|Posted on April 27, 2014 at 9:15 PM|
April is Alive with Magic in Peoria!
The April meeting, with 14 people in attendance and the first decent weather that we have had in several months, began with a bit of business in the form of updates regarding upcoming events. We have a busy year planned and no sign of stopping yet! The Peoria Magicians Assembly is making a point of increasing our visibility within the community. This involves several planned public performances, as well as a teach-in day for Cub Scouts in October, that will culminate in a “Tribute to Houdini” show that evening.
Ahead of that, we will perform at the Riverfront Museum and the Heart of Illinois Fair, and be regular attendees at the Farmer’s Market through the summer.
This month also began our new incentive program. Any member who attends all three consecutive meetings in any calendar quarter will be entered into a drawing for a $50.00 cash prize for that quarter.
Our theme for the evening was on the topic of “patter”. This began unceremoniously as Regis Kormick took the floor and began discussing his thoughts on patter and it’s value in magic. He described it as putting the magic into magic, and said that the magician should be a storyteller.
This discussion went on for quite some time, with almost everyone adding his or her thoughts on this topic. Troy Keefer brought up the point that patter is a great form of misdirection. Rodney Nordstrom gave us the dictionary definition of patter and then introduced us to a book, “Sleights of Mind”, which is an in-depth study on the psychology of words, as used in magic. He also brought up a mini-discussion of using patter to recover from mistakes.
Jerry Tupper brought up the use of comedy in patter, a discussion that transcended into a discussion on the use of negative put downs and certain comedy props… a bit of a side track for us all as we joined that mini discussion, but one worth the exploration.
Dr Ron Sumner brought up a good point in mentioning that patter can easily be overused, as well as underused. Most agreed that first drafts of patter are often way too long and are trimmed back with experience.
Grant Golden demonstrated a Chinese Sticks routine using an old patter bit, a story of Sing Hi and Sing Lo. This was obviously recognized as being obsolete with regard to political correctness, but was used to demonstrate how patter can be used to integrate with a trick to give a level of meaning to the action.
Michael Baker demonstrated a Cut & Restored Rope, and a Sponge Ball/Gozinta Box routine, both of which used patter with a nostalgic theme.
Finally, Betty Giacobazzi performed a routine she calls “Sam & Andy”, a story trick with a deck of cards, not unlike “Sam, the Bellhop”. This was performed with apparent confidence, and I think left a few of us stunned by the chops of this newcomer to the club.
There was a bit of split-group discussion following the meeting, and several of us met in the parking lot to look over and purchase some books and other items from Gordon Snow’s estate. Grant Golden has been doing a wonderful job helping Janie Snow deal with this monumental task.
Visit us when you can! We meet third Monday of each month at Schnucks on University at Glen (in the Metro Center).