A Message From the President: November 2019
As I write this column, today is Halloween. 93 years ago tonight, one of the most famous magicians of all time died. A little past midnight last night as it officially turned Halloween, I listened to an actual recording of Harry Houdini introducing his most famous escape, the Chinese Water Torture Cell. Why? I really don’t know… it just seemed like the appropriate thing to do.
Houdini died at age 52… which means I’ve already outlived him. When I think of all he accomplished and the worldwide notoriety that he still holds, even nearly a century after his death, it boggles my mind. He is, without a doubt, the most famous magician in history… and because of this, I’ve planned a Houdini-themed meeting for our next Ring meeting on November 7.
The evening will include a Houdini-themed contest (you’ll have to wait and see what it entails), an actual performance of a rare historic trick once presented for Bess Houdini in 1939 (with the ACTUAL prop she saw and touched), a revisit to one of Houdini’s actual performances of his greatest escape, an escape or two, some rarely-seen historic video of Houdini, and much more. Plus, prior to the actual meeting at 6:15pm, Lance Rich will lead a book-club style discussion of Joe Posnanski’s The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini book. Many of us attended Joe’s talk and book signing last week on the Country Club Plaza.
As we near the end of my first year of serving as your president for 2019, I want to thank someone specifically for their contributions to our Ring. It’s been a great year filled with lots of magical fun and activities. One primary activity of our Ring happens to be our monthly Ring meetings. I’ve heard countless comments from members who say things like “that was a great meeting” or “this month’s meeting was really fun”. Do you know what makes for a great Ring meeting? In my opinion, it’s the attendance of members like yourself. A “full house” at our meetings creates an atmosphere of energy and excitement. Although I strongly encourage meeting participation in the form of performances and sharing, by simply attending you are participating. So, I want to thank you for your participation by merely attending our meetings as often as you can.
See you at the November Ring meeting!
Ring 129 President