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.

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!

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.

Watch Party for Lance Burton’s Movie

March 1st, 2024 by Adam Moore

It’s awards season in Hollywood and time for our March meeting. Coincidence? Probably. Nonetheless, it inspired the theme for this month’s meeting. Lance Burton has given us permission to show Billy Topit: Master Magician — the comedic film he wrote with Michael Goudeau, directed, produced, and starred in. While it might not be up for any awards, we’re going to have a watch party on Friday, March 15th, at 7:00 PM at Discovery Methodist Church, 275 Lake Drive East, Chanhassen, MN 55317. Assembly 12 will provide popcorn. Bring other movie theater snacks (e.g. candy, pop, etc.) to share.

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.

The film’s premier was on September 24, 2015, at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas. The black-tie
charity event benefited the SPCA, Shriners Hospitals for Children, and the Variety Children’s Charity. A red-carpet showing of the movie on July 11, 2017, at the Kentucky Center in Louisville was the opening event of the I.B.M./S.A.M. combined convention and a fundraiser for local
charities.

Between now and then, listen to Lance Burton discuss his movie, Billy Topit: Master Magician with John Gaspard & Jim Cunningham, and we’ll see you at the movies on March 15th!

Presidential Citation Honoring Centennial

February 6th, 2024 by Adam Moore

Society of American Magicians National President John Sturk presents a presidential citation to Assembly 12 President Kevin Smith at our 100th Anniversary Gala on October 15, 2023.

Auction on Friday, February 16th

February 1st, 2024 by Adam Moore

This month’s meeting will be the …

Assembly #12 Auction
Friday, February 16, 2024
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
at Eagle Magic, 11995 County Road 11, Burnsville

If you haven’t already, now’s the time to find the magic props, books, videos, collectibles, etc. that you’d like to sell. This will help give your fellow magicians a nice selection of items to bid on and, the more you sell, the more new-to-you treasures you can win!

Fee:

  • Assembly 12 members who have paid their local dues for 2023–2024 ($15) may participate for free!
  • There is a $5 fee for any non-Assembly 12 member (buyer or seller).

Buyers:

  • Fee allows you to bid on any auction items
  • Bring cash or checks

Sellers:

  • Fee allows you to sell any auction items.
  • Sellers go in registration order.
  • Each seller will have a limited time. Please bundle smaller items and be prepared with a minimum bid for each item (if desired).
  • Sellers will pay Assembly 12 a commission of 10% of the selling price.
  • All accounts are settled at the end of the auction.
  • Sellers will be paid with cash and/or check.

Everyone is welcome!

MUM Report – SAM12 January 2024 Meeting

January 20th, 2024 by Paul Sedler
Welcome to 2024 everyone!! Let’s make it a magical year! Fourteen magicians attended our January 19th meeting at Eagle Magic. Our theme was “Things You Found While Going Through Your Stuff For The Auction.”

During the business portion, we discussed who’s attending Abracorndabra in Iowa this year and the lineup of lecturers and performers. Several members of SAM 12 are planning on attending and are hoping for another great convention.

Paul Ladig is performing from his basement stage and got written up in the local paper recently, leading to more business. Old-school advertising for an old-school magician! BlackSmith Magic (SAM12 President Kevin Smith and SAM12 Scribe Paul Sedler) performed for an 8-year-old’s birthday party, with 16 kids and a handful of adults in attendance. Good show! Manny Betinis has been performing at various parties…for free. He’s just there. Might as well perform, right? The Amazing Hondo lecture is happening this weekend at Eagle Magic.

Peter Grendle joined us from the Minnesota Jewish Community Center. He’s hoping to put together a Houdini celebration in June and is looking for some help. That got us all talking about Houdini and things that can be done to help celebrate Houdini’s 150th birthday.

On to performances and show and tell: Eagle Magic owner and SAM12 Vice President Larry Kalow performed the Deception Paddle. Colored pips on a metal paddle. Larry says Eagle is the only place you can buy it right now. SAM12 Treasurer Adam Moore shared an old cigar box with some vintage magical treasures he got from his dad. Really cool! Paul Ladig performed a coin-in-glass vanish combined with his Mullica Wallet. The evening ended with the usual refreshments and socializing.

Next month is our annual auction! Sell some of your unwanted magic to other fellow magicians. Join us in person at Eagle Magic. More info at SAM12.org.

SAM 12 January 2024 Hybrid Meeting

January 16th, 2024 by Adam Moore

It’s time for our January meeting!

We’re meeting Friday, January 19, at 7:00 PM. Our theme this month, chosen in anticipation of next month, is “Magic you found while going through your stuff for the auction!” We will also learn more about a possible performance opportunity in partnership with a community group.

We’ll meet at Eagle Magic and Joke Store. (Eagle Magic is in Burnsville, MN, 4 lights east of 35W on Hwy 13, southeast corner, next door to the BP gas station.) Bring potluck snacks to share. Connection information for the virtual view of the meeting will be sent prior to the meeting.

See you on Friday, either in person or online!

Gather items to sell next month

We are hosting an auction in February, and now’s the time to find the magic props, books, videos, collectibles, etc. that you’d like to sell. This will help give your fellow magicians a nice selection of items to bid on and, the more you sell, the more new-to-you treasures you can win!

SAM 12 Holiday Chili Party 2023!

December 5th, 2023 by Kevin Smith

It’s time for our annual Holiday Chili Party! It will be held on Friday, December 15th at 7:15 PM at the Discovery Methodist Church in Chanhassen, and there will be chili, salad, cornbread, cake, and soda! Special thanks to Sandy Meyer for doing all of the cooking, and arranging the location, too! 

Like last year, there’s no performance theme this month, so it’s entirely up to you if you want to perform anything. We will probably talk about plans for the coming year, so if you have ideas (one-day conference? charity show?) please bring them!

We’ll be setting up the Zoom camera setup in case anyone wants to attend virtually — although technology still hasn’t advanced enough for virtual chili eating….. We’ll send out connection information before the event. If you plan on attending the in-person party, please RSVP here. Sandy needs to know how much chili to make!!

Location address:
Discovery Methodist Church
275 Lake Drive East
Chanhassen, MN 55317
We’ll see you at the party!