On the evening of 15 May 2019, 35 members attended the meeting held at the Sojourn 3 Room at Hotel Grand Central.  It was themed ‘Packet Card Tricks’ and hosted by Ashish Lodhavia for the first half, and Victor Heng for the second half.


JK Tan shared about the Yellow Ribbon Project which IBM Ring 115 has been supporting annually for many years.  He invited magicians to register with him for this meaningful event scheduled for the morning of 15 September 2019 this year.

Harapan Ong presented a four-card monte routine, beginning with 4 red-backed, blank cards and 1 joker.  He kept the audience guessing at the position of the joker and eventually changed the joker to a blue-backed card.  In ‘Centre of Attention’, he showed how the Ace of Spades made itself stand out from the other Aces eg. facing up when the others were not.  He also shared how his ‘One Direction’ magic trick became the most asked-for trick among the youths as he had used pictures of the stars from the then popular boy band.  He next shared about the Ghost Count or Elmsley Count by Alex Elmsley and the Jordan Count by Charles Jordan and demonstrated how they could be used together seamlessly to enhance a trick.  He also recommended two books –‘Counts, Cuts, Moves, Subtlety’ by Jerry Mentzer and ‘Focus’ by Phil Goldstein on this subject.

At the end of his presentation, President John Teo presented Harapan Ong his magic wand to welcome him into IBM Ring 115.

Kogi Oberoi invited a volunteer to pick a card and reinsert it into a deck which was then randomly distributed into 5 columns.  The volunteer decided on the column and the position in that column of his choice, and magically, located his own card.

John Teo displayed 6 miniature playing cards in a row of alternating face-down, face-up positions.  After his volunteer has picked a card, the other cards were flipped over and revealed to bear black cards.  The selected was not only a red card, but it magically transformed into a large card.  Next, he presented 4 cards each with an image of a mosquito.  He placed them face-down and sandwiched them with 2 cards representing ‘flypaper’ at both ends to ‘catch’ them.  However, when the 4 ‘flypaper’ cards were flipped over, the mosquitos have escaped, leaving only blank cards.  John concluded that to catch the mosquitos, they need to be slapped on.  He slapped on the 4 face-down ‘mosquito’ cards, and when turned over, each displayed a squashed and dead mosquito!

Jeremy Pei turned a coloured Rubik’s cube placed in a black, opaque box, into a ‘ice cube’ which when transferred to a ‘cabinet’, melted away (vanished).  Next, he changed 4 red-backed, 2 of Aces into different cards and blue-backed.  He also demonstrated how among 4 blank cards, one was the leader and the other 3 would follow its direction viz face-up or down, and how eventually all turned into the 4 ‘Kings’.  He introduced the ‘Scissors’, ‘Paper’, ‘Stone’ card game.  He and his volunteer would each choose a face-down card and when flipped over, he would win the game, in fact, four times consecutively.  Finally, he produced 6 cards, which in spite of the number of cards he disposed of, he would still retain 6 cards after each snap of a finger.

Cassidy Lee demonstrated how he could cause a signed 20 cent coin to fly into an empty Pocarri can, how a silver coin can be ‘slammed’ into a closed empty mineral water bottle, how the exact colour positions of a mixed up Rubik’s Cube could appear on a mobile phone display panel (Rubiked by Vincent Tarrit).  He also shared his invention – a vehicle number plate which could match any set of registration number chosen for any type of vehicle.

A 15-minute break with food and drinks allowed members to patronise the dealer’s tables and to have fellowship with one another.

After the break, Jeremy Pei returned to demonstrate his Piggy Monte routine using 3 little squishable ‘piglets’ toys to replace playing cards.

Cassidy Lee presented ‘Hypno Aces’ by David Penn.  He got a volunteer to focus on a whirlpool image on a card as he moved it in a circular motion continuously, creating a hypnotising effect.  He then place the card face down on one of his volunteer’s palm.  He did likewise for a second card.  He showed the last 2 cards with the same images and in a flash, all 4 cards when turned over had transformed into Aces!

Sng Ming Da, who had recently returned from a successful lecture tour in the USA, performed a Wild Card trick, changing 8 Aces of Spades in his volunteer’s hands into Queen of Hearts.

Baharudin presented a 4-card monte routine using jumbo cards, each with blue, red, green, yellow backs.  3 of the cards were blank cards while one of them was the Ace of Spade.  Despite their colour backs, the audience could not follow the card with the Ace of Spades.  He finally baffled the audience by changing the 4 cards into 3 Aces of Spades and 1 blank card.

Tommy Chiang changed 3 name cards and a blank card into 4 business cards and a blank card.  He next used 4 Black and 1 Red Cards, removed a Black and added a Red card and with a wave, changed the 3 Black, 2 Red cards into all Black cards.  These became 2 Black cards even though a Red card was added.  He ended his performance with the packet effect ‘Nitrate’ by Cameron Francis.

Joshua Lee’s King could flip over among the Queen and Jack, and eventually all turned into blank cards.

Charles Choo used 4 cards, 3 of them with letters P, O and T, and the fourth card depicting a ‘pot’.  Next, he re-arranged them to spell ‘TOP’ and the fourth card now showed ‘top’.  Magically, a real toy top appeared and the card with the picture of the ‘top’ became blank.

Dr Ray Loh was next and he made 4 Aces vanish, leaving blank cards and then made the Aces reappear.

The final performer was Gician Tan, with his version of ‘Oil and Water’ card routine.

It was an evening of interesting (mostly) packet card tricks.