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Hello all,

As program chairman for our ring, I am in charge of assigning themes to our monthly meetings. I have the pamplet that the IBM provides, but I was looking for ideas that you have used in the past that the group enjoys.

One of my favorites was when everyone was asked to bring in a non magic related item, and the items were divided up into groups and each group had to come up with a routine using all of the items they were provided with. Kind of like Apollo 13.....

Thanks in advance,

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Hi, remember me.....
I did the magic D***D*** trick at SEAM.

Got a few ideas for you:
Apollo 13 idea of yours....we call it grab bag magic...partial magic trick inside (gimmick or not) or non magic item and you have a team of 2 and get 2 minutes to come up with something.

We have vague themes also:

heart magic
gimmicks and gadgets
green tricks
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Yes, the Ding Dong trick! I remember. The name is Chris Baccus, right? Great talking to you at SEAM, and thanks for the ideas.

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At the ring I attend we have been trying to come up with themes that allow many different types of magic. At our last meeting we had "Metal Night." Any type of magic as long as it involved something metal. We saw close-up, stage, and mentalism. Some members brought antiques to display. We tried this because if we say "cards" or "coins" we only have a few members who perform. By the way, we had one of our best attended meetings along with a great percentage of those members performing or displaying.

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Thanks for all of the input so far. Keep 'em coming.

Thanks,

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I was president for Ring 10 in Indianapolis, Indiana for tens years and I can share with you which themes were the most popular during my leadership.

First, was video night. Every one was encouraged to bring in unusual videos of magic & magicians with their tapes already qued up. We saw some wild magic. We also had popcorn that night.

Next was Oddity Night, members were told to bring a piece of magic and everyone had to guess what it was and how it was used in magic.

We enjoyed antique magic night. Those who owned old magic props brought in their unusual magic and demonstrated them.

One other theme was "Your Worst Trick" night. Everyone was encourage to bring in the worst trick they had ever purchased and then try to demonstrate it.

One more which has become a common theme is Brown Bad Night, you put simple trick in a brown paper bag, the bag is numbered, then all of them are placed upon a table. Everyone draws a number, picks up that bag, until everyone has a bag and then within 10 to 20 minutes they have to learn the trick and perform it for the entire group.

Oh I almost forgot, when we felt really creative, we had everyone perform at the meeting and you had to guess what famous (or local) magician they were imitating. They could either dress up like them and/or perform a trick and routine as they would.

I hope that gives you a few good ideas to try out and have some fun with. We did.


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Thank you guys...great ideas. Please let others on the Café' know to come here and post some great meeting ideas. This may just need a sticky, I feel this is very important to keeping IBM meetings alive and interesting.
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Steve,

Thanks for the advice and your participation here. It's great to see our leadership in the IBM so involved. My hat is off for you!

Here are some themes that we have used in the past:

McGyver Night - it is described in my first post. Everyone is to bring in a non-magical item. The items are divided four groups, as are the members. Each group is given their props, and have 15 minutes to devise a routine(s) that utilizes all of the props. The seasoned, and clever members really excell at this one.

Barnyard Magic - I know it sounds odd, but farms are the source of many items that are used in magic. Milk, eggs, rope, etc. We had a lot of fun with this one.

Silver & Silk - effects using silver and/or silk.

Openers, Middlers, and Closers - before the meeting, participating members were given roughly 1 minute to present an attention grabbing effect to be used as an opening effect for a table of spectators. After the business meeting, the members performed effects that might be more suited as a middler or closer effect, usually lasting more than a minute.

For our show at our annual Christmas Party we had a "Weezers and Geezers" show that featured the youngest members and our "seasoned" members performing the magic. It turned out to be fabulous.

We have several mini-lectures by our members that are always informative.

Please keep the info coming. I will be glad to compose these ideas into a concise format once we get enough, and they will be distributed to other Program Chairmans throughout the IBM. It can only make us stronger....

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I.B.M. Ring 362 has been in existence less than a year. I came up with a lot of themes for us to pick from. The ones that we have used for meetings scheduled so far are:

Member Showcase
Gambling Effects
Silk Magic
Coins
Tarbell Night
I Made It Myself!
Houdini Night
Shadow and Substance
The Four Elements

See our Ring reports with photos here:

http://www.ibmring362.org/reports/RRindex.html

Potential themes are here:

http://www.ibmring362.org/activities.html

I am very pleased at how our themes are bringing out the best in our members. Tarbell Night is something we ought to do every year. I remember how much fun that was in Ring 20, years ago. Everybody does something out of Tarbell, or they should.

Yours,

Paul
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On 2006-08-29 16:07, drwilson wrote:

I am very pleased at how our themes are bringing out the best in our members.

Yours,

Paul


You are exactly right, Paul. Our Ring (58) has been around for a long time and we are now hitting record membership, attendance and participation. I think that having fun themes encourages participation. I also think that we need to be concious of chosing a theme that allows the most participation. It is easy to focus on closeup and omit stage or cabaret themes.

Thanks for the great ideas.

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Here is a link to the Ideas & Activities for Ring Meetings from the IBM website. There are plenty of good ideas in here. http://www.magician.org/pdf/IdeasAndActivities.pdf
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On 2006-08-30 22:07, Scott Compton wrote:
Here is a link to the Ideas & Activities for Ring Meetings from the IBM website. There are plenty of good ideas in here. http://www.magician.org/pdf/IdeasAndActivities.pdf

Nice Scott, but I like the Caférs ideas....more creative Smile
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Hi Scott one event that's always a great draw and lots of fun at our Ring 50, is to have a mini lecture night. Set up several stations and have a short lecture at each one. Every 15 minutes the audience rotates until everyone gets to each lecturer. It's a lot of fun and keeps the blood moving. Hey, are you gonna come up DC for our gathering in April? Mike.
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A great theme that we have used is "Round Robin Night". Every magician wishing to participate sits around a large table. If the theme is "Rope Magic", each magician has to do a trick using rope that HAS NOT BEEN DONE by someone at the table. Each magician takes his turn, and if he fails to perform a trick, then he leaves the table. The magic continues until there is only one magician left... they get the prize! This gets many magicians involved in the meeting, but you must choose the theme carefully... one that is not too broad or constricting is ideal.

Have fun with this.
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One of the best nights happened a few years back. The theme was Magic to Music. We had more perfromers than time that night. Even Payne, who is very patter dependent, came up with a routine.
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Thanks for the great input! Let's keep it up....

Thanks,

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Needs a sticky bun, doesn't it Scott?
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Maybe so.......
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I have been doing some serious thinking about meeting themes. I started by looking at meeting themes on web sites and in Ring Reports. It seems to me that themes can be broken down into five broad categories:

1. Props
2. Source
3. Framework
4. Workshop
5. Mechanism

I suppose that you can make more or fewer categories depending on whether you are a lumper or a splitter. This is developed more fully, with examples, on a page on our Ring's web site. Please see:

http://www.ibmring362.org/themes.html

I'd appreciate your comments, and with your permission might incorporate your suggestions.

Yours,

Paul
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