SINGAPORE RING 115 - September 2016 Magic Meeting Report

Written by John Teo

A total of 31 people attended, including 3 guests, one of whom was joining us as a new member. The 3 visitors were Dewi, an assistant of our member Massimo Sacco, Desmond Pang, a guest of our Vice-President Enrico Varella, and a would-be member Dr Ray Loh.

President John Teo introduced everybody to this new venue and thanked both Victor Heng and Adeline Ng who contributed mooncakes for the evening. This happened to be the Mid-Autumn celebration day. The theme for the meeting was “Food Magic”.

The first performer was Massimo Sacco, who was also the Magician-of-the-Month. He set up the table as a messy after-dinner table filled with used plates, napkins and glasses with half-empty drinks. He took up a used napkin and made it into a nice miniature colourful model of a man by dipping the napkin into the different coloured left-over drinks in the glasses on the table. He then picked up a crashed Coke can and proceeded to heal the can back to its unopened state. He snapped off the tab and poured himself a sparkling Coke drink!

The next performer was Lim Teck Guan, who constructed and performed an effect described by President John Teo in the April issue of The Quantum Ring newsletter. 3 members each randomly chose a meal, a dessert and a drink. This proved to be the very meal predicted by performer in advance.

Adeline Ng demonstrated what is pre-destination by getting a member to count down to a random card in the deck. This happened to be the very card she had written in a prediction.

President John Teo allowed a member to choose different food items in a restaurant menu. The total cost matched the total cash contained inside an envelope. A deck of cards was freely mixed and divided into 3 portions for 3 members. Each member then separated his stack of cards into red and black cards. The number of red and black cards of 2 of the members was used to open a number-combination lock. Inside the locked box was a final prediction of the number of red and black cards of the third member.

Kyle Ravin presented a dramatic performance of 2 effects. A paper cup containing a Coke drink was screwed up, proving that the liquid inside it vanished. In the second effect, 2 members each chose a card. Their total value matched the number of fries in a McDonald paper container!

JK Tan borrowed a finger ring, vanished it and offered a moon-cake as a replacement for the disappeared ring. When the moon-cake was cut open, inside it was the borrowed ring!

In the break, members got to taste moon-cake, in addition to the snacks and tea and coffee. After the break, Ashish Lodhavia penetrated a plastic straw through the cap of a Coke bottle. When the straw was withdrew from the bottle, the cap heled itself up. This was an item he purchased at the recent mini-convention held at the Magic Warehouse.

Jeremy Pei magically printed a stack of blank papers to $50 bills. Using a set of 5 inches gold-plated metal rings, he performed a type of Great Wong’s linking ring routine where the rings were used to make figures such as a cobra, dragonfly, elephant, lantern, bag, rickshaw, rocking chair, ball and a pigeon.

Charles Choo caused not only the back of a freely-selected miniature card to match the back of poker-sized prediction card, but also their faces as well. He then vanished a borrowed $10 bill to reappear in the inner-most doll of a set of nesting Russian dolls. Similarly, he made a selected card vanished from the deck to appear inside a rubber-banded pair of transparent sheets kept inside a zipped wallet.

Victor Heng used 4 cards printed with the letters F-R-E-E and W-I-L-L to locate the 4 Aces in a deck of cards. Was that free will or fate? It was neither, but the invisible hand at work as he turned over his palm to show the words “4 Aces” written across it. An interesting and educational twist to finding the 4 Aces routine.

The last performance was a dealer demonstration by Jeremy Pei. Effects shown included silk through mobile phone, silk to cane, and a chop-stick deck where 2 selected cards rose one at a time on a shop-stick inserted into one of 2 holes punched through the entire deck of cards. The last trick demonstrated was a variation of the Chinese Sticks where a tassel running through 2 wooden sticks was cut in half and then magically restored.

Just before the evening ended, members crowded around Jeremy’s booth to make last minutes purchases.

The evening was aptly co-ordinated by Victor Heng and Ashish Lodhavia.