LEIGH @ AGT Cabazon Ca.

‘America’s Got Talent’ auditions attract singers, comedians and a magical bird to Cabazon

Magician Leigh Hotz, 60, and wife, Mamata Hotz, 50, of Mesa, Arizona feature Merlynn the Magic Cockatiel in their card trick and illusions act. They prep to audition for “America’s Got Talent” at Morongo Casino, Resort and Spa. Auditions on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

By ALEX GROVES | agroves@scng.com | The Press-EnterprisePUBLISHED: November 29, 2018 at 5:41 pm | UPDATED: November 30, 2018 at 4:16 pm

Professional magician Leigh Hotz, 60, and his wife, Mamata Hotz, 50, of Mesa, Arizona, were clad in in steampunk-style clothing as they held on to their pet, Merlynn the Magic Cockatiel, and proudly described how the bird was skilled in both card tricks and miniature illusions.

They were among a cacophony of musical, comedy and magic acts practicing in an upstairs conference room at Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa in Cabazon Friday, Nov. 30, preparing to audition for season 14 of popular TV variety show competition “America’s Got Talent.”

For their act, the couple planned to put Merlynn into a small container, squish it to roughly the size of a baseball and stick a small sword through it.

“If it doesn’t work, I’ll have shredded tweet,” Leigh Hotz said.

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The couple was among the hundreds expected to audition for the extremely popular TV series, which puts acts of all kinds before a panel of judges.

The auditions at Morongo were just the first step for possible contestants. Those that get selected will get a call back to perform before the show’s judges in Pasadena next year. The show, which has aired on NBC, has included past judges such as Howie Mandel, Simon Cowell, Mel B and Heidi Klum. The judges for season 14 have not yet been announced. After rounds of competition, the ultimate winner gets $1 million and a limited residency in Las Vegas.

America Got Talent Audition in California This Friday

AGT will be holding open auditions for next season at 

Morongo Casino Resort and Spa on November 30th.

The resort is located at 49500 Seminole Dr, Cabazon, CA 92230

Mesa AZ magician Leigh Hotz will be attending this audition, this time featuring Merlynn the Magic Cockatiel as the star of his show. Hopefully a magical cute bird will increase chances of getting on the show. Below is a letter is a letter Merlynn will deliver to the judges before his act… 

Broken Wand: Ricky Jay

Legendary magician Ricky Jay, who has appeared in films including “Boogie Nights” and “Magnolia,” has died, according to Variety. He was 72.

The famed sleight-of-hand artist died of natural causes on Saturday in Los Angeles, the entertainment outlet has reported.

Jay’s career in acting spanned decades, with appearances in “Deadwood” and “Tomorrow Never Dies,” according to IMDb. He also wrote and gave lectures on the art of magic, with presentations at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art and Princeton University, according to his website.

He was profiled by the New Yorker in 1993, in an article titled “Secrets of the Magus,” which described him as “perhaps the most gifted sleight-of-hand artist alive.”

Where’s Leigh?

If you sent me any emails to me at my leigh@wizardmagic.com address and did not get any reply, it is because at the beginning of November, I moved my www.wizardmagic.com website  to a new hosting service.

What I didn’t know at the time I was suppose to move my EMAIL hosting to the new hosting space at the same time. So any emails that went to the leigh@wizardmagic.com address in November went to a black hole, and not recoverable. I just moved my email to the same host as my website and things are now working again. Sorry for the inconvenience.


Magic show by Michael Fisher


There will be a magic show by Michael Fisher at Winfield’s on Friday November 2nd.  There will be some pre-show close up table magic followed by a platform/stand up show. Doors open at 6:00pm and the table magic starts at 7:00pm with the platform show shortly after.  There is no charge but we will have a “Tip Jar” type arrangement and contributions are greatly appreciated!

Here are exact directions to Winfield’s (improved map attached):

From Scottsdale Road head west on Osborn Rd

At 71st street (first street after Olive Garden) turn left (south)

Turn into the first driveway on the right which will be the parking lot for First Baptist Church of Scottsdale

Park in any available spot, head west on the street side sidewalk (Osborn Rd) and you will see the coffee shop with outdoor lights and outdoor tables

Come on in!

This is a general public show, so come early for good seats!  Feel free to call or e-mail me if you need help with directions or have any other questions.

Thank you:


SAM 248 November Meeting! Michael Kaminskas!

SAM 248 November Meeting! Michael Kaminskas!

Slightly different place and day than our usual meeting!

Hello again, SAM 248!

I just wanted to remind everyone again that Michael Kaminskas is lecturing for for our November meeting!

This is on a different day than our usual Wednesday, however.  For this meeting, we are meeting at 6:30 on Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Remember also, that we are meeting at:

Winfield’s Coffee

7025 E Osborn Rd

Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Note that this is also a bit different than our previous haunt at Denny’s. Winfield’s has a marvelous stage and there is no purchase requirement!  Curt sent me a more detailed map, a photograph of the place, and directions as to how to get there (thanks, Curt!):

From Scottsdale Road head west on Osborn Rd

At 71st street (first turn after Olive Garden) turn left (south)

Turn into the first driveway on the right which will be the parking lot for First Baptist Church of Scottsdale

Park in any available spot, head west on the street side sidewalk (Osborn Rd) and you will see the coffee shop with outdoor lights and outdoor tables

Come on in!

So…make the appropriate adjustments in your calendars for November and I hope to see you there!

Now…about our lecture and lecturer!

This lecture will elevate your close-up and parlor magic to the next level with applications that can be adapted to fit any performance situation. The lecture is filled with hidden gems gained through decades of real-world experience. There are no pipe dreams.

What will he teach?

While Michael has a basic outline for this lecture, it is also the peoples lecture. This is what makes the live learning process so valuable. The ability to ask questions. Quite simply that can’t be done on a DVD or in a download release. Each lecture is bound to be a slightly different and based upon what the collective group wishes to engage in seeing and discussing. With a lifetime of magical knowledge nothing is off the table. While Michael will have some products to sell, THIS IS NOT a dealer demo. Everyone will be able to leave and perform some of the effects straight away.

He is an inventor and a creator of world-class magic with many instructional books, DVD’s and effects on the market. Known for his impeccable sleight-of-hand and smooth performance style, Michael has also been dubbed “King of the Cups” by the late Mike Rogers. He has created both new and novel approaches to classic effects as well as being the creator and manufacturer of some of the finest cups and balls sets and chop cups in the world. This is one lecture you will not want to miss!

For those of you not familiar with Michael’s work, he is an author, creator, performer and consultant. He regularly works for many fortune 500 companies weaving magic into their presentations and hospitality suites. In 2012 Michael opened his one man show “Imagine” which ran completely sold-out for 3 consecutive years. Michael earned his PhD in magic at the prestigious FFFF invitation only gathering. A member of the Magic Circle in London, England, Michael was accepted as A.I.M.C. with Silver Star designation. Since the release of his first instructional book in 1994, Michael has lectured extensively for his peers throughout the world from conventions to various group and club meetings to the Magic Circle and the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, California ,where he has also performed on several occasions.

A sampling of magical effects…

My CCR – My go to Chop Cup Routine that has plenty of magic and doesn’t insult your audiences intelligence with a guessing game.

Chop Box – A chop cup routine done with a box made out of cards and a signed card. The payoff comes with unexpected surprises including the signed card ending up in an impossible location.

Sci-Fly – Michael’s take on the fingertips coins across plot. So squeeky clean it can be done in the shower!

What Box? – Why not remove the cards by having the box vanish a little at a time with just a wave of your hand. A classic plot turned on it’s head.

Cold Fusion – Remove any two cards from the deck, fuse them together face to face and instantly split them into two separate cards again. The perfect precursor to the Anniversary Travelers.

Anniversary Travelers – A unique take on the Anniversary Waltz where two signed selections are removed from separate pockets then fused together back to back and given away as a souvenir.

Sweet Tear – Rip open a package of sweets and immediately reseal it and give it away. But wait, there’s more.. come see it at the lecture to find out the rest!

Escape – David Copperfield caused quite a stir in the magic world when he performed Timothy Wenk’s “Misled” on television. Imagine passing a pen through a bill without any gaffs or gimmicks. Totally impossible and totally impromptu! This is an updated handling of “The Great Escape” that I originally published in 1990. So good it looks like a camera trick and super easy to do.

KFC – This ingenious card fold will take the place of the standard Mercury Fold. Learn how to fold a card into quarters while the spectators are burning the deck. Best yet, they push their card into the center of the pack themselves.

Dollar Dollar – Two silver dollars are produced at your fingertips and then visually change one at a time into folding currency. The ultimate in eye candy!

Clinger – A modernized twist on a neo-classic effect of a (wand) pen clinging to your outstreached fingers. Both your hands and the pen may be examined. Quick preparation and a genuine fooler.

P.S., If you have a performance soon, I’d love to announce it to the membership!  Send me the details and I’ll include it!


October 2018 Ring Report

Ring 55 Report for October 2018
Meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month at Winfields Coffee Shop 7025 E. Osborn Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85251
President: Robert Ray (e-mail robertraymagic@yahoo.com)
Vice President: David Goldberg (goldberg.david235@gmail.com)
Treasurer: Bruce Lindvig (2bruce@cox.net)
Sergeant at Arms: Cody Whitten (Cody_pod@yahoo.com)
Secretary: Curt Godsey (threecard@cox.net)
Web Master: Leigh Hotz (leigh@wizardmagic.com)
President Robert Ray opened the meeting promptly at 7:00pm by with discussion regarding our upcoming auction and flea market. We have an extremely special item donated by our member Bill Meeker. Bill has a snapshot of Eugene Burger taken at his last lecture in the Phoenix area, and has created a one-of-a-kind hand painted portrait with a built in effect. Bill has included instructions for the effect as well as photo’s of the painting during his progression through to completion. This is a very special and collectible item, thank you Bill for your donation to our Ring!
Our theme for this meeting was “Spooky Magic” and was led off by our President Robert who did an experimental Living/Dead Test with some very interesting potential for other applications. Joe P. followed with a fascinating presentation of a miniature sword thru arm (with blood!) that left Robert thinking he would be seriously hurt!! Luckily he wasn’t hurt too badly and recovered enough to show us some truly impressive finger gymnastics (I had to look away at several points!!!!) Our new member Charles Linn then stepped up to show us his presentation of “Fraidy Cat Rabbit”. Thank you Chuck! Finally, Robert brought Briana (my daughter and manager of Winfield’s) on stage and performed “Spirit Touch” then called up Curt M. to perform “PK Touch”, both similar to “Paper Balls Over the Head” in that that audience sees what’s happening, but the volunteer is totally mystified. Both went very well and Briana is still asking me “what the heck”!!!
To close out the meeting we had a great time telling stories and getting to know each other!
If you are in town around the 3rd Tuesday of the month, we would love to have you at our meeting. Winfield’s is a great venue and we have several exciting magic related events booked in the coming months!
Curt Godsey – Secretary

September Ring Report

Ring 55 Report for September 2018

Meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month at Winfields Coffee Shop 7025 E. Osborn Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85251

President: Robert Ray (e-mail robertraymagic@yahoo.com)

Vice President: David Goldberg (goldberg.david235@gmail.com)

Treasurer: Bruce Lindvig (2bruce@cox.net)

Sergeant at Arms: Cody Whitten (Cody_pod@yahoo.com)

Secretary: Curt Godsey (threecard@cox.net)

Web Master: Leigh Hotz (leigh@wizardmagic.com)

President Robert Ray opened the meeting promptly at 7:00pm by introducing our new meeting place

Winfield’s Coffee Shop in Scottsdale at:

7025 E. Osborn Rd

Scottsdale, AZ 85251

After taking care of the usual club business, we proceeded with performances.

Our theme for this meeting was “Mental Magic” and was led off by our President Robert who did an impromptu “Mental Epic” using business cards which was very mystifying and well received by all.  Next up was VP David Goldberg who showed us an excellent business card prediction, followed by our esteemed Larry Wilfong’s presentation of a very interesting King Tut Tile Matching effect. Jeff Payton then showed us a lottery number prediction that seemed absolutely impossible! (I want him on my team when picking numbers!). Bob Coluzzi showed us two effects, the first was a jumbo card mind reading effect and the second was a presentation of the cube in the box that I thought I knew, but Bob fooled me (and I think many others) badly with both! Robert and David came back with some excellent effects to round out a great evening of Mental Magic.  

To close out the meeting we announced the details of our upcoming Ring 55 Auction and Flea Market to be held at Winfields on October 18th.

We would like to welcome Charles Linn from Pittsburgh to our Club!  Chuck has many years performing and being involved in other Rings, so we welcome him here at Ring 55!!

If you are in town around the 3rd Tuesday of the month, we would love to have you at our meeting!

Curt Godsey – Secretary

WellAttended Summit

Date: Sun, Oct 21, 2018 at 7:12 AM
Subject: WellAttended Summit – Free Online Magic Convention – Nov 1-4, 2018


I’m the organizer of the WellAttended Summit. This is our first year for this free online convention that’s on November 1-4, 2018. Can you send this out to your magic club members?

I’m excited to share that the WellAttended Summit is a new free online convention that takes place on November 1-4, 2018. Over 20 professional entertainers, producers, and actors are sharing their secrets on how to be successful. You’ll learn step-by-step marketing strategies, how to book more gigs, how to sell out shows, and more. 

They have a fantastic line up of magicians including Bill Gladwell, Bill Abbott, David DaVinci, the Evasons, David Parr, Joe Diamond, Brad Montgomery, JC Sum, Paul Draper, and Peter Boie.

This week, you can watch a preview of the WellAttended Summit with the Evasons’ interview. Jeff and Tessa discuss how they started their career, how they got into the college and corporate markets, and how they continue to be the top mentalists in the country. They also discuss how they keep track of their busy schedule and give excellent travel advice.

You can sign up and watch it for free here: https://wellattendedsummit.com

Here is the schedule for the WellAttended Summit:

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Thom Britton – The Steps to Become a Full Time Theater Performer

Bill Abbott – Personalizing Your Presentations and Selling Products

David Serero – Achieving Success Against All Odds

Gary Berg – How to Find and Work with an Agent

David DaVinci – Leveraging Your Talent to Get Free Publicity

Friday, November 2, 2018

Bill Gladwell – The Benefits of Performing in Tourist Destinations

Brad Shur – Getting Your Show Booked in a Theater

Dan Holzman – Creating a Successful Act Lasting Over 30 Years

David Parr – Finding Your Creative Voice and Developing New Material

Philip Peredo – How to Secure Investor Funding and ROI Strategies

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Paul Draper – How to Get on TV and Get Celebrity Endorsements

Art Grueneberger – How to Make $250,000 a Year with Corporate Contracts

Freya West – How to Diversify Your Income and Make a Living with Burlesque

Matt Marberry – Producing Multiple Shows Across the Country

Peter Boie – Making a Living with College Shows

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Brad Montgomery – The Secrets to Increasing Your Bookings

Evasons – How the Mentalist Duo Books Their Act in Various Markets

JC Sum – How to Use the Trinity of Success to Build you Career

Peter Michael Marino – How to Perform and Get Reviews at Fringe Festivals

Marty Wilson – Tapping into the Wisdom of Your Network

Joe Diamond – Marketing Strategies to Sell Out Shows

Once again, get free access for the WellAttended Summit at https://wellattendedsummit.com

I’ll see you there!

Thank you for helping spread the word.  I’ve attached a few images to this email as well.

William Rader


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