Medway Magical Society

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Mentalism Competition

With a number of those Members who usually enter competitions unable to attend for a variety of reasons, there were unfortunately only two entrants: Pete Donnelly and Tim Meadley. The winner was Pete, who performed a single effect which demonstrated his ability to read the minds of three members of the audience.

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Mentalism Teach-in/Workshop

A great evening with a large number of contributors demonstrating effects and mentalism props. A welcome back to returning Member Dave Lang after a prolonged absence.

Dave demonstrated two effects: the first being his memorised deck routine based on 'Pet Symetry' (for which he has provided an extract from his lecture notes, available only to Members - please login to view), and the second an effect in which a selected card from a packet of ten is shown to be the only one with a different colour back (based on the Hammond count - which he fully explained).

Perhaps the most popular effect of the evening was one developed by our own Harry Reeve, and previously demonstrated by him at the Society. It involves four glasses, four number cards, and 'prizes' wrapped in serviettes. After several spectarors have rearranged all the components, the prizes are selected using a shuffled deck of cards - and the last one left is found to be the one of value. Several Members, who had not been around when Harry demonstrated this effect a number of years ago or had forgotten about it, indicated that they now planned to add it to their repertoir.

 

Close-up Competition

closeup2018Considered by many to be the most prestigious of the Society's competitions, this year there was a new trophy on offer. There were six competitors: Rob Glendinning, Simon Groundsell, Guy Wade, Dan Wilden, Tim Decker, and Gary Bowes-Read. The standard was very high, and while cards not surprisingly dominated, there were a variety of different effects performed. The judges, Mark Wood (chief judge), Roger Borman and Roger Borman Jr (lay judge), were faced with a difficult decision, but chose Guy Wade as the winner. Congratulations to him, and commiserations to Gary who was let down by a Tenyo effect; however, this seems to have done little to dampen his great enthusiasm for the Japanese imports.

 

Ben Earl

A fantastic evening for Medway Magical Society, we were lucky enough to host the legendary Ben Earl for a lecture. This was one of the most highly attended and anticipated lectures of this year; bringing people from far and wide. What a great lecture, he touched briefly on his neo movement psycology, and alongside this showed effects and how this played out amongst them. This lecture definitely made people think about the way you preform magic, as well as sharing some great effects that I’m sure a lot of the attendees will be trying out, if not adding into their repetoires. This was truly a wonderful evening.

Neil Colley,
Vice President

 

Auction

The Society was approached by a non-member and asked if it would be willing to sell off some magical effects that he had. This it agreed to do, and it was arranged that the proceeds of the sale would be split equally between the Society and the owner. The Committee took the effects and prepared a list of 100 lots, which was posted on the website in advance of the sale. A wide variety of items were offered including a number of books, a couple of home-made floating tables, a fire-eating kit and various miscellaneous effects. In spite of a relatively small turnout, bidding was brisk and enthusiastic on many items. Not all were sold, but a reasonable profit was made and this was spit as had been agreed.

 

Visit from the Bexley Magic Society

Five Members of the Bexley Society made the trek down the A2 to Chatham and provided an evening of entertainment for the MMS. This was a great opportunity to view different performing styles and a variety of effects. Among those performing was MMS Honorary Member Terry Herbert.

All present agreed that this was a great evening. A return visit is planned, and it is to be hoped that exchange viists like this will become a regular feature of the programme.

Thanks to all who performed, and particularly to Jason Deverell who organised the event for Bexley and acted as MC.

 

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Meetings

The Society's regular meetings are held at the St George Hotel, Chatham on the first and third Tuesday of each month, with some exceptions, commencing at 20:00. Admission to most meetings is restricted; however, some meetings are open to non-magicians (marked 'OPEN' in the list of events). Members of other bona fide magic societies are generally welcome at meetings - please contact a member of the Committee for an invitation.

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