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Topic: A Message from Michael Close
Message: Posted by: mclose (Oct 14, 2008 02:17PM)
Hi. Michael Close here. As many of you may already know, I am the new editor of M-U-M, the magazine of the Society of American Magicians. It is a privilege and honor to assume these duties, and to maintain the standard of excellence that John Moehring has established for the past three years.

It is important to me that M-U-M reflects the interests of the members of S.A.M. To this end, Iíd like to hear from you. What parts of the magazine do you particularly enjoy? What doesnít appeal to you? What would you like to see more of? Your input is of value as my team shapes the content for the years to come.

In addition, Iím looking for ideas for stories, especially suggestions for people worthy of a cover story. Iím not only looking for story ideas; Iím looking for people willing to write these stories. I can tell you from personal experience that it is a thrill to see a piece you have written appear in a national magazine.

An organization like the S.A.M. relies on the participation of its members. Iím seeking out and encouraging your participation. Please email me at mumeditor@gmail.com and let me know your thoughts. Together, we will continue to make M-U-M a great magazine, one that is eagerly anticipated each month.


Michael Close
Message: Posted by: davidpaul$ (Oct 14, 2008 07:32PM)
Hello Michael,
Congratulations on your appointment as the new editor of M-U-M. I've always enjoyed and learned a great deal from your offerings in print as well as your DVDs. Your experience will be of great value to we, the readers.

Would you elaborate just a bit more on "story ideas"? What criteria is needed for someone worthy of a cover story? What other story ideas would be of interest?
Maybe a few suggestions from you to get the juices flowing.

Thanks for your willingness to make M-U-M an eagerly anticipated magical publication.
David Paul
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Oct 14, 2008 09:44PM)
This almost tempts me to rejoin S.A.M.

--Grandpa Chet
Message: Posted by: magic4u02 (Oct 15, 2008 10:51AM)
I want to thank Michael for his very hard work to produce the MUM magazine each month for us members. It is a LOT of hard work and I thank him for his devotion to it.

Michael: I have some ideas and suggestions for you that you may be interested in. I emailed them to you as I figured it would be easier for you that way and provide you a way of printing them out and saving them also. My pleasure.

One of the sugggestions I had (which I went into more details on in the email) is the notion of a cover story on those SAM members who are handicapped in some way or the other but who continue to overcome obstacles and have adapted to be able to continue to perform the art they love so much.

As a deaf magician myself, I have met so many amazing SAM members who are handicapped and just been so inspired by them all. Some are blind yet continue to do full stage shows. Others like myself are deaf and continue to perform even to music. There are others yet who are quadriplegic but have not stopped them from doing what they love to do.

it would be great to do a story covering these folks and SAM members. How they have adapted their magic and how they have overcome and why they continue to perform the art.

It is food for thought if nothing more.

Thank you again for all you are doing.

Message: Posted by: mclose (Oct 15, 2008 11:18AM)
Just to clarify a couple of things:

1. My first issue will be the January 2009 issue. It is John Moehring who deserves the complements for his dedication to producing an outstanding magazine for the past three years.

2. I don't want to be too specific about story ideas; it's my hope that the members of S.A.M. will look around and find the stories in their own locales. Are there members of your Assembly who are particularly active. Members doing shows that benefit the community? Are the members who are pros (or part-time pros) who are out there doing it every day, but who are not well-known to the magic community at large? Does your town still have a brick-and-mortar magic shop? Who were the magicians that mentored you? Who is your Assembly named after and why? This is just a short, off-the-top-of-my-head list of possible stories. Look around; every Assembly has a wealth of stories just waiting to be discovered.


Message: Posted by: Hansel (Oct 16, 2008 03:04AM)
Mr Close:
The only thing that I think needs something is the area where the assemblies news are presented. Its a bit monotonous ... maybe to do this area more enterteining and dynamic helps very much to the magazine. Anyways I always read it cover to cover,
Message: Posted by: mclose (Oct 16, 2008 03:57PM)
Thanks, Hansel.

Do you have any thoughts on how to accomplish this?


Message: Posted by: Hansel (Oct 16, 2008 07:12PM)
On 2008-10-16 16:57, mclose wrote:
Thanks, Hansel.

Do you have any thoughts on how to accomplish this?



I will send you an email,Thanks for the response,
Message: Posted by: Ken Northridge (Oct 16, 2008 07:36PM)
Iíd like to see a story on Steve Brooks. Seriously, perhaps it could coincide with his new ďbig thingĒ to be announced in March of 2009.
Message: Posted by: Hansel (Oct 16, 2008 07:41PM)
Well, I like to see a cover story on Aldo Colombini!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Oct 16, 2008 09:58PM)

I have sent you a PM and an email with attachments.

Bob Sanders
Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: Darkwing (Nov 8, 2008 10:30PM)

I don't think they could have picked a better man for the job as editor of MUM. I am looking forward to the same high quality product I have seen under John's management as editor.


David Williams
Message: Posted by: Dr. Solar (Nov 9, 2008 01:37AM)
I look forward to you being at the helm. Your commitment to detail in the arts, magic, music and most likely all that you are drawn towards is known by us all. M-U-M is a most wonderful publication, I was just thinking of this today as I was gathering up some of the TLR mags to pass on to an aspiring magi and I withheld the M-U-Ms for further re-reading.I especially like Osborne's articles, bios of past magicians, theatre, and of course the write ups on the current members. Personally, I think it is the best magic publication out there and as said, look forward to your editorship.
I will PM you with any further ideas.


Dr. Solar
Message: Posted by: Peter Cuddihy (Nov 26, 2008 10:45PM)

I wish you the best of luck with the magazine. If there is anything I can do to assist you, just say the word. As the President and scribe of Assembly 4, I thought it might be helpful if you could make all of the scribes aware of the deadline each month for the timely submission of the Assembly Reports. John Moehring who did a wonderful job as editor had indicated that Assembly Reports received by the 26th of the month would appear in the next month's issue. Whether you are going to keep the 26th as the deadline or change the deadline to a different date is something that would be most helpful for all scribes to know.

I look forward to your tenure as editor.


Peter S. Cuddihy
Message: Posted by: mclose (Dec 5, 2008 11:35AM)
The January 2009 issue of M-U-M (my first issue as editor) goes off to the printer shortly. This means you have until Monday morning to renew your membership (or join up if youíre not a member) to the S.A.M. if you want be sure to receive this issue. The issue looks beautiful, and it contains the first installments of several continuing features. Trust me; youíll want to be in on the ground floor with this.

Lisa and I are very pleased with our initial offering. I think you will be, too.
Message: Posted by: DanGarrett (Jan 1, 2009 12:16AM)
The January 2009 issue was fabulous, Mike!
I am personally looking forward to many years of excellent issues. M-U-M is certainly now strong competition for the slick independent magazines like MAGIC and Genii. We're very proud to have you as the new editor.
Message: Posted by: Whitewolfny (Jan 3, 2009 11:18AM)
I think I'd like to see an article written by Kyle Peron on his views of magic is and how we should think about performing for various audiences. Kyle has discussed in many threads about magic as an art form, not just to fool the audience and I'd love to read an indepth article by him. Kyle, are you up to it? I'm betting you could produce even a series of articles for the young magicians and people like me who are hobbyists as well. Just my two cents.
Message: Posted by: Craig Dickson (Jan 3, 2009 03:08PM)

First Issue is great IMHO. It was great to see the Ghost Count written correctly in a manner that is easy to learn. I cannot tell you how many I have shown that from behind the booth, and when they see it, say "wow, that looks so much better, and gee I can actually do that". Ian as you said is a great guy, great teacher, and its a great addition. Thanks. I will see him next month at Blackpool. Well done. Well done.
Message: Posted by: magic4u02 (Jan 3, 2009 03:52PM)
Hi Braxton.

Thank you for your kind words. I really do appreciate them. I would be happy to write an article for the MUM or a series if that is what is needed or wanted. Whatever Michael or his staff would want or could use, I would be happy to assist with. My pleasure. Thanks again.

Thanks to Michael for the January issue. It looks great and I am very much enjoying it. Thank you for your hard work.

Message: Posted by: afuntimevent (Jan 4, 2009 11:38AM)
Michael's first issue was "Out of this World" in more ways than one! I echo Craig's kudos for the Ghost Count explanation; it even got me to practice something I have had a hard time with. And the Scribe's reports had me smiling in a bittersweet way. I treasure them. Thank you, Michael.

If you are not a member of the S.A.M., you are missing a great resource in M.U.M. There are other benefits to joining this great organization. Go to http://www.magicsam.com and click on "Why you should Join Us," and then join. You won't be disappointed.

Marlene Clark
S.A.M. National Secretary
Producer, Stars of Tomorrow Show
Message: Posted by: Steve Brooks (Feb 7, 2009 04:16PM)
Keep up the great work Mike! :)
Message: Posted by: Denis Bastible (Feb 9, 2009 06:58PM)
Mike, this may just be my opinion, but the Assembly posts are rather dull and very limited in appeal. They are similar to the Ring contributions in TLR. Obviously, a particular assembly of 12 people may find it REALLY nice to read about what tricks were done and what food was served at the latest meeting, but it really doesn't help me with anything but getting to sleep.