Secretary Report – January 2013

NO. 46, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Seymour Davis Ring
Meets 7:00 pm, 1st Monday of the month at City Arts Center, Oklahoma State Fairground.
LEE WOODSIDE, Secretary. Email:

We had a great turnout for our first meeting of 2013. President William Rader introduced our featured performer of the month, “The Amazing Magical Michael” Stephanic. Michael demonstrated how those with a close bond, in this case a father and daughter, can share sensory perceptions. While the participants closed their eyes, Michael could tap on the shoulder of one and the other would report feeling the tap. He then had a card selected from a shuffled deck, blown on by the participant, and returned to the deck. He was able to not only divine the card, but what the gentleman had for breakfast.
The president announced the opportunity of a lecture by Devin Knight in February. Enough members committed to sponsor the lecture so that it can be booked.
Ideas were solicited for meeting themes for the New Year. Lots of great ideas were offered, including one suggestion of a mentoring program for new members.
Lee Woodside proved that magicians are ecologically responsible by recycling the morning newspaper into a magic trick. He said that he had learned the trick many years ago from his good friend “Shyster Joe” Diggle. After performing it, he passed out newspapers and special templates to everyone and taught them how to make it up in a matter of minutes.
The member performance theme for the month was to show off the magic we received for Christmas. Michael King had a card selected and wrote his prediction of the card on the card box. When it turned out to be wrong, he waved his hand over what he had written and it magically changed to the correct card. He then placed a penny, a dime, and a quarter into his hand and asked a member of the audience to name one. When the quarter was named, he opened his hand to show that a quarter was the only coin there.
Steve Crawford showed off lots of items he had obtained from the local dollar store. He performed a “two in the hand, one in the pocket” with miniature Christmas ornaments, climaxing with a miniature Christmas tree. He then showed a changing bag that he had made from two Christmas stockings.
Jim Short presented a volunteer with a backstage pass to a concert. He then showed that he had a deck of cards where each card was a different band. The volunteer inserted the pass into the deck at a random point and, sure enough, he selected the band that was printed on the backstage pass.
Jim Green had a volunteer initial his own quarter and hold it in his palm. When Jim passed his flat hand over the coin, it magically changed to a dime.
Lee Woodside

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