Ring 211 October 2011 Report

Dennis Favreau presented our October workshop. It was a Powerpoint presentation titled “The History of Gambling & Games of Chance” with special emphasis on how that history has influenced the practice of magic. Major points covered were: why learn about gambling history; artifacts and early forms of gambling from China, the Romans, Egypt, and Europe; U. S. Gambling; quotes one may hear from a gambler; the games of chance including dice games, the three shell game, cups and balls, three card monte, keno, roulette, craps; history of playing cards (Italian, Spanish, German, French); poker; blackjack; slot machines; top things not to do at a casino; beating the odds — understand how to play the games, play fair, knowing the odds, entertainment and attitude, comps, and a game plan. This was quite an enlightening workshop. One may obtain an Adobe PDF file on this presentation at ring211.org. Well worth to view it. Thank you Dennis.

Tonight was Children’s Magic with chairperson Peter Stobie. He is now our program chairman. Peter as Professor Anson Pantz (in costume) opened the show by singing “My brother eats bugs . . .” He even got us all involved in singing along. He also did a three balloon balance (focus on an insect’s body) and a bee out of a hive gag. See, Peter works at a nature center and does many workshops involving kids at the center and also at schools. So he involves magic as part of the learning.

Mike McNee as a referee magician placed a basketball uniform on Jesse Shira and presented the multiplying wands, a torn and restored card involving a basketball player card. He pumped up a flat basketball inside a dove pan. The restored card was inside the basketball.

Jerry Herdegen amused us with a dragon silk to a bunny gag and his “Choo Choo The Clown” foldable sign which produced a rock, an apple, a clown silk, two rabbits, and a hopping rabbit. He also had multiplying wands but clear. He had a spectator place a red, white, and blue balloon (each) into a dove pan and a string of U.S. flags appeared. He concluded by forming a small poodle balloon which could beg, stand on its nose, roll over, etc.

Professor Anson Pantz intrigued us with a puppet routine involving a Spitlerbug puppet and its life cycle from nymph to a beautiful adult.

Brad Lancaster closed the show with his dazzling persona involving Laflin’s Russian Rings, his egg bag routine, Patriotic Ropes, Fluff his puppet rabbit in a hat routine. Fluff as a chicken laid an egg, then as a rabbit multiplied wands from his hat, did a chain escape (gag), produced a dove (the bar soap), and vanished a balloon, . . . of course by letting the air out.

Another night of magic and fun. Big thanks to Peter and all our performers.

Ring 211 presents it Fourth Annual Abracadabra Close-Up Magic Show on Sunday, February 12. See flyer on the web site.

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