A Message From the President: June / July 2019
Do you have your “A-game” ready? Are you prepared to compete in our quarterly close-up or stage contest at the June Ring meeting? If you attended the May Ring meeting, you got a first-hand look at what you could potentially take home from the annual stage or close-up competition to call your very own! It’s the newly developed special award called “The IBM Ring 129 Wand of Extraordinary Merit”… and it’s an impressive award to say the least! Handcrafted by the late Carl Williams, this highly-collectible wand features unique silver tips in the likeness of the master of close-up and stand-up magic, Dai Vernon. You must see this wand in person to really appreciate the beauty and detail.
In the event you’re wondering “why” did the board decide to offer such an incredible award opportunity, the answer is simple. We want to help motivate and incentivize our members to work hard to create the best competition act possible for our annual stage and close-up con-tests. Participants in our contests need to keep in mind the fact that doing the very best they can (through lots of practice, careful routining, etc.) shows respect for our art, plus it shows re-spect for our audience members who attend these annual competitions. In the case of our annual stage competition, the contest itself constitutes the bulk of the show that our members and laypeople have paid to see. By offering a better show, we are showing our respect for the art of magic. A weak show not only hurts our club, but it can leave a less-than-desirable taste in the mouths of our paying audience.
If you plan to compete in our contests (and we hope you do!), please consider making a commitment to “bringing your A-game” to the event. It’s a “win” for the club, it’s a “win” for the audience, and hopefully it’s a “win” for you too… literally! As I addressed in my column last month, one of the best ways to improve your performances (and your competition act) is to seek out help and advice from the experienced performers in our club. Listen to what they have to say, and consider the advice and comments they’ve shared with you.
Speaking of mentoring… thanks to everyone who participated in our informal mentoring session just prior to last month’s Ring meeting. We plan to do the same prior to this next Ring meeting. Arrive at 6:00pm and bring something you’ve been working on. Be prepared to share and learn.
On another note, I am excited about our special day of magic coming up on Saturday, August 24. Steve Steiner, Lance Rich and I are putting together some details as we speak… and it promises to be a lot of fun and feature tons of magic learning and performances, along with our annual auction. Mark the date on your calendar now… and invite as many magician friends as possible, regardless of whether or not they’re Ring 129 members. More information will be posted on our website, in upcoming newsletters, and on our Ring’s Facebook page.
That’s all for now… I hope to see you all at this coming week’s Ring meeting! Don’t forget to show up early for some one-on-one mentoring!
Ring 129 President