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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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

Secretary Report – April 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:

President Cassidy Smith led off our April meeting as featured performer. He magically produced a half dollar, did a coin roll with it, and then changed it into a jumbo coin. He then performed a ring and rope trick, causing the ring to link onto the rope and then removing it. He then threw a knot onto a rope and magically removed it. After a nice wand spin and vanish of the wand, he concluded his performance with a production of the four Aces from a deck of cards.

David Teeman gave us a review of the Penguin Magic event in Dallas, Texas. He said that it was very enjoyable and that there was a good turnout.

Lee Woodside presented a glowing review of the Cavalcade of Magic in Eureka Springs, Arkansas that he had just returned from. He said that there was lots of magic and plenty of magicians to meet with.

Max Krause said that he had attended Rob Lake’s charity fund-raising show for a local animal rescue group. We all remember when Rob was our Junior President of Ring 46.

Our theme for April was “Let’s Make Magic.” This is always one of our more popular meetings of the year because each person not only gets to learn new magic, but goes home with the props necessary to perform the routines.

David Teeman taught what he called “Psy-Color Card Choice.” Four cards of the same rank, but different suits, are shown face up. The participant chooses one of the cards. The magician lays it aside face up. He then shows that the remaining three cards have blue backs. The chosen card is now turned face down to show that it has a red back.

Derrick Beeson taught a card to impossible location effect. At the beginning of the routine, he had a playing card folded into quarters and clipped on the outside of his shirt pocket using a pen. The participant chose a card, signed it, and returned it to the deck. Derrick then removed the card clipped to his pocket and unfolded it to show that it was the selected, signed card.

Cassidy Smith taught the production of a giant contact lens. He followed this by having a selected card grow to become a jumbo card.

Lee Woodside brought along a hundred feet each of red and blue cord along with an electric hot knife. He cut a length of cord for each magician and then demonstrated three tricks that the cord could be used to perform. One of the tricks was a finger penetration that his father had shown him when Lee was five years old. The trick was later performed by Robert Redford in the movie THE HORSE WHISPERER.

After a very brief business meeting, Derrick Beeson led off the member performances section of the meeting causing a finger ring to vanish and then reappear on his finger. Michael King performed the “Charming Chinese Challenge” using a cord and metal washers. The washers penetrated the cord multiple times. Michael said that when he performed the effect with Chinese coins, the audience members thought they were trick coins.

Jonathon Jordan performed a delightful routine using just a deck of playing cards and a tiny plunger. (Just like you’d find in the bathroom of a Barbie Dream House.) He demonstrated how the plunger could pick up one card or multiple cards at once. He then had audience members name numbers and showed that the plunger could pick up exactly the specified number of cards from the deck. He then showed that the plunger could cut to a card that had been freely selected and lost in the deck.

David Teeman showed a trick that he said he had performed with enough magicians to establish a Guinness Book of World Records for the most magicians performing the same trick at once. He magically produced a scarf, tied a knot in it, and blew on the knot to cause it to vanish.

Jay Relkin had a participant select a card, which was lost in the deck. He then used a finger ring to locate the card. He now showed that the selected card (Ten of Hearts) was printed on the outside of the Bicycle card box.

Jonathon Meyers magically produced a coin, performed a coin flurry effect and climaxed with a jumbo coin. He attributed the routine to David Roth. Mike Stelzer caused a nickel to stick to his forehead. He offered to let any one else try the effect, showing that the coin actually had a spike attached to it.

Terry “T.Lo” LoSawyer demonstrated how he could remove a ring strung on a cord that was stretched around a participant’s fingers. He said that he had one many beers with this one.

Brian Tabor performed the venerable Ball and Tube mystery. A steel ball sank into a steel tube that was too small to hold the ball.

The names of all the performers and teachers for the evening were placed into a hat. “T.Lo” and Derrick Beeson were the lucky winners of the chance to take an item from the “Magical Chest of Mystery” brought by Cassidy Smith.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – March 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:

Our theme for March was liquid magic. Lee Woodside kicked things off with “Captain Lee’s Magic Medicine Show.” He began by pitching his Captain Lee’s Magical Medicine for Mysterious Maladies. Next he showed how he tests the water he uses for its special magnetic properties. (Hydrostatic glass.) Then he told about the magical mountain spring discovered by his good friend “Shyster Joe” Diggle on land sacred to the Shoshone during one of Joe’s many summer visits to Cody Wyoming. (Lota bowl.) Lee concluded by showing how the magic medicine would multiply to meet the needs of all his family members. (Multum in Parvo.)

President Cassidy Smith led a group discussion on the many magic effects that use liquids. We also discussed the advantages and disadvantages of liquid magic.

Jim Green demonstrated his custom made top hat table that also has a shelf for holding magic items and a hook to use for linking rings. He then showed us the magical self-lighting light bulb that he had constructed.

Darryl Brooks told us about his first paid gig. He recently performed strolling magic for a party with 300 attendees. He said that performing street magic in Bricktown in downtown OKC helped him to prepare. He also thanked those who had mentored him and said that belonging to the club had helped him immensely.

Derrick Beeson gave reviews of several magic items that he recently obtained. He gave his highest recommendation for the new book THE MAGIC RAINBOW, by Juan Tamariz. He also liked the Italian leather coin purses marketed by Michael Rubenstein. Finally, he demonstrated the T-1000 by Nemo and Hanson Chien, which allows for an effect very similar to the “Crazy Man’s Handcuffs,” except using key chains rather than rubber bands.

Lee Woodside led off the member performances by showing how his magic medicine knows how to magically target the correct location in the body. He used a “Liquid Penetration” effect with three drinking glass which were stacked one on top of another. He showed that he could pour the medicine directly into any of the three glasses. He ended by separating the glasses, which caused some gasps in the audience.

David Teeman performed a card trick using a deck of Tony Chang playing cards. When he turned the card box over, “Tony Chang” became “Drunk Asian.” Darryl Brooks and Derrick Beeson each chose a playing card and reinserted it into the deck. Miraculously, each of the cards turned face up in the face-down deck.

Terry “T.Lo” LoSawyer said that he grew up on a farm and his family used a well for water. He then demonstrated how a well works. He punched a hole in the top of Darryl Brook’s head and poured in some water. He then held a funnel and a bucket under Darryl’s arm while he had Derrick Beeson pump his other arm. Sure enough the water flowed into the bucket.

Darryl Brooks inserted a string through a green Starbuck’s straw. He folded the straw in half and cut the straw into two pieces. He was then able to restore the string.

Michael King showed a large cheese balls container that was filled with ping pong balls. He removed one ball and tossed it into the audience. He had that person name a digit from one to nine and then toss the ball to someone else. Once he had three digits, he said that he had counted the balls earlier and written the total on a piece of paper that was at the bottom of the container. He had Lee Woodside hold a fishing net as he emptied the container of ping pong balls into the net. Sure enough, the piece of paper contained the three-digit number arrived at by the audience members.

Derrick Beeson performed the classic egg bag trick. When he pretended to place the egg under his arm, he showed that instead of an egg, it was a lemon. He concluded by producing a shot glass full of liquid.

Jordan Johnson poured water into the folds of a newspaper. He then rotated the paper through a full 360 degrees without any water coming out. He finished by pouring the water back out of the newspaper.

Michael King demonstrated amazing card flourishes while Cassidy Smith wrote the names of all the performers on pieces of paper and placed them into a hat. The lucky performer whose name was drawn won a very nice Himber wallet.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – February 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:

Jonathon Meyer was our featured performer for February. After Darryl Brooks freely selected a card and returned it to the deck, Jonathon retrieved the card from his pocket. He then caused the deck itself to vanish and he retrieved that from his pocket. Another card was chosen and returned to the deck and this time the card was found in the previously empty card box. Finally, the deck transported to the card box. Jonathon ended by tearing open a package of sweetener and pouring it into his fist. The sweetener vanished as he openly displayed his thumbs to prove that no TT had been utilized to create the magic.

Out theme for the month’s meeting was kids show magic. David Teeman showed us some of the tricks he uses when he performs for children. He began by showing a net bag with an egg in it. He would take the egg and invisibly toss it to one of the “kids” in the audience. When that person would toss the egg back, it would visibly appear in the bag. David said that he likes to use this a warm-up. David then got lots of audience interaction with his magic coloring book. He next showed a cloth bag that changed colors every time he turned it inside-out. He performed a die box routine using a Rubik’s Cube rather than a die. When the cube appeared back in the top hat, it had magically solved itself. A black and a white silk scarf were placed into a change bag and turned into a black and white caterpillar silk scarf. When colored scarves were added and placed into the bag, a beautiful full-color butterfly silk scarf emerged from the “cocoon.” David said that he always has extra “no-fail” tricks on hand just in case.

President Cassidy Smith led a discussion on what is important for a successful kids show. Some of the ideas were that kids love repetition, the magician should let the kids win, avoid dead time, show enthusiasm, save the best for last, gear your show to the age of the audience, make things simple, visual and fun, and don’t vanish an animal unless you can make it reappear.

Our business meeting for the month was very brief, keeping with our philosophy of more magic and less boredom. Cassidy announced upcoming lectures by Scott Alexander and John Carney. Lee Woodside announced that the Ring’s 2019 Grimoire was hot off the press, or more accurately, hot out of the computer as a PDF on CD ROM from our longtime Grimoire Editor Malaki, AKA David Swanson. Lee handed out free copies to those who had submitted material and sold additional copies at five dollars apiece.

Derrick Beeson presented a review on some of the magic items he has recently acquired. He had high praise for the trick “Mr. Golden Balls.” He also recommended the close-up version of Martin Lewis’ “Cardiographic.” Derrick further recommended the coin books THE LONG GOODBYE, by Geoff Latta and INSTITUES, by Jeremiah Zuo.

Max Krause performed his version of the venerable 5-card repeat using special cards that he came up with and markets. After showing five cards that spelled ‘CARDS,’ he removed two and then had five cards that spelled ‘TRICKS.’ After getting rid of four cards, he had five cards that spelled ‘MAGIC.’ After throwing three more cards away, he was left with four cards that encouraged the audience to ‘CLAP.’

Michael Clark performed a “D-Lite” routine and then a routine with sponge balls. Darryl Brooks performed the venerable ball and vase routine, but surprised us with a kicker ending when the ball actually changed color.

Lee Woodside showed a number of jumbo cards with pictures of animals on them. He had Jonathon Meyer and Derrick Beeson each mentally select one of the animals. He asked each of them to mentally transmit to him the animal chosen, which he attempted to sketch. Sure enough, each of the two sketches matched the chosen animal. Lee said that this trick was marketed under the name “Deja Zoo.”

Mike Stelzer showed a seven of clubs and four fours of diamonds. He magically turned each of the fours into a seven of clubs.

Michael King shuffled a deck had an audience member name any card. He then had the person select any card, which turned out to be the one he had named. He repeated this several times. He showed the deck to be in a random order, but after a few more shuffles, he spread the deck to show it in new deck order.

Cassidy Smith produced a red sponge heart, caused it to split into two hearts, and then performed a sponge ball routine using the hearts and a Cupid’s arrow wand. He climaxed the routine with a giant sponge heart and said that he chose this routine because Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.

Michael Corley performed a coin through the hand routine. He then placed a copper coin in one hand and a silver coin in the other and commanded them to change places. Sure enough, they did. He next caused a coin to travel into the cap of a pen and concluded by driving the pen up his nose and removing it from his mouth.

Lee Woodside