May 2019 Ring129 Meeting Report by Stu Lewis
Tom Peterson came to town for a lecture. His focus was on stand-up (rather than close-up) routines, many of which could be performed with ob-jects already in our possession. And he put all but two of the routines in-to a single reasonably priced booklet. We recommend him highly to other rings. The lecture, by the way, was the last one to be held in what was the current location of U.S. Toy’s magic shop. We look forward to a continuing relationship with this wonderful company at their new location a few miles to the west of the old one.
Our May meeting began with an announcement that we will be awarding a special prize at our annual contests analogous to the IBM Gold Medal, to be given only to exceptional acts (that is, not awarded every year). David Sandy showed us what the initial award would be. Phil King was the first presenter in the “teach-a-trick” segment, showing us “Card Eureka,” a two -deck trick used to find the mate of a selected card in a different deck. Tom Burgoon also taught a couple of tricks and told some humorous anecdotes from his cruise-ship days. The central focus of the meeting was a Magic trivia contest between two teams: the Brainwave Wizards (John Hicks, Steve Steiner, Stu Lewis and Sheila Miller) and the Three Grays and a Brunette (Paul Patter-son, David Heeter, Josephine Malia and Duane Fields). It was close! Although the Brainwave Wizards got more correct answers, the bonus points given to the TG&B made them the official winners. Finally came the share the magic segment. Dennis Burks showed us some autographed envelopes, one of which was a personal message from Johnny Thompson. John Hicks performed “Czech Poker,” in which a spectator chooses cards for a poker hand only to find that the adjacent cards gave the magician a royal flush. Shaun Rivera had a spectator ask Siri to name a card on his own phone and then extracted the named card from a deck wrapped in a hand-kerchief. Phil King performed “Vegimental,” in which a selected card was found by spelling the name of a pictured fruit or vegetable.
Danny Mooncalf told some “Alacazanidotes,” stories from his life as a magician on the road (he specializes in street magic in various cities throughout the U.S.), including a time he OD’d on marijuana in Colorado, where it had recently been legalized. David Sandy shared his own experience of OD’ing on muscle relaxant.
Writing all of this makes me sleepy, so I’ll sign off until next month.
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