Secretary Report – July 2015

IBM Ring 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:

The past month has been a busy one for magic here in OKC. I’ll be a bit briefer than usual in my descriptions.

We were pleased to host Kostya Kimlat in mid-June. He started with a very strong and different triumph effect, where two participants select cards, but not until the deck has been thoroughly mixed up. Despite a very fair showing of face up and face down cards, the deck rights itself, leaving only the two selections face down.

Kostya’s “Who killed the King?” is like a piece of theater. Special jumbo cards are used to tell a murder mystery, with magic happening along the way. His other marketed trick, “The Fastest Trick I Do,” is a very strong quickie where the label is torn off a disposable cigarette lighter and instantly restored as the torn-off label goes up in flames.

Although he obviously specializes in card magic, Kostya took time to demonstrate some great mentalism using the unique properties of a certain type of Post-It Notes. We’re looking forward to seeing him on Penn& Teller’s “Fool Us,” though he was very secretive about what he would be performing and whether or not he was able to fool P & T.

Our annual public show, “Pandemonium of Magic” was performed in the Contemporary Arts Theater the Saturday before Father’s Day. Our emcee for the show was Marty “The Magic Dad” Ludlum and our stage manager was Roger Ryan. Our performers were: Dean “Who Dean” Johnson, Amazing Magical Michael Stephanic, Shawn Clark, J. David Teeman, Lee & Myra Woodside, Jay Relkin, Michael King, and Cassidy Smith. Justin performed his amazing close-up magic for patrons before and after the show and during the intermission. Dean Johnson also performed magic before and after the show.

Nathan Kranzo’s party popper intro let everyone know that his lecture was starting with a bang. He began with a fire to money routine and then a very nice 3-fly and coin flurry. He performed and taught a nice 4-Ace production that was very easy to learn. He then taught a twist on the old riffle force that I had not seen before.

Nathan’s “Rub-A-Dub” vanish of a playing card reminded me very much of the retention vanish used in coin magic. The viewer would swear that the card never left his sight and just vanished into thin air.

Nathan then taught us how to make up the gimmick for a very powerful transposition of the performer’s driver’s license with one supplied by an audience member. The magic happens in the participant’s hands, which is very strong.

Nathan performed his marketed “Truth Test,” which I would describe as the mother of all magazine tests. It seems very fair and is a killer. He also performed his paperback book test, which utilizes an old mnemonic principle in a clever way.

We were very pleased to welcome Jonathan Meyer as our featured performer for the July meeting, especially since we had not seen him in quite some time. He began by performing a rope routine, which included taking the ends of the rope and several other moves along with the traditional Professor’s Nightmare.

Jonathan then had three audience members peek at cards, which he was able to divine. He had three more people peek cards, only this time he pulled the first selected card from his pocket, changed it magically into the second person’s card, and then caused the third selection to fly out of the deck. He then transitioned into a very commercial ambitious card routine and finished by having a selected card appear in a box that had been in plain sight during the entire performance.

July’s theme was our annual auction. With Lee Woodside as the auctioneer, a great deal of magic found new homes and magicians turned unused apparatus into money to use to buy more magic. Everyone had a great time.

Lee Woodside

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