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During this Autumn season, our imaginations  entertain stories of the supernatural. Please enjoy an old time radio broadcast from 1949 featuring a ghost and Harry Blackstone Sr., The Magic Detective, titled "The Phantom Intermezzo." At the end of the show, Blackstone will teach a 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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     D Jay Lenz


     Terry Richison


     Sandy Weis


     Alan Zibits



          Scott Smith

        Past President


      Steve Finkelstein

        Jerry Collins


        Ted Schnarre



    Michael W. McClure
       618-826-5125                         & Webmaster


    Sandy Weis

Spirit Editor

     Gary Chan



Sandy Weis

I.B.M. Ring1 Scribe

 1927         95 Years of Magic!         2021


View Steve Finkelstein's June Ring1 Lecture before it's gone by                         

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!



 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 “2022 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 “2022 Dues” on the memo line


 Mail the check to:

Sandy Weis

 1755 Elkins Drive

 St. Louis, MO 63136

Ring 1 held their annual close-up contest in September. Gary S. Chan won the contest last year; therefore, he was responsible for organizing the event. He did a magnificent job! He made sure all facets of the contest were finalized before the event. This even meant revising the contest rules so everything would run smoothly. This took a considerable amount of time. The Board met numerous times and made several revisions before the Board finally approved it. Since it was so detailed and explicit, there were no issues during the contest. Gary did a great job of advertising the contest. The room was completely full! It seemed as if there was a larger audience than in previous contests. He also made sure everyone who was assisting with the contest knew what their role would be. The roles of the members were as follows: Contest Chair-Gary S. Chan, Pre-approval BoardRandy Kalin, Scott Smith and Gary S. Chan, Judges (Magicians)-Mike McClure, Jesse Bader, and Jeff Lefton, Judge (Layman)-Joe Malec, Timer-Steve Buesking, and Score Tabulators-Randy Kalin and Gary S. Chan. The Ring thanks all these volunteers for their assistance!

There were four contestants in the intermediate category. First, Abe Bellers selected three volunteers from the audience to assist him with his routine. The routine consisted of several effects that went together and each one predicted a number, a card or a color. During the routine, he told several jokes which the audience enjoyed. The next contestant was Dave Goldfarb. Dave has been attending meetings for years and really enjoys cards. His assistant was told to look at one card and then somehow he counted the cards and then read the assistant’s mind. The next effect involved flipping a coin. He was able to predict beforehand how many times the coin landed on heads or tails. The next contestant was Jeff Halcomb. He chose children in the audience to assist him with the effects. The kids were hilarious and stole the show! He was able to tear monopoly money up and then restore it. He did a coin trick which ended up changing places in the volunteer’s hand. He then had each child pick a card and he was able to find the cards in the deck. 

Last was Paul Gregor. He did several sleight of hand effects with coins. First, he had a few silver half dollars appear from nowhere and proceeded to disappear and reappear the coins in many ways. Then he used a one inch coat button which kept mysteriously transporting back to an empty card box, after being vanished or placed in the pocket. At the conclusion of the routine, after the button transformed into a jumbo coin, large objects appeared to be removed from the box. Including an egg! All of these intermediate contestants did a remarkable job. It takes a lot of preparation, skill, and confidence to enter a close-up contest for the first time. Congratulations!!

There were five contestants in the Advanced Category. Zi Wang was the first contestant. He used three volunteers for his routine. He had them pick a card and he was able to find it in the deck. He stated that it took him five years to learn this effect. He did several other effects and each time was able to find the volunteers’ cards.

Next was Steve Queen. Steve’s routine consisted of storytelling regarding his children. For example, he talked about the cost of raising a child and changed his hundred dollar bills into dollars. He even did an effect which compared the game of hide and seek with his children to finding a card that was playing hide and seek. Steve Finkelstein was next. First, he did a coin matrix where the coins moved from the corners of a mat to another location. Then he had a volunteer assist him with a wine glass effect. He had four wine glasses and, mysteriously, the aces ended up in the volunteer’s glass at the end. Next was John Davit. He performed several effects. The first one involved his tie—which end was longer? Then he performed effects using paper clips, ropes, and cards. At the end of his card routine, he was able to find all four aces in four different ways.

Last was Raleigh Muns. The theme of his routine was Star Trek. The question he asked was, “What will future magicians do?” His effects involved a colored cube, square circle, levitation, and several others. One other added note—Abe used Brian Styles as his volunteer. As the contestants asked for volunteers, Brian was almost always picked. He enjoyed assisting and was a great volunteer. In the future, everyone who was present will remember Brian as the most popular volunteer.

The judges met and the scores were finalized. In the Intermediate Category— 1st place-Paul Gregor and 2nd place-Abe Bellers. In the Advanced Category— 1st place-Steve Queen, 2nd place-Zi Wang and 3rd place -Raleigh Muns. All of the contestants did a magnificent job! Since Steve won in the advanced category, he now will be in charge of the close-up contest next year. Congratulations to all the contestants!  

On the second Monday of every month, members of Ring 1 are visiting Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital in Maryland Heights. Dan Todd shared the following—"D. Jay Lenz, Jill (Silly Jilly) Schmidt, John Davit, and Dan Todd (The Great Todd) performed at the hospital in September. There were over a dozen patients and as many staff members in the audience. Silly Jilly warmed up the audience as the audience members arrived. D. Jay performed the linking ropes, cut and restored rope, fooled again rabbits, and a production box that was shown empty and, after it was closed, it produced silks and also a spring snake which the kids got a huge laugh when it appeared. Silly Jilly was a hit, of course, with spring snakes from everything! The kids loved her. John Davit was, as always, debonair and handed out dime-in-rings. I was last with my blue genie gag, 3 frog monty, and my newest creation, a 5 card repeat to Speller variation, with giant UNO cards. I tell my experience of playing UNO and how it usually goes down. No matter if I use only one hand to represent each player, I always have 5 cards after discarding. The freely selected UNO cards are freely placed in an 8 card holder (4 foot long) and the reveal is all the same color and 1-8…I closed the show with a comical 50’ multi-color paper production from the mouth routine. Dan also added that on the first Friday of the month he performs his CCTV magic show at Children’s Hospital. This involves patient call-ins and often he receives positive comments after his show when he sees the patients, their families, and the staff in the halls.

Gary S. Chan, Ring 1’s Spirit Editor and 2021 Close-up Contest winner, was recently interviewed by Jeannette Batz Cooperman for “The Common Reader.” This is a publication of Washington University in St. Louis which offers the best in reviews, articles and creative fiction engaging the essential debates and issues of our time. The title of the article is “How to Become a Mentalist” which is dated September 12, 2022. It is very interesting and I highly recommend reading it. The direct link to the article is as follows-- .

The Ring always welcomes visitors to its meetings and activities.




$100 Bill Switch

 October Letter from Our President

D. Jay Lenz

IBM Ring 1 Annual Dues

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Greetings fellow Ring 1 members,

With regrets, Steve Buesking is stepping down from being president of our club. He is engaged in volunteer work with a domestic and sexual violence shelter. He will be volunteering many hours per week and will be there on several evenings. Therefore, he has decided to resign as president of ring 1. The duties of president now fall on my shoulders. I welcome the opportunity to serve the members and the club but wish it could have been under different circumstances. Let’s give Steve all of our support, prayers and best wishes as he moves into an area to help others who are suffering the different domestic traumas in their lives.

Terry Richison has graciously accepted the position of vice-president, as I transfer to president. Jerry Collins has agreed to be on the Board of Directors. This was done in accordance with the constitution and by-laws of our club at the last Board meeting. Please give Terry and Jerry all your support and congratulate them for stepping up to the challenges.

A big shout out to our newest members: Abraham Bellers, Paul Gregor, and Zi Teng Wang. Please take the time to get acquainted with them.They would enjoy hearing about your background in magic, for inspiration.

October 9 will be our annual President's Banquet. It will be held at the Rosalita’s Cantina in Des Peres, MO. There will be close-up entertainment before dinner and a live show after the installation of officers, reconditions and awards. Please let Scott Smith know if you are coming and how many will be attending in your party.

We need volunteers for Ranken Jordan Children's Hospital magic show. I am looking for two to three more volunteers for the second Monday in October. Please arrive by 5:30 p.m. to check in at the front desk. For first time performers, they will take your driver's license and scan to create a day pass for you. The address is 11365 Dorsett Rd, Maryland Heights, MO 63043. We are slated for 1 hour of show time. Masks must be worn while in the building. If on stage, the mask does not have to be worn. There is no interaction with the children. Staff from the hospital will step in for them. If performing off stage, a mask has to be worn.

The November date for Ranken is TBA for the moment. After the October performance, I will be speaking with the Activities Director about future dates for the rest of this year and for next year.

Our fundraiser show for October 22nd has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. The show will be re-scheduled next year. More information will be posted when a venue and date has been determined. A special thank you to the members who volunteered to perform and to those who were willing to work behind the scenes to make this event a success.

Our October meeting will feature Steve Finkelstein teaching how to perform the bill switch. He will demonstrate how to change a $1.00 bill to a $100.00 bill and back again. He will show simple techniques to perform this amazing effect. It is an effect that packs small and plays big. He will supply the $100.00 bill (monopoly money).

Our November 2 meeting will be held at the Dielmann Recreation Complex and will include a zoom meeting featuring Lance Burton. Lance is from the St. Louis area and began his career back in the late 1970's. I remember seeing him perform while I was a stage hand. He is truly amazing.

A special thank you to Gary Chan and Paul Gregor for assembling and publishing the monthly Spirit. They put a lot of work into the newsletter.

D. Jay Lenz 

Coordinated and Hosted by

Steve Finkelstein

October 5, 2022 at 7p.m.

Dielmann Recreation Center

11400 Olde Cabin Road

Creve Coeur, MO 63141


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