Secretary Report – October 2017

Ring NO. 46, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK “The Seymour Davis Ring”

Meets 7:00 pm, 1st Monday of the month at the Contemporary Arts Building, Oklahoma State Fairground.

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

www.okcmagic.club

President Cassidy Smith taught a workshop on card magic just prior to our October meeting. One slick trick was snatching a previously selected card from the deck as he reversed a card spread.

Our featured performer for October was Steve Lancaster, former long-time owner of the Top Hat Magic shop in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Steve brought out what looked like a small doctor’s bag, but confessed that he had actually purchased it at a truck stop. He began his performance with a very nice oil and water effect that was direct and to the point, unlike some such effects that go on far to long. He then performed a trick where two cards selected by audience participants switch places right in their hands.

In keeping with the month’s theme of escapes and side show stunts, Steve showed us a very commercial comedy thumb cuff routine. He showed us that the same effect could be achieved even more economically with plastic wire wraps. Steve ended by vanishing a silk handkerchief and then retrieving it from an audience member’s sleeve.

Derrick Beeson presented a tribute to the late Eugene Burger and showed us a very nice card trick that he said had been taught to him by the “Magic Beard” himself. Following his tribute, a number of other magicians shared their fond memories of Eugene.

David Teeman placed three card boxes in a stack on top of a wooden cigar box. He invited an audience member to lift all three boxes together and then set them back down. After pushing the button on a remote, he asked that they lift only the top box, which the participant swore was heavier than all three boxes previously lifted. At the conclusion, David showed that the cigar box was completely empty and that the “remote” was nothing more than a piece of plastic. Although I guessed the correct solution to this mystery, I was still completely fooled when I tried it for myself. It is amazing how our senses can deceive us!

John Jolly used a jumbo deck of cards to tell the engaging story of Jack Diamond. Many groans and laughs were heard as each card in the deck fit in with the story.

Michael King magically produced the four aces from a deck of cards. After thoroughly shuffling the deck, including the use of one-handed bridge shuffles, he proceeded to cut to each of the aces.

Jay Relkin caused a finger ring to magically jump from one finger to the another. He then showed a coin and laid it on his palm. A small had came out and magically stole the coin away.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – September 2017

Ring NO. 46, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK “The Seymour Davis Ring”

Meets 7:00 pm, 1st Monday of the month at the Contemporary Arts Building, Oklahoma State Fairground.

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

www.okcmagic.club

Because of the Oklahoma State Fair, we were unable to hold our September meeting at the Contemporary Arts Building. Professional Magician and Life Member David Thomas invited us to spend the evening at the Frontier City Amusement Park, where he has been in charge of entertainment for many years.

We started the evening at the Two Johns Saloon, where David was kind enough to offer the hospitality of drinks on the house. This was a great venue for camaraderie and sharing close-up magic. President Cassidy Smith was not yet back in town after a magic convention in Colorado, so Michael King took charge.

To kick things off, Michael dazzled us with his card skills. After numerous fancy shuffles and cuts, he was able to cut to each of the four Aces.

Jay Relkin showed off his prowess with a finger ring. He was able to make it magically jump from finger to finger.

J. David Teeman showed us his croquet ball through which he had drilled a hole. He was able to cause it to stop wherever he wanted on a cord that he had passed through the hole. His audience volunteer, however, was unable to control the ball at all.

Michael King again took out his deck of cards and had a card selected and returned to the deck. After a few shuffles, he showed that the chosen card had disappeared from the deck and was now under the card box that was sitting on the table. Michael then performed a routine with three washers and a ribbon. He was able to cause the ribbon to penetrate the washers at will.

John Pansze demonstrated his skill with children’s magic by performing a cards across routine with the help of a young boy and a young girl, with lots of comedy byplay. Sure enough, three cards were caused to magically pass from the boy’s packet to the girl’s.

After an hour of magic and socializing, we all walked over to the Opera House. There, David Thomas offered us popcorn and soft drinks and then performed his illusion show with the help of his wife, Erin, along with a troupe of young men and women recruited from the local university. Following the show, David graciously invited the magicians backstage to examine his illusions. It was definitely a magical evening in every sense of the word.

Lee Woodside

 

Secretary Report – August 2017

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

Meets 7:00 pm, 1st Monday of the month at the Contemporary Arts Building, Oklahoma State Fairground.

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

www.okcmagic.club

We were pleased that professional magician and IBM 46 Life Member David Thomas showed up at our August meeting.  He brought along his good friend and fellow magician, David Hira.  David Hira was our featured performer for the evening. He showed how, through professionalism, a magician can make a crowd-pleasing miracle out of something as simple as the venerable silk scarf and thumb tip trick. He involved several audience members in the routine. Maybe he didn’t “fool us,” but he managed to entertain a roomful of jaded magicians.

David also talked about the wonderful feedback that he has gotten from his “David Hira LIVE” video lecture download now available from Penguin Magic.  He also talked about his new mentoring program that is taking place in Costa Rica.  I have not yet had the chance to download David’s video, but just knowing him and being acquainted with his magic is enough for me to heartily endorse it.  Add to that the five-star reviews and it’s a no-brainer.

The August meeting was our annual magic flea market and appraisal auction.  There are no minimum bids on the auction, but once the gavel falls, the seller has the option of accepting the high bid or paying the high bidder 50 cents for appraising his item. We actually had a few cases where the appraisal option was used, but most of the items actually changed hands, with some amazing bargains being had.  Lee Woodside was the auctioneer and managed to keep things moving along at a brisk pace. “He who snoozes, loses,” was his mantra as he urged bidders to up the price just one more dollar.

Following the meeting, a number of magicians repaired to the local watering hole to session late into the night.  Others went home to try out their newfound treasures or count their money.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – July 2017

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

Meets 7:00 pm, 1st Monday of the month at the Contemporary Arts Building, Oklahoma State Fairground.

LEE WOODSIDE, Secretary  Email  WoodsideLee@hotmail.com.

www.okcmagic.club

We were pleased to host a lecture by Max Krause the week after our June meeting. Max has definitely brought his magic into the 21st century. In addition to magical apps he has developed for smart phones, he shared with us many of his improvements on old classics. These included the tossed-out deck, 6-card repeat, and bank night.

Pandemonium of Magic, our yearly public show and fund-raiser was held the Saturday before Father’s Day in the theater at the Contemporary Arts building on the Oklahoma State Fairground. Marty “The Magic Dad” Ludlum emceed the show and kept things moving along. This year’s performers included Cassidy Smith, Mike Stelzer, J. David Teeman, Jay Relkin, Lee “Captain Lee” Woodside, Derrick Beeson, Michael “One-Man-Circus” King, John Jolly, and Terry “T.Lo” Losawyer and his daughter, Rebecca. Prior to the show and during intermission, Justin Teeman, David Teeman and Terry Losawyer amazed audience members with their close-up magic. We all had a great time and actually cleared some money for the club.

Prior to our July meeting, President Cassidy Smith led a workshop. He taught a “karate clip” routine where he tossed up a paper clip and caught it on the end of his finger. Darryl Books tore up a piece of tissue paper and then restored it with a wave of his “magic marker”  Lee Woodside told the story of two paper clips who fell in love and became linked

Our featured performer for July was Ezekiel Jump. Ezekiel is now stationed at Fort Sill, OK after recently serving a tour with the US Army in Japan. He amazed us with his very professional card magic. Among his routines were an “any card at any number” miracle and an ambitious card routine using a signed card. The “kicker” was that the card ended up in his shoe.

Our theme for June was paper magic. Lee Woodside taught a trick using the daily newspaper. He cut a circle out of the paper, but when he opened up the paper, it had turned into a square. Everyone received a newspaper and a set of templates for making up the trick.

David Teeman showed us a mesh bag that was similar to a “Bengal net.” He would take an egg (visibly) out of the bag, but when he tossed it to a member of the audience, it became invisible. When tossed back to him, it again became visible when it entered the bag. He also showed a trick where the president on a piece of US currency alternately frowned and smiled.

Cassidy Smith wowed us with some card magic and then showed a very nice two-cup cups and balls routine.

Following the meeting, much magic was shared. The hardier members then repaired to the local watering hole for continued sessioning.

Lee Woodside

 

Secretary Report – June 2017

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

Meets 7:00 pm, 1st Monday of the month at the Contemporary Arts Building, Oklahoma State Fairground.

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

www.okcmagic.club

The June meeting featured our annual Close-Up Contest. We had six contestants this year, who each presented some great magic for our entertainment.

Derrick Beeson had his first volunteer freely think of a number. His second volunteer thought of a playing card. The third concentrated on the name of a person. Derrick was able to divine all three thoughts. He had a playing card selected and caused the card to float off the deck in mid air without the help of any threads.

Daniel Butler showed his phenomenal memory capabilities by memorizing a partial deck of playing cards. He then performed a Triumph-like effect with the deck.

Darryl Brooks performed a very whimsical and entertaining routine using sponge balls, a bowl and a magic wand. The sponge balls had the amazing ability of squeaking when touched.

Jay Relkin used 50-cent pieces for a coins across routine. Next, he brought out a deck of playing cards and had an audience member freely name any card. He then showed that it was the only card in the deck that was reversed.

Mike Stelzer had a participant place three coins in three different places while his back was turned. When he turned around, he was able to divine the location of each coin. He then showed his ability to bend metal with his mind by causing a steel screwdriver blade to bend when he stroked it. He then used his mental abilities to cause ice to form in a bowl of water. He finished by mentally causing a nut to screw itself onto a bolt.

Terrry “T.Lo” Losawyer caused a pencil to penetrate a dollar bill right under an audience member’s nose. He showed that the bill was not damaged, even after the participant pulled the pencil all the way through the bill.

Cassidy Smith performed a very commercial 5-card repeat routine while the votes were tallied. First place went Derrick Beeson, second to Daniel Butler, and third to Jay Relkin. Each winner got to select from a stack of magic DVDs.

Derrick Beeson gave a review of the “Hover Card 2.0″ effect that he had performed in the contest. He showed us that it was very easy to perform this amazing effect.

Justin Teeman reviewed “The Expert’s Portfolio No. 2,” of which he had an advance copy. He said that this excellent book of card magic would become available for purchase this fall.

David Teeman showed us his croquet ball through which he had strung a cord. He was able to stop the ball at any point on the cord at his command. He then showed us his dominoe prediction effect that he calls “Domi-Know.”

Darryl Brooks performed a professor’s nightmare effect using black ropes with white tips that looked like magic wands.

Jay Relkin demonstrated a mental effect that he has been working on. He had a participant mentally picture a scene.  Jay proceeded to describe the scene that existed only in the participant’s mind.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – May 2017

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

Meets 7:00 pm, 1st Monday of the month at the Contemporary Arts Building, Oklahoma State Fairground.

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

www.okcmagic.club

Our featured performer for May was J. David Teeman. David told about his recent performance experience with his “Refreshment Rainbow” twisting effect that he developed. He then showed a paddle move trick that he came up with using straws from the Taco Casa restaurant.

Our theme for May was gambling routines and bar bets. Justin Teeman led off by having an audience member cut to the tens. He then showed us the venerable “I’ll bet you that the next card I turn over will be your card” scam.

Cassidy Smith showed us a poor man’s cups and balls that he had recently purchased. It is basically a “wild card” trick with a cups and balls theme.

Derrick Beeson reviewed the “Sucker Punch” trick that he had purchased. He said that it was a really good way to perform a “3-fly” effect using poker chips. The props provided were quite nice and the price was very affordable. He then showed us a card through window trick that he gave only two stars out of five.

Terry “Mr. T.Lo” Losawyer showed us how he bets that he can remove the ring from a loop of string that is held between the participant’s fingers. He said that he has won more than a few drinks with that one.

Ezekial Jump demonstrated how he could deal himself four aces using bottom dealing. He then outdid himself by dealing himself a straight flush from the middle of the deck.

We could have all sworn that Michael King bet that he could drink thirty six beers in 15 minutes. What he actually said was that he could drink “a third of six beers” in 15 minutes. However, our minds heard this as 36.

Mike Stelzer showed off the newest member of his vent act, a young Star Trek captain. He then performed an escape from a regulation straight jacket.

Lee Woodside explained the rules for a face-up poker game and challenged people to say whether they would want to go first or second in the “heads up” game. No one got this right, so Lee explained how the first player could always win.

President Cassidy Smith awarded the trophies from our December stage and parlor magic contest. Third place went to Lee Woodside, second place to Terry Losawyer, and first place to Michael Stephanic.

The names of all the evening’s performers were placed into a hat and one name drawn to receive a prize. Lee Woodside won the “Jumbo Twisted Sisters,” by John Bannon.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – April 2017

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

Meets 7:00 pm, 1st Monday of the month at the Contemporary Arts Building, Oklahoma State Fairground.

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

www.okcmagic.club           

            Our featured performer for April was President Cassidy Smith. Cassidy was attired in Victorian era dress and amazed us with his very polished presentation of the cups and balls. He ended with final loads of a lemon, a lime and a Kiwi fruit. He then performed a beautiful coins across routine, with the final transfer ending in a spectator’s hand.

            Jim Green showed off the beautiful new apparatus he had custom made. He loaded a bunny into a cannon, which was aimed at a box that he had shown to be empty. When he fired the cannon, the cannon sprang open and was seen to be unmistakably empty. The target box fell open to reveal the bunny inside.

            Our meeting theme was our annual “Let’s Make Magic,” which is always one of the most popular meetings of the year. Several magicians each teach a trick and send the members home with the props necessary to perform it.

            Derrick Beeson punched a hole in his business card and then proceeded to move the hole to the other side of the card. He then moved the hole onto another business card, which he handed out to a member of the audience. He said that it is a great way to get one’s business card into the hands of a potential client.

            J. David Teeman showed a routine where a selected card ended up turning into an “embarrassment,” which is the term used for a group of pandas. Sure enough the card had pandas all over the back and a panda where each of the spades was on the original selection.

            Ezekiel Jump had a card selected. He went to his pocket for a book of matches and the matchbook cover proved to be a folded playing card that matched the selection. He then had the participant put the matchbook behind his back and remove one match. The selected match proved to be the only one Ezekiel had marked with his “magic” marker.

            Cassidy Smith taught us how to do a very flashy four ace production. The end result was a perfect pose for a publicity photo.

            Lee Woodside gave a review of the Eureka Springs Cavalcade of Magic from which he had just returned. He reported that it was a wonderful convention held in a resort town in the hills of Arkansas and one of the best-kept secrets in magic.

            Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – March 2017

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

Meets 7:00 pm, 1st Monday of the month at the Contemporary Arts Building, Oklahoma State Fairground.

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

www.okcmagic.club           

            Prior to the March meeting, President Cassidy Smith continued his workshop on coin magic. He showed a very nice one-coin routine, which included a coin roll.

            Lee Woodside was the featured performer for the month. He invited several fellow magicians to participate in an experiment in mental communications. Each thought of a playing card and mentally sent the image to Lee, who was able to name each of the thought-of cards. Lee then invited Darryl Books to play the part of the devil as Lee reenacted the strange dream he had the night before. Darryl thought of the name of a sinner and Lee was able to read his mind. Lee then presented a mini-lecture on mnemonics, which was the basis for the two effects he had performed.

            After the mini lecture, Lee distributed copies of the Ring’s 2017 Grimoire free to those who had contributed material. He then offered copies on CD for sale to the other members.

            Derrick Beeson performed a lie detector test with Michael King. As he asked each question about Michael’s chosen card, the lie detector told whether he was telling the truth or lying.

            Cassidy Smith showed a routine using the “Invisibill,” which is a transparent one-dollar bill. Jim Short told about routines that are available for download from Penguin Magic.

            After an announcement of the recent deaths of Bob Cassidy and Darryl, several members shared their memories of these two magical greats. Many of us remembered Darryl from his two lectures in Oklahoma City.

            Justin Teeman entertained us with an ambitious card routine. Cassidy Smith showed a sponge ball routine that segued into a discussion on scripting magic routines.

            David Teeman showed two separate one-dollar bills and then turned them into a single bill. He then showed us how to perform this easy bit of magic.

            Darryl Books showed a fifty-cent piece and a Mexican centavo. He removed the fifty-cent piece from his hand and when he opened his hand, the centavo had vanished.

            Derrick Beeson brought out an Okito box and four silver dollars. He caused the coins to pass one at a time through the solid box.

            John Jolly showed a dollar bill with a door in it. He had a participant hold onto the door. When he folded the bill up and then unfolded it, the person had stepped through the door and was now on the other side.

            Jim Green folded up a two-dollar bill. When he unfolded it, it had changed into two ones. He then passed a pen through one of the bills without harming it.

            Ezekial Jump borrowed a quarter and performed a routine which included an impressive muscle pass. Dr. Alain Le turned a piece of paper into a real one-dollar bill.

            Dale Shawn placed two one-dollar bills on the table back to back. When he rolled them up and then unrolled them, the bills were face to face.

            Jay Relkin showed a Canadian nickel. As he held the nickel in his palm, a baby hand reached out from under his other hand and stole the nickel. Jay said that he has gotten great reactions from lay people with the baby hand.

            Mike Stelzer place three quarters into a device and closed the lid. He then penetrated each quarter with a toothpick. Michael Stephanic caused a twenty-dollar gold piece to vanish.

            Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – February 2017

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

Meets 7:00 pm, 1st Monday of the month at the Contemporary Arts Building, Oklahoma State Fairground.

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

www.okcmagic.club           

            President Cassidy Smith continued his workshop on coin moves from last month prior to the February meeting. He showed a very convincing method of vanishing a coin.

            While waiting on our featured performer to arrive, Darryl Books amazed us with a routine where he placed a silver coin and a copper coin into a wine glass. As he swirled the two coins in the glass, the copper coin fell through the bottom, leaving only the silver coin behind.

            Jay Relkin plunged his finger through a silver half-dollar coin, turning it into a finger ring. He credited the routine as “Banded,” by Garrett Thomas.

            Cassidy had a card selected by a participant and returned to the deck. A second participant then selected a card, which proved to be the exact same card, the two of hearts. Cassidy said that when he performs this for couples, his punch line is, “Two hearts beating as one.”

            Our featured performer was Joe Coover. Joe performed a cap in bottle effect, using a small glass Coke bottle. He then got lots of laughs with a lie detector routine using a remote-controlled monkey who crashed his cymbals together every time he heard a “lie.” Joe ended by having a puzzle piece freely selected by a participant. Each piece was a state in the USA. When the puzzle was unveiled, the one piece missing from the puzzle proved to be the selected one.

            Justin Teeman showed us his “Love Me” deck of cards, which he said is perfect for Valentine magic. He then amazed us by producing the four Aces.

            Gary Trosper showed off the Zombie deck he purchase. He said he is working up an ambitious card routine with it, the idea being that no matter how deep you bury one, a zombie always comes to the top.

            Lee Woodside said that he would perform a trick that swept the magic world in 1954. Using patter he obtained from IBIDEM, he told of two paper clips falling in love. Using a dollar bill, they got married and became linked together.

            Cassidy suggested a napkin rose as an idea for Valentine’s Day and showed off some “roses” that he had made. He then demonstrated a restored chewing gum effect.

            David Teeman showed us his “slapstick,” a noise-making paddle that used to be popular in vaudeville. The then showed a croquet ball through which he had drilled a hole. When he threaded it onto a cord, he was able to stop the ball at any point on the cord. However, an audience member was unable to control the ball.

            Derrick Beeson showed a pocket version of the well-known effect “B’Wave.” Mike Stelzer showed us a mind reading trick put out by Tenyo.

            Dale Shawn a showed deck of Bicycle playing cards. However, when he snapped his fingers, he was able to fan the deck and show it to be completely blank. Michael King performed a gambling expose using bottom dealing as the theme.   

            The names of all who performed were put into a hat. The winner of the drawing was Justin Teeman and the prize was a magic DVD.

            Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – January 2017

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

Meets 7:00 pm, 1st Monday of the month at the Contemporary Arts Building, Oklahoma State Fairground.

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

www.okcmagic.club           

            President Cassidy Smith held a workshop on coin work just prior to the January meeting. He showed and taught some really convincing coin vanishes.

            Our featured performer for the first meeting of the New Year was Zach Heath. He showed his prowess with the pasteboards by performing the “Chicago Opener.”

            Derrick Beeson showed off some of the magical gadgets he got for Christmas. He showed his PMS (pocket management system) and a beautiful set of custom-made Okito boxes. Cassidy then praised the new DVD “The Touch,” by Robbie Moreland that is now available from Vanishing Inc.

            Jim Green had Terry LoSawyer draw arrows on a Lifesaver mint. Jim then placed the mint on a stick and magically caused it to start spinning around in the direction of the arrows. He then performed a ring on chain routine with a lot of comedy byplay.

            Jim Short showed the book CARD COMPULSIONS, by Peter Duffie that he received from Christmas from a magic friend. He then performed one of the routines from the book.

            We had a good discussion on originality. While we agreed that we should each strive to make a magic trick fit our own character, there was some doubt as to whether being original was always a good thing. After all, the classics are classics for a reason.

            Our theme for the member performances was “New Year, New Magic.” John Shackelford started out by very cleanly changing a Monopoly bill into a real dollar bill.

            Mike Stelzer performed a flame through silk scarf routine. He then used his magic wand to produce a blooming flower in an empty flowerpot.

            Darryl Books borrowed a quarter and had the participant place his initials on it. He caused the quarter to vanish and then brought out a playing card box. Inside the box was a matchbox and inside the matchbox was the borrowed quarter.

            Dale Shawn had someone call out the name of any playing card. He then showed that the only red-back card in the blue-back deck was the freely named card. David Teeman performed his version of linking and unlinking craft loops. He then showed four aces and had someone name one of the suits. Sure enough, that was the only ace with a different color back. He then handed the cards out for examination.

            Cassidy Smith magically produced three half dollar coins one at a time and then caused them to vanish. He then did a “Twisting the Deuces” effect, ending with mirrors on both sides of every card. (It’s all done with mirrors.)

            Lee Woodside