2021-2022 Meeting Schedule

Dr. Richard Mossey Honor Ring 41

Tentative Dr Richard Mossey IBM Ring 41 2021-2022 Schedule. Please check back for updates and additional special events!

September 22, 2021

Guest ZOOM ONLY Lecture Night

Putting The “Show” Back In “Magic Show’

Greg Whalen

In his presentation for Ring 41 on Sept. 22nd entitled “Putting the SHOW in Magic Show”, Greg Whalen, a full-time professional entertainer for over 30 years, delivers a fun and unique lecture

with no pricey gimmicks to buy and no finger-fracturing sleights to learn! Greg’s entertaining lecture is not primarily focused on learning tricks, although several fun audience-tested routines using items such as silks, money, sharpies and newspapers will be performed and taught. The focus is on learning how to write completely original patter and super-charge your stage presence no matter what kind of magic you perform! Whether you are a hobbyist or a long-time pro, the information in this highly enjoyable lecture will help you add polish, originality and theatricality to your performances!

Born in Brooklyn, Greg Whalen earned a BA in Theatre in his home state of New York, and an MFA in Acting from the University of Illinois.  For the past 32 years, Greg has made his living as a Chicago-based full-time professional entertainer, performing as a stand-up comic, actor and magician.  He has performed for hundreds of corporate clients and his voice-acting can be heard on the Disney Channel, History Channel, VeggieTales, TV commercials, video games and audiobooks.  Mr. Whalen was also featured in the Emmy Award nominated PBS film The Artsiders.

     “Greg Whalen’s enthusiasm, ability to ad lib and get the audience’s attention were fantastic!”—Chicago Tribune

     “Great deliveries, perfect timing, and a lot of audience appeal!”—Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette

October 21, 2021

Halloween Magic Night

It will be Halloween Magic Night at Ring 41. Please bring a trick that embodies all that is Halloween. Haunted Hanks, Haunted Cards, Spirit Rapping Hands, Floating Objects, Spirit Slates, Halloween Pranks, Scary Props, Seance Acts, Second Sight Acts, Rope and Straight Jacket Escapes. Anything goes! This will be a fun evening celebrating Halloween and Magic!

November 18, 2021

Favorite Routine Magic Night

Please bring one of your favorite magic tricks that you can show the group. What magic tricks do you perform on a regular basis? What do you perform outside the club when magicians are not around? Bring some of your “go to” magic tricks to perform or talk about. What tricks do you carry with you at all times? What magic do you perform when someone asks you to do your best trick? Cards, Coins, business cards. mentalism, silk magic, sponge balls, rope tricks, money magic, dinner table magic, ball, cigarette, knives or rings are just a few ideas of what you could bring to show the group. 

December 16, 2021

Magic Sleight Night

Please be prepared to show, discuss and perform some of your favorite magic sleights that you use to deceive your audience.

What magic sleights do you perform on a regular basis? What unique sleights do you perform to accomplish specific deceptions? Sleight of hand refers to the manual dexterity that magicians use to deceive their audiences. Sleights are prevalent in the world of card magic, coin magic, rope magic, mentalism, money magic, table magic, levitation magic, haunted magic, bazaar magic, street magic, parlor magic and even stage magic.

Learning sleight of hand takes a lot of work and practice, but can pay off in the long run with amazing tricks. There are thousands of different moves in magic. Some are hard, some are easy, some are knuckle busting and some are self-working. Which ones do YOU use? Sleights are tools, and it’s important to have the right tool for the job. So please, bring some of your best sleights to share with the group. Let’s all take our magic to the next level by attending the December meeting to learn some new sleights for improving your magic performances. 

January 20, 2022

Unusual Props, Gimmicks, Gaffs and Contrivances Night

IBM Ring 41 is pleased to host Unusual Props, Gimmicks, Gaffs and Contrivances Night. Do you have an unusual magic prop or gimmick? Magicians have been using props and gimmicks for years! Some contrivances are practical and some are impractical. Some are store bought and some are hand made. Magical props and gimmicks range from devious to hilarious and are used in closeup, parlor and stage magic. What magical feats do YOU perform using devious props and gimmicks?

Please prepare to perform, show or discuss your unusual magic props, gimmicks, gaffs and contrivances.

February 10, 2022

Special Event! Alain Nu Zoom Lecture

February 17, 2022

Guest Lectures and TED Talks

Regional professional magicians will be giving a series of short magic lectures and TED talks. There will be some very interesting surprise guest speakers and performers. This is an event you will not want to miss! It will be jam packed with presenters and lecturers. This event will surely expand your magical horizons and inspire you to take your magic to the next level. The theme will be professional magic for real audiences.

March 9, 2022

Special Event! Paul Draper Zoom Lecture

March 17, 2022

Bar Magic

More exciting details to come for this historic event!

April 21, 2022

IBM Ring 41 Annual Magic Equipment Exchange Swap Meet and Auction

The Dr Richard Mossey IBM Ring 41 is proud to present the Magic Equipment Exchange Swap Meet and Auction. Rummage through your drawers and get your old or unwanted magic books, tricks and equipment to see, buy or trade with absolutely NO commissions or inflated auction fees! Just pay the $5.00 entrance fee and you can buy, sell and trade! There will be a donation box for you to donate any of your unwanted magic equipment to help support the IBM Ring 41. All donated items will be put in the IBM Ring 41 raffles conducted at the swap meet and at future meetings.

May 19, 2022

Annual Magic Close-up / Parlor Contest

Sponsored by Big Guy’s Magic Shop

The prizes will be Big Guy’s Magic Gift Certificates!

First Place $50.00 Gift Certificate

Second Place $25.00 Gift Certificate

Third Place $10.00 Gift Certificate

June 16, 2022

Magic Tricks “Grab Bag” Night

Sponsored by Big Guys Magic Shop

Check back for more details!