Ring NO. 46, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Seymour Davis Ring
Meets 7:00 pm, 1st Monday of the month at the New Beginning Fellowship Church, 15601 S. Pennsylvania in OKC
LEE WOODSIDE, Secretary. Email: WoodsideLee@hotmail.com.
Our May meeting was once again a “hybrid” meeting. Seven magicians showed up at our meeting place and another six joined us via Zoom. Our theme was “no-touch magic,” which meant magic where the audience members did not have to touch the props.
David Teeman has performed magic at every meeting he has attended for the past several decades. Tonight was no different. He was wearing a t-shirt with images of lots of dice arranged in rows and columns. Three sides were visible on each die. First he sent an image to Cassidy Smith’s phone, but asked that he not check it yet. He then invited Cassidy to mentally select one die, add up the spots, and move left and right that many times to arrive at a second die. He then had Cassidy use the top number on the new die and move up and down that number of times. Finally, he let Cassidy pick any one of the three numbers on that die and move diagonally that many times. Sure enough, the die ultimately selected matched the image sent to Cassidy’s phone.
Lee Woodside announced that he had received word that Ring 46 Life Member Joe Diggle had passed away February 1st in Pearblossom, California. Michael King showed a video that he had prepared of Joe’s performance at our 2001 Pandemonium of Magic. It may be watched by searching YouTube for “Shyster Joe and his Magic Medicine Show.” President Cassidy Smith said that he would conduct a Broken Wand ceremony for Joe at our June meeting.
Using the magic of Zoom, Derrick Beeson treated us to a tour of his magic domain, a room in his home devoted entirely to magic. Highlights included his “floating” bookshelf, his wall of playing cards, bookshelves full of magic books in his closet, a jewelry chest with his coin magic props, and a cabinet with DVDs and more books, including the late Dean Dill’s personal copy of EXPERT COIN MAGIC, signed by David Roth.
Jim Green showed us his lighted message board that he uses for shows. He said that it is available at a very reasonable cost from online shopping sites.
Our very brief business meeting focused on our upcoming annual public show, which was canceled in 2020 because of COVID. This year’s show will take place on June 19th.
Cassidy Smith gave a review of the four DVD collection of Denny Haney’s magic. He said that the fourth DVD, with interviews of Denny, was good. However, he said the other three had poor audio and video quality and lots of repetition. He said that as much as he hated to, he had to give a thumbs down. He then showed us the top-of-the-line Sherwood cups he had purchased. He said that his girlfriend told him he could have bought a car for what he paid for them. Lee Woodside pointed out that in ten years, the cups will definitely be worth more than the car he could have bought.
Cassidy then asked if anyone else had seen things that were not magic props, but looked like they should be. He showed a very fancy chopstick and said that it looked to him like a magic wand. He backed up his statement by doing a strike vanish with the chopstick. Lee Woodside showed a letter opener that looked like a miniature sword. He said that it looked perfect for stabbing into a deck to locate a card. He also showed two key chains. One had a working roulette wheel and the other contained a full deck of playing cards. Lee said that he had worked up a gambling-themed routine with them. He also showed a dollhouse candlestick that he said he uses for his “Leprechaun Seance.”
Cassidy demonstrated and then taught a four ace production using a fan of cards and several flourishes. He then assisted David Teeman in a mental experiment. David laid out three cards with a different color dot on each card. He gave Cassidy a pen and asked him to point to one of the cards with it. He then asked Cassidy to read what was on the pen. Sure enough, it predicted the card he would choose.
Michael King brought out three books and asked Alex Riera to select one. He then had Alex choose a word in the book. Michael divined the word letter by letter until he announced the chosen word.
Shaun Clark placed a deck of cards on the table and asked Justin Teeman to cut the deck and hold onto the card he cut to. Shaun shuffled the remainder of the deck and handed it to Justin. As Justin went through the deck, Shaun named each of the cards of the suit of the chosen card in order. He then announced the name of the chosen card.