Leamington & Warwick Day of Magic
20th June 2012
Reviewed by Elizabeth Warlock
The sun shone when around 100 magicians gathered for the popular Leamington & Warwick Magic Society’s Annual Day of Magic on Wednesday June 20 with Stephen Buxton presiding. Sponsored by former president Mick McCreath, who also donated the prize money for the evening close-up competition, there was breakfast for early arrivals, a buffet lunch and later a barbeque.
During the day folk were able to browse around the many dealers from around the country and take in the lectures which were: Richard Pinner with Cluedo a location effect using five assistants, Casino Melts, a version of Hoy’s Tossed Out Deck called Parlour Hoy, Card at any Number, a prediction effect and a version of Anniversary Waltz; David Tomkins to the delight of children’s entertainers, included a version of 20th Century Silks, The Dragon routine, a square circle production, plus puppet routines, and Peter Wardell, did the Slydini Knotted Silks as only he can do them which he interspersed with some pickpocketing, plus Card to Wallet, a salt pour vanish and John Carney’s version of Ramsay’s Cylinder and Coins.
In the Champion of Champions close-up competition, comprising winners from six Midlands societies, it was their own Paul Kybert who took first prize. He produced a goldfish followed by a selection of card effects. Second prize went to that consummate entertainer Steve Evans from Wolverhampton who included such items as Reset and Any Card at Any Number, and taking third prize was Alan Cooper from Coventry with some eye-popping magic like coin in bottle and a signed card revealed in a capped bottle full of liquid. It was a great end to a great day.
© Elizabeth Warlock, June 2012