January 2019 Ring129 Meeting Report by Stu Lewis
Do you want to fill the house at your next meeting? Do what we did—move to a smaller venue. Actually, our new venue for the new year worked out well, as a number of people commented favorably about the more intimate space at our new meeting facility.
Phil King started our January meeting by teaching an easy-to-learn card routine.
Outgoing president Lance Rich then introduced the main activity of the meeting—a contest among four teams, each charged with the task of improvising a magic routine based on one of two classic sources—Tarbell or Mark Wilson. After performing, each team had to document the page numbers where the effects were found in the respective books. The winners—one of the Wilson teams— were Pete Walterscheid, Dennis Wilson, and Alan Goodheart, who performed a series of rope tricks and were chosen in a landslide by the members in attendance.
Ring Historian Dennis Burks read Ring Re-ports from five and ten years ago and also showed us some items from his personal memorabilia collection, including ribbons and badges from past IBM conventions and other conventions dating back as early as the 1920’s.
We concluded with our “Share the Magic” segment, giving members an opportunity to show routines they have been working on in a non-competitive setting. Josh Theno opened the session by using a Professor’s Nightmare routine to illustrate a talk about how our society needs to be inclusive of people with disabilities, especially military veterans. Josh, a veteran himself, always comes up with narratives that give meaning to what otherwise would be just tricks.
John Hicks, our resident card expert (few people have ever seen him do any other type of magic) performed a number of brief routines, including a blackjack deal and the revelation of a selected card from a blank deck.
Rob Novak, a new-comer not only to the Ring but to magic in general, made an impres-sive debut with a sophisticated card selection routine that proved him to be a quick learner.
Stu Lewis ran into some mechanical difficulties with a mentalism routine that sent him back to the drawing board.
Several of us then adjourned to Denny’s, our new watering hole for our new location.
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