Website Upgrading process

Over the last few weeks, the website software we use was partially upgraded which “broke” some of the features or plugins we use. Part of the problem is the new upgrade also needed a upgrade of the hosting PHP version which is a issue I had to work out with the hosting service. the PHP is now upgraded, and we should he all the features back online soon including photo gallery and timeline events over the next few days.

Ring 55 July Meeting

Hello All:

Wow, what a Convention!!  It was great seeing so many of you there and meeting some of you for the first time.  Our regularly scheduled meeting is this Tuesday the 16th at 7:00 pm.  Come early if you would like to get a beverage or light meal before the meeting.  I know I took a lot of pictures and if any of you want to put together a slide show of your pictures, I’ll bring my laptop and we can put it up on the big screen. If you wouldn’t mind bring your pictures on a flash drive and we can share them with each other.  If you purchased something at the convention and would like to demo it for the group, that would be great too.  We can also talk about our favorite moments and memories from the convention.

Here are some future events to put on your calendar:

·         Christian Engblom = tentative dates around October 16-20, See attached Flyer. He’s “The biggest member of the Fat Brothers” along with Dani DaOrtiz and Miguel Angel Gea from the Spanish School of magic.  Sounds Great! Here he is on “Fool Us” (combined lecture with SAM)

·         Bill Wisch =  November 20th, also see attached Flyer.  I personally look forward to attending this one as Bill is a protégé of Slydini and is authorized in writing by Slydini to present his magic.  Here’s a link to part one of his Castle Act and Lecture Announcement lecture with SAM)

·         Nathan Coe Marsh = lecture and show tentatively 9-24 & 25.  We are planning this to be a show the 24th and a lecture/workshop on the 25th. Further details to follow, but put this on your calendar. (combined lecture with SAM)

·         The Annual Magic Auction will be Saturday October 12 at the same campus as Winfield’s but with a larger space (In bldg C1 “Curry Hall”) We are planning a stage show along with the auction so put this on your calendar and let us know if you are interested in performing.

·         Ring #55 Holiday Banquet will be the first Saturday in December (12/7), further details to follow.

Just to let you know, we have full access to an actual traditional stage with curtains, lighting and sound on the same campus as Winfield’s at minimal (if any) cost in Curry Hall .  We can do virtually any type of show, and I really look forward to reviving live performance in this room.

More to come…..



Magic Convention: Queensland Australia October 17-20
Ph: 0407 758 867
Magic Convention – Early Bird Registration Now Open!Hi Leigh,

We would like to let you know that Early Bird Registration is now open for GC Magic 2019  being held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia 17th-20th October this year.

The Early Bird registration fee is only $359 which includes a Gala Show and Buffet Dinner valued at over $100. Early Bird Registration finishes 1st August.

We’re excited about our international line-up and below you will find more information about our guest lecturers and performers and also what’s included in the registration. 

If you could please let the members of your Magic Club know about the convention, it would be much appreciated. 
We have a website and a Facebook page which we’re encouraging everyone to like as we’ll be posting special offers every now and then!
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Arthur & Helen Coghlan

Our International Guest Lecturers & Performers 

We have an exciting line-up of international guest lecturers and performers, including US magician Richard Turner. The amazing thing about this master Card Manipulator is that he is totally blind. It’s Richard’s first trip to Australia and we’re excited about his upcoming lecture and performance. Click the button below to find out about all our special guests.Guest Lecturers & PerformersTwo time Penn & Teller Fooler will be performing

 Helen is the daughter of legendary Magician & Escapologist, Arthur Coghlan and is a leading entertainer in her own right. She was the first woman in the world to perform Houdini’s Water Torture escape.More recently she has been on Penn & Teller: Fool Us twice and fooled them both times!! She will be performing her latest escape at the convention.Read moreAudition for Penn & Teller: Fool Us

The producers of the hit TV show are coming Down Under in search of magicians and will give a lecture about the show, how to audition for it and also lecture about magic on TV.  It’s their first trip to Australia and the only chance to meet with them in the Australasia region.Read moreWhat’s included with GC Magic 2019 RegistrationWelcome drink – beer, wine or soft drink (17th)All available lectures and performances (click here for list)Opportunity to audition for Penn & Teller: Fool UsStage Magic, Close-Up and/or Children’s Entertainer competitionsContinuous tea and coffee (18th & 19th)10% discount on Voco Surfers Paradise’s best flexible accommodation rate for the duration of GC Magic 2019 (subject to availability)Gala Show & Buffet Dinner (19th) valued at over $100’Goodie’ bagRegister nowFor all your travel needsFor all your travel requirements to and from GC Magic 2019, including flights (domestic & international), special discount accommodation at Voco Gold Coast, tours, etc  contact Michelle Tavli from MTA Travel.  Email: Mobile: +61 0414716443 Phone: 1300 365 688 ext 747

South African illusionist suffers head wound during magic show mishap with crossbow

South African illusionist suffers head wound during magic show mishap with crossbow

By Robert Gearty | Fox News

Fox News Flash top headlines for July 2


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An illusionist in South Africa suffered a head wound when a magic show stunt involving a crossbow went terribly wrong.

Reports say Li Lau was performing an escape when he was shot Sunday in Makhanda. He left the hospital after doctors stitched up his head.

“We just had a little minor incident this afternoon, but I’m all well,” Lau said in a video statement on Twitter that he posted afterward, according to Epoch Times.


The crossbow bolt did not penetrate Lau’s skull, News 24 reported.

The station and other South African news outlets reported that another performer, Brendon Peel, shot Lau.

Brendon Peel, left, and Li Lau, right, were performing an escape Sunday during a magic show when Lau was shot in the head with a crossbow. Lau needed stitches after the mishap.

Brendon Peel, left, and Li Lau, right, were performing an escape Sunday during a magic show when Lau was shot in the head with a crossbow. Lau needed stitches after the mishap. (Magic.Africa)

The National Arts Festival which staged the show said those reports were wrong.

“The escape is performed while the crossbow is held by apparatus & fired by a mechanically-timed trigger,” the festival said. “At the time the crossbow was fired, it was not held by either performer.”


Those who saw what happened included a number of children.

“We send our apologies to the kids for giving a few of them quite a scare,” Peel said on