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Max Magee

Nov 18, 2023, 2:19:17 PM11/18/23
to Notorious Canary-Trainers, Jonathan Shimberg Chief Steward, AL
Hi all!

I wanted to share this out with our group because although the roads can be dicey this time of year, the Torists are a great club that's almost within spittin' distance of our scion society (that's how us Americans talk). On a good day, it's under a 2-hour drive from Madison to the Great Escape in Schiller Park (just about 10 minutes east of Shaumberg, as the crow flies). The dinner is one of the more reasonably priced at $40, and the company is excellent. See the forwarded message for details on payment, location, and timing. We ARE certainly in the Goldilocks zone, more than 100 miles distant, but not TOO far distant that we can't join in-person. There will be a Zoom link in the future, in case you'd like to participate, but don't want to/can't partake of the succulent post-Christmas feast in person.

This presentation promises to be interesting, as there will be a number of magicians and magicians-itinerant (including yours truly) performing semi-canonical magic, legerdemain, and possibly a bit of mind reading, in the proud tradition of Sherlock Holmes.

"The stage lost a fine actor, even as science lost an acute reasoner, when [Holmes] became a specialist in crime." (SCAN)
"I believe that you are a wizard, Mr. Holmes. I really do sometimes think that you have powers that are not human." (ABBE)
"This gentleman, who seems to have powers of magic, wrote that he knew all, I was glad." (SUSS)
"I have a vivid recollection of that instant, of Holmes' triumphant expression and the ring of his voice, of the cabman's dazed, savage face, as he glared at the glittering handcuffs, which had appeared as if by magic upon his wrists. (SCAN)
"Why, you are like a magician," said she. "How do you know that?" She smiled, but there was no answering smile in Holmes' thin, eager face." (BERY)
"I tell you again, Mr. Holmes, that you are under some absurd illusion." (SECO)
"At last I can put my cards on the table." (VALL)

Max "Magic Jezail Bullet" Magee

"I was removed from my brigade and attached to the Berkshires, with whom I served at the fatal battle of Maiwand. There I was struck on the shoulder by a Jezail bullet, which shattered the bone and grazed the subclavian artery."

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Chief Steward <toris...@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, Nov 17, 2023 at 2:17 PM
Subject: Blue Carbuncle Dinner
To: Chief Steward <toris...@gmail.com>

The Torists International, S.S. will host a Holiday Magic Show featuring Al Shaw, BSI, a/k/a Sir Hugo Baskerville, as well as other magicians.  This will coincide with our annual Blue Carbuncle Dinner on the date in which that story occurred, 27 December.

We will meet at The Great Escape Restaurant, 9540 W Irving Park Rd, Schiller Park, IL 60176.

Drinks and socializing will begin at 6:30pm and dinner will begin at 7:00pm. Zoom will be available for those outside 100 miles of Chicago and will begin streaming after in-person attendees have had dinner.

Please make payment to our Chief Steward, Jonathan Shimberg, Esq. (Ret.), via PayPal (MARK FOR FAMILY & FRIENDS) at toris...@gmail.com. Checks can be made out to Torists International, S.S. and sent to Jon's address, 9003 Lincolnwood Avenue, Evanston, IL 60203.

Feel free to forward this to any and all who you think might be interested.

Jonathan Shimberg
Chief Steward
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