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Newsletter for the Members of SAM 94

Palo Alto, CA                                                 September 2001



Sam 94 Officers


Andre Balic


295 Stockbridge Ave.

Atherton, CA 94027


John Signa

Vice President

5660 Bluegrass Lane

San Jose, CA 95118

Phone: (408) 445-9825


Jamie Iannone


153 S. California Ave #F201

Palo Alto, CA 94306

Phone: (650) 616-6541


Eric Fronberg


407 Bay Road

Menlo Park, CA 94025

Phone: (650) 321-6696


Sam 94 meets on the second Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, Palo Alto, CA (at the corner of Homer and Webster)


Directions from 101: Take the University Ave. exit WEST towards Stanford.  Turn LEFT onto Middlefield Rd. (A mile or so).  Turn RIGHT onto Homer (a traffic signal in just a few blocks); one block on your left will be the church at the corner of Homer and Webster.

September 10, 2001 7:30 PM

Rubber Bands & Other Magic with Everyday Objects

This month we will focus on magic with rubber bands – penetrations, etc.  Feel free to also bring other magic with everyday objects to discuss and perform.


October 8, 2001 7:30 PM

To Be Announced Theme


August Meeting Summary


For the Bag of Tricks portion of the meeting, two teams were creative in building a magic performance using bag of random stuff including cocktail napkins, chopsticks, glow-in-the-dark paper, etc.


Kim Silverman performed the "Iannone" version of cups and balls ("Magicians have invisible balls"), and a paddle-move thing with red spots changing to green spots.


The host John Signa opened the show with Rich Meyer having a spectator select a random card, which matched Rich's prediction that it wouldnt be the joker... all the rest of the deck was a joker.  A number was selected and the selected number appeared on Rich’s arm when rubbed with ash. Finally, Rich closed by sword-swallowing an animal balloon.


Arthur Hastings followed with an interesting card trick.  John Signa had three cards selected and found each of them faster than before, with the last card being found even before the trick started. 


Kim Silverman performed Eugene Berger's Triple Prediction. He gathered everybody around the performance for a close-up routine.  He also did a quick review and recommendation of Eugene Berger's "Mastering the Art of Magic", because it emphasizes detailed attention to presentation, and discourages people from learning new tricks if their current repertoire does not have solid presentations.



If you’d like to help out with our Annual Banquet, please contact Andre Balic at


September Meeting

Please bring rubber bands and other impromptu magic.  This will be an informal learning and performing meeting with lots of interesting magic.  Look forward to seeing you all there.