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
Our April meeting had fifteen members, four guests plus Dawson’s mom. We talked a bit about the Winter Carnival of Magic and ideas for making the 2014 40th very special. We were sad to report the death of Keith Branch a week prior, but six of our members were able to attend his Celebration of Life. We conducted the election of officers, and for 2013-2014 we have: President – Michael Priestap; Vice-President – John Hopper; Secretary – Tom Vorjohan; Treasurer – Mike Stratman; Sgt-at-Arms – Bill Sturgis; Program Chairman – Ben Young; and our four-member Board of Directors – Wayne Bromberg, Ed Denny, Michael Messing, and Jack Wilson.
Because he has some friends in the Ring already, our guest Zach McGhee decided he’d like to do his initiation performance. A borrowed $1 changed to a $5 to a $10 and then a $20. He did an excellent transposition effect with a chosen card and four aces, and he finished with a signed Torn & Restored card. The discussion was minimal, and we welcomed Zach into the Ring.
The theme for the night was Money Magic. Tom Vorjohan started off with golf stories about playing with Stephen Bargatze and Jason Michaels when he is in Nashville, then he showed his latest purchase:
Willie the Wonder Worm who came out of the apple with money in his mouth. Pan Walker attempted a coin effect with 100 coins that had some flipped and some not flipped. Bev Coffey did a Sidewalk Shuffle with $1 bills that kept leaving him with $5 no matter how many he discarded. Jack Wilson had recently been to Vegas, and he picked up a copy of “The Secret Art of Magic” and he gave us an abbreviated book report and recommended the book.
Bill Sturgis did a penetration of quarters through a half dollar in a coin tube. Ben Young took three half dollars and made each vanish one at a time. Kyle Copeland showed how to walk through the doorway of a dollar bill, and then he passed out instructions and taught how to prep the bill and do this. Dawson Parker had a card chosen and replaced in the deck and into the box; when a quarter vanished, it was discovered in the card box above the selected card. And finally, Michael Priestap took two half dollars and changed them into two quarters and a half of a dollar bill. He followed this with a nickel that turned into a miniature nickel in a spectator’s hand. A fun evening had by all!