Planet Comicon (a convention for comic-book fans and collectors) was in KC in February, and our Ring was invited again to pro-vide entertainment and to foster interest in the art of magic. Thanks to Kelly Rusk for coordinating our Ring’s participation in the event.
Our March meeting had a solemn beginning, as Danny Mooncalf per-formed the broken-wand ceremony for Laird Wilcox, whose death we reported last month. Danny spoke of his personal relationship with Laird, who had mentored him in the art of busking (which is now Danny’s principal entertainment venue) and had also been instrumental in the battle to secure the right of street entertainers to busk in Kansas City.
On a happier note, we welcomed new member David David (no, that’s not a misprint? his first and last names are the same).
Phil King taught a method for having a selected card appear inside a card frame.
The March meeting is also the occasion of our quarterly contest. David Heeter opened the close-up competition with the penetration of three Chinese coins through a ribbon, doing some other coin-and-ribbon moves as a follow-up.
Stu Lewis did some small card-packet tricks, including Daley’s last trick (pointing out that this was not actually the last trick Daley per-formed), a Vernon do-as-I-do routine, and Martin Lewis‟ (no relation) oil and water routine.
Peter Walterscheid concluded the contest with a card routine in which a selected card vanished and reappeared among cards that had previously been placed in a discard pile.
Two magicians competed in the stage competition. Gene Kean performed a book test,
while Danny Mooncalf performed a mental routine with three spectators. With three competitors potentially advancing to the annual contests, the voting was essentially a yes-or-no vote on the quality of the performance. All three close-up performers advanced, but in the stage contest, only Gene Kean qualified.
After the competition, three members continued the entertainment in the open session. John Hicks did a number of card effects, including several which he labeled as Elmsley Count Tricks.
Keith Leff showed off a clever vanish-and-reappearance of a card, while Phil King per-formed a mental routine with cards.
The meeting ended early enough for us to head to a nearby Applebee’s and add some extra calories to our daily intake.
Come visit us sometime.
Stu Lewis can be reached at email@example.com.