About Ring 58
Proud host of The Winter Carnival of Magic
Ring 58 is located in Knoxville, Tennessee and serves the needs of magicians throughout the East Tennessee area. We meet on the 4th Thursday of each month at:
The Knoxville Seventh Day Adventist "Church Annex"
3625 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
April Ring Report
The April meeting was pushed back a week to the first day of May because we had so many members that were going to be gone on the normal meeting night. That helped a little, as we had fourteen members and three guests attending. The main order of business was the election of officers for the coming twelve months: Jack Wilson, president; Michael Messing, vice-president; Tom Vorjohan, secretary; Mike Stratman, treasurer; Bill Sturgis, Sergeant-at-Arms; Ben Young, program chairman; and the four-person board of directors will be John Hopper, Michael Priestap, Roger Reeves, and Ed Ripley.
We were excited to have Curtis Stabler give his initiation performance. He did some great magic including a flash restoration of a signed card, a multi-phase card to pocket, and then demonstrated some beautiful false shuffles and bottom dealing. There wasn’t much discussion as we welcomed him to the Ring unanimously.
The theme for the month was “The Classics” which meant we were going to see some of the staples of magic, or if someone had been performing over 25 years then they could do whatever they wanted because THEY were the classic! Kyle Copeland opened with a pseudo Triumph effect from Mark Wilson’s book where the selected card was the only face-up card in the deck.
Michael Priestap used a new recording from the “Trick of . Month Club” to present the Vanishing Bandana. Tom Vorjohan brought the classic Die Box that he no longer performs and also did Astral Ashes using pool cue chalk as he credited Joshua Jay for that idea.
Bev Coffey did the classic Jumping Knot from a pair of yellow and blue silks…a trick he said he’d been doing for over 40 years. David Carter, who joined the club last month, was encouraged to do his Linking Ring routine again and he did to our delight. Our freshly elected president, Jack Wilson, did the classic Piano Deal with even pairs of cards that became odd. Another classic member of our Ring, Don Cox, is back in town for the summer and he did a three-phase version of the impromptu Electrostatic Pencil. And to conclude the evening, our guest Stephen Bargatze did a couple effects he recently learned at FFFF which included a Henry Evans easel drawing, a Hands-off Poker Deal and an in-the-hands Triumph effect that he has been doing a long time. The smalll-but-mighty group hung around for another hour chatting and sharing ideas, and then six of us adjourned to Chili’s for some fellowship and food.