Ring 55 Event: Paul Draper on September 19, 2017

I.B.M. Ring #55 is having a lecture by Paul Draper on September 19, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. .

Where:   Pueblo Norte Senior Village      7090 East Mescal St    Scottsdale AZ, 85254

Time:   7:00 P.M.

JOIN I.B.M. RING 55 FOR $35 AND GET THIS LECTURE AND ON OCTOBER 17TH , THE ICE MC DONALD LECTURE. PLUS THE CHRISTMAS PARTY IN DECEMBER.

“WHAT A BARGAIN

Paul Draper Lecture: Mentalism Extraordinaire Magician Paul Draper has traveled the world in search of Magic and Mysteries for inspiration on his award-winning show, Mysteries of the Mind.  He is an anthropologist, magician, mentalist, and scholar. Considered an expert in mentalism, magic history, and various aspects of human consciousness, you may have seen his appearances on the History Channel, A&E, HBO, Hallmark, Travel Channel, and HGTV among others. Paul has lectured as both a magician and expert speaker at Yale, Apple Corporation Headquarters, The Magic Castle, and The Magic Circle in London.

 A respected Las Vegas entertainer, Paul has recently performed in “Applause” at Planet Hollywood and hundreds of shows at the Venetian.  For Mysteries of the Mind, Paul Draper was chosen as the 2014 Merlin Award winner for Best Corporate Performer by the International Magician’s Society. The Lecture With over 15 years as a premiere magician and celebrity mentalist, Paul Draper has a large number of routines in his arsenal he will discuss and lecture upon. 

Moreover, he will give insights and subtleties based on his illustrious career that only he can.  In his new lecture, some highlights include:    • Hammond ESP – Among the best and most versatile piece of strolling ESP Card Magic Paul uses, he utilizes this in every show: Close up, strolling, and Stage. • The Crazy Cube – Paul’s handling, featuring all new ideas for this classic prop of mentalism • Body Magic & Kinesthesiology – Ever been asked to do some impromptu mentalism? Topics include methods of how to magnetize yourself to the earth, and how to make the strongest man weak.  • A Better Book Test – Impromptu Hoy Book Test and how to perform it to maximum effect.  • And Much Much More including: Tips on “center tear” in real world situations. Dealing with the “So you’re a mentalist, what am I thinking?” question. “To Disclaim or Not to Disclaim.” Séances for Fun and Profit! Q&A.

SAM 248 Wednesday, October 4th

We have covered two sessions from the Royal Road to Card Magic. I confess, I am still learning some of this material for the first time. So far we have studied how to do the overhand shuffle. We have learned how to use the overhand shuffle to control a card or group of cards to the top or bottom of the deck while seemingly shuffling and mixing the cards.

We have learned the following tricks;

  1. Topsy Turvy(Half of a deck of cards is cut and reversed on top of the other half of the deck, yet magically the cards correct their orientation into the same direction.)
  2. APoker Players Picnic,(A spectator cuts the cards, into four piles and apparently has cut to the four Aces.)
  3. Pinkie Does It(A selected card is shuffled into the deck yet it rises up from the center of the deck.)
  4. Thought Stealer(A spectator mentally selects one of six face up randomly selected cards from a shuffled deck. The magicianshuffles the cards into the deck so that the spectator’s mentally selected card is revealed by spelling down to their thought of card.)
  5. Telepathic Cards(A spectator removes 5 cards of their choice with different values and mentally selects one of them. The magician shuffles each card into the deck while asking the spectator to merely think of their selection. Their thought of card is revealed by counting down from the top of the deck to its value.)

Next month, October 4th, we will learn the riffle shuffle and the riffle shuffle control, a few flourishes, and few tricks.

TIPS FROM THE PROs

“The most valuable piece of advice I received when I began learning card magic was to spend time perfecting one control, one palm and one double lift. I was told that with these three tools alone I could perform miracles. It was great advice.”

-Steve Bedwell

 

“Cards are not boring (they have no personality and, as bits of cardboard, can be neither interesting nor boring)

-it is the performer who breathes life into card effects.”

-Simon Lovell

“Do not concentrate on the deck, concentrate on the spectators.

Avoid a closed position as much as possible, move the elbows out a bit, open up as much as can be done.”

-Tommy Wonder

“The most helpful thing for me in learning card magic was to try and develop a “soft touch”, and to handle the deck lightly. This is not, as might be imagined, a stylistic choice, but actually aids in the execution of most sleight of hand with cards. This doesn’t necessarily translate to the overall look of your handling — I am not one of those really graceful soft cardmen like Freeman or Skinner. It’s just that when learning new actions I think we tend to be tight, and have too much tension and pressure on the cards Relax and it will come faster and easier. ”

– Eric Mead

“Nothing disarms and deceives an astute spectator more than an unhurried and deliberate presentation executed in a relaxed manner with neatness and precision.”

-Dai Vernon

See you there.

Jerry Ferguson

18411 N. 114th Avenue

Surprise, AZ 85378

SAM 248 Treasurer

Questions call Jerry at
602-248-8974

Sept President Message

September 2017 President’s Message.

 

Hard to believe September is here. We have a lecture by mentalist Paul Draper on September 19th at 7pm at Pueblo Norte. Also now is the time to start cleaning out your magic drawers and shelves and transform that unused or unwanted magic to cash to buy more magic or take your significant other out for a nice meal. Our auction is coming up October 14th at the Denny’s in Tempe. The auction will start at 1pm with tables available for $10.If you are selling please come early (12pm) to bring your stuff in and grab a bite to eat. If you want to sell items in the auction please list your items on an a spreadsheet and send it to Leigh Hotz americanwizard@gmail.com  also when ordering food be sure to tell your wait person you are there for the auction.

 

August was a busy month. Ring 55 did it’s show for Pueblo Norte and I had the pleasure of going to my first Magic Live. WOW what a convention! I met new friends saw old ones from the SF Bay Area and met a lot of magicians who appeared on both Fool Us and AGT. I could write another story about the convention but I do want to share a couple of websites I learned about while there:

 

One is The Magic Word by Scott Wells. Scott runs Southern Lectures which books many top name magicians for lectures around the country. His website is:

themagicwordpodcast.com  billed as a podcast for magicians about magicians by a magician. Scott has lots of good photos from Magic Live 2017 plus much more.

 

The second is: http://www.conjuringarchive.com if you EVER wanted to learn ANY type of magic effect and wanted to know which books have that effect THIS is the go to website.

 

So see everyone at the meeting on the 19th.

 

David

Ring 55 Magic Show Photos

Ring 55 Show Sept 2017

Pueblo Norte Magic Show was a great success.

Hello everyone
Just a brief note that the magic show IBM Ring 55 magic show we put on last night at Pueblo Norte was a great success. Everyone in attendance said it was one of the best shows they have seen in years.
All the performers did a fantastic job.
The show opened with Jay Gorham as MC and kept the show moving and also doing some bits in-between acts and as always was great.
 Next came Leigh Hotz & Mammata doing a very funny comedy act and had everyone laughing.
Next on the bill was Jeff Payton doing his mental book test which baffled the audience with his well routine act.
Next up was Bob Coluzzi doing his Phantom of The Opera act opening with his vanishing torch and finished with his signature trick. THE FLOATING FLAME.
To finish up the show was no other than Brad Zinn doing his great funny Mail Bag Escape routine and had the audience in the palm of his hand laughing, cheering and at the end a standing ovation.
Great job fellows, you made IBM Ring 55 very proud.
The show ran 1 hour and 20 minutes and due to time limitation I had to cut two acts which I am sorry to have had to due and they understood. I like to say thank you to Stuart Friedman and Joseph Johnson, for giving up their spot on the show so the show would not exceed 1 hr and 20 min.
Again thank you to all the performers.
Attachments area

Send your List for the Auction

Gentlemen,

For the auction I want each individual to sell their own items. This would be good for the following reasons:
1. They know what they are selling and would do a better job.
2. They would tend to get more money for their items which means more money for the club.
I there are concerns about people going too long that’s why we impose a strict time limit maybe 7 minutes. If they don’t sell all of their items they can go up again after we’ve gone through the first round.
For those who don’t want to auction themselves then Bob can do it for them. I think this would a fun way to do the auction. My old Ring 216 in San Jose CA did it this way and it was a blast. We still need the lists ahead of time so Leigh can enter them and organize it and we’ll still offer the tables for $10 each.
Please get back to me on this so we can start promoting this. October will be here before we know it.

Ring 55 Event: Paul Draper Lecture Sept 19th.

​Hello fellow magicians.
IBM Ring 55 is having a lecture by Paul Draper on Tuesday September 19, 2017 at 7 PM. It will be at our normal meeting place,
 Pueblo Norte Senior Village
7090 E Mescal St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
( In the club Room)

Paul Draper Lecture: Mentalism

Extraordinaire Magician Paul Draper has traveled the world in search of Magic and Mysteries for inspiration on his award winning show, Mysteries of the Mind.  He is an anthropologist, magician, mentalist, and scholar. Considered an expert in mentalism, magic history, and various aspects of human consciousness, you may have seen his appearances on the History Channel, A&E, HBO, Hallmark, Travel Channel, and HGTV among others. Paul has lectured as both a magician and expert speaker at Yale, Apple Corporation Headquarters, The Magic Castle, and The Magic Circle in London. A respected Las Vegas entertainer, Paul has recently performed in “Applause” at Planet Hollywood and hundreds of shows at the Venetian.  For Mysteries of the Mind, Paul Draper was chosen as the 2014 Merlin Award winner for Best Corporate Performer by the International Magician’s Society. The Lecture With over 15 years as a premiere magician and celebrity mentalist, Paul Draper has a large number of routines in his arsenal he will discuss and lecture upon.  Moreover, he will give insights and subtleties based on his illustrious career that only he can. In his new lecture, some highlights include:    • Hammond ESP – Among the best and most versatile piece of strolling ESP Card Magic Paul uses, he utilizes this in every show: Close up, strolling, and Stage. • The Crazy Cube – Paul’s handling, featuring all new ideas for this classic prop of mentalism • Body Magic & Kinesthesiology – Ever been asked to do some impromptu mentalism? Topics include methods of how to magnetize yourself to the earth, and how to make the strongest man weak.  • A Better Book Test – Impromptu Hoy Book Test and how to perform it to maximum effect.  • And Much Much More including: Tips on “center tear” in real world situations. Dealing with the “So you’re a mentalist, what am I thinking?” question. “To Disclaim or Not to Disclaim.” Séances for Fun and Profit! Q&A.

 Hope to see you all there .

Bob Coluzzi

Treasurer

Broken Wand: Eugene Burger

It is with heavy hearts that we, friends of Eugene Burger, inform you that Eugene has passed away in Chicago at the age of 78.
Eugene enjoyed a long, healthy life, but was very recently diagnosed with terminal cancer. Even so, his death today came more quickly than expected, and we are deeply shocked and saddened by his loss.

We know that in the days, weeks, and months ahead, countless things will be written and said about Eugene, and we will share more information, too. But for now we want to tell you that Eugene embraced his situation with great clarity, humor, and peace of mind. As he said one day, “Now I am on the way to the ultimate capital M Mystery of life.”

Please join us in remembering and celebrating Eugene, a rare and wonderful person who has meant so much to us and to magicians all over the world.

RIP Eugene


  • Chicago’s Best Magician”
    – Chicago Magazine, Best of Chicago Issue
  • Dean, McBride’s Magic & Mystery School, Las Vegas, NV
  • Recipient, Performing Fellowship, The Magic Castle, Hollywood, California
  • Two-time Recipient, Close-Up Magician of the Year, The Magic Castle, Hollywood, California
  • Two-time Recipient, Lecturer of the Year, The Magic Castle, Hollywood, California
  • “Eugene Burger is one of the most respected names in close-up magic today.”
    – Chicago Tribune
  • “One of Chicago’s best loved magicians.”
    – Crain’s Chicago Business
  • “Eugene Burger is perhaps the most eminent Chicago magician.”
    – New City
  • Merlin Award, Close-Up Magician of the Year, 2010, International Magicians Society
  • “One of the 100 most influential magicians of the 20th century.”
    – MAGIC Magazine
  • “Burger’s magic is simply jaw-dropping.”
    – L. A. Weekly
  • “For decades Eugene Burger has been recognized by magicians and the public as one of the finest
    and most engaging magicians alive.”

    – Genii Magazine
  • 2012 FISM (International Federation of Magical Societies) Special Award for Theory and Philosophy