INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA [Assembly Report for January 2006]
Harry Riser Assembly No. 31
Meets the first Monday, 7 PM at Mystic Tai Lodge, SE corner of Illinois & North St.

Magic Gifts I Received For Christmas - Start The New Year For Assembly 31

Ken Kern opened our meeting with a warm welcome to guests Jeff Harmon and Jared Sherlock. The theme for this eveningâ??s meeting was Magic Tricks I Received for Christmas. Chris Henderson opened with his version of Osterlandâ??s Two Card Trick which utilizes a memorized deck and a metal mask worn on the face to divine the selected card. Chris concluded with an excellent rendition of Aldo Columbiniâ??s Your Card. Jim Croop performed Teleki-What? by Fred Shields and Bascom Jones as described by Leo Behnke. Is this a trick of control and/or co-incidence? A spectator controls the deck only to see that his selected card and the magicianâ??s selected card mysteriously appear at the same moment. Dee Saul performed Bro. John Hammanâ??s Gemini Twins, where twins meet twins in a seemingly impossible way with four cards. Dee used an interesting Paradise Grip variation for Gemini Twins. Dee concluded with a superb presentation of Chicago Opener, as the selected card is found with a different color back. Steve Spence performed two wonderful coin routines, Dean Dillâ??s Coin Matrix where coins disappear from one location and reappear in another. Steve concluded with The Three Invisible Coins by Joshua Jay, which was particularly baffling. Tony Watson performed an original comedy effect inspired by an article he had read in a magic magazine that he tagged the Red Deck with the Blues. A deck of cards appears to morph into a harmonica and then Tony actually played Suwannee River. Mike Engle performed Mind Control, by Bill Abbott, where seven borrowed items are placed on a table and Mike correctly identifies the selected one with a very smooth execution. Jared Sherlock performed an excellent expanding penny production, Dishonest Abe by Gregory Wilson, where a small penny is magically transformed into larger ones that then vanish. While it became obvious that Santa had not visited all, the meeting provided a wonderful evening of sharing and enjoying well performed magic.

Dee Saul for Scribe Bob Vasileff