February 2012



Vol. 3, #2 – February 2012


Official Newsletter

of the

Texas Association of Magicians


for all magicians everywhere!

In This Issue:
Houston 2012 Convention Update
Coming Attractions
Bits and Pieces
Correct Contact is the Key
The Last Word
2012 Convention Update – GREAT Performers




Several shows, in fact, with outstanding performers from around the world.  Their creds are top-notch.  You want want to miss a one!  Register for TAOM 2012 on Labor Day Weekend at www.taom2012.com

MICHAEL WEBER | California
Michael Weber may just as well be one of the most influential thinkers in the magical arts today. His work has influenced thousands and continues to grow year after year. He’s an accomplished magician, mentalist, speaker for Fortune 500’s, and a film/television consultant with business partner and long-time friend, Ricky Jay.

Ben Jackson is quickly becoming the go-to choice for event planners around the country as a two-time international champion of magic. Whether it’s demonstrating elegant sleight-of-hand at private parties or keeping audiences captivated as the master of ceremonies, Ben brings his fresh and creative approach to make any event unforgettable.

For the last twenty-odd years (some odder than others), Charlie and his wife Sherry have been delighting audiences worldwide with their singular blend of silent comedy, magic, juggling, slapstick, and acrobatics. Charlie is often compared to classic comedians such as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Stan Laurel and Dick Van Dyke.

CHAD LONG | Florida
A multiple award winner and all-around ‘cheesy’ guy, Chad Long takes a few days out of his busy corporate schedule to remind us what it feels like to be a layman again. His newly released effect “FLASH” has been a SELL OUT at conventions around the U.S. and shows us just how creative and unique Chad Long actually is. Come and find out why people around the world are saying, “Chad Long is so street”.

Jay Sankey is a true magician’s magician and is widely considered to be one of the most original thinkers and finest magic teachers alive today. He is also one of the most prolific magic creators on the planet. While many of his DVD’s have a few dozen original routines to their credit, at last count Jay has created well over 700 original magic effects.

RUDY COBY | California
Entertainment Tonight said, “Rudy Coby’s show is like stepping into an animated comic book.” He plays Labman, a Scienti?c Superhero who claims to be a strange invader from this very planet. His original magic creations have brought him worldwide success with appearances in dozens of different countries and two primetime Fox-TV specials.

DANNY COLE | California
At his young age, Danny Cole has already made a signicant mark in the world of magic. He was twice voted “Stage Magician of the Year” by the members of the Magic Castle and was a guest performer on Lance Burton’s second network special. He has consulted for other magicians and has been a featured in variety theaters around the globe.

CHRIS KORN | California
Globally renowned, Chris Korn has captivated audiences in over 20 foreign countries and in over 100 cities in the States. Since starring in his own series, “MONDO MAGIC,” on A&E, MONDO MAGIC SINGAPORE, & MAGIC ASIA, Chris Korn is recognized by 74 million viewers as one of the most talented and amazing over-all entertainers.

ERIC JONES | Pennsylvania
With several best selling DVDs, a cover of M-U-M magazine and a ton of great unpublished ideas, Eric Jones has lots to offe. He is famous for his interviews on REEL MAGIC and is also known for teaching beginner coin handling on the METAL and AUDIO DVDs which have received international acclaim. Witness some of the smoothest hands in magic.

Executive producer for David Copperfield, world-renowned sleight-of-hand artist and creator of magic, Chris Kenner has done it all. Come and listen to Chris speak about what it takes to help organize, produce, and manage what is known by millions to be the best magic show by the best magician in the world, “David Copperfield: Live at the MGM Las Vegas.”

Dani DaOrtiz combines amazing technique, suburb theory and crazy humour to accomplish what can only be described as MIRACLES. At only 30 years of age Dani is known as one of the greatest card workers in the world.

BJ BUENO | Florida
With clients like Kohl’s Department Stores, Scheels, CAT, Turner Classic Movies, and LA Lakers, Bolivar J. Bueno (BJ) is in an elite class of thought leaders. A dynamic young lecturer and creative strategist, BJ Bueno has built a reputation based on his insight and expertise into building brands. Make sure to see his talk, “3 Marketing Tips And A Shuffle”

ASI WIND | New York
Spontaneous and unpredictable, Asi’s performances are a roller-coaster for the mind. Combining a free-spirited playfulness with superb skill and a uniquely creative mind, NYC based corporate mentalist Asi Wind treats each audience to a truly memorable experience. Come and see why Asi has become a favorite of magicians around the world.

MARK MASON | England
Mark has been a full-time pro for over 20 years and has performed his unique brand of magic at every type of event imaginable.  From small select groups of celebrities to the Las Vegas Strip, Mark’s magic has been a sure fire winner. Known for his shop, JB Magic, Mark has perfected the art of the pitch, which isn’t hard to do with such powerful magic.





Monday Night Magic in North Texas – Each Monday evening at Humperdink’s Restaurant at Six Flags Drive, Arlington, magicians gather around 7 p.m. to share magic and magic stores.  Strolling performers are appreciated in the dining are before 8 p.m.

Austin – February 18 – Ring 60 Monthly Clinic featuring Cabaret Magic with Kent Cummins & Bertil Fredstrom, 10 a.m. to 1p.m. at Texas Magic Supply, 715 Discovery Blvd, Suite 101 in Cedar Park (far North Austin).  Limited seating, reservations required.  Call Roger Gorss at (254) 289-4305.


Houston – February 19 – Annual Installation Show and Banquet featuring BANACHEK.  Go to www.houstonmagic.com for details or send an email to olyson@swbell.net

Arlington – February 19 – The Improv in Arlington presents comedy and magic for all ages starring Mike Squires, Trigg Watson and Dal Sanders.  Check www.improv.com for more details, or call (817) 635-5555.

Dallas – February 21 – Founders’ Event featuring FRANCES WILLARD FALKENSTEIN.  Contact Dallas Magic Clubs Mike Smith at phylmike@att.net for details.

Austin – February 24-26 – Texas Juggling Society 19th annual Jugglefest, Seeger Gymnasium, 1102 South Congress. Go to www.juggling.place.org for more information.

Austin – February 25 – Buskers Night at the 12th Street Soular Food Garden, 1112 East 12th Street.  For info, contact John Maverick at president@sam206.com

Tyler – March 10 – Emory Williams lecture and traveling traveling magic store at Trinity Baptist Church, 604 W. 4th Street.

Irving – March 11 – Emory Williams traveling magic shop from Tucson will be parked at Crystal’s Pizza Parlor from 1 to 4 p.m.

Irving – March 11 – Jason Moran lecture on website development, improvement, and traffic at 2:00 p.m. at Crystal’s Pizza Parlor.   For more information and to pre-register, go to www.thats-impossible.com/lectures.htm

Houston – March 20 – Lecture by Aaron Fisher at IATSE Hall, 3030 North Freeway, 7:30 p.m.

San Antonio – March 29 – Youngsters of SYM Assembly 114 will present a public show at the Rose Theater.  Contact Dwayne Stanton at d.stanton@yahoo.com

Austin – April 14 –  Thirty-first annual World-Famous Austin Magic Auction with 34 sellers already signed up!  Deadline for submitting your items is March 31.  Auction co-chairmen Ron Cartlidge and Trixie Bond expect to top last year’s 1500+ items.  Go to www.austinmagicauction.com for details.

Irving – April 15 – Bill Wisch lecture at 2:00 pm. At Crystal’s Pizza.  Complete information avaialble at www.thats-impossible.com/lectures.htm

Houston – April 17 – Lecture by Bill Wisch at IATSE Hall, 3030 North Freeway, 7:30 p.m.

San Antonio – May 23 – David Stone lecture, 7:30 p.m., location to be announced

San Antonio – June 27 – Rafael Benatar, 7:30 p.m., location to be announced

Bits and Pieces of Interesting Stuff

The Dallas Young Magicians Club kicked off the New Year with a bang!  Two of its members, Aaron Maynard and Matthew Jensen opened for David Blaine!  They performed for visitors in the lobby before Blaine’s performance at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.  The crowds were amazed and delighted, and the kids got to meet David after the show.

After three years at the helm, Gene and Neta Colteaux have retired as officers of the East Texas Court Of Magic in Tyler.  Jerry Abercrombie is the new president.  Other officers are vice president Mark Kilsby, Secretary Jonathan Earnest, and treasurer Paul Budd.  The growing club meets on the first Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity Baptist Church, 604 West 4th Street in Tyler, although the March meeting date has been changed to March 10th for the Emory Williams lecture.  Anyone who is involved in magic or would like to learn is welcome.  Everyone is welcome to attend weekly breakfast meetings of the Board of Directors on Saturdays at 8:00 a.m. at Lindo Mexico, 2410 East Gentry Parkway.


Austin World Famous Magic Auction has its own newsletter.  To get on the distribution list, just write to Ron Cartlidge at texashoudini@msn.com

Mike Brewer, Houston magician recently transplanted in Austin, is holding court at Texas Magic Supply every Saturday.  Shop owner Cy Albertson has completed some major music projects (Yes, he is a magician and a musician!)  and will once again welcome magicians from far and wide to the magic shop every Saturday.

Banachek is the featured performer at this year’s installation banquet in Houston.  Once a year Houston’s three magic clubs come together for a gala installation banquet and magic show.  Scott Wells will act as Master of Ceremonies for performers Mesmerize Magic, Rick Hebert, Jamie Salinas, and Robert B and Honey.  Scott Hollingsworth, Ben Jackson, John Star, and Michael Christian will entertain with close-up magic before dinner.  All this fun and magic will take place on Sunday, February 19 at the SPJST Hall, 1435 Beall Street.  Tickets are only $20 and everyone is welcome.  For more information and to make reservations, email olyson@swbell.net

Dallas Magic Clubs Founders Event –   Dallas IBM Ring 174 is the “Willard the Wizard Ring” and is pleased to announce that Frances Willard Falkenstein will be the special guest at the  February 21 meeting of the Dallas Magic Clubs.  It will be a closed, members only meeting.  If you are not a member, now is the time to join!  Contact DMC President Mike Smith at phylmike@att.net for details.







MARK WILSON, MAGICAL MYSTICAL MICHAEL, & JOHN MAVERICK are gearing up for their parts in Sherwood Forest Faire which will take place on weekends between February 11th and April 1st 2012. The event is held just outside of Austin at 1883 Old Highway 20 in McDade, Texas which is between Elgin and Giddings. It is about a thirty-five minute drive from Austin. The event includes falconry, MAGIC and mayhem, music and merriment, and full-contact jousting.


Ladies and Gentlemen and Children of All Ages!! The Addison Improv invites you to see the funniest magicians in DFW! Fans rave that the show is “Fun, Hilarious and Amazing!” Enjoy a different show every other Sunday at 2pm. Doors open at 1pm for lunch and preshow entertainment. Check www.improv.com or call the box office 972-404-8501 for more information.  Upcoming performances feature David Hira and a  Mystery Guest on February 26, Bo Gerard and Magic Mike on March 11, and New York Goof on March 25.

Correct Contact is the Key

question_marks_copyA new year means elections for many clubs and new officers mean the information needs to be updated.  How long since you looked at your club’s contact information on your affiliated websites?  I just checked the S.A.M., I.B.M., and TAOM websites and was absolutely shocked to discover that over 50% of the club and member listings are wrong.


TAOM listings can be corrected by sending the information to webmaster JD Stewart at jd@jd-stewart.com

Send changes to S.A.M. at manon@magic.bz

I.B.M. corrections should be sent to sindie@magician.org

Prospective members and visiting magicians have a hard enough time getting in touch with magic clubs, so please correct your club’s listings.  Check yours now!

The Last Word

judy_passportBatting a Thousand!

Have you ever been perfect?  Well, let me tell you a cautionary tale.  Scott and I have a perfect record for choosing the losing teams in the NFL playoffs.  From the last game of the regular season when we were so hoping for a Dallas Coyboys victory to the Houston Texans’ heart-breaking loss in the first round of the playoffs to the grand finale when the Giants overcame a better team to take the crown away from the Patriots, we rooted for every team that came out on the bottom in the score box.

Does this have anything to do with magic?  Probably not, but it might teach one to perservere against the odds.

Judy Hollingsworth
TAOM Club Coordinator


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