Secretary Report – June 2016

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:

Prior to our June meeting, Lee Woodside presented a workshop on the Professor’s Nightmare. He showed how to do the setup while retrieving the ropes from audience members who have just examined them, how to do the “stretching,” how to count the three “equal-length” ropes, and how to finish the routine and end in applause position. He emphasized that to lay people, this is powerful magic and should not be rushed.

Our featured performer for June was President Cassidy Smith. Cassidy discussed his recent restaurant performing work and shared his experience in approaching tables successfully. He performed a wand routine, a ring and shoelace routine, and concluded with a routine that he had worked up that involved a miniature rainbow causing Chinese coins to change color and climaxing with a wee pot of gold coins.

Our theme for June was the annual close-up contest. We had six performers competing for the prizes and bragging rights.

Derrick Beeson performed a rope routine, which included a Professor’s Nightmare, a “coins across” routine, and the divining of a name written on the back of a business card.

Jay Relkin “marked” a selected card with his blue necktie and sure enough, it turned out to be the only blue-backed card in a red deck. He then had a card selected and said that the name of the card was “Dwight,” which proved to be true.

Terry Losawyer turned blank pieces of paper into real currency, showed a one-dollar bill and a five-dollar bill, which switched places, and ended with a Scotch and Soda routine.

Justin Teeman caused four Jacks to come together in a shuffled deck and then produced the four aces as a climax.

Mike Stelzer performed a card printing routine and then a three-card monte routine. He then had an audience member select a quarter and a fortune cookie. The fortune cookie accurately predicted the state that would be on the back of the selected quarter.

Shaun Carter performed a three-card monte routine. He then had a completely blank deck of cards shuffled by a participant and had a playing card freely named. When the blank deck was spread, the selected card was now there among all the other blank cards.

While the votes were being tallied, Terry “T.Lo” Losawyer placed a small cabinet over the head of his wife, Lauren and impaled it with swords. When the end of the cabinet was opened, her head had disappeared. When the swords were removed, her head was restored.

David Teeman performed a colored block release, where the two blocks named fell free of the cabinet while the remaining blocks remained locked onto the bar that ran through the blocks. Derrick Beeson performed an effect he said was named “Tornado,” where card indices from torn up playing cards changed places.

When the votes were tallied for the contest, Derrick Beeson won first place, Terry Losawyer won second place, and Shaun Carter won third. Each winner got to select items from the “shoebox of enchantment,” which contained magic apparatus, magic DVDs, and even signed lecture notes from J.B. Bobo.

Lee Woodside



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