Modern Mystic League
Blackburn & District  Society of Magicians
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JUNE 2019 - Chairman's Day
With Derby Magic Circle
Chairman’s Day was a pleasant, relaxed event in the company of four of our good friends from Derby.

The afternoon began with a back-to-back close-up session, in which Alan Humphries presented the 52-on-one gag card followed by some nifty coin work and the award of 2 pence to a lucky winner who could apparently have been in the running for a £1,000 prize.  Ah, well.  Alan continued with a neat four-way card prediction in which four people received a quarter of their chosen card, and concluded with a rising card from a metal case with the help of ‘Charlie’.

The ubiquitous Doug Gregg then took over at our table, with THIS, THAT and THE OTHER cards and the restoration of a torn cigarette paper with the help of a pin and a magical flash, much to the alarm of ‘volunteer’ David Hemingway.  His piece de resistance was a miniature telescopic chop cup with inexplicable loads.

After the interval Doug took to the stage with his ‘moving pips’ eye test and colour-changing silks, which resulted in the surprise production of a bottle.  Then came a beautiful rendition of the traditional Troublewit, running the gamut of shapes from a bow tie to a Christmas cracker.

Then Alan was back again, this time with some mental magic involving the prediction of cut cards and a mathematical square, apparently made up of random numbers but yielding the same total from a variety of permutations.

Clive performed his trade-mark Spotted Can to Roy Johnson’s rhyming patter and concluded with the baffling borrowed finger ring on miniature sword.

Finally, Jeani (Jean Ellison) treated us to a display of attractive magic which included coloured ropes, silks, colour-changing CDs, the production of filled Perspex boxes from a previously empty bag and a parasol finale.

Prez Donald thanked the performers for providing such a diverting afternoon, along with Roger, Joan and invisible helpers for the excellent spread of refreshments.

Brian Lead