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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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     Steven Buesking



     D Jay Lenz


     Sandy Weis


     Alan Zibits



          Scott Smith

        Past President


      Steve Finkelstein

       Terry Richison


        Ted Schnarre



    Michael W. McClure
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    Sandy Weis

Spirit Editor

     Gary Chan



Sandy Weis

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 1927         95 Years of Magic!         2021


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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 “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

Coordinated and Hosted by

Last Year's Champion


September 7, 2022 at 7p.m.

Dielmann Recreation Center

11400 Olde Cabin Road

Creve Coeur, MO 63141

There will be a beginner/intermediate division and an advanced division ... contestants are welcome!


To register please contact Gary S. Chan at


It has been an interesting month. The August meeting date has changed; that information is at the end of this piece.

The initial outcomes from your survey responses are:

1. Members want lectures. 2. Members want to learn new material; and 3. Members prefer entertaining meetings, including a workshop approach to learning a single effect.

Financial Review: I spent several hours with Sandy Weis and Darrell Lenz reviewing our financial situation. The good news: We have sufficient cash for several years to support ourselves.

The bad news: We are spending more than we bring in. Last year, the club had a $650 loss. Our biggest expense this past year was the $825 room rental paid to the Creve Coeur Rec Center. If we could find a lower cost alternative, we could afford more lectures without tapping our cash reserves.

The St. Louis County Library system has meeting rooms that are free and centrally located, but there is no guarantee on booking rooms. We are looking for alternatives; all suggestions are welcome.

Similarly, dues has not changed in decades. If we raise dues to $20 per year, our projected income will be positive but less than the cost of a lecture.

Aside from spending our reserve, we have another idea: The Ring is going to do two shows, one at 2pm (to be confirmed) and one at 7pm (to be confirmed), on October 22. This is traditionally Magic Week - the week preceding Halloween; ok, we’re a couple days early, but close enough. The shows will be at the Florissant Civic Center. The theatre holds about 450. Here are the lineups (not in performance order): Afternoon show: Jeff Lefton, Marty Kopp, Tom Reily, John Johnson, Columbus Smith with Steve Corbitt as emcee. Jimmy ‘Cards’ Molinari in lobby. Evening show: Jeff Lefton, Marty Kopp, Tom Reily, John Johnson, Gary S. Chan with Steve Corbitt as emcee. Jimmy ‘Cards’ Molinari in lobby.

The goal is to hit 400 backsides in the seats. If we do that, we will cover our future needs for the next four or five years. Social media will be used, plus posters in the Florissant schools and community college. If you could post the show information to your friends and family via social media - i.e. Facebook, Instagram, etc., it would be a help. Buying a couple of tickets, dragging an in-law or two as well, would help.

It’s simple:. The better we do, the better the programming for all of us. All performers and tech are volunteering. It is a talented group, so I hope you will join in the efforts of many, perhaps volunteer for back stage helpers for one or both shows.

Project Magic is back again but now at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Hospital in Maryland Heights. A crowd of 30 staff and kids were entertained by Darrell Lenz and Dan Todd. Please reach out to Darrell to help so we don’t let the kids down.

Last, we are going to start the new year with a lecture. We are going to the library in Clayton - thus avoiding the $75 monthly charge at the Rec Center. The meeting date HAS CHANGED and will be August 9.

I would like to sign off with one of my favorite quotes: “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” - Desmond Tutu, South African Anglican bishop and theologian.

Steven Buesking

President of I.B.M. Ring 1

(314) 732-5678 

I.B.M. Ring1



September 7, 2022


Dielmann Recreational Complex



Ring 1 does not meet in July. However, the Board still meets in July and has been busy planning for the 2022-2023 year. Also, individual committees have met this summer and will propose ideas, changes, etc. to the Board for consideration. Steve Buesking, the incoming president, has already spent countless hours preparing for the upcoming year. He is very organized, is creative, and has innovative ideas. The Ring hopes to recruit younger magicians in order for Ring 1 to continue to be one of the “top” magic clubs.

Recently, Jill “Silly Jilly the Clown” Schmidt broke her wrist during a performance. KinderCare booked her to first do a magic show, and that went great. When making balloon animals, she lifted her foot back, and her heel touched the back of her opposite leg. Silly Jilly’s heel went underneath the hem of her wide gauchos. When she put her foot down, her heel pulled down on the pants and caused her to fall backward. She caught herself with her hand, which resulted in her breaking her wrist. All the students were watching and were eagerly awaiting their balloon animal. A teacher gave Silly Jilly a ride to urgent care. Silly Jilly’s husband went to KinderCare about an hour later to pick up her magic, and the students were making Silly Jilly Get Well Cards. The doctor says it will be at least seven weeks until Silly Jilly can make balloon animals. But she is happy she can still perform magic shows and even perform her whole show. She does not do sleight of hand; mainly does easy tricks, for example, a change bag and a stratosphere-like trick. However, her husband needs to reset her spring snake fountain every time she uses it. Three days after she broke her wrist, she performed her first one-armed magic show. It was a big hit, and Brussels, Illinois, has already re-booked her for their 2023 festival. The Ring hopes Silly Jilly has a speedy recovery!

Dan Todd, D. Jay Lenz, and Steve Buesking restarted Project Magic in St. Louis Post-COVID. The Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital staff and 20+ children were treated to Dan and D. Jay’s performance. (“Steve, not so much” per Steve but the Ring knows that Steve was a real asset to the performance. :) The hospital did have the standard restrictions: No fire effects - fire doesn’t play well with oxygen tanks - and no Latex - see rubber band packaging. In the post-COVID era, no direct contact with the children was allowed. The children and staff were held 15 feet away from the stage. Any effect that required audience participation would be handled by a single masked and gloved staff member. If the Magi was to interact with the staff member, they would need to be masked. As the children are in Ranken Jordan for one to twelve months, some mobile, some confined to their hospital bed, the distraction was welcomed. The children applauded, laughed, and raised their voices on cue. There were smiles from staff and children throughout. The Ring is scheduled to perform monthly, on the second Monday of each month for one hour. In prior years, the Project Magic magis would hand out the props and teach a trick for those props to the children after the performance. The inability to hand anything to a child, for the child’s protection, will be limiting that ability. Should anyone have suggestions, Ring One would love to hear them.

Dan Todd has been quite busy. He performs magic on CCTV at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. He also performs live for the kids in Children’s Hospital’s behavioral unit and also performs closeup for the Children’s Playroom Holiday carnival activities. Dan is bringing joy to the patients at Children’s.

As a reminder to all, the St. Louis Magic Roundtable meets every Saturday at 1:30pm at the Dierbergs on Lindemann and Manchester. We have had one new person join us each of the last three weeks. And this past Saturday, there were 17 people at the Roundtable, including Chris Korn who was here from LA. It was really fun. All were visiting, and many were performing. Pictures are on the Roundtable Facebook page:

S.A.M. Assembly No. 8 has several special events planned in the near future and they are inviting Ring 1 members to these events free of charge, if their dues are paid up. On July 28, 2022, Jimmy Molinari will give a lecture. Jimmy is a true expert in the field of card magic, and this is a lecture not to be missed. He does not have lecture notes, so bring a deck of cards, a pad and a pencil, and be prepared to learn from one of the best. On August 25, 2022, the evening will be devoted to a Tribute to Bro. John Hamman. This meeting is just one week before Bro. John’s birthday so we are going to reminisce, share Bro. John stories, perform his tricks, and celebrate our love for him. Please come prepared to do a trick or share a story. On September 22, 2022, the theme will be a Harold D. Russell Wine and Cheese Extravaganza. Many, many years ago, Harold received a gift of a box of wine from one of his magic clients. Harold brought that wine to a Magic meeting, along with some cheese and crackers, and a tradition was born. Every year, Harold hosted his Wine and Cheese Extravaganza, and every year the magic show was emceed by Harold’s dear friend, Karl Grice. This year, Assembly 8 is paying tribute to Harold by reviving his tradition. A wonderful magic show is being planned with a true cabaret ambience and Karl Grice has agreed to be emcee again. It is free to all paid members of Assembly 8 and Ring 1. However, we do ask that each member attending bring a bottle of wine, or their favorite drink, along with cheese and crackers or a snack of their choosing. If you are unable to contribute to the refreshments, we ask that a cash donation be made to defray expenses. All S.A.M. Assembly 8 meetings begin at 7 o’clock and are held at the St. Louis Activity Center, 5602 Arsenal. Ring 1 thanks S.A.M. Assembly 8 for including Ring 1’s members in these upcoming events.

Magician Chef Bananas (Chad Jacobs) has been quite busy. He has been presenting free public magic shows recently. He has appeared at the Oak Bend Library, the Kirkwood Lions Amphitheater, Edwardsville Public Library, Washington County Library, Jellystone Campground, and others. Chad is also one of the magicians featured at the upcoming KIDabra International -- The Conferences of KIDabra and KAX. This year, it will be held in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on August 10-13th. According to Chad, this convention is one of the best, or the best, convention for kids and family entertainers. He will be sharing his entire show with the attendees and also discussing it afterwards. To register, go to (KIDabra exists today because its founder, Mark Daniel, wanted to become a better “kids’ show” performer. With the help of his friends and family, he created KIDabra over 30 years ago.)

Mike McClure’s son recently had surgery. The Ring wishes him a speedy recovery. Mike is still keeping up with Ring 1’s website. He adds to it regularly and has done a superb job! Check it out at 

Guests are always welcome to Ring 1’s meetings and activities.



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