Monday, September 23, 2019

What Happened at the Meeting on Friday 20th September

AL HIRSCHEL, the host for the evening, opened the theme of "Paper and Everyday Objects", with a newspaper tear.  The torn and restored newspaper item worked brilliantly.  Next he cut up a business card very carefully with scissors in a special pattern in order to prise it apart to fit over a person's head.

Next there was a surprise performer – NEIL LYNCH, who rolled a handkerchief into a thin cylinder and asked Al to cut it in the middle. Your reporter saw it was actually cut in two – Neil cheekily put each of the pieces into  Al's ears – and then with a shake, Neil restored the handkerchief, whole, undamaged !!  Your reporter could not believe what his eyes were telling him! – and is eager to see more magic from this surprising performer – thank you, Neil!

JEFF CLARKE asked a volunteer to remove a double page from a newspaper, and add the page numbers, front and back, together.  The answer was the same as the number that he had predicted, although of course he did not know what page from the magazine would be chosen !  He also did an iphone trick in which a video of a cockroach crawling across the spectator's hand becomes frighteningly real when the spectator turns his hand over, and a (plastic) cockroach is attached to it – not everyone's cup of tea!

Classic paper items were the focus of DAVID WHITSON.  He performed the vanishing cane in newspaper, with a heritage right back to Fantasio, and then he  transformed paper pieces to dollar bills – the money production.  Nice items !

JOEL HOWLETT  displayed an ordinary door key, and had it inspected. Then with a wave of magic he showed it again, and the shank of this strong brass key had been twisted through 180o  and  one of the magicians teased him that he would find it hard to get back into his house !  Next, he displayed a square of paper with one hole punched in each of the four corners.  More magic, and the four holes all got together in one corner.   Then, since the theme was paper, he did a "tear and restore" item – he tore up one double page of a magazine, and then restored the magazine whole, for us to inspect.

Using the excuse that he felt tired, JOHN FERGUSON did a trick called the "Lazy Magician", in which he chose a card from the spread, keeping the face hidden. Then he dealt  cards from the spread so that a small pile was assembled on the table.  A spectator then dealt this pile down into two piles, and he turned face up the last cards dealt.  Using the indices of these cards, John showed they corresponded to the hidden (prediction) card he had dealt earlier.  John workshopped this item for the club.

This workshopping provoked STEVE HOWLETT to himself do a workshop on the Twenty-one card trick, which was very informative and easy to follow.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

What Happened at the Meeting on Friday 16th August

Steve Irwin, hosting this meeting on "Balls on Other Things", starting by inflating a balloon and running a needle through it. He showed a mechanical marvel in which a brass screw winds on to a threaded rod by itself, and its speed and motion is under the control of the magician.  He then vanished a red silk handkerchief and displayed an egg in its place.

President David Whitson gave us a surprise with an exploding ice cream !   The cleverly made plastic ice cream ejected the ice cream (plastic ball) when a spring was pressed.  Since the theme was "Balls", he showed us a round sponge ball and it changed to a cube, and a yellow sponge ball changed to a large yellow star.

Al Hischel demonstrated the use of a coin box, sending a coin right through his hand onto the table.  This lead to a discussion of the various kinds of coin boxes that one could obtain – Okito, and Boston boxes, and others.

Jeff Clarke displayed the Travelling Blocks – three coloured balls keep changing their positions inside the tube that covers them for a moment.  This puzzling item was neatly done!   Next, he took a spectator's mobile phone and trapped it inside a blown up balloon.

This was a night for sponge ball magic, and Andrew Pickard returned to the main theme, with items of magic in which sponge balls were transferred from one hand to another.

Another magician to do sponge ball magic was Joel Howlett.  A purple sponge ball changed into a silk banner sign appropriately saying "Impossible !"  He then did the classic Cups and Balls trick, using the equipment and script of magician Jim McKeague, now living  on the Atherton Tableland.

To finish, Al Hirschel gave us a short workshop on the Needle through Balloon.

Monday, July 22, 2019

What Happened at the Meeting on Friday 19th July

The theme was "Colour Changes and Classics" hosted by our President David Whitson.
David treated us to 'Blooming Flowers', 'Colour Card Fans', a comedy presentation of the 'Colour Change Jumbo Coin in Change Bag' and the 'Two To One Ropes'. Each trick was performed with some dry puns that kept members laughing........

Joel Howlett (JD) surprised every one present when he took a bite out of a playing card! Then he gave the classic 'pick a card trick' effect a new twist with a story of the Wild West and the selected card was found in a noose! He followed this up with the classic children's effect of turning a carrot into a rabbit!

Noel Clare was up next demonstrating an impromptu effect where he folded his hanky up to make a little origami mouse. Noel told us that he hopes this little stunt will be of use to him on his next cruise to amuse passengers.

Steve Irwin was our last performer of the night - he demonstrated a version of the Baffling Blocks that we had never seen before. It was a "cute" prop where the assembled blocks showed a picture of Mickey Mouse.

An informal session followed with members brainstorming gags for the bitten card effect. Michael Blakeman also kindly taught us a simple card effect. It was a simple version of the 'Slop Shuffle' effect that can be used to create an astonishing moment of magic with an ordinary pack.