Secretary Report – January 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:           

            President Cassidy Smith held a workshop on coin work just prior to the January meeting. He showed and taught some really convincing coin vanishes.

            Our featured performer for the first meeting of the New Year was Zach Heath. He showed his prowess with the pasteboards by performing the “Chicago Opener.”

            Derrick Beeson showed off some of the magical gadgets he got for Christmas. He showed his PMS (pocket management system) and a beautiful set of custom-made Okito boxes. Cassidy then praised the new DVD “The Touch,” by Robbie Moreland that is now available from Vanishing Inc.

            Jim Green had Terry LoSawyer draw arrows on a Lifesaver mint. Jim then placed the mint on a stick and magically caused it to start spinning around in the direction of the arrows. He then performed a ring on chain routine with a lot of comedy byplay.

            Jim Short showed the book CARD COMPULSIONS, by Peter Duffie that he received from Christmas from a magic friend. He then performed one of the routines from the book.

            We had a good discussion on originality. While we agreed that we should each strive to make a magic trick fit our own character, there was some doubt as to whether being original was always a good thing. After all, the classics are classics for a reason.

            Our theme for the member performances was “New Year, New Magic.” John Shackelford started out by very cleanly changing a Monopoly bill into a real dollar bill.

            Mike Stelzer performed a flame through silk scarf routine. He then used his magic wand to produce a blooming flower in an empty flowerpot.

            Darryl Books borrowed a quarter and had the participant place his initials on it. He caused the quarter to vanish and then brought out a playing card box. Inside the box was a matchbox and inside the matchbox was the borrowed quarter.

            Dale Shawn had someone call out the name of any playing card. He then showed that the only red-back card in the blue-back deck was the freely named card. David Teeman performed his version of linking and unlinking craft loops. He then showed four aces and had someone name one of the suits. Sure enough, that was the only ace with a different color back. He then handed the cards out for examination.

            Cassidy Smith magically produced three half dollar coins one at a time and then caused them to vanish. He then did a “Twisting the Deuces” effect, ending with mirrors on both sides of every card. (It’s all done with mirrors.)

            Lee Woodside

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