Hello Fellow members,
We have begun 2012 with a bang. Our last meeting featured a wonderful video presentation on misdirection, suggested by David Swoboda. There was some nice sharing of magical ideas by both our older and youthful members. I really appreciate all of you who attend regularly and participate.
We would like to have a stronger teaching component at our meetings. I think it would be really cool if we had a close-up teach-in and a stage/parlor teach-in at our meetings. I know that between all of us, we have the talent and know how to be able to create such an activity. I know we have members that have studied theater. If someone would like to do an activity (demo or hands-on) related to the magician as actor that would be great. Some of our members as well as a significant number of our guests (at lectures) like mentalism. If there is someone who would like to share entertaining mentalism ideas with us, that could be very useful for those who enjoy performing as mentalists and for the regular magician who might put a mental effect or two in his/her program. I hope each one of you will consider sharing a little more of what you know with the rest of the group.
In April we will be putting on a show. John Kurtz is working on the details. We will also be having our annual auction the last Sunday of April. Bob Rath is working on the details of this event.
On May 5th (a Saturday. More details to follow) we will be having a rare opportunity to have Daryl (one of the best magical entertainers and teachers of magic) visit us to share with us his insights on performing as well as many of the wonderful routines he has created. Daryl is a FISM winner, author and teacher of magic. You will learn more than just tricks by watching him work. Everything he does within the performance of a routine is carefully planned and rehearsed. In his lectures and DVD's he shows you how he uses laughter and the character he plays to make the magic possible.
I once attended a lecture of his after studying a number of his Fooler-Dooler routines on DVD. After performing and explaining a routine, someone asked him a question about how something was done in that routine. He immediately rewound the video tape in his and repeated word for word, facial expression by facial expression the exact same routine. It was like watching a video replay of the routine. He then answered the person's question precisely! From this lecture you should come away with some great ideas on presentation as well as a variety of tricks suited to different skill levels and interests. If you have ever learned magic from his Encyclopedia of Rope Magic DVDS, you know how good they are. Studying them is like earning a graduate degree in Rope Magic.
I've learned all sorts of concepts that I have used in creating my own magic. You will want to be there for this lecture.
See you in February.
Mike Miller — President