April Virtual Meeting

April 13th, 2021 by Kevin Smith

Time once again for another Virtual Assembly. April’s meeting will be this Friday, April 16th at 7:00. Connection info will be sent out via email later this week.

Our theme this month, chosen by March attendees, is “Colorful Magic!” Be prepared to demonstrate and teach if possible, and provide guidance and suggestions for others.

As always, there will be time for the usual updates, stories, performances, and Show and Tell….

Let me know if you have any connection questions or other agenda ideas.
–Kevin 

Geoff Williams Lecture!

March 29th, 2021 by Kevin Smith

On Friday, April 9th, at 7:00 we will be treated to a lecture by none other than Geoff Williams!! Connection info will be sent out via email the week of the event.

Magician Geoff Williams
Magician Geoff Williams
  • Geoff has won over two dozen comedy and magic awards over the course of his 30-year career. He’s performed and lectured in over 18 countries and throughout most of the US including at the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, CA and at The Magic Circle in London, England.
  • He wrote over a dozen “Top 10 Lists” for The Late Show with David Letterman.
  • Geoff was voted one of the Top 4 Favorite Corporate Entertainment Companies in the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s “Best in the Biz” Readers’ Choice Awards.
  • Currently, he’s featured on 11 magic instructional DVDs being sold by magic dealers worldwide.
  • Geoff is a member of the 4F, a by-invitation-only gathering of some of the best sleight-of-hand performers on the planet, as well as a performing member of The Magic Castle.
  • He specializes in both close-up, strolling sleight-of-hand entertainment as well as larger, stage shows and his performance style is “powerful sleight-of-hand illusions mixed with offbeat, family-friendly comedy.”

About the lecture…

“Get set to learn some KILLER, and surprisingly-easy-to-do, COMMERCIAL material. Something for absolutely EVERYBODY, close-up & parlour, ALL skill levels, cards, coins, rubber bands and LOTS of miscellaneous ideas & tips to improve what you already do and to make your performing life MUCH easier.

Just a few of the highlights in this 2-hour lecture:
— an incredibly easy (but shocking) bit of magic – the PERFECT OPENER for any show
— a wonderful 3-phase, 8-card NO-SLEIGHT “Oil & Water” routine that looks UNBELIEVABLE (and it’s EASY, too)
— a COMPLETELY CLEAN vanish of a half dollar or other large coin which requires no sleight-of-hand (and it’s INSTANTLY REPEATABLE)
— an astounding, impromptu, NO-SLEIGHT card trick that uses subtlety (and some verbal linguistics) to DEVASTATE your audience!
and LOTS more!

Some LEGENDS in magic (Fantasio, John Mendoza, J.K. Hartman, Michael Weber and others) have given permission for variations of some of their miracles to be included in his notes. No pipe dreams or untested, confusing disappointments to waste your time – these are POLISHED GEMS Geoff relies on for his professional stand-up and close-up gigs. Super easy to do but have a MAJOR IMPACT on lay audiences and magicians alike, Geoff GUARANTEES you’ll take away something from the lecture that you can put to use IMMEDIATELY!

Skill level required for most of the tricks: beginner to intermediate. There are NO second deals, one-handed top palms, multiple-coin classic palms or pipe dreams of ANY kind here. All effects are direct from his strolling and parlour repertoires and are no nonsense, do-able, real-world workers (that appear to be much harder than they really are)! Magicians of all skill levels will have fun playing with the moves and ideas in this lecture.

TESTIMONIALS:
“Hello I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your performance and your lecture at MagiFest… Top notch. It was the highlight of the whole convention for me.”– ERIC D.
“Thanks for putting on a great lecture for our club. Your lecture had a lot of fresh new ideas and routines! You’re a very entertaining lecturer. I had nothing but positive feed back from everyone that attended!”– WAYNE P.
“As a fellow magician that also does comedy magic, I was very excited to learn from your lecture in Tulsa and found it to be one of the most informative lectures I have attended in all my years in magic. Your sense of humor applied to magic was right-on! I hope to be able to apply your approaches to using laughter into my magic.”– CHUCK L.
“Hey Geoff, I had a few friends go to the PCAM on the cruise and said you were the hit of the convention.”– TYLER W.
“I would like to say that I am a voracious reader of magic literature, reading hundreds of titles each year, and have found more usable material in your lecture notes (for me personally) than in any single source in recent memory.”– CHRISTOPHER K.
“Got the set of notes in the mail yesterday. WOW! I’ve been in magic for many years and rarely do I get excited about lecture, but MAN, these notes are GREAT!”– TOMMY J

Note: If you haven’t been receiving meeting/lecture invites, or have connection questions, please contact Kevin Smith at kjsmith@umn.edu


March Virtual Meeting

March 16th, 2021 by Kevin Smith

It’s time for the March Virtual Assembly Meeting! Our March meeting will be this Friday, March 19th, at 7:00. Connection info will be sent out via email.

Our theme this month, chosen by February attendees, is “Bar Magic.” The kind of magic popularized by Tom Mullica, Matt Schulien, or Doc Eason for example. In general, magic that can be performed behind a bar. Or in a bar. Or, how about magic performed with a bar…of soap (or gold if you’re classy)?

Be prepared to demonstrate and teach if possible, and provide guidance and suggestions for others.

As always, there will be time for the usual updates, stories, performances, and Show and Tell….

Let me know if you have any connection questions or other agenda ideas.
–Kevin

February Virtual Meeting

February 15th, 2021 by Kevin Smith

Time once again for another Virtual Assembly Meeting! Our next meeting will be Friday, February 19th, at 7:00. Connection info will be sent out via email.

Our theme this month, chosen by January attendees, is “Magic with Rings.” Note that this could be finger rings, linking rings, hula hoops–anything ring-like. Ring bologna magic, anyone?

Be prepared to demonstrate and teach if possible, and provide guidance and suggestions for others. As always, there will be time for the usual updates, stories, performances, and Show and Tell….

Let me know if you have any connection questions or other agenda ideas.
–Kevin 

January Virtual Meeting

January 11th, 2021 by Kevin Smith

Happy New Year!

Our next Virtual Assembly Meeting will be Friday, January 15th, at 7:00. Connection info will be sent out via email.

Our theme this month, chosen by December attendees, is Magic with Money.

Be prepared to demonstrate and teach if possible, and provide guidance and suggestions for others. As always, there will be time for the usual updates, stories, performances, and Show and Tell….

Let me know if you have any connection questions or other agenda ideas.
–Kevin

December Virtual Meeting

December 14th, 2020 by Kevin Smith

Time once again for a virtual assembly meeting! Our next one will be Friday, December, 18th at 7:00 PM. Connection info will be sent out by email.

After a lecture and a show last month, we’re going to switch back to a more traditional virtual meeting (is that a thing?)

Randomly selecting something from my list of potential magical themes, I’ve decided this month’s theme is Magic with Paper! Could be a trick with a paper prop, newspaper, napkins, or even gift wrap!

As before, be prepared to demonstrate and teach if possible, and provide guidance and suggestions for others. There will be time for the usual updates, stories, performances, and Show and Tell!

Let me know if you have any connection questions or other agenda ideas.
–Kevin 

Starship Magic

November 6th, 2020 by Adam Moore

On Friday, November 20, 2020, at 7:00 p.m., we will host Starship Magic — a 50 minute science fiction themed magic show. Science fiction effects such as transporters are presented as magic tricks with humor and multiple references to Star Trek and other SF genres. The show is highly interactive, involving all the members of the audience.

“I really enjoyed STARSHIP MAGIC… this will be a fun and magical event!”
— Jeff McBride

Vulcan’s Greatest Magician, S’kai, is presented by Dr. Willie Yee, who has attended the world famous McBride Magic and Mystery School in Las Vegas. Starship Magic has been presented at Trekonderoga, Northeast Trek Con, and Farpoint.

Following the show, Dr. Yee will join us for Q&A and conversation.

Connection info will be sent out by email. If you haven’t been receiving meeting/lecture invites, or have connection questions, please contact Kevin Smith at kjsmith@umn.edu.

Cameron Francis Lecture!

October 30th, 2020 by Kevin Smith

On Friday, November 6th at 7:00PM, we’ll be treated to a lecture by Cameron Francis. Connection info will be sent out by email.

Cameron Francis is a magician and actor currently living in Orlando, Florida. He is a regular performer at Wizardz Magic Theatre and The Magic Mansion, both in Orlando. Cameron has also performed in the close up room at the prestigious Magic Castle in Hollywood, California. As a creator of close up effects, Cameron has worked with some of the biggest producers in magic including Big Blind Media, Paul Richards, Murphy’s Magic and Penguin Magic. He has had several tricks published in Genii Magazine, Magic Magazine, The Magic Menu, The Linking Ring, and Magicseen Magazine, and has lectured in eight countries including England, Germany, Canada and the U.S.

Cameron has a brand new lecture of material that can be done in person or over Zoom, including 2 brand new items!

Note: If you haven’t been receiving meeting/lecture invites, or have connection questions, please contact Kevin Smith at kjsmith@umn.edu

October Virtual Meeting

October 12th, 2020 by Kevin Smith

Time once again for a virtual assembly meeting! Our next one will be October 16th at 7:00 PM. Connection info will have to be sent out by email, in order to reduce the likelihood of a repeat Zoom bombing…

Because of the last-minute nature of this meeting announcement, our performance and teaching topic is “Stuff You Do When People Ask You To Show Them A Trick!”

As before, be prepared to demonstrate and teach if possible, and provide guidance and suggestions for others.

There should be time for the usual updates, stories, performances, and Show and Tell!

Let me know if you have any connection questions or other agenda ideas.
–Kevin 

Kozmo Lecture!

September 23rd, 2020 by Kevin Smith

On Friday, October 9, 2020, at 7:00 PM, we’ll be having a special lecture from Kozmo:

The connection info for the Zoom conference room follows. Email Kevin at kjsmith@umn.edu if you have any questions!

Topic: Assembly 12 Zoom Meeting

Time: Oct 9, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89972565163?pwd=enB4TVBBWThVRzh3eGtEK2FMZHY2UT09