February 2020 Ring129 Meeting Report by Stu Lewis
Greetings from the home of the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs. (That’s got nothing about magic, but every fifty years or so we get to gloat).
January 26 we held our annual contest for Stage Magician of the Year, preceded by a Tex/Mex buffet, at the MTH theater. Since we are submitting a separate photospread, I’ll just describe it briefly here.
Lance Rich (with assistant Amy Nichols) took first place, followed by Korso and J. D. Roberts.
Other participants were Phil King, Stu Lewis, Roger Miller, Dennis Wilson, and Alan Goodheart. Larry Brodhall, visiting from Omaha, served as M.C., and Kirk DeWeese used his tech knowledge on sound and lights to give the show a professional look.
David Sandy presented a presidential citation to three members who had given exceptional service to the Ring: Duane and Jane Fields, and Steve Steiner.
Nine members of our Ring’s honor society—the Sorcerer’s Circle—were presented with stars for continued service to the Ring: Kirk DeWeese, Dennis Burks, Keith Leff, Steve Steiner, Lance Rich, Chuck Replogle, Phil King, Alan Goodheart, and David Sandy.
French magician David Stone gave a lecture at the U.S. Toy & Magic Shop on February 4. His principal focus was on cards, with some bottle productions tossed in along the way. He is very entertaining, but I need to add a caveat that much of his repertoire consists of routines which require use of the unique gimmicks that he markets, so they may be of limited use to some card performers.
Our February meeting consisted of virtually non-stop activity for two and a half hours (David promised we would be done by 10:00, and he succeeded with seconds to spare). Ava Anderson (age 8) led off with a sponge rabbit routine and later conducted a teach-a-trick to show how she did it.
Shaun Rivera’s teach-a-trick was the somewhat familiar routine where you create a ladder with two rubber bands and have a folded bill descend step by step.
David then introduced a game in which seven members each had a letter taped onto their backs, forming a jumble which another group of seven had to solve.
Dennis Burks reported on Ring history.
David then returned to give us tips on how to pack magic apparatus when traveling to a show.
Tom Burgoon then entertained us with some humorous incidents from his many years of professional entertaining.
David came back again to show us a collectible item he recently purchased, a Milson Worth lightbulb penetration.
There were so many tricks and performances that I can only list them here. Phil King taught a card force.
Dennis Burks changed a Rubik’s Cube into a handful of M&M candy.
John Hicks performed several card effects.
Stu Lewis honored the memory of recently deceased card man Simon Aronson by performing one of his routines.
David Heeter performed a torn-card restoration.
Jerry Jackson performed a cut-and-restored rope routine using a dagger instead of the usual scissors.
Mentalist Phil Franklin performed a design duplication.
Rob Novak, doing walk-around “because I can” (he recently had a hip replacement), vanished cards thought of by three spectators.
Phil King continued the theme of mentalism by divining the contents of a sealed envelope.
Finally, Terry Davolt told how he had recently posted an incident in which he singed his beard in a fireplace, leading Doc Blum (former Ring president who relocated to Dallas a few years ago) to send him a fire extinguisher. He also spoke of some other gags he and Doc had played on each other.
We were then out of time, and I’m out of room!
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