Newsletter Oct 30, 2018 Topics and Guest Information

 Schenectady Today

In & Around the Capital Region

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Guest Line Up for the next four weeks of filming. (May be subject to change)

Below you will find listings for our interesting on-air guests for the next four weeks.  Check out the lists below for our great variety of topics.  We start filming at 10 am in THE ADDY THEATRE on Tuesday. A live audience is always welcome and there are plenty of seats. You can meet the guests in person and learn more about their projects or even get involved yourself.

October 30, 2018 #1057

Filming at the Addy in Proctors

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

(Listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Information below has been provided by the Guests or from their websites

~~~ Segment ONE~~~

National Magic Week! Magicians On Stage

Clifford Bruce, President SAM 24

Dave McClements, President IBM 186

          This is a time when magic organizations round the world work to increase awareness of magic as a performing art. 

The International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM) was founded February 10th 1922, in Winnipeg, Canada, by Len Vintus (first president), Gene Gordon and Don Rogers.  Unlike earlier magic clubs, such as the Society of American Magicians in the USA and The Magic Circle in England, the IBM was begun by magicians living outside the major cities, who were unable to attend magic club meetings, and who kept in contact by mail.  To do this the organization began, in 1922, to publish its magazine, The Linking Ring.

We encourage anyone who is interested in learning more about magic or the International Brotherhood of Magicians to attend one our meetings.  Our meetings are held at 7:30 on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the SW Pitts Hose Company, 226 Old Loudon Road in Latham. At these meetings members are encouraged to perform before the club, but are not pressured into doing so.  Meetings are an opportunity learn and discuss magic with other men and women who share this interest.

The Society of American Magicians (SAM) is the oldest magic organization in the world. It was founded on May 10, 1902 by thirteen men at Martinka’s magic shop in New York City.  Before this meeting, magicians did not usually associate with one another.  They carefully guarded their secrets and were fearful that other magicians would steel their ideas.

The purpose of the society was “to advance, elevate, and preserve magic as a performing art, to promote harmonious fellowship throughout the world of magic, and to maintain and improve ethical standards in the field of magic.” The code of ethics was twofold: first, it discouraged pilfering another magician’s tricks and secondly, it discouraged exposing magical secrets to the general public.

We encourage anyone who is interested in learning more about magic or Society of American Magicians to attend our meetings.  No previous experience is needed, just a willingness to meet new people and learn about a subject we are all passionate about.

Our regular meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at the S.W. Pitts Hose Company, 226 Old Loudon Road in Latham.  We start at 7:30 pm. During the meetings, magic is performed, discussed and taught. In addition to our regular meetings we schedule an annual banquet, a picnic and lectures by visiting professional magicians.

When people think of magic, the name “Houdini” usually comes to mind.  Without a doubt, Harry Houdini was one of the greatest showmen of his time.  He was an escape artist, a magician, and an illusionist.  He was also a movie actor and stunt man.

He began by performing in dime museums and sideshows.  At first he and his brother, Theodore, performed together as “The Houdini Brothers.”  In 1894, Harry met and married Wilhelmina Beatrice “Bess” Rahnein, and his wife soon replaced his brother in the act, and they then billed themselves as “The Houdinis”. For the rest of Houdini’s performing career, Bess worked as his stage assistant.

In the summer of 1927, less than one year after his death a “Houdini Day” was established.  In 1938, Les Sholty, a Chicago member of the Society of American Magicians, sought to have “Houdini Day” officially sanctioned.    Eventually, October 31 was selected as National Magic Day in honor of Harry Houdini and marking the date of his death.  This has been expanded to a National Magic week which runs from October 23 to the 31and the entire month of October is sometimes referred to as National Magic Month. This is a time for magicians to raise awareness of magic as a performing art by performing benefit shows for groups.  And appearing on talk shows such as this.

  • Organizations: Society of American Magicians, Assembly 24 and International Brotherhood of Magicians, Ring 186
  • Mission: 1. To advance, elevate, and preserve magic as a performing art. 2. To promote harmonious fellowship throughout the world of magic. & 3. To maintain and improve ethical standards in the field of magic.
  • Event: National and International Magic Day and Magic Week
  • Date/Time: October 31, 2018, Week = October 23 – 31
  • Website: & &

~~~ Segment TWO ~~~

Grease at SLOC

Amy Clark, Co-Producer

Michael Burns “Danny Zuko” & Paige Kenneally “Sandy Dumbrowski”

Performing “You’re the One that I Want”

Join the “Burger Palace Boys” and “Pink Ladies” at Rydell High School as they navigate friendships, romances, and the peer pressures of 1950’s youth. Considered one of the most successful movie musicals of all time, Grease will have audiences singing along to songs like “Summer Loving” and “Greased Lightnin.”

Tickets are going fast for their Annual Youth Production.  Two performances have been added to accommodate all the ticket-goers.

  • Organization: Schenectady Light Opera Company
  • Mission: SLOC Musical Theater is a non-profit community-based performing arts center. Our mission is to provide opportunities for adults and youth to experience and participate in the performing arts.
  • Event: Grease
  • Location of event: SLOC Theater at 427 Franklin St. Sch’dy NY
  • Date/Time: November 9-11 (Fri-Sun) & 15-18 (Thurs-Sun)
  • Cost: $22-28
  • Facebook: @SLOCTheater
  • Instagram: @SLOCTheater
  • Twitter: @SLOCTheater
  • Website:

~~~ Segment THREE ~~~

Gloria at Albany Civic Theater

Patrick White, Director

Justine Pascual, Stage Manager

Brendan O’Dwyer “Dean/Devin” & JR Richards, Miles/Shaun/Rashland

Finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize
This funny, trenchant, and powerful play follows an ambitious group of editorial assistants at a notorious Manhattan magazine, each of whom hopes for a starry life of letters and a book deal before they turn thirty. But when an ordinary humdrum workday becomes anything but, the stakes for who will get to tell their own story becomes higher than ever.
“All you need to know is that the bitingly funny and fierce ‘Gloria’ is one of 2015’s best shows. What playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins says about American society, the media and how we package celebrity and tragedy is as spot-on as it is depressing.”-New York Post

  • Organization: Albany Civic Theater
  • Mission: It is the intent of Albany Civic Theater to provide education and training in acting, directing, writing, speech, staging, producing, reviewing and other aspects of the dramatic arts.
  • Event: Gloria by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
  • Location of event: Albany Civic Theatre 235 Second Ave Albany, NY 12209
  • Date/Time:   November 2-November 18/ FREE Preview November 1 — Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM, Sunday at 3:00 PM
  • Cost: Regular tickets are $18. Students with ID are $10.
  • Facebook: Albany Civic Theater NY
  • Instagram: @albanycivic
  • Twitter: @albanycivic
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FOUR~~~

Family & Child Service of Sch’dy

Bob VanZetta, Executive Director

This year Family and Child Service of Schenectady has been chosen to be CDPHP’s The Foundation’s Charity of Choice. They have challenged us to raise $20,000 from new individual donors to meet their match of that amount.              From their website: The FSS program has several components to it. They are: Respite Care; Community Habilitation; Family Grants; SAP; and Integrated Behavioral and Family Intervention Program

  • Organization: Family and Child Service of Schenectady
  • Mission: “We enrich the lives of vulnerable individuals and their families…including the elderly and those with disabilities…by providing highly personalized in-home and community- based services.
  • Location of office: 246 Union Street, Sch’dy NY
  • Website:


~~~~~~~~~ Upcoming Shows ~~~~~~~~~~

November 6, 2018 – #1058

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Community Hospice

Allison H. Moran, Bereavement Counselor

Concerned for the Hungry

Peter Jones, Organizer

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Lester Y. Rosenzweig, MS RD, CDN

Solarize Capital Region

Dennis Karius

Troy Turkey Trot

George Regan, Event Director

Upcoming Production – TBA

Brendan Tenan

William Rivas

November 13, 2018 – #1059

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Animal Protective Foundation – Canine Academy/ Feline Care Center

Kathy Snowden, Canine Academy Trainer & Neuter Clinic Customer Service

Brittney Desmond, Development Associate

Capital Repertory Theatre (theREP) Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Event Nov 23 – Dec 23)

Maggie Mancinelli Cahill, Artistic Director

Guests TBA

Crossroads for Children

Vicki Ramotar, MSED, Resource Development Specialist

miSci –The Museum of Science and Innovation –Toys and Trains Exhibits

Guests TBA

Proctors Historical Committee

Janice Walz, Committee Member

Story Circle at Proctors – 23rd Tellebration (Event Nov 18)

Kate Dudding, Storyteller

November 20, 2018 – #1060

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Circle Theatre Players – Christmas Carol

Brian Sheldon, Director

Guests TBA


Jon Russell Cring

Holiday Food Bazaar at St. Peter Armenian Church

Paulette Doudoukjian

TEDx Talks

Cristina James, PhD

Patti Vitale, Brown School

VITA Program – Volunteer Recruitment

Joanne Passineau, Rensselaer CA$H Coalition

Tracy Randle, CA$H Program Director United Way of the GCR and Follow us on

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