The Sentimentalists – Rising Stars

We wanted to take a moment to congratulate The Sentimentalists who were recently named Canadian Rising Stars by the Allan Slaight Awards.

Members will recall seeing Steffi Kay and Mysterion the Mindreader who performed at our year-end Banquet in 2017. Since then, they have gone on to appear on Penn & Teller: Fool Us, America’s Got Talent and more!

The Sentimentalists – Photo by Johan Duker

Congratulations to both of them and we look forward to seeing them in their favourite place… the future!

Moving into the new season

Apologies for a bit of a long announcement:

This is the time of year where our season would normally come to an end and we would be getting together for a large banquet or lecture or something fun. Our season was cut short this spring by COVID-19 and it’s still unclear when get-togethers of the size we’re used to will be considered safe.

With that in mind, there are three things we want to fill you in on.

Memberships

The executive has met (virtually) and agreed unanimously that everyone who was a member of the club for this season will automatically receive a free extension for the next season (September 2020 to June 2021). The club is in good financial health and we didn’t host four of this season’s ten meetings.

Having An Election

As you might remember from the start of this season the current executive was elected under unusual circumstances at a Town Hall meeting. And not wanting to overstay our welcome, we are committed to having an election to chose the executive for the next season.

If you are a member of the club, you can nominate yourself or someone else to be part of the committee that will organize and manage the club for the new year.

Given how uncertain things are right now, that will likely include important decisions like if, when and where the club meets and whether we bridge the gap by hosting online lectures. There were also several amendments to the club’s constitution which have been suggested to make more in keeping with modern times.

So we will be accepting nominations at the club’s official email address (ibmring17@gmail.com) for two weeks (until June 30, 2020). If there is more than one nomination for any of the positions, we will hold an election digitally on July 15. The positions are:

President
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer

To nominate yourself, just send an email to ibmring17@gmail.com and include the position you want to run for.

Getting Together for Fun

It’s been a while since we’ve seen each other. So we’re going to host two online get togethers using the free video conferencing software Zoom.

Thursday, June 25, 7:00 PM

This is going to be a non magic chat. We want to know what you’ve been up to during the lockdown period. Have you taken on any interesting projects? Reconnected with old hobbies? Filling the internet with messages of social justice and tolerance? Do you have an adorable pet who will demand attention and leap into your lap at random moments of a conversation? The plan is to go for about 45 minutes but we can run longer if we want.

Thursday, July 2,7:00 PM

This is where we want to see the magic you’ve been working on. Learned a new trick? Built a new prop? Practiced a new sleight? Made a foray into virtual magic shows and have stories to share?

Zoom: The Technical Fiddly Bits

Zoom is a free online video conferencing software you can download for your computer, tablet or smartphone. It works with both Mac and PC. (It is even possible to participate in a Zoom meeting by phone, we’re looking into the details.)

The software has privacy features, so if you want to keep your webcam off or your microphone muted for part or all of the meeting you can.

Broken Wand: Wayne Nelson & Herb Staats

We are sad to report the passing of two of our members earlier this week: Wayne Nelson & Herb Staats. Herb was president of the club twice, in 1994 and 1999 and both were valued members of the community.

We have been in contact with both of their families to express our condolences and will share more information when we are able to.