Secretary Report – July 2012

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 were pleased to welcome Rafael Benatar as our lecturer in June. Mr. Benatar exudes charm and his magic is very entertaining. He performed a number of coin and card miracles that were very practical and doable. He closed with his signature cups and balls and discussed the principles involved in this classic effect.
Our July meeting began with Jeff Gray as our featured performer. Jeff dazzled us with his professional card magic repertoire. He began, appropriately enough with the “Five-Card Opener”. He closed by having almost everyone in the room select a card. After shuffling the selections into the deck, he revealed each person’s card in a different way.
Bob Caldwell introduced Jim Short and Lee Woodside as the contestants for the 2012 Creativity Contest. The items Bob had selected to be used creatively were a mousetrap, a cupcake wrapper, and a toothpick with an American flag on it.
Jim Short demonstrated his stand-up comedy skills with a routine he called “Unlucky”. He bribed an audience member with a cupcake to help him avoid the four live mousetraps and land on the one that had been disabled.
Lee Woodside brought “Cards as Weapons” to a new level with his “Pasteboards as Projectiles” routine. A selected card was rolled up and loaded into the barrel of a .44 Magnum revolver. When the revolver was fired at a balloon, the balloon burst and the selected card appeared in its place. (The mousetrap powered the apparatus.)
Although not a contestant, Bob Caldwell performed a routine where participants used throws of the dice to select mousetraps for Bob to trigger with his finger. All the selected traps proved harmless, leaving only the lethal one.
When the judges’ votes were tallied, Jim Short was declared the winner by a slim margin.
Lee Woodside

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