Secretary Report – September 2016

Ring NO. 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:

We were unable to meet at our normal venue in September because of the Oklahoma State Fair, so we met at Costume Fun House. Our featured performer for the meeting was the owner, Dean “Who Dean” Johnson.

Dean stated that, as he had learned from Roger Klause, magic should be uncluttered and straightforward. He demonstrated this by performing a Chop Cup routine, ending with two final loads. He said that one who calls himself a magician should be ready to perform at a moment’s notice. He then performed the vanishing scarf that he is always prepared for.

“Read books” and “Take away the challenge aspect in your magic” were two more of Dean’s pieces of advice. He performed a standard cups and balls routine and a Benson Bowl routine, which fit the night’s theme: Cups, Balls and Bowls. Dean then demonstrated three different coin palms and ended with a sponge ball routine.

President Cassidy Smith demonstrated and discussed cups and balls moves and also showed a set of Indian cups. Dale Robbins demonstrated street-style cups and balls. He likes to perform Gazzo-style and even had the complete set of equipment that he had obtained from Gazzo.

Michael King presented Dean Johnson with a plaque expressing Ring 46’s appreciation for all that Dean has done for us over the past few decades. Dean has supported our annual public shows, provided us with meeting space for lectures, and has been a source of quality magic products. His Costume Fun House is the last brick and mortar magic store in Oklahoma City.

Lee Woodside

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