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MIKE POWERS LECTURE: Monday, March 23, 7 p.m.

Guests $20 • Club Members Free

Linking Ring columnist, author, creator and performer Mike Powers will be presenting his new lecture Monday, March 23rd at 7:00 PM. Most of the lecture items play best in a close-up environment. However a number of them play very well in a stand up show as well.

There are effects with cards, coins, rings and rubber bands and drinking straws. Most require only a moderate skill level. Mike will also share ideas on performing in a walk around or restaurant environment i.e. approaching tables, choosing material, getting tips etc.

  • “Spectator Becomes Magician” is a very simple, yet greatly entertaining routine involving three spectators.
  • “Ultra-Fast Coins Across” is what the name implies. In this context Mike will teach the “Gallo Pitch”, a wonderful substitute for the Han Ping Chien move.
  • “Captain Hook” is another easy coin routine in which three “invisible coins” magically become visible and then, one by one, they return to invisibility.
  • “Ring Bandit” is a three phase ring and rubber band effect where the spectator keeps the ring at the end and finds that what they thought was a gap in the ring is welded shut. This is a great example of what Jeff McBride calls “gifting magic.”
  • In “Boxed Surprise” six selected cards that were “lost” in the deck begin appearing under the card box, in the box and on top of the box. At the end, the deck disappears, leaving the magician holding only the last selection. The missing deck is found inside the box! This was the big hit at the Marlo Summit in Chicago (2012).
  • “Heisting Histed Heisted” is a mental effect in which five spectators merely think of cards. The magician is able to identify each one with no fishing.
  • In the “Palming without Fear” section Mike will teach two easy to learn and angle proof palming methods. If you fear, as Mike once did, palming cards, you will find those fears disappearing and a new, very powerful weapon will become part of your arsenal.
  • There are a couple of items for the “move monkeys” that will help everyone advance their skills e.g. Father Cyprian’s “Double Lift from Center” and the “Dingle NoLap Switch” These moves are quite accessible to those with average skills and will open many doors for creating very strong magic.
  • “Science Friction” is an impromptu effect where a drinking straw become animated without using breath, magnets or thread. It’s pure science!

These items and others are part of Mike’s new lecture.  Hope to see you Monday the 23rd.

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Past lecturers have included the following:  Aaron Fisher, Aldo and Rachel Colombini, Arthur Trace, Bill Abbott, Bob Sheets, Bruce Bernstein, Chris Capehart, Dan Fleshman, Dan Harlan, Darwin Ortiz, Daryl (twice), David Calzada, David Campos, David Merry, David Parr, David Regal, David Roth, David Solomon, David Stone, David Williamson, Don England, Doug Malloy, Eric Jones, Eugene Burger, Geoff Williams, Glenn Morphew, Jeremiah Zuo, Jim Krzak, Jim Sisti, John Lovick, Kainoa Harbottle, Keith Fields, Kozmo, Martin Mercy, Michael Ammar, Mike Hall, Mike Powers. Nathan Kranzo, Oz Pearlman, Paul Gertner, Paul Green, Peter Eggink, Richard Sanders, Sean Bogunia, Steve Bryant, Steve Daly, Steve Draun, Tom Dobrowolski (thrice), Tomas Medina (twice), Tony Noice, and Whit Haydn.

In addition, we have an annual magic contest which is recorded and broadcast on Comcast Cable's "It's Magic" television show.

2014 Contest Winners: 1st Place John Jurney; 2nd Place Bruce Young; 3rd Place Mark Doetsch

For membership info, contact Mark Doetsch at 224-627-3381 or send an email to conjurorscorner@gmail.com