2015 Magic Masters Banquet tickets now on sale

BanquetTicketsAd250x300The Magic Masters Magic Club will present its 70th Annual Magic Show and Banquet on Friday, April 17th in Hickory Hills, Illinois at the Lexington House banquet hall.

Audience members will be treated to a full evening of magic including close up table-side magic, an intimate parlor magic show performed before dinner, and a professional stage show after dinner. Tickets are only $30 each which includes a full dinner served family style. The event begins at 6:30pm with dinner served at 7:30pm.

The Lexington House is located at 7717 W. 95th Street in Hickory Hills. Parking is free and there will be a cash bar.

Performers this year include Adam Flowers, Tomas Medina, Circus Boy, and John Measner.

adamAdam Flowers has spent the last five years working The Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas. He has gained the reputation as being a premier magician working private and corporate events in hotels and casinos. You can find Adam at the MGM emceeing and performing at Vegas’ hottest and most unique nightclub “Beacher’s Madhouse”. He is often requested to entertain at private events for celebrities such as Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, Paris Hilton, among others.

tomas“Professional Magician and Part-Time Handsome Person” Tomas Medina, has been named as, “One of the Top Five Magicians to See,” by the Chicago Tribune, and in 2006 won the Suburban Nitelife Magazine’s award for best Chicago comedian. Tomas is best known for his quirky, endearing brand of comedy magic, and is a regular performer at Chicago nightclubs, restaurants and corporate events.

Circus_BoyWith over 25 years experience entertaining and astonishing audiences of all ages, Circus Boy Bobby Hunt is one of America’s most unique and popular variety performers.  He has appeared onstage with such high profile acts as Weird Al Yankovic, Jackie Mason, The Beach Boys, Billy Ray Cyrus, The Smothers Brothers, The Righteous Brothers, Loverboy and Harry Anderson.

johnJohn Measner is a classically trained magician and skilled manipulator with many mystifying illusions. He is a graduate of the Chavez Studio of Magic and a member of several prestigious magic organizations. John has performed on Chicago’s own “Bozo Show,” cable TV talk shows and dazzled audiences at popular festivals.

The Lexington House is located at 7717 W. 95th Street in Hickory Hills. Parking is free and there will be a cash bar.

Tickets can be purchased by calling our ticket chairman Ed Cook at 708-756-3169, or clicking the link below:



Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
This event is for all ages.  But the night can be a little long for young children.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Parking is FREE

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You can call our ticket chairman Ed Cook at 708-756-3169.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes, it will speed things along.  Your “ticket” is not your actual ticket.  You pick that up at the “will call” table.

What is the refund policy?
All sales are final.  No refunds.

Why does it say “The Tim Cate Magic Show” on the Paypal page?
Because that is the Paypal account we are using for the ticket sales.

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Eric Jones Lecture

We originally had Rich Marotta scheduled to lecture for our March meeting.  Due to a shoulder surgery, he won’t be able to make it.  We wish Rich a speedy recovery.

Eric JonesThe good news is we were able to get Eric Jones.  Eric will be lecturing for the Magic Masters of Chicago in Tinley Park on Thursday, March 19 at 7:30.  Admission is $15.00.

The lecture will be held in the social hall at United Methodist Church located at 6875 W. 173rd Pl. in Tinley Park, IL.

Regarded by his peers as one of Magic’s Rising Stars, Eric Jones has made quite a name for himself in the world of magic. Armed with cunning sleight of hand and a charming personality, he will astound you with his digital dexterity. Eric creates intimate miracles for you and your guests, with the magic quite often taking place in your hands. When Eric performs, cards fly, coins multiply and audiences cheer.

An award winning performer, Eric’s magic has been showcased at The World Famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, CA, and NYC’s Monday Night Magic, the longest running magic show in New York. Eric has appeared on television in 13 countries 4 continents and has wowed the likes of dozens of A List celebrities. As an author, creator, lecturer and consultant, Eric fits sharing some of his pet effects with countless magicians across the country including The World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas, Nevada into his busy schedule.

The Lecture

Eric’s lecture will challenge you to look at your magic in a whole new light after discussing ways to make close up effects play to large audiences, re-directing attention rather than misdirecting it, how to properly block/stage your performances to both conceal method as well as optimize the audience reaction to the magic. These and several other ideas will be discussed while you learn some of Eric’s award winning magic, including:

Audio – a four coin, coins to pocket routine that has to be “heard” to be believed.

Mirage Et Trois – a three phase coin routine without the use of any gimmicks, that plays great close-up and even better in parlor situations.

Ishkabibble Sandwich – This routine has gone down in history as the most visual sandwich to be contributed to the plot. Eric will share the real work on what David Regal said, “Looks like a Mark Mason gimmick…damn that’s visual.”

TWIZTED – a devious collection of tricks done with set of cards that do all the work, so you don’t have to!

Entrapment – A most visual two phase two card transposition done without the use of gimmicks that really looks like trick photography!

Surrogate _ A color-changing deck for the 21st century. A signed selection changes color then the back of the entire deck changes and then can be given out for examination. A real fooler!

New Era – This is a minor impromptu miracle. Borrow a hat, a coin and let the fun begin. You WILL do this one tomorrow!

The Famous 4 Card Trick – based on Woody Aragon’s effect from his Book in English, Eric has streamlined and strengthened the effect for American lay audiences. Be prepared to take notes.

The Pen – The PERFECT way to produce a magic wand, ink pen, pencil or Sharpie marker during your act, COMPLETELY SURROUNDED!

This and many other tricks and bits of information will be shared. Drop by and spend time with what many of the world’s top magicians are calling “The Real Deal”. Here’s what several had to say about Eric and his magic:


“Eric Jones has the Vernon Touch…” Etienne Lorenceau

“After watching Eric do some of the most innovate, amazing card magic for an hour he told me he was a coin guy and then proved it….Eric Jones is the REAL DEAL!!!” Chris Kenner

“Eric has confidence chops and charm….three reasons we must fear him.” David Regal

“The future of magic is in good hands.” Curtis Kam

Once again, the lecture is at 7:30 on March 19 at United Methodist Church located at 6875 W. 173rd Pl. in Tinley Park, IL.

Admission is $15.00 for non-members, FREE for Magic Masters.  Come on out for a great evening!

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Ed Fruh Obituary

Ed Fruh Banquet (2)Longtime Magic Masters member and good friend Ed Fruh passed away this week. Please keep the Fruh family in your thoughts and prayers.

Age 85. Resident of Tinley Park. Beloved husband of the late Mary Jo. Loving father of Linda (John) McShane and Marian (Robert) Smukula. Proud grandfather of Major John D. USAF (Kelly) McShane, LT. David E. USCG (Jenny) McShane, Karen (James) McDonald and Kathy (Ben) Altgilbers. Cherished great-grandfather of Sarah, Rachel, Colin, Eoin, Emily, Madeline and Liliana. Devoted brother of Jon Fruh. Fond uncle of many nieces and nephews. Resting at the Brady-Gill Funeral Home, 16600 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park where services will be held on Saturday at 11:30 am. Interment Beverly Cemetery. Visitation Friday 3 to 9 pm. (708) 614-9900

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Next Meeting: January 15

dont-forgetFront Table: Everyone is invited to participate if they so desire. Just bring a deck of cards and share a trick or two.

7:30 Business Meeting: Following the Business meeting you will

have the opportunity to attend workshops.

Austin Bumgarner will teach Balloons.

Doug Ammann will conduct a kid show workshop.

Terry Smith will teach effects with dollar bills and bring materials so you can make your own.

Jim Wisek will teach a silk through the arm routine and a borrowed finger ring off the rope.

There may be more. This is an educational evening and everyone should leave with something they can use.

Banquet Tickets will also go on sale:
From Ed Cook:  Tickets go on sale, bring your money and get your tickets. This is the last year that tickets will be $30. See me at the meeting.

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The NEW Spook

Happy New Year!

The January Edition of the NEW Spook is available to download:

The Spook January 2015


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Magic Masters Christmas Party

MMChristmasMerry Christmas Magic Masters!

Please bring your spouse or a guest and join us for a evening of food, games, and entertainment.

There will be a grab bag, if you would like to participate please bring a $25 gift and wrap it and mark if it is for a man or a woman or unisex.

So that we know how much food to order please either call or text Jim Wisek (708)560-3094 or email me at jwisek52@sbcglobal.net.  I need to know how many are coming by December 10th.

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Glenn Morphew Lecture – November 20 – 7:30

glennGlenn Morphew will be lecturing for the Magic Masters of Chicago in Tinley Park on Thursday, November 20 at 7:30.  Admission is $15.00

The lecture will be held in the social hall at United Methodist Church located at 6875 W. 173rd Pl. in Tinley Park, IL.

Who is Glenn Morphew?

Well, I’ve never won FISM, or any other magic contest for that matter. I’ve never appeared on radio, television, or ever consulted for David Copperfield, David Blaine or Criss Angel.

On the plus side… I have loved magic my whole life and been a serious magic student for the last 40 years. I’ve had long term gigs at several different restaurants, bars; and The Golf Club of Illinois Country Club. I now primarily perform at private parties, corporate events and trade shows.

My presentations are light, my effects are strong. I love to use “burnable” sleight of hand techniques and to create and perform magic that is enjoyed by the general public and magicians alike.

When I lecture, I share as much material as possible in the time I have allotted. I choose material that is diverse. Easy, Intermediate and Advanced material equally shares the spotlight.

I’ll see you at the lecture…
-Glenn Morphew

• In January 2004, Genii Magazine published my version of the Rub-a-dub Vanish, called “The Rub-a-Dub Deluxe.”
• In August of 2009 I released the video download of The Rub-a-dub Deluxe with Vanishing Inc.
• In October of 2010 I released The Morphew One Hand Top Palm with Vanishing Inc.
• I released”Bob’s 3 Shell Boot Camp” with Bob Sheets in September of 2010.
• Both of my Vanishing Inc downloads are rated 5 stars.
• Bob’s 3 Shell Boot Camp was rated a perfect 10 by Shane at On-line Visions.
• I recently added the Rub-a-dub Deluxe Suite download to Aaron Fisher and Penguin Magic’s line ups.
• I was recently contacted by Richard Sanders to be a part of his upcoming DVD project “Jump” for my work on his Mr. Stickman plot he originally released in 2001.
• I’m currently working on several new projects to be released in 2015.
Here is what a few past lecture attendees had to say….

“I attended Glenn Morphew’s lecture at SAM #148. It was one of the most informative and entertaining lectures I have ever attended. Glenn’s real world experience as a professional magician was immediately apparent to the audience. Glenn shared a lot of material with varying degrees of difficulty, so there was something for everyone.”
David Byrne, SAM #148

“Glenn Morphew’s lecture is full of polished, practical, strong magic that you will use. Don’t miss this one! You won’t be disappointed.”
Mark Doetsch, Conjuror’s Corner Magic Club

Once again, the lecture is at 7:30 on November 20 at United Methodist Church located at 6875 W. 173rd Pl. in Tinley Park, IL.

Admission is $15.00 for non-members, FREE for Magic Masters.  Come on out for a great evening!

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CANCELLED – Adam Flowers Lecture – November 20

indexFrom Adam Flowers:
URGENT UPDATE!! Due to physical injuries this engagement has been cancelled. We will be rescheduling this event in the future. To all who planned on coming out to see this lecture, please accept my sincerest apologies.    – Adam

There will be a lecture on November 20.  Details on who will be posted soon.

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Next Meeting – Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Front Table @ 7:00Next MeetingOctober 16
Business Meeting @ 7:30

Program:  Magic Masters Best Magic.
Everyone is asked to bring one of your Best Tricks to demonstrate or to teach.  If you prefer to not do a trick, you may share a magic story or experience or donate $1.00 which will be used for our December Christmas Party.  If you have a Halloween trick that would be great seeing that it is that time of the year.

If you still have not paid your dues now is the time!  Please mail a check for $25 made out to Magic Masters and mail to Tim Cate.  Or you can pay at the October meeting.

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Dan Fleshman Lecture – Thursday September 18, 2014 – 7:30

dan_fleshman1Dan Fleshman will be lecturing for the Magic Masters of Chicago in Tinley Park on Thursday, September 18 at 7:30.  Admission is $15.00

The lecture will be held in the social hall at United Methodist Church located at 6875 W. 173rd Pl. in Tinley Park, IL.

Dan Fleshman has been practicing magic for thirty nine years, twenty two of those years professionally. Since June of 2009 Dan Fleshman has been performing at the Chop House Restaurant. Currently, Dan performs in both Beaver Creek and Vail Colorado six nights a week with friend and fellow magician, Danny Archer. In all his years of performing, Dan has worked in over one hundred restaurants, hotels, and nightclubs.

Dan has lectured in every state except Maine and Alaska. He has lectured and performed in Europe, Japan, and Canada. Dan has also performed numerous times at the Magic Castle and has been featured on the cover of Genii Magazine.

Dan has many booklets, DVDs, and effects showcasing his magic. He has been featured on DVDs produced by L&L including many of the World’s Greatest Magic series. Dan also stars in The Jail House DVDs with six other working pros. This is considered by many to be one of the best sets on restaurant magic ever produced.

Come join Dan and see why he is one of the most sought after close-up magicians. Gear up for a great night of magic and fellowship with some of your friends and enjoy an Evening of Magic with Dan Fleshman!

What is in the Dan Fleshman Lecture?

  • Effects that are both visually appealing as well as highly entertaining
  • Effects pertaining to cards, coins, rope routines, and misc. magic
  • Tips on routining, timing, and the use of body language
  • Dan’s thought process behind the selection of his effects
  • Learn the thinking and routining behind Dan’s magic
  • Tips on working in restaurants today



Thank you. Your performance, support, and creativity couldn’t have been better! — AT&T

Your humor and your magic were a great combination! — Busch Entertainment Corp.

IMO when they made up the word professional magician they were talking about magicians like Dan Fleshman. – Glenn Bishop

You exceeded my expectations! — Motor City Close-Up Convention

Once again, the lecture is at 7:30 on September 18 at United Methodist Church located at 6875 W. 173rd Pl. in Tinley Park, IL.

Admission is $15.00 for non-members, FREE for Magic Masters.  Come on out for a great evening!


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