06 Sep 2013
Keith was asking for articles to be submitted to him early as he may be away later on in the month. With such a short lead-time, I felt the best thing right now would be a spliced page as the title above suggests. So what shall we talk about?
Well I think all those who were at the May meeting thought the team that came across from the Leeds Magical Association did a sterling job to entertain us. Mike Coyne's droll sense of humour setting the show off to a tremendous start, a few of our members who belong to clubs, also taking part and some very talented younger conjurers. Colin Gough worked well as compere, though he struggled a bit to fill in when we were waiting for the young manipulator to have his props set. Well worth the wait though! It was also nice to see Graham with his dice stacking skills. That 27th dice didn't want to be part of the record did it? It is a shame the Guinness Book of Records won't recognise the feat. Had Graham expelled spaghetti 20cm (7.75 inches) from his nose or swallowed 201 worms in 30 seconds, they may have been interested. To dice stack, you must not use a cup as that is cheating! I think it would be far easier to stack dice by hand than by Graham's preferred method and far less entertaining!
It was a shame the show at Clayton fell through. The reason behind it was because the Village Hall Committee had not seen many ticket sales and felt there would be no return from the show. Personally, I think the people in the village would have turned up on the night. They obviously didn't and so gave back word. Thanks are recorded here for all those who were going to be involved in the show. I am confident that it would have been a great show with a good balance. Sincere thanks.
If you have no plans to be somewhere at the beginning of July, you could enjoy a nice day out at sunny Ferrybridge. The Travis Perkins Assembly will be taking place there again on Sunday 2nd July. There may well be something about the day else where in the Billet. If you fancy going, we could possible arrange a group to go across together and ask the Treasurer to subsidise the £3 admission! I know it doesn't sound a lot, that's because it isn't but please believe me when I say the event is worth a lot more than the asking price. I do know that among the Lecturettes will be Andrew Normansell, who a few of us have already seen at the Easter Parade in Durham. There will also be some Dealers and 'car-booters' and possibly a show. On top of that and available all day are Mrs. Higgins' bacon-butties, which I am reliably informed are sensational. I wouldn't know, as I prefer to pop across to the pub for a Sunday lunch, washed down by a cold shandy.
If you want any more information about Ferrybridge and remember, it is one of only 3 major conventions that begin with F. One of the others, the FFFF Convention or Fechters Finger Flinging Frolic takes place over in America, which is quite away to go. The other FISM or The Federation Internationale des Societes Magigues (or in English, The International Federation of Magic Societies) only has its convention once every three years. I know which one I'll be going to!
Anyway in the meantime, enjoy tonight's Bob Eaton Memorial Lecture and thanks for reading.