Ring NO. 46, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK “The Seymour Davis Ring”
Meets 7:00 pm, 1st Monday of the month at the Contemporary Arts Building, Oklahoma State Fairground.
LEE WOODSIDE, Secretary. Email: WoodsideLee@hotmail.com.
President Cassidy Smith taught a workshop on card magic just prior to our October meeting. One slick trick was snatching a previously selected card from the deck as he reversed a card spread.
Our featured performer for October was Steve Lancaster, former long-time owner of the Top Hat Magic shop in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Steve brought out what looked like a small doctor’s bag, but confessed that he had actually purchased it at a truck stop. He began his performance with a very nice oil and water effect that was direct and to the point, unlike some such effects that go on far to long. He then performed a trick where two cards selected by audience participants switch places right in their hands.
In keeping with the month’s theme of escapes and side show stunts, Steve showed us a very commercial comedy thumb cuff routine. He showed us that the same effect could be achieved even more economically with plastic wire wraps. Steve ended by vanishing a silk handkerchief and then retrieving it from an audience member’s sleeve.
Derrick Beeson presented a tribute to the late Eugene Burger and showed us a very nice card trick that he said had been taught to him by the “Magic Beard” himself. Following his tribute, a number of other magicians shared their fond memories of Eugene.
David Teeman placed three card boxes in a stack on top of a wooden cigar box. He invited an audience member to lift all three boxes together and then set them back down. After pushing the button on a remote, he asked that they lift only the top box, which the participant swore was heavier than all three boxes previously lifted. At the conclusion, David showed that the cigar box was completely empty and that the “remote” was nothing more than a piece of plastic. Although I guessed the correct solution to this mystery, I was still completely fooled when I tried it for myself. It is amazing how our senses can deceive us!
John Jolly used a jumbo deck of cards to tell the engaging story of Jack Diamond. Many groans and laughs were heard as each card in the deck fit in with the story.
Michael King magically produced the four aces from a deck of cards. After thoroughly shuffling the deck, including the use of one-handed bridge shuffles, he proceeded to cut to each of the aces.
Jay Relkin caused a finger ring to magically jump from one finger to the another. He then showed a coin and laid it on his palm. A small had came out and magically stole the coin away.