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!

THE DOUG HENNING PROJECT 1985 All-Stars of Magic Charity Event Photo

New post on THE DOUG HENNING PROJECT1985 All-Stars of Magic Charity Event Photoby Neil McNallyThe 1985 picture is certainly one of the more famous pictures in terms of magic all-stars.Organized by Lance Burton and Fielding West, this one night only event featured a who’s who of magic to raise money for hunger in Africa. No one can argue that this photo certainly captured a rare moment in time that featured the older generation with the young.Were you there?Back row (Left To Right): Lance Burton, Harry and Gay Blackstone, Jeff McBride, Johnny Thompson, Max Maven, Roy, Nani and Mark Wilson Front row (Left to Right): Harry Anderson, Unknown Woman, Siegfried, Doug and Debbie Henning



Bob ColuzziSun, Apr 14, 11:55 AM (5 days ago)
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March Ring 55 Meeting Report

Ring 55 Report for March 2019

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

President: Robert Ray (e-mail

Vice President: David Goldberg (

Treasurer: Bruce Lindvig (

Sergeant at Arms: Cody Whitten (

Secretary: Curt Godsey (

Web Master: Leigh Hotz (

President Robert Ray opened the meeting promptly at 7:00pm. VP David Goldberg announced the upcoming lecture by Olmac on 4-11-19 at the Denny’s on 48th street in Tempe and Treasurer Bruce Lindvig announced that he has arranged for International President Michael Finney to meet with the Phoenix Art Museum to promote the upcoming IBM Convention in Scottsdale!

The theme of this month’s meeting was “Magic You Will Use!” and was hosted by our president Robert Ray. He taught us a 4 card Triumph routine that was surprising and surprisingly easy to do!  Next up was and impromptu Metal Epic effect using business cards that was a great way to leave your business card in several people’s hands. He then taught several other bit of business with business cards including a production and a printing routine where the cards appeared from blank business card stock. He then moved to some coin routines that, again, looked great but are relatively easy to do.  First was a production from Downs Palm, followed by the real fan favorite “Four Coin Challenge”. I think this was a highlight for most of us as Robert clearly counted four quarters into the spectators hand, closed their hand, said he would steal one out, then did so! The look on VP David Goldberg’s face was priceless!!! Even on the repeat the method was invisible. Thankfully Robert tipped the method and it is devious, you’ll have to contact him if you want to know….Finally Robert taught us the burnt and restored match trick which looked great.  Overall Thank you Robert for a great class and it appeared that everyone found something that they could use! We will definitely be continuing this class in the future.

We then went into general meeting mode and our good friend Steve presented a very interesting idea to make people want to keep your business card using the formula 2+11-1=12.  I had never seen this but it is VERY clever! David Goldberg showed us a great tip using a contact lense case as a container for hand moisturizer. Craig Brooks closed us out with a routine using two different colored rubber bands, a wand and a silk. The rubber bands changed places, I was amazed, he explained it, I’m still amazed!  After the meeting we had a great time performing and exchanging card tricks, stories, and personal experiences of our journey in magic. Thank you everyone for a great meeting!

We look forward to welcoming visiting members, so please contact us and feel free to come to our meetings.

See you at the Convention in July:

Curt Godsey – Secretary


A BIG thank you to John Guasteferro for putting my wife and I on his guest list for a night at the Magic Castle!  What a fantastic experience for our first time and John treated us like Rock Stars. His presentation in the close up room was polished and absolutely amazing, the audience loved it.  We also got to see the mentalist Jheff (in the Parlour of Prestidigitation) as well as Nick Locapo in the same theater. We were fortunate to sit in the front row for Nick’s show and my wife was next to his aunt who told us some great tidbits about Nick!  What a great experience, thank you John (especially), Jheff, and Nick for an outstanding evening!

Curt’s Corner

Hello All:

Our April meeting is coming up on the 16th at 6:00 pm. This month we will join SAM 248 at Pueblo Del Norte (7090 E. Mescal St., Scottsdale, AZ 85254 ) for the Thom Peterson Lecture!  Attached is the lecture info sent out by SAM 248 along with info about our other upcoming lectures. 

We need to get those nominations in for our upcoming elections and installation banquet.  If you would like to be on the board for Ring 55 or would like to nominate someone please feel free to call or e-mail Robert, David, Cody, Bruce, or myself and let us know!

Here are a some upcoming events to start thinking about (thank you to David Goldberg and Bob Coluzzi for arranging the lectures):

·         Olmac lecture = This Thursday April 11th Denny’s on 48th street in Tempe = Look him up on youtube, he’ll also be at the Magic Castle and in Las Vegas. See the attached brochure….This is coming up quick and it’s gonna be good!!!

·         Chris Rawlins Lecture = April 17th 7:00P.M. @ Pueblo Norte, 7090 E. Mescal St., Scottsdale, AZ 85254 $15.00 in advance/$20.00 at the door, see attached for more information

·         Scott Alexander = May 8th Denny’s on 48th street in Tempe = Needs no introduction, just be there!!!!

·         Some members have expressed an interest in an “Open Mic” night at Winfield’s so we are working on that, more info soon, but let me know if you might be interested (still working on this one).

·         If you haven’t paid your 2019 dues, you can contact our treasurer Bruce using the information below.

·         Ring #55 nominations and elections are coming up in April, so be thinking about who you would like as your board members and make your voice heard.

·         Check the IBM website at for the upcoming IBM Convention schedule

To pay dues contact:

Bruce Lindvig

13836 N 54th Place

Scottsdale, AZ 85254


Or you can pay thru the website at:

If you do pay thru the website, please drop Bruce an e-mail to let him know.

Wow, we have a lot of great stuff coming up, I look forward to seeing you there!

Thank you:

Curt Godsey

Ring 55 Secretary

Robert Ray

David Goldberg

Cody Whitten

Bruce Lindvig

SAM 248 Installation Banquet!

Come to the Annual SAM 248 Installation Banquet!It is Absolutely Thrilling to note that we are announcing the annual SAM 248 Installation Banquet on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at Pueblo Norte at 7090 E Mescal St, Scottsdale, AZ 85254.  Dinner is served at 6:00 and the show begins at 7:30!

We will have an evening of thrilling entertainment from the inimitable Dr. Rev. Stephen Strange!   With his strong background in circus, sideshow, comedy, and vaudeville magic performance, we are guaranteed to have a wonderful evening! 
 We also have a phenomenal menu lined up!Salad with DressingChicken KievRoad BeefBaked PotatoButtered CornGreen Beans AmadineRolls and ButterChocolate Whipped Cream CakeCoffee, Punch, WaterTickets are only $20, but they must be purchased by Wednesday, April 22.  We cannot take the money “at the door.” You can reserve your seat a few ways:You may send it via PayPal to may visit and pay via PayPal there.You may bring payment to the SAM meeting on April 16I hope to see you all there!

Mikame Magic

A couple of the guys were inquiring about crafted wooden apparatus by Mikame’.  Attached are photographs of my favorites in The ACCUMULATION.
There are a couple of smaller items tucked away that are not shown.  Of course, there are other props produced by Mikame’ that I do not own, but these are the ones that appeal to me personally.  His Magic is becoming more and more collectible.
An internet search should lead you to the description of the effects of each, but should you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
Larry the Magish

McBride Museletter

Dear Friends:
I’m delighted to introduce you (though I expect many of you already know him) to our guest columnist for this month. He is our long-time friend Cyril John May – The ReSourcerer! I first met CJ almost 20 years ago, when he was head of recycling for Yale University, and wanted to see if we could arrange for Jeff McBride to visit and lecture there. After several years of work, we did make those arrangements, and CJ has become a good friend, both personally and as a friend of the Magic & Mystery School. He is an amazing performer, who uses his magic to further the cause of our environment, and, particularly re-cycling. I think the piece below will really make you think…and perhaps consider ways you can use your own magic to further a worthy cause. Without further ado…Cyril John May!Using magic to lobby legislators is a double-edged sword. It can help you win their hearts and minds.
It can also get you arrested.
by Cyril John “CJ” May
 Magic has more power than even magicians think it does. It can change the laws of the land. On many of my occasional trips to legislative bodies to give testimony on environmental issues, I have used magic. The power to entertain and capture attention is in full play. It pulls bored legislators out of the stupor brought on by hours of mind-numbing, fact-swollen statements read by droning lobbyists, citizens and others. Lawmakers wake up, smile and thank you when you interject fun and creativity into their day.
But magic also is an exclamation point. It does not merely entertain. It helps you emphasize what you are trying to say. Testifying before the New Haven Board of Alders as they considered whether to discontinue the purchasing of bottled water was vastly improved by magic. Producing a stream of smoke from a previously empty bottle made my point: polluting trucks must drive bottled water to its destinations. This use for magic adds pleasing and easily rememberable visuality to important facts. This can lock your message into the memories of the lawmakers and help win your case.
It might also get you arrested.

Controversy over the question of whether the local utility should close a coal-fired plant brought me to Bridgeport, CT with a trick, literally, up my sleeve. A sharp-eyed plain-clothes Federal Marshall, hyper vigilant in the days following 9/11, noticed something suspicious. He briskly whisked me out of the room, gave me a once over, a tongue lashing and the boot from the building. No testimony…but at least no handcuffs.Like any good show, testimony requires preparation, waiting, and on-the-fly adjustment. I was recently called to Hartford, the capital of Connecticut, to speak about issues related to recycling and plastic bags. I scripted myself for the 3 minutes (maximum time allowed), rehearsed it with props, and packed and arrived early. I knew the venue, and was not at all surprised that even checking in way before the 10:30 am start time, still resulted in my testifying at 3:00 pm. By that time the lawmakers were zoned out. They woke up, however, when I made a bottle levitate. They laughed when one plastic shopping bag became a daisy chain that spanned half of the caucus room. In the four hour wait, I had also realized that they might ask me about the current crisis in recycling markets, and whether we should stop recycling. Fortunately, I had been carrying the right magical answer to that question for several weeks. I was able to display five 5-dollar bills to demonstrate that my employer, the City of Waterbury, still saves $25 for every ton it recycles. And the alternative…? The $25 instantly became $80 to represent what it would cost per ton to trash all those cans, bottles, paper and cardboard. This got exclamations, requests for me to do the same trick with their money, laughs and, most importantly, a point firmly-made.Magic is powerful.  It can change the world not only by the sense of wonder it provides, but also by the messages it can deliver to audiences in a theater or a government conference room.

Cyril John “CJ” May wears the hat of a sorcerer as well as that of a sustainability professional. He performs “enviromagic” shows for children and families as “Cyril the Sorcerer” ( When presenting on environmental topics to professionals and other adults he is “The Resourcerer” ( He has worked in recycling for more than 30 years and currently serves as Refuse/Recycling Coordinator for the City of Waterbury. As Waterbury’s “municipal magician” he regularly performs magic on environmental topics at City schools, library, events and civic meetings.

cyril.may@aya.yale.eduFrom Tobias:
Thank you, CJ! I loved this piece, partly because of its entertainment value to all of us Museletter readers—but mostly because it’s such a great example of how powerful our art can really be, even outside our traditional role as entertainers. Magic is about transformation, and if you don’t consider how your performance will transform your audience, you’re missing out on one of the big keys to creating more powerful performances.

Speaking of ways to make your performances more powerful…

We still have a couple of spots available in this year’s Focus on Street Magic Class and the follow up day on Mario’s Strait Jacket Escape and Finales. This is the one class we offer where students sometimes make back more than their tuition from performing on the streets of Las Vegas—not just for feedback, but for real cash! The class starts April 5…so you have just a couple of days to get your plans together…but the rush will be worth your while, I’m sure! (Note: Due to Mario’s increasingly busy schedule, this class may not be offered again until 2021).Immediately after the Street Magic clases, we have Jeff’s Spring Training – one of our most successful new additions to our schedule. We have 2 days each on card magic, classics of magic, and grand illusions. Students can choose any one of the 2-day classes or get a sizeable discount by registering for all three. We keep the classes small so that each student gets maximum learning time with Jeff.

Immediately after the Spring Training, Jeff will be flying to the Philippines for Pacific Coast Association of Magicians & Philippine International Magic Convention at the SMX Convention Center / SMX Aura
Taguig City, Philippines.  The first International Magic Convention held in the Philippines in this century, produced and organized by Cecile and Mighty International under the management of Raul Fernandez. This convention opens up the way for Asian magicians and magic enthusiasts to experience the teachings, the competition and the fellowship of Magicians and Gurus from the West, and to be part of an International Magic Convention.

Sounds like quite an exciting month, don’t you think? We wish you all an equally exciting April, and look forward to seeing you here again in just a couple of weeks!
Best to all.
Tobias Beckwith

Closeup Magic Show

Hi Leigh: Here is a little blog for the site.On Saturday March 30, 2019, the Magic Saturday Group put on a Close-up magic show at Pueblo Norte Senior Living Village on Scottsdale. There were five performers, Robert Bengel, Sonny Shipman, Gary Lazok, Jeff Payton and Bob Coluzzi. Our show coordinator was Jay Gorham. We had five tables set up with 15 chairs set around each table. There was 75 people in attendance ,with many have never had  seen a magic close-up show before. they were astounded by the magic “up close and in their face”. I can’t tell you what tricks each performed for I was one of the performers. I will post it after the Magic Saturday Performance.
Some of the performers will be doing their close-up act again on April 13, 2019 at 12:00 Noon for The Magic Saturday Group .
Submitted by,Bob Coluzzi