Rick and Suzan Wilcox to Appear at February 28 Meeting
As entertainers, we are in “show business.” That’s “show” plus “business.” I know of no other performers who have mastered both the “show” and “business” dimensions of our craft than Rick and Suzan Wilcox. They will tip their secrets of “show” and “business” success during our February 28, 2018 Ring 41 meeting. It’ll start at 7:00 pm at the Tripoli Shrine Temple, 3000 W. Wisconsin. We hope you can join us. The fee is $5 for Ring members and $20 for non-members.
Can you imagine the risk they had to take when nearly 20 years ago, they decided to buy their own theatre in Wisconsin Dells? I doubt few of us would have been willing to take the plunge and yet, looking back, it has been an extraordinarily successful decision. When the late Paul Daniels visited Rick and Suzan a few years ago, this Number One U.K. magician exclaimed this was one of the best evening shows he’d ever seen. Obviously, the thousands of visitors annually to the Dells agree because their show continues to be rated as the number one attraction there, according to Trip Advisor. More recently, in an unsolicited move that caught them pleasantly off-guard, Reader’s Digest cited their magic show as the best family entertainment show I the entire state of Wisconsin. How’s that for accolades?
This will not be your traditional lecture where they speak and we listen. No. Instead, the format will be an interactive dialogue. The conversation will cover such topics as making risky decisions, financing rejections for young business owners, working through defeat, what the theatre first looked like, handling lighting and music systems, the number of shows performed, do’s and don’ts of audience participation, marketing strategies, advice for performers, the insatiable quest for new effects, and much more.
While Rick can’t bring his illusion show to us, he can bring us some video clips that we’ll project on our large screen. This will be an especially welcome addition since we haven’t had a meeting that covers large-scale illusions. Rick is a multi-talented guy. Not only does he do spectacular illusions but he is equally skilled with close-up magic. For example, his explosion matrix and unshuffled routines are amazing. He’ll show us some close-up effects and some fun stuff he is currently working on. I suspect before the evening is over, you’ll have some new things to add to your repertoire.
And finally, we will have the pleasure to hear from Suzan. As Rick will readily agree, she does wonders to make the show go smoothly, both on-stage and behind the scenes. A few years ago, I tried to count the number of her costume changes but gave up after reaching the number 17. Over the years, I’ve known two premiere assistants – Gay Blackstone and Pam Thompson – but Suzan is every bit as good, if not better. I’m sure she didn’t say as a little girl, “When I grow up I want to be a magician’s assistant.” It’ll be interesting to hear her thoughts on this unanticipated career change.
Rick and Suzan will be able to join us for a Miss Katie’s Dinner at 5:30 pm. This will be a terrific opportunity for you to get to know them in an informal setting.
Our Schedule and Location
We begin at 5:30 pm with a dinner and social hour at Miss Katie’s Diner, a quaint 1950s place to grab some good food, reasonably priced. And the wait staff are always hoping to see you perform a magic trick while you make their delicious food disappear. Set your GPS to look for 1900 W. Clybourn Ave, Milwaukee.
You’ll be only five minutes away for our 7:00 pm Ring 41 meeting at the Tripoli Shrine Center, 3000 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI. If you’ve never been there before, you’ll easily recognize the replica of the Taj Mahal. We’ll save a seat for you. For non-lecture meetings, visitors are welcome to attend to meetings free. On months when we have guest lecturers, the fees are $5 for members and $20 for nonmembers, although nonmembers will pay $10 for this Skype lectures. All members of the Dr. Richard Mossey Ring 41 are strongly encouraged to join the I.B.M. Be sure to look at our Meeting Schedule for 2017-2018, posted elsewhere on this website.
Remember: Our March lecture features Suzanne. With our notable Ring growth and sterling programming, Ring 41 has become the epicenter of magic in Wisconsin.