Modern Mystic League
Blackburn & District  Society of Magicians
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December 2021
Conjuring at Christmas
Due to the coronavirus restrictions the Christmas Party had a different flavour this year as we confined ourselves to members and friends. Nevertheless we were determined to see the MML year out with a bang.

Brian B was eager to start the magic with a number of tricks on a Christmas theme matching cards, Christmas pictures and finding Santa’s favourite reindeer. He also showed us a unique box of Paul Daniels Christmas crackers, still unopened and dated 1983!

Harry followed with several card tricks demonstrated with great confidence which belies his young age.

Paul showed us some Christmas magic with his usual “bits of business” including pictures of animals where the one placed into a frame changed to the chosen one despite the pictures being all the same unbeknown to his helper. He produced a skipping rope from a Christmas stocking and with the assistance of Hannah and Lorenzo did a cut and restored rope routine complete with various comedy scissors along the way. His take on the “Chinese Compass” was a Christmas card and he finished off with Rudolph the red nose reindeer finally being restored with his glowing red nose ably assisted by Donald playing the parts of about six helpers!

Apologies were given on behalf of Brian L who had sent a magical quiz which Roger then organised. There were fourteen questions on topics of magical history and the team of Allan & Harry scored the highest with twelve points. However, the twist was the winner of the prize was the quickest to rearrange the letters of the answers into the name of a well known magic club. The answer was ORDER OF THE MAGI and once again Allan & Harry triumphed which meant Harry went home with the prize of a Tommy Cooper mug.

Suitable Christmas refreshments followed donated by Allan, Carl and Roger along with some delicious home made sausage rolls sent by Margaret Guy. Thanks everyone.

Allan arranged a raffle draw where everyone won a prize: thanks Allan.

To finish off a convivial afternoon Craig showed us a DVD of “The David Nixon Christmas Magic Show” from 1974 which featured Fred Kaps, Robert Harbin and Shari Lewis along with illusions from David Nixon himself. We spotted John Palfreyman in the audience when David performed a card trick involving a large number of audience members. It was a nostalgic look back to those days when a magic variety show at Christmas was a must for Britain’s television viewers.

We hope you all have a good Christmas and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

Roger Woods