Secretary Report – March 2014

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:

Take a world-class mentalist.  Get rid of the ego.  Add the heart of a teacher.  You now have Marc Salem and we were privileged to have him lecture for us in Oklahoma City on February 27th.  Marc started by teaching one of his pet effects.  A gift sack was in view at the start of the effect.  Audience members arrived at a gift and a price.  When the bag was opened, that exact gift was in the bag, along with a printed receipt that matched the price.

Marc showed us his “Salem Bank Night” effect, a clever bank night effect with some interesting twists and by-play.  He demonstrated a book test that could be performed with books right out of the used bookstore.  He tipped us on a secret in the printing of books by a popular author that can be put to good use by a mentalist.

Marc presented a weather prediction effect using a USA TODAY newspaper.  He then divined the color of a Tic Tac by tasting it.  He gave a number of tips on the use of a pendulum.

Marc lectured on the proper use of a nail writer and taught several effects using one.  He also passed on many recommendations for performing mentalism based on his considerable experience.

Justin Teeman was our featured performer at our March meeting.  Justin specializes in card magic.  After wowing us with several of his masterpieces, he taught a strong effect using the “key” card principle.  Justin also talked about the unique challenges and advantages of performing in a wheelchair.

Our theme for the meeting was impromptu magic.  Jim Short laid out a matrix of playing cards.  He had a participant select four of the cards.  When the values were added up, the number exactly equaled the number of cards left in the rest of the deck.  Jim then taught us the trick.

Cassidy Smith performed a very nice routine using two paper balls he made by rolling up pieces of a napkin.  David Teeman showed four playing cards.  When a participant chose one of the cards, David showed that it was the only one with a different color back.  He then handed the cards out for examination, ending clean.

Lee Woodside told a story of two paper clips who met and got married.  The paper clips ended up being clipped together.  He said he got the method from Martin Gardner’s ENCYCLOPEDIA OF IMPROMPTU MAGIC and the story from IBIDEM #21.

Lee Woodside

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