Saturday Magic

Bob Coluzzi1:41 PM (7 hours ago)

Hi all. Don’t forget our magic Saturday get together this Saturday Jan 12, 2019 at 12:00 noon at pueblo norte senior village 7090 E Mescal St Scottsdale AZ.  Don’t forget our free raffle drawing for 12 people for  magic trick. The only catch is that you must perform it at the designated month on your draw here at Magic Saturday. See Bob if you would like to participate in the drawing.
See you all Saturday……….

Ring 55 Meeting January 15th

Happy New Year All:

Sorry for the late notice but our January meeting is scheduled for the 15th at the usual time(7:00pm) and still at Winfield’s (see attached for directions).  I think the theme for this meeting should be any new magic you received or learned over the holiday season!  Also a quick reminder that the Magic Saturday event is this Saturday at Pueblo Norte and it sounds like the group has some fun events planned.  Contact Bob Coluzzi for more information.

Look forward to seeing you all on the 15th!

Curt Godsey

Ring 55 Secretary

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SAM Meeting

Good Evening and Happy New Year SAM 248!

It’s hard to believe that we’re already having our first meeting of 2019 next week on Wednesday (6:30 January 16, 2018) at Denny’s on 7000 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85054!

At this meeting, we have the great fortune of featuring Joe Montella!

Joe Montella, a man of many talents, has made THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of dollars doing kids magic! He has performed over 1,000 shows in his career! He has taken all the knowledge he has gained over the years and is now sharing it.

This lecture is going to show you how to build and create a show for kids!

Joe will explain the pros and cons of adding balloons to your show. As well how to keep the kids and parents happy with a show that is fun interactive and controllable. Joe will explain how he comes in sets up breaks down and at his peak would do as many as ten shows a weekend! He is going to give you the ins and outs of what it means to be a kids performer and what you should be thinking about before you start. As well the commitment you are making when you agree to a show with an agent, client or family member. Joe will go over some pricing guide lines as well and what you should be considering before giving a price.

Joe will also have a Q&A session and you can ask questions on anything you like!

Also….

Let’s not forget that January is when the annual dues are due for SAM assembly 248!  Remember, dues are $35 per member and $5 per member’s guest. You can pay right now by PayPal by clicking this link: http://sam248.org/pay-dues/  or mail your payment to: 
Tom Virden,1641 W. Kristal WayPhoenix, AZ  85027
Of course, you can bring also your payment to the meeting on January 16th!

Many, Many thanks to those of you have paid already!  We rely on your dues to keep these lectures coming.  Here’s what we have lined up so far:

January 16:  Joe Montella

February 6: Gary Lazok

March 5: Bernardo Sedlacek

April 17: Thom Peterson

See you there! This is going to be fun!

-Tom

Magic Saturday by Bob Coluzzi

HELLO EVERYONE. HOPE YOU ALL HAD A WONDERFUL 2018 YEAR AND HOPING 2019 WILL BE BETTER.DON’T FORGET OUR MAGIC  SATURDAY WHICH IS COMING UP ON JANUARY 12, 2019 AT 12:00 NOON AT PUEBLO NORTE SENIOR VILLAGE AT 7090 E. MESCAL ST SCOTTSDALE, AZ 85254.
THIS IS ALSO AN OPEN INVITATION FOR ANY MAGICIAN WANTING TO JOIN OUR GROUP. WE ARE A GROUP OF MAGICIANS WHO MEET TO HAVE SOME CAMARADERIE, DO MAGIC, AND HAVE FUN. WE ARE NOT A CLUB PER-SAY, THERE ARE NO OFFICERS, NO DUES, AND NO RULES EXCEPT ONE, COME DO SOME MAGIC.
THIS MONTH THERE WILL BE A FREE DRAWING FOR 12 TRICKS. THE CATCH IS YOU MUST COME TO THE MAGIC SATURDAY AND PERFORM IT. THE TRICKS WILL BE LABELED FEBRUARY THROUGH JULY WITH TWO PERFORMANCES PER MONTH ACCORDING TO WHAT TRICK AND MONTH YOU DREW.  THIS SHOULD BE FUN! PLUS WE WILL STILL HAVE OUR REGULAR MAGICIANS SHOWING THEIR STUFF.
PLEASE COME AND JOIN US, GUARANTEE YOU WILL ENJOY THE DAY.  NO TRAFFIC TO GET HERE, NO NIGHT DRIVING AND NO EXCUSES.
THE SATURDAY MAGIC GROUP IS LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING MANY OF YOU HERE .

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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Leigh Hotz, 60, and Mamata Hotz, 50, of Mesa Arizona do a card trick with Merlynn the Magic Cockatiel.

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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.”