It was a great month for our ring. From November 8th through the 11th many of us made the short drive to St. Joseph, MO to attend Workshop 2017, a convention unlike any other, which was organized by former Ring 129 and International president David Sandy. What makes this event unique is the focus on teaching and learning, as well as non-stop action: no dealers’ room, no contests, just opportunities to learn new magic and to hang out with several of the world’s greatest magicians, all of whom were accessible to the participants throughout the workshop. There is too much to report here; in the near future we will be sending a photo-spread to Linking Ring. As if we did not have enough magic over the four days, the following evening Rick Thomas was performing in the KC area, and several of us attended his show as well.
A few weeks prior to the Workshop, a number of our members took part in an afternoon of “Magic in the Mall” at St. Joseph’s East Hills Shopping Center, for which the Ring was paid a sizable sum to help offset the expenses of the Workshop.
Our November meeting, held the week before the Workshop, focused on magic appropriate for the Halloween season. Duane Fields talked about a haunted house he ran for several years.
David Sandy demonstrated a mechanical device (related to the theme of the macabre) that he obtained from the late Faucett Ross, his first mentor, and he told a story of how he was almost cheated when he tried to sell it.
The highlight of the meeting was Terry Magelssen’s demonstration of his spiritualism show. He explained that while he did not claim to be an authentic medium, some of the people who hired him believed that
the show was truly a demonstration of supernatural powers. One could see that he was using his years of theatrical training to good effect, entertaining with his powerful voice as well as with the tricks themselves.
Two less ghoulish performances—some card routines by John Hicks and a variety of effects, including a sponge-ball routine, by Keith Leff—closed out the evening.
Come visit us sometime. Stu Lewis can be reached at email@example.com.