SINGAPORE RING 115 - June 2017 Magic Meeting Report

Written by Hwee Lang

 

30 members and 2 guests turned up on 15 June 2017 for an evening of ‘Money Magic’, the theme for this evening’s programme hosted by Alvin Terrence.  

The two guests were Douglas Chia, a student and Tsukasa Maekawa, with a keen interest in charity magic performances, and would be returning to Japan after spending many years in the Philippines.30 members and 2 guests turned up on 15 June 2017 for an evening of ‘Money Magic’, the theme for this evening’s programme hosted by Alvin Terrence.  The two guests were Douglas Chia, a student and Tsukasa Maekawa, with a keen interest in charity magic performances, and would be returning to Japan after spending many years in the Philippines.


Cassidy Lee announced that tickets at $30 were on sale for an upcoming magic lecture by a HK magician Zanneth Kok on 6 July 2017. 


Ashish Lodhavia kicked off the evening’s programme with an old yet intriguing card gambling trick.


Dr Ray Loh invited a volunteer to pick out 9 cards randomly from a well shuffled deck.  He betted $10 that each digit and letter on that $10 note’s serial number would find a match in one of the 9 cards held by that volunteer and indeed they did!  Next, he invited a volunteer to randomly insert a selected card into a deck.  He attempted to find the card and placed it into a card sleeve.  The audience noted it was a wrong card.  He then covered the ‘wrong’ card still inserted in the card sleeve with his palm and removed his palm.  The wrong card had magically changed to the 6 of Diamonds, which was the volunteer’s selected card!  Finally, he made a card vanish from a card box with a wave of his magic ‘sharpie’.


Tsukasa performed a simple yet baffling rope magic, and followed up with a card prediction.  He invited a volunteer to name a number and he decided on ‘18’.  Tsukasa counted off the exact number of cards from a well shuffled deck and revealed the card which was the same as his prediction card set aside earlier!


Cassidy Lee showed the audience a small, empty coin purse.  But, when shaken, the audience could hear coins jiggling inside the purse, and saw coins tumbling out too.  Next, he correctly predicted that a volunteer had selected a sad face image (out of a few images) which he had placed it in an envelope.  He did so by ‘scanning’ the closed envelope with his magic ‘telescope’.  Finally, he deftly changed a rubber band into a stiff, large paper clip and a deck box into two deck boxes.


Baharudin showed a white- shrouded Egyptian mummy in an enclosed coffin, and related his comical tale of how it became ‘unclothed’ after he began pulling at a white ribbon sticking out from the coffin.


Jeremy Pei demonstrated items on sale at his dealer’s booth.  These included Extreme Burn 2.0, Flash Cash 2.0, a rope which could move like a caterpillar, breakaway wand from Italy, a fun prediction of your next destination and a bag for use with the invisible deck.


After the break, Lim Thou Tin took his magic test and impressed with his magical application of IT, mathematical puzzle and prediction symbols.


Lim Teck Guan demonstrated how his tiny, simple contraption could print a different international currency note each time by inserting a white paper between its rollers.


Jeremy Pei changed a volunteer’s $50 note into a 100 baht and back into a $50 note.  Next, a volunteer read out the first 4 digits of the serial number on his $50 note and these were written on a blackboard and set aside.  He then placed his $50 note in a purse which he held.  Jeremy then showed a deck of cards with same pictures of an egg.  He got his volunteer to pick a card and hold it face down against his stomach.  When he revealed the card, it showed a lemon instead!  At the same time, a lemon fell out of a paper bag when it was turned over.  When cut, it yielded the $50 note with the matching numbers written on the board!


Kyle Ravin rounded off the evening by sharing his wearable T shirt and coin magic ideas.  He also shared his wish for the level of magic to be elevated in Singapore and shared some tips which he used during performances including the importance of Positioning.  He mentioned providing a Point of View with Reasons, and Examples, and reinstating the Point of View.  He also highlighted the need to be alert to proper placement of magic items such that the audience cannot see what the performer intended to conceal.  He also suggested developing a personal style which one is comfortable with and audience can relate to.