Category Archives: Uncategorized

Secretary Report – June 2024

Ring NO. 46, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Seymour Davis Ring

Meets 7:00 pm, 1st Monday of the month at the New Beginning Fellowship Church, 15601 S. Pennsylvania in OKC

LEE WOODSIDE, Secretary. Email: WoodsideLee@hotmail.com.

www.okcmagic.club

Our annual close-up contest was held at our June meeting. We had five contestants vying and cash prizes and bragging rights.

Lee Woodside invited sisters Molly and Kallie to assist him in a psychometry experiment. He handed Kallie a Master padlock and began handing her keys, one at a time, to try in the lock. After trying each key, she would place it in a small drawstring bag. The eighth key finally opened the lock and Lee asked that she hold this key tightly in her hand for a while before placing it a bag. The lock was again locked. Lee asked that Molly place four bags in each hand and try to determine which hand held the correct key. The other four bags were eliminated and two bags were held in each hand. She again sensed which hand held the correct key and the other two bags were eliminated. Finally she chose between the final two bags. The key was removed from the bag and did, indeed, open the lock.

Shaun Clark began by taking a photo of the audience with his cell phone. When the flash occurred, the cell phone immediately vanished. Shaun then had Brian Tabor turn a watch to a random time, which proved to exactly match Shaun’s prediction.

David Teeman told of sneaking a box of chocolates into a movie. When confronted by the manager, he showed the box to be empty. When he opened it again, it was filled with chocolates. David read off a list of movies and then had Cassidy Smith tell him where on the list to cut the list in two. The movie just below the cut proved to be “The Ugly Little Mermaid,” Cassidy having cut “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” in half. Sure enough, David’s prediction was a photo of a very ugly mermaid.

Rick Johnson asked Molly and Kallie to join him at the close-up table. Rick performed a very nice ACAAN (any card at any number) routine.

Brian Tabor asked that Rick Johnson assist him. Brian laid out a circle of playing cards and asked that Rick roll a pair of dice to arrive at a number. When Brian counted around the circle of cards to that number, the card chosen was the three of spades. Brian removed a three of spades from the card box and showed that Rick’s name was written on the card. Brian then demonstrated his skill at “pack whacking.” He asked Rick to name a card. Brian began showing each card in the pack face up and then dealing it to the table face down. He invited Rick to “whack the pack” when his card was dealt. Rick did so, but Brian showed that the selected card was actually under his own hand.

The votes were tallied by Michael King. A check for ten dollars was awarded to Lee Woodside for third place. Rick Johnson received a check for twenty dollars for second place. Brian Tabor claimed first place and a check for thirty dollars plus bragging rights for the next year.

Vice President Justin Teeman gave a rundown on the Kyle Purnell lecture that Ring 46 hosted just two days before the meeting. He said that Kyle devoted the first half of his lecture to truly impromptu magic. He penetrated a borrowed bill with a borrowed Sharpie. He teleported a signature on a borrowed bill to the other end of the bill. He tore up a business card and restored it. The second half of Kyle’s lecture was a workshop on the muscle pass and a demonstration of Kyle’s marketed items, the most impressive of which was the vanishing cell phone.

President Cassidy Smith reminded everyone of our upcoming Pandemonium of Magic public show, which will be held the day before Father’s Day. Lee Woodside signed out tickets for members to sell.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – May 2024

Ring NO. 46, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Seymour Davis Ring

Meets 7:00 pm, 1st Monday of the month at the New Beginning Fellowship Church, 15601 S. Pennsylvania in OKC

LEE WOODSIDE, Secretary. Email: WoodsideLee@hotmail.com.

www.okcmagic.club

We were very pleased to host a lecture by Dan Fleshman. Dan is the penultimate restaurant magician, having earned his chops at the Chop House in Beaver Creek, Colorado over the past sixteen years.

Dan began his lecture by talking us through the loading of his pockets for an evening of magic. He stressed that it is important to know where everything is and to always be reset when props are returned to the pockets. He said that his pocket management includes pockets within pockets.

Dan performed and explained his “Jiggernaut” routine, which uses a non-chopped double-jigger, fake olives, and wine corks, a lime and a “Cutie” orange as final loads. He showed us his “Kineti-Key” routine with his special patter about the Magic Castle.

Dan’s close-up linking ring routine is the best I’ve seen since Shoot Ogawa visited us. His links are a thing of beauty.

Dan shared many of his other pet routines with us, including his routine with the Anverdi Die. We can heartily recommend Dan Harlan as a lecturer for those interested in close-up magic and particularly those with an interest in pursuing restaurant magic.

Thirteen magicians showed up for our May 13th meeting. The meeting was delayed a week because of the threat of severe weather the week before.

Daniel Buster was our featured performer. He began with a large bracelet and a string and caused the bracelet to melt on and off the string in a variety of ways. He tore a rectangle out of the middle of a playing card and then tore a hole in that piece. After having Brian Tabor and Jay Relkin sign the two rectangular pieces, he linked them together and handed out the linked pieces.

Cassidy Smith stated that the linking rings are an effect that is very easy to do – badly. He showed us several sets of linking rings from his personal collection and went over various counts and methods of linking the rings. Lee Woodside demonstrated a very nice un-link that he said he learned from a Terry Lunceford lecture.

Jim Green demonstrated a brass ring that links onto a loop formed by a ceiling fan chain. He showed us the secret to making it work every time.

David Teeman showed a ring off string routine using a Jardine Ellis Ring, a prop that isn’t seen as much these days. He then showed us some large rings that changed between black and rainbows and some juggling rings.

Brian Tabor showed us some monkey fist balls that he had made for doing Max Maven’s classic “Kurotsoke” routine. He then amazed us by linking a linking ring to a “Linking Ring” magazine that had a round hole cut into it.

Lee Woodside performed a finger ring on string routine that he said he learned from a Harry Blackstone, Jr. book. He next showed off a set of 12-inch solid stainless steel rings that he had custom made to Bud Dietrich’s specifications. Mr. Dietrich was a trade show magician who lectured in OKC about 30 years ago.

Gary Trosper demonstrated his “Wandini,” which is a lighted large wand that performs somewhat like a dancing cane. He said he got it on Amazon.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – April 2024

Ring NO. 46, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Seymour Davis Ring

Meets 7:00 pm, 1st Monday of the month at the New Beginning Fellowship Church, 15601 S. Pennsylvania in OKC

LEE WOODSIDE, Secretary. Email: WoodsideLee@hotmail.com.

www.okcmagic.club

David Teeman kicked off our April meeting as our featured performer. He began by showing us his gag solar eclipse glasses, a very timely gag since the eclipse had occurred that afternoon. After showing is hands empty, David produced a purple sponge ball.

David invited Grant Vinson to attempt to keep track of which of three miniature wands would rattle. Even after David made it as fair and easy as possible, Grant was still unable to identify the correct wand.

David saved the best for last. He presented his gospel routine where man is separated from God by sin, using three wooden blocks to represent man, god and sin. The “sin” block was threaded onto cords and securely tied in place. “Man” was placed on the cords on one side of “sin” and “God” was placed on the other side. When a red silk scarf representing the blood of Christ was placed over the “sin” block, it fell to the floor, leaving God and man together once again. David had shown the two cords obviously separated before threading them onto the blocks. He called his setup move the “hiTch,” the capital “T” representing Teeman.

Our theme for April member performances was animal magic with or without live animals. President Cassidy Smith led a discussion on why both kids and adults are captivated by animals. The discussion also delved into the work involved with caring for the doves, rabbits, and other animals used by magicians.

Cassidy performed the “Dream Rose” routine and then told why he likes it so much. The routine involved color-changing roses (white to red) and the production of a rose. It is a beautiful routine and a real fooler.

Brian Tabor showed us the “Secret Gaff and Packet Carrier Pro” which also includes an “out-to-lunch” feature and “The Leather Chop Cup with Balls” by TCC. He recommended both products, which he said are available from Penguin Magic. Brian then showed off the “bunny box” he had made. Of course, he will be using it to produce snakes instead of bunnies. He then showed how to use a coonskin cap as makeshift raccoon puppet.

Lee Woodside showed three cards with animal pictures on them: a cat, a dog and a parrot. He handed a wooden heart to Kallie and asked her to place it on any of the three animals. When Kallie chose the cat, Lee invited her to turn over the cat card and on the back of the card it said she would pick the cat. The dog card and the parrot card both said that she would not pick them. Lee said that this was his “Predict-A-Pet” effect, which he came up with back in 1997 to use in a mini-lecture on mentalism. Lee then showed a Robbie Raccoon, a rabbit in a hat puppet, and a skunk hand puppet that can be used in a magic show.

Kevin Brasier presented “Conopoly.” Four deed cards were chosen by Grace and Kallie. A “Community Chest” card correctly predicted the total of the rents of the chosen properties and a prediction envelope contained the exact amount of Monopoly money equal to the total of the mortgage values.

Jay Relkin reached into a bowl formed by Brian Tabor’s two hands and brought forth a “bird.” The only venue appropriate for this gag might be an adult comedy club.

The names of the evening’s performers were placed into a hat and two names were drawn. Lee Woodside became the proud owner of Doc Dixon’s “Psychic Cents” and Kevin Brasier won the “Die of Destiny.”

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – March 2023

Ring NO. 46, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Seymour Davis Ring

Meets 7:00 pm, 1st Monday of the month at the New Beginning Fellowship Church, 15601 S. Pennsylvania in OKC

LEE WOODSIDE, Secretary. Email: WoodsideLee@hotmail.com.

www.okcmagic.club

Our themes for March were Hi-Tech Magic and Steampunk Magic. Our featured performer covered both of these admirably. Professor Ludicrous (AKA Rick Martin) of the Steampunk Skunkworks Laboratories demonstrated an artifact that had been discovered in the lab’s archives. The switchboard had four switches and four light bulb sockets. Each socket contained a bulb of a different color. Each switch had a cover with a color associated with one of the bulbs. No matter how the bulbs or switch covers were moved around, the corresponding bulb lit up when a switch was thrown.

Jim Green demonstrated his remote-controlled “Tipper the Monkey.” The monkey would bang his cymbals together in response to questions or math problems. He would also “chatter.”

Michael King discussed Hickman’s Famous Psychedelic Card Engine. This was a website that would appear to read peoples’ minds. It would name the cards they were thinking of. Michael then very generously offered each of us the magic DVDs from a project he had worked on a few years ago.

Cassidy Smith talked about the “iDeck” by Noel Qualter. He said that it gave the appearance of a high-tech gadget.

Lee Woodside announced that the second-greatest card mechanic in the Northern hemisphere was in our midst. (Richard Turner the being the greatest, of course.) He invited “Deadwood” Derrick Beeson to join him at the table and demonstrate his ability to deal bottoms, seconds, and even from the center of the deck. When he asked Derrick to turn over the top card of each stack on the table after the dealing, Derrick turned over the four aces. Lee then brought out two paper clips and told the story of how they fell in love, The paper clips ended up linked, and when he dropped them into Derrick’s hand, there were “baby” paper clips. Lee said this was his “21st Century Paper Clips,” and was inspired by a routine in Ibidem.

Cassidy Smith showed us his new Brett Sherwood wand and passed it around so we could marvel at the quality. He then passed out sponge balls and showed us several moves that could be performed with this underappreciated classic of magic.

David Teeman showed a wooden bar with three scarves hanging from it. Two of the scarves were black and one was yellow. After much comedy byplay, he caused the outside yellow scarf to change places with the black scarf in the middle.

Brian Tabor demonstrated his lie detector, which had a green light for “truth” and a red light for “lie.” After having Derrick Beeson select a card and look at it, Brian asked Derrick several questions and each time the lie detector correctly deemed the answer true or false.

Mark Cristiano showed a list of 100 Taylor Swift songs on his phone. He asked that a number from 1-100 be chosen and 55 was named. The song at that number turned out to be “You Belong to Me.” When a page of “hieroglyphics” was folded at the creases, the name of the chosen song appeared.

Cassidy Smith placed the names of all the performers into a hat. Mark Cristiano’s name was drawn and he became the proud owner of a book on rubber band magic.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – February 2024

Ring NO. 46, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Seymour Davis Ring

Meets 7:00 pm, 1st Monday of the month at the New Beginning Fellowship Church, 15601 S. Pennsylvania in OKC

LEE WOODSIDE, Secretary. Email: WoodsideLee@hotmail.com.

www.okcmagic.club

Brian Tabor kicked off our February meeting as the featured performer. He started by showing an octagonal piece of cardboard representing a clock face with one hand on each side. As he flipped the “clock” around various axes, the perception was that the hands were moving. Brian invited Jonathon Meyer and Rick Martin to join him for a test of observation. After showing a small spread of playing cards to each of the participants, he asked them how many red cards they saw and how many total cards were in the spread. Their different answers to each question demonstrated the dubious nature of eye-witness testimony.

Brian invited Kallie to deal cards face up from a face up deck of playing cards. He said that when she stopped dealing the last card dealt would be her selection. That card proved to be the only one with an “X” on the back of it. Brian asked Grant Vinson to hand him the deck of cards that he had entrusted Grant with earlier. He then asked Grant to name a number between one and fifty-two and any playing card. Grant named the number 22 and the deuce of diamonds. Brian removed the cards from the deck, handed the deck to Grant, and asked Grant to deal to the 22nd card. Sure enough, it was the two of diamonds.

Jim Green showed a cork board on a stand on which a drawing of a stick figure of a person was attached. Jim blindfolded himself and asked Derrick Beeson and Rick Johnson to each stick a pin into the stick figure. Jim was able to divine that Derrick had stuck his pin into the hand and Rick had chosen the heart. Was it Voodoo?

President Cassidy Smith led a discussion on ideas for what to call a magician’s one-man show. He said that “Ricky Jay and his 52 Assistants” was a great name. He said that his personal choice was “Modest Dishonesty – a Magic Show by Cassidy Smith.”

David Teeman invited Dale Shawn, who is blind, to experience some magic. David brought out three sealed decks of playing cards and laid them on the table in a stack. He invited Dale to pick up all three decks at once with one hand. After this was repeated a couple of times, he asked Dale to pick up only the top deck. It was obvious that Dale was amazed. He said that the one deck was heavier than all three of the decks. David said that the demonstration was more of a psychological phenomenon than a magic trick.

Lee Woodside invited Abby to experience some romantic magic. Lee explained that paper clips are male and female just like people. After telling the story of how the two clips met and fell in love, he magically linked them together. Lee said that the routine was from Ibidem, but the method is published in many beginning magic books.

Derrick Beeson showed a close-up mat and servante that he obtained from Patt’s Matts. He said that they were excellent quality. He said that he also recommends coins from Ronald Davies. Derrick performed a routine called “Chop Shop,” by John Bannon. He showed a red-backed queen and three blue-backed jokers. Each time he put the queen into his pocked, it would reappear in the packet of cards. As a kicker ending, the four cards turned into the four aces.

Jonathon Meyer caused coins to appear in his empty hands, then vanish. He then produced them from his nose!

Cassidy Smith performed a beautiful and romantic routine called “The Rose 2.0” from Bond Lee. After a long-stemmed rose vanished in a ball of fire, Cassidy magically produced four roses one at a time.

We were pleased to book a last-minute lecture by Michael Komiskas. Michael presents a well-rounded lecture; in addition to cards and coins, he teaches magic with cups and balls, business cards, silk scarves, and even the ever-present Sharpie® marker.

Michael began by showing a sheer head scarf. He performed a coin production and then caused the silver dollar to penetrate the scarf in different ways. The routine ended with the vanish of the coin.

Michael handed a deck of imaginary cards to a member of the audience. He asked that the participant throw half the deck over his shoulder and then pass the remainder of the deck on to another audience member. This process continued until only one card remained. Michael then opened a box that had been in plain sight the whole time and removed a folded playing card. When he unfolded the card, it matched the card selected by the audience.

Michael took out his Sharpie and showed that it would cling to his fingers. This old gag got a groan, because he was using the method taught in many children’s magic books. However, he then did it again without “cheating.” While simple and easy, the method is a fooler.

Michael invited Jay Relkin to observe his chop cup routine up close. The final loads were a large ball, a 9-ball, and a potato that more than filled the cup.

Michael took out a purse frame without a bag and took out four silver dollars. He performed a nice “coins across” routine with the coins.

Kevin Brasier selected a card and signed it. Michael put the card into his pocket. Kevin’s daughter, Kallie selected another card and signed it. Michael brought out Kevin’s card and put it with Kallie’s. The two cards fused together, with a signature on each side of a double-faced card. Michael calls this routine “Anniversary Travelers.”

Michael brought out a Sharpie and performed the ubiquitous bending trick that everyone has seen, where the magician shakes the pencil up and down and it looks like it’s bending. However, when he stopped the motion, the previously straight Sharpie was now visible bent and could be handed out for examination.

Ashlee selected and signed the four of diamonds. Michael folded the card and then tore it into four pieces. He placed the pieces into a card box and shook them to “heal” the cards. When he dumped the card into Ashlee’s hand, she unfolded the card and it had her signature on it. Michael calls this routine, appropriately enough, “Healed.”

Michael showed three white medical-grade silicon balls and caused them to travel from hand to hand. He ended the routine with the venerable “two in the hand, one in the pocket” effect.

Michael brought forth a small bottle with a cork in it. He removed the cork and dumped out his quarter collection. Each quarter featured a different state on the back side. Brian Tabor selected one quarter and initialed it. Michael initialed the other side of the coin. He then replaced the cork in the bottle and held the signed coin on his palm. When he banged the bottle against the coin, the coin penetrated the bottle. When he dumped the coin into Brian’s hand, Brian verified that it was the coin he had initialed.

Derrick Beeson wrote a word on one of Michael’s business cards and inserted the card back into the stack. The stack of cards was rubber-banded together. Michael was able to divine the word that Derrick had written.

Michael performed a routine with a hot rod that did not involve the cheesy “one through six” number force. His routine was a story about a rainbow and a pot of gold.

Michael showed a very small ream of “copy paper” and showed that all the sheets of paper were blank. He then began “printing” on the paper until he had a full deck of playing cards. His routine is a take on the mental photography deck.

Michael showed us a unique pencil through bill routine that he came up with after watching “Misled” on a David Copperfield show. Not knowing the method, he created his own.

Michael showed us his KFC, the Komiskas Folded Card. This is an improvement on the age-old Mercury Card Fold that most magicians are familiar with.

Michael showed us his improved method of handling the cross-cut force. It fools many magicians. After showing a couple of other things, Michael explained all his miracles. We highly recommend Michael’s lecture for magicians who want to learn some new effects and get some performance tips from a working professional.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – January 2024

Ring NO. 46, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Seymour Davis Ring

Meets 7:00 pm, 1st Monday of the month at the New Beginning Fellowship Church, 15601 S. Pennsylvania in OKC

LEE WOODSIDE, Secretary. Email: WoodsideLee@hotmail.com.

www.okcmagic.club

We had a great turnout for our first meeting of 2024. John Shack was our featured magician for the month. He discussed SMART Goals for moving ahead in one’s pursuit of magic. SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. John then had Jerry Bowzer select and sign a playing card. John clearly tore the card into four pieces in front of our eyes and then restored it one piece at a time. He told us that this effect of his was published in the July 2023 issue of Genii.

Our brief business meeting was a discussion of up-coming lectures. It is great to be back to having live lectures again after the hiatus caused by COVID.

Our theme for member performances was to show off the magic received from Santa. David Teeman kicked it off by showing a pair of bamboo sticks. One stick had a tissel hanging from a string and the other had a tassel. The tissel would go up when the tassel was pulled and vice-versa. After much byplay, it was proved that the strings were not connected.

Lee Woodside said that his sister-in-law told him she knew what to get him for Christmas after seeing his posts on Facebook. Lee expected a magic trick, but when he opened his package, he found a dictionary. Lee invited Brian Tabor to watch as he flipped through the pages of the dictionary to prove it was not gimmick-ed. Lee then held out the dictionary and asked for Brian to tell him to stop as he flipped through the book. He asked Brian to think of the word at the top of the page and Lee divined it.

Jonathon Meyer showed us a small packet that he said was a prediction and placed it in his back pocket. He had a card chosen, signed, and returned to the deck. In a flash, the deck turned into the prediction and it was opened to reveal the signed card. He removed the deck from his back pocket where the prediction had been.

Michael King invited an audience member to join him. He showed three washers and a length of ribbon. He performed a very “charming” multi-phase routine where the washers would melt through the ribbon.

James Schoonover handed David Teeman a pad of sticky notes and asked him to think of a word and write it on the pad. James was able to successfully divine the word that David had written.

Derrick Beeson performed a routine called “Wild Coin.” He used three half dollars and a shot glass. As he rubbed each coin, it turned to brass. He placed the coins into the shot glass and they turned back into silver coins.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – December 2023

Ring NO. 46, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Seymour Davis Ring

Meets 7:00 pm, 1st Monday of the month at the New Beginning Fellowship Church, 15601 S. Pennsylvania in OKC

LEE WOODSIDE, Secretary. Email: WoodsideLee@hotmail.com.

www.okcmagic.club

Our annual Holiday Party began with a feast. The Ring provided turkey, ham and drinks our members brought a smorgasbord of side dishes and deserts. Despite our best efforts, we could not make all the food disappear.

Jim Green told us a little known fact that $100 bills have two holes in them and proceeded to put a toothpick through the holes on a borrowed bill. Jim then blew up a balloon and, despite the fact that he did not tie off the stem, the balloon did not deflate. He told us that he uses a clear glass marble to achieve this effect.

December is the month when we conduct our Stage & Parlor Magic contest. David Teeman led off by performing the venerable coloring book. He then placed a Rubik’s Cube into a two-sided box, and after much byplay with the audience, he showed that the cube was no longer in the box, but had teleported to a hat.

Jay Relkin arrived “on stage” wearing a blazer adorned with flashing Christmas lights. He asked his volunteer, Abby, to select from several possible travel destinations. As she thought of a destination, he took a photo of her holding a blank card. When he showed her the photo on his phone, the picture was of the Eiffel Tower and she revealed that her destination was Paris. Jay then brought out a cigarette lighter and caused the flame from the lighter to jump to various places. He concluded by “eating” the fire.

Lee Woodside said that he was going to perform a true classic of magic. He said that if a magician had come to one’s grandfather’s school when the grandfather was a little boy, he might have performed this very trick. Lee showed a very large die, a gentleman’s top hat, and a beautiful small cabinet. He placed the die into the cabinet and demonstrated that it was truly there. After much byplay, he showed that the die had vanished from the cabinet, but had returned to the top hat.

Mark Cristiano invited Callie to select a playing card and sign it. The card was returned to the deck and the deck was placed in Santa’s bag. Mark reached into the bag without looking and retrieved the signed four of spades.

Rick Johnson began with stories about his family’s lack of appreciation for his magic. His material was better than that of some professional stand-up comedians. Rick then offered to show us a trick that he had not performed in ten years. After waving his magic wand and chanting “abracadabra,” he pulled from his hat not a rabbit, but a rabbit’s skeleton. Rick then asked the audience to stand and for each person to indicate with body language whether they thought a coin would land on heads or tails. After repeating this for several coin flips and having the people who were wrong sit down, only Jerry Bowzer remained standing. Rick displayed several large flash cards one at a time that described who the winner would be. The last card had “Jerry Bowzer” written on it.

When the votes were tallied, President Cassidy Smith announced Lee Woodside as the third-place winner, Rick Johnson as the second-place winner, and Mark Cristiano as the first-place winner. Each winner received a gift certificate for his choice of online magic dealer.

Michael King asked that each of the five participants “pick his pocket.” He laid out five pockets cut from various clothing items and each contestant got to take the contents of one of the pockets.

Michael handed a book to each of three volunteers: Callie, Cassidy and Brian. Each turned to a page in his or her book and selected a word. Michael divined each of the words.

Our annual Officers Planning Meeting was hosted by Lee Woodside at his home the week after our December meeting. Cassidy Smith, Justin Teeman, Michael King, and Lee Woodside planned out what should be an exciting year of magic in 2024.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – November 2023

Ring NO. 46, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Seymour Davis Ring

Meets 7:00 pm, 1st Monday of the month at the New Beginning Fellowship Church, 15601 S. Pennsylvania in OKC

LEE WOODSIDE, Secretary. Email: WoodsideLee@hotmail.com.

www.okcmagic.club

Our themes for November were Patriotic Magic and Turkey Magic. Members were encouraged to perform magic that honors our military heroes or to show a magic item they bought that did not live up to the hype in the ad (imagine that!)

President Cassidy Smith started the meeting by showing off some of his favorite magic routines. He began by producing a bouquet of flowers. He then performed a multi-phase cut and restored rope routine that he said was inspired by Michael Skinner, who was his “mentor,” even though Cassidy never actually met him in person. Cassidy finished by using his elegant Sherwood Cups and Balls to perform a routine with lots of bits of business and great technical skill.

Michael King led off the “Turkey Magic” portion of the meeting. He talked about an effect that has the participant perform calculations that force the number 1089. He said that the instructions indicated it would work even if the first number given is smaller than the number with the digits reversed, which is not the case. Michael then told us about ordering an early version of the nut off bolt effect and receiving a nut, a bolt, and a length of fishing line, with instructions to glue the line to the nut.

Jim Green showed us his jumbo 3-Card Monte props. He discussed ways of causing the King to turn into the Queen and vice-versa.

David Teeman showed a deck of cards with super heroes Captain America and Wonder Woman as the jokers. He had two cards selected and returned to the deck. When the cards were spread on the table, the selected cards were between the two jokers. He then showed a drawer box to be empty. After a magic spell, the box was opened to reveal Captain America and Wonder Woman action figures.

Cassidy Smith led a discussion on ways to store magic items. He recommended tackle boxes and sewing boxes with multiple compartments for storing close-up magic props. Lee Woodside said that storing props in clear freezer bags lets you easily determine what is in the bag without having to open it. Lee also advised that if magic is stored in a closet, to be sure to check the carpet for moisture frequently.

Our annual election of officers took very little time. All the current officers were elected by acclimation to serve during 2024. Cassidy Smith will continue as President, Justin Teeman as Vice President, Michael King as Treasurer, and Lee Woodside as Secretary, even though Lee offered to nominate anyone crazy enough to want the job of Secretary.

Lee Woodside performed a routine to honor those who served in the military. He started by playing the songs of each of the branches of the military and asking those who served in each branch to stand. He had Molly Brasier present a small American Flag to each of the veterans. Lee then performed the Mismade Flag effect.

Rick Martin showed off his finger chopper that he made with the help of his laser cutter. He showed three playing cards, each of which had a hole in the center. He placed his finger through the holes and raised up the middle card through his finger.

Derrick Beeson performed the “Demi Deck.” A deck of cards was placed into the device and the deck was broken into two parts and then restored.

Grant Vinton invited Justin Teeman and Cassidy Smith to each select a playing card and then return it to the deck. Grant then spread the deck and showed that the selected cards were between the two joker “detectives.”

Justin Teeman performed a blackjack-themed effect with four cards. Pairs of cards turned into blackjacks. As a finale, he ended with four black jacks.

Cassidy Smith invited Jerry Bowzer to select any five items from Cassidy’s close-up props. After studying the items for one minute, Cassidy performed a very professional routine using all the items.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – October 2023

Ring NO. 46, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Seymour Davis Ring

Meets 7:00 pm, 1st Monday of the month at the New Beginning Fellowship Church, 15601 S. Pennsylvania in OKC

LEE WOODSIDE, Secretary. Email: WoodsideLee@hotmail.com.

www.okcmagic.club

Our theme for October was escapes and bizarre magick. Jim Green showed us a number of surreptitious means of carrying handcuff keys: belts, bracelets, finger rings, and even the plastic cap for a ballpoint pen. He then showed a finger ring with a saw built into it. Jim said that he presents programs for law enforcement groups, showing ways that people can escape from restraints. He showed how to make a shim from a windshield wiper for escaping from handcuffs.

Cassidy Smith gave us a glowing review of his latest magic purchase, CHARLIE FRYES SLEIGHTY ABSURD book. He said that it contained miracles with cards, dice, cups and balls, knives, egg bags, knives, and even juggling and mentalism. He gave the book two thumbs up. Cassidy also gave a us a look at his other recent purchase, a wooden arm chopper. He asked for our ideas on using the arm chopper in an entertaining routine.

Kevin Brasier, who is no stranger to escapes, showed off some of his lock picks and quick-release restraints, including some handcuffs that he referred to as “bridge jumpers.” He told us some escape horror stories about things that have happened to escape artists over the years. He emphasized that an escape artist should always have a backup plan.

Lee Woodside invited Jerry Bowzer to test whether he would make the cut as an initiate into the Priori of Sion, a secret society described in Dan Brown’s THE DA VINCI CODE. Jerry would be required to intuit the color of his inner aura and also the grade at which he would enter the society. Sure enough, Jerry intuited that his aura was blue and that his grade is “Artist.” Lee gave credit to Thomas Henry for the effect, which was in Thomas’ Parade in a recent issue of the Linking Ring.

Brian Tabor showed off a tattoo which he said he got years ago when the Da Vinci Code book was a best-seller. He then asked whether it is possible to escape one’s fate and invited Derrick Beeson to test the idea. After Derrick arrived at the three of hearts and the two of spades in what looked to be a very fair procedure using ESP cards with a circle and a square, Brian opened a small wallet and showed that it contained a three of hearts with a square cut in it and a two of spades with a circle cut in it.

David Teeman invited Cally to choose how a voodoo doll would be injured. From his prediction envelope marked “CURE,” he brought out a picture of the doll with a large band aid over the wound inflicted by Cally.

Michael King showed us videos of some escapes by former member Steve Crawford that were covered by the local media. In one video, Steve is heavily shackled and thrown into the deep end of a motel swimming pool. After a nail-biting delay, he rises to the surfaces free of the restraints. In another video he escapes from an Oklahoma City Police Department jail cell. Michael then showed us a combination lock that opens when set to the year of a couple’s marriage.

Ring 46 was pleased to host a lecture by Matthew Garrett. Michael began by performing a standard linking ring routine. He and the lecture attendees discussed the strengths and weaknesses of a standard set of rings with respect to layman perceptions. Michael then performed a close-up ring routine. He discussed linking the rings to various objects, such as finger rings or purses.

Michael demonstrated the use of magic squares and the out-to-lunch principle for trade show audiences. After a commando card manipulation performance, he taught Rick Johnson, step-by-step, how to perform a ring and finger ring sequence as the rest of the group looked on.

Michael concluded by showing his “Ninja Fusion.” This is the impossible feat of having a steel ball bearing fuse onto a steel ring.

My thanks go to Justin Teeman for providing me with an overview of Matthew Garrett’s lecture.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – September 2023

Ring NO. 46, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Seymour Davis Ring

Meets 7:00 pm, 1st Monday of the month at the New Beginning Fellowship Church, 15601 S. Pennsylvania in OKC

LEE WOODSIDE, Secretary. Email: WoodsideLee@hotmail.com.

www.okcmagic.club

We were very pleased to host a lecture by Steve Reynolds, only our second lecture since the COVID pandemic. As a protege of John Racherbaumer, Steve definitely knew how to fool us with the pasteboards.

We had a great turnout for the lecture. Several magicians came from the Tulsa area. Our lecture sponsor system really worked well on this one. The sponsors got most of their money back.

John showed that a deck was all backs and then turned the backs to faces. He invited Derrick Beeson to select a card. John tore the card into four pieces and then restored the card, except for one corner.

John asked Jerry Bowzer to select a card from an invisible deck of cards as he spread them and called off the values to Jerry. Once the deck became visible, the selected card was between two kings. John called this his “classic force with an invisible deck.”

John demonstrated his “invisible palm” with four Aces. He said this routine was “Open Travelers.” He then demonstrated his Zarrow shuffle, which looked totally legitimate, even for a roomful of magicians burning his hands.

John showed us several other card effects, including a color-changing deck. We highly recommend him to any group that is interested in card magic.

Our September meeting was our annual swap meet and auction. We had a record bid; a nest of boxes by Viking Magic sold for $280.

Lee Woodside