INDYFRINGE THEATRE FESTIVAL AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD WINNER! Don't miss this interactive and magical theatre experience about life and death ... presented in the historic May Chapel of Rosehill Cemetery. You'll laugh, ponder and wonder. But don't bring the kids. This is grown-up, dead-serious fun. CRITIC'S PICK — Windy City Times
S.A.M. Assembly No. 3 presents the incredible Suzanne for a lecture. Audiences all over the country have been falling in love with Suzanne since 1985. She resides in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. Her engaging style makes the audience an essential participant in her performance. Other respected professional magicians have called her "flawless" and "amazing". She is a favorite at Hollywood's famous Magic Castle and was awarded Close Up Magician of the Year in 2010.
Attendance is free for S.A.M. Assembly No. 3 members, and for members of the Chicago Magic Round Table. All other guests are $25 at the door.
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As seen on Sesame Street and Sprout, Mario the Maker Magician is an award-winning performer known for his signature brand of DIY electronic + robotic magic. In his lecture, he performs several of his signature routines and shows their inner workings and the processes that went into creating them.
Based in the NYC area and traveling worldwide, Mario has been performing for family audiences full-time for over a decade. Recently, Mario was selected to join the tight-knit creative team behind David Blaine’s first ever North American tour. Mario has been featured in HuffPost, MAKEzine, the NYPost, BroadwayWorld, and recommended by the NYTimes. He is also the subject of award-winning indie documentary film, Building Magic. When he is not in New York, he is traveling the country, performing and lecturing, alongside his family - his wife and two young children. They document their adventures in a YouTube series called My Magic Family.
For more info, please visit mariothemagician.com.
Join us @ 7:30pm
Pilgrim Congregational Church
460 Lake St.
Oak Park, IL 60302
Our September meeting was held on Monday, September 18, outside our usual first Monday meeting day, in order to accommodate our lecturer, Louisville magician David Garrard. David was tapped to fill the lecture tour of TC Tahoe, who had to cancel his tour, but we were very happy that David was able to take his place.
David brought 40 years' experience as a working pro to his lecture, teaching a little something for everyone: close-up, stage, and kids' magic, all while keeping the effects and explanations clear and understandable for magicians of all levels.
Most impressive during his lecture was his routine for the Torn-and-Restored Napkin, which culminates in the spectator restoring their own napkin! The lecture was worth it for just that one piece, but David's Sketch-o-Magic, Pop Pop Poof, and his work with appearing canes and candles really made this a lecture for all to enjoy.
Our future meetings for the remainder of 2017 include the New Member Initiation and Showcase in October, a lecture from local pro Jamie Sanden in November, and Mario the Magician in December.
Updated Lecture for September 18th, 2017
S.A.M. #3 Presents: David Garrard
Free for S.A.M. No. 3 members
$30 for guests.
David’s lecture features material from his brand-new book, Out of My Hat as well as a variety of other magic that you will want to add to your act! Close-up magic, children's routines (including David's presentation and handling for his trick, Sketch-O-Magic), stage/parlor effects there is something for everybody!
Mark your calendars, you don't want to miss this one!!
Join us at:
Pilgrim Congregational Church
460 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL 60302
The 2017 Chicago Magic Competition will crown the ultimate Windy City Wizard in an all-ages show, produced by the historic Society of American Magicians, and sponsored by the Chicago Magic Lounge.
Eight magicians from around Chicagoland will show their best stuff and be scored by our distinguished panel of judges. They'll be competing for points, but also for votes. The audience selects the People's Choice winner!
The Chicago Magic Competition is an annual event produced by the Society of American Magicians, founded in 1919 in Chicago. It is the oldest and most prestigious magic society in the world.
Join us for our New Works Night on June 5, 2017. This is a chance for all members to take their unfinished ideas, rough routines, and new material out and workshop it with a group of their fellow compeers for coaching and feedback. Put the collective brainpower of your Assembly to work for you, and make your magic better!
The first of May brought about several firsts for our monthly Assembly meeting - it was the first meeting of our new meeting day (first Monday of the month) and it was our first time with a new program that we had not tried before in Four Corners Night.
Prior to the main program, nominations for next year's Board of Directors was held. The new officers and directors will officially take over at our June meeting.
Congratulations to the 2017-18 Board of Directors:
President Charles Miericke
Vice President Edd Fairman
Secretary John Sturk
Treasurer Alan Koslow
Membership Officer Justin Purcell
Directors Martin Mercy, Neil Tobin, and Brian Carter
This meeting also saw the Presentation of Membership to Compeer William Schaefer, who received his Certificate of Membership, talisman, and emblem. Congratulations and welcome, Compeer Schaefer!
With the business out of the way, time to get to the magic.
Four illustrious compeers each volunteered to man a station and teach a specific effect or set of effects. Outgoing Assembly President John Sturk taught several effects using the venerable Dual Control gimmick and taught some of its history, including its mention in Tarbell Vol. 7. Vice President Edd Fairman taught his thoughts on the classic Bill to Fruit plot, along with several examples using different types of produce. Membership Officer Justin Purcell taught his thoughts on the Malini/Vernon Balls in the Net effect, which he uses to great acclaim in his platform shows. And Board Member Martin Mercy taught several effects utilizing the Olram Subtlety, with written instructions for compeers to take home.
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