March 2011



  Official Newsletter of the Texas Association of Magicians * * * Vol. 2, #3 – March 2011






Official Newsletter

of the
Texas Association of Magicians

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for all magicians everywhere! 

In This Issue:
President’s Message
TAOM 2011 San Antonio
30th World Famous Austin Magic Auction
Bits and Pieces of Interesting Stuff
Spotlight on Austin Ring 60
President’s Messagejustin_botter


Greetings from San Antonio!

I trust everyone is having a great year thus far.

We have been extremely busy here in San Antonio lining everything up with the hotel and the theater for the upcoming convention, securing top-name performers, quality dealers and ensuring that TAOM continues to provide the highest quality conventions at the very best value.

I hope you’re planning to attend the great Austin auction on April 16 and that you can stay over for the TAOM Board of Directors meeting at the Omni Southpark Hotel the day after the auction on Sunday the 17th.  Be sure to talk to your Ring or Assembly representative about any concerns, comments, or questions you have for your TAOM Board.

I look forward to seeing everyone in Austin in a couple of weeks.


                              Magically Yours,
Justin Botter

                              2011 TAOM President


TAOM 2011 – San Antonio’s FABULOUS Hilton Palacio Del Rio

Can you believe the 2011 TAOM convention in San Antonio offers rooms at the Hilton Palacio Del Rio for only $100 a night?  What a deal!

This gorgeous hotel is perfectly located in on the beautiful River Walk in downtown San Antonio. It’s just across the street from the Lila Cockrell Theatre and only two blocks from the Alamo. The Hilton Palacio del Rio offers superior service, extensive guest amenities, and features a private balcony in every room.

The San Antonio International Airport is only 11 miles away;  Six Flags and SeaWorld are approximately a 20-minute drive.

Be sure to make your room reservations as soon as possible, as the $100 room rates are only available until the TAOM room block is sold out.  Rooms are going extremely fast; reserve your room today by clicking here.


Awesome Austin Magic Auctionauction_logo_scan

NON-STOP FUN! The World Famous Austin Magic Auction is Saturday, April 16, at the First Baptist Church, 901 Trinity Street in downtown Austin. (map)  Doors open at 8:00 a.m. and the live auction starts at 9 o’clock.

Most of the live auction items will be performed and demonstrated…and there is a TON of them.  Back by popular demand — Auctioneers Kent Cummins, David Hira, and Scott Wells.

MARCOM’S MAGIC – Much of the marvelous and mysterious magical material and memorabilia belonging to the late Ralph Marcom, aka “Marcom the Mountebank”, will be on the auction block. Thanks to Marcom’s family and the efforts of Eugene Wilkes, many items from Van Cleve, Logan Pritchett, and Tom Palmer (as well as the Marcoms) will be included.

In addition to the Marcom collection, there are literally hundreds of items registered by dozens of other magicians — much too much to list here. Go to the official Austin auction website for lists and many, many photographs of auction merchandise.


Bits and Pieces of Interesting Stufflinking_ring_cove


Congratulations to Houston magicians for their contributions to the February 2011 issue of LINKING RING magazine.  The entire Parade section was submitted by sixteen different magicians from the Houston magic clubs.  Scott Wells compiled the routines, which ranged from card tricks to illusions, and wrote a very nice introduction to this blue ribbon entry from Houston.


News from Japanese Magicians

Direct word from our friend and compeer Eric Inagaki (a.k.a. Fumio) who lives in Tokyo, Japan, says that he and his family survived the recent horrors that befell that country.  He said that life in Tokyo is slowly returning to normal, but that everyday necessities are in short supply. He expressed his sincere thanks to all his TAOM friends who inquired about his welfare.  The many expressions of concern bolstered his spirits during the aftermath of the tragedy. 

Junichi Tamura, who competed in the TAOM contest in Houston in 2009, replied that she and her family were shaken but unharmed.  She seemed positive that the Japanese people will overcome the tragedy and move forward.

Several young Japanese magicians have put together a book of varied and original effects as a special offering to the magic family.  All proceeds go to the Japanese Red Cross to help those affected by the disaster.  To purchase this volume (hard back or ebook) published by H & R Magic Books, go to



 harry_andersonHarry Anderson at Dallas Installation Banquet

Hold on to your wallets!  Harry the Hat is coming to Dallas.  You’ve seen him on “Cheers”, “Night Court”, and “Dave’s World”.  He has starred in several movies including “The Absent Minded Professor” and “Harvey”.  He is a world class comedian, magician, and entertainer.  Now you have the opportunity to see Harry Anderson in person performing live at the Dallas Magic Clubs’ Annual Installation Banquet. 

The barbecue buffet banquet and this outstanding performance will happen on Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at Gilley’s Dallas, 1135 South Lamar Street, beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets are $45 for Dallas Magic Club members and spouses or $50 for non-club members.   All tickets must be paid for by May 10; no payments will be accepted at the door.  Parking is included in the price.  Contact Mark Jensen to register or for more information.  Call 214-693-8587 or email DMC at

Harry Anderson will conduct a workshop on May 18.
Contact Mark Jensen for more information. 


 m4Joanie Update

“Doctor” Chuck has excellent news to report about Joanie’s condition this month. Numerous recent tests show no indications of new cancer and the old is quickly going away. Great news! Her mobility is improving and she can even take a few steps unaided.

In order to be closer to family, the Lehrs are leaving Dallas on April 28 for their new home in a retirement community in Wentzville, Missouri. Texas magicians will miss them, but we wish them well in their new abode and will continue to send good thoughts and prayers to Joanie and “Da Dean”.

You can always get in touch with them via email at klownchuck at


Aldo Columbini & Rachel Wild – Final Tour

Austin Ring 60 will host a lecture by Aldo Columbini and Rachel Wild on April 28 at River Place Country Club. The lecture is filled with Aldo’s straight-forward commercial material and Rachel’s clever innovative magic. In honor of this being their “final tour”, admission to this lecture is only $10 for everyone and every item in their large collection of merchandise is $10.

Note: As a special gift, one member of Ring 60 has offered to pay the $10 admission for every paid-up member of the club!


Farewell to a Dear Friend – Ken Smith

One of the lights in the marquee of San Antonio’s magic brotherhood was extinguished when Col. Ken Smith passed away on March 28. Services and burial at Ft. Sam Houston are scheduled for April 4.


Another Farewell

The Houston magic community met on March 19 to mourn the passing of Michael Satterwhite. He was named Houston Magician of the Year in 1010; edited and published the combined clubs’ newsletter, The Wizard’s Report, the last several years; and assisted with magic classes for Houston young magicians.


Spotlight on Austin IBM Ring 60austin_ring_60_logoIBM Ring 60…the Best Magic Club in the World?
by Kent Cummins

When I came back to Austin with my family in 1976 after leaving Army active duty, I joined the local magic club: IBM Ring 60. Because of my Army experience, I had been to a lot of magic clubs, including the Magic Circle in London. I was even a member of two IBM Rings in addition to the one in Austin. But I had never experienced a club like Ring 60. I thought then, and still think now, that it was “The Best Magic Club in the World!”

In the first place, the magicians were tremendously friendly and open to all comers — magician, family, or guest. They held an annual public show, an annual one day mini-convention, an annual picnic, and monthly meetings that were well-attended and lots of fun. The Austin professionals were as active as the amateurs and hobbyists. There seemed to be none of the secretive society to it at all, and none of the jealousy and aloofness sometimes exhibited by working pros.

It was IBM Ring 60 that originated the “World Famous Austin Magic Auction,” and in those years it was Ring 60 that put on what was generally considered the best of the TAOM Conventions. In fact, the TAOM was started in Austin by Herman Yerger.

The founding president in 1948 was Dr. Carl Moore, and in his honor, Ring 60 is officially the “Carl Moore Ring.” Herman Yerger was the third president. Ramon Galindo, who is still active in the club today, was the tenth, in 1957.

The first magician I ever met in Austin, shortly after Margot and I were married in 1965, was Gene Anderson, of newspaper tear fame. He served as Ring 60 President for the next two years, 1966-67.

The first black magician to be admitted to TAOM was my dear friend O’Quinn Cairo III, who served as Ring 60 President in 1973-74. (O’Quinn loved to say, “I’m the only magician who can do Black Magic and get away with it!”)

The one and only Austin magic shop, The Scott Magic Company, was always involved in Ring activities, and both Fred “The Great Scott” Donaldson and his lovely wife and assistant Judy served as the club’s president (Scott in 1977 and Judy in 1984). The two were also the first winners of the IBM Ring 60 Award of Excellence, first Judy and then Fred.

Ring 60 also sponsored a very active Junior Ring, which produced award-winning magicians such as Bobby Cordell, who served as President in 1987.

Ring 60 is also the only magic club in the world to have its members receive postcards from outer space (thanks to ring member, board member, and space traveler Richard Garriott)!

Like any magic club, IBM Ring 60 has had its ups and downs. But it is currently strong and the meetings continue to combine professionals, amateurs, and hobbyists. And the meetings are still FUN! Furthermore, Ring 60 once again sponsors a thriving club for junior magicians, thanks primarily to Chris Walden (President 2006). Chris is also the driving force behind the club’s newsletter, “Now You See It!”

I think IBM Ring 60 is still one of the best magic clubs in the world…or maybe the universe.

                                     Kent Cummins,
President of IBM Ring 60, 1981-82

(Editor’s note: Austin Ring 60 meets on the first Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at I-HOP, 11654 Research Boulevard in Austin.  For more information, check out the website at


The Last Word 

The first few months of a new year bring many new challenges — resolutions, elections, and new beginnings. If your club has installed new officers, now is the time to get that information posted correctly on the TAOM website. Check your listing on the website at and notify Webmaster JD Stewart of any changes — jd at Prospective new members and visiting magicians use this resource to find out about your club and your meetings.

I appreciate the contributions to this newsletter from around the State. If you have something you’d like to share, please get in touch.

Judy Donaldson
TAOM Club Coordinator


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