April 2009 Newsletter 


S.A.M. Assembly 24

The Jay Gorham Assembly

April 9, 2009

Volume 1, Number 4


Assembly 24 Information



SW Pitts Hose Company of Latham, NY

226 Old Loudon Road

Latham, NY 12110



The second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm



Well it’s FUN!



Our Officers:



Joseph Goode



Vice President

David MacDonald




Robert Conners




Helen Patti



Our Website



David MacDonald


National Website



Next Meeting:

April 20th at 7:30pm 

Mark Mason Lecture


Dues are DUE

Dues are only $20.00 for the year.  You must be a current member of the national SAM to be a local member.  Your dues help make a lot possible.  So far this year alone there are three FREE lectures from Mark Mason, Danny Archer, and Michael Paul.  ALL remaining dues will be collected at the April meeting or you can mail them directly to Bob Connors, Box 245, Round Lake, 12151.

March’s Meeting

March’s meeting was “Lecture Notes.”  The members and guests really came through on digging out those old notes and showing some great magic.  It just goes to show, if you are looking for something new for you act or just a new effect to carry around, read your notes.  There is a wealth of information out there, just open the cover to see.  Thank you to everyone to participated.  Our own Compeer Vinny Grosso is currently Second Vice President of the Society of American Magicians and is seeking the position of First Vice President.  The members of Assembly 24 have gladly endorsed Vinny for this position.  Good Luck Vinny!

The Web Site


Please take a moment if you have not and fill-in or update your member information.  Compeer Dave MacDonald has worked long hours and produced a fantastic website.  He also updated the clip of the month which shows Abbott and Costello performing a classic bottle switch.  It shows that the trick really is a small part of the routine.  If you haven’t viewed it yet, take a few minutes of your day and see how masters of comedy take an “OK” trick and make really funny.  Thanks Dave!


Braxton Report

Compeer Braxton Mannar has missed the last few months due to knee surgery he had back in December.  I heard from Braxton and he said he is healing well and plans on joining us for our April meeting, and we are looking forward to have you back Braxton. 

Upcoming Meetings




Classic Magic Month



Lecture Notes



Mark Mason Lecture

Special Date 4/20



Danny Archer Lecture

Special Date 5/13



Magic Mania Night

Magic Style Game Show with Prizes!



Magic in a Bag



The Norb Kosinski Picnic at Bob Connors



Michael Paul Lecture



Show your signature routine



Mark Wilson Course in Magic book – Pick your favorite and perform it!



Holiday Party

More details




This is a tentative schedule that is subject to change.  Please check for updates each month.



Normally we meet the second Tuesday of the month which should be April 14th, however we will be meeting on a special night for this month and next month.  Details will be found in the sections to follow for the upcoming month’s news.

SAM National Conference

This year our annual conference will be held in Buffalo from July 15-18.  If you have never attended a national before you really should go to this one.  Being so close to home, it is only a five hour drive.  There will be some fantastic talent this year and the contests are always a blast.  This year’s conference in being dedicated to international star of magic Norm Nielsen.

For more information go to the conference page, 2009 SAM Conference.

Fundraiser News

We have had several meetings on our new annual fundraiser.  Compeer Willis White is looking into a location for us at the Saratoga Elks Club.  This venue has a raised platform and an ideal space for to accommodate an audience.  IT is possible that we will perform two shows in two locations over a one week period.  More details will come as we secure a location.  Thanks you to Willis and Bob Connors for looking into these possible venues.

Mark Mason from England in April

We have a special lecture in store for April.  Mark Mason will be appearing live Monday April 20th at the Pitts Firehouse.  Mark has created some of the most baffling magic on the market today.  This lecture is free to all current members of the SAM who are also current with their dues.  It is open to anyone else for just $20.00 (Well worth the price).  Lecture begins at 7:30pm, normal meeting time.


Joe Goode

President, S.A.M. Assembly 24