Sunday, August 10, 2008

Brad Ross Gives Lecture at August Meeting

Brad Ross presented his lecture on Discovering Your IT FACTOR: Secrets of Branding, Positioning, and Magical Marketing to an audience of 63 Ring 50 members and guests. Brad’s three hour lecture gave many pointers on how to succeed and make big bucks in the business of shows. The foundation for his lecture was from his IT FACTOR package. This included such topics as discovering and unleashing your magical power, back room sales system, goodie bags and give a ways, internet marketing, direct response marketing, and many ways to develop greater results in your business. Marketing has changed over the years and we magicians need to change with the times. He went on to show the audience how to properly put together a professional looking promotional packet and Image Based Marketing. He has translated the general business marketing and promotional principles into making the Master Magician known in the public venue. He's marketed himself and his products extremely well. He has taken a raw material (general information) add VALUE to it, by various processes and translating the general information into direct and specific instructions for performers. His lecture gave ideas and procedures in such a way as there is no question how a magical performer should apply the principles he laid out. There was so much information in the lecture it was impossible to write it all down. One needs to purchase his IT FACTOR package.
~ ~ Bob Patterson

Ring 50 Inducts New Members
Ring 50 gains two new members. Wayne Spillner, Warrenton VA, is a member of the Order of Merlin and has just recently move to our Washington DC area. He does close-up magic and has worked the Magic Castle with Michael Ammar. Sylvia Lett, Temple Hills MD, performs magic as Streamer Da Clown. She does Illusions, Motivational Magic, and Gospel Magic.

Ring 50 CDs Available
A CD of the Ring 50 performers and Ring activities for the past year was compiled by Larry Lipman and donated to the Ring. There are a few of these still available from the Treasurer, Bob Patterson, for only $5. Bob will have them at the next meeting for sale.

Ring 50 Shirts
Blue Shirts with the Ring 50 logo are available for $27.50. A few will be available for pick-up at the next meeting. Cash or check is accepted, make check payable to ‘Robert Patterson’. If your size is not available it can be ordered. The following sizes are available: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X-Large, and 3X-Large (2X & 3X add $2.50).

IBM 2009 Convention in Nashville TN
Members of Ring 50 are reminded to register early for the 81st International Brotherhood of Magician Convention to be held in Nashville TN, July 1 - 4, 2009. IBM members can register on-line at the IBM website Click on the left side “Annual Convention” then click on the Nashville logo. Read the pricing matrix and begin registration at the bottom. You will need your IBM number. Be sure to check the box for your spouse if you are bringing one. IBM members registering before September 1, 2008 can register for $195. From September 1st thru December 31 the price is $210. After December 31 registration is $250. Registration forms will be available at Ring 50 meetings. So register early and SAVE!

Magi-Whirl 2009
Be sure to reserved April 17, 18, & 19 for Magi-Whirl 2009. This year we have a super line-up of lectures and performers (Jeff McBride, Paul Green, Bruce Kalver and others). A special session with IBM International President, Joan Caesar, and SAM National President, Bruce Kalver. Also a special four hour workshop on Sunday, April 19 is planned (at additional cost of $125) with Jeff McBride. There will be ten magic shops in the dealers room. The Saturday night Gala show will be a knock-out. You won’t want to miss this event. Watch our website for details. Be sure to register early and SAVE!

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Meeting Schedule 2009

(Subject to Change)

January 7………......History of Magic w/ Mini-Lectures by Members
February 4 …….....Magic Teach-in
March 4………..…...TBA
April 1 ………….......Auction Night, Nominations for Officers
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
August 5..................Anatomy of a Magic Show (Double Lecture)
September 2..........."Try a New Trick" Night
October 7............... TBA
November 4...........TBA
December 2............Lecture by Devin Knight