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Ron Cartlidge Broken Wand Ceremony

(report by Trixie Bond)

Thank you to Kent Cummins and Chris Walden for orchestrating and hosting Ron Cartlidge‘s Broken Wand Ceremony on Monday, January 24th. It was held at Kent’s Fantastic Magic Center in Georgetown. There were 10 people in in attendance, including both of Ron’s children, Jason and Jennifer and 2 of his granddaughters. Over 50 people from all over the world joined in live on Zoom. (See more about Ron and his obituary .)

An archive of the ceremony, as well as previously broadcast ceremonies, are available through Kent Cummins’ YouTube Channel.

Kent and Caroline Cummins created this beautiful bookmark in Ron’s honor:

Ron Cartlidge, rest in peace

We are saddened to share that our friend and longtime member, Ron Cartlidge, has passed. We received this letter Letter from his children, Justin & Jennifer.

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that our father, Ron Cartlidge, passed away this morning. His physical and mental health have been declining over the past months and his body and mind were exhausted. We feel some peace knowing that he and our mom are together & will be celebrating Christmas with one another in Heaven. We will send up dates via this email chain as service plans are determined. Thank you for your words of kindness and support over the past few years.  Please feel free to share with anyone who may want to know. With love,  Justin and Jennifer


Funeral details and obituary

Funeral services for Ron Cartlidge will be held this coming Monday, December 20th at 2pm at First Baptist Church of Austin, with a gravesite internment immediately following at Austin Memorial Park Cemetery.  There are currently no limitations on how many can attend the service at FBC, but we are still in the process of confirming if a live stream will be available for those who are not able to attend in person.  If live streaming is not available, we are also looking into the possibility of having the service recorded so it can be uploaded to the Weed Corley Fish website for future viewing.
 
Addresses for the funeral and gravesite services are listed below:
 
Funeral Service at First Baptist Church, 901 Trinity, Austin, TX 78701
Gravesite Internment Service:  Austin Memorial Park Cemetery 2800 Hancock Drive,  Austin, TX 78731
 
Thank you to everyone for your continued thoughts and prayers.
-Jennifer & Jennifer Cartlidge
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Aubrey Ronald “Ron” Cartlidge born January 21, 1939, passed away on the morning of December 12th following a lengthy decline in his physical and mental health. Ron was an author, educator, teacher and coach all of his life. He was selected “Outstanding Teacher in Texas” in 1983 by the Texas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. He served his community as a member of the Austin Parks and Recreation Board where he was named outstanding Board member. He was also a Past President of the Austin Jaycees, Texas JCI Senate, a Master Mason, Knights Templar, and the Mustang Owners Club of Austin, Texas. He and his wife, Sharon, were active members of the First Baptist Church where he stayed connected to a variety of friends in the community and met weekly with his Sunday School classmates and others including Moton Crockett, a descendant of Davey Crockett.
 
Ron was a member of the I.B.M., The Magic Circle in London, the Magic Collectors’ Association and a Life Member of the S.A.M. He was a stalwart supporter of I.B.M. Ring #60 in Austin, Texas, and Past President of S.A.M. Assembly #206 and friend to the broader worldwide community of magicians. Up until the end, he still planned to attend the January 2022 S.A.M. National Convention in Las Vegas. Though interested in magic from his youth, it wasn’t until 1993 that he returned in a big way with the local magicians. He was always interested in magic, particularly from the historical aspect. He attentively watched sales of magic paraphernalia and published spiral bound books with updates on how much certain items went for at auction. But perhaps his best known achievement to the general world of magicians was the 2002 publication of “Houdini’s Texas Tours 1916 & 1923” which recounted the time Houdini spent in Texas. This was a book that was seen being carried around the White House by another Texan, G.W. Bush, during his Presidential years. Ron later published another limited edition of the book, “Houdini and the Ku Klux Klan.” Ron was active with the Texas Collectors’ group, too, taking on the role of chairing the group after the passing of Claude Crowe. For 11 years, Ron served as the Chairman of the Austin World Famous Magic Auctions, too. Ron was often seen attending not only the T.A.O.M. conventions, but also many of the national events. He hosted an annual Christmas party at his home that became legendary and an annual popular event.
 
A committal service for Aubrey will be held Monday, December 20, 2021 from 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM at Austin Memorial Park, 2800 Hancock Drive, Austin, TX 78731. Following the committal service will be a funeral service from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM at First Baptist Church, 901 Trinity Street, Austin, TX 78701.
 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon, who passed from Alzheimer’s in 2020. Ron is survived by his children, Justin and Jennifer.

 

December 2021 Ring 60 News

Meeting

Monday, December 6, 2021, 7:00 P.M.
(Board Meeting – 6:00 PM)

(off 183 and Duval )
11654 Research Blvd Austin

Theme for the evening: Past Presidents Night. This means our past presidents will be performing for you.

The Fantastic Kent Cummins and The Amazing Adele will open with their circus-themed show.

Open mic opportunity will follow the program. Sign up at the meeting.

Prior to the performance we need to vote on our new slate of officers for 2022.
Nominees:
President:  Ken Dickensheets
Vice President:  Brad Henderson
Secretary: Tricia Heil-Davis
Treasurer:  Trixie Bond
Sargent at Arms:  Glen Watkins
Christmas Party
Members of SAM 206 invite Ring 60 members to their Annual Christmas Party at the Speakeasy at Doc’ Drive In Theatre in Buda.


Christmas Party

Members of SAM 206 invite Ring 60 members to their Annual Christmas Party at the Speakeasy at Doc’ Drive In Theatre in Buda.

When: Monday, December 13, 2021, 7:00 P.M.
Where:
1540 Satterwhite Rd, Buda, TX 78610
Why:
It is Christmas soon – and we want to celebrate
Registration details below

This Christmas celebration, with a 20’s Speakeasy theme, is set in a beautiful location and pulls out all the stops for an evening that will not be forgotten. Dress for the 20’s and come join the party! There will be food and drinks with a cash bar Our performer for the evening is the renown card cheat Doug Gorman We will also have our traditional one trick contest with prices for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place After the party all guests are welcome to watch the classic movie “National Lampoons Christmas Vacation” on one of the big screens for free.
The Christmas party is free if you pay your 2022 membership fee to SAM 206 in conjunction with your registration to the party.
To Register
Please register for the Christmas party by paying your dues, ($20), to PayPal: sam206austin@gmail.com and write “Christmas Party” on the payment if you plan to attend.
Welcome!
Black Bert


IBM Ring 60 Installation Banquet

When: Sunday, January 16, 2022, 4:00 P.M.
Where:
Heroes Night Out, 1150 S. Bell Blvd, Cedar Park, TX 78613
Tickets:
Available on our website: https://ibmring60.org/join-us-for-the-annual-ring-60-banquet/
Price: $30 per person

Our Banquet Performers: Randi Rain is one of Magic’s best kept secrets. In addition to her one of a kind performances of classic magic with a devilish twist, she is known as one of the ‘go to’ builders of custom props for magicians looking for something more than a little different. Her work has been featured in everything from Hollywood movies, to tours of Japan, to amusement parks across the world. She can be seen on YouTube teaching how to create works of art from scratch, to refurbishing toy robots, to performing magic.

Nicole Cardoza is a new face on the magic scene. She just completed a residency at Austin’s art space and collective workspace,  The Cathedral, and this will mark her first performance for the magic community. Her work is grounded in the history of legendary Black magicians of the past including Henry Box Brown and the Armstrong Family. Here’s your chance to catch a rising star on the magic scene. 

Our headline performer is Michael Weber. Michael Weber has performed his own brand of original, award-winning magic (IBM, SAM, FISM) for over three decades. You have seen his work in Hollywood blockbusters including Forrest GumpOcean’s 13The Prestige and The Illusionist. While he often lectures for magicians, it is rare to see him perform some of his closely guarded miracles that have earned him his rightful status as a magical legend.  ….And don’t forget a special guest performer or two. Surprise await!


Michael Weber Lecture

When: Monday, January 17, 2022, 1:30 P.M.
Where: Heroes Night Out, 1150 S. Bell Blvd, Cedar Park, TX 78613
Price: Free for paid IBM Ring 60 members, $30 non-members
Tickets for non-members:  https://ibmring60.org/michael-weber-lecture/
Ask yourself – Is there a Drawing Duplication so perfect that all you need is any four pieces of cardboard, any four markers and a room full of spectators you want to destroy? No preshow, no glimpses, no nonsense. Get a sneak peek at a miracle. Is it possible to learn a memorized deck in two minutes or less? Can you instantly, easily and permanently know every card in order, the card at every number from 1 to 52 and the numerical and relative location of every card using any deck and only your brain? Yes, and Michael Weber will teach you. Can you learn the innermost wants, likes or fears of anyone using only a pencil and paper? Yes, and Michael Weber will show you how. When was the last time someone fooled you, inspired you, made you laugh, made you think and most of all made you proud to call yourself a magician? Michael Weber has performed his own brand of original, award-winning magic (IBM, SAM, FISM) for over three decades. You have seen his work in Hollywood blockbusters including Forrest GumpOcean’s 13The Prestige and The Illusionist. Now you can meet the man behind the miracles. Weber promises an amazing blend of original magic with cards, impromptu non-card magic and powerful mentalism. Join Michael Weber and press the reset button on the way you think about magic.

We meet live again in June

It’s official, our meetings will resume in person on
Monday, June 7, 2021
7:00 PM General Meeting
(come early & eat dinner)
6:00 PM Board Meeting
11654 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78759   (off 183 & Duvall)

To welcome everyone back in person,
the Board of Ring 60 will buy your coffee, tea or soda.

Please be aware, our meetings are held in an enclosed space. Please take the COVID precautions you feel are best for you and please be respectful of the precautions other choose to take for themselves. 

For our June 7th meeting, Brad Henderson has lined up an outstanding program on scripting. Brad, Jim Gentile and Kent Cummins will present a series of practical points and strategies that we can use to help create and improve our own scripts.

OPEN MIC IS BACK! 
Please come and share what you have been working on (or playing with) during our time apart from each other. If you haven’t been working on something, you have a month to start. Open mic will follow the program and we hope to have as many participants as possible.      

                     

In June Ring 60 returns live!

It’s time to start meeting in person!In June Ring 60 returns live!

Last month we took a formal survey to see if our members were ready to start meeting in person.  Thank you to the 24 people (15% of our mailing list) that responded. 

YES     19 people are in favor of meeting in person,
NO         3 people are not in favor of meeting in person 
               2 will come but strongly prefer a zoom option

It’s official, our meetings will resume in person on Monday, June 7, 2021
7:00 PM General Meeting
(come early & eat dinner)
6:00 PM Board Meeting

11654 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78759   (off 183 & Duvall)

To welcome everyone back in person,
the Board of Ring 60 will buy your coffee, tea or soda.

Please be aware, our meetings are held in an enclosed space. Please take the COVID precautions you feel are best for you and please be respectful of the precautions other choose to take for themselves. 

The membership and Board would like to thank
Brad Henderson for stepping in as Ring 60’s new, Vice President and Program Chairman.

For our June 7th meeting, Brad Henderson has lined up an outstanding program on scripting. Brad, Jim Gentile and Kent Cummins will present a series of practical points and strategies that we can use to help create and improve our own scripts.


 IS BACK! 
Please come and share what you have been working on (or playing with) during our time apart from each other. If you haven’t been working on something, you have a month to start. Open mic will follow the program and we hope to have as many participants as possible.          


More Good News!

Our annual picnic is coming back
Sunday, June 13, 2021
1:00-5:00PM
For all the information and registration
Click here

2021 Annual Spring Picnic

Spring has sprung and the dark clouds of COVID are clearing, making way for magic in person! So, IBM Ring 60 is proud to announce our annual spring picnic, June 13, 2021.

When:
Sunday, June 13, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Where:
Home of Trixie Bond & Mark Axford
217 Waters Edge
Burnet, Texas 78611
(On the Colorado Arm of Lake LBJ)

Preregister and save $5! Cost will be $15/person on site.

Directions:

One-Trick Contest

We will be continuing our tradition of the One-Trick Contest, so brush off your best family friendly, outdoor effect. There will be a fabulous prize for the winner.

Dessert Contest

Please bring a dessert. There will be a “People’s Choice Contest” for the tastiest dessert.

Music

Mark Wilson and Dee Ann Prince will also entertain us with some wonderful live music.

1:00 PM Start

Bring your bathing suit, hat, sunscreen, fishing poles and towels.

2:00 PM

Food will be served. All you care to eat hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled vegetables with all the trimmings. Water, iced tea, sodas

3:00 PM

Raffle Drawing. One-Trick Contest. Please register for the contest when you register for the picnic.

4:30 PM

Raffle Drawing. Prize ceremony. Swimming, fishing off the dock and boat rides. (all weather permitting)

Ring 60 member spotlight

J.D.Stewart MD (Magic Dude)

I realized when I started back up with the club that I didn’t know hardly anyone. Wow, that is just knot, he he, right. If I don’t know you, how many others don’t. We are a club, a fraternity, a family, and this page, hopefully, will start introducing us to each other. Our spotlight this month is on our outgoing president the Magic Dude, that’s Mr. Dude to you, J.D.Stewart, who has just put up with two years of presidential glamour ( I think that’s what he said ) . So with no further ado. A big round of applause for…um…uh…what was his name again…o yea…Magic Dude.

Our past head honcho

Growing up I was a weird kid. I looked weird, was socially awkward, and very shy.

We were poor. And to save money my dad cut our hair. My mother made most of our clothes. But my dad did not know anything about cutting hair. And he did not improve with time. He was the perfect example not of 18 years of experience but 1 year of experience 18 times. And my mother was completely untalented in making clothes. I love them both. They tried. But neither of them had a clue. So I looked weird and wore funny clothes.

I thought shaving my head would make me look less weird. So I wore a butch hair cut from elementary through high school. Yeah looking back that was not a good idea either.

We also moved a lot. As a result, I was always the new weird-looking kid with funny clothes. That lead to me not fitting in and getting in fights a lot.

One day someone asked me to be in a play. I have no idea why. But they asked and I said OK. What I found out was the stage was the safest place on earth. As long as I was on stage no one hit me, no one called me names, no one made fun of me. As long as I was on stage I was safe. And I got to wear some cool clothes.

As I mentioned we moved a lot and the summer before my sophomore year in high school we moved to Las Vegas. It was in Las Vegas I discovered magic. What I found was with magic I could make anywhere a stage. And if anywhere could be a stage then everywhere was now safe.

Magic made my weirdness cool. Magic changed me.

I performed small shows through high school and a few shows in college. I then dropped out of magic for several years.

Then in 2001, I decided to get back into magic. That is when I joined Ring 60. I had never been part of a magic club before. I feel so blessed to have had Ring 60 be my first experience. The Austin magic community has been wonderful. The magicians are caring and sharing. I have also been blessed in being able to give back to this wonderful community.

The first trick I performed at the ring meeting was a ring and string routine I developed. It was bad! I kept working on it and developed several things with rope at the time. I started to branch out because someone said to me, “Oh yeah you’re the rope guy.”

I encourage you to perform at ring meetings. It allows you to get some flight time. And you have a sympathetic, supportive audience. Don’t worry about not being good enough. We all suck at the beginning.

Each month we will post another bio of a member of our extended family. So think about, your first magic trick, your first magic show, how did you get involved in magic, why you like magic, where was your first makeout spot, nope not that last one. We need to know more about each other. So, until next time. All magic to you and yours.

Buy tickets now and save

TAOM 2021, Yes, it’s happening!

 

Fellow Magus, I received a set of reproduced old magical prints at my first  FISM convention, In Paris1973, that I framed and still hang on my walls.

The Harry Ransom Center in Austin, has permitted us to go through their collection and reprint a few unique posters. We will be gifting them to you as participants of TAOM 2021 in Austin. To the left is just one of the reproductions you will receive. An extremely rare Herrman, “An Evening in Spiritland”, 

We start the convention with a few lectures and a cocktail show. We have made some novel changes to the program this year. Each lecture will be repeated three times throughout the convention so you can pick the best time to attend.

We will be following the same formula for the close-up show and the close-up rooms only allow 80 people for a better performance experience.

Our convention hotel is the Courtyard by Marriot, Austin, Pflugerville and Pflugerville Conference Center. Technically it’s in Austin, 20 minutes from the airport, 185 miles from Dallas, 156 miles from Houston, 98 miles from San Antonio.

TAOM 2021 has negotiated a convention rate. $129 per night plus occupancy tax, currently at 13%. Free parking and WiFi. Breakfast for up to 2 guests.

Finally, attendees will receive one drink ticket for Friday night’s cocktail party. As you can see, the TAOM planning committee has been very busy over the last year to create the most unique and memorable convention possible. We are all excited about reuniting with our fellow magi and renewing old friendships and creating new ones.

See You There!

Bertil Fredstrom

President TAOM 2021

Ring 60 members gather for Penguin’s Austin Live Magic Expo

With the decline of brick-and-mortar magic shops fewer and fewer people get the experience of live magic demonstrations. Videos just aren’t the same. They are a disconnected experience. You watch from a distance rather than experiencing the effect with your own chosen card, or in your own hand. You also don’t have the chance to immediately ask questions. Ideas flow when magic is demonstrated.

Penguin, one of the major on-line magic dealers, set up a tour of different cities to let web-surfers partake of this live experience. It was essentially a dealer show, with tables set up in a hotel ballroom. Each dealer gave a demo lecture which included some tips and ideas for using the items they had for sale.

About 75 people were in attendance, including a number of Ring 60 members. Tonya Bush was photographing it all and she put together a nice video montage of the day.