Dr. Reverend Steve Strange June 7th

Dr. Reverend Steve Strange

Dr. Steve Strange is coming to Tempe and performing

his show for our club,
Wednesday, 6:30pm, June 7th, 2017

There will also be a short lecture after the show.

at :


825 S. 48th Street

Tempe, AZ 85281

SAM 248 members FREE!

Non-members $20. 

Dr. Steve Strange is an incredible street and corporate performer specializing in special stunts and escapes. He is a master fire breather and fire eater. So if you would like to see him escape from chains before being tazed with a stun gun, or walk on broken glass, or have a cinder block broken over himself with a sledge hammer while lying on a bed of nails, it will be a hoot. This one should be a lot of FUN! Don’t miss it. Tell your friends.

See you there.

Jerry Ferguson

18411 N. 114th Avenue

Surprise, AZ 85378
SAM 248 Treasurer

Questions call Jerry at

SAM Event: Tom Franks Lecture

TOM FRANKS is bringing his show and lecture to Scottsdale!!!
THIS THURSDAY, May 25th, 6:30pm at…


Scottsdale Road and Osborn

Everyone is $20 at the door which includes both the show and lecture and one free raffle ticket.

This event is sponsored by Tom Franks.

     Tom Franks is a legend on the street and at the Magic Castle where he entertains at the W.C. Fields Bar. He performs at corporate events and parties, hospitality suites, the list goes on and on.

I spoke to TOM FRANKS on the phone recently about the upcoming show and lecture this thursday. He told me that he has never had a “real” job in his entire life. He has been a performing magician and magic master for years. Literally his entire life.

We are in for a special treat this thursday. Check him out on youtube.

See you there.

Jerry Ferguson

18411 N. 114th Avenue

Surprise, AZ 85378
SAM 248 Treasurer

Questions call Jerry at

Thank You Ring 55

I like to personally thank IBM Ring 55 , it’s members, and officers for the honor of being in inducting me into the Magic Hall of Fame. It was a complete surprise and means a lot to me.


Ring 55’s Installation & Banquet featuring Bizzaro.

Ring 55’s Bizzaro’s Installation & Banquet

May 2017

On May 16th 2017 Ring 55 Phoenix AZ held it’s annual installation banquet and show. Our new officers were installed.

David Goldberg – President

Leigh Hotz – Vice President & Webmaster

Bob Coluzzi – Treasurer

Mamata Hotz – Secretary

Bill Newhouse – Sgt At Arms

Ring 55 PHX Installation dinner had plenty of magic both before and after dinner. Our pre-dinner closeup entertainment was provided by local professional magician Robert Bengel who did great strolling magic at the tables before the dinner.After a delicious meal our officers were sworn in by Jay Gorham. Jay also announced the 2017 inductees into the Ring 55 Hall of Fame. They were Bob Blumle who was a past member and very instrumental to the growth of Ring 55 and a VERY surprised Leigh Hotz. The look on his face when he heard his name called was priceless. Over the years Leigh has contributed very much to the Ring serving as a past President and current Vice President & webmaster as a matter of fact Leigh has been webmaster for about 10 years. In addition to all of that Leigh works a full time job, runs a magic shop AND performs magic on a regular basis including getting on NBC America’s Got Talent in 2015. So yes he is very deserving of this award.

After the dinner and Installation Bizzaro from Las Vegas was our evening’s entertainment. If you’ve never seen Bizzaro before you are missing a lot. Bizzaro’s act is an eye-popping visual treat that is also VERY funny. It was a great evening.

The next day Bizzaro came back to give a lecture and it was agreed that this was one of if not the BEST lecture we’ve seen in a very long time. This was an honest to goodness lecture with actual hands on guidance in making one of the props for a card effect. Yes there were notes and some effects for sale but everything taught in the lecture was created using everyday objects. The effects taught were definitely on the zany side but the intelligent thinking behind them was brilliant. If your club has an opportunity to have Bizzaro lecture DO IT!

One of the most startling effects taught was the visual change of a six pack of Coke to a six pack of Sprite. Bizzaro’s magic is the kind of magic that not only made me feel like a kid again but if I wasn’t into magic already it sure would inspire me to learn.

President’s Message June 2017

President’s Message June 2017

It’s summertime. Many of you will be going on vacation, or going back to your summer home if you are a snowbird and some of you will be going to one of the many magic conventions happening around the country. I’ll be going to Magic Live in August and I m looking forward to it. But we’ll still have meetings during the summer. They may be sparsely attended but we will have fun performing and teaching magic.

Our next meeting will be Tuesday June 20th 6 PM magic jam hour meeting starts at 7 PM. Our theme for this meeting will be “Hey Magic Man/Person Show Me a Trick” because we’ve all had the experience of being out with friends just enjoying ourselves not even thinking about the latest variation of an Elmsley count or French Drop vs fake transfer for a coin vanish and IT happens……someone says “Hey Magic Man/Person Show Me a Trick” .

So bring one of your favorite impromptu effects you can do with borrowed objects and be prepared to show it and teach it.

A couple of other items.

  1. In an effort to give better credit to the who perform at meetings I’m asking all members who are going to perform to just write up and email me a quick brief one or two sentence description of what you will be performing and include your name. For example:

“David Goldberg performed Eternity. An astounding card effect where a spectator’s card was found after an eternity of counting and spelling. It really killed the crowd…….bored them to death.”

  1. An effort will be made to get our Ring Reports in so we can get coverage in the Linking Ring.

Future events:

August Show for Pueblo Norte

Paul Draper Lecture in September

Banquet Photos

Banquet 2017

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Barry Schor: We will miss you.

I guess it is no secret that good friend and magic dealer, Barry Schor is departing the climes of Phoenix to live near his son and his family in Ohio. He will be sorely missed by his friends here in the Valley of the Sun. Tonight was a special dinner to honor his friendship over the long years he has been a fixture here. We wish you all the best Barry, and safe journey to Ohio! Stay in touch, sir!

President’s Message For May 2017

May Presidents Message

Well by now you’re well aware of this month’s big event. The Installation Banquet featuring Bizarro as our entertainment and a lecture the next night. Should be really good. Last month we had our own version of Fool Us. But NOBODY fooled our two Judges Larry Wilfong and Craig Brooks.

Year one with me as your President is now done. And I got re-elected for another year. So one more year of messages like this. I do want to let everybody know that I am working on a couple of really good lectures before the end of the year. More to come on that later. We do need someone to step up and be secretary for this year. Mamata has agreed to stay on until we find a replacement. We also need a volunteer for work in progress for June as well as a My Life In Magic for June. Frank Pastula did a Magic Reviewed section at the January meeting and it was quite interesting since we’ve all seen an effect advertised and then wonder “Is it really any good?” We need a volunteer for that as well. Please contact me privately if you want to volunteer for any of these segments.

I’d like to suggest going forward that instead of just a social hour between 6 and 7 on meeting nights that members pull out the deck of cards or coins or whatever your pet trick or quickie trick is and show it and teach it to just one person or a couple turn that hour into an informal magic jam session.

Lastly dues are due. Just $35. You can pay online at www.ring55.org

Well that’s all for now. See you all on May 16th for the Installation Banquet.


President Ring 55
One last note….if a fellow Ring 55 member comments about NOT receiving the email notices PLEASE, PLEASE forward me their current email address or have them CONTACT me directly at:
goldberg.david235@gmail.com and I will be sure to correct the situation. Just sending me emails stating that so and so never got an email does NOTHING.

Thank you

Max’s Magic Shop is Closing

Max Krause’s magic shop based in Albuquerque will be closing it’s doors soon so Max can focus on performing full time. Just a sign of the times where brick and mortar magic shops are forced to shutter their doors because of internet videos and “virtual” online magic shops make it impossible to stay profitable. Please support your remaining LOCAL magic shops, even if they can not match online prices. They can give you a more personal instruction and tips than a online store. Magic will never be the same once all of them are closed.