Monday, August 10, 2015

Francis Menotti to Lecture at Ring 50

Francis Menotti will present his lecture at Ring 50 on September 2 at Bishop Ireton HS 201 Cambridge Rd, Alexandria Virginia at 7:00 PM on Wednesday September 2.
Menotti has been a full time professional magician with over 30 years’ experience practicing sleight of hand. Whether entertaining on six-star cruise lines, U.S. Presidential Inaugural Balls or private events, Menotti consistently impresses. He has earned respect as an international industry leader, inventing, writing and lecturing on new magic for fellow magicians.
He designs each of his released tricks for his own working repertoire. After extensively working with them before live audiences, he takes great pleasure in offering them to the magic community!
Over the past ten years, he has had the privilege and pleasure of speaking to countless magic clubs and conventions around the US, England, and beyond.
"Francis is the rarest kind of performer: a triple threat: he does close-up, stage, and a lecture, and he's fantastically talented at all three." - Josh Jay
The lecture is free to I.B.M. Ring 50 members. All other magicians may attend the lecture for a $20 fee.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

2015-2016 Meeting Schedule

Our meeting location is:

Multi Purpose Room
Bishop Ireton High School

PLEASE NOTE: Please enter at the doors for the Whaley Auditorium, which face Duke Street and have a big parking lot. Do NOT enter at the main school entrance facing Cambridge Road.
If you are between the ages of 12-17 and interested in magic, please have a parent or guardian contact Daniel Selnick at

7:00 p.m.  Meeting starts
9:30 p.m.  Meeting ends

The many fine restaurants nearby Bishop Ireton make it easy to visit with your friends before the meeting!

Aug. 5 -- Magic Movie Night (drinks and popcorn served) -- featuring
               "Our Magic: A Documentary Film by the Magic Community"
Sept. 2 -- Lecture with Francis Menotti
Oct. 7 -- Ring 50 Members Perform -- Houdini Night (spooky, escapes, Houdini theme)
Nov. 4 -- Lecture with Cameron Francis
Dec. 2 -- Children's Holiday Magic Show (Benefit for Alexandria Citadel Salvation Army)

Jan. 6 -- Teach-In by Ring 50 volunteers
Feb. 3 -- Lecture (TBD)
March 2 -- Ask the Experts
April 1-2 -- Magi-Whirl 2016
April 6-- Ring 50 Members Perform -- (any under-five-minute trick you like
May 4 -- Dan Lacey Contest -- DC Magician of the Year
June 1 -- Lecture (TBD)

Saturday, August 08, 2015

2015-16 Ring 50 Officers

Danny Selnick (President) --
Louis Meyer (VP) --
Bob Patterson (Treasurer) --
Mike Plotnick (Ring Secretary) --
Kevin Sievers (Sergeant-at-Arms) --

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Ring 50 Does Not Meet in JULY

Have a great vacation and participate in one of the many magic conventions this summer!
See you back in August at the August 5th meeting for Ring 50 Cinema Night. The meeting will feature the Magic Movie "Our Magic: A Documentary Film by the Magic Community".
This is a new documentary revealing the secret world of magic and magicians as told by the finest thinkers, creators and performers of the art (drinks and popcorn served).
I.B.M. Ring 50 meets on the first Wednesday of each month (except July) at the Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Road, Alexandria VA. Meeting times: Wednesday Meeting – 7:00 pm, Adjourn 9:30 pm

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Rich Bloch to Lecture at Ring 50 on JUNE 10th

    Rich Bloch is a magician, comedic performer, attorney, and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He is an inventor of illusions, with magicians all over the globe using his techniques and apparatus, including David Copperfield, Siegfried and Roy, and during their lifetimes, Harry Blackstone Jr. and Doug Henning. Orson Welles called Rich "An Edison of Magic."
    But magic performing is never far from the center of Rich's heart. He performs regularly as a featured guest in reviews at Las Vegas’ Golden Nugget, Sahara, and Flamingo Hotels, with appearances, as well, at the Tropicana, Rio, Monte Carlo, Venetian and Mirage hotels. He is a featured entertainer on a wide variety of cruise lines, and a favorite headliner at Hollywood's famed Magic Castle and was a 2002 nominee for Stage Magician of the Year at the Castle.
    The lecture will be held at Bishop Ireton HS, 201 Cambridge Rd, Alexadria VA. The lecture is free to I.B.M. Ring 50 members. All other magicians may attend the lecture for a $15 fee.

"Magicians of the Year" – 

Arnold Fuoco & Noland Montgomery

Arnold Fuoco, Cecelia (Lacey) Ritchie, and Noland Montgomery

    The May 6th meeting was the event of the year, the competition for the Dan Lacey Memorial Trophy and the title “Magician of the Year”. The late Dan Lacey was a president of Ring 50 (1999-2000) who inspired others--especially newcomers to magic—to hone their skills. The contest provided an opportunity to recognize the exceptional magic skills of our members. Larry Lipman (president 2002-03) established the contest in 2003 to honor the deceased magician. The winner received a rotating trophy and a spot to perform at the 2016 Ring 50 Magi-Whirl and a free convention registration.
    The contestants were: Stan Hillard, Joe Mielnicki, Noland Montgomery, Arnold Fuoco and Eric Henning. After some stellar performances that amazed the Ring 50 members, the panel of judges declared the winners. Arnold Fuoco and Noland Montgomery both had the top scores!  Both will share the coveted first place honors as “Magicians of the Year”.
    Second place went to Eric Henning with third place Stan Hillard adding to the fierce completion. CONGRATULATIONS Arnold and Noland!