August Ring Meeting Report 2018 by Alan Goodheart
Hard to believe summer is coming to an end, as we gathered for our August Ring meeting. President Lance Rich got us started hearing about the IBM Convention by a few of those that attended it. And he reminded us about our upcoming annual Ring Picnic hosted at Lake Jacomo by Kirk Deweese who docks his boat there. It is a great Sunday held where we share magic and friendships until the sun sets.
This month was called our “Summer Challenge”. Lance asked all members to take a look at magic they have had laying around in their drawers or wherever, get it out, and work on a new routine that you had meant to do months ago. And let’s see what they all came up with. Once you performed, you would get critiqued by the fellow Ring mem-bers on what they liked, and suggestions on how to improve the act.
Dennis Burks kicked off the evening handing out papers having songs with “Magic” in the title to members. They were placed in a box, and he “influenced” the song to be chosen, and proved it to be true with a prediction in plain sight the entire time.
Justin Brewer next got out his cards saying he could memorize the deck and find cards selected by two separate assistants. He did this using a double card at any number performance. It was truly amazing!
Keith Leff then showed us all a staple of his close up performances in which he has a Bic pen (white pen, black cap) and continued with his version of a coin and pen transposition making the coin appear and disappear, out of the pen cap, the coin into the wand, and the wand into the coin. Lots happened in a short time frame.
Lance joked that Tom Burgoon, standing near the stage, should come up and perform. Never wanting to disappoint, he came up and showed us something he had just started work on as a prototype, and it was in its infancy stage. He showed cards with four coins, one on each quarter, dime, nickel, and penny. He did a rendition of the Twisted Aces trick, making each coin appear and disappear, with the climax being the backs all change to different designs. Tom should “cash in” on this one just fine!
Next was John Hicks who was coaxed to per-form early. John started with two card decks, having someone guess a card. John takes the second deck, finding the card that was its match, and showing the rest of the deck to be blank. He called it “The Only One” and it is a John Hicks original.
Phil King never disappoints us and this month was no exception. He decided to try working on Larry Becker’s “Cardology” routine, where cards are shuffled, a birthday month is selected, and he shows the card in the position represented by the month selected. And he confirms by reading a letter given to Lance Rich long ahead of the meeting.
We always like it when we include the kids, and Brad Lynn took a deck of Dr. Seuss cards and per-formed a mental trick where an invisible colored magic marker is selected and a shape circle, heart, triangle, and square is selected as well. He shows a prediction that exactly matches.
All attending the meeting gave excellent comments to each performer, and various ways to improve their acts. And those of us not participating learned a LOT from all the positive comments shared by many.