Did you happen to catch the November 30 episode of Penn and Teller’s “Fool Us”? Ring 129’s Todd Lamanske was one of the magicians trying to fool the experts. Though he didn’t win the “FU” trophy, he fooled everyone else with his smooth and confident performance of his original card routine.
Ring president Lance Rich opened our December meeting with a “Stratosphere” routine based on Christmas decorations.
We then moved on to our quarterly contests. Three performers took part in the stage contest. Korso opened the competition with a humorous wrist-tie escape.
Stu Lewis showed that he had learned something at our recent Workshop 2017 with a performance of Christopher Carter’s “Vocabulation,” in which a number of spectators randomly shuffle a number of alphabet cards resulting in the spelling of the word “Miracle.”
Justin Scott concluded the competition with a bill switch and ring-and-rope routine.
Stu Lewis returned to start the close-up contest with his “Kansas City Hold-Em 2” routine.
Korso performed a card routine involving location of a selected card.
Jack Cunningham did a number of card routines, including one in which he eliminated 49 cards to locate the selections made by three spectators.
Keith Leff did a number of effects, including a coins across in the spectator’s hands.
Up to three winners can be voted to advance to our annual contests. All three stage performers were selected to advance, but due to Jack’s overtime violation and Stu’s shuffling error on his second routine, only Korso and Keith were selected as winners.
Five magicians took part in the open, non-competitive portion of the meeting. Phil King opened with a number-based prediction.
John Hicks performed his favorite new routine, a card effect by Chris Mayhew in which a card reversed in the deck before the trick begins becomes the spectator’s signed card.
Terry Davis showed off his sleight of hand with sponge balls and an Okito box routine.
Keith Leff performed some vanishes while reciting a poem, and Brad Lynn closed the evening’s performances with a routine in which a spectator dropped cards onto the floor, with his chosen card somehow floating away from the rest.
Speaking of “rest,” that’s something a lot of us needed after the Workshop.
Come visit us sometime. Stu Lewis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.