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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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IBM Ring 1 Annual Dues

                   IBM RING1

                  MAY Meeting


         JIM KRENZ

















Terry Richison

The webmaster asks that Ring 1 members submit images of themselves in action so we can showcase the fun we have to share. The world is visiting OUR to see what the excitement is all about! E-mail a photo of you performing magic (or your preferred headshot) to: . Your photo may magically appear on our Ring 1 website! 

 Annual membership in IBM Ring 1 is $15 and is a bargain, considering our lineup of performers, lecturers, and activities! If any of your contact information has changed, please let Alan Zibits know at

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.



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

Jim has been interested in magic since the age of five. For fifteen years he worked for Jay and Francis Marshall at Magic Inc. He has created over three dozen original effects and techniques, and has lectured about them in nine countries. Jim has studied with Ed Marlo, Jim Ryan, Tony Andruzzi, Don Alan, Eugene Burger, Slydini, Tommy Wonder and Juan Tamariz. His lecture contains his original ideas, theories, routines and improvements in close-up magic. For FULL details regarding his lecture content, please visit our Calendar of Events page and scroll to May 2021. Please make time to join us for Jim's incredible, educational and entertaining lecture. As always it is FREE ... sponsored by IBM Ring 1 and the Midwest Magic Jubilee!

IBM Ring 1 Annual Dues

 MAY 5th @ 7pm


Ring 1 members are hoping that Ring 1 will be able to meet in person soon. I signed up for every vaccine list in the St. Louis Area. Finally, I was contacted and I will be getting my second dose tomorrow. Now, I am getting emails from the other agencies stating that the vaccine is available. It does look like meetings and activities will be resuming in the near future due to the availability of the vaccine. It has been very difficult writing the Ring Report this past year due to the pandemic. I appreciate the input I have received from several of the Ring’s members. Thank you!!

On February 25th, St. Louis’ Society of American Magicians, Assembly 8, hosted a lecture featuring Mike Pisciotta and invited Ring One as their guest. Steve Zuehlke shared the following: Mike covered extensive work on the breather crimp (a great tool), some excellent card work with a killer version of Elmsley’s Between the Palms, an awesome, no palm card-to-wallet that he repeated twice with two different spectators (this is going into my repertoire) as well as several other card effects and an awesome two-coin routine that combined a bit of Three Fly and a bit of Hanging Coins along with a few other subtleties. Mike also discussed the type of effects he chooses while working behind the bar, how to make the boss happy, and how to handle hecklers. A great time was had by all. For those lucky twenty-two people who attended, you all had the chance to witness a true worker of his craft.

On Wednesday, March 3rd, I.B.M. Ring 1 hosted a virtual lecture featuring David Jonathan. Twenty-five people were in attendance, including several guests and one new member. Steve Zuehlke summarized the lecture: David’s forte is creating magic. He recently won Inventor of the Year at the Penguin Magic Awards. While the lecture was mostly cards, these were not your ordinary card tricks. David used a variety of cards, including regular cards, different colored backs (i.e. Rainbow Deck), object cards, and even Uno cards. While David sold most of the effects he demonstrated, he was more than willing to explain and show how each effect was constructed. What I enjoyed most was David’s creative thought process when trying to create a new effect. David broke it down to method, concept, adaptability, and luck! While this sounds easy, David spent approximately thirty minutes describing this process. Very interesting indeed! I would highly recommend this lecture to any group who is looking for something different. David had several bundles of his magic effects available to purchase at a reduced price.

Michael McClure shared the following: It has been very enjoyable for me to join the fun during IBM’s bi-weekly “Hsuehnanigans” online game show. On March 9th, I brought home bragging rights for Ring 1 by earning 1st Place in two of the three games … “Quiplash” and “Trivia Murder Party.” If a magician wants to get in on the action, they need to visit the IBM Facebook page and attend the Zoom room on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month (starting at 8 PM CST). International Vice President Billy Hsueh hosts the competitions through the popular Jackbox Party Pack programming. The more we experience virtual meetings, shows, and lectures, the easier it will be for us to adapt to this growing medium of online entertainment, and “Hsuehnanigans” is an entertaining way to get acclimated. President Terry Richison and I have been touching up Ring 4 1’s Facebook site, and it can now be used by members to attend our virtual lectures and meetings (especially for those that do not have or trust Zoom). I also encourage Ring 1 members to continue submitting images of themselves in action so I can showcase the fun we have to share on our new website. The world is visiting our to see what the excitement is all about! E-mail a photo of you performing magic or your preferred headshot to me, and your photo may magically appear on our Ring 1’s website!

Dan (the Great) Todd shared that he has been catching up on his magic reading and revisiting his video tutorials. While he has not made any major changes, he has seen the need for vertical close-up magic when sitting in Zoom/Google Meet/MS Meetings. He uses all three platforms for his chess classes sponsored by the St. Louis Chess Club due to each school having different platforms and security. He added that the St. Louis Chess Club and Hall of Fame is a gem in St. Louis and is world-renowned. Recently, HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” featured the Chess Club in one of their latest episodes called “All the Right Moves.” Correspondent Soledad O’Brien discussed the phenomenon and recent skyrocketing interest in the game of chess. Dan is keeping quite busy teaching these classes. He does use his magic knowledge when teaching these classes and incorporates magic in the chess lessons. He is also still making videos for St. Louis Children’s Hospital. He finds that mini props work well. He is now using his mini Hippity Hop Rabbits, Dragonfly Rings, Die Box, and even his Mini Guillotine (he took all out of mothballs). They have a new life! He did use them on occasions when using his hand puppet, Chico. This started when the kids wanted to see him do more. His parlor effects are still used for Children’s Hospital videos. His stage props are now in moth balls, but this gives him time to practice everything these days.

I (Sandy Weis) recently attended a virtual convention, UnConventional.Fun 2, on February 27th and 28th sponsored by the Toronto Magic Company (Ben Train and Jonah Babins). It was reasonably priced and advertised as combining a magic convention with a video game (thank you, Chad Jacobs, for recommending this convention). I do not play video games so I had to learn to manipulate my character (avatar) so she (Sandy) could navigate her way around MAGICLAND. It was so much fun learning how to do this. My character was able to sit at tables and converse with others at my table (I could actually see them on the screen). I visited the room where the vendors were located. I could actually talk to and see a vendor as long as my character was located in their booth. Another Ring 1 member attended, Jill “Silly Jilly” Schmidt, and our avatars met up at one of the tables. The convention included lectures, performances, panel talks, jamming, and more. The speakers and performers were well-known magicians from around the world. All lectures, panels, and shows were recorded and I have access to view these anytime I want. I wasn’t able to attend the entire conference; however, I have plenty of material to view now. I highly recommend others to attend a convention such as this one. I had so much fun! Their Facebook page, UnConventional. Fun says, “Big News Coming Soon”. So maybe another convention? Check out their Facebook page.

The Ring is hosting another lecture on April 7th, featuring Craig Petty. Craig is known as one of the greatest sleight of hand artists in the UK. Craig is currently the co-host of the Wizard Product Review, the largest magic review show in the world. He has created over 30 instructional DVD’s on the art of magic. Members and their guests are looking forward to this Zoom lecture.


Sandy Weis

I.B.M. Ring1 Scribe

 1927         95 Years of Magic!         2021


I hope everyone had a great St. Patrick’s Day. I have never figured out why April Fools’ Day was not a holiday that magicians would live for. I would love to hear from you with any April Fools Jokes, pranks where you used magic to make a memory for someone. Bring them to the meeting on April 7th, and we can tell some stories and have some fun and laughs at the end of the meeting! Speaking of April 7th, we have a great evening planned. All the way from England, I.B.M. Ring 1 and the Midwest Magic Jubilee will be hosting Craig Petty. He will be sharing his wit, wisdom, and humor. He is known in magic circles as one of the greatest sleight of hand artists in the UK and for being kicked out of the Magic Circle for breaking the code. Craig isn’t what you’d call an “average entertainer.” In 2009, he was described by Magic Week as the greatest living coin manipulator in Europe! Magic Scene also awarded him the distinction of being “The Performer to Watch in 2009”. Craig is currently the co-host of the Wizard Product Review, the largest magic review show in the World. Having created over 30 instructional DVDs on the art of magic, Craig’s lectures have been a huge hit worldwide. The Craig Petty lecture room will open on April 7th at 6:45pm Central, and the lecture will start at 7pm. We will simulcast the lecture on the I.B.M. Ring 1 Facebook page and Zoom. If you have not paid your 2021 dues, please go to to pay your dues. Contact D. Jay Lenz at if you would like to submit a video that can be used at our Project Magic Shows. Videos will be shown at the Shriner Children’s Hospital. Last call for anyone that might want to run for an office or as a member of the Board. Please contact me if you would like to run for one of the officer position or as a board member for the I.B.M. Ring 1. If you think you have some good ideas, can make things happen, now is your opportunity to show what you can do. You can make a difference by being one of our leaders. Nominations must be received by April 30, 2021. Lastly, have you looked at our I.B.M. Ring 1 website, ? Our webmaster, Mike McClure has done a fantastic job keeping the site up-to-date and even included something special on the site. Take a look at the bottom of the home page. Click the link at the bottom of the page to meet our very first I.B.M. Ring 1 President. Thanks, Mike! Great Job! I hope to see you on April 7th.

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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

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Sgt at Arms

 Steve Queen


 Sandy Weis

Spirit Editor

 Gary Chan

A bit of HOGWARTS magic resides on our Officers & Board page ... Check out Ring1's counterpart to Prof. Dumbledore ... our very own animated 1st President!



Happy Anniversary Terry & Sindie!

       -from the IBM Ring1 Gang!


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