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Newsletter for members of The Society of American Magicians, South-Central Region of the United States.

May 2023
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Hello magic friends! What a fascinating season it's been in the magic world here in the south-central region! We are only a few weeks out from the SAM national convention in New Orleans and then there's a plethora of other conventions right here in our own region! I hope to see you at The SAM Convention, Texas Association of Magicians Convention, Magistrorum, the Texas Clown Association convention, and the New Mexico Magic Festival!

If that's not enough convention news for you, consider that next year the SAM is partnering up with the Texas Association of Magicians to produce the FISM North American Championships!

What a time to be plugged into magic!

This reminds me, a few magicians are asking for American acts, including those here in the Texas/New Mexico/Oklahoma/Arkansas/Louisiana region of the SAM to consider stepping up their game and entering more magic contests in anticipation of FISM NA. We want to see America well-represented at FISM NA as well as at the 2025 FISM World Championships of Magic in Italy. Several magicians right here in Texas are standing by and ready to coach anyone who things they may have what it takes to enter FISM!

Also, while it may be a little vain for me to push this so early in my newsletter, you ARE coming to Albuquerque, right? This little convention is only $75 to attend for SAM Members and $99 for non-members. The convention will have an array of talent including the legendary Nick Lewin! Visit www.thewonder.store/new-mexico to learn more.

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See you in New Orleans!

July 23 - 26, 2023
Register Today

Plug into an assembly!

There is no substitute for a live and in-person magic club meeting. One of the most amazing things you can do for your magic career or hobby is to work alongside other magicians. You’ll learn new magic effects and always be in the know on area magic happenings. If you’re not sure where your local SAM Assembly is then check our assembly directory or send me an email. If there’s not an assembly in your area you might be surprised how easy it is to start once! Reach out to me on how to do just this!

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Member Focus

Eric Hogue - Dallas

Eric is the former mayor of Wylie, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. Eric is also a professional magician with amazing stories to tell! Read on!

What got you interested in magic?

 

Like so many others in the magic community, when I was a kid, around 12-years-old, I saw someone perform a magic trick and I was hooked. That next Christmas holiday, my parents got me the Marshall Brodien TV Magic set, and I practiced those tricks until I could do them in my sleep. At the same time, our local NBC television affiliate would air the Magic of Mark Wilson, with Mark, Nani and a young Greg Wilson, at 6:00am on Saturday mornings and I never missed an episode!

 

Do you have a certain trick or venue format you enjoy the most?

 

My show is really my story of how I got into magic, and how magic completely changed my life. I was the elected mayor of my city for over 12 years, and so the show starts out by me telling the audience how a mayor becomes a magician, but at the end of the show the audience realizes the actual story is how a magician becomes a mayor. I end the show with Snowstorm, and tell a story about my parents, and some of the life lessons they taught me. Every trick leads up to the end of the show when the audience learns that if your work hard enough, study hard enough, believe in yourself…and add a little magic…you can make your dreams and goals a reality!

 

 What do you like about being a SAM member?

 

I love the history of our organization, as well as learning about the members who have made such a positive impact to our craft. As the mayor of my community, I always talked about how there are people who read about history, and then there are others who go out and make history. I want to be one of those people to go out and make history. I have been fortunate to have played a little part in getting the US Government to recognize Magic as an Art. In 2014 PNP Dal Sanders asked if I had any contacts in the federal government. He told me how SAM had been trying to get our government to recognize magic as an artform since the 1960’s. I was able to contact a friend, Congressman Pete Sessions, and I wrote the text for the United States Congressional Record in 2014, where Congressman Sessions proclaims Magic as an Art. In 2016, another SAM member, David Copperfield, and I wanted to expand that goal of being more than just a proclamation and to try and get a resolution brought before Congress for adoption. While we had the opportunity to present a draft resolution and address the U.S. House of Representatives, the resolution never made it out of committee. But, things can always change…you never know what the future might hold for the art of magic!

 

If there is one thing you could change about magic and magicians, what would it be?

 

As with any industry there can be a lot of backstabbing, and politics involved…one rotten apple can ruin it for everybody. Unfortunately, in the 40+ years I have been involved in the magic community, I have seen that…but I have also seen it in about every industry out there…remember, I am a politician!

 

 What are your goals in the next few years in magic?

 

Learn, learn, learn! I want to continue to grow my skills, grow my show, and grow myself! I really live and believe; tomorrow is the first day of the rest of your life!

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SAM Youth Protection Training

The Society of American Magicians offers youth protection training. This program is recommended for all magicians and required for all Society of Young Magicians/SAMY volunteers.

Go online and begin the process today.

 

You can complete the training in less than an hour and together we can learn to spot the signs of afflicted youth and do our part to protect the youth around us.

Magic Shop Directory

Illusion Warehouse

3917 McCart Ave

Fort Worth, TX 76110

 

Magic Etc. Fort Worth Costume

2007 N Forest Park Blvd

Fort Worth, TX 76102

 

Magic Fun House Castle

4100 Rowlett Rd

#400

Rowlett, TX 75088

 

JCR Magic Shop

7543 Grissom Rd, Ste 125B

San Antonio, Texas 78251​

 

The Magicians Agency Magic Shop

217 Alamo Plaza

San Antonio, TX 78205

 

Old Thyme Fun Shop

202 S Adams St

Fredericksburg, TX 78624

 

The Magic Shop

18 Spring St

Eureka Springs, AR 72632

 

The Magic Showplace Theater and Rabbit-in-Hat Magic Shop

211 E Main St

Locust Grove, OK 74352

 

Top Hat Magic

4713 E 41st St

Tulsa, OK 74135

 

At the time of this writing, there are no known magic shops in New Mexico or Louisiana.

Don’t see your favorite magic shop listed? Write to bronsonchadwick@gmail.com to get it added!

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Magic Performance Venue Directory

 

Magic’s Theater

13419 Fitzhugh Road

Austin, TX 78736

 

The Magician’s Agency Theater

217 Alamo Plaza

San Antonio, TX 78205

Esther's Follies

525 E 6th St

Austin,  TX 78701

 

Magic Attic Theater

6808 S Memorial Dr

Suite 220

Tulsa, OK 74133

Maxwell Blade's Theatre of Magic & Comedy

817 Central Ave

Hot Springs, AR 71901

 

Am I missing an area venue for magic? Write to bronsonchadwick@gmail.com to get it added!

SAM South-Central Assembly Directory

 

TEXAS

 

Austin Assembly 206

They meet third Monday at 7:00 p.m.at various Locations

Contact bertilfredstrom@hotmail.com or magicpta@gmail.com

 

Dallas Assembly 13

They meet third Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.

Addison Treehouse at 14681 Midway Road in Addison

Contact: dalsanders@stagemagic.com

http://www.dallasmagic.org/

 

Fort Worth Assembly 138

They meet Third Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

Illusion Warehouse at 3917 McCart Avenue in Fort Worth

Contact: www.sam138.com/alliance

 

Houston Assembly 19

They meet first Monday at 7:00 p.m. except September

I.A.T.S.E. Union Hall at 3030 North Freeway in Houston

Contact:  milesroot@aol.com

http://www.houstonmagic.com

 

San Antonio Assembly 52

They meet first Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

The Longhorn Café, 12311 Nacogdoches Road

Contact: douggorman@att.net

 

LOUISIANA

 

Baton Rouge Assembly 225

They are meeting online.

Contact: Craig Boudreaux craigboudreaux@gmail.com

 

New Orleans Assembly 36

Not meeting at this time.

Contact:  August Garofalo magaug@aol.com https://samnola.com/

 

Am I missing an assembly? Don't have an assembly in your area? Write to bronsonchadwick@gmail.com

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Give us your stories!

Please send us anything you want to have appear here in Magic Local! We are always happy to post...

  • SAM assembly happenings

  • Public show announcements

  • Trick teach-ins (online or in-person)

  • Magic shop news

  • Pretty much anything about magic in Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma! (just keep it squeaky clean!)

Send an email to Bronson at bronsonchadwick@gmail.com

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