President: Derrin Berger Vice President: Marc Berger
Treasurer: Joel Zaritsky Secretary:
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SAM #35 Member Profiles
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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
Magic by Monaco
8 4 5 - 2 2 9 - 9 7 6 5

Frank is a Past President of the Al Baker Assembly and has been performing magic for 25 years. He specializes in family style shows in and around the Hudson Valley. Frank has performed at many places in the Hudson Valley and surrounding area including, The Rocking Horse Ranch, Mohonk Mountain House, IBM Corporation, Vassar Brothers Hospital, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation just to name a few. Frank also teaches magic in the summer, at a one of a kind Magic Camp in Long Island, at the New York Institute of Technology.

Andy Weintraub
8 4 5  7 5 8 - 9 2 8 7

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
Professor Wizard
8 4 5 -  2 2 1 -  9 9 8 7

Primary interest in history of Magic and Magicians, chemical and computer related magic.  Associate Member of the Magic Circle, London. History of Magic and Magicians, platform, chemical and close-up magic.

Joel Zaritsky
8 4 5 - 5 4 6 - 1 5 5 9

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
8 4 5 - 5 1 8 -  4 9 1 5

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