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Harry Riser : Broken Wand

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It is with deep sorrow we mark the passing of one of our own, mentor and friend, Harry Riser. Harry passed on Saturday, November 26, 2016.

Harry had been involved with the magic community for nearly 75 years. He was a mentor to Michael Close and taught Penn & Teller how to perform the Faro shuffle. He was a friend to Dai Vernon, Charlie Miller, and many other magicians from the golden age.

Harry's calling will be from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at Crown Hill Funeral Home, immediately followed by the Funeral Service at 12:00 p.m. Taylor Martin will be performing the broken wand ceremony.

Crown Hill Funeral Home
700 38th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208

A celebration of life will be held March 12, 2017, on the anniversary of Harry's birthday.

I hope a lot of you will be able to stop in and even stay for the service.

Karen Miller

Three Out of Four, NO FOOLING

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Magic Lovers!

What an exciting couple of magical days we have in Indianapolis!

On Saturday, April 2nd the BIZARRO Lecture starts at 4:00 at Irvington UMC, 30 North Audubon Rd.  It will be held IN THE FELLOWSHIP HALL in the basement.  If you are not up to taking the stairs, remember the elevator goes to all levels of the church.  Admission $25, magicians under 18 years of age $15


Then on Monday, April 4th, the IBM/SAM Meeting will be at 7:00 in the Parlor of Irvington UMC.  The theme for the evening is April Foolers.  There will be an Executive Board meeting at 6:30.

And finally, on Tuesday, April 5th, be at Theatre on the Square at 627 Massachusetts for the 100th show of Indy Magic Monthly, featuring Francis Menotti and Cody Clark. The website is The doors open at 7:00, and the show starts at 7:30.

Hope to see you there!
Magically yours,
Karen Miller

Marching Into Spring

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Compeers & Magic Mavens,

Well, the Leap Year left me in the dust, how about you?

Now's the time to be quick, as our theme for our next IBM/SAM Magic meeting is Two Minute Magic!  Join us next Monday, March 7th at 7:00 at Irvington UMC, 30 North Audubon Road, Indianapolis.

Be sure you have these dates on your calendar:

Saturday, March 12th at 4:00 at IUMC  join us for the David Stone Lecture

Friday, March 11th at 7:00 (and Saturday at 7), and Sunday, March 13th at 2:00 take a trip to Paris, Illinois to see International Illusionist REZA.  Check out the Paris Center of Fine Arts' Facebook page, with a link to purchase tickets:   It's just over 2 hours from downtown Indianapolis.  Check out Reza's website here:

Saturday, April 2nd at 4:00 at IUMC  join us for the Bizarro Lecture

Hope to see you there!
Karen Miller

Indy Magic Clubs Winter Spectacular and more ...

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It's Here!

The new year has started and Magic is BIG in Indy!

Next Sunday, January 10th is our Club Winter Spectacular!  We gather for a pitch-in lunch at 1:00 at Irvington United Methodist Church, 30 North Audubon Road in the basement Fellowship Hall.  

The Show begins at 2:00. Slated to perform are Doug Jave, Magic Don Miller, The Amazing Barry Rice, Mike Root, Steve Spence and Corbett Troyer.

The Magic Clubs will provide the meats (ham and turkey), drinks and glasses.  Please bring food to share and your own plates and utensils. Pitch-in etiquette suggests that the dish you bring to share is enough to feed at least number of folks in your party. Feel free to bring what you like, or follow these suggestions:

  •     Last names beginning from A to H - bring a salad or appetizer
  •     Last names beginning from I to O - bring a side dish of casserole
  •     Last names beginning from P to Z - bring a dessert or bread

If you can't make it to the pitch-in, join us for the Show!

If you would, please take a minute between now and Thursday to reply to this e-mail with the number of folks you intend to bring to the pitch-in.

Then, plan to make it to the 

2016 Indianapolis Winter Magic Festival
featuring Shin Lim
2015 World Champion
Christian and Katalina

The showcases will be Thursday, January 21 through Saturday, January 23 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, January 24th at  6:30 pm. Check out this website for more details and how to purchase tickets:

February 15th is the last day to register at reduced a rate for this summer's S A M National Conference being held at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. 

Click on 'Register' on the middle of this page:

On a different note, the February Fundraising Show has been postponed.  New details will be available later.

Magically yours,
Karen Miller
Secretary, SAM Assembly 31.

December Magic

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Compeers and Magic Lovers,

Holiday Magic is in the air!  Our December IBM/SAM Meeting is next Monday, the 7th, at 7:00 in the Parlor at IUMC, 30 North Audubon Road, Indianapolis. We're having a Book Night where you can share a quick book report on a Magic Book, or select a favorite Magic Book to share or teach a trick from.  

We will not have a January meeting.

Then on Sunday, January 10, we will have our IBM/SAM Winter Spectacular!  We are planning a Pitch-in Luncheon before the show, at IUMC, in the Fellowship Hall.  Be sure to invite family and friends to this free club event.  The time, Show line-up and pitch-in items will be set soon. 

Our February meeting will be on Monday, the 1st.  The theme of the evening is Original Magic - your take on a trick, your patter for an illusion, your own effect.

On Sunday, February 14, we will be having our Fund raising magic show(s) at the Theatre on the Square, 627 Massachusetts Avenue.  We will have some excellent performers, and this will be a wonderful opportunity to share your appreciation of magic with friends, neighbors, co-workers, family, the city and the Midwest!  Funds raised will be used to support Magic Lectures in Indianapolis. There will be many opportunities for you to support the effort, besides buying and promoting tickets.

March 7th will be our regular meeting, with 'Quick Tricks' the theme, challenging you to present an effect in under 3 minutes!

Be sure to check out each month for the first Tuesday of the month shows at Theatre on the Square, produced by Taylor Martin.

So, mark your calendars, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Magically yours, 
Karen Miller
Secretary, Harry Riser Assembly 31, SAM

November 2015 Activities

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Compeers and Magic Mavens,

Join us on Monday, November 2nd for our IBM/SAM Magic meeting in the Parlor at Irvington UMC at 7:00 PM. We will be screening several episodes of Penn & Teller's Fool Us show, and sharing our thoughts on the outcomes.

See you there, 30 North Audubon Rd, Indianapolis, 46219.

Karen Miller,
Secretary, SAM Assembly 31

Preble County Auction on Facebook!

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The Preble County fall 2 day magic auction will be Oct. 24 and Oct. 25 beginning at 10 am at 210 Nation Ave, Eaton, Ohio (25 miles west of Dayton, Ohio). The auction is filled with magic tricks, illusions, magic antiques and collectibles, stage and lighting equipment, books, dvd's, cd's and much more. 

Their Facebook listing has a link to photos and more information




June 2014 Activities - A Message From Our President

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Fellow Compeers and Conjurers:

We have so much going on with #31 and Ring #10, that I just have not kept up with my newsletter for Assembly #31. Plus my performance schedule has been a bit demanding, so here's a quick update.

May 17-A Day With Joshua Jay?

Joshua Jay the current director of Magi-Fest and a very accomplished magician is going to lecture the Indy Magic Clubs at 4 PM on Sat. May 17. If you're an S.Y.M. member or parent, you have a great opportunity to meet with Josh at 2:30. All this is happening at our meeting location, The Irvington Methodist Church. The location is:

30 N Audubon Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46219 which is located right behind Jockamo's Pizza.

The map to the location is this link: Irvington U.M. Church

May 22 is the S.Y.M. Year End show. This is being held at The Salvation Army Apartments, 4390 N. High School Rd., at 7 PM. I will perform along with Amazing Barry and the young magicians themselves. This should be a great evening and a wonderful look into the future of magic.

Our next Indy Magic Club Meeting is June 2 at 7 PM at the Irvington U.M. Church. Our theme is (Dale, please put the theme here, if you would.) We are also having S.A.M. elections. If you wish to run for an office, please let Dale Benson or Don Miller know at least a week before the meeting. We will be needing a new scribe to submit reports to M.U.M. I believe we have someone interested, but if you wish to take on the responsiblity, please let us know.

And our annual Indianapolis Magic Clubs Picnic is on Sunday, June 22 @ Noon with the lunch beginning at 1 PM. Admission to the park is $5 per car, $15 per van. We will have tables available for a bit of a swap meet, magicians will perform, and a good time will be had by all. We will provide the chicken, you bring the sides or desserts. It will be in Pavilion G at Eagle Creek Park. Location link:

Eagle Creek Park

Eagle Creek Park Map

And then we're into July. Where has 2014 gone?

All the best, M.U.M.,
Taylor Martin
President, Assembly #31, Harry Riser Assembly, Society of American Magicians

President's Letter

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President's Letter

Compeers and friends:
Welcome to the magic city of Indianapolis. If you're a fan of magic or practice the world's oldest performance art yourself, I hope there's something here to make you want to come to an S.A.M. #31 meeting. The Indianapolis magic clubs, which includes Ring #10 of the I.B.M., meet together every first Monday @ 7:00 pm at the United Methodist Church at 30 N. Audubon Ave. in Irvington. The church is right behind Jockamo's Pizza on Washington St./U.S. 40. Please enter through the east side doors, go up the stairs, turn left at the top, and we are usually in the first meeting room on the right. 
As the President of #31, I bring not only a love of magic to the position, but as a professional performer and producer of magic shows, I hope to make the meetings a fun time to learn and share magic and illusion. My personal passion is magic history, so I always try to add a bit of our art's past to my presentations. Also, with our magic shows here in Indy, that include Christian and Katalina's "Mindtripping" weekends at the Hilton Downtown and my own Indy Magic Monthly, allow the public to see shows weekly. 
The theme of our March 3, 2014 meeting is Dangerous Tricks ("Et tu, Brute!")   The theme for our April 7 meeting is Money Magic. These could be interesting. Hope to see you on the first  Monday evening of each month.
Taylor Martin, President Assembly #31, S.A.M.

Sad News - Aldo Colombini

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Maria Ibanez shared the following sad news with S.A.M. members from Rachel Colombini through Simone Marron.

"Terrible news. Aldo suffered a catastrophic stroke yesterday. Left side of brain dead spreading fast to the right side, paralyzed, no speech, hospice taking over now.  It will be just days, nothing we can do.  Sorry to have to give you this news."

As Maria said, please keep our dear friends Aldo and Rachel in your thoughts and prayers.

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