both clubs for their combined efforts to make the Banquet successful!

Members of the International IBM were treated to an issue of “The Linking Ring” whose cover was adorned with our own Bill Pryor!

On January 19th, we will be doing our “Teach-a-Trick” meeting.  Please let me know if you would like to teach! The date has been changed from the 26th which was the weekend of Magi-Fest.

Our tentative plans (subject to change) for the remainder of the year is as follows:

January 19th– Teach a trick
February 23rd–  Close up contest
March 23rd – Lecture by Cody Nottingham
April 28th – Magic auction
May  – Lecture by Tom Vorjohan and elections
June 9th or 10th – Picnic

The Officers and Board Members wish all of you Season’s Greetings and best wishes for a Happy New Year!

Pat Hartzel


It was with much anticipation and delight to see the smiling face of our own Bill Pryor on the cover of “The Linking Ring”!  The November issue contained a very well written article written by Chuck Sonenshein, which  captures the heart and soul of Bill’s love of magic and  his sense of humor. It is easy to see why he is the third  Dean of  Cincinnati Magicians! The issue also contained a congratulatory note from the members of the Ring, and he was also the feature of the “Hocus Pocus Parade”.  This nine page article showcases and explains many of Bill’s effects that he invented.

If you didn’t get enough of Bill in the November issue, he does re-appear in the December issue!  Bill was mentioned in the article about the Houdini Club of Wisconsin’s  Convention, where “Bill Pryor of Ohio dazzled convention goers with his fun, close-up magic with surprise endings, and a lot of prestidigitation techniques”. He is also the subject of the “Readers Write” column, written by our upcoming May lecturer, Tom Vorjohan.

Recap of Friday, November 10th & Saturday, November 11th-Geoff Williams lecture and IBM/SAM Banquet 

Cincinnati IBM Ring 71 and SAM Assembly 11 held two joint activities in November.  The first was a lecture on November 10th followed by a banquet and show on November 12th.  Kudos to Ring President Pat Hartzel and Assembly President Larry Payne for their leadership and positive energy which united the clubs for these two combined events.

At the Friday night lecture, President Hartzel announced a few upcoming events, namely “Teach-A-Trick” in January, the annual Close-Up contest in February, a lecture in March, Magic Auction on Saturday April 28th, Tom Vorjahan lecture in May, and the Picnic in June, 2018.  SAM President Larry Payne followed with details of Assembly plans including monthly magic themes and a promotional photo shoot in January.

The remainder of the evening featured the lecture and demonstrations of close-up and parlour magic by comedy magician Geoff Williams.  Geoff warmed up the audience by shuffling styles from around the world, including his Quadril 4-part false cut card flourishes, and the Jackie Chan Backhand spinning card catch.  His first effect was “This One”, in which the spectator selects two cards from a stack of business cards, revealing those two cards were the only two with writing on them  and the remaining cards were blank.  Geoff explained using the Charlier false shuffle with this routine. Next he demonstrated and explained his reverse torn and restored newspaper routine named “Newspaper Clippings”.  This and twenty-three other routines are superbly illustrated in his “..Violates My Parole..” lecture notes.

Among the evening’s favorite routines was the “Omega Bet”, used with permission from Bob Wagner’s “Master Notebook of Magic”.  This uses multiple volunteers who make progressive bets building to a spectacular climax.  This is just one of the awesome routines from Geoff’s “No Adults Supervision” double-pack lecture book containing forty-six amazing and easy to perform routines.  For impromptu strolling magic, the audience enjoyed the “Kewpie” routine which uses easy props to vanish and re-produce coins.  Geoff then shared his version of an Invisible Deck routine, using a different (non-CHSD) deck ordering system.  His “Bear Hands” (transposition of bear from a playing card to an unexpected place), sponge bunny production, floating card routine, torn and restored card method, and punched-and-restored raffle ticket routine were among the many additional effects which rounded out the evening.

The following evening, IBM and SAM held a joint dinner banquet at Tori’s Station in Fairfield, Ohio.  Each attendee received a free raffle ticket and door prizes from SAM Assembly President Larry Payne.  After a delicious dinner, we enjoyed a two-part stage show.  The opening act was the artistic marionette presentation by Kevin Frisch, of Frisch’s Marionettes,  which included dancing and comedic routines from each of the characters.

Between acts Larry Payne and Chuck Arkin distributed raffle prizes which were donated from several attendees.  To close out the evening, Geoff Williams provided the main act, with an expanded version of his comedy magic routines.  Geoff’s parlour magic was well received by the audience.  Among the favorites were his “Binkie The Chicken” routine, Slydini-type cut-and-restored rope routine, and balloon antics.  Special thanks to all our volunteers who helped make this banquet a great success!

Lecture by Luis Carreon & Geoff Williams at Tori’s Station

Friday, October 20th -Lecture by Luis Carreon

K.T. Magic once again will host our October lecturer, Luis Carreon! Please join us at 7 pm. for an evening filled with magic and mystery.  Admission is free for Ring #71 members.  Guest fee is $15.


Luis at Magic, Inc. Please note that our regular meeting date has changed so we could welcome Luis to Cincinnati*

Save the dates-Friday November 10th and Saturday, November 11th! Continuing tradition, I.B.M. Ring #71 and SAM Assembly #11 are teaming up to bring you the best Fall Holiday lecture and banquet!  This year’s banquet will be held at Tori’s Station in Fairfield on Saturday, November 11th.  Doors open at 6:30 pm. Our entertainer will be Geoff Williams!  Geoff will also be doing a lecture on Friday, November 10th, 7 PM. at KT Magic.  Geoff’s lecture is free to both IBM and SAM members…guest fee is $15. This year’s banquet menu is as follows: Secret Recipe Marinated Flank Steak served from the Carver Station Chicken stuffed with Gouda cheese, roasted red peppers and spinach Sauteed Fresh Green Beans with Herbs Loaded Mashed Potatoes with sour cream and cheddar cheese (bacon on the side) Pear and Glazed Walnuts on a bed of field greens with honey Dijon dressing Three Cheese Mac and Cheese Cake If you would like a Gluten-Free, Vegetarian or Vegan dinner, please let us know when making the reservation!! Price for the Banquet is $30 per person.  Reservations and payment must be received by October 31st.  Reservations can be made by calling Betty Winzig at 513-351-3016 and sending your check to either: Mark Weichman 6791 Marvin Ave. Cincinnati., OH 45224-1141 or Bill Pryor 3025 Brookwood Circle Edgewood, KY 41017 Payments and reservations will also be taken at the next IBM and SAM meetings. See you there! It’s going to be so much fun!

Geoff Williams

A three-time “Magician of the Year” through the International Brotherhood of Magicians, Geoff is a full-time professional entertainer who has won over two dozen comedy and magic awards over his 29-year career. He’s performed and lectured in over 18 countries and throughout most of the U.S., wrote “Top Ten Lists” for “The Late Show with David Letterman” and is a performing member of the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. Geoff is known for cutting-edge sleight of hand illusions mixed with an offbeat, zany sense of humor. His stage show is filled with unforgettable illusions and stunts – from shooting a signed card out of the air with a dart gun to swallowing an inflated balloon WHOLE. He’ll even make his head VISUALLY EXPAND and SHRINK right before your eyes (with NO COVERING whatsoever)! His magic shows are high energy, family-friendly and suitable for all ages (no off-color material). With lots of audience interaction, this act plays very big without having to rely on bulky, “suspicious-looking box” tricks. Geoff also specializes in close-up, strolling illusions (some which happen right in the spectator’s hands! ). Geoff is one of the elite members of the ultra-exclusive 4F Convention, a “by invitation ONLY” gathering of some of the planet’s best and most-respected magicians.  Geoff is a Past President of International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring #19 (Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN) and Society of American Magicians Assembly #136 (Tucson, AZ). Geoff Williams video Directions to Tori’s Station, Fairfield, OH 45014

Magical Happenings… Magic Auction-October 14th and 15th, 2017 The Annual Fall Magic Auction is once again happening at the Preble County Auction House In Eaton, OH.  Preview is Friday, October 13th from noon to 5pm.  The Auction starts at 10 am. on both Saturday, October 14th and Sunday October 15th.  Check out their link to see what’s for sale! For more information: Preble County Auction Website


Count Marco’s Haunted House-October 29, 30 and 31

The Unconventional Convention-November 3-4th, 2017

Lecture by David Garrard

Friday, September 15th-Lecture by David Garrard

David Garrard is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, but he has been living in Louisville since 1975. David has been speaking and entertaining with magic for almost 50 years. David’s unique mix of magic and music has made him popular with audiences throughout the United States. When not traveling with his magic, David casts a spell on the boys and girls at St. Matthews Baptist Church, where he is in his 39th year as Minister to Children. David and his wife, Stephanie, have two grown children, Claire and Tyler. David is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (Order of Merlin), the Society of American Magicians and The Louisville Magic Club. The lecture is free for Ring #71 members and $15 for guests. Once again, this event will be held at KT Magic. David Garrard on Penn and Teller Fool Us *Please note that our regular meeting date has changed so we could welcome David to Cincinnati*

Save the Date! Combined IBM/SAM picnic June 12th

The combined picnic for IBM Ring 71 and SAM Assembly 11 will be held on Sunday, June 12th 2016, once again at Princeton Crossing. The entire event will be in the air-conditioned clubhouse. The picnic starts at 2 PM, and the catered lunch will begin at 3 PM. We will be serving hot dogs, metts, hamburgers, Italian sausage, cheeseburgers, black bean veggie burgers, grilled vegetable skewers with tomatoes, portabella mushrooms, red onions, zucchini, red and yellow peppers, fresh pasta salad, cucumber salad, hot baked beans, sauteed green peppers, onions, mushrooms, and hot sauerkraut for topping. The clubs will provide the drinks, and we ask that all attendees please bring a dessert to share.

A great lunch, great entertainment and great fellowship for the great price of just $15! Reservations being accepted soon… stay tuned for more information!

November 2015 Zig Zag published

The Zig Zag newsletter for November 2015 has been published. In this issue: President’s Message, October Meeting Recap, and Oscar Munoz.

Holiday Banquet – November 14 2015

Our annual Holiday Banquet, held jointly with SAM Assembly 11, will be presented on Saturday, November 14, at 6:30 PM at Raffel’s Catering. Entertainment will be provided by Oscar Muñoz. Check out the poster below for additional details.

To reserve your seat, call Betty Winzig at 513-531-6548 by October 30.

Holiday Banquet 2015