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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! 

HARRY BLACKSTONE 

 

World's Foremost

Magician

"Blast From The Past"

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            2022-2023

           OFFICERS

President

     D Jay Lenz
      618-462-3675

Vice-President

     Terry Richison
       314-791-9108

Treasurer

     Sandy Weis
      314-378-4403

Secretary

     Alan Zibits
      636-273-9974

           2022-2023

     BOARD MEMBERS

          Scott Smith

        Past President

        618-610-5947

      Steve Finkelstein
        314-409-6869

        Jerry Collins
       314-517-7619

 

        Ted Schnarre

        314-440-2341

 

    Michael W. McClure
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Scribe

    Sandy Weis
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Spirit Editor

     Gary Chan
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RING ONE

DECEMBER 2022 REPORT

Sandy Weis

I.B.M. Ring1 Scribe

 1927         95 Years of Magic!         2021

 

IBM Ring 1 Annual Dues

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 www.ibmring1.com to see what the excitement is all about! E-mail a photo of you performing magic (or your preferred headshot) to: watson7654321@gmail.com . Your photo may magically appear on our Ring 1 website! 

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 $20 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 alan.a.zibits@boeing.com.

To pay by mail: Write a check payable to “IBM, Ring 1” for $20.

Write “2023 Dues” on the memo line.

Mail the check to"

Sandy Weis

1755 Elkins Drive

St. Louis, MO 63136.

OR PAY ONLINE:

 

To pay dues by mail:

Write a check payable to

“IBM, Ring 1” for $20

 Write “2023

 Dues” on the memo line

 

 Mail the check to:

Sandy Weis

 1755 Elkins Drive

 St. Louis, MO 63136

Harry Blackstone Sr. performed at the 1946 I.B.M. Convention in St. Louis, Missouri - hosted by our I.B.M. Ring 1

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January Letter from Our President

D. Jay Lenz
 

I.B.M.Ring 1 Annual Dues

PLEASE USE THE DONATE BUTTON ABOVE WHEN PAYING BY PAYPAL.

UPON MAKING PAYMENT YOU MUST SEND AN EMAIL TO

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IF YOU FAIL TO SEND THIS EMAIL, THE FUNDS YOU TRANSFERRED MAY NOT BE CREDITED TOWARD ANY MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL (SINCE PAYPAL DOES NOT ALWAYS PROVIDE ENOUGH INFORMATION TO IDENTIFY WHO YOU ARE). ANY PAYMENT RECEIVED WITHOUT THE REQUIRED EMAIL WILL BE CONSIDERED AS A GENERAL DONATION ONLY.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORT.

PLEASE USE THE DONATE BUTTON ABOVE WHEN PAYING BY PAYPAL.

UPON MAKING PAYMENT YOU MUST SEND AN EMAIL TO

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FOR HER TO PROPERLY CREDIT YOUR ACCOUNT.

 

IF YOU FAIL TO SEND THIS EMAIL, THE FUNDS YOU TRANSFERRED MAY NOT BE CREDITED TOWARD ANY MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL (SINCE PAYPAL DOES NOT ALWAYS PROVIDE ENOUGH INFORMATION TO IDENTIFY WHO YOU ARE). ANY PAYMENT RECEIVED WITHOUT THE REQUIRED EMAIL WILL BE CONSIDERED AS A GENERAL DONATION ONLY.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORT.

Annual Dues have increased to $20 effective Jan. 1, 2023

Annual Dues have increased to $20 effective Jan. 1, 2023

Steve Zuehlke shared the following. At our December meeting, we had our annual holiday party. A good time was had by all. Plenty of food, snacks, desserts, and drinks were on hand as well as plenty of great gifts for the white elephant gift exchange. The most popular gifts were four gift cards that kept getting stolen until it wasn’t allowed anymore. We appreciate that the Ring bought two $25 cards from each of these local magic shops--Old Time Magic Shop located in High Ridge and The Magic Shop located in Park Hills. There was also a souvenir box of magic from the 2008 I.B.M./SAM convention which was quite popular. Also, our two youngest attendees both walked away with some great gifts. It makes me happy to see that Ring One is in good hands. Oh, to be young again! Hats off to VP Terry Richison and Sandy Weis for all their help. Terry Richison also had some IBM playing cards and Insurance Policies for sale. These were made especially for the I.B.M. I purchased several and are very pleased with their excellent quality. One of our longtime members, Larry Minth and his wife Helen, are celebrating FIFTY years of marriage. Congratulations! Ring One recently raised their dues to twenty dollars beginning in 2023, after keeping it at fifteen dollars for many years. Still, one of the best deals out there. Our Ring is fortunate to have a strong treasury which brings four to five lectures a year to its members. For the Ring’s next meeting in January, we will be filming an instructional video for Project Magic that will be shown at Shriners Hospital for the patients, their families and the staff.

Steve Epner added the following regarding the White Elephant Gift Exchange. Steve Finklestein wanted to pass on a giant Merlin figure. Steve Epner opened the box. He was concerned what his wife would suggest he do with it. Then Chuck Levy walked around the room looking for something to steal. He landed on Merlin. I think Chuck’s wife gave him a dirty look, but Epner got a mobile packet of illusions he can carry with him when he performs magic. Chuck went home with Merlin. It was a fun time for all!

Michael McClure convinced his fellow Ring 1 Board Directors to allow him to film several of our members performing family-oriented effects, and then produce a DVD of the same that would be distributed to the hospitals that are not yet allowing in-person magicians to entertain for their clients. As a community outreach program prior to the onset of Covid, our Ring members had been regulars at the local Shriners Children's Hospital. The hospitalized children and their families need the unique escape that our art provides. The hospital staff often voiced great appreciation of the performances. Our next regular meeting has been moved to January 11, and it will be our first night of “Lights! Camera! Magic!” … the premiere attempt to collect about nine different acts to be arranged to form a virtual magic show. Michael will film, edit, and handle all of the production duties, with the capable editing assistance of his son, Michael II. They have a mobile theater setup which includes curtains, lights, and all video and sound equipment necessary to accomplish the task. What is somewhat unique to their setup is that they use a 10 by 10 tent frame as a mount for the curtains and accessories. This allows an impromptu performance to be filmed easily anywhere it occurs. As an interlude between live acts, Michael plans to insert interactive magic, jokes and visual activities to keep the audience entertained. The final program will be available on DVD to those hospitals that need a physical disc to play for their patients It will also be hosted on our website, through an unlisted YouTube channel, for places that would rather avail themselves of that streaming service. It promises to be a fun experiment for a very worthwhile cause. If anyone would like to participate they must contact Michael to discuss their ideas prior to our meeting on January 11. His contact information is on the Ring One website.

Bob Blattel shared the following. Each year my wife, Chris, and I organize a Toy Drive for needy children. We collected over 100 trash bags full of toys. I then do volunteer magic shows. On Saturday, December 11th, I did a show for the Dutchtown Opportunity Coalition for Youth. They had about 25 in attendance and at the end of the show I gave each child an appearing magic wand as a gift. On Sunday, December 18th I performed a magic show during Breakfast with Santa for St. Mathew the Apostle Catholic Church located in St. Louis. I hope all IBM members are doing well and have a Merry Christmas.

Jeff Lefton shared the following. I recently did a show at a senior citizen center. At one point my Rocky, the raccoon, jumped out at a spectator. She put him under her sweater and would not give him back! The staff went over to try to get her to let go of it, but she refused. Then one of them tried to trade her a stuffed animal for Rocky, but she did not go for that either. They told me they would reimburse me for the Rocky. As I was packing up and ready to go, lo and behold, a staff member brought me my Rocky. When the show was over, and she stood up to leave, Rocky fell to the floor and a staff person was able to nap him. I have never had that happen before!

Paul Gregor has developed a new close up station for outdoor festival work. It is just large enough to hold a magician, a stool and a day’s worth of props. It appears to look like an information booth yet has a front half circle counter to perform the magic. The back curtain, in a red and white carnival pattern, sets the tone for fun. A sun shade can be added if necessary. The bright red sides are about 34 inches high which helps keep everything hidden except the magic at hand. Transporting and setting up this mini theatre is easy because of the modular design. It’s a magic oasis at the festival. The Ring members are anxious to see this new station Paul has designed and built. He is one of the newer members and is volunteering his time to help the Ring in many ways. For example, he is helping Gary Chan with the monthly newsletter, The Spirit, and has great, new ideas for this publication.

Dan Todd shared the following. I owe a debt of gratitude to Silly Billy, David Kaye, for his lecture on the magic coloring book a decade or so back. I think I saw it in Reel Magic Magazine. David shared several versions of this effect in the article. Each had certain qualities to consider and up until then, I had never used a magic coloring book in any of my shows. Once I did and got such positive reactions, I continued using it in all my magic shows. Therefore, I decided to make a magic coloring book by incorporating ideas from a kids chess book. The book I chose was Winning Chess Strategy for Kids written by Jeff Coakley of Canada. It is a fun and comprehensive chess course written for children 7 to 13 years of age. It is full of cartoons and appeals to children. He also has the following website which also teaches children chess-- ChessKids.com. I emailed him about using some of its content on-line during the pandemic. I also said that I’d like to make a magic coloring book, too. I even offered to send him a copy. He granted me limited use of some of the content and said I could make the coloring book for my use only. By adaptation of a real chess book, some of my students even have it at home! It is not a booklet, but a full soft cover book costing about $40. Of course since I am repeating pages, I left out 2/3rd of the book, but they never say anything about that. Instead of vanishing crayons, I use a colored silk streamer that magically changes to black. Very visual! I got one with Instant Art that I bought from Duke Stern at a MMJubilee in the 70’s. B/W drawings are magically colored in only when I create the magic spell. After the awe struck kids quiet down, I tell them that “I have another class to show it to, so can they help me remove all the color?” They get so excited and wiggle their fingers and thumbs. I say “Stop, not too much!” And when it is shown completely blank, I say “Oh no! You made all the colors disappear, even the black!”

For Magician Chef Bananas (Chad Jacobs), holiday shows are in full swing. He's got five to seven shows booked for every week in December. One of his favorite events to do is "A Carlinville Christmas.” It's a small-town event where they hire Chef Bananas for the day and give him his own tent. This year he did four full shows starting at 10:30 AM and ending at 6:15 PM. People appear to be eager to get back to live entertainment for their family events. Birthday parties are also looking up for Chef Bananas, as folks are starting to welcome others into their homes again. Chad thinks the outlook for 2023 is really good as he's already got dozens of bookings for next year as well.

Jill "Silly Jilly" Schmidt is devastated that she needs to reduce her balloon twisting due to arthritis pain in all of her fingers. She's been making balloon animals almost every week for half of her life and has literally tied approximately one million knots. Her doctor explained that arthritic joints can be compared to tire tread in that the more you drive your car, the more the degradation. She's afraid if she doesn't make a significant change, she'll regret it years from now. For Jill's regular restaurant gig and pediatric dentistry gig, she will try switching to simpler balloon animals and adding more gags and magic. For large events where kids line up as Jill makes sixty balloons animals per hour, she will pass on those. Jill plans to promote her magic shows more and learn more magic tricks, including some tricks applicable to restaurant table hopping.

I want to thank Ring 1 members for providing me with input for the Ring Report. I recently came down with the flu (hope no one else catches it) and didn’t know how I was going to have enough material to finish the report. Thank you, thank you, Ring 1 members for helping me so I was able to submit this report by the due date.

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Happy New Year,

As this message is being written just prior to Christmas, I want to wish everyone a very warm and safe holiday and a wonderful new year.

With regrets, I was not able to make the meeting in December which is our annual Christmas party and white elephant gift exchange. From what I heard, everyone had a great time at the party and fun with the gift exchange.

Our next performance for Ranken Jordan will be on January 9, 2023. This is the second Monday of the month. We need volunteers for the performance. Please e-mail me if are are willing to perform for the children. Include your phone number in the contact information.

The Veterans and First Responders show was a great hit with the audience. We had about 180 guests to see the show. Everyone enjoyed the close-up performances in the lobby and the artists on stage. The best moment was when a little girl received a stuffed teddy bear from Steve Zuehlke. The young lady was overwhelmed with joy and couldn't believe that she was receiving the bear as a early gift. Also in attendance were Harry and Trudy Monti.

Our January meeting will be slated for video recording of our members performing effects that are level appropriate for children and adults. This recording is being made so that we can reach out to area children hospitals and other organizations. Many patients are still vulnerable to illnesses and these performances can help them while confined to their stay in the hospital. Please consider reaching out to Mike McClure if you are interested in performing one or two effects. Stand-up and close-up effects are welcomed.

Also, our member dues rate for the 2023 year is $20.00. This is still one of the lowest rates for local clubs. We offer so much for a modest amount. We will still continue to bring in lecturers and provide other opportunities for our club to flourish. 

Our Next Lecture Is A

DOUBLE HEADER!

January 26, 2023 at 7p.m.

Dielmann Recreation Center

11400 Olde Cabin Road

Creve Coeur, MO 63141

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