Sunday, March 17, 2019

What Happened at the Meeting on Friday 15th March


The theme for March was “Card Magic” and Joel Howlett filled in as Host for John Ferguson who had to give his apologies.

Joel opened the night with a series of ‘classics’ of card magic. These included Card to Wallet, Ambitious Card and Paul Gordon’s packet trick “Killer OMG”. Next Joel generously taught members an easy card effect and supplied folks present with a packet of cards to take home.

Other Performers included: 

New member Jeffery Clarke from Cessnock made cards shrink by holding them under a really nice new Ed Harry Shirt. Then he passed a Jumbo Joker through his thumb and concluded with a “Do As I DO” type card trick that involved tearing cards.
Michael Blakeman demonstrated a couple of “Marked Decks”. He challenged members to find the markings and informed those present that Bicycle / US Playing Card Company are no longer manufacturing marked packs.    

 Steve Irwin decided to add a little variety to the night and performed a ring and shoelace effect. 

 Andrew Pickard demonstrated a series of trick decks including rough and smooth, The Mirage deck and the Mental Photography pack.

 President David Whitson then had the floor and performed a series of effects including: Comedy Chinese Prediction, The ‘Playing Card’ gag, Mystic Kings, Tree Of Diamonds and a version of the old Farmyard Frolics with new Australian Animal Artwork.

Dennis Norman was up next with a wind - up mouse that failed to locate a selected card. Dennis quickly recovered by showing us the Tamarez Rabbits and a nice performance of ‘wild card’.

Lastly Patron Grahame Holstein shared a great new tip on the “age cards”.

It was a most enjoyable night of magic with everyone present contributing something. Neil Lynch contributed a little bit of impromptu ventriloquism!!

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Syllabus and Officebearers for 2019


The meetings of Newcastle Society will be held on the third Friday of each month (except December) at 7.30 pm at Mayfield Bowling Club, 2A Ingall St, Mayfield. The Club is opposite Albion Street, beside Park Street on one side and the Mayfield Swimming Centre on the other.


Friday 15 March - Packet Card Tricks

Friday 26 April - Silks and Handkerchiefs - John Ferguson (NOTE THAT THIS IS THE FOURTH FRIDAY).  The date has had to be changed because the third Friday is Good Friday holiday.

Friday 17 May - Bellbird Show Rehearsal & Cards with a Borrowed Deck - Al Hirschel
Saturday 18 May - Bellbird Workers Club Show
Friday 21 June - Stockton Rehearsal
Saturday 22 June -  Stockton Bowling Club Show - Al Hirschel
Friday 19 July - Colour Changing and Classics - David Whitson
Friday 16 August - Balls and Other Things - Noel Clair
Friday 20 September - Paper and Everyday Objects - Al Hirschel
Friday 18th October -  Apparatus Magic – Andrew Pickard
Saturday19 October - Mayfield Bowling Club Show - Al Hirschel
Friday 18th November – AGM and Coins – Steve Irwin

Of course, you may not be interested in any of these themes.  No problem!  You are MOST WELCOME to bring along something entirely different that you have been working on and do it later in the performance section of the meeting.  The only reason for having a theme is to broaden our horizons, and if yours are already broader than these themes, so much the better !

Office Bearers for 2019
At the November 2018 Annual General Meeting, the following Officers were elected:
Patron:      Graham Holstein                  President:   David Whitson
Vice-President:   Joel Howlett               Acting Secretary:   David Whitson
Assistant Secretary:  Joel Howlett    
Treasurer: Al Hirschel
Archivist:  Steve Howlett                       Auditor:  Cyrus Taraparwalla
Editors for Facebook and Blogspot -  Andrew Pickard and John Ferguson

What Happened at the Meeting on Friday 15th February


DAVID WHITSON started the magic with the item Two Ropes Become One, and moved on to Professor's Nightmare.  He continued with the fascinating item, Pavel's Knots on Rope.   David could make the knots appear and disappear, and then showed they were real, because to remove them he had to untie them !

JOHN FERGUSON did a rope item called "Zip stitch".  Winding a rope around the fingers of one hand, he told a story of a farmer's conflict with a thief.   The rope tie, known as Zip Stitch, which appeared so firmly attached to his hand, was magically removed in one pull. The farmer prevented the thief stealing his grain by using the rope, whipping him and binding him up.

NOEL CLAIR (our host) performed a bottle cap matrix, and then showed us how it can be turned into a story – "Escape from Alcatraz", in which bottle caps representing prisoners are magically transferred from the prison across to boats on the dockside.  In "Random Aces" he asked a spectator to use a coin to push some cards out of the pack.  This was repeated four times.  The four random piles were incredibly shown to have aces on top of each pile.  In another transference effect, coins moved from his left hand to a glass in his right. Again, he took a talon of cards, and then he rubbed one card with his hand on the table, and the card vanished.   

He performed another matrix in which coins were covered with playing cards, and the coins moved across one at a time.   He again took cards – four of them this time, and first showed all the cards were identical, then showed all the cards were different.   Finally, using a Boston Box type effect, he passed coins through the table.  We regret that it is not possible to give detailed descriptions here of the massive amount of magic he performed for us.

STEVE IRWIN used the Stiff Rope (surmounted by a Mickey Mouse) to entertain us, and next he produced many paper flowers from  thin air, throwing them into a receptacle – a very smooth illusion.

JEFFREY CLARK also displayed the Stiff Rope, changing it into a normal soft rope.  He performed his version of Professor's Nightmare, and his version of the Vanishing Knots. It is helpful to see how different performers approach the same trick !