- Shout out to everyone who hosted and performed at Members' Night last week!
- It takes incredible courage for amateurs to perform in front of the club. Well done everyone who made it up to the front of the room!
- The presence of a child, whom James Alan referred to as Urchin, allowed all of the women in the room to let out a collective sigh of relief. (They were spared the fate of "volunteering" for the evening.)
- Urchin was treated very well while volunteering. Impressive. I've seen highly respected "legendary" professionals treat children horribly. Keep up the great work folks!
- There are some very talented magicians in Ring 17.
- Ariel Fralich knows a lot.
- The members behaved very respectfully during situations where life wasn't going quite according to plan. It's nerve-racking performing in front of talented professionals. Thanks for being supportive!
- There's truth to the proverb:
- 'Tis a lesson you should heed:
- Try, try, try again.
- If at first you don't succeed,
- Try, try, try again.
- Are all magicians from Calgary named Chris as talented as the two we saw last week?
- I finally witnessed a peformance by Mark Lewis with young people in the room. I'm a fan. Doubly impressed that he took Urchin aside at the end of the night, to teach an alternate presentation of an effect shared that evening.
- James can tie a perfect bowtie without the aid of a mirror.
09 March 2014
From Chris Westfall at the Browser's Den of Magic Facebook page:
Excited to announce the debut of "Wonderz @ Whistler's". It's a hilariously elegant and intimate magical experience hosted and performed by yours truly in this unique set up last Monday of the month! It's magical and delicious! Tickets officially for sale so reserve now at: http://www.chriswestfallmagic.com/public-events/whistlers/
08 March 2014
On February 19th, I reported on the passing of Jack Bateman. On March 3rd, Ring 17 sent an e-mail with recollections of Jack by Dick Joiner. I'm republishing them here, with Dick's permission.
Recollections by past president, Dick Joiner:
Jack L. Bateman, 95, of Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, died February 17, 2014, in a local hospital. He was a former member of the I.B.M. (1945-1965), and Ring 17 (Toronto).
He became interested in magic as a schoolboy after watching a performance by magician "Laurante," and magic became a passion the rest of his life. He always carried props in his pockets so he could practice wherever he went. In his youth he developed his comedic talents and an illusion show, featuring his own versions of a "sub trunk" and "cut the lady in six." He invented many tricks, some still on the market, such as "Rub-a-dub-dub," featured on a Bill Malone video.
He also was a teacher of magic; one of his pupils was Doug Henning. He was the Technical Supervisor for Outside Broadcasts for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He developed the first mobile television broadcast units for the CBC.
When he died in the hospital, there was a paddle at his bedside, no doubt to entertain the nurses.
07 March 2014
Wednesdays from 12th March, 8.00pm & 8.30pm
BREAKING MAGIC is back for another season of jaw-dropping illusions and mind-blowing tricks. Performed by an international, all-star cast of the freshest magic talent, including British Ben Hanlin, alongside Wayne Houchin, Billy Kidd, and newcomer Nate Staniforth, each week the stellar cast perform phenomenal street magic, across London, New York and Warsaw, baffling bystanders and audiences at home alike.
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