Ring 55 Report for July 2019
Meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month at Winfields Coffee Shop 7025 E. Osborn Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85251
President: Robert Ray (e-mail email@example.com)
Treasurer: Bruce Lindvig (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Secretary: Curt Godsey (email@example.com)
Web Master: Leigh Hotz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
President Robert Ray opened the meeting promptly at 7:00pm. We had several new people attending this meeting so we opened with everyone introducing themselves and giving a little personal background. We then had general discussion regarding the recently concluded IBM Convention held right here in Scottsdale. Everyone shared their favorite moments and memories and there were a lot of great one’s.
Several of us volunteered to pick up VIP’s at the airport and shuttle them to the convention venue. We were lucky enough to pick up many of the big names such as Joshua Jay, Jessica Jane, and Matt Baker just to name a few. This being my first convention, I thought it was fantastic! The Talking Stick Resort was great and there were plenty of amenities. Everything was contained in the resort which made getting to all of the events very convenient. The dealer room was very well attended and had plenty of varied vendors. I particularly enjoyed Mark Mason, Andy Greget, Iowa Magic, and Daytona Magic, but ever vendor was well stocked and very friendly.
At the beginning of the convention we all got a poster with pictures of all of the performers and an opportunity to get autographs by all. What a great opportunity to meet Lance Burton, Jeff McBride, Lawrence Hass, Jon Armstrong, Robert Baxt, Bizzaro, Banacek, Shawn Farquhar and so many more! Another real highlight was getting to meet Mark and Nani Wilson along with their son Greg. Greg was raffling off a one of a kind promotional deck of cards to raise funds for his project to restore all of the footage of “The Magic Land of Alakazam”! The close up competition was a lot of fun and the winners were well deserved. A big shout out to our local hero GeNo the GenYes for his win in the youth contest and keep an eye out for Josep Vidal the adult winner. The stage competitions were great but the winner of the adult contest Masayo Sato, all I can say is WOW, she was fantastic!
All of the evening shows were excellent and this big highlight for me was the Wilson’s on stage with outgoing president and local hero Michael Finney. Mark was funny and gave a great tribute to Michael and you could tell it meant a lot to Michael to have such an honor. I could go on and on about the convention, but check out the blog on the IBM web site for more coverage and some great pictures.
Our meeting continued with everyone demonstrating their favorite effects and we concluded with a video clip of one of my favorite performers, John Guasteferro, demonstrating a great spectator cuts the aces routine. Of course several of us stayed late to do card tricks for each other. A great time was had by all and we look forward to next month!
Curt Godsey – Secretary