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!

January 2024 Meeting Report

January 22nd, 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.

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

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!

SAM 12 November Hybrid Meeting!

November 11th, 2023 by Kevin Smith

It’s November, and time for our monthly hybrid SAM assembly meeting!

We’ll meet on Friday, November 17, at 7:00 PM at Eagle Magic. (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.

Our theme this month, chosen by our members at the September meeting, is Cups and Balls and Bowls! Perform your favorite “Cups and Balls” routine, or sponge balls, or Benson Bowl, or paper cup trick, or…you get the idea!

As always, be prepared to demonstrate, teach, and provide guidance and suggestions for others.

See you on Friday, either in person or online!

100th Anniversary in the News

October 18th, 2023 by Adam Moore

On October 16th, FOX9 ran this story about Assembly 12’s 100th anniversary.

They aired a few other variations of this throughout the day. See them all!

Nick Diffatte performing at 100th Anniversary Gala

September 6th, 2023 by Adam Moore

Nick will be a featured performer in our after-dinner program. He has performed at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, appeared on The Late Late Show on CBS, appeared on the cover of both Genii and Vanish Magazine, has won multiple awards for both his magic and his comedy, has held multiple long-term residencies on the Las Vegas strip, headlines on Disney Cruise Line and has performed a multitude of shows at casinos, comedy clubs, and corporate events internationally.

Register now for our 100th Anniversary Gala!

SAM 12 September 2023 Hybrid Meeting

September 5th, 2023 by Kevin Smith

It’s time for our September “Back to School” S.A.M. Assembly 12 meeting!

Due to some conflicts, we’re pushing the meeting back one week to Friday, September 22. We’ll meet at 7:00 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.

Our theme this month, chosen due to the season, is Magic with School Supplies! Pencils, crayons, construction paper, flashcards, etc. You could even use a slate (or whiteboard for modern folk) and show us some Math magic!

As always, be prepared to demonstrate, teach, and provide guidance and suggestions for others.

See you on Friday, either in person or online!

P.S. IMPORTANT! Our 100th Anniversary Gala is next month, and we need a final count by the end of this month. If you haven’t already done so, please purchase your tickets now! Don’t forget, there will be a lecture and performance by John Sturk, the 107th National President of the S.A.M., along with performances by local magicians!

Here’s the registration link: https://www.sam12.org/civicrm/event/info/?reset=1&id=92

Register by Thursday for 100th Anniversary Gala

August 29th, 2023 by Adam Moore

Register by Thursday, August 31st and get a free drink to enjoy during the cocktail reception, dinner, or program.