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It's that time of year again: Your Dues are Due at the June Meeting. $75 gets you a year's worth of meetings. In 2017-18, we had 9 lectures. At $20 per lecture, value is $180.  Add the holiday party and contest/exhibition, it's a tremendous bargain.

 

Monday, June 25, 7 PM - Michael Kaminskas Lecture


A Lecture by Michael Kaminskas


For those of you not familiar with Michael's work, he is an author, creator, performer and consultant. He is an inventor and a creator of world-class magic with many instructional books, DVD's and effects on the market. Known for his impeccable sleight-of-hand and smooth performance

style, Michael has also been dubbed "King of the Cups" by the late Mike Rogers. He has created both new and novel approaches to classic effects as well as being the creator and manufacturer of some of the finest cups and balls sets and chop cups in the world. This is one lecture you will not want to miss!

While Michael has a basic outline for this lecture, it is also the people’s lecture. This is what makes the live learning process so valuable. The ability to ask questions. Quite simply that can't be done on a DVD or in a download release. Each lecture is bound to be slightly different and

based upon what the collective group wishes to engage in seeing and discussing. With a lifetime of magical knowledge nothing is off the table. While Michael will have some products to sell, THIS IS NOT a dealer demo. Everyone will be able to leave and perform some of the effects straight away. A few of the effects that could be taught include:

 

The Lecture

 

My CCR - My go to Chop Cup Routine that has plenty of magic and doesn't insult your audiences intelligence with a guessing game.

Chop Box - A chop cup routine done with a box made out of cards and a signed card. The payoff comes with unexpected surprises including the signed card ending up in an impossible location.

What Box? - Why not remove the cards by having the box vanish a little at a time with just a wave of your hand. A classic plot turned on it's head.

Cold Fusion - Remove any two cards from the deck, fuse them together back to back then instantly split them into two separate cards again. The perfect precursor to the Anniversary Travelers.

Anniversary Travelers - A unique take on the Anniversary Waltz where two signed selections are removed from separate pockets then fused together back to back and given away as a souvenir.

Candy Caper aka Skittled - Rip open a package of sweets and immediately reseal it and give it away. But wait, there's more.. come see it at the lecture to find out the rest!

Escape - David Copperfield caused quite a stir in the magic world when he performed Timothy Wenk's "Misled" on television. Imagine passing a pen through a bill without any gaffs or gimmicks. Totally impossible and totally impromptu! This is an updated handling of "The Great Escape" that I originally published in 1990. So good it looks like a camera trick and super easy to do.

KFC - This ingenious card fold will take the place of the standard Mercury Fold. Learn how to fold a card into quarters while the spectators are burning the deck. Best yet, they push their card into the center of the pack themselves.

"It is extremely obvious that Michael fully understands the difference between something that is magic and something that is magical." - Howard Hamburg

"Watching Michael Kaminskas work is a master class in sleight-of-hand and audience entertainment. Pay attention!" – Shoot Ogawa

"Michael has some killer ideas that I've enjoyed for many years! Michael is skillful, creative and a super nice guy. You're gonna learn some great magic!" - Chad Long

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  • June 25- Michael Kaminskas 

Past lecturers have included the following:  Aaron Fisher, Aldo and Rachel Colombini, Arthur Trace, Bill Abbott, Bill Cook, Bob Sheets, Bruce Bernstein, Chris Capehart, Chris Rawlins, Curtis Kam, Dan Fleshman, Dan Harlan, Dave Marcus, Darwin Ortiz, Daryl (twice), David Calzada, David Campos, David Garrard, David Merry, David Parr, David Regal, David Roth, David Solomon, David Stone, David Williamson, Don England, Doug Malloy, Eric Jones, Eugene Burger, Geoff Williams, Glenn Morphew (twice), Jaime Aponte, Jay Sankey, Jeff Prace, Jeremiah Zuo, Jim Krzak, Jim Sisti, John Jurney (3x), John Lovick, Kainoa Harbottle, Keith Cobb, Keith Fields, Kieron Johnson, Kozmo, Martin Mercy, Max Krause, Michael Ammar, Mike Hall, Mike Powers. Nathan Kranzo, Oz Pearlman, Paul Gertner, Paul Green, Peter Eggink, Richard Sanders, Sean Bogunia, Shawn McMaster, Steve Bryant, Steve Daly, Steve Draun, Tim Adamz, Tom Dobrowolski (6x), Tomas Medina (twice), Tony Noice, Trent James, Vinnie Grosso and Whit Haydn.


All meetings take place at Mr. Beef and Pizza in Mt. Prospect (1796 S. Elmhurst Road Mount Prospect, IL 60056) from 7-9 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, Conjuror's Corner meets on the 4th Monday of every month. In the event that Mr. Beef is closed (as it happened once), our alternate meeting location is the Denny's at Algonquin and Arlington Heights Roads. Map here.