Monday, May 26, 2014

What Happened at the Meeting on Friday 16th May

Al Hirschel, the host, led off the theme of “Card Tricks with a Borrowed Deck” by performing the 7 card trick ( a favourite of his) and then an item that I have called the “Solomon Islands Card Trick”.

John Ferguson did an item from the American comic magician Karrell Fox. He then did the Chicago Opener, the Drunken Shuffle and the 8 Card Brainwave.

An old favourite, the 21 card trick, was performed very well by Tom Blunden, who clearly enjoyed the presentation as much as we did.

Young enthusiastic Elliott Copping took us off to Paris with him and that’s where we found our chosen card!  What a story !

What a lot of beaut card tricks Noel Clair did ! He started with Cutting to Four Aces, then the Ambitious Card trick.  He did an illusion of vanishing four aces from four packs of cards and then producing the four aces at the end.  He turned four aces into  four cards that were all the same.   Then he did a fine “Oil and Water”, in which the spectator dealing cards *face down* into two piles manages to separate the (unseen) red cards from the black ones by magic !

"Chosen card at the spectator’s chosen number" is justly a classic trick, and it was nicely performed for us by Steve Irwin.

President David Whitson wrapped things up.  He told a great story in which he used cards from the deck to illustrate words in the story (e.g. “the German waiter said “Nein, Nein, Nein!  - and at each “nein” David produced a nine card from the deck”).  It was cheerfully entertaining, as magic should be, and we had a great time.

One spectator said “I hope you all enjoyed yourselves as much as I did watching such fine tricks”.  If you weren’t at the meeting and missed this evening, you missed a great time of enjoyment.