Magic Shop Online Facelift

Local magic shop owner Leigh Hotz has announced a new improved online magic shop site.


Great improvements include an easier to use navigation to find the products you want including a new search my manufacturer  option. Placing orders is faster than ever. Please visit the new site to see whats new.

Also Ring 55 members on the site get 15% off their online orders if they get the secret discount code from Leigh before they place their order. Free pickup at Wizard Magic Shop in Mesa, or Leigh can bring to the next Ring 55 event.

POOF! Our Meeting place has Disappeared!


We need a new meeting place!
The UAW hall has been sold and will no longer be available for our meetings. We will most likly have future meetings at the Roadhouse again until be find a better location. If you know of a venue we can use for our meetings that is central located to our members, low cost, and can put up with our antics, please contact any of your officers ASAP.

Broken Wand: Sylvia Wickizer

Sylvia was a one time member of Ring 55….
On the off chance that someone still in the club remembers her, would you be so kind as to include a mention of her passing in your next email?

Memorial services for Sylvia Wickizer who passed away suddenly earlier this month at a Valley hospital will be held SATURDAY APRIL 28, 2012. Services are scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. at FAITH COMMUNITY CHURCH located near 191st Ave & Jomax, in rural Wittmann (Near Speedworld).

DIRECTIONS: Grand Ave. to Jomax. Travel West approximately 3/4 mile. Then turn right at Faith Community Church sign and follow dirt road back to church.

Donations to help with Sylvia’s expenses can be sent to:

Sylvia Wickizer
P.O. Box 306
Morristown, AZ 85342

Or memorial donations may be made at any Chase Bank in care of.

Donation Foundation
Sylvia Wickizer
Account # 436911163

Sylvia was an avid horse owner, the owner of Round Up Realty, a Private Investigator and volunteer to many helpful non-profit organizations in the Wittmann, Circle City and Morristown areas. In addition to those commitments she was a friend to many. One of whom described her as the first person that would show up when called to action.

Wickizer’s smile usually arrived a few minutes before she did. The reminders of her company was and will forever be remembered.

Ring 55 Banquet

2012 Ring  55 Banquet

Tuesday, May 15th 5:30PM

The 2012 IBM Ring 55 Installation Banquet will be held on

Tuesday, May 15th 2012

at the

Golden Corral

located at

7609 W Thomas Rd., Phoenix Arizona

Social hour will be from 5:30pm to 6:pm and be followed by dinner, Installation of club officers, Inducting members to the Ring 55 Hall of Fame, and rounding out with live entertainment featuring the magic of

Gene Urban

John Fitzsimmons

Gary West.Banquet pricing is a low $12 per person including all the food you can eat, and the triple treat entertainment.
Buy tickets on our website via PayPal or send check to Jay Gorham. Details on our website.

There is a magician in everybody’s heart: P C Sorcar Jr.

There is a magician in everybody’s heart: P C Sorcar Jr
Kolkata, April 1, 2012, (IANS)
Famed magician Prodip Chandra Sorcar – more popularly known as P.C. Sorcar Jr – is set to start a school for teaching the art in Agartala.

Having pedalled his bag of tricks across the globe, the 65-year-old says magic can be effectively used to spread social awareness as “there is a magician in everybody’s heart”.

Rated as a leading magician of Asia, Sorcar says there is more to magic than meets the eye “for, it can be channelled to spread social awareness. It gives people hope of a better tomorrow. Magic will say ‘don’t be frustrated, I’ll give you hope. Come hold my hand, see the light’ “.

A firm believer in passing his trade secrets to students of the art, Sorcar has already purchased 10 acres of land for setting up the P.C. Sorcar Foundation for Total Education near Agartala, west Tripura.

“Everything including magic will be taught there… Secrets are cheap things as long as they are secrets, but the moment they are passed on they become science,” Sorcar Jr, the second son of late magic legend P.C. Sorcar, told IANS in an exclusive interview.
The master magician has not the least doubt that the genre would survive the challenges posed by new modes of entertainment like television reality shows.

“Magic will remain magic. Though this procession of reality shows will go on, they can’t kill the classical forms of entertainment. This is just a spark. There is a magician in everybody’s heart. If someone says the art of magic is shrinking then they are blind!”
Passionately he goes on: “the art of magic is flourishing; it is just changing its form’.
A firm votary about the use of technology in magic, Sorcar Jr, however, says: “Main thing is presentation. No matter in which manner the food is cooked, it is the way in which it is presented is what captures the interest.”

And there’s certainly a significant amount of science applied to magic, specially the science of psychology.

Sorcar Jr, who holds an M Sc in Applied Psychology from Calcutta University, elucidates with a classic twirling of his fingers: “When we use the word ‘Manoranjan’ – mann and ranjan – if we do not understand ‘mann’ then how can we ‘ranjan’ (entertain) it ? While entertaining an audience if we fail to ‘tickle’ them, then it’s just touching the surface. One has to get lost in ecstasy.”

Ecstasy, according to him, is a combination of ‘drama’ and ‘magic’, or as he refers to it – ‘dramagic’.

He goes on to cite how Michael Jackson used to create magic on stage using vocals,
choreography, acrobatics and technology.The total effect, he says, is ‘fairy-tale-ish’.
And this is what you get when you are a spectator at one of his shows, which go by the name Indrajaal.

“Indrajaal was used by Lord Indra and it aims at capturing the five senses or
indriyas or even the 6th sense, the kinesthetic one, ESP, the unknown one! ”
Despite all his accomplishments, including making the Taj Mahal and a locomotive disappear, he admits, “There are many ‘dream acts’ yet to be brought to life.”
There’s more to come from the master who once cycled blindfolded through the London traffic! But he humbly confesses, “The technical things which I had used for near perfection of blindfolded cycling is nothing in comparison to what P.C.Sorcar Sr had achieved while cycling though Paris; he made the world take notice of Indian illusionists. I stand up and salute him.”

A testimony to this devotion in his den of an office, a cocktail of personal effects and professional paraphernalia, is an imposing portrait of P.C. Sorcar Sr.

The feeling of being born into a family of illusionists spanning more than the estimated eight generations is inexplicable. “If you ask how it feels to breathe, it can’t be explained because we consider it to be a part of our system. So basically we (the Sorcars) breathe, eat, talk and walk magic.”

The current crop of illusionists have made a name for themselves globally and Sorcar regards them as his teacher. “Everybody is my teacher; they are teaching me what to do and what not to do. In fact, the latter are more!.”

Checkout Website Features

Your webmaster been busy behind the scenes making improvements to the club’s website. We are now using WordPress at the portal system with will allow me to add many new features easier and update faster than ever before. If you have not been to the site recently, some of the features we have included so far includes a Interactive video gallery were you can view magic related YouTube videos by categories, magician names, and other keywords all from ONE single page. Our BLOG features timely articles and news relating to magic and many more new features are on the way.

We will need YOUR help in finding fresh content to add to our site including magic video urls, news articles, and other content. Our new event calendar now offers magic events that are both related to our club as well as non-ring events like shows and lectures. Email Leigh if you have any events you like listed. Like a features added to the website you don’t see yet? Tell me, I may be able to add it. This is YOUR club and YOUR website.

IBM National Convention

There is a very special magic happening this July that we want to be sure you know about.

There are lots of magic conventions but there is only ONE I.B.M. Annual Convention each year and it is in Norfolk, Virginia this year.  The I.B.M. held the world’s first magic convention in Kenton, Ohio in 1922 and the Norfolk Convention will be the 84th I.B.M. Annual Convention – that’s every year except the four years during World War II!  The I.B.M. is the World’s largest magic organization and its annual conventions are the world’s best magic conventions.

The I.B.M. knows how to produce a magic convention.  The I.B.M. convention committee has the most successful convention experience of any group in magic.  The I.B.M. “reinvented” the convention last year in Dallas and will upgrade its convention this year in Norfolk to a new edition that is bigger and better than ever before.  Here are a few of the things in store for those lucky enough to attend the Norfolk convention:

Each attendee gets a special PASSPORT to magic.  Not only does this passport gain you entry to all the events at the convention and the Schedule of Events – it also has a space for each dealer to stamp when you visit their booth.  These dealer stamps will be your passport to special magic gifts and drawings for other magic prizes.  This PASSPORT gains you entry to the Dealer’s Room which opens at 2 pm on Tuesday afternoon and a special first night Welcome Party and Show plus the first of 10 Lectures at 10 PM on Tuesday evening.   That is more than a year’s worth of magic lectures at one convention!  Your PASSPORT takes you to a unique I.B.M. event – the ever popular BIG THREE EVENT  Three different events repeated on three consecutive days for a third of the attendees each event to enhance your enjoyment and viewing of the event.  The Norfolk Big Three events include Paul Gertner and his one man show – Ten Fingers;  A special lecture by Wayne Houchin; and a Close-Up show by six of magic’s best close up masters including – David Acer,  John BannonHannibalDani DaOrtizMaster Payne, & Geoff Williams. The close-up rooms will have elevated seating to improve the viewing angles for the audience.

The optional Grand Banquet (and extra charge event) will feature the incomparable Chris Capehart – a magic performance who simply has no equal!  A special Youth Showcase Show featuring a lineup of specially invited young magic talents will give attendee a very special look at the stars of tomorrow.

The Gold Medal Finals will feature not only the finalist competition but also Magic Master of the magical m.c.s – Rich Bloch and special guest star George Saterial reprising his own Gold Medal winning performance.  Already booked for the Gala Finale Show are Justin FlomVlad KryvonogovChip Romero, and Arthur Trace with more acts to be named.



Long time magic show producer and star in his own right – Dale Salwak – is producing an I.B.M. exclusive – Stars of Asia Gala Stage Show – which will open the three nights of shows in the beautiful Chrysler Hall Theatre at the Norfolk Scope.  Already announced for this special show are the FISM award winning acts of the beautiful Juliana Chen from China, Yuji Yasuda from Korea, and Ma YanYan from China. Also on this show is Hou Kai, an absolutely unbelievable juggler, and the Butterfly Lovers with their aerolistic artistry.

Continuing in the theme of the S.I.G. sessions at the Dallas Convention, the Norfolk Convention will offer its own streamlined version The Magic Six Pack which will provide a small group special focus on a selected magic topic.  Your Norfolk PASSPORT to magic will permit you to choose from David Acer – Making of the TV show Mystery HunterRich Bloch – Being a better MC;Hannibal – Theater and MagicMaster Payne – Theming of MagicT. J. Shimeld – Walter B. Gibson and The Shadow; and Geoff Williams – Comedy in Magic.

In addition to all these lectures, shows, and special events are the preliminary competitions for the stage and close-up prizes and the right to compete in the finals for the Gold Medal, the Gold Cups and the over $17,000 in cash and other prizes bringing the total value of awards to over $20,000.

In view of continuing economic conditions, the convention registration fee has been lowered to $250 which is much lower than other major magic conventions this year.  A special convention room rate of $99 is available at the Norfolk Marriott, our host hotel and also at the nearby Sheraton Waterside Hotel if you prefer a waterside room.  Very reasonable restaurants for breakfast and lunch are available directly across the street from the convention and a host of excellent restaurants are available very nearby for dinner.

Finally, Norfolk is an ideal convention location for a family vacation.  If driving to this convention across the Commonwealth of Virginia families will be able to visit historic sites where America began including three major sites within an hour of Norfolk – Jamestown – the site of the first permanent English settlement in North America, Yorktown – where American independence was won, andWilliamsburg – where Colonial America still exists.  Attractions such as Busch GardensWater Country USA, and Virginia Beach are also nearby.  Within an easy walk of the hotels are theNauticus MuseumUSS Wisconsin, and the Douglas MacArthur Memorial.  The nearby MacArthur Mall hosts a wide variety of shops and restaurants.

Simply put, the Norfolk I.B.M. Convention is THE MAGIC CONVENTION to attend in 2012!  It is the sleeper convention of the year.  Come to Norfolk where we know how to produce a magic convention just for you.  Norfolk is your PASSPORT to magic in 2012!

See you there!

I.B.M. Norfolk Convention Committee


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April SAM Meeting Four Corners

To All SAM 248 Members & Friends:
Our next meeting is this coming Wednesday, April 4, 2012 and will be a Four Corners Teaching Session. The members teaching will be Bob Kubota, Gary Lazok and Bobby Hasbun.   It will be held at Coco’s Restaurant, 4514 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix, 85032.  Social hour 6:30 pm. ,  meeting begins at 7:30 pm.  Members are free, non-members $10. 
Hope to see you there!
Pam Gibson
President, SAM 248

Taiwanese to receive ‘Magician of the Year’ award in U.S.

Los Angeles, March 29 (CNA) Well-known Taiwanese conjurer Louis Liu has won the “Magician of the Year” title awarded by the U.S. Academy of Magical Arts and will receive the award in Los Angeles on April 1.

Liu, the first Taiwanese to win the prize, arrived in Los Angeles on Wednesday for the ceremony.

He told CNA that he was very surprised and very pleased at the news.

“I did not expect to win such an award this year — I thought it would take me at least another 10 years,” Liu said.

The academy has commented that Liu is the most influential magician

Hank Lee’s Magic Factory Fraud?

Here is some news I found on the Medford Patch website that may be of interest to you guys…

The owner of a magic store in Medford is charged with credit card fraud and making false statements to authorties after he tried to pull off a $500,000 trick on one of his customers, according to court filings. Harry P. Levy, the owner of Hank Lee’s Magic Factory, admitted he made 134 false transactions between 2009 to 2011 on a customer’s American Express card totaling $561,927, according to a stipulation of facts signed by Levy and prosecutors. The document was filed in Federal Court in Boston Friday.

The store’s website was still operational as of Friday evening. Levy, a Lexington resident, regularly lied to investigators as they looked into the credit card charges last year, the filing said. He also claimed other people were defrauding the victim, the filing said. The victim was a Texas man who ordered regularly online from the Magic Factory, typically using his PayPal account, according to a U.S. Attorney press release. But in 2009, he made a transaction with his American Express card by entering his account information in the store’s website, according to prosecutors. One of the victim’s assistants spotted the unauthorized charges while reviewing his finances in May 2011, according to court documents.

The victim checked his account with the Magic Factory, but only his legitimate purchases appeared, court documents said. Levy told the victim the unauthorized charges paid for foreign orders and showed him invoices with Vietnam shipping addresses, according to the filing. But those invoices were false. “In fact, the charges had been made by (Levy) personally,” the filing said. “They had not been made in response to foreign orders.” Even the items the victim legitimately ordered with his credit card were never received, according to the filing. When federal investigators sat down with Levy in September 2011, he blamed the fraud on other people defrauding the victim, and the victim himself, according to the filing. “(He) didn’t look at his American Express bill for more than two years,” Levy told investigators. “People were using his cards.” He also claimed he shipped orders submitted by the victim all over the world, prosecutors said.

 Levy told investigators he continued to take the orders, but eventually stopped shipping them because he “thought something was up,” according to the court filing. Levy was ordered to provide investigators with files related to the charges, but he gave them logs that were “not comprehendable by a human,” the filing said, and did not provide any specific information. Levy also told falsely told investigators he wrote to the victim to tell him someone was using his credit card, prosecutors allege. After several more interviews and a visit to his store, investigators obtained a search warrant for the Magic Factory and found files that showed Levy falsified invoices, the filing said. Levy has agreed to plead guilty to credit card fraud and making false statements, and in exchange prosecutors won’t charge him with wire fraud or aggravated identity theft, according to a plea agreement. Levy faces a total of up to 20 years in prison on the charges.

Prosecutors will seek a sentence at the “low end of sentencing guidelines,” and to have Levy ordered to pay resititution to the victim, according to the plea agreement. No further court dates for Levy have been set, according to a federal court online docket.