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Adrian Vega lecture

This month, we have another amazing lecturer coming up. Adrian Vega, a world class close-up artist, will be sharing some of his unique and stylistic magic with us at 7pm on Thursday, May 24th. Admission is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

Don’t miss out on this lecture, I think Spain has something special in their water that helps turn out the best magicians in the world!

In Memoriam: Walter Graham

Walter Graham passed away on Tuesday, January 2nd 2018.

Walt was a gentleman, a great Magician, and the Dean of the Omaha Magical Society.

Memorial page and service information from the mortuary

Omaha World Herald obituary

Teller’s tweet about Walt:

2018 Wizard’s Banquet

Just a month away, it’s the Wizard’s Banquet! We are pleased to announce the details.

The event will be held on Saturday, January 20th, 2018 in the ballroom and theater of Omaha’s Jewish Community Center.

Date: Saturday, January 20th
Location:  Jewish Community Center, 333 S. 132nd Street, Omaha, NE 68154
Adult: $45.00
Children 12 and under: $15.00

Join us for Food, Fun, and Magic!

November Meeting

Tonight is the annual OMS Garage Sale meeting. Please note the East parking lot is under construction, so parking is in the North lot this month.

This will affect the SYM meeting as well.

This image shows the regular parking in a red rectangle, and tonight’s parking in a purple circle.

OMS Annual Boys Town Picnic

We're looking forward to our annual Boys Town Picnic! The picnic is on Saturday, August 12th from Noon – 2 PM at the Boys Town Great Hall.

The club provides chicken, potato salad, and drinks. RSVP to let us know how much chicken to order! We ask members to bring a dessert, side dish, or chips to enhance our meal.  

Boys Town Great Hall

13747 Flanagan Blvd.
Boys Town, NE 68010
 

Each year we have a Magic Club Picnic for our members’ families and friends.

At the picnic, we host some of the young kids from Boys Town at their fabulous Great Hall.  (No need to worry about rain or excessive heat.)

We put on a show with some of our members performing for about 5 minutes each.  A stage and microphone will be provided.  We also will have some of us walking around demonstrating close-up magic as everyone arrives.  

This event is fun even if you don’t wish to perform.  The kids love it.  Here is a chance to try out a couple of your routines in this great setting.  

Don’t forget to RSVP!

Last Week to Register for 2017 Banquet

If you have a special request for seating arrangements, please note under Additional Information> Order Notes so we can try to accommodate the request.

This is the last week to sign up for the Wizard’s Banquet!

The details and lineup of performers are below.

Get the word out and invite your family and friends!

Stage Performers

Past S.A.M. National President Vinny Grosso 
(Fooled Penn and Teller on Fool Us!)

Southwest S.A.M. Regional Vice President
Ron Ishimaru (aka Mystifying and Outrageous Aliai)

Award Winning Las Vegas Comedy Magician 
Dan Rodriguez

Award Winning Clown Magician
Donna Roth (aka Bubblegum T. Clown)
and Omaha Native Roger Reese

International Comedy Magician and Illusionist
Dal Sanders

S.A.M. National President
Jeff Sikora

2017 Omaha Magical Society Wizard’s Banquet
When – Saturday, January 21st 2017
Scott Conference Center
6510 Pine Street
Omaha, NE 68106

6:00pm – Cocktails, Social Hour, Strolling Magic
7:00pm – Dinner, Stage Magic Show

Check out the menu and get registered!

Tickets are only $40 for Adults and $15 for Youth 12 and under.

For more detail, check out the original blog post

2017 Wizard’s Banquet

Announcing the 2017 Wizard’s Banquet!
 
The banquet and show will be held Saturday, January 21, 2017 in the Scott Conference Center at 6510 Pine Street, Omaha, NE 68106. Free parking is available across the street from the South of the building.
 
Cocktails & Social Hour with strolling wizards starts at 6:00 PM.
 
Dinner begins at 7:00 PM. Click here to view the menu!
 
A Stage Magic Show featuring local and world-famous magicians starts at 8:00 PM.
 
All of this is included in one ticket! Ticket prices are $40 for Adults, and $15 for Youth 12 and under. Order your tickets today!
 

 

Omaha Magical Society silent auction

Below is a list of items available for bidding at our silent auction
– All items will be sold AS IS- WHERE IS.
– Once purchased there will be NO RETURNS
– Additional information may be available during the auction
– All items will close promptly at 7:30 p.m. on the official timepiece

EVP BY ALAN RORRISON

$99.95 at MURPHY’S MAGIC

Reviewer: Nique Tan

EVP or Electronic Voice Phenomenon is a technique used in paranormal investigation. In its basic form, when exploring an apparently haunted location, some kind of audio recording device is brought along, whilst the team of investigators wander around the premises. Sometimes, questions are being asked to the “other side”, and it is believed that through this process, it is possible to capture supernatural responses. When reviewing the recordings, hidden in the static, spirit messages can sometimes be heard, sometimes in the form of unmistakable words.

Whether or not there is any belief from the reader regarding the existence of EVP, this product will enable you to create this effect. During the course of a discussion about the supernatural, you borrow a spectator’s phone and turn on the voice recording function. You press record, and then ask questions out loud. No responses are audibly heard during this, but at the end when you play back the recording, creepy answers can clearly be heard. The spectator of course, keeps their phone, along with the evidence of their brief contact with the spirit world.

The package comes with all the apparatus you need to perform the effect. You will need to do some setup to prepare the routine and this will really depend on the conversation that you wish to have with your ghostly friend. Also, I think it is fair to say that there are some clothing restrictions that are required when performing EVP. While I have not performed this, I have set it all up and tested it out, and it works beautifully.

I think this is a very unique effect, and one that has immense power. And as we all know from a web-slinging friend of ours, with great power comes great responsibility. I think it is important that if you choose to perform EVP, you will need to perform responsibly. This is a very convincing demonstration of the supernatural, and you do need to choose your audience wisely.

At the end of it all, I think what we should aim to do is to create mystery and entertainment, and not cause distress, create fear, doubt or cause people to raise questions about belief systems. While it is very easy to perform, it is also very easy to perform this inappropriately.

This would fit perfectly into any sort of Halloween performances that you happen to be doing. Where it excels I think, is in the seemingly impromptu, intimate setting where you can really set the mood as well as create a presentation with which to really affect those watching. Used as it is, it is already a very strong effect, but I suspect that if used in conjunction with other layers of magic and/or mentalism techniques to reveal information, it will take this through the roof.


SIMPATICO BY BRIAN BRUSHWOOD

$399 at [My Lovely Assistant ](http://www.mylovelyassistant.com/products/view/7564)    

Product Description

Brian Brushwood’s Simpatico is one of the cleverest, most devious (not to mention hilarious!) routines we’ve ever seen. Brian, who’s successfully used and audience-tested this routine for years, has graciously decided to unleash simpatico on the magic fraternity.

Two volunteers (freely & randomly selected) are invited onstage to participate in an ESP experiment. One of the volunteers will be designated the “Sender,” the other the “Receiver,” and both are situated in front of an oversized drawing pad and provided markers.

The ESP “Receiver” is blindfolded and (just for good measure), placed inside an impromptu “Isolation Booth,” which is actually just an ordinary old cardboard box with the words, “ISOLATION BOOTH” scrawled upon it. (Already your audience is sensing you’re having fun with them!) The “Sender” selects a theme from a stack of jumbo cards which feature topics like “Travel,” “Sports,” “Holidays,” and a random sampling of other topics seen only by the “Sender.” Then, the “Sender” thinks of an image that corresponds to the topic on the selected card. The “Sender” then begins to draw the image on their pad, which is facing away from the audience and performer.

Amazingly, the “Receiver” suddenly indicates that he has gotten a psychic communication, and begins drawing on his pad. The audience cracks up as “Receiver’s” ridiculous, meaningless drawing takes shape. Their laughter, however, instantly turns to gasps of amazement as the “Sender’s” pad is finally turned around, and the image is revealed to be the very thing the “Receiver” drew! At this point, your volunteers are congratulated for being so psychically sensitive, and as a “special” thank you, your “Receiver” gets to keep his Isolation Booth as a souvenir!

Simpatico uses no switches, no sleight-of-hand, no audience plants or collaborators, no pre-show work or prompting. Any two volunteers from your audience can be used! Simpatico is 100% great comedy mentalism with loads of audience participation, interaction, and tons of laughs!

Simpatico comes complete with everything you need to perform, including blindfold, “Isolation Booth” box, 2 oversized drawing pads, 2 felt-tip markers, jumbo deck of theme cards, manuscript featuring Brian’s routine and handling, performance video, and that special something that allows all the magic to happen!

JAKS-STYLE BILLET KNIFE by Joe Porper

$49 at China Magic (List Price $200)

(We believe that this effect is from Joe Porper Originals- www.porperoriginals.com)

Review by China Magic

http://www.52magic.net/1945_Billet-Knife-Jaks-Style-by-Joe-Porper.html

One of the great feats of mentalism is the ability to predict the future. With this new Jaks-style Billet Knife that is just what you can do, with ease.

Imagine mailing a package to the person who hired you to perform two days in advance. Instruct them to bring the package with them the day of the performance and not to open it! Bring out the morning newspaper from the day of the performance. Have someone look up the lotto numbers and the DOW. Now, ask for the sealed package you sent, open the package with the knife and have a spectator reach inside and pull out the prediction. The prediction’s MATCH!!!

The Knife does all the dirty work for you! You get a gimmicked knife and a regular knife.

ARROWHEAD ILLUSION (Unknown Origin)

NEW ONES FROM ABBOTT’S SELL FOR $350

THIS COMES WITH 10 ARROWS (LOOKS LIKE 2 EXTRAS) NO INSTRUCTIONS

The following description is from Abbott’s

http://www.abbottmagic.com/Abbotts-Arrow-Head-Illusion-ABBarrowhead.htm

This illusion consists of a small folding cabinet, base, top and twelve real arrows. You can use your own assistant although we like to use a member of the audience. It looks marvelous and you will hear gasps as each arrow is forced into the cabinet. But the biggest surprise is yet to come, for when the front doors are opened the assistant’s head has disappeared! The arrows fill and divide the cabinet into small sections leaving no space for even a shrunken head, let alone a real living and breathing head. No mirrors!