Quick reminder about our meeting on Tuesday (new information highlighted):
Our March meeting is coming up on the 19th at 7:00 pm at Winfield’s (see attached and below for map and address). This month our president Robert Ray will be hosting a magic class at no charge to the club. He will be presenting magic that you can use!!!! No knuckle busting hard to do material! You will walk away with something you can perform right away. We will start early with the class beginning at 6:00pm. Please feel free to invite anyone, member or non-member, as this will be open to all… We are planning on having this class on a regular basis to invite anyone with an interest in magic and get them involved in this great form of entertainment!!!
Here are a some upcoming events to start thinking about (thank you to David Goldberg for arranging the lectures):
· Mike Fisher Magic show at Winfield’s (not affiliated with clubs) = March 29th He was AWESOME when he was here last time and the house was packed! See attached promo and check him out on Facebook….
· Olmac lecture = 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….
· 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).
· Lot’s of great acts at the Magic Castle in March (did I mention John Guastaferro? I personally cannot wait until the 24th!)
· 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.
· The Bernardo Sedlacek Lecture (SAM) last night was outstanding! Did anyone get his e-mail address? I would like to contact him….
· Check the IBM website at www.magician.org for the upcoming IBM Convention schedule
The Memorial Service for Frankie Clinton Alfred will be Thursday March 28, 2019. To be held at the First Country Baptist Church -12844 W. Santa Fe Drive-Surprise,AZ. 85378. A luncheon will be served in the Fellowship Hall following the celebration of life for Frank. Frank was a very special man and will be terrible missed.However we are rejoicing for Frank as he “walks the streets of Gold with Jesus”. Love & prayers are greatly appreciated
Frank Alfred (Frank Franali, Dr. Scandia) has been in the entertainment business all of
his life. Frank was born into a circus family, and has been a booking agent, concert
promoter, magician & hypnotist, writer and creator of magic. Frank Alfred’s ideas and
tricks have appeared in the Genii magazine, Walshes Cane and Candle Book, and the
Encyclopedia of Illusions. Frank also co-authored Hypnotism for Salesman, and he
recently authored the Asrah levitation book.
Frank Alfred has worked as a promoter for the Lee Grable show and for Ormand Mcgill.
He has toured with his own road show for 14 years throughout Alaska, Hawaii,
California, Oregon, Canada, Utah, Washington, Nevada, Idaho and Colorado. He has
appeared at many P.C.A.M conventions as a performer. Through his company Muse
Productions he has promoted most of the top Country acts including other performers.
Hey all I need your help! I need you to sign up for Respect the Magic at this link. It will allow us to better keep you informed. We do not want to send emails out to people who are not interested in the club so please sign up today. https://wackyzacksmagic.com/rtm We will see all on the 21st who comes. We are going to have a brief introduction talking about some of the plans for Respect the Magic. I also hope to help work with the IBM and SAM and would like to see a youth group started. However, it is just my wife Michelle and I and we can only do so much. Any help is welcome! If anyone has ideas for the April Respect the Magic meeting we are all ears! Thanks! Joe Wacky Zack’s Magic 602-548-8667 shop623-606-6997 Magic and Balloonswww.wackyzacksmagic.com
What a great Magic Saturday’s group. Lot of fun and lots of magic. Stuart did the trick he drew in the raffle called first hand. David did his trick called 5 in a hole. Next, Craig showed a bunch of assorted tricks. Jeff showed his version of out to lunch using his business cards with a little bit of spiritualism. Jay show a trick called “will the cards match! At the end even with all the cards shuffled, at the end they all matched. Robert Bengel showed us how to do the zarrow shuffle, some great card routines and coin routines. I was last do Jim Ryan’s ginger ring off rope and onto wand. Looking forward to next month.
Also the Saturday magic group is putting on a close-up magic show March 30th. Check out the poster. Bob Coluzzi
By John Katsilometes / Las Vegas Review-JournalMarch 9, 2019 – 4:06 pm Updated March 9, 2019 – 7:32 pm
Just days before he died, Johnny Thompson enjoyed his life’s passion: working with magicians.
Thompson, the legendary showman known as “The Great Tomsoni” and an inspiration to generations of magicians, died Saturday afternoon at Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas. He was 84.
A consultant on Penn & Teller’s “Fool Us” on the CW, Thompson collapsed Feb. 25 as the show was in rehearsals at the Rio. The famed illusionist was reportedly unresponsive for several minutes, but regained consciousness as he was rushed to the hospital. Thompson has had a history of respiratory problems.
Announcement of services are pending.
Thompson was a model Vegas showman, usually tuxedo-clad, working with his wife and ditsy stage assistant, Pam. The team developed a highly popular comedy-illusion act, with Thompson’s artistry effectively offset by Pam’s gum-chewing, eye-rolling responses. The duo were a well-known specialty act on the Strip in the 1970s and ’80s.
Thompson performed myriad roles in entertainment — as an actor, musician, writer, consultant make-up artist, clown and even a wrestler early in his career. He started his professional career in 1951 as a harmonica player who toured and recorded with Jerry Murad’s Harmonicats for seven years. He returned to magic, and developed his act with Pam, called The Great Tomsoni and Company. The two toured internationally and made numerous TV appearances as they became a Vegas showroom favorite.
The Academy of Magical Arts has honored Thompson with the award for Best Stage Magician and its highest award, the Master’s Fellowship.
Along with Penn & Teller, Thompson was friendly with, and worked as a consultant with, such Las Vegas stars as Siegfried & Roy; Criss Angel, especially the first couple of seasons of Angel’s “Mindfreak” TV show; David Copperfield; Lance Burton; Mac King; Mat Franco; and David Blaine. He was friends with such long-running Vegas performers as Mike Hammer and Murray Sawchuck, among many others.
Thompson was also close with comic and talk-show host Arsenio Hall, himself an accomplished magician.
In 2017, Penn & Teller revived a seven-minute segment of “The Great Tomsoni and Company” routine for their live show at the Rio. Jillette had also produced a documentary of he and Thompson performing Thompson’s “A Gambler’s Ballad.”
The project began as Jillette’s attempt to learn the famous Thompson card trick based on the 52-stanza poem of the same name. The two performed a live version of the trick at the Orleans in August 2017.
The mutual affection showed as the two veteran entertainers worked out the routine. At one point, as Jillette narrated the piece, one of their microphones buzzed through the theater.
Thompson turned to Jillette and said, “I think that’s you!”
“How do I make it stop?” Jillette asked. Thompson, with a mocking glare, said, “By shutting your mouth!” The crowd laughed, and the act continued, flawlessly.
Jillette posted the message “I miss him so much” on his Twitter page, along with a photo of he and Thompson. The Penn and Teller Instagram also posted a photo of the magic duo with Thompson and Pam, with the post, “Thank you, Johnny. We love you.”View image on Twitter
Many other famed entertainers in Las Vegas reacted to the news of Thompson’s death.
From Copperfield, who headlines his own theater at MGM Grand: “He was a great performer, teacher and friend … I’m heartbroken.”
From Franco, who headlines his eponymous theater at Linq Hotel: “I’m deeply saddened by the passing of Johnny Thompson. Beyond being a generous friend and devoted mentor, he was a god-like figure in our community, and I’m thankful for all of the wonderful things he’s left us to remember him by. He was following his passion while selflessly helping others right until the very end. In the words often spoken by Johnny himself, ‘Love you, pal.’ “
Burton, who headlined for decades on the Strip, most recently at Monte Carlo: “I am heartbroken today to lose my longtime friend and mentor Johnny Thompson. For almost 40 years, Johnny has been intimately involved in all aspects of my career. He has written material for my TV shows as well as my live act. From teaching me the ‘Cups and Balls’ to suggesting music for new routines, from inventing new stage illusions to giving me jokes out of his own act, Johnny has been a living oracle. He was quite simply the best magician I ever knew. Johnny Thompson was like a second father to me. In the world of magic, he is irreplaceable.”
From Sawchuck, who headlines at Laugh Factory at Tropicana: “If you listened to him for one hour and only took one thing he told you and used it as a magician, you’d be 10 times better than most. He was magic’s Wikipedia.”
From Hammer, who headlines at Four Queens; “Johnny Thompson was a mentor and family to me. He is a true legend in the magic community and will be missed deeply.”
Marshall Brodien spent 26 years dazzling daily television audiences with magic tricks as the clown-wizard character Wizzo the Wizard on WGN-Ch. 9’s legendary “Bozo’s Circus” and its successor program, “The Bozo Show.”
Brodien wasn’t solely a children’s show cast member, however. Sans makeup, Brodien performed magic and stage hypnosis for years at lounges, clubs, county fairs, parties and trade shows. He also ran his own magic and novelty company.
Brodien, 84, died Friday of complications from Alzheimer’s disease at the Arden Courts of Geneva memory care facility, said his son, Marshall Jr. He had lived at that facility for the past five years and prior to that lived in Geneva and other west suburbs.
Born and raised in Chicago, Brodien was drawn to magic at the age of 8, when he was entranced by a magician’s performance at his school. Brodien never graduated from high school, and at age 14, he took a job selling and demonstrating magic tricks and novelties at the Magic Center in downtown Chicago. He later held a similar position at the National Magic Co.
By age 16, Brodien was performing magic tricks at Riverview Park on Chicago’s Northwest Side. A few years later, he was performing magic tricks at the Magic Lounge in Cicero, followed by work at the Beacon Inn on the South Side and at the Boston Nocturne Club in Chicago. He eventually bought the Nocturne Club and renamed it the Club Mystic. He didn’t enjoy club management.
“I couldn’t stand running the club,” Brodien told the Tribune in 1994. “It gave me so little time to perform. I had to sell it.”
Brodien served in the Army during the 1950s and was commissioned to the Special Services entertainment division at Fort Carson, Col., where he performed more than 700 shows at hospitals, non-commissioned officer clubs and private parties.
Marshall Brodien as clown-wizard Wizzo the Wizard, left, with Bozo on WGN-TV’s “Bozo’s Circus.” (James Mayo/Chicago Tribune)
Later jobs included working at the Cairo Supper Club in the early 1960s and serving as the master of ceremonies for the Ice Royals, even though Brodien did not know how to skate.
Brodien’s career-defining move took place when he was booked in 1962 to perform his magic act on “Bozo’s Circus,” for decades a lunchtime staple for Chicago-area schoolchildren. He continued making regular appearances on the show before he officially joined the cast in 1968. Several years afterward, he developed the Wizzo the Wizard character. It was a role he relished.
“It’s been a lot of fun to put on that costume and just act crazy and wild,” Brodien told the Tribune in 1994.
With googly eyes and a getup that included a waxed, Rollie Fingers-style handlebar mustache, a long, dark-colored chin patch, a “Stone of Zanzibar” necklace and an Arabian Nights-inspired costume, Brodien — as Wizzo — would utter his trademark, so-called mystical phrase: “Doody doody do” as he presented magic to his often-befuddled clown castmates.
“There was just something very charming about his Wizzo character, charming and mischievous, that as a boy, I loved,” said Dean Richards, WGN-Ch. 9’s entertainment reporter and critic, who began work at the station in 1991. “So when I got to meet him and the other original actors on the show — Bob Bell and Roy Brown and Don Sandburg and Ray Rayner — all the originals, as a lifelong Chicagoan, it was a treat for me. And it was very obvious when you watched the show that they were performing for the kids, but they were also entertaining themselves at the same time. They had natural chemistry.”
Richards recalled frequently going out to dinner with Brodien.
“Many times he’d pull a deck of cards out of his pocket and start doing magic tricks, and before you know it, 10 people were surrounding him and he’s levitating himself,” Richards said. “He just enjoyed making people laugh.”
Brodien’s regular role as Wizzo ended in 1994, when WGN retooled “The Bozo Show” and shifted it from a weekday program to an early Sunday-morning-only incarnation. After that, Brodien made only made only one more appearance on “Bozo” — its final show in 2001.
While his Wizzo character on “Bozo” undoubtedly is remembered most fondly by the legions of youngsters who grew up watching WGN’s cast of clowns, it wasn’t Brodien’s only TV persona. A shrewd businessman, Brodien began hawking his TV Magic Cards in 1970 and founded a multimillion-dollar magic and novelty company, Marshall Brodien TV Magic Catalog Co., in 1975.
“I watched magicians pitch decks of cards at fairgrounds where they could stop 100 people and sell 50 decks of cards,” Brodien told the Tribune in 1994. “I figured if I went on TV, I could reach enough people to sell a million decks.”
Brodien also was a mainstay at local events, including county fairs, sometimes performing with his fellow “Bozo” star Roy “Cooky” Brown. Brodien was a part-owner of the Schaumburg night spot Toto’s and the Schaumburg restaurant Lancers, and also owned a magic shop at the Old Chicago Indoor Amusement Park in Bolingbrook, a venue long-since demolished.
Brodien sold his magic distribution company to Harmony Toys in 1992.
“Every job I’ve ever had throughout my life has involved magic to some degree,” Brodien told the Tribune. “I’ve always enjoyed performing magic and promoting other magicians. It’s my work, but it’s also my hobby.”
A biography of Brodien, “The Magical Life of Marshall Brodien,” was published in 2007. He was the recipient of many honors, including being inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts & Science’s Silver Circle in 2012 and having the city of Geneva commemorate last July 10 as Marshall Brodien Day.
In his later years, Brodien enjoyed traveling, attending magic gatherings and going to flea markets, his son said.
Brodien was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2007.
A first marriage ended in divorce. A daughter, Christine, died in 2016.
In addition to his son, Brodien is survived by his wife, Mary; another son, John; a daughter, Anita Brazeau; nine grandchildren; one great-grandson; three stepchildren; and four stepgrandchildren.