I want to take a moment to thank everyone who came to our first meeting. There was a great turnout to listen to a great lecture given by The Great Kaplan! There will be more fantastic lectures to come this year!
IBM Lecture Notes – September 25, 2015
Our next meeting will be held on Friday, October 23rd at 7pm. The IBM closeup contest has returned! Please look for the rules down below in the ZigZag. Let's make this a great competition!
Looking ahead for November, we will have a combined lecture and our Holiday banquet with SAM Assembly 11. Our annual Holiday Banquet will be on Saturday, November 14th, 2015. The entertainment for the evening will be IBM President Elect Oscar Munoz!
Yours in Magic,
President IBM Ring 71
Sir Patrick announced David Kaplan as our lecturer for the evening. Mr. Kaplan shared a wonderful presentation, focused on ways to enhance show performances and make a “Magic Moment” happen for audience members. David demonstrated how his combination of comedy, magic, juggling, music and sound effects have been enhanced by listening to audience responses and modifying his show to keep and build upon effects that had good responses and eliminated those effects that evoked less positive audience responses.
He demonstrated various effects, comically producing coins during audience warm-up, levitating a match, and using an ambitious card routine to have a chosen card vanish and appear in an unexpected place. He also shared various manipulation moves with coins, cane juggling, color changing knives, ping pong ball juggling, and his hat toss method. David then explained the methods and discussed how to mix the performer’s personality in to the appropriate presentation style for the audience.
Kaplan shared his philosophy that he learned from others, such as “don’t let the magic get in the way of the entertainment”, and “the simplest way to demonstrate the effect is usually the best”. He shared technical ideas such as methods to roll a coin on your hand, and the mechanics behind many of his props and sound system.
David encouraged people to create their own version of a standard trick. He discussed his “chain of invention” idea, where the performer starts with an idea, and then adds more “what if?” and “what’s next?” ideas to build upon the basic concept. David credited ventriloquist Ken Groves for the idea of recording your act on audio tape, listen to your patter, transcribe everything, and then re-write your patter the way you wish you had said it, paring down your words to the most succinct version. Keep the good items and remove those that did not have a strong enough audience affect. Remove gags and laughter that had audience response but did not fit your character. If you have a silent act, use the same idea to fine-tune and essentially “have the audience write your show.”
Regarding building a rapport with an audience, David recounted the Charlie Reynolds view that “showmanship is simply getting people to like you”. Audience like a performer who shows a nice attitude that he/she doesn’t have anything to prove. Kaplan tries to make his show have as many “skill-gag-effects” sequences as possible. He likes adding sound effects to enhance the visual presentation of his routines. He demonstrated the use of Kerry Pollack’s “Media Star” system with various remote control methods.
His lecture notes provided a nice essay on who-what-and why as an entertainer’s guide to creativity.
For the finale of his show, he provided a beautiful rendition of “When you Wish Upon a Star”, and received a standing ovation by many people in the audience.
Our next meeting will be held on Friday, October 23 at 7pm. The ring will be having the IBM close-up contest!
Close up contest rules are as follows:
- All Contestants must be paid up IBM members, so that means pay your dues please!
- Only close up effects, no parlor or stage.
-Time limit is 5 to 7 minutes per contestant.
- Score sheets will be given to the contestants after the contest.
If you would like to enter or have any questions, please contact Patrick Thernes at firstname.lastname@example.org
IBM Ring #71 would like to welcome the following new members:
Welcome New Members!
Looking forward to November...
On Friday, November 13th, our lecturer will be none other than the IBM President-Elect Oscar Munoz! Come join the fun! The lecture starts at 7pm.
Oscar Muñoz has earned a Doctorate in magic from the FFFF Fraternity in Batavia, N.Y. Oscar brings more than 27 years of experience as a professional motivator speaker and master comic magician.
He is known throughout the state of Texas as the leading specialist in the field of educational and motivational magic shows for students of all ages and grade levels.
Oscar has also appeared on TV, been published in numerous magazines, and lectured for organizations world wide, and was recently the first American to receive the International Children's Entertainer Championship in Blackpool, England.
Other awards are:
1999 International Brotherhood of Magicians Gold Cup Champion
The Society of American Magician First Place Gold Medal
The Texas Association of Magician 3 time Champion
On Saturday, November 14th, we will have our IBM/SAM combined holiday party!
Magic Conventions Coming up!
Fun Happenings around town!
|Oct 21-24, 2015
||The 2015 Magic & Meaning Conference
||Las Vegas, Nevada
|Oct 24-26, 2015
||New Zealand International Magicians' Convention
||Wellington, New Zealand
|Nov 5-7, 2015
||Dupont Lodge, Corbin, KY
|Nov 6-8, 2015
||Daytona Festival Of Magic
||Daytona Beach, FL.
|Nov 12-14, 2015
||The ICBM 24th New England Gathering of the Magi
|Nov 13-15, 2015
||Motor City Close-Up Convention
||Woodhaven (Metro Detroit Area), Michigan,
|Nov 19-22, 2015
||Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada
|Jan 28-31, 2016
|Mar 11-12, 2016
|Apr 14-17, 2016
||Oceanside Magic Invitational
||South Yarmouth, Massachusetts
|June 12-24, 2016
||Florida Magic Camp
|July 2-5, 2016
||IBM - International Brotherhood of Magicians
||San Antonio, Texas
|July 13-16, 2016
||S.A.M. National Convention
|Aug 14-17, 2016
||Las Vegas, Nevada
Recently, a group of Ring members got together to try out "Houdini's Room Escape". How could we not? Ten of us met at 9309 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati to see if our collective magic talents could get us out of the room. We were locked in "Houdini's Study" with 60 minutes allowed to get out, as well as to find Houdini's straight jacket and handcuffs that he needs for his performance. With that said, we began our journey of puzzle solving and advancing to our goal. Each puzzle solved led to another puzzle. It was great to work together, yet independently. We managed to solve all the puzzles and get out with only three seconds left to spare! This is a great group venue that you just have to try out! Make sure you reserve early! Check out http://www.houdinisroomescape.com for more info!
Count Marco’s Haunted Castle - Aka Wiechman’s Halloween Display
Come help Count Marco celebrate his 53rd year of Halloween Fun
When: Thursday October 29th, Friday 30th and Saturday 31 HALLOWEEN
Time: 6:30 to 10:30 PM
Where: 6791 Marvin Ave.
North College Hill, OH 45224-1141
HOUDINI'S ROOM ESCAPE
Just for fun!
What’s your father’s occupation?” asked the teacher on the first day of the new academic year.
“He’s a magician, Ma’am,” said the new boy.
“How interesting. What’s his favorite trick?”
“He saws people in half.”
“Gosh! Now, next question. Any brothers or sisters?”
“One half brother and two half sisters.”
Top 10 Greatest Magicians
Ring 71 welcomes members and guests to our upcoming events, and encourages people to join our Facebook page (International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring 71) and view our webpage (www.ring71.com) for more information.
Lori Arkin, Ring Secretary
IBM Ring 71 Officers
President: Patrick Thernes
Vice-President: Larry Payne
Treasurer: Mark Wiechman
Secretary: Lori Arkin
Sgt. at Arms: Kristian Hrack
Board of Governors: Bob Hedlesten, Frank Johnston, Ron Lawson, Mickie Pyles, Rick Gaffney
Good and Welfare: Mark Wiechman
Webmaster: Jeff Brown
- Haines House of Cards
2514 Leslie Avenue
Norwood, OH 45212
- Professor Pryor's Magic Emporium
2514 Leslie Avenue
Norwood, OH 45212
- The Magic Shop
526 Philadelphia Street
Covington, KY 41011