With the spirit of Halloween still in the air, 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 below and enjoy the show ... but remember not to tell anyone the secret you will learn!
"Blast From The Past"
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IBM Ring 1 Annual Dues
Dan Harlan will be presenting a teach-in for our December meeting. He is well known as an extremely creative magician who has released some of the best selling products in the history of magic.
There will be something for everyone in Dan's lecture..... Don't Miss Out!!!
IBM Ring 1 Annual Dues
DEC. 2nd @ 7pm
Ring 1’s Board is meeting monthly and thinking of ways to keep our members active and interested in magic. Eight Board Members participated in the last Board meeting. The Close-Up Contest and the Banquet have been postponed. However, D. J. Lenz contacted Shriner’s Hospital and they said they would be interested in having Ring 1 members provide online magic to the patients since the Ring’s visits have been suspended. All agreed that a lecture via Zoom with Jeff McBride on October 7th would be entertaining and educational for the members. Steve Zuehlke offered to provide a teach in via Zoom for the November meeting. He will cover a variety of magical effects and will be happy to answer any questions members may have. He has requested that if there is something one would like to see or need help with, drop him a note. He promises that there will be something for everyone!
Jeff McBride’s lecture was entitled Transforming Eye Candy into Soul Food: The 8 Steps to Effective Online Magic. Ring 1 members and their guests could view the lecture at no charge. Jeff shared that this new lecture will give participants new tricks, exciting and practical tools, and techniques that they can use immediately! He also focused on magic effects which are suited for Zoom and other online platforms. He taught concepts and magic effects that he performs in his show. Members were asked to bring questions because after the lecture/show, Jeff would stick around and take questions from everyone. Feedback from the participants was overwhelmingly positive. Everyone really enjoyed his presentation. Steve Zuehlke and Steve Buesking donated two brand new and autographed books (The Magician and the Cardsharp by Karl Johnson and The Secret Life of Houdini by William Kalush and Larry Sloman) as attendance prizes for this lecture. I really enjoyed the clip he shared featuring a tour of his house. It is amazing!!
The I.B.M. JAM Live recently featured Jonathan Levit with an exclusive lecture and Live Workshop. He presented a wide range of effects. Judging by the comments in the room, everyone loved it. Jonathan is from St. Louis and was a member of Ring 1 while he was growing up. He now resides in Hollywood and is a regular performer at the Magic Castle. His parents, Audrey and Steve Levit, were also members and supporters of Ring 1. Ring 1 members are proud of the accomplishments Jonathan has achieved.
Several of our members have visited the new location of Ickle Pickle Magic located in Park Hills, MO. Jill “Silly Jilly” Schmidt loved visiting the new location and spent two hours perusing. The store is located an hour south of downtown St. Louis. She bought eight tricks, including a confetti bucket that she will put throw streamers in which Ickle Pickle Magic smartly recommended. Steve Epner also took a trip to Park Hills, which you will read about later in this newsletter. If you want to learn more about Ickle Pickle, there is an interesting article to read at dailyjournalonline.com. The Daily Journal is a newspaper in Park Hills, and it featured Ickle Pickle on the front page!
Dan Todd shared that he made a Slate of Mind using chess cards and the students love it. He also gets great reactions with his Chess Coloring Book. He has helped over 100 scouts earn their Chess Merit Badge so far. Girls are members of Boy Scouts of America now and attend Chess Merit Badge classes too. He is teaching online chess classes this fall at one of the same schools that he has taught at for several years now, Fairview Elementary School in Jennings. He teaches five days a week. The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis has challenged their instructors to increase their skill sets and improve their ratings. Dan is constantly creating new effects he can use with his students. Dan recently lost his mother to COVID-19. She was a huge fan of his magic.
Steve Zuehlke shared the following: “Another month of lockdown. Hard to believe how time flies by so quickly. While our meetings have been cancelled, not all of us are afraid to venture out. This month, nine of us got together for a day of fun for our “own IBM meeting.” It was great to see the familiar faces again. We had coffee and doughnuts, then out came the tricks. All of us perform, teach, and mentor each other. Lunch is served, then back to magic. I personally picked up a great tip for the Push through Shuffle, learned a new version of the Cannibal Cards, John Mendoza’s Throwing the Switch, a great Coins Across routine, and Cardini’s Color Change. A mini five-hour session!”
Michael McClure shared the following: “I am very thankful for the varied and high-quality content of magic lectures being offered over the internet. It is heart-warming (and sanity sparing) that so many stellar performers are sharing their time and talents to help all of us improve in the practice of our art. The IBM continues to lead the way in providing much needed distractions from these strange and limiting times. One thing has permanently changed in our avocation ... the virtual performance is here to stay. No matter what degree of normalcy returns in the coming months, a new audience has been groomed for continued entertainment through remotely produced shows. Our IBM Ring 1 has also changed our face on the Internet. I have just finished our new website and launched it in mid-September. With the encouragement of President Terry Richison and several members of the Board, we now have an improved presence and public appeal to attract new members and entice non-practitioners to take up the study of the many forms of magic. I ask that Ring 1 members submit images of themselves in action so we can showcase the fun we have to share. The world is invited to visit www.ibmring1.com to see what the excitement is all about!” E-mail a photo of your performing magic to email@example.com . Your photo may magically appear on our Ring 1 website!
RING ONE October 2020 Recap
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94 Years of Magic!
Hi Everyone, We had a great meeting last month with Jeff McBride as our guest. There were almost 60 members that joined the meeting. Jeff shared a ton of material. It was great to see everyone and great to hear back from almost everyone regarding how much they liked the meeting. The results were overwhelmingly positive. Thanks again to Steve Finkelstein for setting up the Zoom meeting for us. During this season of Thanksgiving, we must not forget those who support us in our endeavors, everyday of our lives. We need to be sure to show a little gratitude to those who support us. It might be your spouse, your children, or a friend. They really give up much more that we know. Make sure you let them know how much you appreciate all they do, and show them how much you care for them. Because of those special people in our lives, we can spread our magical joy to millions throughout the world. With all the stress and turmoil in all of our lives and in the world around us, we as magicians need to take it upon ourselves to make sure that we bring a little joy into everyone’s life that watches us perform. Whether you are performing live or online, there is nothing more rewarding than to see the smile and hear the laughter of those that we entertain. Speaking of entertaining, make sure to attend the Ring 1 November 4th meeting. Steve Zuehlke will be presenting an informal talk about tricks, ropes, cards, DVDs, theory, card revelations, card control, books and a whole lot more. He will also teach a few card tricks and a rope trick that everyone can do. So, bring a pad and paper to make a few notes. There will also be some surprise performers that will be attending as well that will be performing a few miracles. Meeting details will be sent out in a separate email.
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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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