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President’s Message, Upcoming Events, and Eugene Burger lecture.


To all Magi,
Another year has gone by, and it’s time for dues to be paid.  The Ring would appreciate payment of dues by July 1, 2015.  
When dues are paid in a timely manner, it helps your officers decide what to budget for activities for the upcoming year.  A board meeting will be held sometime in the next three weeks for the transition of offices.
It has been a privilege to have served these past two years.  Many thanks to all.
For those who stepped up to run for a position, congratulations on your appointment.
Yours in Magic,
Pat Hartzel


The evening began with the election of officers and board members for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.  The following nominations were received, and with no contested positions, all were approved by membership vote:

President – Patrick Thernes
Vice President – Larry Payne
Secretary – Lori Arkin
Treasurer – Mark Wiechman
Sergeant At Arms – Kristian Hrack
Board of Directors -Bob Hedlesten      (Term expires 2018)
Board of Directors- Frank Johnston      (Term expires 2018)
Board of Directors- Ron Lawson            (Term expires 2018)

 Bob Hedlesten, Frank Johnston and Ron Lawson join current board members Mickie Pyles and Rick Gaffney.
The evening lecture was then presented by Eugene Burger.  Well known for his philosophical analysis of the magical arts and wonderful storytelling during presentation of magical effects, tonight’s lecture topic was “Openers and Closers”. 
Mr. Burger presented his favorite opening and closing effects.  He reiterated that it is fine to specialize in a few strong effects and present them well, rather than any need to present new effects every year.
Mr. Burger’s first “Opener” displayed a four-coin vanish with his “vial of invisibility powder”.  He demonstrated the use of a basic coin clip in his left hand to vanish multiple coins, culminating with a lapping of the coin packet with clever misdirection from his right hand and arm. 
Eugene’s other openers were sponge ball productions and vanishes, rising card routine, drink production from inside of a folded bag, “Thought Sender” routine where the chosen card is the only red-backed card in the deck, and his “Destiny Has A Name” routine to show the freely selected card is the only card with the volunteer’s name on it. 
After a break for refreshments, Mr. Burger discussed applied psychology, and demonstrated an amazing “Chosen Card penetration into a Glass” routine.  He discussed easy methods to control cards, including use of crimps.  With the crimp methods, he demonstrated methods of dealing forced cards into a tray.  His finale of closers, which the audience seemed to like the most, was a wonderful storytelling about the universe while showing a broken and restored thread routine.
Mr. Burger encouraged the group to “find an old trick to do, and put an idea around it to make it interesting”.   He also shared some views on the business of magic, and presenting magic in a style and at a pace that fits the audience.  Eugene reminded us that “the more special I can make you feel, the more special you think I am.”  The audience clearly shared their appreciation of Eugene, with a standing ovation.
Mr. Burger joined about thirty attendees of the lecture for some more camaraderie at Max and Erma’s after the lecture.   Another great evening was enjoyed by the Ring members and guests.
On Sunday, June 14th, we will have our annual picnic and friendly magic contest between the two Cincinnati magic clubs. Please let your club officers know if you want to perform.  This is a great opportunity to try out some new routines with a friendly crowd!
This year’s picnic will once again be held at the shelter and clubhouse at Princeton Crossings in West Chester Township.  The address is 9044 Canal Way, West Chester, Ohio 45069.   John Blaylock has made arrangements at no cost to the clubs for use of the facilities.  
The event will cost $15 per adult, and $10 for kids 12 and under.  The price is the same for members as well as non-members, so please feel free to bring some non-members and encourage them to join our clubs! This a great price for such great fun and time spent with friends.
There will be an old-fashioned cookout featuring burgers, brats, hot dogs, vegetables and desserts.  Please feel free to bring a dish to share!
The Flea Market set-up time is noon.  Flea Market tables are available at no cost.  Everyone is encouraged to buy, sell and/or trade magical items with others.
The picnic starts at 2:00 pm.  Each club will conduct a brief awards and recognition ceremony just prior to our 4:30 pm dinner.
The War of the Wizards contest will start around 6pm. in the clubhouse.
For picnic reservations please contact Pat Hartzel (513-521-8335) or Mark Wiechman (513-476-6537)
by Friday, June 12th at noon.
Payment for the Picnic, as well as Ring 71 dues ($35) can be made at the sign-in table.
Reed Sisters Show – June 9
Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area magicians and their family and friends are cordially invited to the Reed Sisters magic show at the Elks Lodge (3621 Glenmore), at 6:30 PM Tuesday, June 9th. The show is free for children. Adult donations accepted but are not required.
Kristian Charles-July 7
Kristian will be performing for Indiana Magic Monthly on July 7th at Theatre on the Square, 627 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, IN.   Get more info by calling 317-685-TOTS.
If you have any news or events you would like to share, please contact me at .
Respectfully submitted,
Lori Arkin
IBM Ring#71 Secretary-Elect


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