Assembly #31â??s â??Out of the Boxâ?? Night

Indianapolis, Indiana



It was â??out of the boxâ?? night at our October Assembly 31 night.  The idea was to bring a new trick, give it a try, and receive tips and feedback from the members regarding presentation and technique.  There was much discussion and many excellent pointers for each of the tricks presented throughout the evening.


Sid Griffiths asked for input regarding his version of 21.  Taylor Martin demonstrated both the Okido box and the Coin from the Top of the Hand.  He also discussed Four coins and a Card---a Paul Harris trick from the Magical Arts Journal.  Chris Henderson did a â??Tarbell Card Nightâ?? with a very well done series of card sleights.  Neither Taylor nor Chris needed any help, as their performances were excellent.  Such was not the case for immediate past president, Steve Spence, who brought his Boston Box.  The group was kind though, and gave him a number of pointers.  The final performer for the evening was Joe Scott, who did Bubby Kneelâ??s Psychic Card trick found in The Scribe column in the October issue of the MUM.  He told us it was one of the first tricks he ever learned decades ago.


Many thought provoking tips were scattered throughout the performances.  Here are several:  â??Donâ??t overproduce a trick. Avoid tendency to over talk.  Patter needs to be compelling for tricks without a surprise ending.  Make eye contact when doing the secret move.  If you are left handed, it is helpful to read the instructions and practice the trick in front of a mirror.  We need to find things that are not magical and make them magic.â??


Taylor Martin even confessed to standing in the bathtub with the shower curtain pulled when he practices his coin magic.  It helps to keep the stray coins more accessible.


The evening turned out to be an educational session for all.








Submitted by: Dale Benson, Secretary

October 2009

Harry E. Riser Assembly No. 31, usually meets the first Monday of the month at 7 pm at the Irvington United Methodist Church, 30 N. Audubon Road,  Indianapolis.