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Our scheduled January 21st Ring Meeting was snowed out and was rescheduled for the following Tuesday and again we had bad roads.  President Wes braved it over as Eddie Tobey and several others… We will repeat the program at the February 18th meeting.  In the meantime, here are the programs for the meetings for the rest of the year:

Feb-  homemade magic

March- educational magic

April- lecture?

May- mentalism

June- ropes & wands

July- impromptu (or seemingly)

Aug- cut, ripped, torn & restored

Sept- “you’ve got mail” effects with envelopes, stamps, boxes, etc.

October –  Swap meet

November – lecture?

December – Christmas dinner and show


Dennis Deliberations….      Editorial and Comment

By Dennis Phillips

February  2014

“Be so good they can’t ignore you.” – Steve Martin


Remember: Steve Martin never said, “Be so original they can’t ignore you.” We know the source of the trick this guy does, and it’s done by a lot of magicians. The Beatles did everyone else’s hits when they started out (their first album is full of them) — and still they climbed out of obscurity to become great.

One tiny bump in the road: You’ll notice when the guy accidentally left one card on the table, he had to fan through the cards and cut to the right place to put the tabled card back. A good sleight of hand worker has more balls than a naked guy swimming through a tank full of piranhas….

Don’t you think that any reasonably intelligent KNOWS it is done with a stacked deck?

Yes, this is a clever variation and done well.

I did a close-up gig years ago after Bill Malone had popularized “Sam the Bellhop” and at the gig one of the other magicians was doing “Sam the Bellhop”… He did it well. The ONLY comments I heard was about how “cute” the story was and how “The guy is great at stacking a deck”… They did not know how or anything about false cuts but they intuitively knew it had to be done with a stacked deck.

Years ago, when I was using a stacked deck in a trick for lay men at conventions, , I would just ask the people at the table, “Have you see a guy named Sy Stebbins at the convention?” They would say, “No” and I would say, “I want to give him back this deck that I borrowed from him. This is a borrowed deck.”  Once I did have a magician come up and tell me that he about fell off the chair when I pulled that line.”

Dennis Phillips





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Secretary of Ring 320 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians located in the Western Virginia.
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