Secretary's Report - September 2022

Little Rock Magic Ring 29 assembled at the Stagecoach Village Clubhouse on an off day, September 6, 2022. President Dane Dover conducted short round of business regarding postponement of the Tom Burgoon lecture set for October. It appears Tom will be in Little Rock for our February meeting. Discussion of our January Christmas show was held asking about performers and noting we had secured a date of January 14, 2023 at the Jacksonville Community Center. Seating will be the same as what we had in April of this year. Ticket sales will begin in a few weeks. With the meeting adjourned, President Dane Dover introduced our lecturer, Suzanne.

Let me begin by thanking a couple of members who made this lecture possible. Bob White arranged to have the Stagecoach Village Club House which allowed for a large crowd to be comfortable. Thanks to Joel and Janie Nicholson for providing snack during this lecture along with Mary Ann Campbell. A huge THANK YOU goes out to Mary Ann Campbell for making all the necessary arrangements which allowed Suzanne to be in Little Rock.

From her website: "Audiences all over the country have been falling in love with Suzanne since 1985. She resides in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota and can be seen locally there at Birch's on the Lake, Lord Fletcher's Old Lake Lodge and Rockwood's." "Her engaging style makes the audience an essential participant in her performance. Other respected professional magicians have called her "flawless" and "amazing". She is a favorite at Hollywood's famous Magic Castle and was awarded Close Up Magician of the Year for 2010 by The Academy of Magical Arts. Her specialty is close-up magic for corporate and private events."

Needless to say, Suzanne did not disappoint. She began with asking Janie Nicholson to assist her in a wild Ambitious Card routine, using blank cards. Janie chose a card, "remembered" the card and placed back into the deck. All the while Suzanne not acknowledging the fact the cards were blank. "The chosen card was then brought to the top." After some chuckles Janie was asked to sign the card and there it began. The card kept appearing at the top. Suzanne even "wiped" the ink onto her sleeve showing a now blank card to Janie's surprise. Then, the card was rubbed onto the sleeve again only to have the signature reappear.

Eventually, the blank cards took a turn and shocked us all, they were now a regular deck of cards. As the routine continued, Janie's signed regular card kept appearing inside of Suzanne's pocket and then it happened...the entire deck was removed from the pocket and the remaining card held in Suzanne's hand was, of course, Janie's signed card!

Next was the infamous "Band-Aid" trick. Suzanne tells a story about a mother's love and what she might do for you if you had a boo boo. The letter J was written on the padding of the first Band-Aid and placed on Janie's hand. A second Band-Aid was produced to have a heart drawn on the pad. This was then placed on Suzanne's forehead and some stuck to her brow. As the story progressed Suzanne revealed that on Janie's Band-Aid the letter J had gone and was replaced with the heart. Consequently, the Band-Aid on Suzanne's forehead now had the letter J written on it! Janie's shocked look was priceless.

Not quite finished yet, Suzanne told a story about a woman she saw in a dream. As the woman got closer it was revealed to be her Great-Grandmother. The story occurs around an ingenious cups and balls routine with one killer finish. As one who knows a cups and balls routine, the normal happens but with a few twists. Her "final" loads were a small glass marble and two larger glass balls, each delivered without any "talking". Now that was great in itself but when the last cup revealed its contents, the oohs and ahhs began! When the cup was raised, about 4000 small glass diamonds and 16 red trinket beads fell into a pile. That was some kind of a finale!

As with all lectures some solutions and secrets become available. Although Suzanne was not able to discuss the Band-Aid routine nor the diamonds finale, we were treated to her complete explanation of the blank ambitious card and the techniques used for the cups and balls.

Suzanne presented us with a pleasant and entertaining lecture. She was witty and funny and full of energy although she stated there was a lack of sleep involved. If you have not seen Suzanne perform you are truly missing out on some fun magic. Everything she did tonight came from her Magic Castle Act.

Thank you Suzanne for being a sincere ambassador to magic. You will always be welcome to our home in Little Rock! You are a Little "ROCK" star.

Stay Safe and Magical,
Marty Haughn
Ring 29 Secretary