Thursday, September 20, 2007

Jamy Ian Swiss Lectures at Ring 50

Jamy Ian Swiss is a gifted sleight-of-hand artist who possesses "a finely tuned sense of the absurd," says the Washington Post. He has appeared along the way in performances from Hollywood's Magic Castle to Caesar's Palace on the Las Vegas Strip to the Ginza District of downtown Tokyo. His greatest passion, though, is sleight-of-hand magic, and there are few practitioners who can match his skill and enthusiasm. With a bravado that reflects his early days performing in biker bars, Jamy blends contemporary comedy with bravura technical mastery to create a truly unique show that appeals to almost any audience. Jamy is a busy and highly regarded writer, Jamy contributes a monthly book review column to Genii, the Conjuror's Magazine; he is the author of 11 books and monographs of magic for magicians.

His three and a half hour lecture for IBM Ring 50 was based on “why” I do things the way I do. He stressed using creativity and that novel wins over the good from the AMATEUR MAGICIAN'S perspective, and that this is why novelty wins magic contests, and why magic contest winners -- like FISM Grand Prix closeup winners -- are consistently terrible. The layman, on the other hand, has a MUCH better idea of what is good, when compared with an amateur magician. He says the great performer demonstrates very little skill and goes for the effect. Jamy says, “sleight of hand is only a small part of the secret – the real secrets have to do with psychology and a carefully constructed, almost theatrical production, with many players, most of whose roles are invisible to the victim.”

Jamy's lecture was packed with practical material from his own working repertoire – filled with real-life information about performance of magic – all delivered in Jamy's powerful, potent and unprecedented style! Including: THE KISS OF THE BIG APPLE - According to Scotty York, long-time confidant of the great Fred Kaps, "This is the final word on the Kaps method for the Card in Matchbox." WISHFUL THINKING - The ultimate Card in Matchbook routine, elements of which have been endorsed and even adopted by Michael Ammar. THE ANIMATED RING - The easiest yet most powerful effect that's been and featured in Jon LeClair's “The Art of Invisible Thread.” His lecture was more than just tricks. It's was a carefully constructed performance, a session with an expert teacher, a riveting motivational experience. This lecture was not merely magic lessons – this lecture was life lessons!
New Members Join IBM Ring 50

The National Capital Ring 50 we voted in two new members at the October meeting. Todd Eisenstadt, Bethesda MD, Todd is a college professor and has performed at charity shows and birthday gigs. Todd is a member of KIDABRA. Michael Wolfson, Alexandria VA. Mike is a Management Analyst with the US Dept of State. He has always loved magic and has performed presentations at the US Dept of State and for friends in the US Army and Peru.

The following have applied for membership in IBM Ring 50 and have membership applications pending with IBM. Upon completion of the HQ IBM membership, and when these magicians attend the next meeting, the members will vote on their acceptance into Ring 50. Donna Jean Audi, Alexandria VA, performs as ‘Sparkplug’ the clown. Magic has always interested her and she wants to make a profession of it. Donna has received her membership into IBM and will be eligible to be voted upon at the next meeting she attends. Shrive Paul Beck, Arlington VA, has been a student of magic through books and is looking forward to gaining knowledge, advice, and experience through membership in the Ring. Peter A. Zawadzki (Zulu Papa), Bethesda MD, has been a Yogi Magic Mart student in Baltimore and was inspired by Jeff McBride.
~ ~ Bob Patterson

Monday, September 17, 2007

Meeting Schedule 2008-2009

August 6…………Brad Ross Lecture
September 3…...Barry Mitchell Lecture

October 1..………History of Magic, Mini Lectures by Members
November 5…….Chris Capehart Lecture
December 3……..Duane Laflin Lecture

January 7………..Children’s Magic
February 4 ……..Magic Teach-in
March 4………..…TBA
April 1 …………....Auction Night, Nominations for Officers
April 17 & 18……Magi-Whirl 2009, Washington DC, Ring 50
May 6……………...Dan Lacey Contest, Election of Officers
June 3……………..Winton Carroll Contest “Most Humorous Magician”
July ………………..No Ring 50 Meeting in July
July 1-4, 2009…… 81st IBM Convention, Nashville, Tennessee

(Subject to Change.)

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Steve Hart Gives ‘Hart Attack’ Lecture to Ring 50

There were 65 attendees at Steve Hart's lecture on September 5th. Steve started talking and immediately hooked the audience with ways to inspire by thinking about magic. Then he showed a few items he had modified and others he had invented outright and he got everyone thinking so much they started taking notes. His magic lecture titled, "Hart Attacks" has been a favorite among many magical events and is not only educational but also fun and entertaining.

His lecture was not just card and coin tricks. The “Hart Attacks” lecture was a collection of close-up and standup magic with a comical slant. Included were effects such as the Jardine/Ellis ring routine, Jumbo Comedy Card routine, Poorman’s Bottle Vanish, Headless Rubber Chicken, Thumb tip Blendo routine, warm and fuzzy Sponge Ball routine, and more. He demonstrated how, for a few pennies, to make a vanishing bottle from everyday materials. Steve revealed the secrets to several of the effects he created.

In his younger days he performed straight stand up magic. But the audience seemed to enjoy his some of his comedy routines more. This led him to become a comedy magician. Steve says while you are performing, “listen to your audience to determine your persona.” Steve says, “Magic is very effective if performed with the element of surprise.” People will be impressed and remember when you do magic in their hands.

IBM National Capital Ring 50 Gets New Members

At the September 5th meeting two new members were voted into IBM Ring 50. The new members are: Danny Selnick from Alexandria VA. Danny attended the School of Magic Arts in Bogotá Colombia. Jeff Dionise from Manassas VA. Jeff was a semi-pro performing in nightclubs in the 80s. Todd Eisenstadt has received his membership from IBM and will be voted upon for membership in Ring 50 at the next meeting. Others with pending IBM and Ring 50 memberships are: Michael Wolfson, Donna Audi, and Teresito Malicse.

Wednesday November 7th – New members Perform

The November meeting will include performances by our new members that have joined Ring 50 since September 2006.

Magi-Whirl 2008 – March 28 & 29, 2008

Magi-Whirl 2008 is moving right along with contracts completed for Kenrick ‘ICE’ McDonald, Aldo & Rachel Colombini, Eric Jones, Richard Kaufman, Noland Montgomery, and Rich Bloch as lectures and/or performers. We will have 10 dealers and so far we have a confirmation from Wild Colombini Magic – Aldo & Rachel Colombini, Sorcery with Class – Scott Correll, Guaranteed Magic – Bob Little, E-mmaculate Deceptions - Eric Jones, and Magic Goods – Pravin Ponnuri to participate as a dealers. More updates to follow on our website:
~ ~ Bob Patterson