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

Scottsdale, AZ

You can find ANYTHING on Amazon!!

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.

 FREE Member Classifieds

 FREE Member Classifieds

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


Pro Card Magic that has become a CLASSIC.


FUN for everyone!  (includes a solid wooden egg.)


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.)


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 / 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.

McBride Museletter

Hello Friends and Wizards! My name is Stonewick, and I hope this Museletterfinds you well.
The subject of this short essay is Teaching. At some point, most, (if not all) of us, have taught a simple trick to a young relative, or maybe even taught magic in a more formal and structured setting. When we do this, we become The Sage.
Jeff McBride often refers to the Four Archetypes of the Magician – The Trickster, The Sorcerer, The Oracle and The Sage. The Sage is many things: Philosopher, Writer, Historian, Collector and Enthusiast. But the Sage is perhaps, most importantly, a mentor and a teacher. Think Eugene Burger or René Lavand, for example.

I have been a public high school teacher for 20 years. I also sponsor an after-school magic club, so I am in the role of teacher every day, and magic mentor every Tuesday afternoon.

As such, I would like to take this opportunity to share some of the things I have learned from my time as a high school teacher and magic mentor. It is my hope that the following ten points will be helpful to all of us in that role of mentor or teacher.

  1. Welcoming attitude: New students are often nervous. They have thousands of questions. Not the least of which is,” Am I up for this?” Or, “Am I going to look like a fool?” By welcoming our students warmly, we put them at ease and help them to get off to a good start.
  2. Meet students where they are: Sometimes it’s hard to remember that our students have not yet crossed the same rivers we have. They are inexperienced in some areas, and may even be a little immature in others. That’s okay. It’s important to keep in mind that just because we may know a concept or technique so well it has become part of our DNA, this same technique or idea may be completely foreign and difficult to the student.
  3. Know who they are outside of the learning environment: Having awareness of a student’s home life and other interests can really help us bring out the best in them, on multiple levels.
  4. Recognize strengths and areas for improvement: It is vitally important to have an understanding of what the student is, and is not ready for. We may have planned a powerful and dazzling lesson, but we must always be flexible, and ready to drop that plan and move over to something more basic. We can always come back to that amazing lesson later.
  5. High bar of expectation: If we accept mediocrity, then no one wins, and we have done an unfortunate disservice to our art and profession. Not only that, but we have cheated the student. After all, we promised to make a wizard out of them, and all we have taught the student to do is imitate a puzzle he or she was shown the solution to. No, no! Make it clear that magic is not easy, and the goal is excellence. Start with something that requires little or no technical skill, and teach the student to rock the presentation. Encourage the student to come up with a frame and script that reflects the student’s own interests and passions.
  6. Take it seriously: If we approach our task without some degree of seriousness, we run the risk of trivializing the craft. For example, at my school I sponsor an after-school magic club. One day, one of the students brought in a non-member. He said his friend missed the bus and was going to catch a ride with him later. Well, we deal with secrets here. No exposure. So, I insisted his friend find another place to hang out until we were finished. Harsh? Maybe. But it was, as we like to say in the industry, a “teaching moment.” One which I hope they all placed into their back pockets.
  7. Unconditional encouragement: Like learning to play an instrument, paint or write poetry, artistic endeavors often seem impossible for a long time. It can be easy to give up on ourselves. We need encouragement. We need to see that someone we know has fought these same battles, and come out on the other side. We also need to know that our teachers will never give up on us.
  8. Show passion: Passion is contagious. I love watching Bob Ross paint his amazing landscapes. I don’t paint. So why would I care? I think it’s because watching someone do and share what they love is intrinsically fascinating. When we show passion for what we do, we automatically create interest.
  9. Humility: Humility is vitally important for several reasons. Sometimes the best thing a teacher can say is,” I don’t know, but let’s explore that thread and see where it takes us.” “I don’t know” demonstrates the fact that we are never done learning. And it’s a great motivator to learn something new. And this new knowledge makes us better at what we do.
  10. Don’t underestimate your influence: When we become teachers or mentors, like it or not, we become influential. What is important to us–how we behave, and how we treat others–will in some way be reflected in the lives of our students. We may not imagine that we are a big deal, but we are!
One more point I’d like to make. As we all know, magic is often a solitary enterprise. Eugene Burger tells us,” In the deepest sense, a student must learn to be his or her own teacher”.

So, when we are struggling with that classic pass, writing our scripts or trying to stay focused on the thousand finer points of theatrical presentation, it’s good to remind ourselves that performing magic well is really hard! Let’s not neglect to be nice to ourselves. Let’s promise to be patient with, and encourage ourselves. Let’s not forget to be our own good teachers!

From Tobias:

Thank you, Stonewick! I loved this piece—partly because it brings us the perspective of someone who has dedicated their life to teaching, and primarily to teaching something other than magic. We can always learn from other disciplines. In fact, a lot of creativity comes from examining our own art, our own area of expertise, from the viewpoint of someone outside it. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Stonewick is also passionate about, and teaches magic himself!

We have two opportunities coming up this month for you to come and experience our own special way of teaching magic here at the McBride Magic & Mystery School. The first is our Magic Summer School, reviving an event we tried first over a dozen years ago, back in the “Wonderdome.” It’s a 2-day intensive “fun and learning” event hosted by Jeff McBride, just before this year’s Magic Live! If you’re going to that… you might also want to extend your magical vacation and go to this!

For something a bit deeper, there is our 7-Day Master Class, just after Magic Live! This class is often over-subscribed, but as it turns out, we still have one spot available for this year’s session, because someone had to drop out at the last minute. To grab their spot, go here now and sign up.

Finally (and there will be more on this soon!)—Beyond Applause is now ready for release. As you read this, the book has just been sent off to Amazon, and probably won’t be on sale for another day or two. I wanted to say a big thank you right now, though. So many of you have helped me get the materials and thinking together for this book over the past dozen years—many not even aware that your questions, discussions and correspondence have inspired the thinking behind the book. So… Thank you! One of the wonderful things about this community is how we all inspire and help one another. I am eternally grateful!

Wishing you all a happy and magical August!

Tobias Beckwith

 August, 2018 – Magic & Mystery School Events
3-4 Magic Summer School
6 Slow Down – Jeff MSMin 10   Host – Daryl Rogers
9 Sisters of Mystery
9-15 7-Day Master Class
13 Record Your Audience – Tobias MSmin9  Host – Team/Master Class Night
20 Time to Rehearse – Larry Hass MSMinute 9  – Host – Santiago
27 Magic Show Pricing – TBA – Host – Jason Porter
August 2018 – Jeff McBride Calendar
16 McBride’s Wonderground Las Vegas

IBM Convention in Scottsdale

July 10-13

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

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.

David Goldberg

SAM Meeting August 1st :Four Corners

Greetings, SAM 248!
Come on out for out Wednesday, August 1 Meeting at 6:30 at Denny’s at:
7000 E Mayo Blvd
Phoenix, AZ 85054
For August’s meeting, we will be enjoying a Four Corners Event, featuring Gary Lazok, Robert Ray, Joe Montella, and Frank Pastula! Each our esteemed guests will take a corner and we will rotate through the room learning and experiencing the magic.
This is going to be fun, come and join us!