Brad Lancaster presented the October workshop. It was on Busking. Brad has done busking in New Orleans, New York, and Chicago. He began in 1981. He, at times, continues to busk locally, such as in Holland, Michigan during their summer weekly busking community program. Brad says that his prime reason to busk was to make money “period.” He informed us of some of his experiences. One may busk among comedians, jugglers, singers, musicians, puppeteers, mimes, and other artists. One may have to fight to own one’s space. Know if a permit is needed and be ready to move if the police request. He explained his costuming and that he wanted to stand out. He also performed a few routines he mostly uses and how he would request for money within his patter. Such routines would be Rocky the Raccoon (He’d start out with this in a passive way to attract groups of people.), an introduction followed with three routines such as silk and hand vanish routine, a chop cup routine with large balls as a climax, and a deluxe Professor’s Nightmare Routine and having an audience member with an instrument to add participation. His busking was between twelve and fifteen minutes. He uses a Leffler table and a Happy Amp when needed.
Tonight’s program was a “Hocus Pocus Preview Round Robin.” Nine of our members in two groups went table to table performing up to five minutes of magic, similar to what performers will be doing at our upcoming Hocus Pocus Party.
Steven Elkowitz amazed with a card selection transposition, an ambitious card including card to mouth, a two card monte and transposition, and hilariously forcing a spectator’s card numerous times. Gary Oisten dazzled with his “cut out the middleman” card routine (a card selection and find including a color change and transposition), another card routine in which the card turns over within two other cards, the production of a red deck from a blue box and the box vanishing in the spectator’s hand, and a card and coin matrix routine with a multiple large to larger coin production as a climax. Gil Scott astonished with a two card transposition, a card out of a box, and a mental reading. MagicBob Zoerman challenged with “cover the spot” game, six smaller circles were dropped just a half inch above a larger red circle. Only MagicBob could accomplish the seemingly easy puzzle. Dr. Jack Vander Wal performed Instinct and Triple Coincidence. Christian Fransted (a newer member and his Ring 211 debut) impressed with a sponge ball routine with multiple productions and vanishes, a two card pocket transposition (Transpositions were popular tonight.), and his “Psychic” routine in which two cut flipped cards are matched to the same two corresponding cut cards pulled from his pocket. Gary Laundre’ amazed us with a coal to diamond routine and his “chalice of mystery” sponge ball routine which included appearances and vanishes from the chalice, a penetration through his jacket, and two in hand and one in pocket. Next, he did a color changing knife routine with a Hot Rod finale. Bob Panlener thrilled us with his version of Card-Warp, rubber band penetrations, and one dollar bill changing into a one hundred dollar bill. Randy Vander Wal performed a coin vanishing with a mini nun appearance and Queens Royal Wave.
Another night of magic and fun. Yes, we are ready for Hocus Pocus Party! A thanks to all for attending and also to each performer. Read about our Hocus Pocus Party in this or an upcoming issue.