Secretary Report – May 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 had a great turnout for a lecture by Daryl on April 17th. It is obvious why Daryl has earned so many awards for both his lecturing and his performing. He is a wonderful teacher and showed us some great, practical magic.
President William Rader introduced our May featured performer as David Hira. We were very pleased that David had come all the way from Dallas to attend our meeting. He hypnotized a silk scarf, and with everyone suspecting a wire or other gimmick, he handed the scarf out for examination. David then generously explained the secret to this miracle.
Michael King took a group photo of our members to post to our website so everyone can see what a great-looking group of magicians we are.
Our program for the evening was a presentation by life member David Thomas on what it takes to be a truly professional magician. David stressed that sound and music are very important to a professional show. He shared his expertise on the equipment and techniques to help make a show stand out. After performing some of his favorite effects, including the growing head, the jumping knot, and the multiplying bottles, David Thomas and David Hira fielded questions on the business side of magic. We gained some wonderful knowledge from two professionals and appreciate their willingness to share their experience with us.
J. David Teeman finished the evening with his member performance. He put two Duane Laflin effects together and created a very commercial audience-participation routine. After a “blendo” effect with four silk scarves, he invited each of four audience members to grab a corner of the blended silk scarf. The scarf divided into four separate headless cartoon character scarves for the volunteers to hold up. This made for a nice final display.
Just three days after our May meeting, we were delighted to have a visit from John Calvert and his lovely wife Tammy. With Tammy’s able assistance, John performed his smokeless cigarette production routine, his strong man demonstration, the “lazy magician” routine, and his signature “Casper the Friendly Ghost” dancing handkerchief act. We very much enjoyed hearing stories about his adventures and his friendships with great magicians of the past. We congratulate John and Tammy on their upcoming 50th wedding anniversary.
Lee Woodside

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