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Jeff McBride

                                 JUST ANNOUNCED!

        Jeff McBride Lecture

                          Oct 7, 2020   7:00PM CDT



             JEFF MCBRIDE'S NEW LECTURE 2020

Since his first tour of Japan at the age of 16, Jeff McBride has been widely known as a foremost innovator delivering the most riveting performances in the world of magic. His unique combination of masks, mime, mythic story and world-class sleight of hand earned him wide recognition as one of the most exciting creators and performers in the world of contemporary conjuring.

Early recognition came in the form in invitations to perform with leading concert superstars like Diana Ross, Tom Jones and Cheap Trick. This led to his becoming one of the youngest headliners ever in Las Vegas, in the Bal du Moulin Rouge at The Las Vegas Hilton. He has returned to top Vegas casinos many times over the years, most recently headlining at Caesars and Palace Station Casino.

McBride is a three-time award winner at the International Grand Prix of Magic in Monte Carlo and was named Magician of the Year by The Academy of Magical Arts (The Magic Castle). Crowning him "Vegas' Best" Magician several years ago, the Las Vegas Review Journal wrote: "Light years ahead of the pack... McBride is easily the most exciting and mesmerizing magician I've seen in years." For several years, McBride headlined at Caesars Magical Empire in Las Vegas and recently toured South America with the world’s largest magic show, The Illusionists, and China with Las Vegas Magic Stars, a grand illusion spectacular he created with illusionist Greg Gleason. His McBride’s Wonderground magic nightclub has just completed its ninth year of performances in Las Vegas.

Besides his work as a performer, Jeff McBride is well-known for his founding of the McBride Magic & Mystery School, the world’s most renowned academy for the training of magical performers. Top artists and beginners alike make the pilgrimage to Las Vegas to study at his House of Mystery.

The Lecture:

Jeff's new lecture will give you new tricks, exciting and practical tools and techniques that you can use immediately! 


JEFF will teach the following concepts and magic effects that you will see him perform in his show! :


at the end of this lecture you will have a new 20 minute show..and more!


Powerful eye catching magic that teaches you about "

Color, action, sound and movement


Jeff teaches you the routine that he uses to open his Magic Castle close up show.

In this routine you will learn techniques to get the audience " on your side", and build rapport.


Storytelling is the Heart of the art of magic.

Jeff will share one of his favorite stories and teach you how to adapt it to your own personal style.


Jeff teaches you how to close your show with impact as you learn a nearly forgotten piece of classic vaudeville magic!

What is it? Show up and learn a new "closer!"

..But wait there's more!


 Learn how to take a piece of your current close-up magic and make it play on stage.


  Get the entire audience engaged in your show, live or online!

  Learn the real secret behind what makes the magic connect with your audience


You arrive and have NOTHING. Here is a 20-minute stage show you will ALWAYS be ready to do!

Jeff’s lecture will be held online. Online information will be published in the I.B.M. Ring 1 Spirit Newsletter and will be mailed out to you when it is firmed up.

The lecture is FREE and open to guests, so please pass this along to all of your magic friends.  Compliments of I.B.M. Ring 1.  I hope to see everyone at the lecture.


Terry Richison

I.B.M. Ring 1


Hi Everyone, I hate to say it, but it looks like our world is more of the same for another month. The Dielmann Recreation Center continues to be closed. But that is not going to stop us from performing and learning magic. DJ Lenz is checking with the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital to see if we can perform some online shows for the children. It would be a lot of fun. We will let you know if this gets a thumbs up so you can sign up to perform. We have put the President’s Banquet on hold for now with the hopes that we can possibly hold it in the spring. We have also decided to postpone the close-up contest with the hopes of holding it live and in person. These were hard decisions, but we would rather hold these events when people can come and enjoy the friendship and magic safely and without worries. Now for the good news. For our next meeting, we have secured a highly sought-after lecturer. The One and only Jeff McBride! This is going to be a great lecture. I have seen Jeff teach the Lance Burton Teen Seminar. The only way to explain it is to say that he loves to teach and share his knowledge and magic to people of all skill levels and all ages. This is not a dealer’s lecture. There is nothing to buy, but a lot to learn. As a special, just for Ring 1, after the lecture, Jeff is going to stick around, answer questions, and work on some of the things in his lecture! MARK your calendars for October 7th at 7:00 CDT! The online meeting info will be sent to everyone as soon as it is in place. You will want to make sure you join the meeting early so you don’t miss anything! I hope to see you there!

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      Steve Finkelstein

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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! 





 Terry Richison


 Steve Queen


 Sandy Weis


 Alan Zibits



  Steve Buesking

  Steve Finkelstein

    Johnny Harper

Sgt at Arms

 Steve Queen


 Sandy Weis

Spirit Editor

 Gary Chan


On September 2nd, members were invited to listen to a pre-recorded lecture hosted by Bruce Kalver via Zoom. Bruce has been working professionally for over forty years. He started his career when he was only six years old. His magic education started at the age of four when his grandfather, Samuel Woolf, who was himself a magician and an assistant to Houdini, began to teach him the art. The members who participated enjoyed this lecture and learned a lot of information that they can use in their magic.

Jill “Silly Jilly” Schmidt usually works at Eckert’s Country Store and Farms during the fall. This year, due to COVID, she will not be working there. However, she has booked her first dual magicians’ Zoom Show and looks forward to the fun collaboration. Jill will be opening for another fellow St. Louis magician. However, she sure misses all the parties and functions she previously worked at before the pandemic. I am a “friend” of Jill’s on Facebook and look forward to her posts. These posts are very informative—they tell me what magic lectures and events she is attending. I have viewed several of these and greatly enjoyed them.

Steve Zuehlke shared the following: Another month has passed and COVID has still not VANISHED! With that in mind, I have been finding new ways to pass the time. Recently I opened a private chat room on Facebook’s Messenger. This is a small group of fellow magicians from all over the country. With this unique app, we have the ability to talk in real time 24x7. We film ourselves doing routines, show our latest creations, ask questions, help each other, etc. Everyone in the group seems to enjoy themselves. Why not do this for your local Ring? Whether a Facebook page or group, this could prove to be a novel way for members to communicate with each other all the time. It is in real time and allows the posting of photos and video, video conferencing and group phone calls as well. Most people already have the Messenger app on their phones. Best of all, it’s free!

On another note, the Magifest Convention, located in Columbus, Ohio, moved its dates to May 6th - 8th in lieu of their usual February dates. With assigned dealer room times, limited registration, and social distancing in place, it will be interesting to see how it works. We wish Josh and Andi the very best. They also are planning for the convention to be virtual. If you have never attended Magifest, now is your chance to find out what all the hype is about. By attending from your living room, you’ll save a ton of money on hotel, food, and travel expenses. Hopefully there will be a vaccine in the near future, and we can all get back to normalcy!

Steve Finkelstein, one of our Ring’s active and teaching magicians shared the following: I have taken the opportunity during the Covid-19 shutdown to do two things: (1) inventory a house, garage, and storage locker (ha! ha!) full of magic, (2) identify the two or three effects I am most passionate about, and (3) practice, practice, practice. If anyone is interested in buying close-up magic, like new or new, let me know so I can have room to move around my house. My top three effects are Dice Stacking, 3 Disk Monte, and Endless Chain. I will be preparing for the upcoming local and regional close-up contests so watch out, competitors! You may also see me perform on the Web. So, now is the time to get rid of your stuff and perfect your favorite effects. You can contact me, Steve Finkelstein, at .

Steve Finkelstein also is this year’s Close-up Contest Chairman for the I.B.M. Ring 1 CloseUp Contest since he was last year’s 1st place winner. He was determined to still have the contest, but with several modifications. Plans were to have the contestants perform at the Dielmann Center in a responsible manner. Only judges and performers would actually be present at the Center. However, this would be held as a Zoom meeting for everyone else (members and guests) who are not contestants. As I write this article, I just received notification that the Dielmann Recreation Center recently decided to close for October due to COVID-19. Based on the unavailability of the rooms at Dielmann, the I.B.M. Ring 1 Close-Up Contest will be rescheduled, hopefully in the first quarter of 202l. On the positive side of all this, the Ring should have some very polished acts when they finally have the contest. Members, keep practicing!

Ring 1’s Board continues to meet virtually every month. Members greatly miss the monthly in-person meetings and activities.

RING ONE September 2020 Recap

Sandy Weis

I.B.M. Ring1 Scribe

94 Years of Magic!


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             November Meeting


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Steve Zuehlke will be presenting a teach-in for our November meeting. He will cover a variety of magical effects and will be happy to answer any questions you may have. If there is something you would like to see or need help with, drop Steve a note at

There will be something for everyone in Steve's lecture.....  Don't Miss Out!!!

As we near Halloween, here is an old time radio broadcast from 1949 that stars Harry Blackstone Sr., The Magic Detective, as he encounters a ghost! At the end of the show, Blackstone will teach a magic trick that anyone can perform. Just click the track above his photo and enjoy the show ... but remember not to tell anyone the secret you will learn! 



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