06 Sep 2013
Friday 3 March saw 26 members and visitors battle through the Bradford Council ungritted roads to arrive at Thornton Church to see Henry Evans. At 7.50pm, when I had just arrived having taken 50 minutes on a normal 5 minute trip, there were only 6 people there, and Henry Evans wasn't one of them. However, over the next 15 minutes the rest of the brave members appeared, mostly shell shocked at the state of the Bradford roads. Luckily one of the people who turned up, along with Ivan, was Henry Evans; so about 8.20pm we got started.
Henry had brought along a translator with him – Pablo. Although he was able to speak in English during the presentation of his effects, Pablo translated during the explanations. This was the first time I had experienced this, but it worked very well. Probably because Pablo had heard the routine so many times before that he knew what Henry would say. Then again, for all I know, Henry could have been saying one thing and Pablo another!
To start, Henry had his right hand tied inside a clear plastic bag by Darren. He held a red silk in his left hand. He pushed his hands together and the silk passed through the plastic bag. How did he do that? Was obviously what everyone was thinking. So how did he do it?
The general feel amongst the audience was that this effect alone was worth the effort of getting there that evening.
"Modern Times" was an effect in which a box of cards disappeared. Then a blue backed deck changed to red; whilst a red backed pack changed to blue.
The 6 diamonds was replaced in the deck, and put into the packet. The pack was held by a member of the audience. The audience said 6D and the card rose whilst being held by the spectator. Everything could be examined.
Other effects he showed included a coin routine that had Henry producing 3 large coins from under cards in a coin routine. He had two cards chosen and placed back in the deck. The cards were shuffled and then dropped haphazardly into a clear bag. Henry said that he could be blindfolded, but on the night wasn't. He dipped into the bag and brought out the chosen cards.
Finally Henry borrowed a 10 pound note. He had three cards – AS + 2 x 4H. He placed a 4H under a glass and put the 10 pound note in the glass. He said that the spectator could get their 10 pound note if they found the AS. The spectator chose both the cards on the table. These were shown to be the 4H; the AS was under the glass.
Henry's lecture notes are in the library, from where they can be borrowed. Very thin; but well worth a read.
Henry received a long and rapturous round of applause as he finished. As did Pablo for his excellent interpretation of Henry's thoughts.