Ring 55 Magic Show Photos

Ring 55 Show Sept 2017

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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.
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Send your List for the Auction


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


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


In response to popular demand we have planned another MAGIC SATURDAY for August 19th at 12 noon sharp.  Mark your calendar now and please RSVP so we can secure the space at Pueblo Norte.

Our friend Craig Brooks has come up with an excellent theme for this gathering:

New/Old Magic (or is it Old/New Magic?).  He explains it this way; we all have acquired, purchased, or learned a “new” effect or method only to find out it is based upon an old principle or handling that’s been around for some time.  This applies to stand-up and stage or platform Magic as well as close-up.

On Magic Saturday you are invited to bring a trick or two to share with the group.

There will be a standard magician’s table on-site should you want to bring an example of a larger trick.

Of course, you are encouraged to bring something you are working on and might want suggestions on to develop a stronger handling.

…or you might just want to show off your latest treasure.  😉

Larry the Magish

Wizard Magic Shop Moving

Wizard Magic Shop located inside Quite A Unique Boutique at Superstition Springs Mall will be moving to a larger store along with the other vendors. The new store will open September 1st and will be located under the food court. The larger store means more room for inventory, more room for people watching  Leigh’s free magic shows on Saturdays at 2PM, and close to food court means more foot traffic.


Below are some photos on the empty store we are in the process of renovating.

Front Entrance

Main Entrance

Left Side

Left Side

Right Side where magic shop will be.

Right Side where magic shop will be located.

August Meeting HOLE Magic & Rehearsal

August  15 Meeting:

HOLE Theme
& Show Rehearsal

This month we will be previewing some of the acts for our show for the Residents show later this month. Since we will have a HOLE Theme meeting. Bring in ANY trick to demonstrate that has a HOLE in it. This includes RINGS, CHAINS,BEADS, ANYTHING  that a HOLE in it. .
We are also looking for someone to bring in a work in progress for us to give our spin on.

We also have a table available for someone to sell stuff.

Please contact Leigh Hotz @ leigh@wizardmagic.com if you like to take part in the last two items.