by SCOTT WELLS
January 13, 2013
Indeed it has been nearly three years since my last posting. And now it is the beginning of a New Year, perhaps it's time again for me to arise with reports. Certainly the Houston magic community has been busy. And rather than telling you what we have done and report on the past, I think it's more appropriate to focus on the here and now. So, with that said...let us begin afresh.
I am completing my service as the President of the I.B.M. Ring #39 here in Houston by the end of this month and will be turning over the gavel to our most capable and illustrious, Dick Olson. We will have our annual Installation of Officers Banquet on Sunday February 17th. This will involve all local clubs including the S.A.M. Assembly #19 and the Houston Association of Magicians (H.A.O.M.).
Doors open at 4:00 p.m. with close-up from 5:00-6:00. Dinner is served from 6:00-7:00 with the 15-20 minute installation and awards ceremony commencing at 7:00. This is when the new officers are sworn in along with the important awards including the coveted "Magician of the Year" trophy. Then the evening stage show begins at 7:30. At $20.00 per person, this is the best entertainment deal in Houston. We typically have anywhere from 300-400 people in attendance at this banquet. Scott Hollingsworth will be the Talent Chairman for this annual event and it promises to be another outstanding evening. More information can be found on our website at: http://www.HoustonMagic.com
There are plenty of things to read and catch up on through our website. And even though I did not want to go back in time, I think it is important to recognize our own Becky Blaney who captured the cover page of the November issue of The Linking Ring. Congratulations, Becky.
And while we are on the Blaney family, I recently uploaded an interview I did with Walter "Zaney" Blaney about three years ago for The Magic Newswire. For whatever reason, that interview was never released. So, now that I have my own podcast website, you can benefit from my half hour chat with Walter on The Magic Word podcast. Walter talks about his thoughts on exposure in magic and the rise and fall of the World Alliance of Magicians (W.A.M.) You can listen online or download it from the website at http://TheMagicWordPodcast.com or you can download the podcasts through iTunes, too
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I will be attending the MagiFest in Columbus, Ohio in a few weeks and hope to report on that event from there.
Thanks for reading and I'll see you in the podcast!