The newly chartered Ring 386 assembled on May 17 for their regularly scheduled meeting (third Thursday of the month). We spent a few minutes discussing business issues, including the election of officers per I.B.M. prompting. Congratulations to Bill Watson, son of legendary Monk Watson and now the first elected President of the club that bears his name.
Having dispensed with necessary business, we quickly moved on to the Magic. The suggested theme for the night was rope.
Preston Eakins, a.k.a. Scoop, opened the evening’s entertainment by tying a knot in a length of rope and then removing it. Not untying it, mind you; he simply removed it and tossed it into the audience. Ron Davis followed with a finger ring on rope routine that culminated with the discovery of the seemingly disappeared ring appearing on Ron’s magic wand.
Hugh Frisbie, a Colon alumni visiting us from faraway San Diego, demonstrated the importance of character by stunning everyone with a relatively simple Stiff Rope routine that relied on Hugh’s character-driven patter for its impact. As a longtime clown performer, including three decades playing Ronald McDonald, Hugh knows how to entertain. We thoroughly enjoyed his contributions to the evening and hope to see him again in The Magic Capital of the World sometime soon.
Ron Carnell (that’s me) took the opportunity to perform a full twelve minute rope routine, asking Ring Members for suggestions on how to cut it back to eight minutes for an upcoming competition. Rick Lansdale showed us a very different cut and restored rope routine, and Bill Watson used a long, thick length of rope to demonstrate a series of sailor’s knots and how to tie them. Bill finished with a Dragon Knot and everyone had a good laugh as the volunteer found herself “dragon” the knot across the floor. Rick Fisher performed a routine using what once was called the 1-2-1 Rope Trick, a gimmicked rope once produced and sold by nearby Abbott’s.
Fourteen-year-old Jayden Engster deviated from the suggested theme (our themes are always just suggestions) and performed a series of very nice sponge ball moves. Jayden has only been practicing magic a few short months, but is taking to it like the proverbial duck to water. (Jayden was earlier elected to the position of Youth Coordinator for the Ring.) Krag Ryal also went off-theme to share an original card trick he recently put together based on a Marlo twist Krag discovered in a decades-old magazine. Krag handed a small box to an audience volunteer, then removed the four twos from the deck, only to insert them back into the deck upside down. The deck was ribbon spread, the upside down cards separated, and then the volunteer was asked to open the box. Inside the box, inside a small packet, the four removed twos were discovered. The upside down cards were turned over to reveal the four Aces — and the deck was immediately passed around for examination.
It was another great night of magic. The Abbott/Watson Club would also like to extend a special thank you to Kristen Engster, Jayden’s mom, both for bringing her son to each meeting and for her participation as our official layperson volunteer. Any Ring who doesn’t already have a volunteer whose face can still light up with surprise and amazement should immediately go out and hire one for their meetings. It’s people like Kristen who really put the fun into the magic.