Secretary Report – February 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: WoodsideLee@hotmail.com.

www.okcmagic.club

President Cassidy Smith introduced John Shack (AKA John Shackleford) as our lecturer for the evening. This was John’s first magic lecture and was free for all paid-up members of Ring 46. John quit his job a couple of years ago and has been earning his living as a full-time magician and magic developer.

John began by having Derrick Beeson sign both sides of a coin with a Sharpie. He then tossed the coin into a sealed bottle of drinking water. He uncapped the bottle, poured out the water, and showed that the signed coin was indeed inside the bottle. He said that this is sold through Penguin Magic as “Splash.”

John next showed a no-frame zig-zag card that he had developed. He openly slid the top and bottom halves of a playing card about halfway and then handed the card out for examination. John then gave us a brief explanation of card splitting.

He showed us a very pretty color changing effect where the face card of a deck visibly changed to another card not once, but twice. He ended clean. John spread a deck of cards to show that all the cards faced the same way. After two cards were selected and reversed in the deck, he showed that all the cards were now reversed.

John folded a dollar bill and placed a chopstick into the fold. After piercing the bill with the chopstick, he unfolded the bill to show that the chopstick was definitely penetrating the bill. He removed the chopstick and showed that the bill was none the worse for having been pierced. After showing his hands empty and picking up and tearing open a sugar packet, he proceeded to extract a long drinking straw from the packet.

John demonstrated a new product he created that will be released for sale to magicians in the near future. I can best describe it as being a playing card version of a mismade bill, except that it happens right in front of the spectators eyes when the card is merely tossed into the air.

You can see some of John’s magic by searching for “John Shack Magic” on YouTube. He is using social media to make a name for himself. He also performs regularly at a venue in downtown Oklahoma City.

Lee Woodside read an email he had received from Joseph “Shyster Joe” Diggle saying that Joe had received his certificate of Lifetime Membership in IBM Ring 46 and was honored by it. Although “retired” in the California desert, Joe is still performing magic at schools and other venues.

Our theme for February was “Romantic Magic.” Lee Woodside led off by telling a tragic love story involving a young Japanese couple during World War II. The climax of the routine was when haunting music emanated from a music box from which the music box movement had been removed.

Jim Green blew up a 360 balloon. However, instead of making a dog with it, he proceeded to “eat” it. He offered to teach this to anyone who was interested.

Brian Frank talked about whether finding a mate is controlled by fate or free will. He offered to test whether Brian Tabor and his wife, Michelle, were fated to be together. He had Brian choose whether to use the cards designated as “Fate” or “Free Will” as he spelled the words Kiss, Hug, Lover and Heart using two sets of cards. (Will the cards match?) Sure enough, the pairs of cards matched, with the final two cards bearing the names “Brian” and “Michelle.”

Shaun Clark borrowed an iPhone from Brian Tabor and said that he would create an alternate reality. He handed the phone back to Brian with the calculator app opened. He asked Brian to add 2 + 2. The answer was 5! Shaun then broke the spell and had him re-add the numbers. Sure enough, the answer was 4.

David Teeman gave a review of the S.A.M. Convention that he recently attended in Las Vegas. He then showed several items that he had picked up at the convention and at the ABC Store. He demonstrated amazing skill with card flourishes and then admitted that he was using the new “Electric Deck” by Wladimir. He said that he highly recommends that anyone visiting Vegas be sure to take in Jeff McBride’s Wonderground show. He also said that the Gold Medal Magic of China with Juliana Chen was fantastic.

Cassidy Smith showed us a “chop cup” routine using a small Hershey’s Chocolate can and candy kisses. The kicker ending, after producing two jumbo kisses, was that the can is actually sealed at both ends. Justin Teeman performed a routine where he was able to divine playing cards selected by Brian Tabor and Jay Relkin under “test conditions.”

Michael King said that he had attended the “Miss Saigon” stage show twice and was very impressed with the illusion of a helicopter flying in during the final scene. He said that he got to see it from two different angles and found it to be a great illusion both times.

The names of the performers were placed into a hat and two names were drawn. Shaun Clark won the book HOUSE OF CARDS – LIFE AND MAGIC OF PAUL ROSINI and Jim Green won a DVD of card magic.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – January 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: WoodsideLee@hotmail.com.

www.okcmagic.club

President Cassidy Smith kicked off our first meeting of 2020 as our featured performer. He presented several effects themed around New Year’s resolutions. He began with by transforming a cane into two silk scarves. He then said that the number one resolution is to quit smoking. He said (tongue in cheek) that since he didn’t smoke, he would have to start smoking in 2020 so he could quit in 2021. After miming some cigarette manipulations, he blew a smoke ring that turned out be made of brass. When he brought out a cigarette pack and touched his lips to one and removed it, it turned out to be a rope instead. This turned into a ring on rope routine. He then brought out a cigarette lighter and produced silver dollars from the flame, which led into a coins across routine using silver dollars and a wine glass. Cassidy next invited an audience member to participate in a three-part mentalism routine using pieces from a Monopoly game. A game piece was selected, two deeds were selected, and finally one property was chosen. Cassidy showed that he had successfully predicted the dog, a total deed value of $220 and Kentucky Avenue. Cassidy next performed a very professional cups and balls routine, culminating in final loads of a lemon, a lime and an orange, which went along with his resolution to include more fruit in his diet. He ended by tearing up his list of resolutions and creating a snow storm.

Vice President Justin Teeman went over the schedule of events for 2020 that were planned at the December officers’ meeting. We have a very exciting year of meetings and lectures to look forward to.

David Teeman passed out silk scarves to every magician. He then taught us the barehanded production of a scarf and how to tie a knot that can be removed by having a participant blowing on it. He said that he learned the false knot by watching Bill Bixby as “The Magician.”

The business portion of our meeting was brief. Cassidy Smith announced lecture opportunities and lined up sponsors for each lecture. Lee Woodside made a plea for more submissions for our annual Ring 46 Grimoire, which has been edited for over twenty years by Malaki. Lee then moved that longtime member Joseph “Shyster Joe” Diggle be proclaimed a Life Member of Ring 46. The vote to do so was unanimous.

Lee Woodside led off the member performances by showing the “Santa’s Enchanted Mailbox” he had received for Christmas from his girlfriend, Peggy. Lee placed the envelope with his letter to Santa into the mailbox and closed it. When he raised the flag to indicate outgoing mail, the box played a Christmas tune. When he opened the mailbox, the letter was gone, magically on its way to Santa at the North Pole.

Derrick Beeson had a card selected and lost in the deck. The card reappeared in a white envelope within a black envelope. He credited the effect to Leo Xing and said the name of it is “Gone.” He then showed us a holdout device that is marketed as “The Delivery System.” He said that it is very handy for retrieving items such as final loads for a cups and balls routine. He then highly recommended Scott Robinson’s book PURE IMAGINATION. He also showed us a close-up pad from Danny Garcia, which he said is very nice for the price.

Mike Stelzer performed a Tenyo effect where a card is chosen and returned to the deck. The deck is placed into a paper sack and a rope is used to “fish” for the card. Sure enough, when the rope was pulled from the back, the end of the rope was tied around the chosen card.

Justin Teeman invited Cassidy to remove five cards from the deck and give them to him. Justin handed back one of the cards invisibly. He then counted to show that there were, in fact, now only four cards. When Cassidy tossed the invisible card toward the packet, Justin spread the cards to show that there were now five, with the selected card reversed in the packet.

Jerry Bowzer told us of receiving a bottle of 2086 Chateau Picard wine for Christmas from his daughter, who works in movies. He then showed us two of the “Firefly” rechargeable lighted playing card sets that he got by participating in a Kickstarter program.

Michael King invited Derrick and Jonathon to join him “on stage,” where he performed a “psychokinetic touches” routine with the two volunteers. He then had audience members mix up a Rubik’s Cube. He brought out another cube from a sack and showed that it perfectly matched the one randomized by the audience. He then removed a photo from an envelope that had been held by a volunteer and showed that the Rubik’s Cube in the photo also perfectly matched. He concluded by tossing the cube into the air and magically solving it.

Rick Martin performed a very professional routine using “Dean’s Box.” He caused a white rope and blue rope to magically link together and also caused a metal ring to link onto one of the ropes under “impossible” conditions.

Shaun Clark showed us the “How to Read Minds Kit” available from Peter Turner. It includes a number of professional mentalism items along with five hours of instruction on a USB flash drive.

The names of all the evening’s performers were placed into a hat and one name was drawn. Shaun Clark was the lucky winner of a “Half & Half” coin and card magic DVD.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – December 2019

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

Ring 46 was pleased to host a lecture by Bill Wisch in November. Bill was a student of Slydini and claimed to be the only one authorized by Slydini to teach his material. While the effects Bill covered were great, it was well worth the price of the lecture to me just to hear his stories about magic greats such as Tannen, Zarrow and, of course, Slydini.

Bill performed a wonderful version of “Any Card at Any Number.” He also performed the “Helicopter Card,” a bare-handed coin production and flurry, and “X-Box,” where a selected card ends up folded in quarters within the deck when it is replaced in the card box.

Bill invited Rick Martin to join him at his table to participate in the legendary “Slydini Silks” routine. Despite the fact that two silk scarves were securely tied together, they magically disconnected.

Bill also performed an effect where a card was selected and returned to the deck. The participant then rolled an imaginary die several times to select which of six packets of cards to use. Six cards from this packet were dealt onto the table and the participant again rolled the imaginary die to select the final card. Sure enough, it turned out to be the selection.

Following his performances, Bill explained each of the effects in detail. Bill left us with this quote, “Misdirection is true when they believe what you do and they follow you.”

Our December meeting was devoted to our annual Holiday Party and Stage/Parlor Magic Contest. Members brought along spouses, kids and friends to join in the festivities. We started with a feast of turkey, smoked ham, and numerous side dishes and desserts.

After everyone had his or her fill, it was on to the stage and parlor magic contest. President Cassidy Smith first introduced Derrick Beeson. Derrick performed a stand-up coins across routine. Derrick then brought out a deck of cards with the first name of a different celebrity written on the back of each card. A card was chosen and the name written on it was Leonardo. Derrick then took from his prediction envelope a photo of Leonardo DiCaprio . . . as a baby. After the groans died down, he turned the photo over to show a more current photo of DiCaprio.

Terry “Mr. T.Lo” LoSawyer placed a small cabinet over the head of his daughter, Rebecca. After inserting numerous swords into the cabinet, he opened it to show that Rebecca’s head had disappeared. When the swords were removed, her head was restored. T.Lo then asked Brian Tabor and his wife, Michelle to help him demonstrate how an old-fashioned water pump on the farm used to work. T.Lo used an ice pick to poke a hole in the top of Michelle’s head. He then poured water into the hole to “prime the pump.” Finally, he held a funnel under her elbow and asked Brian to work the handle (her other arm.) As Brian vigorously worked the “pump handle,” water flowed from the funnel.

New member Rick Martin used the contest as his member performance debut. He showed an old electrical board from the early 20th century that he had found at a flea market. It had four light bulbs (red, green, blue and yellow) and four switches with covers corresponding to the colors of the lights. He showed that each switch controlled the light of the corresponding color. However, when he switched light bulbs, the switches still controlled the lights matching the colors of the switches. When he switched the colored switch covers, each switch still controlled the light of the same color. When he removed a switch cover, the light of that color would no longer come on. It was baffling!

Brian Tabor and his wife, Michelle performed as a team. They started by each performing the Professor’s Nightmare, except that hers worked and his did not. Brian then invited Jay Relkin to select a card, sign it, and return it to the deck. After he had done so, Brian brought out a steel animal trap and set it. He placed the deck of cards in his mouth and slowly bent down to lower the deck onto the trap’s trigger. When the trap snapped shut onto the deck, Brian stood up straight and removed the folded card from his mouth. Jay verified his signature.

Shaun Clark performed a very artistic linking ring routine using only two rings. His choice of background music greatly enhanced the effect.

Darryl Brooks began with a knots off silk scarf routine. Next he invited Alex and Derrick to assist him. He tied two ropes onto “Houdini’s Wand” and threaded chains and handcuffs onto the ropes. As his helpers held the ends of the ropes, Darryl removed the wand and all the restraint devices fell free of the ropes, which were still being securely held by the assistants. Darryl ended his show with a 4-ring linking ring routine set to music.

Lee Woodside invited Jonathon and his son, Blain to participate in a “game show.” Lee brought out three “tree frogs” named Monte, Thelma and Louise and said that the object of the game was to keep their eyes on Monte. Jonathon’s was never able to finger the right frog and his son won all the candy bars. Jonathon did receive a consolation prize, which was a jumping frog. Lee credited the idea for his routine to the late Bob McAllister. Lee said he calls the routine “Tree Frog Monte.”

Mike Stelzer performed a comedy magic routine. He began with two linked rings, which refused all efforts to come apart. He said that he was only a bit hungry and used a chopper to cut a hot dog in half. He placed his own wrist through the hole of the same chopper, but the blade penetrated his arm without injury. He penetrated his neck with dental floss and then ate the hot dog while reading instructions on how to perform the linking rings. Alas, the rings still refused to unlink.

After a short break for the contest votes to be tabulated, Cassidy Smith held what may well have been one of the shortest business meeting in magic history. It took less than a minute for all current officers of Ring 46 to be re-elected by acclamation to serve again in 2020. Cassidy Smith is President, Justin Teeman is Vice President, Lee Woodside is Secretary, and Michael King is Treasurer.

Cassidy then announced the winners of the 2019 Stage and Parlor Magic Contest. Lee Woodside won first place, which was a $50 gift certificate for Penguin Magic (just in time for the cyber-Monday specials.) Brian and Michelle Tabor won second place and a $25 gift certificate. Rick Martin won third, which was a vintage Lance Burton T-Shirt and several magic DVDs. Each winning contestant will also receive a trophy at a later meeting.

Cassidy closed the meeting by reading a card from Dayna Davis Savage commending the officers and members of Ring 46 for keeping her daddy’s magic alive. Dayna’s father was Seymour Davis, a longtime Oklahoma City magician and the namesake of IBM Ring 46 in Oklahoma City.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – November 2019

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

Michael King was our featured entertainer for the November meeting. Michael showed us photos and videos of some of the costumed characters he has portrayed at festivals, clubs, parades and parties. These included an impressive giant robot, Uncle Sam, a nutcracker, and Frankenstein’s monster. He also had video of him juggling while riding his unicycle and performing magic in a comedy club. He also showed us videos he had produced for local professional magician David Thomas. He finished by telling us some of the trials and tribulations of being a professional entertainer.

Derrick Beeson provided us with a review of the revised and expanded printing of MAXIMUM ENTERTAINMENT, by Ken Weber. He said that it should be in the library of every magician.

President Cassidy Smith led a discussion on various premises that can be used when performing a magic effect. Some ideas included: asking a question, historical context (e.g.: this is the last trick Harry Houdini ever performed), a mystery, telling a story, a science experiment, an optical illusion, a challenge, “teaching” (a false explanation), a contradiction or absurdity, a public service announcement, a gambling expose, breaking a record, or a demonstration of skill.

Jim Green demonstrated the i-Lite Cup 360, by Viktor Voitko. It is a very visual effect and can be performed while surrounded by the audience.

Justin Teeman performed Steve Freeman’s “Time Travel Cards” effect. The playing cards kept returning to places in the deck that they had previously occupied.

Lee Woodside kept with the evening’s theme of “Oklahoma Magic”. He asked Jerry Bowzer to mentally select a card and said that he would name the card Jerry was merely thinking of. Lee said that the name of the card was “Reba.” He went through a deck of cards and showed that the first name of a famous Oklahoman was written on the back of each card. As he read the first names, the audience shouted out the complete names, such as “Will Rogers.” He also showed that each card was different. He then located the card Jerry had thought of and showed that the name on it was “Reba” (McEntire).

Cassidy Smith showed a roping kit that he had recently acquired and demonstrated a “flat spin” and a “wedding ring” spin, both rope tricks that Will Rogers used to perform in his vaudeville act.

Derrick Beeson performed a coin routine that was created by Oklahoma magician Lance Pierce, who is well known in the magic underground. Using an Okita coin box, a coin purse, an English penny, a U.S. half dollar and a Chinese coin, Derrick showed us how the coins could transform and magically travel from place to place.

Brian Tabor performed a comedy book test. Dale Shawn caused a dollar bill to become animated and then actually float in the air.

David Teeman performed one of his signature effects. He used a gold block to represent God, a black block to represent man, and a red block to represent sin. He threaded these onto a cord with the sin coming between God and man. Using a red scarf to represent the blood of Christ, he caused the “sin” block to penetrate the cord, thus allowing God and man to reunite.

Mike Stelzer showed us the “Spirit in the Coffin,” which was one of a line of electronic tricks marketed by Milton Bradley some years back. While his back was turned, an audience member selected one of four cards: the hand, the bird, the snake, or the eye. When Mike turned around and removed the lid from the coffin, the spirit announced the name of the card that had been selected.

Each performer’s name was placed into a hat and two names were drawn. Justin Teeman won a DVD of card magic and Derrick Beeson won a signed copy of Billy McComb’s lecture notes.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – October 2019

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, the “Wizard from West Virginia,” kicked off our October meeting as the featured performer. Keeping with the “Bizarre Magick” theme of the evening, he performed a medley of bizarre effects. He began with a poem about performances and then used Tarot cards to demonstrate how he won a game with the devil to save his soul. Next he performed an Okito coin box routine using a gold coin. The coin, signed by “T.Lo,” vanished and reappeared in a nest of coin purses. He told a story about a girl who was celebrating her 13th birthday. When she counted thirteen guests, she asked one to leave, but thirteen still remained. As more and more guests left, the count was still thirteen. Brian closed with a poem about a hanged man and topped it off by eating a lit match.

President Cassidy Smith talked about the importance of “PRO,” which stands for “Perform Regularly and Often.” He showed the dry erase board that he uses to keep track of his daily magical performances, even if the performance is just performing a trick for a friend.

Cassidy then led a discussion about the “magic moment,” the time when the magic apparently happens in the mind of the observer, often after the “dirty work” has been done by the magician. Methods for making the magic happen include: finger snap, wave of the hand or wand, crumble, toss, or magic words such as “Sim Sala Bim.”

David Teeman brought back memories by reading highlights from the program of our Cavalcade of Magic 2003, hosted by Ring 46 in Oklahoma City. A number of top magicians were on the program, including Bill Malone.

Lee Woodside led off the member performances, sticking with the bizarre magick theme. He talked about the idea of dreams as a form of communication. He handed a book about dreams to Brian Tabor. A page number was randomly selected by the audience members using the ceremony of the pentagram. Lee lit a candle and began telling about a dream he was experiencing as he stared into the flame. Sure enough, it matched the dream on the selected page of the book.

Gary Trosper reminded us that Edgar Allan Poe passed away on October 7th, the date of tonight’s meeting, in 1849. He rolled up a sheet of paper, cut it in four places, and produced a corn stalk from it. He cut a ring of paper in two, creating two rings. When he cut one of those rings in half, he ended up with a large ring. When he cut the other in half, he ended up with two linked rings. He concluded by showing us a “troublewit” he had made. He formed a number of items with it, including a window shade, a bow tie, a rosette, a tree, an accordion, a Chinese lantern, a hat, and a serving tray.

David Teeman leaned a piece of card stock with “Cure” written on it against the mantel. He then showed six drawings of a voodoo doll (named “Li’l Voo”) and lined them up. He had a participant select one of the drawings. When he turned the “Cure” card around, a band aid was on the location of the injury on the selected drawing. Brian Tabor performed a tongue-in-cheek vanish of a potato chip using “magic powder.”

Darryl Brooks showed a box that was a cube measuring a foot on each edge, a red sack and a white sack. He showed that a red rope was in the red sack and a white rope in the white sack. He caused them to switch places. He placed the two ropes into the box. When the crowd demanded to see inside the sacks, he showed that each contained a rope that was alternating red and white.

Michael Stelzer demonstrated that his “Disecto” chopper would easily cut a hot dog into two pieces. He then showed that he was impervious to injury by running the blade through his wrist without any harm. Several magicians complimented him for using his own arm rather than inflicting trauma on a member of the audience.

Michael King invited two young boys, Blake and Tucker, to join him in front of the audience. He had them alternately tell him whether they felt that the next card in the deck was red or black. Sure enough, they divined correctly on every card. Justin Teeman remarked that the trick was “Out of this World.” Michael then had the boys form a small table with their hands. He laid his cell phone on their hands and the screen showed butterflies flying. When he removed the phone, each boy had a butterfly on this hand. Next he handed a Rubik’s cube out to the audience and had Rick, Lee, and Brian mix the colors. When it was handed back, he showed that he had a cube that perfectly matched. He ended by throwing the cube into the air and instantly solving it.

Cassidy Smith performed the “Table Hopper’s Trio” with three coins. The first coin when through the table, the second went from one hand to the other and the third coin traveled back in time and finally changed into a dime.

Rick Martin showed off his obedient cube, which was lying on a table. It was a cube of wood with a string running through it. He commanded the cube to move left and right and then to roll over. It did so. He then held the string vertically and was able to make the cube start and stop on his command. He handed the cube and string to Jay Relkin and invited him to try it, but Jay was unable to get the cube to follow his commands. Rick told us that he had constructed the cube in his workshop.

The names of all the evening’s performers were placed into the “magic basket” and two names were drawn. Lee Woodside won Penguin Magic’s “Self Tying Shoelace” trick and Michael King won the “Stone Cold Magic” DVD.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – September 2019

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

Darryl Brooks kicked off our September meeting with magic as our featured performer. He began with card manipulations and then visibly changed a playing card to a dollar bill. He then performed a Benson Bowl routine using three squeaky tomatoes in lieu of sponge balls. Next he performed the Professor’s Nightmare while teaching a lesson in Japanese, in which he is fluent. For his finale, he had Brian Tabor select a playing card and then lose it in the deck. He placed the deck of cards into a black bag from which he said that he would find the card by his sense of touch. After two unsuccessful attempts, he extracted a jumbo card from the bag, which matched the selection. As a kicker, a “Thank You” banner unfurled from behind the jumbo card.

Justin Teeman gave a very enthusiastic review of the recent 4th Annual Rocky Mountain Session in Denver, Colorado. The event is hosted by our previous Ring President William Rader.

Cassidy Smith gave high praise for the 2-DVD magic video set “Every Table is a Stage,” by Dan Fleshman. He said that it contains great routines from Dan’s professional repertoire.

Joe Coover gave an account of his recent attendance at the “Magic Live” convention in Las Vegas. He said that although the event is pricier than the average convention, it is a great chance to meet the big names in magic from all over the world and actually interact with them. He said that it consisted of about fifty percent lectures and fifty percent other activities. He said that it was a very well-run event.

Cassidy Smith led a very emotional memorial and broken wand ceremony for local professional magician Max Krause. Max was critically injured when he was struck by an Oklahoma City police cruiser while riding his bicycle. He died two days later.

Lee Woodside led off the member performances with his “now famous newspaper trick.” After much comedy byplay, a large round hole cut into the daily newspaper morphed into a square hole.

Jim Green cut a hole through an orange and threaded a ribbon through it. He was able to make the obedient fruit stop and start on his command as he held the ribbon vertically.

Michael King invited an audience member to hold onto a manila envelope. He then had the person select a card and return it to the deck. Michael took back the envelope and removed a framed photograph of a hand holding a playing card. He asked if the card matched the one chosen. Of course it did, because the photo showed only the back of the card. When Michael snatched the photo from the frame, it instantly turned into a regular playing card, which was shown front and back and verified as a match to the selected card.

Brian Tabor showed a roll of toilet paper. He rolled one square of the paper into a ball and proceeded to perform a chop cup-like routine, using the TP roll in place of a cup. He then rolled a dollar bill into a tube and placed a credit card under the tube. After pouring water into the tube, he removed the credit card. He unrolled the tube, showing that the water had vanished.

Mike Stelzer told of the wonderful possibilities with the Frixion pen, which can be purchased at most office supply stores. He said that the writing would vanish by the application of heat and reappear with cold.

Terry “T. Lo” LoSawyer performed his paper to money routine. He said that anywhere he goes in the world, he can cut pieces of newspaper to the size of the local currency and then magically change it into spendable cash.

Cassidy Smith performed a coin flurry routine with half dollars and a magic wand. Daniel Buster performed a routine where a selected card floated out of the deck.

The names of all the performers were placed into a bag and one name was drawn to receive the magical prize. Darryl Brooks went home with a brand new Mark Strivings mental effect.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – August 2019

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

President Cassidy Smith began the August magic meeting by showing off a couple of Moonlight Magic Wands that he had recently acquired. He said that they were well balanced and worked great for palm spins and the Vernon wand spin. He then performed a coin in silk scarf routine with an appearance, a penetration and a vanish.

Our featured performer was Daniel Buster. He had Cassidy select a card and then divined the card. He credited the routine as “Chaos and Order.”

Our theme for the month was “Silks and Eggs.” Cassidy led a discussion on the standard tricks that can be done with these props. Suggestions were: egg cup (or vase), egg bag, multiplying eggs, silk to egg, egg on fan, and grapefruit, orange, egg and bird. He mentioned the production of a miniature frying pan as a final load from an egg bag.

We were informed that longtime club member Al Frejo had recently passed away. In addition to his interest in magic, Al enjoyed hosting singles’ dance parties and acting as the DJ. He was a really nice guy and will be missed.

Mike Clark reported on his visit to the Magic Castle in Hollywood, California. He was there with a group of Invisible Lodge members, who are Masons that are magicians. He recommended staying at the Magic Castle Hotel, which is right next to the Magic Castle.

Ezekial Jump reviewed the new “Any Card” trick by Richard Sanders. He said that it is very strong and requires only about an hour’s work to make up the deck.

Lee Woodside shared a bit of history that he had recently learned from Dayna Davis Savage. In 1930, Will Rogers visited Oklahoma State University to help raise money for families who had been hard hit by the drought during the Great Depression. The student who spent the day showing him around the University and the town of Stillwater, Oklahoma was none other than Seymour Davis, the namesake of IBM Ring 46. Dayna is his daughter and a member of Ring 46.

David Teeman kicked off the member performances for the evening. He began with a mesh-front bag containing an egg. He removed the egg from the bag and tossed it to a nearby “child.” Of course, at this point the egg was invisible. When the child tossed it back, David caught it in the bag and it again became visible. He said that he uses this as a warm-up before his shows. He then showed a cloth bag, which he turned inside out several times. Each time it would change color. He ended this by producing three large silk streamers from the bag. For his final effect, he invited a little boy in the audience to assist him. He showed a change bag to be empty and placed a black silk scarf and a white silk scarf into the bag. After he spoke the magic words, he removed a silk with a black and white caterpillar. He placed this scarf into the bag along with a white silk scarf for wings and concluded by producing a beautiful multi-colored butterfly scarf.

Darryl Brooks stuffed a red silk handkerchief into his fist and as he pulled it out the bottom, it changed to white. He reversed the process to dye the scarf red again and showed his hands to be “clean.”

Brian Tabor produced a jumbo coin from a large handkerchief to the words of a poem he had written especially for the occasion. He then caused the coin to vanish.

Jay Relkin showed an egg bag that he had obtained from Scott Alexander. After clearly showing the bag empty, he produced an egg from the bag.

Michael King split a two-colored scarf into two single colored scarves. He then performed a silk fountain effect that he credited to Duane Laflin.

Young Blain Taylor asked Jay Relkin to select a card and return it to the deck. Blain was able to magically locate the card. Derrick Beeson produced four silver dollars. He performed a very nice coins across routine with them.

The names of all the performers were placed into a borrowed baseball cap and a winner was drawn. Derrick Beeson received ten dollars with the stipulation that he must spend it on magic. He said that would not be a problem.

Lee Woodside

Ring Report – July 2019

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

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

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

www.okcmagic.club

Max Krause graciously offered his home/magic emporium as a venue for Ring 46 to host a lecture by Dan Fleshman. Dan’s lectures are always entertaining and informative and this one was no exception. Highlights, per Michael King, included a four-ring linking ring routine, a chop cup routine using a double-sided jigger with corks as balls and a lime for a final load, a Brainwave style deck using images created by children, and a color-changing deck effect made easier with the help of a gimmick.

We presented our annual “Pandemonium of Magic” fund-raising public show the day before Fathers’ Day at our new meeting venue, The New Beginning Fellowship Church, thanks to David and Justin Teeman. Our previous venue for meetings and shows, The Contemporary Arts building at the OKC Fairground, has permanently “gone dark.”

President Cassidy Smith emceed the show and kept things moving along. Lee Woodside performed his Magical Medicine Show act, which he learned from “Shyster Joe” Diggle. Darryl Brooks showed off his silk scarf magic and his linking rings of mystery.

Jay Relkin mentally divined a selected card and then used phrenology to deprive an audience member of his ability to read simple words. Mike Stelzer emulated Houdini by escaping from handcuffs and then a mail bag. David Teeman caused silk scarves hanging from a wooden pole to magically change places. He then attempted to vanish a silk scarf with the help of a little girl from the audience. As the trick continued to fail, he asked for bigger and bigger wands to assist with the magic, ending with a humongous wand and lots of laughs and applause.

Shaun Clark showed off his coffee house magic. He caused a Starbucks stir stick to penetrate a slip-on cup cover and caused two coffee rings on a napkin to magically link. Derrick Beeson said he would perform some pyrotechnics as he ignited a piece of flash paper. He asked an audience member to select from a list of celebrity names and then showed that his prediction envelope contained a photo of the selected celebrity – as a baby, that is. The photo was turned around to show a current photo of the ‘freely’ selected actor. He then performed a coin routine using a leather cylinder, four half dollars, and a small cork disk.

Michael King, also known as “The One-Man Circus” (his vanity car tag is “1MNCRCS”) demonstrated his skills at juggling, plate spinning, and unicycle riding. He then showed off his amazing mastery of the pasteboards and finished by causing a table to float about the stage while he and an audience member held opposite sides of a cloth draped over the table top.

Our July meeting, held at our new venue, was devoted to our annual magical swap meet and appraisal auction. Lee Woodside was once again the auctioneer and kept things moving along at a brisk pace. Lots of magical props, books and DVDs changed hands and the participants happily went home with money and/or new items of magic to enjoy.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – June 2019

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

The highlight of our June meeting was our annual close-up contest. We had eight contestants this year and lots of good magic.

Shaun Clark invited Derrick Beeson to select and sign a playing card, which was returned to the deck. Shaun removed his wallet from his pocket and the signed card was found inside the wallet. After the card was returned to the deck, it again appeared back in the wallet. Shaun then had Derrick shuffle the deck and spread the cards face up while he wrote a prediction. He then had Derrick name three numbers. The deck was squared and as Shaun counted to each of the three numbers, he set those cards aside. Sure enough, the cards matched his prediction.

David Teeman started by performing a very clean pen-through-quarter effect, showing the quarter impaled on the pen both front and back. (Look Mom, no trap doors!) He then showed a box with different colored blocks in it. The blocks were held in place by a rod that went through holes in the blocks. David removed the rod and dumped the blocks onto the table. He had a participant name two of the colors. After replacing the blocks and inserting the rod, he was able to open the lid of the box and dump out the two selected blocks. David ended with a card trick where the selected card had a different colored back from the rest of the deck.

Jay Relkin started by performing the “Chicago Opener,” which is a classic card trick. He then performed several effects with a finger ring, such as causing it to jump from finger to finger. He then invited Shaun Clark to select a card from a deck of playing cards. He went through a process where Shaun used a finger ring to progressively eliminate playing cards from the spread deck until only one was left. The remaining card turned out to be the King of Hearts that Shaun had selected. As a kicker ending, Jay showed us that his socks had kings of hearts on them.

Mike Stelzer performed a miniature version of Mental Epic. He successfully divined the color, suit and rank of a selected playing card. Showing that great minds can think alike, he also showed that his socks matched the chosen card.

Jordan Johnson performed a very nice “printing” effect using a playing card to print copies on “special” blank card stock.

Darryl Brooks began by performing a Sefalaljia-like ring on string routine; however, he performed it standing up rather than at a table. He used a piece of cloth formed into a tube around his arm to hide the dirty work. Next he performed a playing card penetration of a two-dollar bill. He finished by bending a previously examined fork with the power of his mind.

When the votes were tabulated, Jordan Johnson claimed first place and a $30 Penguin Magic gift certificate. Darryl Brooks took second place and received the book STAGE FRIGHT NO MORE, by Rand Woodbury. Jay Relkin took third place and received a magic instructional DVD.

After President Cassidy Smith led a very brief business meeting, we began our member performances. Our first performance was by a fellow IBM member visiting from Florida, who had brought along some local friends and relatives to enjoy the magic. He performed a less scary version of “The Web,” ending with a 1-cent postage stamp rather than a spider on the participants hand.

Michael King showed off a special deck of Bill Malone playing cards that he had recently received. The Kings in the deck were Bill’s mentors and the Jokers were he and his wife.

Derrick Beeson gave a glowing review of the recent “Pebble” underground magic convention that he recently attended in Texas, hosted by one of our own local magicians who was a good friend of the late Roger Klause.

Cassidy Smith performed a four-coin production, followed by a four-ace production. He then had a playing card selected and returned to the deck. Amazingly, the selected card shot out of the deck. As a kicker ending and as something of running gag, he showed that his socks also matched the selected playing card, the King of Hearts!

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – May 2019

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

Max Krause graciously allowed us the use of his home/magic shop for a lecture by Scott Alexander. Scott is a consummate professional who has performed in many different venues from stages to cruise ships. It was a pleasure to watch him perform and teach. It was also refreshing to attend a lecture that concentrated on something besides cards and coins, as so many do.

Scott began with a candle to flower routine that he credited as a variation on Roy Benson’s “Oh see the pretty thing.” He next showed a trick he called “Thought-Toon,” which was similar to “Card-Toon” except that a freely chosen word appeared on the tiny magician’s easel at the conclusion of the effect. He showed how this could easily be reset for strolling situations.

Scott showed a routine where the audience participant is apparently hypnotized and becomes either strong or weak under the hypnotist’s power of suggestion. He then taught an egg bag routine, which culminated in the production of a shot glass of libation.

One of the strongest routines Scott performed was a bill to lemon effect. Scott’s routining of the effect made it seem absolutely impossible for the signed bill to end up inside the lemon. Scott did perform one trick involving playing cards, but it was one that would be perfect for stage or parlor. He showed us a very clean cards-across routine which was easy to learn, yet very convincing. He said that it was based on a routine from the book MY BEST, edited by J.G. Thompson, Jr.

Everyone is familiar with the routine where five paper bags are used and one of them contains a sharp spike. In fact, many magicians and a few innocent audience participants have been impaled during the performance of such a routine, which is why the Magic Castle has banned them. Scott showed his version, which looks dangerous, but completely removes any chance of possible injury. He concluded by performing the venerable Color Monte, reciting a poem that he had written as he performed the effect. I highly recommend Scott Alexander as a lecturer and think that most magicians would come away from his lecture with something they could use.

Our theme for the May meeting was packet tricks, and our featured performer, Jordan Johnson performed several for us. He began with “Poker Test” by Erik Casey. Five blue-backed blank-face cards turned into a royal flush with red backs. He next performed an oil and water routine that he credited to the book SECRETS, by Anthony Owens. Instead of black and red cards, Jordan used Republican and Democrat cards and showed that the two sides could never come together.

Jordan performed a “Hunters Monte” routine, which he said was from “The Art of Card Splitting” DVD. He then performed Max Maven’s wonderful “B’Wave” effect. Next Jordan removed the four jacks and the four fives from a deck. He had Justin Teeman select any one of the four suits. He caused the jack of that suit to switch places with the five of that suit. He ended his performance with a four-ace effect.

President Cassidy Smith led a discussion on what packet tricks are the best. The group came up with 3-card monte, tree of hearts, wild card, twisting the aces, presto printo, six-card repeat, eight-card brainwave, oil and water, NFW, color monte, cards across, Daly’s last trick, card warp (not sure I’d call that a packet trick), free will, and lie detector.

Darryl Brooks gave a report on his recent experience attending a Jeff McBride “Magic and Mystery School” on street magic in Las Vegas. Darryl said that he learned a great deal and hopes to put his newfound knowledge to use as a licensed street performer in Oklahoma City’s Bricktown tourist area.

Our business meeting was very brief and included a report by Treasurer Michael King, signing out of tickets for our upcoming annual public show, and announcement of a lecture by the ever-popular Dan Fleshman.

Our member performers for the evening mostly followed the packet trick theme. Justin Teeman performed a blackjack-themed routine where four jacks turned into four aces. Jay Relkin performed his version of “Will The Cards Match?”

Ezekiel Jump asked Cassidy for his email address and sent him an email. He then handed Cassidy a Rubik’s Cube and invited him to randomize it. When he had done so, Ezekiel asked him to check the photo he had emailed and, sure enough, the photo matched the randomized cube.

J. David Teeman showed us some convincingly real-looking foil covered chocolate half dollars, which might make a nice production item during a coin routine. He then performed a stage-size version of “B’Wave.” He said that the reason he gives an audience for using such large cards is that it is cheaper than buying a set of binoculars for everyone.

Shawn Clark performed a monte-like routine where he showed three cards, one of which was a queen. He showed that the queen was on the bottom, but also in the middle and also on top. He then showed all of the cards as different.

Lee Woodside showed how he performs Jim Steinmeyer’s nine-card trick from his book IMPUZZIBILITES in a walk-around situation, where there are no tables and people tend to be holding drinks. Joe Coover performed a delightful storytelling routine called “Gemini Twins” using just four court cards from a borrowed deck and ending clean.

Brian Tabor performed a ring-on-string routine and climaxed by vanishing the ring and having it appear in his wallet along with a previously borrowed five-dollar bill. Mike Stelzer removed five large playing cards from an envelope and showed them to be an ace of clubs and four sevens of diamonds. The ace then vanished from the packet and was shown to be back in the envelope.

Lee Woodside