Archive for November, 2009

Meeting Update – 19th November

November 23, 2009

A well attended night of magical delights.

The evening got of to a fine start with our special guest Andrew Whiteside from Equity (the performers union).  He came to speak to us about the benefits of membership.  For any performing magician these include Personal Liability insurance (10 Million),  personal props backstage insurance, a fee chasing service for getting your fees from customers who refuse to pay up! and membership of a prestigious organisation.  He discussed how to join (fill in a form and provide evidence of four previous paid engagements and one future on) and pay the fees.  If you pay by direct debit these come to around £8 per month.  If you would like to know more Andrew And his work colleague Nigel can be contacted at :

The Workstation, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX
Tel/Fax: 01142 759 746
Email: njones@sheffield.equity.org.uk

 

After Andrew left,  we went on with the show, with cards taking on a life of their own.  I foolishly didn’t take notes during the meeting due to a heavy cold, needless to say many card effects were shown and discussed and we had a good night. 

On a side note Roger’s new DVD is available.  It’s called Pentalism and provides a number of effects using different types of Pens.  It’s a great DVD with some great thinking from Roger.  Rogers recent lecture to Psycrets (the British Mystery Performers Society) contained several of the effects on the DVD and was very well received.  The DVD is available from Russell at only £20 pounds. 

Don’t forget the Paul Gordon Lecture at the Magic Lounge on Thursday 16th of November, 7.30 pm £10.  More details can be found at Russells magickwords blog (Link is on the righthand side of this webpage).

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Meeting Update – 5th of November

November 6, 2009

A well attended open night including visitors from as far afield as Stocksbridge and India! 

Highlights included Pete’s rope manipulations, Andy did a card trick with a little bit of fire (well it was bonfire night) and didn’t burn down the Magick Lounge, Ken tried to catch Roger out with a little bit of stoogery (but Roger was having none of it),  Stan showed us his torn and restored magic circle and Ian entertained with a really nice dice routine showing how you can change the values on the faces with a simple magical gesture.  All these effects were beautifully heckled through out by Frank.

A very welcome guest appearance was made by Pravine (I hope I have spelt that correctly) on a visit to Sheffield from India. Some of you may remember Pravine from when he lived in Sheffield a few years back.  He entertained us with a lovely routine that explained how a Mathematician, a Mentalist and a Magician would go about finding a selected card.  

We also got the opportunity to take part in a DVD project put together by Roger and Russell.  Roger is putting out a DVD with some of his effects and needed to film a demonstration of one of the routines.  The Sheffield Circle provided the crowd and Roger the effects.  Looking forward to the finished piece.  And remember that for those of you who took part Russell is offering a discount on the DVD (I think he said 50p off) which is a bargain.  Thanks to all who helped out.

See you all next time.

Andy