SAM Lecture: Dan Fleshman

Hello SAM 248 Assembly members! 
I want to be sure everyone knows that for the month of June! We are forgoing our normal meeting Wednesday the 1st week of June! 
That is because we are having Dan Fleshman come in on June 19th at Denny’s private party room located at 7000 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85054 at 7pm
Here is a little about Dan! 
Current members please bring a friend who is interested in magic! Lets grow magic in the valley! 
For those of you who are still on this list but are NOT a current member! Come on back and rejoin! We NEED the support! Help us help the next generation of magicians! 
If you want to come JUST see Dan’s lecture it will be 20 at the door. Or you can join for the year for 35 include your son, daughter, wife or husband and it is only 40.00! You can even sponsor a budding magician and buy them a years membership! We just secured Nathan Coe Marsh for September for a joint IBM/SAM event! If you are a member of either club you are welcome to come to the lecture!
SAM 248 also appreciates any donations! The more money we have to work with the more options we have to bring more magic to the valley!
Thanks for all your support and as always good and bad feedback is always welcome! I can’t improve if I don’t know what you all think! 
As a disclaimer we will be migrating all of the email blasts over to a mail chimp soon. However, currently I have no choice but, to distribute them in this manually.
Wacky Zack’s Magic
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Upcoming Ring 55 Events

Hello Everyone:

Our next monthly Ring #55 meeting is coming up on the 18th at Winfield’s and our theme will be “Your Favorite Effect”, so come prepared to perform…well your favorite effect…

We will also discuss the upcoming convention right here in Scottsdale! 

Here are some upcoming events:

Dan Fleshman Lecture (sponsored by SAM) 6-19-19 at the Denny’s on Mayo Blvd.  This will be really good, Dan has been doing restaurant work for a long time and is a seasoned professional. I will definitely be there.

Future events:

·         Nathan Coe Marsh lecture and show hopefully 9-24 & 25.  We are planning this to be a show the 24th and a lecture/workshop on the 25th. Further details to follow, but put this on your calendar.

·         The Annual Magic Auction will be Saturday October 12 at the same campus as Winfield’s but with a larger space (In bldg C1 “Curry Hall”) We are planning a stage show along with the auction so put this on your calendar and let us know if you are interested in performing.

·         Ring #55 Holiday Banquet will be the first Saturday in December (12/7), further details to follow.

Just to let you know, we have full access to an actual traditional stage with lighting and sound on the same campus as Winfield’s at minimal (if any) cost in Curry Hall .  We can do virtually any type of show, and I really look forward to reviving live performance in this room.

More to come…..


Message from SAM President

To the SAM 248 Assembly!  I want to thank you all for your love and passion for the art of magic! I hope that you will help support me in my goals to grow magic in the valley! It cannot be done by one person alone! It must be done by many so that we have a structure of support. If one has a heavy load it can be dispersed among others in the club. That is what support is all about! I hope you will join me and teach things you were taught! Things that can help grow and elevate this art we all love so much!  Have you paid your dues! If not please do so ASAP so we can get in some great lectures. SAM also accepts all forms of donations that can help us grow. September I am working on bringing out Nathan Coe Marsh he is available on the 23ed and 24th and I am hoping I can work with the IBM club and we can create a joint night. Nathan has offered to help us with some fundraising ideas as well for the club. I would like to get this locked down ASAP. If anyone has any thoughts or feedback on this please free to contact me about them.  My Wacky Thoughts It is my belief that if you can open more windows in a house there are more chances for a bird to fly in and you can teach it to hang out. If one can go back to the time they first saw magic and had the thought “could I do that”?  Then you found something, and you did it! You stayed with it and allowed it to grow inside you. Eventually you found a path that you were on and then you took flight. You found though that doing a short flight wasn’t so hard but, to keep flying man that was just crazy hard!! It didn’t matter if that flight was something new to learn or show to build perhaps it was a slight or skill you must master! You wanted to soar! You tried and tried again but, with only so many resources and no one to share your flight with who could give you good feedback. You were left to flop in the wind trying to learn from those flying around you!     Goals for the Club ·         I intend to send out regular email updates. I would appreciate feedback on the emails and ideas on how we could create a newsletter. Any thoughts or ideas positive or negative are welcome and appreciated!  ·         I intend to put together an operations manual for the club. I want something that can be passed down from officers to officers. I would very much like to speak with any and all past officers and learn about the procedures and protocols for SAM. I would love any help on this at all. I know what needs to be done it is just about getting it all done!   ·         To grow a SYM but, this will take help and support from other magicians. If you are interested in helping to make this happen. Please reach out to me and we can set up an appointment to discuss your ideas and how we can move them forward.   ·         Contests! Why do we not have contests! I remember doing one many years ago at the Scottsdale Library and it was a ton of fun! Who is up for doing them again?   ·         Fundraising events for the club! We see tons of magicians SELLING how to do fundraisers but, magic clubs are always broke! Why!!! I want to put on some events to help the club make some money and grow magic. If we can bring in some more revenue, we can do more events and have more lectures! If you are interested in helping me put together ANYTHING! As long it helps grow magic, brings fun and entertainment to people. It also has to help the club make money! If you are interested, please shoot me an email and lets get a conversation going about this. It requires two main ingredient help and planning!  My final thoughts   I am going through life and figuring things out best I can with the options I have in front of me. I love magic and appreciate all it has done for me. The world is changing in many ways and it is our choice if we want to be part of the change or not. If we don’t like the changes happening, we can either voice up and talk about them in a civil way or we can just allow them to happen. It is our choice where we want this club to go and end up! I for one am willing to commit to one full term to help make things happen. I have already committed to 10yrs in the magic retail industry and almost 20yrs as a booking agent for events. I am willing to take on this challenge but, need your help. I cannot do it alone and if it is left to me to do it all alone it will fail… It is that simple! I would love to see us build and grow the art of magic. Give people a solid direction on what they can do with magic and how it can enhance their life and the lives of those around them. If it is only for fame or money, then the person is already three steps behind… If magicians choose to make it only about fame and money, then I fear magic has a dismal end. It is my hope that we here in Arizona can rise up and help guide magic in the direction that will allow it to give the gifts it can to others! We live in a time where so much is possible with minimal effort! Will you put in some effort and help others find a path that will lead them to success!? Or will you just let it die!  If you are with me great! If you want to help lead me please share your experience and wisdom! However, if you don’t like what I am doing. That is fine please bring me your thoughts. However, let me ask you before you do bring me your compliant… Ask yourself some questions… What is a better way? How could I do this different? Why don’t I like this? How could I do it better? I am all for feedback but, if all your bring to me is you don’t like something but, do not explain why or offer a better idea. Please don’t expect much because I am not presenting ideas to hurt magic but, help it. I am also very much willing to learn and grow myself but, I need to understand your point of view in a thoughtful articulated way. I do not allow people to bark at me or treat me with disrespect. However, if you are upset with me I am happy to speak with you in as much detail is needed to do all I can to help smooth over any issues and concerns. The best way to contact me is to email me. I am always willing to have people call me or stop in the shop. However, I may not be able to talk in much detail depending on the subject. I do have a business to run of course. However, I am happy to schedule appointments so I can devote my full attention to the conversation. It just requires a little planning and I typically plan one to two week ahead for appointments.  Thank you again for all of you who support the art of magic! Hit me with all your thoughts good and bad are welcome!  Joe
Wacky Zack’s Magic
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Magic Saturday by Bob Coluzzi

Wow. another great magic Saturday session. Again spearheaded by Robert Bengel who showed us many effect with coins and cards from his never ending repertory .Also there were 3 performers who did their raffle trick and the usual group doing a trick or two.
Their was a suggestion that we take a summer break from Magic Saturday due to all the events in June and the IBM convention in July. I think that is a good idea.  So please note: No Magic Saturday in June or July and we will resume in August.Have a nice summer vacation and pan to see most of you at the convention.

Broken Wand: Tony Spina

Meir Yedid is with Terri Cook and Adam Blumenthal.2 hrs

Sad news: My boss, friend and longtime supporter Tony Spina (April 5, 1930-May 18, 2019) died today at the age of 89. In addition to owning one of the most important magic companies in the world, Tannen’s Magic, he also had a lifelong passion for magic. Before buying into Tannen’s he was a busy performing magician who opened for some of the best in the business, during the height of the Catskills, with his dove act. In his later years, he never stopped watching it on TV and constantly played with stuff and talked about the impossible magic he saw. This photo was taken the last time I saw him, last November with Terri Cook and current Tannen’s owner Adam Blumenthal.

Meeting Location SHange


Slight change of plan for our meeting tomorrow.  Winfield’s was accidentally double-booked, so we will meet on the same campus, but a different room. See the attached map and picture for location.  The door will be open with lights on so it should be easy to find.  Winfield’s will be open, so you can get drinks or food, but they are holding a graduation ceremony so you might want to get drinks early.

See you tomorrow at 7pm.

Magic Show Monday

Magic Show Monday: Before Your Very Eyes!by Neil McNally

Lets’s get this week started on a high note with a musical selection from “The Magic Show” soundtrack. “Before Your Very Eyes” is one of the showstoppers of the musical, and still holds up extremely well today!

While it’s difficult to find a proper video recording of “The Magic Show” as originally presented (I’m not counting the 1981 filmed version), the soundtrack album stands as testament to a unique time time when Doug Henning reinvented two art forms: Magic and Broadway. Since then, the world has never been the same!

Neil McNally | 13 May 2019 at 2:46 pm | Tags: 1970sBroadwayDoug HenningmagicMusicalSoundtrackThe Doug Henning ProjectThe Magic ShowWonder | Categories: Doug HenningMagic ShowStephen Schwartz | URL:

Advice Wanted

Would you help us give Advice to the new generation of magicians?
Wacky Zack’s Magic has been doing some experimentation with social media and videos that are based around theory and guidance. We call it our “Rules To The Road To Becoming A Magician” We would very much like to get some help from other magicians who have life experience that can not be taught. 
I am not looking for secrets in the sense of a trick but, something much more valuable. Advice and thoughts on the following questions. 
If you are willing to go on Camera and give your opinions we would very much love to have you a part of it. Just email me back and let me know when you are available. We will give you as much or as little time as you wish to have.
I am currently trying to set up interviews for this coming Monday the 6th. 
Our plans for the footage are simple… We are going to put it on youtube so that all can learn and grow. 
We do have some other options and ideas that do have an economic component to them. However, those conversations are on a case by case and face to face level. However, if you have an interest in helping others grow in magic and making money I would like to set up a time to have that conversation as well. 

Here are the questions  we would like to ask you. Advice and guidance for new magicians 

  • How do you think we bridge the divide of the old magicians and their way of thinking with the new magicians and their way of thinking? 
  • What advice would you give to any person who is passionate about magic and wants to make it part of their life? In any capacity from a hobby to full blown dream of becoming a star! 

  • What do you wish you would have known or learned that you later found that changed your whole existence! 
  • What is one of your most memorable experiences in your career that floored you. Perhaps meeting someone or a show you had. Anything really that was an amazing moment for you. 
  • We of course would like to know as much as you will share about yourself background and how you got into magic. 

For those of you who do not wish to do this that is no problem and we thank you for any support you give us! 

Wacky Zack’s Magic
602-548-8667 shop623-606-6997 Magic and

May 1st and 2nd, we have the inimitable Rev. Dr. Stephen Strange

Greetings, SAM 248!May has some marvelous excitement in store for us!

On May 1st and 2nd, we have the inimitable Rev. Dr. Stephen Strange coming to visit! He will be bringing with him his strong background and experience in circus, sideshow, comedy, and vaudeville magic performance! We are guaranteed to have a thrilling time!

On Wednesday, May 1, he will provide us with a fantastic lecture at our usual meeting place at Denny’s at 7000 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85054 at 6:00 pm.  See you there!

The very next day (Thursday, May 2), Steve will entertain us at our installation breakfast at Pueblo Norte (7090 E Mescal St, Scottsdale, AZ 85254).  Dinner is served at 6:00 and the show begins at 7:30!

Reservations are only $20 each and you needn’t be a SAM member to join in the fun!  We cannot take the money “at the door.”  You can, however, pay for reservations by visiting:  pay via PayPal there.

But here’s the catch!  We need to get enough people to reserve to make this fly!  Please reserve now so that we can get sufficient reservations by April 23 and we can get this thing going!

We will have a marvelous banquet of:Salad with DressingChicken KievRoad BeefBaked PotatoButtered CornGreen Beans AmadineRolls and ButterChocolate Whipped Cream CakeCoffee, Punch, WaterAnd we will also induct our new officers:President:  Joe MontellaFirst Vice President:  Robert RaySecond Vice President:  John ThorntonTreasurer:  Tom VirdenSecretary:  Ben GarciaFirst Board Member:  Jay GorhamSecond Board Member:  Frank PastulaPast President:  Jeff PaytonThis is going to be a great deal of fun and I look forward to seeing you there!