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2020 Ring 60 Holiday Banquet

What: Holiday Banquet
When: January 12, 4:00 PM
Where: Heroes Night Out 1150 S Bell Cedar Park, Texas 78613
Cost: Early Registration $15 or $20 at the Door

Get ready to kick off the new year with a bang! There are a few changes this year. First Olive Garden will cater the banquet. Second, there will not be a dessert contest. Olive Garden will provide the desert as well.

Cartoon of Ian Varella with some of his characters

Entertainment will be provided by Ian Varella. If you do not know Ian. He is a world-class ventriloquist, comedian, and magician.

For over a decade Ian Varella has entertained some of America’s top  Fortune 500 companies.  He has recently completed engagements at  several of the top show rooms in Las Vegas.  He has toured the world  numerous times aboard NCL, Holland America, Princess and Renaissance  Cruise Lines.

His opening acts credits read like a “Who’s Who” in country  music.  Ian has shared the stage with the Statler Brothers, Crystal  Gayle, Aaron Tippon, Randy Travis, Marty Stuart, and George Straight just  to name a few.  His television credits include HBO, Showtime, TNN and  Fox Networks.

We are very excited to have him as part of our show.

But wait, there’s more!

We’ll also enjoy the impeccable sleight of hand and mysterious performance of Sensei Strange!

Sensei Strange has been a regular in the Central Texas region for the last 15 years. He has performed at Lollapolooza, Burning Man, Art Outside, Winner 2018 Austin Close Up Magic Competition, Flipside, Full Moon parties – Japan, Freezer Burn, Shadow Circus, Ruta Maya, Art openings, SAM Magician’s banquets, Texas Renaissance Festival, Pecan Street Festival, Texas School for the Blind, and the Las Vegas Magic Wonderground, among other 100s of other venues.

His mesmerizing style will leave you stunned.

There will be awards and great company with your fellow magicians and their families. It will be a fun time. Don’t miss it!

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2019 Annual Installation Banquet

18th century painting of a party

Sunday, January 20th
   3:00pm — Doors Open
   4:00pm — Dinner
   5:00pm — Installation & Show 
Price: $15/ person
Location: Heroes Night Out Building (Twin Lakes Fellowship Church Campus)
1150 S Bell Blvd, Cedar Park, TX 78613

It’s time for a changing of the guard. The Ring 60 Holiday party (traditionally held in January) is the time for the installation of the coming year’s Ring 60 officers. Normally, the highlight of the year, the Holiday Party is filled with filled with fellowship, good food, and great entertainment. Come out, celebrate the New Year and meet the new officers. To cap the event off, the entertainment is first rate.

“It’s been my pleasure to serve as the Ring 60 President the past three years and as your Vice President prior to that. I look forward to becoming the immediate Past President and continuing to serve. I have every confidence in JD Stewart our incoming President. Please come out and show your support. If you have any questions Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.”

Roger Gorss
IBM Ring 60

Entertainment! — Mark & Sue Holstein are among the most sought after magical entertainers in the US. They specialize in spectacular magic and illusion, and have presented their special brand of magic and comedy on television, in theaters, on casino stages and just about any other venue you can imagine. Mark has served as a consultant and behind the scenes technician for some of the top magicians in the country. Recognized by their peers, Mark and Susan are often called upon to perform at magicians’ conventions and gatherings. When they are not busy performing, Mark is an attorney for one of the largest companies in the world and Susan is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in hypnosis. Mark and Dr. Sue live in Houston, Texas.

Dinner will be a taco bar. (Same vendor as last year.)

Pre-purchase tickets

Don’t stand in line messing with tickets. Buy ahead and get on the list. Use the button below to begin your purchase. (If you haven’t paid your local dues yet, now is also a good time to do that. See our online store to pay for a year or take advantage of our new subscription.)

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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.