Welcome to the Capital District's magic club. Members of our club include illusionists, close-up magicians, kids show magicians, magic collectors and magic enthusiasts.

The purpose of our organization is to promote the art of magic by learning to perform it well, to preserve its history and to assemble collections of past magicians and paraphernalia.

Assembly #24 is one of the oldest Assembly's in the Society of American Magicians. It is named after Past President Jay A. Gorham.  Jay was a Professor and Mathematics Chair at Hudson Valley Community College. He is an active magician and magic collector. After moving from this area to Arizona, Jay became the National President of the Society of American Magicians in 2004.

THE CAPITAL MAGIC CONNECTION NEWS

MAY MEETING OF THE IBM RING 186 

IBM Ring 186 will be meeting on Tuesday, May 28, at 7:30 at S. W. Pitts Hose Company, 226 Old Loudon Road, in Latham, NY.   Mike Ihrig, The IBM Territorial Vice President for Northern New York, will be visiting with us for this meeting.  Mike always has a wealth of useful ideas to share, so we will turn the first half of the meeting over to Mike for his presentation.

The second half of the meeting will be an open-mike session during which you will be able to dazzle Mike with some of your most spectacular, cunning, ingenious, and diabolic effects. 

JUNE MEETING OF THE SAM ASSEMBLY 24 

SAM Assembly 24 will meet on Tuesday, June 11, at 7:30 at S. W. Pitts Hose Company, 226 Old Loudon Road, in Latham, NY.  The focus for this meeting will be on card magic.  However, we are discouraging “card tricks.”  We hoping to see card magic where NO CARD IS SELECTED and there is LITTLE OR NO COUNTING. 

What’s left?  Four ace routines, oil and water, poker deals, three card monte, card productions using back-palming and split-fan, card matching routines, packet tricks, six-card repeat, and stories about burglars or gamblers, or kings and queens using cards to tell the story.  Tricks with ESP cards or tarot cards are another possibility.  Put on your thinking caps, and come up with some out-of-the-ordinary, entertaining card magic.

A SUMMER JOB WORKING IN A MAGIC SHOP (SECOND NOTICE)

Anyone interested in working in a magic shop at the Great Escape Theme Park for the summer contact Doc Swan at:  doxjuan@yahoo.com

Doc is looking for someone who has “reliability and intelligence.” These qualities are a must.  Casual knowledge of magic helpful, but not the most important thing.  Working in a magic shop is a wonderful  opportunity to learn how to do magic for real people.  When I was in high school I spent two summers working in a magic shop in South Bend, Indiana.  It was a great experience.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THESE UPCOMING SHOWS AND EVENTS   

Every Tuesday: THE MORNING MAGIC GROUP: meets at 7:30 at Panera in Saratoga.  Call Cliff, Dave, Roger, or Helen for information or directions.

August 2, 3, & 4, 2019:  Festival of Fools in Burlington ,Vermont.  This a FREE street performing festival with more than 100 of the best street performers from around the world.  It is a family friendly event.  For more information go to:  http://www.vermontfestivaloffools.com/ 

Sunday, October 6: SAM Assembly 24 Annual Banquet at Dunham’s Bay Resort on Lake George.  Details to be announced.

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CONTRIBUTIONS


If you know of a magic related event or show which might be of interest to capital area magicians, send that information to me in time for it to be announced in our next newsletter. 

Also if you would like to contribute an original article, trick or  review of a book, dvd, trick or internet site, send it to me for inclusion in this newsletter.  PLEASE DON’T COPY WHAT SOMEONE ELSE HAS WRITTEN UNLESS YOU  DOCUMENT THE SOURCE AND HAVE PERMISSION TO SHARE IT. 

 Material should arrive on or before the first or third Tuesdays of the month to be included in the next newsletter.  Send your information or contributions to:  cliffordbruce@earthlink.net

Blind taste testing the magician's way...

Vinny Grosso gives a guest lecture.

 


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