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Charter Member
Al Baker Assembly #35

(Nov. 7, 1941 – 70 year member)
Life member #240, Honorary Member of S.A.M.
I’ve had the opportunity to meet so many of the great magicians of the past. Among these were Al Baker (our Assembly’s namesake because he was born in Poughkeepsie), Al’s son-in-law, Jay Marshall, Dai Vernon, Harlan Tarbell, Milbourne Christopher, Harry Blackstone, Harry Blackstone Jr., Jimmy Grippo.

Others who lived nearby and came to our meetings many times – Walter Gibson (noted author for the magic world), his wife, Litzka Raymond Gibson (former wife of the “Great Raymond”), Slydini, William Arenholz, Father Cyprian, Gerald Kaufman, Dr. Joseph Fries, George Sands, George Schindler.

I’m still meeting so many great magicians, they are the members of our Assembly today! My field was stand-up magic with an emphasis on children’s shows.

Ed Fitchett Films


Derrin Berger
When people hear the name Derrin Berger, 2 words immediately come to mind: Who's that? When Derrin hears the name Derrin Berger, 185 words come to mind. Here they are:
Derrin is a magician that has been performing for over 18 years, a Pisces that likes mint chocolate chip ice cream, and all around a pretty good guy... just ask him.
At the impressionable age of six, the door to the amazing world of magic opened for Derrin Berger. Derrin's interest in magic began when he saw a local magician perform at his sister's school. Since that time his love for magic and performing has grown by leaps and bounds.
Derrin can entertain audiences both young and old, both up-close and on stage, and both with and without the use of good punctuation?
His unique blend of comedy and magic leaves audiences gasping in amazement while drying their eyes from tears of laughter, and as if that wasn't enough he also can cook up some of the finest French toast around.
Derrin is a 1st place winner of Tannen's Magic Close-up and Stage competitions and a recipient of the Creative Dude Award. He also teaches at Tannen's Magic Camp and is the President of the Al Baker Assembly.

Frank Monaco
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Magic by Monaco
Frank Monaco has been performing magic for over 30 years. Frank combines magic and comedy, to make a fast paced and very entertaining show. The addition of live animals, helps complete the show which appeals to young and old alike. Frank's style of magic involves much audience participation to make you feel like you are part of the show. The material that is used in both his comedy and magic is always family oriented and safe for all ages. Frank teaches magic at a one of a kind Magic Instructional Camp in Philadelphia at Bryn Mawr College during the summer. This camp receives talented young people from all over the world, studying to be future magicians. The camp has hosted some of the world's most famous magicians such as David Copperfield, David Blaine, and Criss Angel, just to name a few. Frank is also the past president of the Society of American Magicians, Al Baker assembly #35 in Poughkeepsie, NY. He previously held the position of Deputy Regional Vice President of the Society of American Magicians for NY.

Steve Johnson
Magic Variety Show
Steve Johnson has been entertaining the public with the Magic Variety Show for over twenty years. The show has enjoyed successful reviews throughout the northeastern U.S. and is currently in demand at many events and festivals. Steve sets the stage for fine entertainment by initiating an exceptional rapport with the audience. Using innovative adaptations to magic, comedy, & juggling, Steve draws the audience into a memorable entertainment journey. In maintaining a contemporary, upbeat & humorous atmosphere, the show celebrates excellence in entertainment.


Andy Weintraub
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Andy Weintraub is multifaceted with respect to his interest in magic. He performs, teaches and directs and, as president of The CENTER for Peforming Arts at Rhinebeck, promotes and presents other magicians in The CENTER's theater. As a performer his focus is on classic magic within a parlor or small theater setting.

Sam Patton
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Professor Wizard  
Life Member of Al Baker Assembly, S. A. M.
Member of the Magic Circle, London
Member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians

Primary interest in Magic History, Mathematical Magic, Close-up, Chemical Magic, Small Audience Magic, Mental Magic.

Joel Zaritsky
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Part-time dentist, full time magician; Jiz has been involved with magic since early childhood (getting hooked after watching a very young magician named Jeff McBride at the Orange County Fair). He performs interactive children shows, where the kids become part of the show. Jiz feels each audience member is a budding magician. Come see his web site at - May the Magic Be With You!


A World of Magic with Kevin the Magician
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A World of Magic with Kevin the Magician
A fun-filled unique magic show for audiences of all ages and for all occasions.  Kevin has been performing professionally since 1976. The presentation features new magic developed and performed by Mr. , as well as classical magic blended into a unique style. The show incorporates music, humor, audience participation, balloons for children and more. It can be customized in length from 15 minutes to one hour, and accommodates both small parties and large audiences for stage presentations.  When he was 16, Kevin became one of the youngest members of the Society of American Magicians in the Al Baker Assembly #35


P.J. Walker, aka "MagicPJ"
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Magic & Comedy
by P.J. Walker
P.J. Walker has been entertaining tri-state children, family and adult audiences for over thirty years. His shows are always funny, exciting, and, most of all, mystifying. Regardless of the venue, P.J. Walker adjusts his show to fit your needs. Kid's shows, family functions or adult venues, all get customized magic and comedy to suite the audience and occasion. That way, you can be sure that the Magic & Comedy of P.J. Walker will guarantee that your public event or private affair will be a hit!


Magic Steinberg
Marty "Magic" Steinberg  
Sr. Member of the Society of American Magicians for over 35 years. Specialty is coin and card closeup Magic. Sr. mentor: Professor Steinberg SYM # 82 Hopewell Jct. Manufacturer of Magic Medals, awards and coins. Corporate, Parties Fund Raising. Check my web for details



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