IBM Singapore Ring 115’s August virtual meeting was based on the theme of ‘Rope and Silk, Coins and Money Magic’.  The meeting, co-hosted by Curtis Choy and Oberoi Bhushan Kumar aka Kogi, was attended by 34 members through the Zoom platform.   



IBM Singapore Ring 115’s August virtual meeting was based on the theme of ‘Rope and Silk, Coins and Money Magic’.  The meeting, co-hosted by Curtis Choy and Oberoi Bhushan Kumar aka Kogi, was attended by 34 members through the Zoom platform.   


Alton Tan, the first to perform, presented three coins of silver, brass and copper respectively.  He placed the silver coin in his closed fist and the other two inside a pouch.  In a flash, the coins had switched places.  Next, he placed the silver coin atop his clenched fist which held the other two coins.  The two coins penetrated the clenched fist to join the silver coin just outside.  Finally, he made two coins in the closed fist vanish one by one.

Enrico Varella delivered an informative and interesting lecture on coin magic. 

Titled ‘TED Talks But Coins Shouldn’t’, he presented a video of a coin magic act which he performed live on TV during a segment of ‘Mondo Magic Singapore’ filmed in 2003 together with J.B.Benn and Chris Korn.  He used it to illustrate how to choose the effects, types of coins to use and also shared on some of the key principles, sleights, routine, camera angles and perspectives in relation to coin magic.  He also discussed gimmick coins and coin boxes, and acknowledged the contributions of those who helped in that performance.

Cassidy Lee did a review of the various Hopping Halves available, including those manufactured in Indonesia, Argentina and China.  He also shared his favourite set in the updated version of Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Host Kogi Oberoi chipped in to demonstrate how to classic palm a coin.

Jeremy Pei’s performance included the transformation of 3 silver coins to coins from other countries, and back again to silver coins.  He also caused pieces of blank paper to change into USA bills and then to bills of different countries.  Jeremy pieced the jig-saw pieces to form the back of a jumbo playing card.  When the pieces of jig-saw were turned over and reformed, its face matched one of the two selected cards.  Mysteriously, one small piece was left over – when this piece was turned over, its face depicted a single heart, matching the Ace of hearts, the second of the two selected cards.  He closed with Multilated Parasols, where silk handkerchiefs and an umbrella cloth changed places, and Cuba Libre, where 2 sets of 6 blocks act in sympathy with one another.    

After a 10 minutes break, Sng Ming Da produced a regular coin out of a piece of translucent piece of silk.  This was followed by the production of a jumbo coin and then a super-jumbo coin.  His next effect was a sucker silk dyeing trick where the final silk was shown to be half-dyed.  Finally, he demonstrated how his three coins – a silver, a Chinese and a copper – could teleport between his closed fist and under a card on a table, and subsequently vanished altogether.

Jeremy Pei presented his dealer show.  He introduced the two Tenyo Magic products that were reviewed by John Teo, niz Flash Dice and Crystal Cleaver.  Using three pieces or ropes, he performed a variation of Professor’s Nightmare.  Jeremy showed 4 cards, each depicting a frog wearing a crown, and they were transformed into the 4 Jacks (crowned princes).  He presented another set of cards with pictures of lit and unlit candles, and demonstrated how a lit candle could light up the other unlit ones by bringing the cards together.  The highlight was appropriately a birthday card.  This effect was similar to Martin Lewis’ “Odd Card” trick.  The two sets of cards came with a nice leather-like wallet.

Kenneth Chia donned a suit complete with tie and a mask of Mr Brown’s face to present his rope through waist trick in a comic manner.  In his concluding effect, he magically changed one $100 bill into two $50 bills into several $10 bills.

Cassidy Lee presented his dealer show.  He penetrated a signed coin into an empty paper cup with a lid.  He then produced a tennis ball from within the cup itself.  Next, he extracted a Two of Hearts from a Three of Hearts and then an Ace of Hearts from it.  He then split an Ace of Spades into the Four of Hearts.  He invited audience members to sign up on his Facebook so that he could share his latest magic deals with them.

John Teo rounded up the evening’s performance with a unique presentation.  He showed three large cards, each depicting segments of ropes.  When the three cards were placed side by side, they first formed 3 different lengths of ropes.  The three cards were gathered together and when they were next placed side by side, they showed three equal lengths of ropes.  Finally, the same three cards showed a very long length of rope (like Professor’s Nightmare performed with cards).  His last trick involved a signed coin and a signed chosen card.  The coin vanished into the deck only to be found next to the signed selected card.