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.
Brian Tabor, the “Wizard from West Virginia,” kicked off our October meeting as the featured performer. Keeping with the “Bizarre Magick” theme of the evening, he performed a medley of bizarre effects. He began with a poem about performances and then used Tarot cards to demonstrate how he won a game with the devil to save his soul. Next he performed an Okito coin box routine using a gold coin. The coin, signed by “T.Lo,” vanished and reappeared in a nest of coin purses. He told a story about a girl who was celebrating her 13th birthday. When she counted thirteen guests, she asked one to leave, but thirteen still remained. As more and more guests left, the count was still thirteen. Brian closed with a poem about a hanged man and topped it off by eating a lit match.
President Cassidy Smith talked about the importance of “PRO,” which stands for “Perform Regularly and Often.” He showed the dry erase board that he uses to keep track of his daily magical performances, even if the performance is just performing a trick for a friend.
Cassidy then led a discussion about the “magic moment,” the time when the magic apparently happens in the mind of the observer, often after the “dirty work” has been done by the magician. Methods for making the magic happen include: finger snap, wave of the hand or wand, crumble, toss, or magic words such as “Sim Sala Bim.”
David Teeman brought back memories by reading highlights from the program of our Cavalcade of Magic 2003, hosted by Ring 46 in Oklahoma City. A number of top magicians were on the program, including Bill Malone.
Lee Woodside led off the member performances, sticking with the bizarre magick theme. He talked about the idea of dreams as a form of communication. He handed a book about dreams to Brian Tabor. A page number was randomly selected by the audience members using the ceremony of the pentagram. Lee lit a candle and began telling about a dream he was experiencing as he stared into the flame. Sure enough, it matched the dream on the selected page of the book.
Gary Trosper reminded us that Edgar Allan Poe passed away on October 7th, the date of tonight’s meeting, in 1849. He rolled up a sheet of paper, cut it in four places, and produced a corn stalk from it. He cut a ring of paper in two, creating two rings. When he cut one of those rings in half, he ended up with a large ring. When he cut the other in half, he ended up with two linked rings. He concluded by showing us a “troublewit” he had made. He formed a number of items with it, including a window shade, a bow tie, a rosette, a tree, an accordion, a Chinese lantern, a hat, and a serving tray.
David Teeman leaned a piece of card stock with “Cure” written on it against the mantel. He then showed six drawings of a voodoo doll (named “Li’l Voo”) and lined them up. He had a participant select one of the drawings. When he turned the “Cure” card around, a band aid was on the location of the injury on the selected drawing. Brian Tabor performed a tongue-in-cheek vanish of a potato chip using “magic powder.”
Darryl Brooks showed a box that was a cube measuring a foot on each edge, a red sack and a white sack. He showed that a red rope was in the red sack and a white rope in the white sack. He caused them to switch places. He placed the two ropes into the box. When the crowd demanded to see inside the sacks, he showed that each contained a rope that was alternating red and white.
Michael Stelzer demonstrated that his “Disecto” chopper would easily cut a hot dog into two pieces. He then showed that he was impervious to injury by running the blade through his wrist without any harm. Several magicians complimented him for using his own arm rather than inflicting trauma on a member of the audience.
Michael King invited two young boys, Blake and Tucker, to join him in front of the audience. He had them alternately tell him whether they felt that the next card in the deck was red or black. Sure enough, they divined correctly on every card. Justin Teeman remarked that the trick was “Out of this World.” Michael then had the boys form a small table with their hands. He laid his cell phone on their hands and the screen showed butterflies flying. When he removed the phone, each boy had a butterfly on this hand. Next he handed a Rubik’s cube out to the audience and had Rick, Lee, and Brian mix the colors. When it was handed back, he showed that he had a cube that perfectly matched. He ended by throwing the cube into the air and instantly solving it.
Cassidy Smith performed the “Table Hopper’s Trio” with three coins. The first coin when through the table, the second went from one hand to the other and the third coin traveled back in time and finally changed into a dime.
Rick Martin showed off his obedient cube, which was lying on a table. It was a cube of wood with a string running through it. He commanded the cube to move left and right and then to roll over. It did so. He then held the string vertically and was able to make the cube start and stop on his command. He handed the cube and string to Jay Relkin and invited him to try it, but Jay was unable to get the cube to follow his commands. Rick told us that he had constructed the cube in his workshop.
The names of all the evening’s performers were placed into the “magic basket” and two names were drawn. Lee Woodside won Penguin Magic’s “Self Tying Shoelace” trick and Michael King won the “Stone Cold Magic” DVD.