Holiday gathering with a “Magical Gift Exchange” on Friday, December 13th in Minnetonka

November 29th, 2019 by Kevin Smith

All SAM, members, IBM members, and other local magicians are welcome to attend.

This event will be held at the Regency Wood’s Community Room at 2200 Plymouth Road in Minnetonka (just west of the Ridgedale Center Mall). We will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Please bring some food to share with the group.

Also, please bring a wrapped magic gift valued at $15 to $20 for the “Magical Gift Exchange.” It should be a “complete” performable trick (with instructions) in good condition, a magic book or pamphlet, a magic DVD, or magic memorabilia item. We will play a game for the wrapped gifts. Open them. Then everyone will have a chance to “steal” someone else’s present.

The community room has a small mini 12-seat theater. If you would like to bring a small performance, please do so. If we have time, we’ll do a round table discussion on Scotch and Soda (or Dime and Penny). Feel free to bring your favorite routine or ideas.

It promises to be an evening full of holiday fun. Please plan to attend. Bring a magic friend or family member! Don’t forget to bring a wrapped gift and food to share with everyone.

November Meeting

November 11th, 2019 by Kevin Smith

Our November meeting will be held this Friday, November 15, at 7:00 p.m. at Eagle Magic in Burnsville, MN. (It’s 4 lights east of 35W on Hwy 13, southeast corner, next door to the BP gas station.) Bring potluck “snacks” to share. Our last minute theme is Magic with Something You Can Wear, like hats, socks, shoelaces, coats, scarves, rings, watches, etc.

October Meeting

October 4th, 2019 by Tom O'Lenick

The next SAM Assembly #12 meeting is scheduled for Friday, October 18th at 7:00 pm. This meeting will be held at the Regency Apartments Community Room, 2200 Plymouth Road in Minnetonka (just west of Ridgedale Mall). Magic Brad Gudim will be our host. The monthly performance theme: “Numbers, Cards, Dice: Pick Two!” Also, please remember to bring a snack to share with the group following the preforming. See you soon!

September Meeting Report

September 30th, 2019 by Tom O'Lenick

The SAM Assembly #12 resumed regular monthly meetings with the the September gathering. It was well attended with 15 magicians, many of whom performed for the group. Attending: president Tom O’Lenick; VP, Larry Kahlow; Paul Ladig; Tom Faggerstrom; Jerry Martin; Jack Boyd; Paul Cook; Paul Black; Kevin Smith; Dan Witkowski; Todd Anderson; Brad Gudim; Mike Platt; Adam Moore; and Manuel Benitis. 

The group discussions were very lively as everyone assembled prior to the official business and performance. The group agreed to hold the October (Fri.,10/18) and December (Fri.,12/13) meetings at the Regency Apartments Community Room at 2200 Plymouth Road in Minnnetonka. The November meeting (Fri.,11/15) will be at Eagle Magic and Joke store in Burnsville (our usual location).

As a final order of business, elections were held. A big “THANK YOU” to Kevin Smith who was unanimously elected as the new club President. Larry Kahlow will continue as Vice-president. The gavel will be passed and pounded at the next meeting.

Performances by Brad Gudim showing “Lucid Dreams” caused a photograph to change magically into a selected card. Mike Platt demonstrated a Paul Richards card effect called “Coersion.” Jack Boyd did a four ace assembly and finished with “Doonebury Delight.” Adam Moore and Manny Benitias also performed. 

Jennifer Kahlow, Paul Ladig and Jerry Martin provided snacks and cookies for the group following the demonstration of magic tricks. Mingling continued well into the later evening. 

Adam Moore collects dues!
Mike Platt performs a card trick while Paul Ladig, Tom Faggerstrom, Magic Brad Gudim and Tom O’Lenick watch closely.
Magic Brad Gudim is going to fine the spectators card with “Lucid Dreams.”
Paul Black happily holds “The Eagle Magician” published by Eagle Magic. Jack Boyd sits in the background.

September Meeting

August 27th, 2019 by Tom O'Lenick

After a beautiful summer, its time to get the magic rolling again for the SAM Assembly #12 Hocus-Pocus Club.  Our next meeting will be Friday, September 20th at 7pm at Eagle Magic and Joke Store in Burnsville. The theme will be “something you acquired, created or learned magical during the hiatus.” Plan on joining the group and be ready for some fun! Also, please give thought to stepping up to help out SAM #12 as an officer because elections will be coming up very soon! See you in September.

SAM June Meeting

July 17th, 2019 by Tom O'Lenick

At one of our recent SAM Assembly #12 meetings the group decided to have an upcoming meeting at the same time as the Minneapolis Magic Collector’s Expo at the Doubletree Hotel in Minneapolis. So we set about to get together at the Expo in Mid June. President Tom O’Lenick got permission from Expo organizers David Sandy and Bill Smith to allow the group to attend member Larry Kahlow’s presentation on the History of Eagle Magic and Joke Store (now the oldest remaining brick and mortar magic shop in the United States) at the Expo.

Those that attended are shown in this group picture. Larry and Jennifer Kahlow, Tom Fagerstrom,  Kevin Smith, Brad Gudim, Tom O’Lenick, Paul Black, Paul Ladig, Drew Hanson, Jerry Martin, Steve and Sandy Meyer.

The SAM Assembly #12 now embarks upon its summertime hiatus until September. Until then, best magical wishes!  

June meeting during Magic Collector’s Expo

May 21st, 2019 by Tom O'Lenick

The SAM Assembly #12 meeting for June will be held on Friday, June 21st during the Magic  Collector’s Expo at the Doubletree Hotel in St. Louis Park just west of Highway 100 and Highway 12/I-394 during the dinner hour (5-7 pm). This change was approved by the group because many of the SAM members were already attending the Collector’s Expo event. The meeting will be an informal gathering and chat session without any planned performances.

Following the meeting, arrangements have been made with the Expo Organizers for SAM Assembly #12 dues paid members to be allowed to attend the lecture by Larry Kahlow on the “History of Eagle Magic” and its founder Collins Penz.

Please Note:

Unfortunately, individuals not registered for the entire Expo will have to leave immediately following the Eagle Magic presentation and will not be able to attend other lectures during that session or visit the dealers room !!! 

Further, the SAM Assembly #12 will be on hiatus during the summer months of July and August. We will resume regular meetings once again in September.

May “Pizza” Meeting Report

May 11th, 2019 by Tom O'Lenick

Twelve members arrived early for the May meeting to partake in the pizza and beverages that were provided by the Hocus-Pocus Assembly #12 to celebrate what appears to be Spring in Minnesota.

Spirited discussions preceded the actual business meeting about those attending the upcoming AbraCornDabra convention in Des Moines in about a week and the Minneapolis Magic Collector’s Expo on June 20-22.

The monthly theme was “Dice, remember never say Die.”
For “Teach-a-Trick,” President Tom O’Lenick showed a video on a Dice “Matrix” routine and how to learn dice stacking.

Brad Gudim showed a dice stacking routine he often performed in the past using a cup and dice that became completely transparent much to the surprise of the spectator.  Brad just happened to also have a trick in his bag mentioned by Todd Anderson and given to him years ago by Bruce Jensen called “Splat Die.”

Then, Paul Ladig demonstrated how a dice could lose it’s spots with “Spots Off” and showed an effect called “X-ray Vision Crazy Cube” where he was able to predict the number on top of a single die hidden inside two covered tubes.

Tom O’Lenick totally fooled with “Dieception.” Paul Cook rolled three dice in order to select a card. A prediction indicated that he would roll the number 10 on the dice (which he did) and his card would be the 9 of Clubs (which it was). Absolutely amazing!

Todd Anderson shared a brief story about how he acquired a Die Box created by a local member years ago. His story prompted numerous others to tell theirs. We also learned about a unique noise making “locking” sliding gimmick included in some die boxes. Todd promised to show us the Die Box at a future event.

A decision was made to gather for our next meeting at the Minneapolis Magic Collector’s Expo on Friday, June 21th (our regular monthly meeting day) at the DoubleTree Hotel in St. Louis Park. President O’Lenick will make arrangements for a place to get together since many members will be attending the function anyway. Watch the SAM12.org website for further details

The group chatted for some time following the performances before heading home full of pizza.

SAM April Meeting Report

April 21st, 2019 by Tom O'Lenick

A small but dedicated group of members attended the April meeting that was held just before the Easter weekend. As the group gathered, informal discussions about recent magical events were heard in conversations. One local event was the Masters of Illusion show held in the showroom of Mystic Lake Casino. 

When President Tom O’Lenick called the meeting to order, topics changed to upcoming events. In mid-May, AbraCornDabra will be a featured regional convention in nearby Des Moines, Iowa; former Minnesotan Nick Diffatte’s appearance at Magic Underground on April 26; Adam Trent will be at Mystic Lake Casino, the Minneapolis Collector’s Expo in June and a lecture and show by Professor Hoffman expert Dr. Will Houstoun from the UK. 

After the group business, O’Lenick reintroduced the “Teach-A-Trick” session with a presentation on Bob Hummer’s Face Up-Face Down Mysteries. Everyone broke out their cards and followed along to learn this clever trick.

Finally, individual performers showed the tricks they had prepared for the meeting theme, Card Tricks. Paul Ladig demonstrated “Chase the Ace.” Jennifer Kahlow showed a “Do As I Do” effect she called “Copy Cat.” Paul Cook fooled the group with a trick he recently learned at a FCE meeting in Ohio. A randomly chosen card predicted an amount of money that totaled $1.79. Then, Jerry Martin showed a 4 card trick where the cards reversed themselves, one at a time, until the last card changed color. First time guest Jim MacMiller did a trick with a card he named “Noah,” after one of his magic teachers. And, it turned out to be the spectator’s named card. Finally, Larry Kahlow presented the “Mental Photography” deck which many in the group had not seen before. Of course he had a few on hand for sale following the meeting!

Special thanks to Paul Ladig and Jerry Martin who provided snacks and our hosts, Jennifer and Larry Kahlow, for cookies and beverages. Magic conversation and fellowship lasted for almost another hour. 

The SAM Assembly #12 May meeting will be one week earlier than usual on Friday, May 10th and the location will be changed (for this event only) to the Regency Woods Apartments Community Room, 2200 South Plymouth Road in Minnetonka (just west of Ridgedale Mall). Plan to come a little early and share some pizza (hosted by the SAM) with your magician friends before the meeting gets started. Meeting theme: Dice tricks. But, remember never say “die!”

Jennifer Kahlow performs her version of a “Do As I Do” effect called “Copy Cat.” Jennifer often demonstrates tricks behind the counter at Eagle Magic and Joke Store. But, rarely performs for the SAM Assembly #12 group!
First time guest Jim MacMiller explained for whom he named a card. Jim named the card “Noah” after a local magician who has mentored him. BTW, the name was written on the back of a randomly selected card created by five spectators. Well done, Jim!
SAM Members watch a Teach-a-Trick video at the start of the April Meeting.

April Meeting Theme

March 30th, 2019 by Tom O'Lenick

Hello everyone, the theme for the April SAM #12 Assembly meeting will be: “It’s time for a card trick!” You will have the opportunity to perform your favorite packet trick, sleight of hand move, memorized or full deck miracle using your favorite bridge, poker or jumbo sized playing cards. Give it some thought and get ready to have some springtime fun! See you at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 19th at Eagle Magic and Joke store in Burnsville!