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I'm back to attending the monthly ring meetings. I would like ideas that I can share with my ring to help exspose many of the old timers (no offense) to cutting edge modern magic. I think that some of the guys are set in their ways and that is fine. I noticed that the younger guys were having a hard time staying awake and even staying in the lecture room. Inorder for our organization to grow we need to bring our teaching and history lessons to the front with modern twists. I have a hard time listening to guys complain about too many card effects and pushing antiquated effects that just don't fit in todays world. I don't mean this as a disrespect. I just think that the youth would grow in the organization if we had a balance in the old and new. Basicaly, open your mind to more than Stars of Magic and the like. Great books, great magi...but we're missing out on a lot of talent in todays world. I'm done now, got to go, I'm listening to Burt Bacharach and fixing my sock garters.
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We host two sessions each month. The first Saturday of each month is the regular Ring gathering. Our M.Y.I. youth group meets an hour before the Ring to have time to show off their newest skills and focus on their younger interests. Those who excel in an effect are usually invited to perform before the full Ring...as did one 7-year-old recently with a flawless 4-coin assembly.

Business meetings are kept extremely short so as not to dampen the fun. We follow this with an educational and, most importantly, entertaining theme or challenge. Keeping the meetings light and fun is extremely important. If a single member is bored or losing interest, there is a problem.

After each meeting we pretty much take over a local IHOP for a little late night fellowship and good-natured one-up-manship.

The Third Thursday is an informal magic jam for the finger flickers, theorists and knuckle busters. Everyone gets what they want and our Ring prospers.

Many thanks to men like Mike Gorman, Tom Beaman and Danny Reeves (to name a few of Many) for blazing these paths for us.
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Here is a partial list of suggested Meeting Themes compiled by IBM member Tom Smith:

Some of these could be the only subject for a meeting while others would work together for a single meeting. Some might also work as topics for joint Youth/Merlin panel discussions, workshops or lectures.

  • Lecture by outside person.
  • Lecture by club member or several mini-lectures
  • Teach-a-Trick (one or several; many kinds of tricks; could be teach-a-sleight)
  • Swap (barter: stuff for stuff) Night
  • Auction: live, silent or both.
  • Card Magic (in general)
  • Jumbo Size Card Magic
  • Packet Card Magic (Uses Non-regular Cards like Color Monte, etc.)
  • Semi-Automatic (No-Sleight) Card Magic
  • Card Magic Related to Gambling
  • My Favorite Card Trick I Do
  • Member installation with banquet and show by locals or outside
  • Tarbell Night (or some similarly respected book choice)
  • Linking Ring Parade Night (or Genii or M.U.M. or Magic)
  • Past Presidents Night (or last year's officers or current officers)
  • Children's & Kid Show Magic
  • Magic of (Slydini or Marlo or Vernon or Bobo or Ammar or whoever)
  • Money Magic (Folding or coins)
  • Liquid Magic
  • Rope Magic (string, ribbon)
  • Rope Magic Where the Rope Isn't Cut
  • Homemade Magic (whether original or not)
  • "My Favorite Trick I Do"
  • Close-up Caravan (4-5 performers who shift while audiences stay put)
  • Demonstration of Collectible Magic or Rare Magic
  • Book Review (or video, new magazine, lecture, show or convention)
  • Mentalism Night
  • Halloween/Spooky/Scary/Ghostly Magic (during October or not)
  • "That Magic Effect You Rarely Do Because." Night
  • Magic with Everyday Objects
  • Square Magic (or Round Magic or both)
  • Déjà vu Night (one club had all members do Professor's Nightmare, etc)
  • Magic Accessory Night (could get specific---tables, wax, case, pads, etc.)
  • Comedy Magic Night
  • Stuff bought at recent national or local convention
  • Things You Worked On Over the Summer (logically, in a fall meeting)
  • Ladies Do The Magic Night
  • Costumes/Characters/Clowns (dress for magi, assistants and/or helpers)
  • Original Magic (created by performer)
  • Original Routine with Standard Effect
  • Magic That Needs Help (better ending, misdirection, patter, music, staging, etc.)
  • Holiday Magic (or Christmas Magic or St. Patrick's, 4th of July, Valentine's, etc.)
  • Silk (or other) Handkerchief Magic
  • Bag Night (egg, change, Gag, etc.)
  • Animal Magic (real or fake)
  • Lapping or Sleeving or Topit Night (separately or together in combination)
  • Showmanship/Presentation/Staging Night
  • Using Magic In Your Real Job – panel
  • Teaching Through Magic (gospel, safety, ecology, whatever)
  • Patter (funny or otherwise)
  • Sponge Ball or other sponge magic
  • Cup(s) Night (chop, cups and balls, One Bowl)
  • Paper Magic (cutting, folding, etc.)
  • Thread Magic (invisible or visible or both)
  • Magic Learned From a Lecture (old or new)
  • Color Magic (or could be more specific such as color change magic)
  • Penetration Magic
  • Suspension/Levitation Magic
  • Transposition Magic
  • Productions
  • Vanishes
  • Transformation Magic
  • Story Magic (magic that tells a story)
  • "Do As I Do" Magic - cards, ropes, rings, etc.
  • Oil and Water Magic (doesn't have to be cards only)
  • Things Magicians May Do That Aren't Magic (Arts Allied to Magic) i.e., balloons,puppets/vent/Rocky, chapeaugraphy, Troublewit, fire- eating, juggling,
  • card fanning,/flourishes without production, etc.)
  • The Magician as Master of Ceremonies
  • Ancient Magic (must not be newer than sixty or seventy years or whatever is set)
  • The Business Side of Magic (pricing, promoting including pictures, videos, cards
    and flyers, record-keeping, taxes, etc.)
  • Essentials of a Magic Library - books, video, magazines (panel discussion)
  • Storing, Transporting and Refurbishing of Equipment
  • Magic Sounds - Music and Non-music Sounds in Magic
  • Performing While Outside (or a specific situation such as "walk-around outside")
  • Performing While Surrounded
  • Dealer Night (lecture or no lecture, one or several dealers, local or visiting)
  • Tag-a-Magic (any person starts off doing a trick, they tag someone who must be ready and do something or pay a buck to the kitty, they tag someone to follow them
  • Magic on the Internet (a little piece of it)
  • Practice for Convention Contest or Public Show
  • Trade Show Magic
  • Guest/Layman/Open House Night
  • Swap Performers With Nearby Other Club (I.B.M., S.A.M. or independent)
  • Rubber Band Magic
  • Magic using Volunteers from the Audience
  • Sucker Tricks Improved to Not Offend
  • Sound Reinforcement and Lighting for Magic
  • Video Tape Night (homemade by local performers or otherwise)
  • Sharp Magic - Knives, Choppers, Scissors, Spikes, etc.
  • Magic Related to Food, Drink, Bottle, Can
  • Wands, Canes, Poles and Sticks
  • Gimmick Night
  • What Is This Gimmick or Piece of Magic?
  • How To Be Funny (or Funnier) or How To Write Funny Patter
  • Restaurant or Bar Magic (table hopping)
  • Bizarre Magick Night
  • Psychology of Magic
  • Magic from Other Lands (Chinese magic, Indian magic, British magic, etc.)
  • Impromptu Magic
  • Zombie Ideas (or floating balls of all types or close-up only: dollar bills, etc.)
  • Using Confederates and Stooges (known or unknown to audience)
  • Doing magic for the very young (i.e., 3-5 years old)
  • Doing magic for the very old
  • Doing magic for mentally challenged people
  • Doing magic in hospitals - bedside or otherwise
  • Special Audiences (combining very young, very old, mentally challenged,
  • Hospital Magic/ Healing in Magic/ Project Magic
  • Wallet Night (primarily card to wallet things
  • Honor a Long Time Member; sort of a "This is Your Life" thing
  • Have a door prize (draw names) for a member-donated magic book/booklet
  • The Worst Trick I Ever Bought (if still owned, show; if not owned, talk about)
  • Very short segment in meetings (perhaps five minutes) where a member (take turns)can sell a trick, book, video, etc., to highest bidder; maybe a portion goes to club.
  • Tips If You're On Television - performing or just talking about magic or club.
  • Make-up for magicians - panel discussion or mini-lecture.
  • Escapology
  • "What to do if…" (When things go wrong - members' experiences from the past)
  • Young Magician's Club does entire program (assuming there is such a local group)
  • A representative of Young Magician's Club performs 5 - 8 minute act
  • A representative of local clown alley (club) performs clown magic
  • Psychology of Magic (Linking Ring articles over the years are an excellent source)
  • History of Magic
  • Electronic Magic
  • Contest to create magic effect out of odds and ends received in paper bag with either a time limit that night or the routine due at the next meeting
  • Contest to come up with new (hopefully, better) way to do an old effect
  • Panel discussion of what "new" effects will become "classics" of magic and why
  • Magic Posters (i.e., advertising famous magicians' shows)
  • Magic Using Magnets (where the magnets are not known to be used) -magic only
  • Big Stage Illusions
  • Thumb Tip Tips
  • Black Art (could involve history of it and trick examples from past and present)
  • Spouses Night - spouses could be honored for putting up with the magi or perform
  • Flower Magic (feather, paper, real, etc.)
  • "My Favorite Tenyo Effect of All Time"
  • Magic Trivia Night; members guess answers to magic trivia type questions relating to magic in general, and local state, region, or club in particular; maybe win stuff
  • Show and Tell Magic Items (not tricks)
  • Magic with Antique Gimmick
  • Magic with a Gambling or Swindle Theme
  • Magic with Locks, Keys, or Chains
  • Mind Power
  • Oriental Magic
  • Do a Pitch Act
  • Magic with Boxes or Tubes
  • Magic using Toys
  • Round Robin Magic – Each person does a trick in a theme without repeating one done before him. If he can’t do one, he sits out. Last magician left, wins!
  • Club History Night – Have Ring historian or anyone show scrapbooks
  • Snack Attack – Have everyone bring in snacks, sit at round tables and do table hopping
  • “The Ethics of Magic” Discussion
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Hey Skip,

Thanks for sharing those suggestions!
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If you go to http://www.peoriamagicians.com, on the meetings page is a list of our meeting topics for the rest of the year.
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Thanks, lots of good stuff that I will bring up at the next meeting. I didn't want to ruffle feathers only help our art grow.
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Thank you Skip!

Here is our Ring's up-to-date page on themes.

This year, we are introducing our fourth contest. Yes, we now have four contests a year! Please see the rules for:

Dr. James William Elliott Card Challenge
Chung Ling Soo Stage Magic Competition
Max Malini Parlor Magic Contest
Nate Leipzig Close_Up Magic Contest

Yours,

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On 2009-02-17 12:28, amshake wrote...

If you go to http://www.peoriamagicians.com, on the meetings page is a list of our meeting topics for the rest of the year.

Adam developed those meeting topics so they would suit almost any particular interest our members might have. We're a smallish club with about 40 paid members, so we get 15 or a few more at most meetings. There are a couple full time pros in the group, some old timers, several younger members, a ventriloquist or two, a few active women members, a real wide variety. And we try to make the meetings interesting for everyone.

We can't expect a lot of participation if we make topics too narrow. Like if we have an "Escapes" night, out of 15 people attending only one or two might care to bring something to share. So we broaden the topic like this...

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Let's See You Get Out of This! - Here's one for you guys who get all tied up in your magic. Escapes have been a mainstay of our art for generations. So come show us your favorite escape from handcuffs, ropes, chains, or a straitjacket. And even if you don't do the usual escape tricks, you're still locked in. Have a trick where an Ace vanishes from between two Jacks, a block drops free from a metal rod, a sponge ball is magically released from the clutches of a spectator's hand? You get the idea. Anything that escapes some sort of confinement will fit the topic. So there's no getting away this time.

That way everyone can come share something within their own range of their interest, and still have the guideline of a general topic. We get a lot of participation this way. Here are many of the topics we used over the past couple of years...

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'Round and 'Round We Go - The theme for this month is "Round Things". In magic we use a lot of round things. This is your chance to show us your favorite trick with coins, billiard balls, linking rings, sponge balls, rings and ropes, loops, etc. Don't forget your Square-Circle or Circle-to-Square. Even an egg, while it may be oval from the side, from the end it is indeed round. So look around your collection, come up with something round, and bring it along to share with the group. Let's Roll!
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Cool, Calm, and Collected - Most of us have at least one or two old, rare, or collectible items in our pile of magic stuff. Some of these things may be valuable, like antique apparatus or books. Some might just be valuable to you, like that original Color Vision Box you got as a kid. Do you have a one-of-a-kind hand made prop or wand, P&L Cups and Balls, an old magic kit by Gilbert or Mysto, Merv Taylor Linking Rings, an autographed Doug Henning photo or lobby poster? Gather up your collectibles and bring them in for a magical show-and-tell!
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Danger, Will Robinson! - Warning, warning. We've all seen the type of trick where it appears the magician is putting himself in some sort of peril. The risk of injury, or worse, can be a very strong force for capturing the attention of your audience. Do you have a way to slide a sword through your neck without pain or blood? Can you swallow a handful of razor blades then cough them up all neatly tied on a string? Are you willing to stick your hand in a genuine animal trap? That's the kind of thing we want to see at this meeting. There's no risk in attending... or is there?
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Science Fair - Many magicians' effects are based on principles of physics, electronics, or chemistry. Do you perform Sands of the Desert? Can you show us a Water to Wine effect? Maybe you have a favorite Rising Card deck with a nifty remote control or clockwork mechanism. Gravity and pulleys in your Chinese Sticks? A giant spring like a Walsh Cane? Leverage, hydraulics, servo motors, air pressure, batteries, chemical reactions? There are an awful lot of effects to work with here. But just so we don't burn down the place, let's avoid real fire, smoke, and the dangerous stuff from your chemistry set!
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Not Magic - Comedy, juggling, fire-eating, sword swallowing, ventriloquism, chalk talks, geek stunts, there are so many things that aren't usually thought of as magic, but come under the category of allied arts. We have a long history of spicing up our magic performances by adding some of these other types of entertainment to our shows. So come to the meeting and teach us how to juggle. Show us your vent routine. Do a chalk talk. Leave the tricks aside and tell a couple jokes. Or maybe demonstrate some entertaining paper folding. Whatever it is, if it's not magic, we want to see it.
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On the Table - Close-up magic is perhaps the most style of performing for most magicians. It's easy to carry the smaller props like coins, cups and balls, rings, strings, rubber bands, sponge balls, thimbles, and cards. The tricks we do close up, on the table or in the spectator's own hands, can be some of the most amazing effects to perform. Even the most notable stage magicians have been known to show an occasional pocket trick or close-up effect when they're off duty. And some magicians have made close-up magic their specialty. So put a cool trick or two in your pockets, come to the meeting, and let is see what you've got.
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Etc. - This is your chance to share any trick or routine, even if it doesn't seem to fit into any of the other themes. Maybe you've looked over the list and your favorite trick just can't be put into any of these categories. But, this also means you don't have any excuses. This absence of a topic allows you to perform anything, regardless of whether it is or is not described in any other topic. Everyone should come to the meeting prepared to perform one type of effect or another. Yes, no matter who you are or what kind of magic you like, it's your turn and everything.
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Just for Kids - Entertaining children, and doing it well, can require some expertise beyond the simple ability to perform a few tricks. Kids present particular challenges to the performer, challenges like the child with a short attention span, the timid child, the obnoxious child, the overly helpful child, and the list goes on. Let us know how you handle these very special situations. Bring in some of your kid-show material. Explain why this stuff works for kids, and maybe tell us about what you've found that doesn't work. This should prove to be a valuable meeting. And I'm not kidding.
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In Black and White or Living Color - Do you perform the black and white Metamorpho Spots, a brightly colored Blendo, maybe What's Next in black and white, or a colorful Sands of the Desert? How about a combination of the two, like the Magic Coloring Book? Does your favoritet card trick use the drab, colorless Three of Clubs or does it use the flashy Queen of Hearts? Come to the meeting and show us something where the color, or lack of color, is an important element of the effect or presentation. Because what we do is visual by its nature, there is a lot of material that fits this category. Now it's all here in black and white, so let's see how you paint it.
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Very Scary - It's getting near Halloween, one of the popular holidays among magicians. How about you think of spiders and snakes and ghosts and such, and bring in your scariest trick. Can you make a big hairy bug suddenly appear in someone's hand? Is the old Can of Peanuts gag more your style? How about an envelope full of Rattlesnake Eggs? Maybe chop off a finger or toe, or even another limb? Or did you cut off someone's finger yesterday and today you keep it still alive in a box? Blood, surprises, gross things? Certainly some scary ideas are just for fun, but some are a little more startling. Come to the next meeting and don't be scared to show us your favorites.
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I Can Read Your Mind - Yes, I knew you wanted to discuss the topic of Mentalism. Some magicians specialize in this type of magic, but even those who don't usually have a couple routines based on mind reading. Some examples would be predicting a word found in a book, knowing in advance which card will be selected, seeing through a steel blindfold, matching a chosen color, or finding a hidden item. And if you don't do anything like that, how about showing some other paranormal tricks like spoon bending, levitating, or a spirit bell. I foresee a fun meeting.

Greg
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This is an Interesting Thread because it brings about the thought that the younger crowd has some how reinvented the wheel. what they have actually done is given magic a shot in the arm of energy. (or amp,or monster) My suggestion for themes is to have a young performers Night for the young folks to present some of thier best routines to the group. I know that one of my favorite things to watch is the youth copmpetitions. These kids are Very creative and we can all get aboost from watching them perform.
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We recently had a pair of meetings, one in February, and the other in March which was a Tarbell night. One of the members, Dan Bybell made up copies of a bunch of routines and everyone who attended the January meeting got an envelope with a routine. The result was great. Some folks used Tarbell's patter, others updated it to a more timely theme.

It is amazing how much good stuff is available in the "old" material. There is also the added advantage that many (most?) of the new folks seem to get their material from DVD's. You get more bang for your buck from books along with doing stuff that others aren't doing.

When there was a New England Magic contest,, we would have a meeting where we chose our representative to the contest, that was a nice event as well.

We also have a show in the late Spring and have had tryouts at an early meeting.

These are all opportunities to perform, get feedback, and learn, as well as entertained.
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On 2009-04-06 01:44, marty.sasaki wrote:

It is amazing how much good stuff is available in the "old" material. There is also the added advantage that many (most?) of the new folks seem to get their material from DVD's. You get more bang for your buck from books along with doing stuff that others aren't doing.



Sssshhhhh! Don't give THAT away. You might get some really good compitition if THAT gets out.

Seriously, Classics are classics for a reason, and if you take some of "the OLD stuff", rework it, twist it around, add your own thoughts, you'll have some great material. Plus you will also have a better foundation to work your ideas from.

BUILDING ON THE SHOULDERS and all that.

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Once a year our Ring (Ring 20, Harrisburg PA) has a "Grab Bag Challenge". One of our members owns a hardware store, and makes up 2 identical buckets of all manner of junk. We divide up into 2 teams, and come up with effects. It's absolutely hilarious, and a real ice- breaker for some of the newer members.
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What a great dicussion....

The ideas for Ring meeting themes are out-standing!!!

I want to attend your meetings.

I suggest one other theme...."Brown Bag Night" (Lion Dope's post reminded me of this).

Everyone brought a magc trick in a brown bag (so no one knew what the trick was)....the bag were numbered....numbers were drawn out of a hat...what ever your number you got that bag....and during a 15 minute break you had to learn the trick and then perform it for the Ring at that meeting.

We used this theme every year in our Ring meetings.....Our Ring loved the challenge.


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On 2009-04-06 01:44, marty.sasaki wrote:
We recently had a pair of meetings, one in February, and the other in March which was a Tarbell night. One of the members, Dan Bybell made up copies of a bunch of routines and everyone who attended the January meeting got an envelope with a routine. The result was great. Some folks used Tarbell's patter, others updated it to a more timely theme.


I think this is a fantastic idea as it help those "shy" performers to get performing more also and get a good appreciation for Tarbel and the classics...
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These are some great ideas! Thanks!
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