Secretary Report – August 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:

We were pleased that professional magician and IBM 46 Life Member David Thomas showed up at our August meeting.  He brought along his good friend and fellow magician, David Hira.  David Hira was our featured performer for the evening. He showed how, through professionalism, a magician can make a crowd-pleasing miracle out of something as simple as the venerable silk scarf and thumb tip trick. He involved several audience members in the routine. Maybe he didn’t “fool us,” but he managed to entertain a roomful of jaded magicians.

David also talked about the wonderful feedback that he has gotten from his “David Hira LIVE” video lecture download now available from Penguin Magic.  He also talked about his new mentoring program that is taking place in Costa Rica.  I have not yet had the chance to download David’s video, but just knowing him and being acquainted with his magic is enough for me to heartily endorse it.  Add to that the five-star reviews and it’s a no-brainer.

The August meeting was our annual magic flea market and appraisal auction.  There are no minimum bids on the auction, but once the gavel falls, the seller has the option of accepting the high bid or paying the high bidder 50 cents for appraising his item. We actually had a few cases where the appraisal option was used, but most of the items actually changed hands, with some amazing bargains being had.  Lee Woodside was the auctioneer and managed to keep things moving along at a brisk pace. “He who snoozes, loses,” was his mantra as he urged bidders to up the price just one more dollar.

Following the meeting, a number of magicians repaired to the local watering hole to session late into the night.  Others went home to try out their newfound treasures or count their money.

Lee Woodside

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