Here is the report submitted to MUM Magazine regarding both our November parlor magic meeting and the special show which we did for the National Executive Council.
The first full week in November was a busy and exciting week for the Harry Riser SAM #31 Assembly. At the beginning of the week we had our regular SAM #31 Assembly meeting with the theme of parlor magic. At the end of the week we had the pleasure of hosting SAM's National Executive Council meeting.
The parlor magic evening began with Barry Rice, otherwise known as The Amazing Barry, performing a lively and very humorous rendition of Cards Across. Mike Kohrmann broke out his Kamillion Koins and checked out the moods of several of the volunteers. George Notarus astounded us all when his five ones became five tens, and then most astounding of all, the five tens became five one hundreds! He said it was all in the hands.
Taylor Martin brought his Troublewit and demonstrated some of the designs he is developing. Taylor also shared his copy of William Pinchbeck's The Expositor. Published in 1805 it is reputed to be the first American book on the art of magic. Significantly, in relation to the theme of the evening, the book includes a complete parlor act.
Jim Croop produced a half dollar and an English penny and did the Copper-Silver Transposition. Finally, Phil Dubbs demonstrated a clever version of the sliding knot. The story had to do with difficulty in tying one's shoes.
For the educational portion of the evening, Don Miller taught us two effects--a beautiful version of the torn and restored dollar bill which he has been doing for twenty years. The other was the 'half and half' from Tarbell Volume Three.
On Saturday six of our Assembly members had the privilege of performing for the National Executive Council. Our President, Steve Spence, was the master of ceremonies. The other performers were Daniel Lee, Barry Rice, Don Miller, and Christian and Katalina Painter. The show included much good magic and many laughs.