SINGAPORE RING 115 - July 2017 Magic Meeting Report

Written by Hwee Lang

 

 

This evening’s meeting began with a few announcements for the 26 members present. The IBM Annual Dinner would be held at Roland Seafood Restaurant on 17 November 2017 from 7 pm to 10 pm.  At $30 for members and $40 for non-members, attendees can look forward to a sumptuous dinner, roving magic, stage magic and a lucky draw.  Tickets can be purchased from Tommy 

 JK Tan also invited members to sign up as roving magicians for the Yellow Ribbon Run on 17 September 2017.  IBM has lent its support to this worthy cause for the last several years.  For those who attend the next meeting in August, they would be in for a treat….a free lecture by UK mentalist Paul Brook! This evening’s meeting began with a few announcements for the 26 members present. The IBM Annual Dinner would be held at Roland Seafood Restaurant on 17 November 2017 from 7 pm to 10 pm.  At $30 for members and $40 for non-members, attendees can look forward to a sumptuous dinner, roving magic, stage magic and a lucky draw.  Tickets can be purchased from Tommy Chiang.  JK Tan also invited members to sign up as roving magicians for the Yellow Ribbon Run on 17 September 2017.  IBM has lent its support to this worthy cause for the last several years.  For those who attend the next meeting in August, they would be in for a treat….a free lecture by UK mentalist Paul Brook! 


With the announcements over, an evening of “My Favourite Magic Trick” began, hosted by Derek Lee and Victor Heng.


Jeremy Pei impressed with a rope trick ‘Hanging Knots’.  He tied 3 new knots along a rope, plucked them out invisibly and individually and gave them to 3 different guests. The invisible knots ‘flew’ and got stuck back onto the rope when his guests threw them back.  He put the knotted rope into a cloth bag.  With a flick, the bag transformed into a cloth banner with pieces of rope stuck on it forming the words “THE END”. 


Cassidy Lee drew laughter from the audience when he transformed a balloon into a “piece of dung” in a cheeky play with words from the Hokkien dialect.Maxwell Low located his guest’s selected card which appeared as the only face-up card in a deck.  His prediction was spot-on as this card matched his prediction card placed aside earlier in a card box.
Joseph Loh invited his guest to select a card from one of three shuffled piles of cards and place the cards from that pile one by one, face-down, onto his open palm.  He mysteriously ‘felt’ the guest’s selected card correctly as it landed on his palm as it matched his earlier prediction.


Kenneth Chia presented 2 sets of large picture cards.  The set with red backs had names of popular actors, while the set with blue backs had posters of a movie starring each of the popular actors.  A guest chose one set so Kenneth held on to the other set.  Kenneth also brought out 6 movie DVDs enclosed in black, unlabelled covers and invited his guest to select a number between 1 and 6.  His guest chose 2 and Kenneth put aside this DVD after inviting his guest to sign onto the untitled disc.  Next, both spelt off their cards respectively with “t-w-o”.  They both ended up with Spiderman and Rowen Atkinson picture cards respectively.  This was a mismatch – the selected movie card and the selected actor card were supposed to match.  But when the cover of the DVD was opened, it revealed that the disc now had a title label on it – it showed a Spiderman movie but with the face of Mr Bean’s Rowen Atkinson!  As the DVD case was closed, it now also had a movie description which featured Spiderman but staring Mr Bean!  Both men’s choices have been amazingly integrated.  As an unexpected climax, Kenneth took off his shirt to reveal a Spiderman costume beneath it.  He took out a mask of Mr Bean and proceeded to put it on his face.  On the stage was Mr Bean’s Spiderman, exactly like the label on the selected DVD!


The magician of the month, Sng Ming Da, tore up a paper which depicted various popular magical effects.  When he restored it, it transformed into a poster featuring only one magic effect – coin trick.  He then proceeded to perform a trick using coins.  He started with 6 coins and a finger ring.  Coins magically passed through the table, invisibly transported from hand to hand, and vanished and appeared magically.  He reduced the coins to 4 and magic still happed with the coins.  They were subsequently reduced to 2 and then to 1 coin.  Still magic kept happening with the coin(s).  This was followed by Slydini’s Handkerchiefs with a spectator.  2 handkerchiefs were tied to one another and yet the knot magically dissolved.  This was repeated with seemingly more difficult knots, yet the knots easily dissolved.  He proceeded to a couple of card routines, including switching 4 Aces covered under a guest’s hand into 4 Queens.  His concluding act was a collectors effect where the Aces vanished from each pile and got together in a separate packet!


Dr Ray Loh Hong Yew was officially inducted into IBM Ring 115, and received his wand and Ring Constitutions from the President, John Teo.


As part of his dealer’s show, Jeremy Pei demonstrated “Polyester”, the reviewed effect of the month.  A transparent red sticker placed onto a mobile phone revealed the identity of a selected card.  This effect was offered with a special discount.  Jeremy continued with his own presentation of the “Free Willy” effect, and concluded with “Lucky Lady” by Ton Onosaka. 


After the break, Enrico Varella presented a special talk on “Reading For Magicians”.  He expounded on why magicians should continue to read magic books, displayed on powerpoints slides some of his essential and favourite magic books, and concluded with what we could expect beyond books.  It was an eye-opening talk for all. 


Collier Ow, our youngest member, invited a guest to cover a few cards under a hand, and another guest to pick a card from a deck in his hands.  He then made a prediction that the 8th card under first guest’s hand is the card being held in the second guest’s hand…and he was spot-on!


Chua Eng Hock invited 2 guests to pick a card each and then reinserted them somewhere into the middle of a deck.  Then, about 10 cards were taken out and placed face-down on the table.  When the top 2 cards were turned over, they were the guests’ selected cards!


Lee Choong Jee placed an ice-cream stick in a brown paper bag, and invited 3 guests to break the stick at 3 different places.  Although everyone present could hear the stick snapped 3 times inside the bag, the stick was retrieved and it was found restored and unbroken.  In another performance, he magically sewed a button and a thread inside a sealed transparent plastic packet onto his shirt.  He then proceeded to magically move this sewed-on button to another far lower position on his shirt.


JK Tan invited his guest to insert a Joker card randomly into a deck.  He said the inserted card’s position (31st), and the next two cards’ value (Queen) and suit (Clubs) respectively will be used to predict the card in a different deck still inside its box.   Indeed, the 31st card in the other deck was a Queen of Clubs! 


Charles Choo invited his guest to sign on his chosen card, an 8 of Clubs and kept it in a card box.  He then asked Guest 1 to choose a number.  As it was 16, he counted off 16 cards from the deck, and then a further 7 cards as 1+6 added up to 7.  He then invited Guest 2 to provide a number.  It was 11.  Likewise, Charles counted off 11 and another 2 more cards from the deck…..and he arrived at the prediction card!


John Teo found 2 selected cards in a most unusual manner.  He displayed a small card depicting a miniature picture of the “EXIT” green running man commonly found at emergency exits of a building.  With a flick of his hand, the green man disappeared.  It reappeared on the back of the chosen card of the first spectator buried in the middle of the deck.  He needed his green man for his next performance.  With another flick of his hand, the green man reappeared on the card.  The first spectator’s card was turned over – the green man had vanished.  For the second card reveal, John showed transparent pieces of card depicting the numbers “1” to “9”.  None of them fitted the second card’s identity.  He rearranged the number cards and they formed the identity “Q Clubs”, which was the actual name of the second spectator’s chosen card!


Thus ended an exciting evening full of magical performances of our members’ favourite effects.