Thursday, September 08, 2016

Whit ‘Pop’ Haydn to Lecture October 5th



In March 2015, Whit "Pop" Haydn was named Stage Magician of the Year at the world famous Magic Castle and the winner of seven Performer of the Year awards from the Magic Castle.

   He has opened for Jerry Seinfeld, the Smothers Brothers, Loretta Lynn, and others, and performed on large cruise ships of many different lines, including Cunard Lines's QE2, and on the Diamond Princess. Haydn has worked hotels and casinos including Caesars Tahoe, and was one of the first acts chosen in 1996 to open Caesars Magical Empire in Las Vegas.
Pop Haydn was the chief magic consultant on Norman Jewison's major film Bogus starring Whoopi Goldberg, Gerard Depardieu and Haley Joel Osment, and worked as well as a consultant on multiple television documentaries including the Discovery Channel's Houdini, People Came to See Him Die and David Copperfield's television special, Orient Express. Recent work has included television shows such as Bunheads, Franklin and Bash and The Haunted Collectors. He both consulted and appears in the upcoming theatrical release documentary Dealt with William Turner.
Pop Haydn with two time national trick shot champion Chef Anton, started a company called School for Scoundrels in 1996. School for Scoundrels teaches a course every year at the Magic Castle on street scams like the Shell Game, Three Card Monte, and Fast and Loose. This will be the 20th year the course has been taught. School for Scoundrels also markets numerous books, DVDs, and props for these ancient scams and hustles.
Vanish magazine, an international conjuror's magazine from New Zealand, called Pop Haydn "A Legend in Magic."
    See his lecture on October 5th at Ring 50’s meeting at the Hampton Inn & Suite, in Alexandria VA at 7:00 PM.

Ring 50 New Officers 2016-17

Here are your new officers!
President Louis Meyer           V.P. Larry Lipman

Secretary John Roberts           Treasurer Bob Patterson

Sgt-at-Arms Richie Klein

Directors: Tom Kee, Stan Hillard, Danny Selnick

Dwight Redman Territorial V.P.

Friday, August 19, 2016

September 7th is BAG-O-TRICKS Night

    Those attending the September 7th meeting at the Hampton Inn at 7:00 PM you will be split up into several groups and each group will be given a bag filled with random items, including magic. Then the group will have to come up with a routine/skit to present to everyone with all of the items in the bag! This is sure to provide a lot of comedy plus a challenge to your creativity.

    Remember the meeting is at Hampton Inn and Suites in Alexandria (5821 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA).

Thursday, May 12, 2016

June 1 is Open Magic Night


    The June 1st meeting will be Open Magic Night. We want as many members involved as possible performing any type of magic effects that you can bring to the meeting. This can be anything like card tricks, coin tricks, thumb tips, balloon magic, silks, rope magic, ninja rings, mentalism, parlor, etc.
    These tricks are usually short so we need as many of you to perform as possible. Contact Danny Selnick (703-347-5540 or daniel.selnick@yahoo.com) if you want to perform. Others may be called upon to perform, be prepared! Can you fool us?
      Ring 50 meets at Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Rd, Alexandria, VA at 7:00 PM on the first Wednesday of each month (except July).

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Dan Lacey Competition to Pick Title Holder “Magician of the Year”



    Sharpen up your skills and compete at the May 4th meeting for the Dan Lacey Memorial Trophy and the title “Magician of the Year”. The winner will receive a rotating trophy and a spot to perform at the 2017 Ring 50 Magi-Whirl and a free convention registration.
    All paid-up Ring 50 members both new and veteran members can seek the title. A panel of judges will declare the winner. 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 provides an opportunity to recognize the exceptional magic skills of our members. The contest was started in 2003 to honor the deceased magician. Contact Danny Selnick President@IBMRing50.Org if you are interested in being in the competition.

   Contestants for the May 4th contest are: Tom Beutner, Arnold Fuoco, Tommy Halliday, Stan Hillard, Louis Meyer, Reggie Rice, John Roberts, and Benjamin Tran.