Secretary Report – September 2018

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:

Because the Oklahoma State Fair takes over the fairground in September, our meeting was held at the New Fellowship Church. Thanks to David and Justin Teeman for arranging to make it available for us.

President Cassidy Smith introduced David Teeman as our featured speaker for the September meeting. Our theme for the month was linking rings, so David started by showing how the “S” shaped hangers that can be placed over a door for hanging clothes on can be utilized to hang linking rings on. This keeps the rings in order and makes them easily retrieved when ready to perform. David then performed a routine with black plastic rings that turned into sparkling colored rings. David showed a set of mini linking rings that are perfect for walk-around performances and concluded by demonstrating some linking ring moves.

Cassidy Smith performed a full linking ring routine using a standard set of eight rings. He climaxed the routine with a chain of eight rings. Darryl Brooks performed a routine using four rings. He used music to enhance the entertainment value of his routine.

Michael King performed a very nice eight-ring routine. He employed some comedy byplay by having the rings “accidentally” link to the ring of keys on his belt. Michael then performed Troy Hooser’s “Charming Chinese Challenge” using washers in place of Chinese coins. He explained that some audience members don’t recognize Chinese coins and think they are gimmicked in some way. Mike Stelzer demonstrated how to switch in a “key” ring using his coat.

Lee Woodside told of buying his first set of linking rings from Gene Jeffries after watching him demonstrate them at the magic shop in the old Black Hotel in downtown OKC back in the early 1960s. He then demonstrated a “ring drop” move that he learned from Terry Lunceford and has never seen anyone else use in a performance.

For a change of pace, Cassidy Smith conducted an exercise where he challenged us to write down our most-loved magical routines, whether they are ones we actually perform or just enjoy seeing. He then asked us to home in on the top five of our list. He had several members read their lists and explain why they picked the routines they chose.

Darryl Brooks led off the member performances with a sliding knot routine. He climaxed the routine by showing that the red knot on the white rope was a section of the rope that was actually red. Jim short produced a magic square by first having four different audience members choose numbers to put along the top row of the four by four grid. He said that he had learned the method from an article in GENII by Harry Lorayne.

Jordan Johnson had a participant choose one of three business cards and place it in his pocket. He then had the participant hold one of the remaining cards in his left hand and the other in his right hand. When the business cards were turned over, the message on each correctly predicted where it would end up.

We were fortunate to host a lecture by Kainoa Harbottle in mid-September. Those who arrived early enjoyed watching Kainoa do a fingertip muscle pass with Wheat Thins crackers. He had three different people each select a playing card. Each card was returned to the deck. After shuffling the deck, Kainoa revealed each card in a different manner and climaxed the effect by showing that all the other cards in the deck were jokers.

Kainoa started his lecture by producing a finger ring and doing some magic with it, finally turning it into a coin. He then performed a “coin flurry” routine.

After a number of entertaining coin routines, Kainoa brought out a set of four small linking rings. He performed a routine that he credited to a Japanese magic family other than the one Shoot Ogawa belongs to. There were a number of “wow” moments in this routine.

One highlight for me was when Kainoa brought out a brass goblet and performed a miser’s dream type effect. He produced coin after coin and used his two hands like a coin ladder as he coin-rolled the coins into the goblet. He finished by dumping the coins out of the goblet and it seemed to contain more coins than could be held in both hands.

Kainoa showed that coin magic did not always have to be confined to close-up. He invited Darryl Brooks and his wife Nanci to sit at a table “on stage” and performed a “coins across” routine that utilized a small rocks glass. He showed how a shell coin could be place in a spectator’s hand without detection by using the right management skills.

Kainoa finished his lecture by having coins disappear until only one was left and then changing that coin into the finger ring that he started the whole thing with. It was a pleasure watching a master at work even though I may work up only a tiny fraction of the magic he performed.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Reports – August 2018

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:

Lee Woodside started off the August meeting by recognizing a few of our members who have recently shown up in printed media. Lee showed a photo that appeared in that day’s paper of Michael King caught in the act of entertaining. He was juggling clubs while riding a unicycle. Lee then showed the July 2018 “Linking Ring” magazine and noted that Ring 46 member Mike Stelzer had contributed routines for his own “Parade” article. Finally, he showed the “YourLife” section of the July 23, 2018 OKLAHOMAN newspaper, which had a large photo and article about Rob Lake, whom we all know as our former Ring 46 Junior President Robert Calonkey. Congratulations to Rob for getting passed along to the live show on “America’s Got Talent,” where he will face some stiff competition from fellow magician Shin Lin along with many other talented contestants.

The theme of our August meeting was our annual magic flea market and appraisal auction. The way the appraisal auction works is that when the gavel falls, the seller may choose to either sell the item for the amount of the high bid or pay the high bidder a fifty-cent fee for “appraising” his item. Our auctioneer for the evening was Lee Woodside, who has been doing the auction for many years. We had lots of spirited bidding and a lot of good magic apparatus, books and DVDs changed hands.

Following the auction, our featured performer for the evening was Jay Relkin. Jay gave us the benefit of his many years in magic and sales and discussed ways of approaching people and giving them a magical and enjoyable experience. Jay also performed several tricks, including a coins-across that happened in the spectator’s hands.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – July 2018

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:

My thanks to Vice President Justin Teeman for taking notes at the July meeting, which I was not able to attend. The meeting was held a week later than usual because of July4th.

Our featured performer was Jim Green. Jim floated a condiment packet in a water bottle. He also performed an arm through mirror illusion and then led a discussion on the power of leaving spectators with “impossible” souvenirs of the magician’s performance.

The theme for member performances was card tricks without picking a card. David Teeman led off with a packet trick. Jordan Johnson performed Gemini mates with an Ace revelation.

Darryl Brooks amazed us with a one-ahead triple prediction. President Cassidy Smith performed “Royal Acrobats.”

Justin Teeman performed a spectator finds the aces routine and “Reset 21.” Treasurer Michael King demonstrated an ace-cutting trick with a color change. Max Krause performed a Dai Vernon ace-cutting routine from the STARS OF MAGIC.

The highlight of the evening was a creativity contest. Each team of magicians was presented with a grab bag of goodies and given thirty minutes to come up with a magic routine using those items. The items were things like Play Doh, gummy life savers, twizlers, and balloons. The winning team was made up of Shaun Clark, Marty Ludlum, and Jordan Johnson.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – June 2018

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:

We presented our annual “Pandemonium of Magic” public show on June 2nd at the Contemporary Arts Theater at the Oklahoma State Fairground. President Cassidy Smith emceed the show and kept things moving along.

Derrick Beeson led off the show with a linking rings routine and a torn and restored signed card. David Teeman enlisted the aid of a little girl from the audience to change silk scarves into a beautiful butterfly.

Darryl Brooks performed his knots off silk scarf routine to music. He then performed a sponge balls and bowl routine with sound effects from a squeeker.

Lee Woodside performed his own version of “What’s Next.” He then used the mis-made flag routine for a tribute to the military veterans in the audience. He finished with the venerable die box.

John Jolly performed a routine by Jim Steinmeyer involving “Droodles,” which are unusual drawings which require thought to be interpreted. John set one drawing aside, which proved to predict what the audience participant would choose. John then made very good use of the “Baby Gag,” which culminated with a more current picture of Tom Cruise, the celebrity chosen by an audience participant. He finished with a very commercial “Invisible Deck” routine.

Cassidy Smith showed off his mastery of the cups and balls. Mike Stelzer carried on a spirited dialog with his furry primate puppet friend.

Terry “Mr. T.Lo” Losawyer began by producing colorful silk scarves and then closed the show with a “Metamorphosis” routine with his daughter, Rebecca.

We had a great audience and actually made a profit on the show. However, our main objective was to promote our Ring and give our members a valuable chance to perform on stage.

Our June meeting was our annual close-up magic contest. We had seven contestants and a great variety of magic.

Darryl Brooks began by changing four Jacks to four Aces. He then changed two quarters to a half dollar. He showed two washers with holes in them. He had an audience participant hold onto one of the washers and was able to remove the hole from his own washer and have it travel to the one in the spectator’s hand. Darryl next vanished a borrowed, signed quarter and showed that it had traveled to a matchbox inside a playing card box. He concluded by tying three different-colored ropes into rings and changing them into one large rope.

Terry “T.Lo” LoSawyer changed a two-dollar bill into two one-dollar bills. He showed that he could shop anywhere in the world by cutting pieces of newspaper into the size of the local currency and changing the pieces into real bills. He next interlocked a five-dollar bill and a one-dollar bill and caused them to pass through each other. He then caused the two bills to change places and finally turned them into two fives, saying he would quit while he was ahead. Terry ended by divining the card a participant chose and then showing that the rest of the cards in the deck were all blank.

Mike Stelzer showed off his escape skills. First he escaped from standard handcuffs. Next he escaped from shackles like those used for transporting prisoners. Finally, he escaped from inside a mailbag, which was secured by a crossbar and padlocks.

Derrick Beeson pulled some loose change from his pocket. As he held the coins in his palm and concentrated on them, one of the coins magically tilted up. He concluded by performing the “pothole” trick, using two of his business cards.

Shaun Clark placed a wooden stick into a paper bag. He broke the stick into multiple pieces with the help of a participant, but when he removed the stick, it was intact. He then performed a solid through solid effect by pulling a stick through a drink holder. His final effect involved coffee rings on a napkin, but I was too far back to see exactly what happened However, those who were closer were very impressed.

Jay Relkin performed the “Chicago Opener” for Lauren and Rebecca and followed with a coins across routine. David Teeman had a card selected and took another card for himself. The participant placed his chosen card into his pocket while David tore his card into quarters. David caused the two cards to switch places, that is the torn card was now the value of the one the participant chose and the other card was now in his pocket.

Max Krause had a card freely named by an audience participant. He then showed that that very card was the one between the two jokers in his deck of cards. Max had Alex cut to a card. When he made a phone call, an answering machine named the chosen card. Max concluded by having three different people cut off packets of cards from a deck, remember one card, and shuffle their packets. The deck was reassembled and Max was able to divine each of the chosen cards.

While we were awaiting the contest results, Derrick Beeson gave positive reviews of both the Penn & Teller show at the Rinverwind Casino in Norman, Oklahoma and David Blaine’s “Don’t Blink” show in Dallas, Texas.

Our official contest judges announced a very rare occurrence:  a tie for second place. T.Lo and Max Krause shared second-place honors while Derrick Beeson claimed bragging rights as this year’s close-up magic champion. Each winner got to select from a treasure trove of magical prizes and each will receive a trophy at a future meeting.

After a very brief business meeting, Cassidy Smith concluded the evening with a very visual magic effect. He had a card selected and returned to the deck. After shuffling, he formed a pistol with the deck and “fired” the selected card into the air.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – May 2018

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 featured performer for May was Lee Woodside. Lee performed selected portions of Cody Fisher’s “Cody’s Comedy Book Test,” but said that he would never perform the ending that Cody uses because he does not believe in embarrassing his audience participants. He then invited Darryl Brooks to join him for a fantasy Las Vegas gambling adventure. Darryl chose a casino, grabbed some giant hundred-dollar bills to bet with and selected cards for his blackjack hand. Sure enough, Lee had predicted all three correctly. Lee credited this routine to Larry Becker.

Our meeting theme was “May the force be with you.” With that in mind, Lee led a discussion on various methods of forcing objects, numbers, colors, words or playing cards. Justin Teeman and Cassidy Smith followed up by demonstrating various card-forcing techniques.

President Cassidy Smith gave a review of the two-DVD set “Knockout Magic,” by Caleb Wiles. He said that it contained some very powerful card magic and was well worth the money. He then performed the “iDeck” routine for us.

After a very brief business meeting, Michael King signed out tickets for our annual “Pandemonium of Magic” public show. Cassidy Smith discussed the plans for the show.

Darryl Brooks led off our member performances with a linking ring routine choreographed to music. Jordan Johnson performed a book test. At the conclusion, he showed that the actual selected page had, in fact, been ripped from the book before the show.

Dale Shawn had a participant select and sign two playing cards. At the conclusion of the routine, the cards had not only found each other, but had fused together as one.

Cletis Shawn performed a truly impromptu book test. He borrowed a book and a deck of cards. He had two playing cards selected to determine a page number and then was able to divine the contents of the selected page.

Mike Stelzer showed off his skills as a ventriloquist with his recently acquired monkey. David Teeman drew a dot on one side of a small paddle and then had the dot appear on both sides, and finally vanish altogether.

Cassidy Smith performed a muscle pass and a coin roll with a half dollar and then changed the coin into a jumbo coin. Michael King had a card selected from a well-shuffled deck. After replacing the card in the deck and shuffling further, he showed that not only was the deck now in new-deck order, the selected card had transported back to the card box.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – April 2018

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 lead off our April meeting with some card magic. He performed a “twisting” effect and ended by showing that it was all done with mirrors. The front and back of each and every card was a mirror.

Our theme for the April meeting was “Let’s Make Magic,” which is always a favorite. Several members teach magic effects and everyone gets to take home the props needed to perform the effects.

Derrick Beeson handed out rubber bands and taught how to link them together and unlink them. He showed a great broken and restored effect and an eerie effect where a borrowed finger ring climbs up a rubber band.

Cassidy Smith taught a torn and restored card effect. Max Krause showed a “gypsy thread” effect and provided everyone with the necessary cotton thread, which is easily broken into pieces.

Lee Woodside taught a “chameleon cards” effect. Four black-backed Queens of Clubs were shown front and back. When one of the cards was replaced with a red-backed Queen of Hearts, all four of the queens were then shown to have become red-backed Queens of Hearts.

David Teeman started off the member performances by showing a box with a drawer in it. The drawer was empty. When he closed the drawer and uttered the magic word, he reopened the drawer and produced a “live” raccoon named “Rocky.”

Darryl Brooks had a card selected and then lost in the deck. The card vanished from the deck and reappeared in Darryl’s shoe.

Dale Shawn had a card initialed by an audience volunteer. He then tore up the card and restored it, with the signature still intact.

John Jolly placed a large “prediction” card on the table. He then had someone select a number from one through seven. He showed seven jumbo cards with funny drawings on the back. Sure enough, the selected one proved to match the prediction card. The routine had lots of comedy by-play.

Two days after our monthly meeting, we converged at Max Krause’s home and magic shop for a lecture by a young British mentalist named Chris Rawlins. Chris started by doing an effect using three chairs and three audience participants. His method was bold, but effective, and required no pre-show work with the participants or doctoring of the chairs prior to the show.

Chris demonstrated two drawing duplication effects, one for stage and the other for one-on-one close-up mentalism. Both were hard-hitting mentalism and neither required expensive props or pre-show work. The “real work,” though, was his audience interaction during the performance of the stage effect.

Chris showed a nice walk-around piece that involves participants thinking of movies and scenes within the movies. He then showed us a memory demonstration using the colors and suits of playing cards.

Chris ended with an effect where a participant started with a full deck and eliminated cards until he was down to one card. Sure enough, when the last card was turned over, it matched the prediction.

In summary, Chris taught effects that were workable and did not require any expensive props or high-tech electronics.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – March 2018

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 former Junior President, now known as “Rob Lake,” performed a full evening illusion show in his hometown of Norman, OK to benefit a local animal rescue group. Rob has traveled all over the world performing magic. It was a real treat to get the chance to see him perform after all these years.

Max Krause hosted a tag-team lecture by John Reid and Carisa Hendrix at his home and magic shop in OKC. John Reid holds the world record for the largest balloon sculpture created by one person. John started by giving us a detailed demonstration of making mouth coils. He then gave us some tips on performing with them and suggested some routines. He handed out napkins and taught everyone how to make a napkin rose.

Carisa Hendrix showed us her bubble act. She shared her secret for making her professional bubble solution and showed how to create smoke-filled bubbles. She used a young boy who was present to demonstrate her signature “child in a bubble” trick. She then showed us some of the magical effects she has created including the very impressive production of a hard-back book from an empty paper sack.

John Reid wound up the lecture by showing some variations on a classic card trick, a way to perform a snowstorm effect, how to create figures by folding towels, and fun things to do with “googly eyes.” If you get the chance to experience a lecture by John and/or Carisa, I urge to not miss the opportunity to learn from these young, innovative magicians.

We thank David Teeman for getting the use of his church as a venue for a lecture by the award-winning Gregory Wilson. Gregory taught several magicians in a workshop format prior to the lecture. Gregory started the lecture with his “Chip on Shoulder” routine, which uses a poker chip and a coin purse. Phil Kalivoda got to actually experience the magic of the routine while the rest of us enjoyed the show. I was pleased that he gave Phil the trick at the end of the routine for being such a good sport. Gregory also performed a very entertaining theatrical pickpocket routine. He demonstrated several more of his very innovative tricks using coins, currency, cards, Rubik’s Cubes and even iPhones.

Prior to our March meeting, President Cassidy Smith conducted a workshop on coins across. He covered the friction palm, click pass, false transfer and retention vanish along with teaching a very commercial routine.

Our featured performer for the March meeting was Max Krause. Staying with the month’s theme of “Bar Magic,” Max showed us several routines that he performs in a bar or restaurant environment. He started by having a freely chosen card appear between two jokers. He caused a coin to penetrate his pocket and then changed it into a jumbo coin. Max ended by showing us some tricks making use of current technology. He had someone mentally select a word from a list on an iPhone app and he was able to divine the word. He had another audience participant select a type of liquor from among pictures of many different bottles. He was able to name the libation they had chosen.

After a very brief business meeting, Cassidy Smith led a discussion on tricks that do or do not work in a bar setting. He then introduced the evening’s performers.

Darryl Brooks performed a ring-off-rope illusion. Derrick Beeson performed a very nice linking ring routine using miniature rings that he said he was able to purchase from the internet for only $17, which included the bag.

Dale Shawn performed a three-coin trick. Each time he took away a coin, there were still three coins left. However, the last time he took away one coin, there were none left and trick was obviously over.

Justin Teeman performed a “Triumph” card routine. David Teeman recounted stories of his performances in bars and ended by performing his own “twisting” trick.

Lee Woodside handed out copies of a puzzle that can be done at a bar with toothpicks or small drinking straws. He said that, for a drink, he would reveal the solution to anyone who could not figure it out on his own. However, most of the members found the solution using Google.

Terry “T.Lo” Losawyer removed a ring from a string that was stretched between the fingers of an audience volunteer. He said that he had won many a drink with this trick.

Jay Relkin had a card selected and then showed that the name of the card was printed underneath a bottle cap. Cassidy Smith wound up the performances by performing a coin-across from one hand to an on-the-rocks glass held in the other hand.

After the meeting, several members convened at the local watering hole for further storytelling and magic.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – February 2018

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:

Prior to the February meeting, President Cassidy Smith led a workshop on wand magic. He showed several wand flourishes, such as the palm spin, the finger spin, and the drummer’s spin. He also covered some ways to use a wand in vanishing an object, such as the Dai Vernon wand spin and the push-through fist vanish. He concluded by vanishing the wand.

Our theme for February was stage magic and our featured performers, T.Lo (Terry LoSawyer) and his daughter, Rebecca followed the theme. T.Lo started by performing a very nice invisible deck routine, with lots of comedy by-play. After transforming a silk scarf into a cane, he produced a quantity of silk scarves from a triangle of three large playing cards. He placed several scarves into a clear plastic tube, and when he covered them with another tube, the scarves changed into a bouquet of flowers. He and Rebecca concluded the routine with a metamorphosis illusion.

Cassidy Smith led a discussion on important differences between stage magic and parlor or close-up magic. We discussed sound, music, venues, backdrops, lighting, angles, and assistants.

Secretary Lee Woodside passed out copies of our 2018 Grimoire to those who had contributed and offered the extra copies for sale. This is our 22nd Grimoire, all of which have been edited by Malaki (David Swanson).

J. David Teeman told us that he had visited a cigar store and asked if he could purchase a couple of empty cigar boxes. He was told to take as many as he wanted. He brought along two trash bags full to hand out to the rest of us. They make great containers for magic props and some could even be modified to become a piece of magical apparatus.

Derrick Beeson reviewed a couple of new magic DVDs. He gave a good review of “Real Ace Cutting,” by Benjamin Earl and “Worlds End,” by Takahiro. Cassidy Smith reviewed the DVDs “At the Table,” by Joe Monte and another by Jason Ladanye.

Lee Woodside started off the member performances by showing his routine with a Delben Die Box. He pointed out that the die is large enough to be seen even in a large venue.

Darryl Brooks performed a very commercial rope routine. His routine involved multiple effects and was enhanced by background music.

David Teeman performed Max Maven’s “Giant B’Wave.” When he asked an audience member to name a color for the King, she blurted out “Hearts,” thus saving him the trouble of using equivoque.

John Jolly borrowed a one dollar bill from each of two audience participants. He tore each bill in half, returning a half to each lender. He then proceeded to vanish the other two pieces. Two audience members to whom he had given sealed envelopes at the start of the trick opened their envelopes to find the other half of each bill.

Junior magician Blaine Taylor made his performance debut. After having a participant select a playing card, he returned the card to the deck and shuffled the cards. When he threw the deck down onto the table, the selected card magically flipped over.

We were all pleased that the former Junior President of our club, Rob Lake, showed up at our meeting. He was in Oklahoma for a benefit performance in his hometown of Norman. Rob is now touring the world with his illusion show. We coaxed him into joining our members for a group photo to be posted on our website.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – January 2018

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:

Prior to the January meeting, Lee Woodside held a workshop on the Sefalaljia ring on string routine. He also showed how to do the trick that Robert Redford performed with a string in the movie THE HORSE WHISPERER. Lee said that his dad showed him the trick 65 years ago.

We had a great turnout for our first meeting of the year. Dean Johnson led a discussion on sleights that every aspiring card worker should master. After performing Senator Crandall’s six-card repeat routine from Tarbell 6, Dean covered the buckle count, mechanic’s grip, double lift, criss-cross force, Hindu shuffle, palming, side steal, top change, Elmsley count, flustration count, and the Hammon count. When one member asked what could be done with an Elmsley count, Justin Teeman stepped in and performed Dai Vernon’s “Twisting the Aces.” Dean was also kind enough set up a couple of tables of magic props from his magic shop, Costume Funhouse, which is the only brick and mortar magic shop left in Oklahoma City and one of only four in the state.

Lee Woodside reported that Sharon LaNeil, wife of former member Joe Diggle, passed away just before the holidays. A sympathy card was passed around for the members to sign.

Our theme for the January meeting was to show off any magical items received from Santa. Derrick Beeson started by reviewed the “52 to 1” deck, which he said will allow the magician to perform miracles. He also gave high praise to the book COINS AND OTHER FABLES, by Luis Piedrahita. Derrick then had a card selected and shuffled into the deck. Amazingly, at his command the card sprang several feet into the air.

Lee Woodside showed off the corner rounder apparatus that he received for Christmas from a fellow magician. Justin Teeman the book THE SECRETS OF CONJURING AND MAGIC, by Robert Houdin. He said that the material in it is old enough to be new again.

Jordan Johnson showed a deck of cards with a different symbol written on the back of each card. He was able to predict the symbol that was on the back of a freely named card and the card that went with a freely named symbol.

Michael King showed two timers that he found which allow him to keep up with the elapsed time of his show for those situations when he has a specific amount of time to perform. He then showed us AA and AAA batteries that are available which can be charged from a standard USB socket.

Jay Relkin had a card selected. He then showed that the new socks he got for Christmas predicted the card that would be chosen, the Jack of Spades. Mike Stelzer showed the die box he received. He also showed a clever idea of producing money in place of the vanished die.

J. David Teeman showed a miniature stratosphere trick that packs small. He then performed a candy prediction with the help of a young audience member.

The names of those who performed were placed into a take-out box and one name was drawn. Lee Woodside was the happy winner of an Alex Elmsley DVD.

Lee Woodside

Secretary Report – December 2017

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

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

LEE WOODSIDE, Secretary. Email:

Our December theme was our annual Holiday Party and Parlor / Stage Magic Contest. Having the contest in December assures that we have plenty of quality magic at the party for our members and their guests.

After a feast of ham and other goodies, seven magicians participated in the contest. Lee Woodside drew the number one performance slot. He showed two cigar boxes and an empty whiskey bottle that he claimed were souvenirs of Dai Vernon that his friend, “Shyster Joe” Diggle had picked up at the Magic Castle years ago. Lee placed the empty whiskey bottle into the smaller box and placed that into the larger one. After causing a chosen card to vanish, he had the audience member holding the cigar boxes to open them and remove the whiskey bottle. Sure enough, the chosen card was now in the bottle.

Terry “T.Lo” Losawyer performed a very nice “Invisible Deck” routine. He followed that with a “cards across.”

Jay Relkin showed a small wooden box with a lid and a cube with a different color on each face. Not only was he able to divine the color that had been placed on top, he was able to send a mental image to an audience participant, who was also able to divine the color.

Derrick Beeson performed a beautiful coin routine using four coins, a small piece of cork and a leather cylinder. He then performed a signed card-to-wallet routine.

Joe Coover said he was not able to solve a Rubik’s Cube. However, he was able to start with a solved cube and move the sides to match a mixed up cube in 6.5 seconds. Joe then had seven different audience members each choose one Scrabble tile. He had another participant select a word from a dictionary. Joe spelled a word with the selected tiles and sure enough it matched the chosen word. He then performed a very nice ring and string routine.

Mike Stelzer and his diminutive sidekick, Ike entertained us with a vent routine. He then drew a face on a drawing board and brought it to life and conversed with it.

Darryl Brooks choreographed his entire show to music. He began by tying knots in a silk scarf and then actually removing the knots and throwing them into the audience. He then performed a routine involving sponge balls, a bowl, and a wand.

The votes were tallied while President Cassidy Smith conducted a very brief business meeting. He updated us on the status of upcoming lectures. He then entertained us with a routine with a purse frame and three coins.

Joe Coover won first place and the right to pick any three items from the magical items brought by Cassidy. Darryl Brooks took second place and got to choose two items. Lee Woodside took third place and got to choose one item.

Lee Woodside