Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

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

James Jones (Lord Alden Blackhand)

MisCon 36 Attending Professional

Head of a magical family, Lord Alden Blackhand is a performing magician, historian and master machinist. When not on stage or performing mystifying close-up magic, Alden is busy manufacturing and designing mechanical wonders. Metalworking, blacksmithing, gunsmithing and inventors’ prototyping are his fields of specialization, from hand-cut gears to unique structures of precision detailed steel.  Decades of experience ranging from massive machines to delicate silversmithing allow Alden to design and build tools, weapons and costume accessories that make metal dreams become real. (Check out his clockwork wings!)

Head of a magical family, Lord Alden Blackhand is a performing magician, historian and master machinist. When not on stage or performing mystifying close-up magic, Alden is busy manufacturing and designing mechanical wonders. Metalworking, blacksmithing, gunsmithing and inventors’ prototyping are his fields of specialization, from hand-cut gears to unique structures of precision detailed steel. Decades of experience ranging from massive machines to delicate silversmithing allow Alden to design and build tools, weapons and costume accessories that make metal dreams become real. (Check out his clockwork wings!)
On stage, Lord Alden performs with Jones Family Magic as a mentalist and sleight-of-hand artist. Behind the scenes, he is the builder and designer of custom magical props and mysterious devices designed to awe and amaze. He also serves as technical staff with Sound Geeks DJ and Sound.
Lord Alden is a charter member of the Butte and Southwest Montana Steampunk Association, and is also a member of the Society of American Magicians, the International Brotherhood of Magicians, the Fellowship of Christian Magicians, and the SCA.

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.

  • Break Sat 1:50 - Sat 5:00
  • 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 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.