Ring 55’s Bizzaro’s Installation & Banquet
On May 16th 2017 Ring 55 Phoenix AZ held it’s annual installation banquet and show. Our new officers were installed.
David Goldberg – President
Leigh Hotz – Vice President & Webmaster
Bob Coluzzi – Treasurer
Mamata Hotz – Secretary
Bill Newhouse – Sgt At Arms
Ring 55 PHX Installation dinner had plenty of magic both before and after dinner. Our pre-dinner closeup entertainment was provided by local professional magician Robert Bengel who did great strolling magic at the tables before the dinner.After a delicious meal our officers were sworn in by Jay Gorham. Jay also announced the 2017 inductees into the Ring 55 Hall of Fame. They were Bob Blumle who was a past member and very instrumental to the growth of Ring 55 and a VERY surprised Leigh Hotz. The look on his face when he heard his name called was priceless. Over the years Leigh has contributed very much to the Ring serving as a past President and current Vice President & webmaster as a matter of fact Leigh has been webmaster for about 10 years. In addition to all of that Leigh works a full time job, runs a magic shop AND performs magic on a regular basis including getting on NBC America’s Got Talent in 2015. So yes he is very deserving of this award.
After the dinner and Installation Bizzaro from Las Vegas was our evening’s entertainment. If you’ve never seen Bizzaro before you are missing a lot. Bizzaro’s act is an eye-popping visual treat that is also VERY funny. It was a great evening.
The next day Bizzaro came back to give a lecture and it was agreed that this was one of if not the BEST lecture we’ve seen in a very long time. This was an honest to goodness lecture with actual hands on guidance in making one of the props for a card effect. Yes there were notes and some effects for sale but everything taught in the lecture was created using everyday objects. The effects taught were definitely on the zany side but the intelligent thinking behind them was brilliant. If your club has an opportunity to have Bizzaro lecture DO IT!
One of the most startling effects taught was the visual change of a six pack of Coke to a six pack of Sprite. Bizzaro’s magic is the kind of magic that not only made me feel like a kid again but if I wasn’t into magic already it sure would inspire me to learn.