Secretary Report – January 2022

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

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

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

www.okcmagic.club

Our featured performer for January was Michael King. He handed a book to Jerry Bowzer and asked him to select any word in the book. He riffled through the pages of another book and asked Rick Johnson to say “stop” at any time. He asked Rick to pick a word on the selected page. Mike then directed attention to a large envelope at the back of the room. Inside was a prediction that Jerry would choose the word “receptionist.” There was also a page torn from a book. Mike asked Rick to confirm that it was the page he had selected and that the page was now missing from the book.

Mike handed a small purse to David Teeman and asked him to remove the contents. Inside was a ribbon with three disks with holes threaded onto it. Mike caused one of the disks to penetrate the ribbon. He then caused a second disk to penetrate the ribbon. With the remaining disk still on the ribbon, he had Rick Johnson tie the two ends of the ribbon around the back of Mike’s wrist. When Mike opened his hand, the disk had vanished.

Mike handed out a Rubik’s cube and asked that it be passed around and mixed up. He then brought out a second cube and showed that the six sides perfectly matched those of the cube mixed by the audience members. He then placed the mixed up cube behind his back and solved it “blind.”

Vice President Justin Teeman led a discussion on what makes a good opener. He performed a three-card routine with aces and then told why he thought it was a good opener: it was not a pick-a-card trick, audience members had probably not seen it before, and he knows the routine by heart.

We were very pleased to see Joe Comet return to the club after many years. Joe reminisced about watching the late Jim Smithson perform his comedy waiter routine and his burnt bill routine where he would grill a hot dog while the envelopes burned and put it on a bun and eat it during his act. Only Jim could get away with such things. We miss him.

Cassidy told us that he likes to perform some quick magic while asking those at a table if they would like to see some magic. He also told us that he likes to perform magic for those waiting their turn on the water taxi ride on the Bricktown canal. Cassidy is one of the boat captains.

Jim Short told us that one of his more awkward situations was when a waiter spilled food all over his props. He also told us of the serendipitous situation where he asked someone to name her favorite card and it happened to be the top card of his stack.

Lee Woodside told about the time that he, Tom Todd, and “Shyster Joe” Diggle were having breakfast with Doc Eason the morning after Doc’s lecture in OKC. Lee took out his micro-cassette tape recorder and before he could bring out his deck of cards, Doc blurted out “Nine of Hearts.” Since that happened to be one of the outs on Lee’s tape-recorded prediction effect, Lee forgot about the deck of cards and just played the tape. Doc was floored.

Joe Comet told about the time he was doing magic for a gentleman who was with his girlfriend when the guy’s wife walked into the restaurant. Joe put the girlfriend on his arm and walked her out of the restaurant. He said that he received a fifty-dollar tip for his quick thinking. He also told about the time he threw the deck at the ceiling for the “card on ceiling effect” and the deck disappeared, but the selected card was stuck to the ceiling. Joe then asked an audience member to select a card and draw a fish on the face of it. Joe dropped the card to the floor. He then showed a card that he would use as “bait.” He waved the “bait” card over the “fish” card and the bait card turned into the marked selection. The card on the floor turned out to be the bait card.

David Teeman performed his linking craft loops routine. Cassidy Smith then challenged both Joe and David to perform their routines without speaking. Both magicians proved to be up to the challenge.

Lee Woodside showed off two magic sets that a girl friend of his girlfriend had found at an estate sale and bought for him. The sets dated from the 1970s and contained some interesting tricks. Lee then read a card that he had received from Dayna Davis Savage, the daughter of our Ring 46 namesake, Seymour Davis. Dayna thanked everyone for keeping her dad’s magic alive.

Cassidy Smith performed the coloring book effect with a Bible stories coloring book. The black and white drawings magically changed to color.

Rick Martin showed a zig-zag card frame using a jumbo card. He had made the beautiful prop with his new laser cutter, the latest addition to his professional workshop.

Jerry Bowzer reported that one of his hobbies is the collection of card decks. He likes to buy two of each deck so that he can open one and leave the other sealed. He said that he has about five hundred decks and stores them in boxes made for baseball card collectors.

Jim Short showed off a box of 99.999 gold playing cards that he received as a Christmas present. He also showed a one-hundred-dollar bill. He asked Jerry Bowzer to pick a number from one to fifty-two and a card suit. Jerry picked the number 27 and hearts. Jim dealt 27 cards to the table. He then used that packet to deal the number of cards arrived at by adding the digits of the number 27. When he turned over the top cards of the two packets, there was an ace of hearts and a jack of hearts. Jim now showed that written across the hundred-dollar bill was the word “blAckJack”.

Michael King showed that his skill was not limited to card tricks and book tests. He retrieved a set of juggling clubs and a unicycle from his vehicle and wowed us by juggling while riding his unicycle. Of course, in his younger days, he did run away and join the circus for a year.

Cassidy Smith put the names of all the performers in a hat and had one name drawn. The lucky winner was Joe Comet and he took home a Pendragons magic DVD.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – December 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: WoodsideLee@hotmail.com.

www.okcmagic.club

Our December meeting was originally scheduled to be our annual Parlor & Stage Magic Contest and Holiday Party. However, our one-time junior president, Rob Lake invited the Ring 46 members and their families to join him for his full illusion show to benefit the “Friends for Folks” inmate dog-training organization. It was a no-brainer to take him up on his generous offer.

Rob Lake played to a full auditorium and kept everyone spellbound throughout the show. The show was also being taped for an Armed Forces Network special. After magically appearing onstage, Rob performed everything from linking finger rings together to vanishing along with a motorcycle and reappearing in the audience. I think my favorite effect was when he walked out of the auditorium and then miraculously materialized on top of a table that was surrounded by audience members, an effect which he also performed on “America’s Got Talent” a while back.

Following the show, we were treated to pizza, desserts and soft drinks behind the stage. Rob joined us after taking the time to interact with his audience members as they left the theater. We reminisced about our past Ring 46 “Pandemonium” shows and magicians who are no longer with us. It was a truly magical evening.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – November 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: WoodsideLee@hotmail.com.

www.okcmagic.club

President Cassidy Smith opened the November meeting as our featured performer. He started by magically producing a bouquet of flowers. He then brought out a length of rope and created and vanished knots via several methods: disappearing knot, cowboy knot, nautical knot, archer’s knot, sliding knot, and Will Rogers knot. After performing a cut and restored rope effect, he folded the rope in half and caused the ends to move from one end to the other. He then placed the ends in his coat pocket and they traveled to the other end. He completed his performance by placing hard candies into a bag and magically changing them to Tootsie Rolls.

Brian Tabor continued his lecture series on stacked decks and mnemonics. He showed a “find a card” routine and a numerology birth date routine using a planning calendar. He generously handed out lecture notes to everyone along with the find-a-card trick.

Our business meeting was short and sweet, as usual. The current officers were elected by acclamation for 2022. Lee Woodside announced that he had been contacted by our once junior member Robert Calonkey, who now performs illusions under the stage name Rob Lake. Rob is scheduled to perform a benefit for animal welfare in December and has invited Ring 46 members to attend his show at a greatly reduced price and then join him for a holiday celebration. Everyone agreed that this was a great idea and that we should take Rob up on his generous offer in lieu of our normal December meeting and Holiday Party.

Our theme for November was “turkey magic.” The idea is to show a prop that looked great in the dealer ad or on eBay, but turned out to be less amazing than anticipated.

Lee Woodside showed a “Hoffman’s Rising Card” straight out of “Modern Magic.” It was advertised on eBay as being a gorgeous prop with beautiful wood inlay. What was not mentioned in the ad was that it was manufactured in a third-world country and not the highest quality. Lee had Michelle Tabor, Jerry Bowzer, and Rick Johnson each select a card and then replace it anywhere in the deck. Lee placed the deck into the rising card houlette and asked Rick Martin (AKA Professor Ludicrous) to use his wand to invoke a levitation spell. Alas, the cards did not rise. Lee asked Rick to adjust his wand to a higher setting and repeat the spell. This time there was a loud bang from the wand and the three selected cards flew out of the houlette.

Jim Short performed an effect with two pens featuring a popular search ending logo. One of the pens had a multicolored logo and the other was in purple. He said the pens were in image search mode and they shouldn’t touch or they’ll get stuck. As he went to adjust the settings on the multicolored pen the two accidentally touched, leaving both logos purple. He then handed both pens out for examination.

David Teeman proved that you don’t have to spend a fortune on props to amaze people with magic. He showed us his “$10 Act” that he performed for the “trunk or treat” night at his church. He had a vanishing/reappearing egg in a mesh bag, a “six-foot” ruler for measuring the height of youngsters, a “wand chooses you” giant wand with a toilet plunger on one end, and a drawer box for use in handing out candy. David’s enthusiasm in performing his magic reminds me of the late Bob McAllister.

Mike Stelzer showed us a prop for allowing an arm to be severed in half. However, he said that the effect of the illusion was not very good. I suspect that perhaps that Mike’s muscular body-building arm may have been a bit large for the apparatus.

Michael King told us about a nut and bolt trick he had where the nut would unthread itself visibly from the bolt. He said that the problem was that even in a loud nightclub, the workings were too noisy. He then showed us the new book about the history of magic that David Copperfield has recently published. (NOT part of the turkey magic.)

Cassidy Smith put the names of the performers into a hat and drew names for winners. Each of two winners go to select an item from the magical bag of mystery. Jim Short chose a DVD of performances by famous magicians. Mike Stelzer took home a Juan Tamariz DVD.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – October 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: WoodsideLee@hotmail.com.

www.okcmagic.club

Our theme for October was “Bizarre Magick and Oddities,” so naturally our featured performer was Lee Woodside. Lee started by showing an album of photos that he had taken with his “Thought Camera.” Then, to prove that the camera actually worked, he invited Brian Tabor to choose a card and visualize it. Sure enough, the photograph that emerged from the camera was the selected Queen of Clubs.

Lee explained that most book tests do not work on Zoom, but he had one that would. He brought out a book and invited Jerry Bowzer to pick one word as Lee went through the book and called out several words. Lee divined Jerry’s word one letter at a time.

Finally, Lee invited Cassidy Smith to join him in a game that Lee claimed to be a Life Master at. Lee drew a Tic-Tac-Toe layout and the two battled to a draw. However, Lee produced a prediction of the exact outcome of the game they had just played.

Cassidy Smith led a discussion of bizarre magick performers and books that are available to those interested in that area of magic. Everyone agreed that the late Eugene Burger had been a master of the genre.

Brian Tabor presented a mini-lecture on the stacked deck. After extolling the virtues of a stacked deck and explaining how to commit a stack to memory, Brian performed three very nice tricks using one, the last of which was an “Invisible Deck” routine in which the cards could be freely examined by a spectator after the card was revealed. Brian generously provided lecture notes and even gave everyone a stacked, gimmick-ed, marked deck to work with.

David Teeman led off the member performances. He showed us the effects that he would be performing Halloween night at his church’s drive-through festival. These included a drawer box full of candy, a mesh bag for playing “catch the egg,” and color-changing sponge balls.

Brian Tabor brought out a small coffin with “R.I.P.” on the lid and opened it to reveal four strings, one of which had a treble fish hook tied to the end. Brian placed the ends of the strings, including the fish hook, into his mouth. He then invited three participants in the audience to each select a string and jerk it from his mouth. When only one string was left, Brian showed that it was connected to the fish hook.

Cassidy Smith proved how wonderful it is to be an adult and be able to purchase all the things you only wished for as a kid. He showed us the six magic kits that he had bought in the last month. He had Marvin’s Magic Shop, The Magicians Apprentice by Melissa & Doug, Mizz Magic, Marvins Magic Set, Gross Out Magic, and Gross Magic, which included (of all things) a magic toilet and an eyeball vase.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – September 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: WoodsideLee@hotmail.com.

www.okcmagic.club

Our September meeting was devoted entirely to our annual magic flea market and auction. David and Justin Teeman opened the venue early so that tables could be set up with items to be sold. We had a great turnout.

After an hour of looking at one another’s “stuff,” the auction began at 7:30 pm. Our long-time auctioneer, Lee Woodside, explained the rules of the “appraisal” auction. There were no minimum bids, but when the high bid was reached, the seller had the option of selling the item to the high bidder or paying him fifty cents for “appraising” his item. Interestingly, this option was not invoked once during the entire evening.

Everyone had a great time and a lot of magic books and props went to new homes. It was especially enjoyable because we were unable to hold the auction last year because of COVID.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – August 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: WoodsideLee@hotmail.com.

www.okcmagic.club

Mike Stelzer kicked off our August meeting by having a card selected, which turned out to be the four of hearts. When he dumped the contents of his travel mug onto a tray, there were four heart-shaped ice cubes.

Our theme for the meeting was “Let’s Make Magic,” which is always one of the more popular meetings of the year. President Cassidy Smith taught Karrell Fox’s “Washington’s Wig” effect wherein a half-dollar coin disappears.

Rick Martin showed of his pyrotechnic wand. He then provided everyone with a parts list and instructions for how to construct his or her own wand.

Lee Woodside showed how to mark a deck of Bicycle cards using a blue or red fine-point Sharpie. He then taught a card trick where the selected card is revealed in a photograph. He provided everyone with the necessary photos and full instructions.

David Teeman, who has performed at every Ring 46 meeting he has attended for several decades, had a participant lift up a stack of three sealed decks of playing cards. He then had him lift only the topmost deck. The participant swore that the one deck was heavier than the weight of the three combined decks.

Cassidy Smith showed off his roping skills, ala Will Rogers. He twirled a large lasso vertically and jumped back and forth through the loop while the rope was spinning. He said that this feat is known as the “Texas Skip” and is a whole lot more difficult than it appears.

Cassidy then showed us his US Army surplus utility belt and bag, which he keeps stocked with magic tricks. Brian Tabor performed a ring on rope routine and then magically changed the ring into a coin. Cassidy closed the meeting by announcing that our next meeting will be our annual flea market and auction.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – July 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: WoodsideLee@hotmail.com.

www.okcmagic.club

We held our first live meeting in over a year in July. The theme for the meeting was “Comedy Magic.” Jim Green started the festivities by inviting Riley Beeson to join him “on stage.” Jim began by claiming he could poke Riley’s head through a small brass ring. This gag bit got several groans. Jim then had Riley hold a loop of chain and linked the brass ring onto the chain in a split second. He did it again for those who blinked the first time.

Michael King performed the “Kate and Edith” card trick. This led to a discussion of the use of one-liners in a magic routine. Michael talked about how hard it is to come up with good original comedy material. Lee Woodside commented that some of the best lines come from things that audience members say during a performance.

Lee Woodside invited Jerry Bowzer to assist him in a magic routine. Lee showed a list of famous actors and singers and had Jerry secretly count to a card based on the name of his mentally selected celebrity. Lee then asked Jerry if he would be surprised if a photo of the star was on the back of the list. Sure enough, the photo was of a baby, but he/she was holding a playing card, which turned out to be the very card that Jerry had “selected.” Lee said that this was an effect from Roberto Giobbi’s CARD COLLEGE LIGHTER which he and Jim Short had improved upon.

David Teeman showed that he held a red sponge ball in his left hand. He “magically” caused it to travel to his right hand. Then he caused it to travel back. He then admitted that the skeptics were correct in assuming he had two sponge balls. He showed a yellow sponge ball in one hand and a green one in the other and his hands were obviously otherwise empty.

David then enlisted the help of Derrick and Riley Beeson. David handed Derrick a large envelope containing three other envelopes. The largest of the three envelopes contained three TIME magazines and David asked Riley to choose the one that would be used. He had Riley select a random page and point to any location on that page. The word he was pointing to was “executive.” The second envelope contained a Thesaurus and David asked Riley to look up the word “executive” to find out its meaning. However, the page was missing. The third envelope contained the missing page and the word “executive” was circled.

Cassidy Smith performed a “wild card” routine where ugly ducklings turned into swans. He then showed an Aldo Columbini effect where a ring was thrown onto a rope and ended up within the knot that he had previously tied in the rope.

Lee Woodside

Pandemonium of Magic 2021

IBM Ring 46 presented its annual “Pandemonium of Magic” show on June 19, 2021 at the New Beginning Fellowship Church in south Oklahoma City. The 2020 show was canceled due to Covid 19, so it was great to dust off our magic props and perform again.

Cassidy Smith was the emcee as well as the opening act. He began by magically creating knots in a rope and then performed a cups and balls routine that was worthy of his elegant Sherwood cups.

Darryl Brooks performed card productions and flourishes, no doubt learned from Jeff McBride. Darryl then showed off his mind-reading powers by performing a no-force mental epic routine.

Rick Martin came out dressed as a full-fledged wizard named Professor Ludicrous. He said that he was a Professor of Wands at the lesser-known Pig Snout Academy for Young Wizards. After having an audience member select a playing card, he invited a young man from the audience to help him levitate the card matching the selected one from a deck of playing cards displayed on a table on stage. After several amusing “failures” by the young wizard, Rick saved the day with his pyrotechnic wand, revealing the correct playing card.

J. David Teeman began by producing his three lovely young female assistants from a pair of giant dice which had been shown to be unmistakably empty. Next he showed three silk scarves, two black and one yellow, suspended from a horizontal rod and magically commanded the scarves to change places. Finally, he enlisted the help of a young lady from the audience to cause a silk scarf to vanish. After multiple attempts, each with a bigger wand, he finally succeeded after his assistants carried out a wand that filled the stage.

During the intermission, Justin Teeman performed rolling magic (his version of strolling magic) for the audience members. Justin is an accomplished artist with the pasteboards.

Lee Woodside opened the second act with a tribute to his late friend and Ring 46 Life Member Joseph “Shyster Joe” Diggle. Lee performed “Captain Lee’s Magic Medicine Show,” with lots of gags and bits of business that would have warmed Joe’s heart. The magic included the “Squircle” newspaper trick and Multum in Parvo.

John Shack, who is a full-time professional magician and no stranger to comedy clubs, began his act by having an audience member choose one of eight socks. After showing one foot to be sock-less, John showed that he had the matching sock on his other foot. John then enlisted the aid of a young boy and a young girl and had each count out ten cards and place them in envelopes. He magically caused three cards named by audience members to pass from one envelope to the other. John ended with a danger effect. He placed a razor blade in the middle of an Oreo cookie and mixed that cookie in with four others. As audience members selected each cookie, John devoured it, until he was down to the last cookie, which he showed to contain the razor blade.

Derek Beeson got a volunteer from the audience, handed him a book, and then stood back-to-back with him. As the volunteer selected a page in his book, Derek would divine the words on the page using a second copy of the book he had retrieved from his pocket. After much byplay, he revealed that all the pages in his copy of the book were blank. He then performed an interactive egg bag routine with his volunteer assistant.

Michael King, AKA “The One-Man Circus” amazed the audience with his juggling, cycling, and plate-spinning skills. He closed his act and the show by juggling bowling pins while riding a unicycle.

Pandemonium has been a Ring 46 fundraiser for decades. We look forward to many more years of amazing audiences with our magic.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – June 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: WoodsideLee@hotmail.com.

www.okcmagic.club

Our June meeting was strictly a Zoom meeting. However, we are planning to go back to 100% live meetings in July. Eleven magicians signed on. This meeting was our annual Close-Up Contest.

Lee Woodside kicked off the contest with his “Western Mental” routine. Lee showed a number of images and asked Cassidy Smith, Justin Teeman, Michael King, and David Teeman to each mentally select an image. Lee then correctly divined each image: a horseshoe, a honkey-tonk piano player, a sheriff’s badge, and a “No Bull” sign. Lee said that he had originally made up the effect for Joe Diggle when he was performing his Wild West Medicine Show.

Darryl Brooks showed four handkerchiefs of different colors, each representing a different element: earth, air, fire, and water. He pattered about how combining the elements can create new materials. After poking the four hankies into his hand, he brought for a multi-colored handkerchief. He then showed a list of famous cities. He had someone tell him to stop as he move a paperclip down the list of names. Sure enough, the city selected matched the name of the city in his prediction envelope. He ended by having a playing card selected, lost in the deck, and then found by the world’s smallest magician.

Mike Stelzer placed four Aces in a matrix on his close-up pad and added three more cards on top of each Ace. At his command, the four Aces all migrated to one stack. He next place a number of playing cards into a hat. After removing only two playing cards from the hat, he showed that the rest had vanished. He ended by passing a key through a coin.

David Teeman showed a deck of cards made up of cards with different back designs. When Darryl Brooks called “Stop,” David showed that the two cards thus chosen were both black Jacks, which matched the two cards still in the box. David then showed that all the other cards in the deck were red Jacks, with different back designs. David next showed a clear tube and covered it with a red silk scarf. When he removed the scarf, he pulled a scarf showing a royal flush poker hand. David ended by making a red sponge ball travel suspiciously from hand to hand. He finally admitted that he used two sponge balls, but it turned out that they were now green and yellow.

The acts were judged by the Ring officers (excluding Lee Woodside) after the meeting. Darryl Brooks took first place, Lee Woodside second, and David Teeman third.

President Cassidy Smith performed a Broken Wand ceremony for Joseph T. “Shyster Joe” Diggle, who was a Life Member of Ring 46. Joe was a mentor to many magicians.

Cassidy gave a glowing review of Duane Laflin’s Silk Fountain. He said that it provides color and what looks like difficult manipulation with only a limited amount of practice. He also showed a “The End” silk scarf, which he said is a great way to close a children’s show.

Justin Teeman showed us DON ENGLAND’S T.K.O.s, by John Mendoza that he recently obtained. He also showed us Mr. Jennings’ TAKE IT EASY.

William Rader, our former President who now lives in Colorado, announced that copies of his new “Artisan Tarot” decks have now been printed for distribution to reviewers. He is looking forward to positive reviews so that he can print copies for sale.

Cassidy Smith said, “Money doesn’t grow on trees, but this does,” referring to the leaf that he was holding. With a magical pass, the leaf changed into coin of the realm. He and William Rader then had a discussion about loads for cups and balls. One bit of advice: don’t use a real tomato; it can make a real mess in your trouser pocket.

Lee Woodside

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: WoodsideLee@hotmail.com.

www.okcmagic.club

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