Broken Wand: Tony Spina

Meir Yedid is with Terri Cook and Adam Blumenthal.2 hrs

Sad news: My boss, friend and longtime supporter Tony Spina (April 5, 1930-May 18, 2019) died today at the age of 89. In addition to owning one of the most important magic companies in the world, Tannen’s Magic, he also had a lifelong passion for magic. Before buying into Tannen’s he was a busy performing magician who opened for some of the best in the business, during the height of the Catskills, with his dove act. In his later years, he never stopped watching it on TV and constantly played with stuff and talked about the impossible magic he saw. This photo was taken the last time I saw him, last November with Terri Cook and current Tannen’s owner Adam Blumenthal.

Meeting Location SHange


Slight change of plan for our meeting tomorrow.  Winfield’s was accidentally double-booked, so we will meet on the same campus, but a different room. See the attached map and picture for location.  The door will be open with lights on so it should be easy to find.  Winfield’s will be open, so you can get drinks or food, but they are holding a graduation ceremony so you might want to get drinks early.

See you tomorrow at 7pm.

Magic Show Monday

Magic Show Monday: Before Your Very Eyes!by Neil McNally

Lets’s get this week started on a high note with a musical selection from “The Magic Show” soundtrack. “Before Your Very Eyes” is one of the showstoppers of the musical, and still holds up extremely well today!

While it’s difficult to find a proper video recording of “The Magic Show” as originally presented (I’m not counting the 1981 filmed version), the soundtrack album stands as testament to a unique time time when Doug Henning reinvented two art forms: Magic and Broadway. Since then, the world has never been the same!

Neil McNally | 13 May 2019 at 2:46 pm | Tags: 1970sBroadwayDoug HenningmagicMusicalSoundtrackThe Doug Henning ProjectThe Magic ShowWonder | Categories: Doug HenningMagic ShowStephen Schwartz | URL:

Advice Wanted

Would you help us give Advice to the new generation of magicians?
Wacky Zack’s Magic has been doing some experimentation with social media and videos that are based around theory and guidance. We call it our “Rules To The Road To Becoming A Magician” We would very much like to get some help from other magicians who have life experience that can not be taught. 
I am not looking for secrets in the sense of a trick but, something much more valuable. Advice and thoughts on the following questions. 
If you are willing to go on Camera and give your opinions we would very much love to have you a part of it. Just email me back and let me know when you are available. We will give you as much or as little time as you wish to have.
I am currently trying to set up interviews for this coming Monday the 6th. 
Our plans for the footage are simple… We are going to put it on youtube so that all can learn and grow. 
We do have some other options and ideas that do have an economic component to them. However, those conversations are on a case by case and face to face level. However, if you have an interest in helping others grow in magic and making money I would like to set up a time to have that conversation as well. 

Here are the questions  we would like to ask you. Advice and guidance for new magicians 

  • How do you think we bridge the divide of the old magicians and their way of thinking with the new magicians and their way of thinking? 
  • What advice would you give to any person who is passionate about magic and wants to make it part of their life? In any capacity from a hobby to full blown dream of becoming a star! 

  • What do you wish you would have known or learned that you later found that changed your whole existence! 
  • What is one of your most memorable experiences in your career that floored you. Perhaps meeting someone or a show you had. Anything really that was an amazing moment for you. 
  • We of course would like to know as much as you will share about yourself background and how you got into magic. 

For those of you who do not wish to do this that is no problem and we thank you for any support you give us! 

Wacky Zack’s Magic
602-548-8667 shop623-606-6997 Magic and

May 1st and 2nd, we have the inimitable Rev. Dr. Stephen Strange

Greetings, SAM 248!May has some marvelous excitement in store for us!

On May 1st and 2nd, we have the inimitable Rev. Dr. Stephen Strange coming to visit! He will be bringing with him his strong background and experience in circus, sideshow, comedy, and vaudeville magic performance! We are guaranteed to have a thrilling time!

On Wednesday, May 1, he will provide us with a fantastic lecture at our usual meeting place at Denny’s at 7000 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85054 at 6:00 pm.  See you there!

The very next day (Thursday, May 2), Steve will entertain us at our installation breakfast at Pueblo Norte (7090 E Mescal St, Scottsdale, AZ 85254).  Dinner is served at 6:00 and the show begins at 7:30!

Reservations are only $20 each and you needn’t be a SAM member to join in the fun!  We cannot take the money “at the door.”  You can, however, pay for reservations by visiting:  pay via PayPal there.

But here’s the catch!  We need to get enough people to reserve to make this fly!  Please reserve now so that we can get sufficient reservations by April 23 and we can get this thing going!

We will have a marvelous banquet of:Salad with DressingChicken KievRoad BeefBaked PotatoButtered CornGreen Beans AmadineRolls and ButterChocolate Whipped Cream CakeCoffee, Punch, WaterAnd we will also induct our new officers:President:  Joe MontellaFirst Vice President:  Robert RaySecond Vice President:  John ThorntonTreasurer:  Tom VirdenSecretary:  Ben GarciaFirst Board Member:  Jay GorhamSecond Board Member:  Frank PastulaPast President:  Jeff PaytonThis is going to be a great deal of fun and I look forward to seeing you there!

THE DOUG HENNING PROJECT 1985 All-Stars of Magic Charity Event Photo

New post on THE DOUG HENNING PROJECT1985 All-Stars of Magic Charity Event Photoby Neil McNallyThe 1985 picture is certainly one of the more famous pictures in terms of magic all-stars.Organized by Lance Burton and Fielding West, this one night only event featured a who’s who of magic to raise money for hunger in Africa. No one can argue that this photo certainly captured a rare moment in time that featured the older generation with the young.Were you there?Back row (Left To Right): Lance Burton, Harry and Gay Blackstone, Jeff McBride, Johnny Thompson, Max Maven, Roy, Nani and Mark Wilson Front row (Left to Right): Harry Anderson, Unknown Woman, Siegfried, Doug and Debbie Henning



Bob ColuzziSun, Apr 14, 11:55 AM (5 days ago)
to me


March Ring 55 Meeting Report

Ring 55 Report for March 2019

Meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month at Winfields Coffee Shop 7025 E. Osborn Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85251

President: Robert Ray (e-mail

Vice President: David Goldberg (

Treasurer: Bruce Lindvig (

Sergeant at Arms: Cody Whitten (

Secretary: Curt Godsey (

Web Master: Leigh Hotz (

President Robert Ray opened the meeting promptly at 7:00pm. VP David Goldberg announced the upcoming lecture by Olmac on 4-11-19 at the Denny’s on 48th street in Tempe and Treasurer Bruce Lindvig announced that he has arranged for International President Michael Finney to meet with the Phoenix Art Museum to promote the upcoming IBM Convention in Scottsdale!

The theme of this month’s meeting was “Magic You Will Use!” and was hosted by our president Robert Ray. He taught us a 4 card Triumph routine that was surprising and surprisingly easy to do!  Next up was and impromptu Metal Epic effect using business cards that was a great way to leave your business card in several people’s hands. He then taught several other bit of business with business cards including a production and a printing routine where the cards appeared from blank business card stock. He then moved to some coin routines that, again, looked great but are relatively easy to do.  First was a production from Downs Palm, followed by the real fan favorite “Four Coin Challenge”. I think this was a highlight for most of us as Robert clearly counted four quarters into the spectators hand, closed their hand, said he would steal one out, then did so! The look on VP David Goldberg’s face was priceless!!! Even on the repeat the method was invisible. Thankfully Robert tipped the method and it is devious, you’ll have to contact him if you want to know….Finally Robert taught us the burnt and restored match trick which looked great.  Overall Thank you Robert for a great class and it appeared that everyone found something that they could use! We will definitely be continuing this class in the future.

We then went into general meeting mode and our good friend Steve presented a very interesting idea to make people want to keep your business card using the formula 2+11-1=12.  I had never seen this but it is VERY clever! David Goldberg showed us a great tip using a contact lense case as a container for hand moisturizer. Craig Brooks closed us out with a routine using two different colored rubber bands, a wand and a silk. The rubber bands changed places, I was amazed, he explained it, I’m still amazed!  After the meeting we had a great time performing and exchanging card tricks, stories, and personal experiences of our journey in magic. Thank you everyone for a great meeting!

We look forward to welcoming visiting members, so please contact us and feel free to come to our meetings.

See you at the Convention in July:

Curt Godsey – Secretary


A BIG thank you to John Guasteferro for putting my wife and I on his guest list for a night at the Magic Castle!  What a fantastic experience for our first time and John treated us like Rock Stars. His presentation in the close up room was polished and absolutely amazing, the audience loved it.  We also got to see the mentalist Jheff (in the Parlour of Prestidigitation) as well as Nick Locapo in the same theater. We were fortunate to sit in the front row for Nick’s show and my wife was next to his aunt who told us some great tidbits about Nick!  What a great experience, thank you John (especially), Jheff, and Nick for an outstanding evening!

Curt’s Corner

Hello All:

Our April meeting is coming up on the 16th at 6:00 pm. This month we will join SAM 248 at Pueblo Del Norte (7090 E. Mescal St., Scottsdale, AZ 85254 ) for the Thom Peterson Lecture!  Attached is the lecture info sent out by SAM 248 along with info about our other upcoming lectures. 

We need to get those nominations in for our upcoming elections and installation banquet.  If you would like to be on the board for Ring 55 or would like to nominate someone please feel free to call or e-mail Robert, David, Cody, Bruce, or myself and let us know!

Here are a some upcoming events to start thinking about (thank you to David Goldberg and Bob Coluzzi for arranging the lectures):

·         Olmac lecture = This Thursday 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….This is coming up quick and it’s gonna be good!!!

·         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).

·         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.

·         Check the IBM website at for the upcoming IBM Convention schedule

To pay dues contact:

Bruce Lindvig

13836 N 54th Place

Scottsdale, AZ 85254


Or you can pay thru the website at:

If you do pay thru the website, please drop Bruce an e-mail to let him know.

Wow, we have a lot of great stuff coming up, I look forward to seeing you there!

Thank you:

Curt Godsey

Ring 55 Secretary

Robert Ray

David Goldberg

Cody Whitten

Bruce Lindvig