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During this Spring season, as our blessings are blooming, enjoy an old time radio broadcast from March 1949 featuring Harry Blackstone Sr., The Magic Detective, titled "The Riddle of the Red Rose." At the end of the show, Blackstone will teach a mentalism trick that anyone can perform. Just click the track below and enjoy the show ... but remember not to tell anyone the secret you will learn! 



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To pay by mail:

Write a check payable to

“IBM, Ring 1” for $15

 Write “2021 Dues” on the memo line


 Mail the check to:

Sandy Weis

 1755 Elkins Drive

 St. Louis, MO 63136

IBM Ring 1 Annual Dues

Past President's

Several Ring 1 members have resumed in-person performances again, and the Ring has been invited to perform at a local middle school on June 7th for a pancake breakfast. Several members have volunteered for this event. Hopefully, Shriners Hospitals for Children, St. Louis, will allow the members to perform in-person soon. Members have volunteered in the past for the monthly visits and perform a short magic show for the patients and their families and also teach tricks to the childrens. It is a very rewarding experience for the members who have volunteered in the past. For now, Shriners has requested that members perform either by streaming with Zoom and/or creating a short video of them performing one or two simple effects. Thanks to Ring 1’s member, D. Jay, for organizing this monthly event.

Steve Finkelstein shared the following: “Where to Find Great Magic! Looking for great, unique magic with the best customer service? Go no further – Meir Yedid Magic. As you know, I enjoy looking for the best magic on the Internet. Hocus Pocus, Penguin Magic, and Vanishing Inc. are excellent sites. But they typically carry mostly the same items. All have great service. When I am looking for something unique I go to Meir Yedid. Both new and old, he always seems to hit the mark. Plus, he responds to emails usually within 1 day and delivers usually in 3-4 days. Also, you can select items by magician, but unlike other sites, you actually see the magician’s picture versus just their name. Plus, he has invented some of his own magic. He also carries some oldies, but goodies that are hard to find. Check out the website at: Meir Yedid Magic (”

Jill “Silly Jilly the Clown” Schmidt, performed ten Zoom shows during the pandemic. She feels they served their purpose but does not expect to get any more Zoom show requests, except for one repeat birthday show from a clown fan in Louisiana. Jill is glad she did not purchase any equipment for Zoom. However, she enjoyed attending some “How to Perform Zoom Shows” lectures, especially one from Mario the Maker Magician.

Michael McClure shared, “I am busy expanding the historical contents of our website. The tribute to our past leadership is growing, with new information and images of the early Presidents of Ring 1 being added chronologically. St. Louis has produced such great magical talent; our history reads much like a who’s-who of the International Brotherhood. Anyone with information or memorabilia regarding our club’s activities should contact me at so we can amass a better collection of our past. Since our 100th anniversary year is approaching, it would be wonderful to have an accurate, detailed record of Ring 1’s activities from the beginning to the present time. The information and images collected will be scanned and preserved online (for everyone’s instant access) and as a physical scrapbook for those bibliophiles among us. We recently received a large collection of newspaper articles regaling our Ring’s earliest activities … a donation from Rick Heath, the “magician with a paintbrush.” These fragile articles reach back to the 1920’s, when magic in St. Louis was in its natal stage. Many thanks to Rick for his generosity and great timing!”

Mike secured a fascinating lecturer for our May 5th online presentation … the prolific creator, Jim Krenz. Jim shared hours of information and taught effects non-stop as a rapt Zoom and Facebook audience became the beneficiaries of his knowledge and experience. There was something for everyone in Jim’s presentation. Mike attended Shawn Farquhar’s virtual Hidden Wonders show on April 17th and was treated to a peek at the inspiring theater Shawn has built. Later the same day, Mike attended the Magic Castle’s Saturday showcase, which featured Dennis Watkins of Chicago and Suzanne. There is so much to learn while supporting our comrades … they labor as true pioneers in this virtual world. Mike says his father always told him, “A wise man learns from others’ mistakes,” and this is also applicable to others’successes. On April 18th, Mike “hopped the pond” and virtually attended Blackpool, the UK magic convention. Many performers shared not only their acts, but also behind-the-scenes looks at their varied careers. Much information was shared and all who attended were certainly the wiser for it.

Steve Zuehlke shared the following: Our May Zoom meeting featured a lecture by Jim Krenz. Originally from Chicago and now living in Los Angles, Jim cut his chops as a demonstrator behind the counter at Magic Inc. as well as working at several restaurants around the Chicago area. Jim shared a variety of card effects as well as a great coin routine. Jim’s Zoom presentation utilized three mirrors placed in front and on both sides to give a 360-degree view of all angles. A wonderful idea! Jim’s take on the Chicago Opener is going into my working routine immediately. Jim also presented a great take on an Aldo Colombini routine using parlor-sized cards cut in half using the Svengali principle. Thisfooled everybody. Jim’s knowledge of the classicsisinvaluable. Jim mentioned to advance the art, always question the masters. I love something he said, “Don’t think Jennings and Cervon weren’t questioning Vernon.” Jim also is a big Marlo fan and it shows in his handling of the cards. If your group has a chance to see Jim lecture, I highly recommend it. A must see for the serious student of close-up magic. A special thanks to member, Mike McClure, for setting this up and boosting this event out of his own pocket. Thanks, Mike!

Larry Skorepa shared that he was quite busy during the winter. He played Grinch at some businessessince the theme wasn’tso cheerful in 2020. Larry actually looked like the “real” Grinch. He also went to some Day Cares and Doggie Daycares for photoshoots. Larry was a very active member before the pandemic, and we can’t wait to see him when we are able to meet in person again.

Terry Richison shared that shows for everyone are starting to pick back up. He has performed at several After-Prom Parties, Birthday Parties, and even at a Life Memorial celebration for a local celebrity. However, Ring 1’s meeting place is still not open so the Ring will continue with online meetings for the next couple of months. He thanked everyone who attended the Zoom Meeting with Craig Petty. Craig was not selling anything, only giving of his knowledge and talent. There were over 75 people who attended this lecture online (Zoom and Facebook). He reminded members to check out the I.B.M. Ring 1 website ( Mike McClure is doing a great job keeping the website up-to-date. He also wants to thank Rich Heath, a great columnist for The Linking Ring, for his donation of a massive amount of old newspaper articles and history about Ring 1. These go back to the 1920’s and feature magicians of the day, including Andrew Buel, I.B.M. President and the man who came up with the idea of calling the I.B.M. Clubs, Rings. Terry highly recommends that members read Rick’s column in The Linking Ring. He also thanks Mike McClure for all the time he has and will be putting in, painstakingly, trying to preserve these newspaper articles.

On April 22nd, local S.A.M., Assembly 8, invited Ring 1 members to attend a Zoom lecture featuring Buster Balloon Caldwell. He presented ESCAPE THE SCREEN, a 35-minute virtual lecture on how to connect with and engage kids and family audiences during virtual shows. He gave some solid strategies and advice as well as shared actual magic effects and gags from his own Zoom show. There was time for questions and answers after the lecture. Sandy Weis greatly enjoyed his lecture, especially when he spoke about his performance on America’s Got Talent. After his lecture, she watched this on YouTube. She remembers watching this when it first was aired but didn’t realize that Buster Balloon Caldwell is also really a great magician. Check out this video!

Thanks to Alan Fisher from IBM Ring 252 for inviting Ring 1 members to its The Middle Tennessee Magic Club’s May digital gathering which was held on May 13th. Several Ring 1 members took advantage of this gathering.


Sandy Weis

I.B.M. Ring1 Scribe

 1927         95 Years of Magic!         2021


The last couple of years have flown by, believe it or not. And so, I bring my term as president of Ring 1 to a close. It has had its challenges. Both personal health and magical challenges. Even with last year causing us to cancel all of our in-person meetings, we were still able to have an outstanding lecture each and every month. That would not have happened if we didn’t have a great board of directors and members willing to help. Specifically, I want to thank Steve Finkelstein, Steve Zuehlke, Steve Buesking, Alan Zibits, Ted Schnarre, and Scott Smith. Of course, we all need to thank Sandy Weis for being so diligent with our Ring Reports, Gary Chan for putting our Spirit newsletter together, and Mike McClure for setting up and whipping the website back into shape. When I took the office of the Ring 1 president, the Ring was in very good shape. My hope is that I leave it even a little better. What I am sure of is that I am leaving the Ring in capable hands. If we keep up the support from the board and members, the Ring will continue to grow and prosper. My favorite saying is “If everyone does a little, no one will have to do a lot.” Be sure to continue to offer your help and talents to Scott as he takes over. I am happy to say my health has remained good, and I look forward to spending some more time with my family and working on my shows to make 2021 the best year yet! So far, 2021 has been heading in a very positive direction. In fact, I just finished performing before 4 past US Presidents! As Mike McClure privately pointed out, the Presidents seemed speechless. (See picture.) I hope we will be able to start having in person meeting soon, but until we can, see you at our June 2nd online meeting.

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The I.B.M. Ring 1 Board of Directors is committed to deliver high quality and safe contests and meetings for our members.  We have been notified that the Dielmann Recreation Center is now not going to be open in October, as they had previously told us.  Due to the unavailability of the rooms at Dielmann Recreation Center the I.B.M. Ring 1 Close-Up Contest will need to be postponed again.  The Close-up Contest will be rescheduled at the earliest possible date.  We will keep everyone up-to-date as details progress.  Plenty of time will be given to allow all Close-Up contestants and judges to make the appropriate plans so that we can put on a quality Close-Up Contest. We know it could be difficult to compete in front of an audience of magicians, but it is harder to compete with no audience at all.  Hopefully we will be able hold the contest live, with an audience.  Part of putting on a great act is engaging and involving the audience.  We are shooting for sometime in the first quarter of 2021.   On the positive side of all this, because of the COVID-19 virus, we should have some very polished acts when we finally hold the contest.  So, keep practicing! 





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JULY 8 - 10

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 Letter from Our New President

First, thank you for giving me this opportunity to be President of Ring 1.  I love magic and hanging out with like-minded people.  I really enjoyed our meet and greet at my house on Saturday, June 26.  We had a nice turnout of 20 people.  We had lots of great food that was catered by Chef Bob.  I would like to do more of these and hopefully more will be able to join.  Make sure you read the whole letter so you will see the IBM convention schedule that I have included.  Everyone is invited to come join me at my house for the convention.

I would like to welcome new and current board members: Vice-President D-Jay Lenz; Secretary Sandy Weis; Treasurer Alan Zibits; board members Terry Richison, Steve Buesking, Steve Finkelstein, Johnny Harper, Ted Schnarre, and Michael W. McClure; and Spirit writer Gary S. Chan!  Thank you to all the members.  I would also like to thank Terry for all the years of service to this amazing club.  Thank you for all your help........  

 Letter from Our New President

Continued .......
I grew up in the Roxana/Wood River area going to Roxana Schools graduating in 1982.  I graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1986.  In 1987 I started my computer business in Wood River, IL, Plato Computers/Online Computers and sold it in 1998.  In 1998 I started my career in the telecom business as a E|Business Solutions Manager and Network Design Engineer in Sales for Sprint, then SBC/AT&T until 2011.  At that time, I started a Consulting business where I represent all the carriers as an agent and sell telecom services to businesses.  I still run this company and in 2015 I bought 12 Rental homes.  

I started magic when I was 7 years old when my mother bought me Marshall Brodein’s TV Magic Starter Kit and the milk pitcher.  I wish I had known about all the amazing magic shops in the area or the clubs.  My mother was able to sign me up for the Youth version of S.A.M. when I was about 12.  I remember reading about Assembly’s but had no idea what they were.  I got out of magic in High School but found magic again in college by going to Andy Dallas’s magic shop when it opened in 1982 in Champaign, IL.  It was called Dallas and Company.  Andy was awesome!  What a great demonstrator!  The first thing I bought was Bill Tarr’s “Now you see it, now you don’t” book and The New Stars of Magic pamphlet of Frank Garcia’s MacDONALD’s $100 Dollar Four Ace Trick.  I know it is redundant to use the dollar sign and dollar.  I used to be able to do this card trick.  It was my go-to trick.  I am working on it again.  This is why I really enjoy reading about Frank Garcia.  I have all of his books except one.  Hopefully my book dealer will sell me his eventually.  I performed magic all the time in college.  

When I started my computer business, I decided to get back into magic.  I found out how to join the S.A.M. Assembly 8 in St. Louis and joined in the early ‘90s.  I would hear people talk about the IBM and had no idea what it was.  At the time, I assumed it was some high-class magic club that only those invited could join.  Eventually, I joined about 20-25 years ago when Steve Zuehlke was President and we met in Maryland Heights at Dorsett Road and 270.  This is when Aaron Fischer did a lecture for us.  I still have all the things I bought from him.  I realize a lot of people do not remember me and that was my fault.  I sat in the back and kept quiet because I was always worried that if the club found out how much of an amateur that I was they would not want me in the club.  I will do everything that I can to make sure people that join or are interested in our club understand that this is a club for all levels of skill and that all are welcome.  Terry Richison started a mentor program for this very reason, and I would like to expand on that program.

Some of you might remember me when we met across from the airport in one of the hotels.  I would bring my 2 little girls and they would sit in the back and play on their iPads.  I was not successful getting them involved in magic.  I have not been a member every year throughout the last 25 years, but I would always come back.  My kids are 14 and 16 and when they were born, I decided it would be fun to do magic for them, so I joined again.  Even though I did not make any close friends, I did volunteer for several things including picking up magicians from the airport and bringing them to the Jubilee.

I would like to have a lot of fun with our club.  This will be the year of fun!  Our club has so many wonderful members that have so much knowledge.  There should never be an excuse for not understanding something in magic with this wealth of knowledge walking around at our meetings.  I hope everyone realizes they are welcome to contact me and talk about anything they need help with or want to do.  I am sure I could find someone to help if I cannot.  This is a no drama zone.  Just ask yourself, is what I want to talk about going to be fun and for the better of the club.

I hope that I can get several of you to participate in the club this year.  The only way we can do as many fun and exciting things with our club is if we all participate.  I will never ask anyone to do anything that I cannot do.  It is ok if you cannot dedicate the whole year, or if you will miss some of the functions.  I am not asking anyone to dedicate their life to the club, just a little to help us do some wonderful things.  This club is our club, and it is only as good as the sum of the club members.  This will give us all the chance to get to know each other better and make some fantastic friends.

Hopefully, we will get the Rec Center lined up in time for our August meeting.  The Rec Center opened June 1.  I welcome any ideas of things that we can do, and if you have options for lectures that would be great!  Hopefully, we can find more lectures that are free or reasonable.  I am looking forward to our September meeting where we will be having a few of our mature and wiser members tell us about magic over the years and all the interesting things that they have been involved in over the years.  I would love to have a gathering at my house once a month if it is not to far for those that want to attend.  I live in Godfrey, IL, on the River Road about 4 miles outside of Alton.  Since we are not having a meeting next month, I will put something together for those that want to hangout.  We can talk magic, perform, get help, and learn new tricks.  I have been doing this with my private magic group for over 2 years and it is a blast.

We can meet at my house again July 8th, 9th, and 10th for the IBM Convention.  We can have a pot luck each day, or just bring a bag of chips and a drink.  I will be showing it on my big screen TV.  The 9th and 10th we can meet at 9:30am at the restaurant for breakfast, which is about 1.5 miles from my house.  Here is the restaurant location:
R&R Clifton Country Inn
3015 West Delmar Avenue
Godfrey, IL 62035

Meet at my house at 10 AM:
Scott Smith
4003 Stoneledge Court
Godfrey, IL 62035

Central Time zone:  8th starts at 5 PM, 9th and 10th at 11 am.
      THURSDAY JULY 8, 2021  
  5:00 PM   Event Opens  
  5:30 PM   Stephen Bargatze & Friends Conversation
  6:00 PM   TBA TBA
  7:00 PM   Justin Willman
Virtual Show
  8:00 PM   IBM JAM (open session) Social Time
  10:00 PM   Event Closes  
      FRIDAY JULY 9, 2021  
  11:00 AM   Stephen Bargatze & Mac King Conversation
  11:30 AM   Henry Harrius – Hong Kong Lecture
  12:30 PM   Breakout Rooms Social Break
  1:00 PM   Stars of Magic
ICE McDonald
Alex Zander
Rachel Wax
Nikola Arkane
Paige Thompson
Virtual Show
  2:00 PM   Family Entertainers Panel
Ken Scott
Christopher T Magician
Joe Romano
Panel Talk
  3:00 PM   Dani DaOrtiz Lecture
  4:00 PM   I.B.M. Virtual Contests Competitions
  6:00 PM   Dealers show & Louie Foxx Special Event
  6:30 PM   Ben Seidman
Virtual Show
  8:00 PM   IBM JAM (open session) Social Time
  10:00 PM   Event Closes  
      SATURDAY JULY 10, 2021  
  11:00 AM   Stephen Bargatze & Nate Bargatze Conversation
  11:30 AM   Rune Carlsen – Norway
Virtual show/Lecture
  1:00 PM   Breakout Rooms Social Break
  1:30 PM   Boris Wild – France Lecture
  2:30 PM   Breakout Rooms Social Break
  3:00 PM   Rising Stars Show
Aspen Ortiz
Jay Flair
Elliott Hunter
Meadow Perry
Sanjeev Vinodh
Virtual Show
  4:00 PM   Breakout Rooms Social Break
  4:30 PM   Shin Lim & Casey Thomas Interview
  5:00 PM   Breakout Rooms Social Break
  6:00 PM   Dealers Show & Louie Foxx Special Event
  6:30 PM   Lucy Darling Virtual Show
  8:00 PM   IBM JAM (open session) Social Time
  10:00 PM   Event Close  

Please park on the road above my house.  I don’t have a lot of parking.  I will gladly shuttle anyone down to the house that does not want to walk down or up my driveway with my golf cart.  Please let me know if you can attend.

I am looking forward to a fun and exciting year in magic.  We will be skipping the ice cream social this year, but we will be having the White Elephant gift exchange again for those that are interested.  Don’t forget to help me out with ideas.  Email is the best way to contact me, but if you need to get in touch in a hurry don’t hesitate to call or text me.  If we are not friends on Facebook, please friend me.  My Facebook page is:
Thank you and I can’t wait to meet in person again,
Scott R. Smith

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