At the next Assembly 181 meeting


Join us on Thursday, May 2, 2019, for our regular meeting and workshop.  

Following the workshop, we will open the stage to others to perform in our “No Judgment Zone”, so bring something to share.

Society of American Magicians Assembly 181 of Hightstown meets the first Thursday of every month, September thru June at the First United Methodist Church , 187 Stockton Street, Hightstown, NJ 08520. Doors open at 7:00 PM. Workshops start at 7:30 PM.

Contact: SAM181 President Stephan Sloan at

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The Association of Children’s Entertainers is meeting on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at the United Methodist Church, 187 Stockton Street, Hightstown, NJ 08520. Doors open at 7:00 PM. Meetings start at 7:30 PM.

The  topic for discussion and demonstration is Puppets.    Bring your puppets and  lets talk to ourselves.  Whether you’re a ventriloquist or a puppeteer, if you move your lips or just your fingers, we want to see it.   What type of puppet do you use.  Do you use a script or just wing it. Do you use a pre-recorded track for your puppet?   How do you go about writing a script. What do you use as inspiration?   There’s a lot to talk about so join us. 
ALSO, if you have a particular routine or trick or balloon twist that you have questions about or need help with, bring it to the meeting,   We have many experts who can help you.
As always,  we ask that you perform  your routine as you  would at a show.   What we want to share of our routine is the presentation, the handling of the prop, the volunteer  and the words.  We can then discuss the reason behind what we do in our routine and how it affects the reactions we get when we perform it.   NOT to copy your routine,  but to learn the thought process or  a technique or the handling that will make our shows better.  
This club was created  for our members to share and learn so we can call ourselves the best Children’s Entertainers  around.   If you know a children’s entertainer,  whether they are a magician, a clown, ventriloquist, puppeteer, face painter, balloon twister or story teller, please invite them to attend the meeting.  The more diversified our members the more we all get to learn.

Close-Up and Personal Video Interview with Magician Rich Hurley

Rich Hurley is an accomplished sleight of hand magician and a successful sales executive for Freeman Audio Visual Solutions, the nations’ leading supplier of audio visual solutions to the meetings and trade show industry. Rich’s natural sales ability and his genuine interest in people comes through in all his performances. The result is entertaining and hilarious fun.

Rich is a member of the Academy of MagSamletterV4N5R2ical Arts and Sciences (Hollywood Magic Castle) was a student of Dean Dill, one of the most well known and highly regarded names in the inner circle of magic.

This is the second interview by Mitch Geier, in the S.A.M. Assembly 181 series of Close-Up and Personal Interviews with members of the magic community, that will be posted on a free streaming service.

Sit back and enjoy this 55-minute interview with Rich Hurley without commercial interruption at

Future interviews and videos will be posted on the S.A.M. Assembly 181 Vimeo channel at