Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

MisCon 36: Carnival of Wonders, May 27 - 30, 2022 Missoula, Montana

MaryAlice Jones (Mistress Azira)

MisCon 36 Attending Professional

Magician, writer, costumer and general herder of cats, kids and mystic beings, Madame Azira brings a perspective born from years of experience in many fields.
   Performing with Jones Family Magic, Azira explores the eerie and mysterious with a magical and sometimes dangerous flair.

Magician, writer, costumer and general herder of cats, kids and mystic beings, Madame Azira brings a perspective born from years of experience in many fields.
Performing with Jones Family Magic, Azira explores the eerie and mysterious with a magical and sometimes dangerous flair. Balancing between the unexplainable and the scientific is her stock in trade, from stage performance to close-up tabletop magic to science-based life readings that reveal the past and give tools for the future. She risks that which the younger would not dare and seeks and shares the knowledge only the advanced can find.
Azira has managed and written for a number of online fanfic and roleplay groups, generating characters and plots galore. A writer of fiction and poetry, she has professionally taught creative writing, editing, character and plot generation in diverse educational settings, in addition to having acted, directed and worked in technical theater, and radio.
Historical and fantasy costuming and embellishment have a magic of their own, which Azira thoroughly enjoys and loves to teach. Fiber arts and needlework are some of her passions, especially embroidery, knitting, lacemaking, Victorian tatting, and hand spinning.
Madame Azira is a charter member of the Butte and southwest Montana Steampunk Association, and a member of the Society of American Magicians, the International Brotherhood of Magicians, the Fellowship of Christian Magicians, the SCA and The Helena Weavers and Spinners Guild.

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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(Tentative)

  • panel Fri 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Secret Life of Dice, Ballroom B
    Panelists: James Jones (Lord Alden Blackhand), MaryAlice Jones (Mistress Azira), Sir. James Jones (Sir .James)

    From historical artifacts to back alley gambling, dice have played a vital part in mankind’s journey. “Shaking the Bones” has taken many forms throughout the years, from simple games of chance and pleasure to tools of divination and beyond. Come examine how dice and their uses have evolved over time. Discover the mystical, marvelous roles these seemingly simple objects play. Learn a bit of history and some fun tricks and games.

  • panel Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Jones Family Magic Set Up, Sideshow Area (12)
    Panelists: Jones Family Magic , James Jones (Lord Alden Blackhand), MaryAlice Jones (Mistress Azira), Sir. James Jones (Sir .James)

    Jones Family Magic will set up for their show for M36

  • panel Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Jones Family Magic Sideshow, Sideshow Area (12)
    Panelists: Jones Family Magic , James Jones (Lord Alden Blackhand), MaryAlice Jones (Mistress Azira), Sir. James Jones (Sir .James)

    Ladies and gentlemen, beings of all kinds, shapes and ages---this is your chance to see the spectacle of a lifetime! Stage illusions, mentalism, deeds of mystery and danger—and more! Watch Jones Family Magic combine traditional magic and sideshow performance into a mystic, marvelous and puzzling show you won’t forget. How do they do that? Why?? Wonders await! Come and enjoy!

  • Break Fri 4:50 - Sat 1:00
  • panel Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Magic Up Close & Personal, Sideshow Area (12)
    Panelists: Jones Family Magic , James Jones (Lord Alden Blackhand), MaryAlice Jones (Mistress Azira), Sir. James Jones (Sir .James)

    Experience the arts of mentalism, magic and illusion at first hand. Watch Lord Alden mystify with magical manipulation of objects uncommon and arcane, while Sir James the Magnificent captivates your imagination with cards, creations, and changing wonders. Playing the odds or wondering what to do next? Join Madame Azira in the mysteries of dice, things that move with a mind of their own.

  • panel Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Clowns: Silly, Scary or Sacred?, Yellowstone
    Panelists: MaryAlice Jones (Mistress Azira)

    Come explore the work of the clown now and throughout history. Take a look at how these iconic entertainers reveal mankind’s deepest secrets and darkest fears, all within the context of memories we cannot forget. From the Big Top to high finance, from circus to church and royal court, the Clown lets us see our world of greasepaint, laughter sharp insight and mime. Investigate the types and roles of clowns and discover why they are so important throughout history and today.

  • Break Sat 2:50 - Sat 4:00
  • panel Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Victorian Tatting: Lace You Can Make Yourself, Fairy Tent (2)
    Panelists: MaryAlice Jones (Mistress Azira)

    Can you tie your shoes? Can you tell the difference between over and under? Yes? Then you can master the art of Victorian Tatting, a beautiful form of handmade lace that anyone can do. Create fancy embellishments or even jewelry. It’s portable, pretty and fun!
    Equipment kits with shuttle, thread, bobbin and instruction will be available for use during the panel, with a cost of $5 if you would like to take the kit home. Panel will be limited to 15 people.

  • panel Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Magic Up Close & Personal, Sideshow Area (12)
    Panelists: Jones Family Magic , James Jones (Lord Alden Blackhand), MaryAlice Jones (Mistress Azira), Sir. James Jones (Sir .James)

    Experience the arts of mentalism, magic and illusion at first hand. Watch Lord Alden mystify with magical manipulation of objects uncommon and arcane, while Sir James the Magnificent captivates your imagination with cards, creations, and changing wonders. Playing the odds or wondering what to do next? Join Madame Azira in the mysteries of dice, things that move with a mind of their own.

  • Break Sat 5:50 - Sun 11:00
  • panel Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, History of Playing Cards Part 1, Ballroom B
    Panelists: Jones Family Magic , James Jones (Lord Alden Blackhand), MaryAlice Jones (Mistress Azira), Sir. James Jones (Sir .James)

    What mysteries can a simple playing card contain? Let's discuss the history, tragic stories and entertaining people who have made playing cards what they are today. From recreational devices to tools of international spy craft to mysterious mystic machinations of present and future, playing cards affect our lives and world history in ways you might not expect. We promise to play with a full deck. Who knows what a turn of the cards might bring!

  • Break Sun 11:50 - Sun 2:00
  • panel Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Beginning Embroidery, Fairy Tent (2)
    Panelists: MaryAlice Jones (Mistress Azira)

    Do you want a beautiful, easy to make embellishment for your costume or accessories? Use the art of embroidery---it’s easy and fun! Learn a set of basic stitched that can enhance gear and garments of most historical (and future) time periods. Equipment kits with cloth, thread hoops and directions will be available for use during this panel, with a cost of $3 if you want to take the kit home, Class size will be limited to 20 people.

  • Break Sun 2:50 - Sun 4:00
  • panel Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Jones Family Magic Set Up, Sideshow Area (12)
    Panelists: Jones Family Magic , James Jones (Lord Alden Blackhand), MaryAlice Jones (Mistress Azira), Sir. James Jones (Sir .James)

    Jones Family Magic will be setting up for their following show. Make sure to come and see the main event!

  • panel Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Jones Family Magic Stage Show, Sideshow Area (12)
    Panelists: Jones Family Magic , James Jones (Lord Alden Blackhand), MaryAlice Jones (Mistress Azira), Sir. James Jones (Sir .James)

    Ladies and gentlemen, beings of all kinds, shapes and ages---this is your chance to see the spectacle of a lifetime! Stage illusions, mentalism, deeds of mystery and danger—and more! Watch Jones Family Magic combine traditional magic and sideshow performance into a mystic, marvelous and puzzling show you won’t forget. How do they do that? Why?? Wonders await! Come and enjoy!

  • Break Sun 5:50 - Mon 10:00
  • panel Mon 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Magic with Everyday Objects, Ballroom B
    Panelists: Jones Family Magic , James Jones (Lord Alden Blackhand), MaryAlice Jones (Mistress Azira), Sir. James Jones (Sir .James)

    It’s not just for kids---but kids can be magicians, too. Young and or old, there is magic in each of us and magic is fun to do.
    Join the Jones Family Magic team in learning basic magical tricks and illusions you can perform using ordinary objects you might find around you every day. Get a start at mystifying your friends and families. Learn a new skill that can bring delight and wonder.
    This panel is best suited for budding magicians ages 8 and up.

  • Break Mon 10:50 - Mon Noon
  • panel Mon Noon - 12:50 PM, Cheats, Cons and Characters, Ballroom C
    Panelists: James Jones (Lord Alden Blackhand), MaryAlice Jones (Mistress Azira), Sir. James Jones (Sir .James)

    Han Solo did it. So did Western gamblers and Roman Soldiers. Games of chance have always been twisted to give the advantage to the trickster. Let's examine how games of chance have been rigged for unauthorized profit, how such nefarious manipulation can be detected, and how to incorporate these advantages into the development of plot and characters for gaming and writing.