Houdini’s 150th Magic Show!

July 10th, 2024 by Adam Moore

150 years after his birth, Houdini’s legacy connected the Minnesota Jewish Community Center and Assembly 12, leading to “Houdini’s 150th Magic Show!” at the Capp Center on Sunday, July 14th at 2:00 p.m. Learn more and buy tickets.

Houdini (aka Erik Weisz) was the son of Rabbi Mayer Samuel Weisz, Appleton, Wisconsin’s first rabbi. He chartered Assembly 12 while visiting Minneapolis on his vaudeville tour during his tenure as S.A.M. National President (1917–1926).

June 2024 Meeting Report

July 1st, 2024 by Paul Sedler

SAM12 usually take the summers off, so there will not be an official meeting until September.  There might be a summer cookout, keep your eyes on SAM12.org for all the details. SAM12 Fact: SAM12 is actually 104 years old this year, but our original charter that was signed by Harry Houdini in 1920 when he was president of S.A.M. was lost. It’s likely in the secret warehouse that was featured at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Join us, won’t you? Either in person or via Zoom. Get the details at SAM12.org.

Look for this in the August 2024 issue of M-U-M

Summer Meeting Update!

June 18th, 2024 by Kevin Smith

Greetings SAM Assembly 12 Members and Friends!

We just wanted to remind folks that we usually take the summer off, so there will not be an official meeting in June, July, or August. There’s been some interest in possibly having a picnic or cookout of some sort but nothing has been organized as of yet — if you’re interested please contact us.

May 2024 Meeting Report

May 20th, 2024 by Paul Sedler

SAM12 meets every third Friday of the month. Do you know what else happens the third Friday of the month of May? AbraCORNdabra in Des Moines, Iowa. SAM 12 was very well represented at the Iowa magic convention. 13 of us met over pizza and drinks at the hotel bar for our “official meeting.” Pizza, drinks, friends, and magic. A good time was had by all! Join us won’t you? Either in person or via Zoom. Get the details at SAM12.org.

Look for this in the July 2024 issue of M-U-M

No regular meeting tonight. Free lecture Monday.

May 17th, 2024 by Adam Moore

There will not be a regular meeting tonight. If you’re at AbraCORNdabra and didn’t already RSVP for dinner, please see more info.

In other news, Matt Fore is hosting a free online lecture by Gregory Wilson and Geoff Williams, on Monday, May 20th at 6:00 p.m. Sign up.

April 2024 Meeting Report

April 22nd, 2024 by Paul Sedler

Has it been another month already?! Time for SAM12 to meet again! The April meeting was attended by 10 people in person and 4 via Zoom.

Lots of business was discussed including our afterthoughts on the Gateway Closeup Convention that recently happened in St. Louis. It was a great time and well attended by many members of SAM12. We’re also looking forward to Magic Collector Expo and AbraCORNdabra coming up in May. Our treasurer, Adam Moore gave a report on our financial status (including noting that he properly filed things with the IRS). Adam also talked about a recent performance at a local church.

Next, we discussed the upcoming Houdini birthday celebration coming up this summer, and how SAM 12 will be involved. This led to a robust discussion on how to get more members to the Assembly.

Paul Cook kicked off our performances with a rather funny, and rather messy, vanishing salt. Next, Paul Laidig performed a spooky rendition of Kurotsuke that included music and a light show. Larry Kahlow attempted to stack dice…and was mostly successful! Finally, in the spirit of our theme (“Magic That Might Convince Ancient Peoples That You’re a Wizard!”) Adam Moore told a couple of stories about impromptu magic presentations that had a much larger impact than expected, including a performance of the Balducci Levitation!

The meeting concluded as it always does with refreshments and socializing. Join us won’t you? Either in person or via Zoom. Get all the info at SAM12.org.

Look for this in the June 2024 issue of M-U-M

Nick Diffatte on “Penn & Teller Fool Us”

April 20th, 2024 by Adam Moore
Nick Diffatte on last night’s episode of Penn & Teller Fool Us — “Magic Is for the Birds”

Watch the full episode (Nick’s segment begins at 19:35.)

You’re a Wizard on April 19th

April 12th, 2024 by Adam Moore

Our April meeting will be held next week on Friday, April 19th, at 7:00 PM at Eagle Magic (4 lights east of 35W on Hwy 13, southeast corner, next door to the BP gas station).

With everything you’ve heard about the eclipse this week, did you know that magician Nevil Maskelyne’s film, titled “Solar Eclipse,” is thought to be the world’s oldest surviving astronomical film? Speaking of the eclipse, throughout literature and history there are stories of people using a solar eclipse to prove their magical powers. (Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, anyone?) This inspired our theme for this month: Magic That Might Convince Ancient Peoples That You’re a Wizard!

Plus, we have a special treat: there will be a drawing for a $30 gift certificate donated by Don’s Magic and Books. Speaking of treats, bring potluck snacks to share.

Connection information for the virtual view of the meeting will be emailed prior to the meeting.

See you on the 19th, either in person or online!

March 2024 Meeting Report

March 18th, 2024 by Paul Sedler

We started a new annual SAM12 tradition at our March meeting: Movie Night! Around 20 members joined us at Discovery United Methodist Church, in person and via Zoom.

Big Screen. Popcorn. The movie: Billy Topit. Special guest: Lance Burton!

Lance joined us via Zoom from his farm in Kentucky to introduce his movie. It’s about a Las Vegas kid’s magician, played by Lance Burton, who’s just trying to impress the cute waitress and ends up getting mixed up with the mob. Spoiler alert: It all works out in the end. The movie was jam-packed with cameos from Lance’s magician friends, and he challenged us to find as many as we could as we watched. We all enjoyed the movie and the popcorn.

Lance then joined us after the movie and answered our many questions. Big thanks to Lance Burton! He was very personable, had great stories, and answered all our (sometimes odd/silly) questions.

Special thanks to Adam Moore and Sandy Meyer for organizing the event!

You never know who’s going to show up at a SAM12 meeting. Join us won’t you? Get the full scoop at SAM12.org. See you next month!

Look for this in the May 2024 issue of M-U-M

Lance Burton joins us live on March 15th

March 7th, 2024 by Adam Moore

Lance Burton will join us live via Zoom on Friday, March 15th, at 7:00 PM to tell us about making Billy Topit: Master Magician, the comedic film he wrote with Michael Goudeau, directed, produced, and starred in. Following that, we’ll watch it!

Assembly 12 will provide popcorn. Bring other movie theater snacks (e.g. candy, pop, etc.) to share. Connection information for the virtual view of the meeting will be emailed prior to the meeting.

Location address:
Discovery Methodist Church
275 Lake Drive East
Chanhassen, MN 55317

See you at the movies on March 15th!

Billy Topit (Lance Burton), a Las Vegas magician who performs at children’s birthday parties, convinces the woman of his dreams to be his assistant, while the local Mob guys (Rory Johnston & Johnny Thompson) try to make him disappear permanently. There are cameos by Criss Angel, Mac King, and others.