Wednesday, August 24, 2022

What Happened at the Meeting on 19th August

Joel Howlett led off the magic with manipulation of ping pong balls.  Joel has spent a considerable chunk of his life training himself in manipulation for magic tricks, and it showed !  We just could not take our eyes off his presentation, it was so gripping.

Next, Noel Clair, the host for the evening of magic “Balls and Things”, multiplied sponge balls and also vanished them.  Using a United States half dollar coin (because it is larger and easier to handle), he did the “paddle move” with it.

John Ferguson poured red liquid (water with food dye) into a plastic cup, then upended it and pulled out a (dry)  silk handkerchief of the same colour – had the water solidified ?

Our President, David Whitson, started his presentation with the vanishing cane. Rolling the cane up in newspaper, he suddenly crumpled up the newspaper to show the cane had vanished. He did a routine with the Linking Rings.  He showed the “Silver Sceptre” item.

David then performed Pavel’s “Knots on Rope” – a favourite of his. He displayed a rope in a cylinder, and as he pulled the rope out of the cylinder, knots formed on the rope – true knots that he had to unravel to present a plain rope !

A full magic routine was road-tested by Steve Irwin.  Using a small Buddha statue, he did a prediction of a card.  This produced the wrong card, but then he burnt the card to show the chosen 4D.  Using flossing thread, he plucked off piece of thread, and gathered them into his hand, and then straightened them out to show they had all joined together. With a volunteer, he launched into a “Do As I Do” card routine, and despite the swap-overs  they ended up on the same card.  Next, with a beautiful “Aladdin Lamp”, he levitated a silk, and did colour changes as part of a story.   With a small “Las Vegas” illuminated sign, he used Casino cards, and the chosen card matched the correct gambling chip.   All in all, a very enjoyable collection of fascinating items.

Monday, August 8, 2022

2022 Syllabus and Office Bearers

Normally, the meetings of Newcastle Society are 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.

However, during the COVID Lockdown, the meetings are being held at a private home.                                                      

Fri 17 Feb    Packet Card Tricks

Fri 17 Mar     Ropes, Strings & Things   

Fri 14 Apr      Colour Changing Classics 

Fri 19 May     Card Tricks with a Borrowed Deck  

Fri 16 Jun       Bar Betchas and Puzzles  

Fri 21 Jul        Silks and Handkerchiefs     Host Joel Howlett

Fri  18 Aug     Balls and Other Things       Host Noel CLair

Fri  15 Sept     Paper and Everyday Objects   Host Al Hirschel

Fri  20 Oct      Apparatus and Gimmicks     Andrew Pickard

Fri  17 Nov     Coins and the AGM            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 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 2023
At the  2022 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


Will I be Welcome at the Club ?



During this present time, because of COVID restrictions, meetings are held at a private home

Newcastle Society of Magicians meets 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.  Check at the bar to find the room we have been allocated.

The meeting starts at 7.30 pm with those present performing magic (if they wish) for the others present. Around 8.30pm to 9pm there is a 10 minute break to get refreshments, then a business meeting starts that can last for a half hour to an hour depending on what events are coming up.

Contact Details
If you want to contact us by phone, you can ring  our Vice-President, Joel Howlett on 4942 3593.

But, Will I Be Welcome ?

Anyone with a genuine interest in magic is welcome to our meetings.  The usual procedure is to attend for three meetings and then to apply to join the society. The current membership fee for one year is $20.

Because we meet in a registered club, those under 18 are expected to be accompanied by parent or guardian. While this may be inconvenient for some folk, meeting in a club means that room hire is only a modest expense, and we can keep our club fees down.

What Happened at the Meeting on 22nd July 2022

Steve Irwin led off the magic with his “Las Vegas” card routine containing several card items, together with items involving matching cards and casino chips.

This evening the magic was presented by Joel Howlett, starting with colour changing ribbons to multi-coloured streamer.  Then he displayed five cards, which clearly had blue backs and white (blank) faces.  These changed in his hands to cards with red backs and the card faces were now a Royal flush of poker.   He then converted a picture of a balloon to an actual balloon.

David Whitson started his segment with the production of a silk from a change bag, then performed the Rising Wand (Silver Sceptre).  He did a very colourful production of a dragon silk from a change bag.  

Noel Clair used  a flexible wooden straw and showed that it would bend whichever way he commanded.  Next he performed colour change silks accompanied by a story that he had made up to fit the act.

Using a crystal cylinder that we could see was empty, John Ferguson produced from it a coloured streamer.   Then, showing a red box was empty, he produced from it a silk with “Thank You” printed on it as his final item.