Secretary Report – March 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:

Prior to the February meeting, Joe Coover presented a workshop on rubber band magic.  Joe performed “Crazy Man’s Handcuffs” and then showed us some of the finer points of the moves involved.  He also showed a routine where two rubber bands link and then unlink while the audience member is touching them.

President Cassidy Smith introduced Dean “Who Dean?” Johnson as our featured performer for the month.  Dean owns and operates Costume Fun House, which is Oklahoma City’s last brick and mortar magic shop.  Dean performed the silk-dyeing routine that he learned from Roger Klause and then showed the moves involved.  He said that it is explained in the book ROGER KLAUSE IN CONCERT, written by our very own Lance Pierce.  Roger Klause called the routine “Red and White.”  Dean then performed the wand through handkerchief effect that was first developed by our ring’s namesake, Seymour Davis, and is published in Tarbell #5.  He also performed an impromptu Zombie effect using a wand and bandana

David Teeman used two very large fabric dice to produce a young lady ala the “Victory Carton” method. He brought along enough silk magic apparatus and gimmicks to fill a large table.  He demonstrated a silk fountain, a silk pedestal, a “Jap” box, acrobatic silks, and a glass-sided pagoda that produced two loads of silk scarves.  He also showed a duck/bunny silk scarf.  He then rolled up paper to form a tube, poked a white scarf into the tube, and blew out a colored scarf.  He placed a black and a white silk scarf into a change bag and produced a caterpillar silk scarf.  He placed that back into the “cocoon,” had audience members throw colors at it, and out came a beautiful and colorful butterfly scarf.

Our brief business meeting involved arranging for lectures and making plans for our annual “Pandemonium of Magic” to be held June 20, 2015.  We had plenty of members sign up to perform in the public show.  Five tickets to the show each were then handed out to all our “sponsor” level members.

Lee Woodside started the member performances by showing a small metal box given to him by his good friend “Shyster Joe” Diggle, who now resides in California.  However, Lee said he complained to Joe that the box was empty, which he demonstrated by dropping the sides of the box so the audience could see through it.  He said Joe told him that he had forgotten to recite the magic words:  “Howdy folks, and welcome to the act that asks the question, ‘Can five minutes of magical entertainment be packed into a twenty-minute show?’”  Sure enough, when Lee reassembled the box, he was able to extract a large purple silk scarf.

Hyro, a new member of our club, had a young volunteer named Jade select a card and then lose it in the deck.  Hyro had the participant close his eyes while he spread the deck face up on the table.  He then held Jade’s wrist while Jade moved his hand over the cards with one finger pointing downward.  When he felt the urge to stop, Hyro moved his hand straight down onto the cards and, sure enough, the touched card turned out to be the original selection.

Dean Johnson had a volunteer select a card and place it back into the deck.  Dean then wrapped the entire deck in a handkerchief and twisted the ends.  As he shook the deck, the selected card melted through the handkerchief.

David Teeman ended the performances by showing us his color-changing 45 RPM records.  We had just enough time left to visit with friends and talk magic.

Lee Woodside

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