Monday, August 27, 2007

Ring 50 Members Converge on MAES

Several members of IBM Ring 50 met at the annual convention of Magician’s Alliance of Eastern States held in Trevose PA on August 23-25, 2007. Those attending from the National Capital Ring 50 were: Wayne Alan, Bob Carnathan, Phil Milstead, Noland Montgomery, Bob Patterson, Tom Paxton, Stan Rosenthal, and Scotty Scafidi. The talent coordinator for the confab was Phil Milstead.

Noland Montgomery performed in the Close-up contest. Noland claimed he use to work in an orange juice factory, but got fired because he could not concentrate. He presented a “street version” of the cups and balls and wrapped up his routine producing two large balls from under the cups and a coconut from a seemingly empty hat. Noland and Bob Carnathan spent lots of time in the dealer room looking over some new merchandise.

Tom Paxton was the high bidder in the auction for some very nice magic equipment including: Hippity-Hop Rabbits, Tipsy Turvy Bottles, and a large Duck Pan, just to name a few. Perhaps Tom will be showing some of these at the “New Members Perform” night in November. Wayne Alan also walked away with some choice magic items from the auction.

Jeff McBride made a surprise visit to the convention and performed his multiplying cards during one of the lectures. Kenrick ‘ICE’ McDonald (Ring 50’s feature magician and lecturer for Magi-Whirl 2008) was on hand and was the emcee for the Close-up Show. The headliner for the MAES Saturday night show was Goldfinger and Dove.

After hearing that Jeff McBride would be on the agenda at next years MAES Convention and would be conducting a Masters Class either before or after the convention, Stan Rosenthal and Scotty Scafidi quickly took an early bird registration form.

Overall this was a very good convention with excellent contestants in the contests, outstanding lectures and performers. Looking forward to next year.
~ ~ Bob Patterson

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