The October Lota Newsletter is now online. Get it HERE
MAGIC AUCTION & FLEA MARKET
Our annual Magic Auction will be Thursday, October 18th. Get your auction list of items for sale to Leigh no later than October 5th. If you want to reserve a sales table space to sell directly, reserve online for only $10 per tablespace. Tables are limited so bring your own if you have one.
Our new location is:
Winfield’s Coffee Shop
7025 E. Osborn Rd
Every once in a while, I will google my own name to catch up on new websites, and blogs that mention my name as I am quoted alot. Last week, I found a search link with my name and my sisters name. I followed the link and found myself looking at a Amazon listing for a “Original Vintage News Press Photo” which featured the image of myself as a 22 year old magician, assisted by his little sister, chopping off the head of a newspaper reporter. It was airbrushed to enhance the dark outlines for printing (this was way before Photoshop) The photo was dated in 1981. Since there was only one original, I HAD to buy it. Now I have to find the news article it was published with.
Anderson’s TORN & RESTORED NEWSPAPER inst. $2
The method and presentation used by PROFESSIONALS the world over!
JUMBO deck of cards (unopened) $3
Make your close-up magic STAGE SIZE
Mike Roger’s UNCONQUERED CARD $5
Pro Card Magic that has become a CLASSIC.
MESH EGG BAG $6
FUN for everyone! (includes a solid wooden egg.)
SLIDE VISION $10
A duplicate of the chosen card is revealed by looking through a “blank” polarized disc–VISUAL MAGIC–you and your audience will LOVE this!
Includes E-Z set of forcing cards. (This principle expanded later appeared in a specialty deck retailing for $35.00.)
Mark Wilson’s COMPLETE COURSE IN MAGIC $20
Hardbound book with dust jacket> like new condition.
A must-have book for ALL magicians!
Let me know which item(s) you want before the August 21st meeting and I will bring your selection to the meeting. Special prices are valid only until then.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org / first come first served.)
Do you have items you’d like to sell? As a member of Ring #55 you are welcome to list your items for sale right here in The LOTA. There’s NO COSTto members. Just contact our Editor Leigh Hotz.
Registration for the Annual 2019 I.B.M. Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona is now open.
Please complete the form below to register now. Don’t delay registering as the early bird
price of $239 will only be available through August 25, 2018.
You can also register by calling the I.B.M. Headquarters Office at (636) 724-2400.
Download the PDF registration form by clicking HERE
Once completed, send it to:
The International Brotherhood of Magicians
13 Point West Blvd
St Charles, MO 63301-4431 USA
The Song Remains The Same
While looking online at some back issues of Linking Ring, these were way back, about 1938 or so I read with great interest several articles about the worry of exposure of magic methods by movie studios of the day and how magic dealer Floyd Thayer was being accused of contributing to this because some of his products were purchased to be used in a movie that would expose methods. Mr. Thayer vigorously defended his position stating that he had no idea this was going to happen. In another article about exposure one magician related how he turned down a radio gig because they wanted him to explain how to do the effect he just performed.
One can only imagine how magicians back then would react if they could have seen Penn & Teller’s show or heaven forbid YouTube. Whats funny is that in all of these years nothing has really changed other than the technical advances. 80 years later some in the magic community are still complaining about magic exposure only now it’s through the Internet and YouTube.
My own personal opinion is that we as magicians whether amateur or pro should not worry too much about the exposure aspect and should be pleased that in this day and age of technology there are people who still love and have an interest in magic. Who would have thought in 2018 there would be so many magic shows on TV? Masters of Illusion, Fool Us and the literal parade of magicians on America’s Got Talent. And going back to ALL of the YouTube videos explaining and teaching magic almost 90 percent are card magic related and while yes a lay person may watch those videos, unless they are a hardcore card addict ( That’s what I’ve become ) 2 minutes into the explanation of the miracle they will be asleep. On the other hand those same videos may encourage another individual to take the plunge and become one of us. Which is a good thing because both Rings and Assemblies need new members with fresh new ideas.
Another issue I saw in my meanderings through the old issues dealt with apathy of the membership when it came to contributing tricks to the Linking Ring. Funny even back then many complained about the lack of magic in the old magazine but weren’t to quick to rectify the situation. Fortunately all of that changed because now the Linking Ring has an amazing amount of magic in it’s pages for ALL skill levels and interests. I’ve learned more than a few routines from the LR as well as glean some ideas that pointed to a method to revive an idea for an effect that has laid dormant in my mind.
Just musings from a magic hobbyist.