Tuesday, July 23, 2013

What Happened at the meeting on Friday 19th July

The theme of the meeting was “Close-up Magic”.  It was hosted by John Ferguson who led off with Tenyo’s “Invisible Zone”, in which the middle of a biro pen vanishes.  He had been circulating around the room earlier showing an illusion – a finger ring that appears to grow larger as it is turned around the finger (from grandillusions.com).

David Whitson, our President, recalled his earliest years in magic as he did his earliest items - spikes through coin, a coin vanishing in a slide, and Professor’s Nightmare with woven ropes that looked like wands.  Cheerful nostalgia!

One of our recent visitors, Elliott, asked a spectator to give a number, then he dealt cards to that number, and there was previously the chosen card face up in the deck. Clever!   

Andrew Pickard, who loves bill changes, made a spectator’s $20 change into a $5 bill, then handed the $5 back to the spectator!  After making a hole in a bill with a pen, he showed it had healed itself.  Finally, the poor spectator was rewarded with his money back when Andrew restored his $20.

A visit to Disneyland for Steve Irwin had enabled him to buy a tower of three blocks with a picture of Mickey Mouse on them.   No matter how he threaded them in the holder, they reassembled to form Mickey Mouse again – mysterious!  He displayed a stage size “Hot Rod”, and the colour chosen by the spectator took over all the colours on the rod.   We groaned when he produced a finger chopper – but he made it highly amusing as he got a poor victim – um – a volunteer - to risk their finger in this device….  and it all worked out nicely.

Noel Clair did a whole range of close up, starting with  rubber band through finger, and then revealing a chosen card using a crystal ball. He loves the coin matrix, and he did that for us, and then moved on to another coin effect,  “Escape from Alcatraz” the script for which he had invented, in which the convicts are trying to escape and the guards trying to stop them.  Then he gave us the pea and shell game using walnut shells, and another matrix effect using nuts and screws ending with a nut on a screw (how the heck?), and then a commercial item - the rising metal ball in the tube effect. Most of these items were not commercial ones, but ones he had developed himself.

John Ferguson came back to do an item made up years ago by our Club’s founder and famous early magician, Rex Sinclair – a counter elimination game, with the instructions written by Rex himself.  John did Tenyo’s “Tunnel of Darkness”, and another similar dice-change item.  Water poured into a cup on Elliottt’s head vanished, but reappeared when he poured it out of a jug (i.e. a Foo can).  A tiny metal can (“Particle Chamber”) caused a Singapore 5 cents to disintegrate into particles. 

New member Josey Yan did several items for us this time. One was a sweet romantic effect, Love Heart (“two hearts beat as one”).  She tackled the cups and balls, using her knowledge of Chinese language to advantage as she taught us the Chinese words for the colours of the cups she was using!  The dice box with big dice in it she successfully shook into lots of smaller dice.  Her final items were the svengali pack and penetrating Chinese money (naturally!) with a pen, showing it undamaged.

Elliott, and a new visitor Joe Stallard, were bursting with enthusiasm and rounded off the evening very nicely with a clever assortment of card items. These included Joe finding a chosen card stuck under one of the tables in the room – don’t know how he did that undetected, since the room was locked before anyone arrived!

Did you miss the joyful and mysterious time we had?  Oh, you must come to the next meetiing, on "Self-Working Magic" !

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

What Happened at the Meeting on Friday 21st June

This meeting had as its theme, "Silks, Handkerchiefs and Ribbon Magic", with Steve Irwin as Host.

The Ghost tube is a brilliant piece of gear, and  David Whitson handled it nicely, producing a bunch of silks from the Ghost cylinder, which had previously been shown empty – we could see right through it. Then he did an open-handed Blendo in which four silks were clearly shown and then blended in mid air into a four panel multicoloured silk.  Using a  change bag with two volunteers, he produced three enormous silks from nothing, and then draped them across the front of the two volunteers and himself, showing all three persons transformed into circus animals and performer.

Joel Howlett started with a silk in his hand, shook it, and other coloured silks edged their way up from the centre of it, like a silk fountain, and then suddenly there was a bottle in the middle of it all!   He also did the 20th Century silks (should it be called 21st Century now?).

Four colour changes were shown us by Noel Clair ! He pushed a coloured silk into his hand and it changed colour as it went through his hand – and changed colour again, and changed colour again, and changed colour again !  Yes, four colour changes !

Our newest member, Josie Yan, delighted us all by “having a go”, getting up to present us with a magic trick – the torn and restored tissue.  It went well.  Congratulations!

The Host for the evening was Steve Irwin.   He kept doing amazing items throughout the evening in between the others' presentations. Leading off with a very neat colour changing silk,  he later did a nice flash paper effect.  It is always effective to mix the sheen of silk with the fire of flashpaper.   Another brilliant item was appearing flowers from finger tips – both pretty and unexpected.   He also surprised us with silk appearing tied on wand.

A really great evening, in all.  I hope I have whetted your interest, and that if you missed this evening, you’ll make a point of being there at the next one !