Monday, 1 July 2013

Flamin' June!

June was a very busy month. On the 6th I gave a lecture "Some of my favourite close up effects" to the Hull Magicians' Circle at the invitation of their President, Professor Eddie Dawes. Luckily I had been doing lots of practice as I showed the same tricks in my talks in May to the Junior sections of the Northern Magic Circle. I had a pleasant evening in Hull where the members are all enthusiastic about magic. 
Sunday 9th June was the Chairman's Day at The Modern Mystic League (Blackburn & District Society of Magicians). The theme this year was birthday magic and I am grateful to all the performers who took part, Donald (compere), Paul (G), Matthew, Trevor (D), Ron, Lorenzo and Brian. It was good to see two of our Junior members having a go as well as some of our experience Senior members. Again a very pleasant afternoon. 
The following week The Modern Mystic League took part in a Victorian charity fun day at Oswaldtwistle Mills. This was interesting as the working conditions at a fair of this type are quite different from the usual dinners and parties. It was hard work but good fun and I got to wear my bowler hat! 
On the 18th June I went to see the brilliant Jan Logemann lecture at the Fylde Mystics' . He is the FISM World Champion of Card Magic. His performing advice was priceless and his effects just mind blowing. Go and see him magicians if you get a chance. 
On my 60th birthday weekend I celebrated 50 years in magic as it all began with a David Nixon magic set when I was 10 years old! I know many magicians who have been involved longer than this but it is still a significant period. 
The Northern Magic Circle President's Day on the 23rd June was a splendid occasion when many friends came from all over the north of England and elsewhere. I gave my lecture on Houdini v Hodgson, The Blackburn Challenge 1902 and after a lovely buffet tea we had a magic show from Brian, Paul and Donald, all members of both the MML and the NMC. Brian was a humorous compere, Paul baffled with some great effects and Donald was just so funny. Paul had a special item which produced my picture (see the photos on my Facebook page).
Then on Thursday 27th the monthly MML Workshop meeting was as enjoyable as ever with lots of discussion and ideas being presented. Paul (Guy) is lecturing at the MML on 14th July and he should be worth watching as he has a great reputation for adapting magic effects in an original way.
Away from magic I am reading about Castles and Dan Brown's latest "Inferno" which I am enjoying as Joan and I visited Florence, Italy a few years ago and spent a week (not long enough!) exploring all the Renaissance sites which are referenced to so much in his book. Incidentally, Dan Brown's birthday is also on the 22nd June!