Medway Magical Society

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    Pub Night - info to follow


Stand Up Competition 2017

There were five entrants in this year's competition, with a variety of different styles. The winner was Gary Bowes-Read.

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Kaymar Magic

Liam MontierLiam Montier made a return visit to the Society and, once again, presented a number of effects that were practical, effective and essentially slight-free. Many used a borrowed, shuffled deck. Magic that could be done by all, presented in an entertaining and easy to follow style. He offered a number of DVDs and recently released effects for sale at the end of the meeting at excellent prices, and sales were brisks. Another lecturer marked for an early return visit. kaymarmagic.com

 

Video Evening

An opportunity to view performances by a number of the great magicians, and one who may well be great in the future. Those in attendance watched and discussed a total of 13 videos selected by Members. Included were some real classics, such as Harry Blackstone Jr's Buzz Saw Illusion, which predates the Copperfield version and is considered by some to be much better if not as spectacular, Marc Paul performances of the Bergalss Efffect, two of Paull Daniels best known stage effects: chop cup and electric chairs, Pat Page doing three basic effects, David Williamson with Rocky Racoon, and Wayne Dobson at the Royal Variety show. The general consensus was that there was an important lesson to be learned: you do not need a lot of expensive props in order to be very entertaining!

 

Matthew Wright Lecture

Matthew WrightAn entertaining, informative and well received lecture from a top-class magician. Originally from Burnley in Lancashire, but now living in Spain, Matt is the only person to have won all four of the most prestigious close-up magic awards: the Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year, the IBM British Ring Close-up Competitions, the MacMillan International Close-up Magician of the Year, and the British Magical Champion of Magic. He placed second in the FISM close-up competition in 2012, and immediately before coming to Medway he took third place at the FISM micro-magic competition held in Blackpool.

The Society was very thankful that he was able to join us as the previous evening he had lectured in Manchester and the following evening was scheduled to lecture in Glasgow. He demonstrated a number of effects, many of which he had for sale at reduced prices on the evening. Enjoyed by all and certain to be re-invited.

 

Close Up Competition 2017

The six entrants in this year's competition demonstrated a particularly high standard, with all of them scoring high marks in the three categories: performance, entertainment and magical content. This made it difficult for the three judges to choose a winner, as the total marks for the competitors were very close. However, they finally agreed that the Phil Brissenden trophy should be awarded to Neil Colley. Neil also won the raffle for the evening, leading one member to suggest that he should go out and buy a lottery ticket!

Members signed a birthday card for Founder Member and Life Vice President Harry Reeve, which is to be sent to him for his 93rd birhday.

Attendance at the meeting was lower than usual as several regular attendees were out of town. It was noted that, as a result, half of those who were there entered the competition, which was good to see.

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M.M.S. Magilympics

There are not too many evenings for Members of the Medway Magical Society where, on a Club Night, there is NO magic at all. Never the less, we all had lots of entertainment and fun. The event was based on the Rio Olympics and four teams took part, with “everyone” competing in the “sprint" through to the “relay.”

Thanks goes to Tim Decker for bringing his “Jenga”(Gymnastics) and Paul Denbow for helping to referee, and for his Dice Stacking.

This was a repeat of our 2012 event and will no doubt be doing it again in 2020.

 

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Meetings

The Society's regular meetings are held at the St George Hotel, Chatham on the first and third Tuesday of each month, with some exceptions, commencing at 20:00. Admission to most meetings is restricted; however, some meetings are open to non-magicians (marked 'OPEN' in the list of events). Members of other bona fide magic societies are generally welcome at meetings - please contact a member of the Committee for an invitation.

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