Harry Riser : Broken Wand

Announcements Member and Club News


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

Magic Lecture by Alain Nu

Announcements IML Lecture Series Special Events

IBM Ring 10 and SAM Assembly 31 invite you to a Magic Lecture by Alain Nu.

Join us for a special lecture from an underground legend who has his own TV show!

Throughout his entire life, Alain Nu, The Man Who Knows, has been looking at life with an unusual perspective and doing amazing things. Starting at a very early age, with interests in uncanny phenomena, hypnosis, eastern mysticism and illusions, Alain realized for himself a fantastic world of possibilities and interesting explorations.

Alain Nu,  The Man Who Knows, will present a magic lecture at the the Irvington United Methodist Church, 30 North Audubon Road, Indianapolis, IN 46219. It will be on Wednesday, May 25 at 7 pm. Admission $25, magicians under 18 $15.  See what he will teach in the lecture below.


Also, Alain would like to give a Workshop from 4-6 pm prior to the lecture. Prepare to learn metal bending from a master of the art.

The cost is $125 for 2 hours and you will receive one of his $50 manuscripts for free.

There needs to be a minimum of 5 attendees with a maximum of 12.

You must email Jim Croop (317-726-0811; jcroop@iu.eduas soon as possible so we can determine if we will have the workshop and if you want to reserve a space.


More information on Alain Nu at his webpage http://www.themanwhoknows.tv  and his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Alain-Nu-The-Man-Who-Knows-68697657798/ 

Alain Nu's lecture will include:

  • Deep philosophy on the subject of mind reading and mentalism

  • An impromptu multiple object test

  • Nu's unparalleled thoughts on the Any Card At Any Number premise

  • Astounding (and entertaining) over-the-phone mentalism principles

  • Diabolical synchronicities using ESP symbols

  • Alain's modern classic impromptu book test

  • A super-clever impromptu newspaper test

  • Secret thoughts on determining the zodiac sign of a spectator

  • A truly amazing impromptu drawing duplication

"I've known Alain for more than 20 years. He is a mentalist with a message. He amazes and inspires... He walks the edge of belief and disbelief." - Jeff McBride

"Alain Nu is someone who quite literally practices what he preaches. His Zen-like approach to performance is a lesson we can all benefit from. You'll be pleased that you spent time learning from his masterful approach to mentalism." - Colin McLeod

"When I am with my friend Alain Nu, I always learn something. Now, so can you. When Alain speaks, I listen. Alain is one of mentalism’s great thinkers and teachers. His creations are practical, incredibly well thought out and thoroughly entertaining. His work will delight you, amaze you, and make you think. If you have even a passing interest in the art of mentalism, Alain Nu’s lecture will be an enlightening experience." Jon Stetson

"Alain's knowledge is so in depth it is hard not to be excited by the principles and techniques he shares. Anything Alain shares listen, it's real-world, working, hard hitting and really clever. Me and Alain have talked frequently over the last few years and jammed on many occasions, I feel I am a better performer for knowing him!" Peter Turner 

Workshop Information

For those who attend this workshop, I will offer one FREE copy of one of my manuscripts which used to retail (before going out of print) for $50 plus postage. They will be offered to LIVE lecture attendees for $35 as a special lecture discount, as well. But it is technically a FREE $50 manuscript of their choice, just for attending the workshop... Which basically means that they are technically getting to attend the workshop for only $75! Interested? Please read on:

Mind Over Matter & Metal Bending with The Man Who Knows  Workshop: 2 hrs: $125

In this introductory workshop, Alain will feature the art of his rarely-seen work on moving objects while allegedly using the powers of his mind as well as a sample excerpt of his annual metal bending workshop, Systems of Transforming Metal. Here, he plans on revealing the real world of metal bending along with two (or more) of his original handlings to bending spoons as well as his thoughts on bending coins.  The principles and presentations taught during this class will require a deeper and advanced understanding of both magic and mentalism, which is why it is best to experience them first-hand from a true master of this art-form during an intensive workshop environment. Prepare to have your minds blown in ways you will not expect. Alain Nu presents for mostly corporate and special events, casinos, cruise ships and theaters. In other words, he is a real world performer who specializes in his own original form of creativity and expression. Prepare yourself to witness personal principles, techniques, ideas and philosophies that will take you into realms you may never have thought possible. It is a rare treat when anyone gets to see what lies beneath the surface of The Man Who Knows!

(This workshop requires a minimum of 5 interested participants / maximum of 12)

Magic Lecture by Mark Leveridge

Announcements IML Lecture Series Special Events


A very special lecture by MARK LEVERIDGE! Friday, April 22 at 7pm.

A performer with over 30 years experience, creator with a large line of effects at Mark Leveridge Magic, Member of the Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star…

Mark Leveridge will present a magic lecture at the The Irvington United Methodist Church, 30 North Audubon Road, Indianapolis, IN 46219.

Admission $25, magicians under 18 years of age $15. Admission can be paid by cash or check.

Please bring CASH for purchases from Mark due to exchange rate and check cashing issues abroad.

Visit Mark Leveridge Magic. http://www.markleveridge.co.uk

Info about his lecture. http://www.indymagicnews.com/MarkLeveridge.html

More information about Mark. http://www.markleveridge.co.uk/about.php

For additional information contact Don Miller (317) 507-4951 or Jim Croop (317) 726-0811.

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

CLICK HERE FOR HIS BIO: http://www.smappdooda.com/media.php

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 http://indymagicmonthly.com/. The doors open at 7:00, and the show starts at 7:30.

Hope to see you there!
Magically yours,
Karen Miller

Magic Lecture by Bizarro

Announcements IML Lecture Series Special Events

Saturday, April 2 - BIZZARO! 

Bizzaro the Optical Illusionist will present a lecture on his unique style of magic at the The Irvington United Methodist Church, 30 North Audubon Road, Indianapolis, IN 46219. Start time 4 pm. Admission $25, magicians under 18 years of age $15

CLICK HERE FOR HIS BIO: http://www.smappdooda.com/media.php

CLICK HERE TO SEE WHERE BIZZARO HAS BEEN! http://www.smappdooda.com/promo/Bizzaroepk.pdf

For additional information contact Don Miller (317) 507-4951 or Jim Croop (317) 726-0811.


Marching Into Spring

Announcements Member and Club News Schedule of Meetings

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: www.facebook.com/ParisCOFA.   It's just over 2 hours from downtown Indianapolis.  Check out Reza's website here: www.rezalive.com

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 ...

Announcements Member and Club News Special Events

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: http://magicsam.site-ym.com/events/event_details.asp?id=650857#

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

Announcements Member and Club News Schedule of Meetings

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 indymagicmonthly.com 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

Member and Club News Schedule of Meetings

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!

Announcements Member and Club News Special Events

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





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