Monday, November 19, 2018

DRAFT Syllabus and Office Bearers 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 18 January - Free Choice

Friday 15 February - Ropes, Strings and Things - Noel Clair

Friday 15 March - Packet Card Tricks - John Ferguson

Friday 19 April - Silks and Handkerchiefs - Joel Howlett

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

   >>>>>  PLEASE NOTE - THIS 2019 PROGRAM IS A DRAFT ONLY !  <<<<<

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 16th November


The host for this meeting was Steve Irwin, and the theme was “Coins”.  Steve loves magic with coins, and he demonstrated a really puzzling effect – he placed two coins inside a silk, folded it up, and without any suspicious moves, opened the silk out and the coins had vanished. We spectators were completely baffled.

Al Hirschel spoke about the Physics of Heat as he displayed a brass coin box on his hand.  Using his warm breath to expand the coin in the box a little, he caused the coin to pass right through the box and his hand and fall on to the table !  He explained that he adores coin boxes, both the Okito, which he was using tonight, and a similar box of different design - the Boston Box.

Wearing a baseball hat, David Whitson presented a striking figure.  He removed the baseball hat from his head, and from it produced several magic props – including a coin slide.  This very old prop was worth another demonstration, reminding us of the magic tricks we used to do in our youth!  Then David showed Number Tables, and asked Graham Holstein to choose a number, and tell him which of the tables it was on.  This enabled David to divine what the mentally chosen number was.

Joel Howlett showed us a purse frame – just the frame, it had no cloth attached.  From the purse frame he produced a coin. He then vanished the coin, produced a pen, vanished the pen and made it reappear, made the pen change back into the coin and turned the coin into a teaspoon. Quite bewildering and very smoothly done!

The Mental Photography Deck was the item shown by John Ferguson.  He had been shown this by the magician at DeLarno’s Magic many years ago.  He spread the deck of cards, and every one of them was blank on both sides.  He “mentally concentrated” and then a card face appeared.  He cut the deck at that point, and riffled through the deck, and now all the faces and all the backs of the cards had appeared.

Graham Holstein had brought some items to give away.  One was the Coin Tray, which can make a coin appear.  He also had round glass discs, that could be dropped into water to help one vanish a coin in a glass of water.  Also, he had a paper fan which could cause a coin to appear on the end of the closed fan.

By popular request, Steve Irwin was asked if he would explain how his earlier marvellous trick with the coin and silk worked.  He kindly agreed to do so, and we were all further stunned !

Later, the Annual General Meeting was held, and the current Office bearers were re-elected for 2019.  The 2019 syllabus was discussed, and a draft syllabus agreed to.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Report on the Show at Mayfield Bowl, Saturday 20th October


Variety was the order of the night with an excellent performance by eight of our members + close-up at the tables on intermission

It was a family show with an emphasis on the children. David Whitson, our president, was first act with a performance just for the children, making excellent use of the egg bag.   An act that has been used for years and never fails to delight.   He finished with theme of the zoo and ‘find the kangaroo’

Next was seasoned children’s performer Dennis Norman.   One of his best effects was Rocky the raccoon.   A puppet animal, Rocky went over his chest, up his arm and fell on the floor.   The kids loved it.
Dennis had a few kids up on stage and made the most of the lights going off all throughout the Club, albeit only for about 10 seconds!

Andrew Pickard, Warden, was next with a superb bottle production from a book which was held in full view of the audience.   Bottle after bottle was produced from the book. The final production was a bottle of red which was opened, poured into a glass, whereupon he had a few sips.   What an act !

Noel Clair came on with sleight of hand with a jumbo coin and then a rope routine that was second to none.
One of his favourite tricks is Rat Face Jack…A trick involving a rabbit trap.   Not for the faint hearted !
He finished with a torn and restored newspaper which is always popular as it very visual and the audience can relate to a common newspaper

Intermission was only about 15 minutes.   Enough time for the audience to buy a drink from the bar and use the sandbox.   During the recess, a number of our Club members performed some close-up at the tables.
Special mention goes to Geoff Clark, our newest member, who entertained both children and adults alike with cards and ‘special effects’

First after intermission was Grahame Holstein with a perfect demonstration of memory and recall.   Twenty items were randomly selected by the children and written on a white board.   Grahame achieved a perfect score of recalling every item by number.   The children and adults were amazed.

David Blunden came all the way from Sydney just to perform in the show.   This level of commitment was displayed in his performance involving a floating balloon and a running gag with a Lota bowl under the guise of a leek in the roof

Andrew Pickard, Warden, was the last act with his signature ‘snowstorm in China’.   A wonderful effect which delighted all except the cleaners who had a monumental task sweeping up the ‘snowflakes’ !

All in all, it was a good show and every child was given to opportunity of a balloon animal or sword if they wished…One child asked for a bag for his cache of a dozen balloon animals!

Monday, October 22, 2018

What Happened at the Meeting on Friday 19th October



Apparatus magic was the theme of the night and Andrew Pickard, better known as Warden, was the host.
He opened the session with a clever penetration trick, The Great Wong’, acquired from the late Konni Rooklyn.   A card with a hole through the middle, was positioned on a stand.   A scroll of Chinese writing was unrolled, rerolled and placed in the stand.   The card penetrated the scroll

David Whitson, our president, was next with a sliding die box.   An oldie but a goodie

Noel Clair gave an excellent demonstration of the ring on the string.   Using perfect sleight-of-hand, he made the ring disappear, reappear and change positions.   He finished with his world famous ‘four coin trick’ where coins magically go from one hand to the other

Our latest new member Geoff Clark finished the show with a medley of apparatus tricks.   Using an apparatus which could be freely examined, moved coins from one side of the table to the other.   Quick, neat and effective
A chosen card was revealed in a plastic sleeve which was self illuminating.   An excellent method of a card revelation not seen before

It was a good night with a combination of apparatus tricks combined with good, old fashioned sleight-of-hand

As one well known magician once said…'Of all the magic in the land, give me clever sleight-of-hand’