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A Message From Tom Winterrowd

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My wife and partner for 66 years 8 months and 25 days died at 5:20 AM this morning,
October 31, 3013
We, our sons, Mike and Aaron, and daughter Ann, I plan to have a party celebrating her life.

It will be at Freeman Family Funeral Home, 819 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville, IN (this is St. Rd. #  9)

Sunday, November 3, 2013 From 1 to 3 pm with a celebration of her life at 3 pm

Grave side services will follow at Flat Rock Cemetary.

You are all Invited to attend

35 Years! Congratulations to Phil Dubbs

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Congratulations to Phil Dubbs who has recently been recognized by SAM for being a member for 35 years!  A certificate recognizing his magical longevity is being prepared.

Sheltering Wings Party

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Over 50 came to gym to enjoy the magic tricks of Amazing Phil. The administration was concerned thinking, "There is no way some of these children are going to sit through a 45 minute magic show, they never sit still for anything very long." But administration was thrilled and amazed at the response of the kids to the show.

At the end of the evening, the kids gave Amazing Phil a great big hug and the Mom's thanked us for a fun night!

Carl Schnepf Funeral

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As you may know, Carl Schneph passed away on June 26. Below is a copy of his obituary and information regarding the showing and the funeral. Feel free to contact Taylor Martin if any questions. Carl J. Schnepf Jr. 77, Indianapolis, passed away June 26, 2012 at the Indiana Masonic Home. He was born December 6, 1934 in Indianapolis to the late Carl J. and Thelma Amann Schnepf. His memberships include Zion Evangelical Church of Christ, graduated Emmerich Manual High School; attended Butler University; Evergreen Oriental Masonic Lodge No. 500; Prospect Masonic Lodge No. 714; Indianapolis Valley of Scottish Rite; Forest A. Wakeman Council No. 110; West Side Chapter No. 138; Wm D. Bray Commandery No. 65; Shrine Transportation Club; Shrine Past Masters Club; Shrine VCM Club; Society of American Magicians; and International Brotherhood of Magicians. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Laurel Schnepf; his son Carl J. (Mary Jo) Schnepf III of Manning, South Carolina; grandson Christopher (Sarah) Schnepf of Indianapolis and Ryan (Karen) Schnepf of Tuscon, AZ; great grandchildren Nicolas, Michael, Elizabeth, and Rebecca; and brother Paul (Sheila) Schnepf of West Lafayette. He was also preceded in death by his son Kurt Schnepf. Services will be 10:00 AM, Saturday, June 30 in Zion Evangelical Church of Christ with visitation 4:00 â?? 8:00 PM, Friday, June 29 in Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts have been suggested to Zion Evangelical United Church of Christ, 603 N. New Jersey Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 or Shrine Transportation Club, 510 N. New Jersey Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

Cesareo Pelaez : Broken Wand

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Cesareo Pelaez passed away on March 23, 2012. He was a PNP of the S.A.M. He was the creator of Le Grand David in Beverly, Mass. and he was a friend of Frank Dailey. Also among his friends were Dal Sanders, Maria Ibañez, Bruce Kalver, David Cresey, and Taylor Martin. He created the longest running magic show in history with L.G.D. and helped with the founding of the Society of American Magicians.

The loss of 2 Past National Presidents of the S.A.M. in a week is quite sad. Both helped the organization though rough times and showed that magic brings diverse groups together in the love of the world's oldest performing art form.

Frank Dailey : Broken Wand

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As has already been posted on this site, it is with deep sorrow that we mark the passing of our own, Past National President of the Society of American Magicians, Frank Dailey.  Many of you have asked about a broken wand ceremony.  There will indeed be a broken wand ceremony.  I am honored to have been asked by Frank's daughter, Sharon, to perform the ceremony as a part of his funeral service on Monday, March 26th at Noon at:

Chapel Hill United Methodist Church,
963 N. Girls School Rd.
Indianapolis, IN.

I would encourage all of you that are able to either come to the visitation on Sunday or to the funeral on Monday, to demonstrate the great love and affection that we all share for our beloved Compeer, Frank.


A message from Taylor regarding Frank Dailey

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Friends: Frank Dailey has died. He passed quietly in his sleep on Wed. Here's the details for Franks' funeral. I hope someone will perform the broken wand ceremony for him. Viewing Sunday 5 - 8pm Stevens Mortuary 5520 W. 10th Street Indianapolis, IN 46244 317-241-6163 Funeral Monday noon Chapel Hill United Methodist Church 963 N. Girls School Rd. Indianapolis, IN 317-241-6163 In lieu of flowers please support the Society of Young Magicians SYM Fund c/o Brad Jacobs 234 Towyn Court Ambler, PA 19002 Taylor Martin Producer, Indy Magic Monthly

First Annual Magic Contest a Success!

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Our first annual SAM 31 magic competition took place on Monday, May2nd. First Place receives $100, a framed certificate, and an invitation to perform at the 8/2 Indy Magic Monthly. Second Place receives $50 and a certificate. There will be a Peoples Choice voted by the audience, and all participants will received a certificate. The first contestant was Daniel Lee, with his wife Heather accompanying him on the piano. His silent routine included finding the aces in a full deck, transporting coins invisibly, and torn and restored sheet music, much to his wife's chagrin. He ended by changing a multi-color scarf to a black one to compliment her outfit. Next up was Corbett Troyer who magically moved 4 coins out of a coin box, and then sent them back in again. He also found the aces placed throughout a deck, then transported them from 4 different packets back together again. Excellent coin and card work! Don Miller shared his comedy magic, and ways to make a visit to the dentist more exciting. Then he brought Rob and Barb up, having Rob attempt to transmit his chosen card to the audience. He resorted to his Telopothy kit for items to assist Rob, to no avail, then he had Barb attempt it too, letting her borrow a wand and magic cloth. After checking out how good they looked, they got the image of the seven of Diamonds across, along with lots of laughs. Chris Henderson shared the story of his Grandparents love through many anniversary celebrations, and how Grandpa would dress up with a starched collar and bow tie. He showed an array of colored ties, and had young Dr. Lemon help with a color wheel for the selection of tie, now that Grandma had passed. The red was noted on the wheel, and the red tie was then missing from the box. It was found attached to the starched collar! The next contestant was Barry Rice, who enjoyed being able to say 'don't try this at home!' He proceeded to show 10 razor blades, proving their sharpness with paper and apple, and then swallowing them, one at a time. After swallowing a length of dental floss, he extracted the floss with all ten razor blades dangling from it! Jim Croop shared how advertising and magic are similar with his 'Magic of Influence.' He influenced the audience to select a card from a blank deck, and it was the only printed card in it. Then he had Steve select a oversized card, then, before he looked at it, select a card from a regular deck and the cards matched. Dr. Lemon and Shawn Hull (son and father) closed out the competition with some juggling, some lie detector work, and a card prediction for Jay. Then Dr. Lemon made a lemon and a bottle of lemonade change positions! The judges, Shawn Anthony of Las Vegas; Christopher Bontjes, National 1st Vice President of SAM ; Taylor Martin and Sean Scott, both from Indianapolis; retired to tabulate their scores, and the audience submitted their selections for the People's Choice. The results were: People's Choice to Daniel and Heather Lee, First Place to Barry Rice, and Second Place to Corbett Troyer.

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