Secretary Report – May 2021

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:

Our May meeting was once again a “hybrid” meeting. Seven magicians showed up at our meeting place and another six joined us via Zoom. Our theme was “no-touch magic,” which meant magic where the audience members did not have to touch the props.

David Teeman has performed magic at every meeting he has attended for the past several decades. Tonight was no different. He was wearing a t-shirt with images of lots of dice arranged in rows and columns. Three sides were visible on each die. First he sent an image to Cassidy Smith’s phone, but asked that he not check it yet. He then invited Cassidy to mentally select one die, add up the spots, and move left and right that many times to arrive at a second die. He then had Cassidy use the top number on the new die and move up and down that number of times. Finally, he let Cassidy pick any one of the three numbers on that die and move diagonally that many times. Sure enough, the die ultimately selected matched the image sent to Cassidy’s phone.

Lee Woodside announced that he had received word that Ring 46 Life Member Joe Diggle had passed away February 1st in Pearblossom, California. Michael King showed a video that he had prepared of Joe’s performance at our 2001 Pandemonium of Magic. It may be watched by searching YouTube for “Shyster Joe and his Magic Medicine Show.” President Cassidy Smith said that he would conduct a Broken Wand ceremony for Joe at our June meeting.

Using the magic of Zoom, Derrick Beeson treated us to a tour of his magic domain, a room in his home devoted entirely to magic. Highlights included his “floating” bookshelf, his wall of playing cards, bookshelves full of magic books in his closet, a jewelry chest with his coin magic props, and a cabinet with DVDs and more books, including the late Dean Dill’s personal copy of EXPERT COIN MAGIC, signed by David Roth.

Jim Green showed us his lighted message board that he uses for shows. He said that it is available at a very reasonable cost from online shopping sites.

Our very brief business meeting focused on our upcoming annual public show, which was canceled in 2020 because of COVID. This year’s show will take place on June 19th.

Cassidy Smith gave a review of the four DVD collection of Denny Haney’s magic. He said that the fourth DVD, with interviews of Denny, was good. However, he said the other three had poor audio and video quality and lots of repetition. He said that as much as he hated to, he had to give a thumbs down. He then showed us the top-of-the-line Sherwood cups he had purchased. He said that his girlfriend told him he could have bought a car for what he paid for them. Lee Woodside pointed out that in ten years, the cups will definitely be worth more than the car he could have bought.

Cassidy then asked if anyone else had seen things that were not magic props, but looked like they should be. He showed a very fancy chopstick and said that it looked to him like a magic wand. He backed up his statement by doing a strike vanish with the chopstick. Lee Woodside showed a letter opener that looked like a miniature sword. He said that it looked perfect for stabbing into a deck to locate a card. He also showed two key chains. One had a working roulette wheel and the other contained a full deck of playing cards. Lee said that he had worked up a gambling-themed routine with them. He also showed a dollhouse candlestick that he said he uses for his “Leprechaun Seance.”

Cassidy demonstrated and then taught a four ace production using a fan of cards and several flourishes. He then assisted David Teeman in a mental experiment. David laid out three cards with a different color dot on each card. He gave Cassidy a pen and asked him to point to one of the cards with it. He then asked Cassidy to read what was on the pen. Sure enough, it predicted the card he would choose.

Michael King brought out three books and asked Alex Riera to select one. He then had Alex choose a word in the book. Michael divined the word letter by letter until he announced the chosen word.

Shaun Clark placed a deck of cards on the table and asked Justin Teeman to cut the deck and hold onto the card he cut to. Shaun shuffled the remainder of the deck and handed it to Justin. As Justin went through the deck, Shaun named each of the cards of the suit of the chosen card in order. He then announced the name of the chosen card.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – April 2021

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:

Our March meeting was once again a “hybrid” meeting. Six magicians showed up at our meeting place and another five joined us via Zoom. Our theme was “ebay magic” and everyone was challenged to perform something he had obtained on the auction site.

President Cassidy Smith started the meeting off with some magic. He showed a penny and placed a magnifying glass over it. When he removed the magnifying glass, the penny had actually grown to the size of a half dollar. When he temporarily covered the penny with his hand,

it grew to three inches in diameter. Cassidy then showed a set of the signed BOOKS OF WONDER that he had bought with the “Buy in Now” option.

Lee Woodside showed a frame with slots for five ESP cards on each side. He placed five ESP cards on one side of the frame, with the backs toward the audience. He then attempted to send the digits 1 through 5 to Jerry Bowzer and placed the other five cards in the slots Jerry named. When the frame was turned around, all five of the pairs of ESP cards were seen to match. Lee then showed a set of Mikame wooden, nesting chop cups that he had purchased on eBay.

Derrick Beeson showed us all five of Bruce Cervon’s CASTLE NOTEBOOKS that he said he purchased for the price of one volume. David Teeman showed a Z-fold wallet that allowed him to show the wallet empty and then produce a bouquet of mylar spring flowers. He said that the trick had been thrown in free with a purchase he had made on eBay.

Cassidy asked if anyone had tips for creating a balloon swan using a white balloon. Mark Christiano offered his wisdom and also made a beautiful balloon swan for us while we watched.

David Teeman showed a mesh bag that contained five Easter eggs of different colors. He had Cassidy withdraw the eggs one at a time and open them. The first four were empty. The last one in the bag contained the note, “You will select blue last.”

Cassidy led a discussion based on the question, “What do you reveal of yourself in your magic?” Several magicians offered their responses to this question.

Michael King produced a flower using a wand. He then added ingredients to a pan and ended up “cooking up” a bunch of spring flowers. He described a child’s party where he was commissioned to produce a really large birthday cake for the birthday girl. He said that the clients did not balk at his price, but then the home they lived in was 14,000 square feet.

David Teeman showed ten Sharpies of different colors. He and a participant took turns eliminating pens. It was shown that the remaining Sharpie was the only one where the color of the Sharpie matched the color of the cap.

Cassidy showed us a replica non-firing Colt revolver that he has been practicing with. He then demonstrated some of what he has learned with a lasso, including the “Texas Skip.”

Derrick Beeson showed us a finger ring that had been crafted from a Morgan silver dollar. He used the ring to wow us with some ring moves that he had practiced.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – March 2021

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:

Our March meeting was once again a “hybrid” meeting. Seven magicians met at our normal meeting place and another six signed on via Zoom. Our theme for the month was low-priced magic books. For example, Dover has published a number of classic books at very reasonable prices.

Michael King showed a book where the first page displayed a cell phone, a key and a pen. He asked Jerry Bowzer to choose any one of three items. Jerry chose the cell phone. When Michael flipped through the pages of the book, a hand came out and grabbed the cell phone. Later Michael shuffled a deck of cards and cut to each of the four aces. He then performed a “Twisting the Aces” routine.

David Teeman showed two one-dollar bills and then unfolded them to show that it was really only one bill. He said that he got the trick from KARL FULVES SELF-WORKING PAPER MAGIC, which he found marked down at Barnes and Noble. Later David showed a Tarot card that he found in his back yard after our recent storms. It was the “Hermit,” a terrapin with a lamp on its back.

Lee Woodside showed a spirit cabinet that he said he built from pieces of wood he got from an old haunted house. He poured a red ball out of a goblet and closed the curtain. When he reopened the curtain, the ball was in the goblet. He ran a cord through holes in opposite ends of the cabinet and then placed his college class ring into the cabinet and closed the curtains. When he pulled the cord out, the ring was not only threaded onto the cord, but was pinned in place with a safety pin. Finally, he had a card selected. He showed a slate empty on both sides and placed it into the cabinet along with a piece of chalk. Sure enough, the spirit wrote the name of the card on the slate. Lee said the routine is “Sefalaljia,” a Stewart James effect that he got from Annemann’s PRACTICAL MENTAL EFFECTS, published by Dover. Lee said that when he performed the effect years ago at a late-night session of an Oklahoma Cavalcade of Magic, Roger Klause was sitting in the back row and was explaining every move to the gentleman sitting next to him. Lee said that what was irritating at the time is now a fond memory.

Jim Green blew up a balloon inside a plastic liter bottle. The balloon stayed inflated even though it was not tied off. At Jim’s command, the balloon deflated. Jim graciously shared the method along with some performance tips.

Cassidy Smith produced a silk scarf from an invisible pocket on his shirt. He vanished the scarf and then made it reappear. Finally, he magically changed the color of the scarf from red to yellow.

Jonathon Taylor caused a silver coin to vanish and then very convincingly removed it from his eye. It was worthy of a side-show act.

Justin Teeman showed THE ART OF MAGIC, by S. H. Sharp that he recently acquired.

Cassidy Smith demonstrated his proficiency with dice stacking, a new skill that he has been working on lately. He then flipped a coin and asked someone to name “heads” or “tails.” As the coin landed on his arm, a tail dropped out of his hand into the participant’s hand.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – February 2021

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:

Our February meeting was a “hybrid” meeting. Five magicians met at our normal meeting place and another 17 signed on via Zoom. Our theme for the month was “Classics of Magic.” Darryl Brooks kicked off the magic by pushing a pencil through a five-dollar bill and ripping the bill. He then magically restored the bill.

President Cassidy Smith demonstrated a few coin magic moves. His retention vanish of a coin is a thing of beauty. He then performed a routine where four half dollars visibly changed to English pennies and were dropped into a coffee mug. When he dumped the coins out of the mug, they had changed back to half dollars. He also showed us several versions of an appearing knot on rope. He finished by performing a rope through neck.

David Teeman tied a knot in a silk scarf and then magically caused the knot to disappear. He said that he learned the trick by carefully watching Bill Bixby perform it on an episode of “The Magician.” He said that he later saw it in Mark Wilson’s book and in Tarbell Volume 2. Later he placed two cords behind his neck, tied one of them around the front, and then magically caused both cords to penetrate his neck.

Jim Green blew up a 12-inch balloon, but did not tie it off. Amazingly, the balloon remained inflated until he gave it a magical thump with his finger.

Anthony Bruno performed an ambitious card routine. For the finale, the chosen card shot out of the deck and then came back down and stuck in the deck.

Mike Stelzer discussed the book THE BOY WHO CRIED MAGIC, by Andi Gladwin. He also showed us the book DELAND: MYSTERY AND MADNESS, which he said came with a deck of gaffed cards.

John Stack, who sometimes performs as “The Stoned Sorcerer”, showed cards with the names of various strains of marijuana written on them. Two different colors were used. He asked William Rader to mentally determine which stack to put each of the cards into. Sure enough, the colors were separated. It was “out of this world.” John also talked about some of the things needed for a Zoom magic show, including microphones, cameras, cables, lighting, and audio interfaces. He also discussed marketing techniques for Zoom shows.

Jay Relkin allowed his iguana, Aries to perform a card trick. Three different participants arrived at the name of a playing card. A large mustard green leaf was given to Aries and he chewed out a “4” and a club to demonstrate his psychic ablities.

Michael King, wearing an “I Can’t Breathe” Covid mask, opened a new deck of playing cards and began shuffling them. He asked Justin Teeman to name a card and then began cutting the cards, asking Justin to say “stop” whenever he wanted. Sure enough, the top card was Justin’s selected card. Michael finished by cutting to the four Aces.

Lee Woodside said that a normal book test would be difficult under the conditions of a Zoom meeting. Instead, he brought out a book and began going through it looking for interesting words. He asked Justin Teeman to pick one of the words as he read them. Lee then began divining the letters in Justin’s word one letter at a time and finally announced the word. He said that he learned this “Anytime, anywhere book test” from Lee Earle’s SYZYGY.

Michel King pulled a card from his deck and held it with the back toward the camera. He challenged Lee Woodside to name the color of the card. Lee said, “Red.” Michael asked for the suit. Lee said, “Hearts.” Michael asked for the value of the card. Lee said, “Four.” Michael turned the card around and it was, indeed, the Four of Hearts.

Jerry Bowzer performed an over-the-phone lie detector trick. He asked Michael King to remove seven cards from his deck and mentally select one of the cards. After following Jerry’s instructions and either lying or telling the truth at each step, Michael ended up with the selected card.

William Rader showed us a smaller size Tarot deck that he is now marketing. He has also been marketing full-size Tarot cards with a very artistic design.

Lee Woodside showed the book CONJURER’S WISDOM, by Joe Hernandez which he recently purchased via an eBay auction. The book contains such pearls of wisdom as “If you have a deck of nines of spades, don’t try to force the three of hearts” and “Stop accumulating stuff and start accumulating skills.” The book contains 3,333 quotes.

Jerry Bowzer gave a good review of the “In and of Itself” program by Derek DelGuadio that is now streaming on Hulu.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – January 2021

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:

We started 2021 with a lecture that was free to paid-up members. Because of COVID, our 2020 memberships were rolled over for 2021. Twenty magicians signed onto the Zoom session hosted by our Vice President, Justin Teeman.

Comedy magician Matt Fore stressed the importance of good segues, gags, running gags and callbacks in creating a magic show that is entertaining to an audience and generates repeat bookings. He gave many good examples and gave some great ideas for improving our shows. For any magician who has been performing for a while, the material he taught was much more important than learning another new trick.

We had enough time following Matt’s lecture for our members to participate. Jerry Bowzer recommended the DVDs “How to Handle Cards.” Michael King showed off the new Tarot cards that are now available from our former President, William Rader.

John Shack showed his new and improved version of split cards. The cards will now magically restore themselves in full view. David Teeman showed a gift box with an interior that was red and white and held a green handkerchief. With a wave of his hand, the box changed to green and white with a red handkerchief.

Cassidy Smith gave a positive review of Al James’ CONJUROR AT THE TABLE, which is all about restaurant magic. He also recommended Kainoa Harbottle’s “Inferential.” Justin Teeman showed his signed copy of ULTRA CERVON, by Bruce Cervon.

To conclude the meeting, Cassidy Smith demonstrated his new handling of the false count for the Professor’s Nightmare rope trick. He said that the method gives him much more confidence in the performance of the sleight.

I was informed by Justin Teeman that our unofficial roundtable launched again on the second Monday of 2021 at Buffalo Wild Wings with appearances by Michael King, Jay Relkin, Zach Heath, J David and Justin Teeman, Derrick Beeson, Shaun Clark, John Shackleford, Jonathan Taylor, and new to OKC Anthony Bruno. Aces Assembled, coins traveled across, and rings visibly melted through fingers, making for a wonderful evening of good fellowship and a great time had by all. We hope to keep these going as the season allows.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – December 2020

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:

Nineteen magicians signed in for our December Zoom meeting and annual stage/parlor magic contest. Anthony Bruno led off by showing two decks of cards and asking Zach Heath to name any playing card. Zach called out the five of diamonds. Anthony said that he would make the five of diamonds vanish from the first deck. The magic worked a little too well; all the faces of the cards had become blank. Anthony then showed that the five of diamonds was the only card that was reversed in the other deck. Not only that, it was the only card in the red-backed deck with a blue back.

Daniel Buster showed four pieces of string, each about a foot long. One of the pieces of string had a treble hook attached to the end. He placed the ends of the string, including the hook into his mouth. He invited Cassidy Smith to select any one of the strings. He jerked the selected string from his mouth. He did this two more times. Finally, he showed that the one remaining string was the one with the dangerous looking fish hook attached to it.

J. David Teeman showed a mailbox that he explained was for magically sending letters to Santa to the North Pole. He showed an envelope addressed to Santa and placed it into the mailbox and closed the door. When he lifted the flag to indicate outgoing mail, magical holiday music played briefly. He opened the door to show that the letter was now gone, magically on its way to Santa.

Mike Stelzer demonstrated his ventriloquist skills by carrying on a lively conversation with his pet orangutan. Following Mike’s performance, President Cassidy Smith announced that the Ring Officers would meet via Zoom later and determine the contest winners.

Cassidy Smith showed off his impressive collection of magic wands. Wendy Wylde gave a glowing review of the “Monster Mentalism” DVDs by Docc Hillford.

David Parr showed off his bound volume of Charlie Miller’s Magicana columns that were published in Genii magazine from 1964 to 1978. Michael King showed a collection of books that were given to him because he is a magician. The books included RAPID MATH TRICKS AND TIPS, by Edward H. Julius. He said that despite the title, the book was not a magic book, but a book on how to perform rapid calculations. He also showed the FAMOUS ROTH’S MEMORY COURSE.

Lee Woodside said that Walter Zaney Blaney’s memorial service was last week and included a video about Blaney. Look under Walter Zaney’s quote is very appropriate for magicians: “Die young as old as possible.”

Zach Heath, the inventor of “Ash and Ember” performed a finger ring routine that looked like movie special effects. Many hours of practice had to be involved.

David Parr showed a clip from his Halloween special that he performed on Zoom. He was in a very spooky-looking old house. He walked up a staircase and set a box on a stair and placed a ball in it. He walked down the stairs and called on the spirits. Sure enough, the ball rolled out of the box and bounced down the stairs.

Junior magician Lincoln Reed Thomas pushed a silk handkerchief into his fist. After making a magical gesture, he opened his hand to show that the hanky had disappeared.

The Ring 46 Officers met after the meeting to determine the winners of the stage/parlor magic contest. Daniel Buster won first place and will receive a $30 gift card to a magic dealer. David Teeman won second place and will receive a $20 gift card. Anthony Bruno took third place and will receive a $10 gift card.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – November 2020

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:

Our November Zoom meeting was again hosted by Vice President Justin Teeman, The meeting began with a broken wand ceremony for Len Sparagowski, performed by President Cassidy Smith. Len died at 99 years of age. He and his wife, Lil, were married for 76 years. Cassidy asked that we share any memories of Len. Lee Woodside said that Len will probably be most remembered for his mnemonics act, the climax of which was when he proved that he had memorized the entire Oklahoma City phone book. Terry “T.Lo” Losawyer recounted how he had met Len in 1986. David Teeman remembered when he bought a gross of “Dime and Penny” tricks from Len because Len claimed that he had accidentally added an extra zero to his order.

Cassidy Smith showed us a coin routine he has been working on. He produced three coins one at a time, performed several sleight-of-hand moves, and then vanished them. He then told about performing at the Halloween event “Pumpkinville” using cups & balls, rings and cards. He invited other magicians to tell about their Halloween performances. David Teeman told about performing outside at his church for two and a half hours. He used only a mesh egg bag and a drawer box full of Halloween candy. David then showed us a pair of color-changing sponge balls that were still in the sealed packages. He said that he purchased them from “Bizarro.”

Our theme for November was “turkey magic.” This is a tradition that began many years ago at Ring 46 and originally meant tricks that looked really good in the ads, but turned out to be “turkeys.” We have expanded on that to include tricks that did not work out during a particular performance or tricks that were bad, but were improved by the buyer to actually become good effects.

Michael King showed an effect that he had modified to become a good trick. He does not speak during the routine, but has a flip-book for an audience member to read out loud as Michael flips the pages. A card is selected, signed and then lost in the deck. The climax is when Michael opens his mouth for the first time and the signed card is folded up on his tongue. Michael also told us about a rubber band trick he purchased where the rubber band travels from finger to finger. He said the problem was that it took a great deal of strength to hold the fingers apart during the performance of the effect.

Steve Crawford told about an effect he performed where he appeared to break off the earpiece from a borrowed pair of glasses. During one performance, the earpiece actually did break off. He found out later that, in fact, the screw was loose and had come out. He performed a watch steal during a pickpocket routine and realized on his drive home that he forgot to give back the “stolen” watch. Another time, he passed out a pair of handcuffs to be examined before his handcuff escape routine. Unfortunately, a young couple cuffed themselves together. Steve’s assistant had forgotten to bring along the key and a call to the police was required to free the young lovers.

Lee Woodside showed off two recent acquisitions that were definitely not “turkeys.” He snagged a copy of SHEHERAZADE, by Borodin off eBay and bought the “Snaps” photo card decks marketed by Jonathon David and Dan Harlan. He said that he is very pleased with both purchases.

Cassidy Smith showed us a magic-themed Covid 19 mask that he bought. It has a wand/top hat/dove/card motif.

Our annual election of officers was very quick and non-controversial, unlike the national elections taking place. All the current officers for 2021 were re-elected by acclimation.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – October 2020

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:

Vice President Justin Teeman reported that several members of Ring 46 convened at Buffalo Wild Wings in Moore on the third Monday of September for an informal Roundtable. They and some of the patrons and staff enjoyed some distanced deceptions in the outdoor dining area.

Twenty magicians logged on for our October Zoom meeting, hosted once again by Vice President Justin Teeman. The theme of the meeting was to perform as a character other than yourself. Lee Woodside, dressed in a vest and cowboy hat, performed as “Captain Lee.” He began by giving a pitch for his “Captain Lee’s Magical Medicine for Mysterious Maladies,” an elixir that he claimed would cure a multitude of ailments. He claimed to have gotten the formula from his good friend, Joseph “Shyster Joe” Diggle. Lee then explained how he obtained the magical waters used in the medicine from a small mountain spring on land held sacred by the Shoshone. Using an earthenware jug, he showed how more water was always available from the spring.

President Cassidy Smith mentioned “Master Payne” as magician in the Seattle area who offers his magical services in the form of many different characters. Cassidy said that he also liked Michael Skinner. He proudly showed off his signed copy of Michael’s CLASSIC SAMPLER.

Jerry Bowzer said that he enjoyed Daryl as a teacher and performer. Wendy Wylde talked about Richard Webster and the mindset to “believe all stories whether I am hearing them or telling them.” She said that perhaps she and Richard were “squinty eyed” psychics, a play on words of the “shut eye” pyschics.

Jonathon Taylor said that he enjoyed the performances of Kainoa Harbottle. Anthony Bruno, a magician who recently moved to Oklahoma, said that he really enjoys performing “Steam 2.0,” by Ali Nouira.

Justin Teeman told of an encounter with the late René Levand. When he asked Senor Levand for advice on a trick, he was told to first perform it himself. As Justin retrieved a deck of cards, René put down a close-up mat with the comment, “A jeweler never displays his wares without laying a pad down.” Justin said that he continued his studies in Spanish just so that he could hopefully one day converse with René Levand. He said that, in fact, he got the chance to translate for him.

David Parr said that he was impressed by the sincerity of Doug Henning. He said that Doug’s demeanor made people want him to succeed. He said that other role models for him were Tony Andruzzi and Eugene Burger.

Anthony Bruno showed a treble fish hook. Four strings hung down, one of which he said was actually tied to the hook. He placed the hook and one end of the strings in his mouth. He then had audience members select one of the strings. He would yank the selected string out of his mouth. Using the fourth string, he gently lifted the hook out of his mouth. He then showed us a “haunted deck” routine that he attributed to Jeke Yo.

David Teeman mentioned that he enjoyed the magic of Rudy Coby. David then talked about performing his own version of the “obedient ball” for Dan Sperry.

David Parr invited Anthony Bruno to use his own deck to perform a trick. David had Anthony select one card, memorize it, and lose it in the deck. He then dealt the cards into five piles. Anthony then look at each pile to see if his card was there. If not, the pile of cards was discarded. When he came to the pile with his card in it, David had him show the cards on screen one at a time. Sure enough, even though David had not previously seen the face of the selected card, he was able to divine the correct card.

Todd Reis told a story that he said he heard from Max Maven about Karrell Fox auditioning to perform at trade shows for Ford Motor Company. Karrell performed a “find a card” trick for the Ford executive, but selected the wrong card. He then had the executive open his office window and there was a plane in the sky writing the name of the chosen card. He got the job.

A week after our October meeting, we were pleased to host a Zoom lecture by David Jonathon. David performed and explained seven effects and also gave us the benefit of his thoughts on creating new effects.

David led off with a very visual and eye-popping effect. A card was freely selected, signed, and returned to the middle of the deck and the deck was placed back into the card box. A rubber band was placed around the outside of the card box. When David snapped the rubber band against the box, the rubber band instantly vanished. When the box was opened and the deck removed, the rubber band was around the selected card. This effect would be a great opener or a lead-in to other card or rubber band tricks. He markets this as “With the Band.”

David brought out a “rainbow” deck, showing that not only were all the cards different, but all the backs were different as well. He invited Lee Woodside to roll two dice. David counted down from the top of the deck to that number and lay the card on the table face down. Lee again rolled the dice and David counted the cards from the bottom of the deck and removed that card and placed it face up. The prediction envelope that had been on the table at the start of the trick was now opened and the one card inside was removed. Sure enough, it matched front and back the cards selected by rolls of the dice. David calls this trick “Fortuity.”

David went on to perform an effect where he wrote the prediction of a card to be selected on the card box, a sandwich effect using the two black kings, a number prediction effect using UNO cards, a “free will” prediction effect using picture cards, and a killer book test with an impressive “kicker” ending. I highly recommend David Jonathon’s lecture to any magic club whose members are looking to learn innovative magic and, more importantly, to learn the process of creating their own cutting-edge effects.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – September 2020

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:

We had the return of our Informal Magic Round Table sessions August 17th at the Collective Food-hall in Downtown OKC with 6 magicians in attendance: Cassidy Smith, Michael King, Justin Teeman, Brian and Michelle Tabor, and Shaun Clark. Very nice well-managed outdoor space with good food, good friends, and of course magic. Each of us enjoyed the fellowship and shaking the dust off of our sleight of hand muscles. The Round Table is something that will be resurrected. It will be monthly at first and held typically the Monday after the Monthly Meeting. Looking to have the next one on the original stomping grounds of the OKC Round Table, Buffalo Wild Wings in Moore.

Our September meeting was again held via Zoom, with Vice President Justin Teeman once again hosting. Twenty-four magician “attended” the meeting, some from as far away as Colorado, Wisconsin, and Virginia. We were very pleased that David Parr and Bruce and Kitty Spangler joined us.

President Cassidy Smith was our featured performer and was on the boat that he captains on the Bricktown canal in downtown OKC. He performed a 3-fly effect with three different colored poker chips. Our theme for the month was “picnic magic” and this effect would be a good one for that venue.

Michael King performed a “free will” type effect with items that are appropriate for a gathering in these virus-altered times: a mask, gloves, and wipes. He asked his participant to tell him what to do with each of the items and then showed that he had accurately predicted her choices.

Lee Woodside showed a YouTube video of his “Rub a Dub Dub” cups and balls routine that he had recorded earlier for the meeting. (Search for “Rub a Dub Dub Lee Woodside to find it.) He said that he has been performing the routine for over 25 years. He then reminisced about past-president Tom Todd’s performance where he pulled everything needed for a picnic out of a square circle. The most amazing thing was that the items produced appeared to be enough to fill at least ten of the boxes from which they were taken. David Teeman told us that he had bought the props from Tom and now has them in his garage.

David Teeman then showed us a mesh bag containing an egg. He removed the egg and tossed it toward Wendy Wylde in Colorado. Wendy “caught” it and then tossed it back. Sure enough, the egg was then visible in the bag. David said that he likes to do this trick to warm up an audience before a show.

Michael King showed us a knife, fork and spoon kit about the size of a credit card that he can put in his shirt pocket when he performs a show. He said that more than once he has been offered food at an event without being offered any utensils with which to consume it.

David Parr described an effect he does where the “fizz” is transferred from one bottle of carbonated water to another. He said that soda water is preferable to soft drinks because it’s an easy cleanup in case of a spill. Tim Pendergast said that he performs the effect with beers in Denver and then gives the beer to a homeless person in the audience.

Derrick Beeson showed off three close-up pads that he said he got via a kickstarter campaign. He then placed a half-dollar in his hand and had his young daughter wave a magic wand. Sure enough, the coin vanished, proving that magic can indeed run in the family.

Bruce Spangler said that one of the best props to have at an outdoor venue is an umbrella. He said that the mutilated parasol is a good effect. He then told the story of when he had a boy eagerly volunteer to be the “victim” of his arm chopper routine. When he got the boy on stage, he realized that he had only a stump instead of a hand on one arm. The boy’s mother later told him that the boy was so excited to be asked to participate because no one had ever picked him before because of his handicap.

David Teeman showed us what he claimed was his first wife’s skull. He then clarified that she was his only wife and that he was still married to her. She had purchased the skull (a real one) to use in her dental training. This prompted other magicians to bring out their own skulls for show and tell.

Bruce Spangler showed off the “talking” skull that he had mounted on a board. He had rigged it so that he could easily remove the gaff and hand the skull out for examination. Michael Genovese showed a skull with playing card pips on it that he purchased at a truck stop. David Parr showed the skull that he painted to look very realistic. He told the story of how he got nervous standing in the security line at the airport because he remembered that he had put the skull in his carry-on bag. However, he was not questioned about it.

Kitty Spangler showed us her wolf skeleton that howls at the moon. Michael Genovese then showed us his skull teapot. Kitty Wylde said that she got a skull in the mail with a note that said that anyone who does bizarre magick needed a skull.

Michael King ended our meeting by showing off his “A-Salt Rifle” that he uses at picnics. It fires a small burst of salt using air pressure and will stun or kill a fly.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – August 2020

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:

Vice President Justin Teeman hosted our August meeting on Zoom. We had 26 magicians sign on, including several from Colorado and David Parr from Milwaukie.

Our featured performer for the evening was Jonathon Taylor. Jonathon performed several routines with copper and silver coins and finished with a “coin flurry” using a silver half-dollar. He then showed us a purse, which holds four half-dollars and has a secret pocket to hold out another coin.

Our theme for the evening was “back to school,” and magicians showed some pretty innovative ways of weaving that theme into their routines. Magicians were also invited to show off or tell about their favorite props.

Nate from Ft. Collins, CO showed a key that a “latch key” kid might hang from a cord around his neck. He proceeded to show us a key on cord routine that was inspired by a Dan Fleshman ring on cord effect.

David Teeman showed the faces of several cards and asked a participant to pick one card. When he turned the cards around, the selected card had a different color back from the others in the packet.

Cassidy Smith showed us a standard item from the classroom, the venerable #2 pencil, with which he performed a routine utilizing paddle moves. He then showed us some interesting props: sponge squirrels, a snake wand, and a deck of playing cards with five suits, the fifth suit being stars.

Michael King showed how he used to fool the school bullies by carrying only one-dollar bills as his lunch money. He visually changed the bills to twenties and the back again to ones. Michael then began shuffling a deck of cards and asked Wendy Wylde to name one playing card while he shuffled. Michael showed that the deck was in new deck order with one card conspicuously missing, the seven of clubs that Wendy had named. Michael removed the seven of clubs from his pocket.

David Parr showed us a booklet titled “101 Magic Tricks,” by Adams. He explained that a friend had given it to him and that the booklet contained a number of interesting stunts. He also showed a straight razor gaffed to contain stage blood and produce a very convincing “cut.” He said that he had obtained it from Tony Andruzzi, a pioneer of bizarre magic.

David Teeman showed off three wooden blocks and a cord which he uses for a gospel routine. He said that he had made them years ago and still uses them.

Justin Teeman showed off a deck of Golden Nugget playing cards. Lee Woodside showed off his Rings and Things Foxy Cups which he uses to perform the “Rub-A-Dub Dub” routine. He said that he has been performing that routine for over 25 years. Lee said that he had seen David Copperfield perform the Collectors’ Workshop “Sidekick” effect thirty odd years ago and had wanted one. He said that he actually made up and performed the effect using threads before he actually bought a “Sidekick” twelve years ago. He said that it is difficult finding venues to perform it in because it is sound activated and requires the sound of a gun to trigger the effects. Lee finished by performing the intro to his medicine show act.

William Rader, former president of Ring 46 and now living in Denver, showed off his HERMANN THE MAGICAN book, a first edition from 1897. He also showed us his “400 Tricks You Can Do,” which was very special because it was inscribed to Harry Blackstone, Jr. from his father Harry Sr.

Jerry Bowzer showed us his “Project Manger’s Toolkit” from his days as an IBM executive. He had a magic eight ball for decision making, rose-colored glasses, and a Gumby, which bends over backwards.

Michael King showed us the “obedient ball” that he made himself using a 3-D printer. He also showed us the “Sixth Sense,” which can be used in a “which hand” type effect or a Kurotsoke-type effect to detect the location of a white ball among several white ones. Finally, he showed one of the original Losander floating tables which he purchased at Losander’s lecture in OKC.

Steve Goldstein, who is active in the Surplus Magic Exchange on Facebook, showed off a locking “two copper, one silver” coin set made with a silver Barber coin. He said that it alone was worth the price he paid for a lot of coin magic gimmicks.

Cassidy Smith showed us sponge rainbows that he uses for a routine where coins change colors to match the colors of the rainbow. Michael King showed us the dummy arms he uses in his juggling show. He said that he bought them from Mike Cavaney.

We are proving that we can have an enjoyable and magical meeting without having to gather in person. However, we’re all looking forward to the day when we can once again share our magic face-to-face.

Lee Woodside