11th November - Extra Meeting - David Stone Lecture
One of the best lectures I’ve ever seen! David Stone appeared at the club for an eagerly anticipated lecture, and after they’d had to turn people away at the Magic Circle we were expecting a pretty lively night – and we weren’t disappointed, with several guests coming along to watch.
To be honest, if you could bottle just the first 15 minutes of David’s lecture, you could build a career on that alone! It was nothing short of superb. Featuring some hilarious takes on some of his previous effects, his Splash Bottle productions (which went on all night) were amazing, but especially the ones where it didn’t quite go according to plan!
Showcasing some of David’s newest material, there were some fantastic routines, such as a version of card to pocket which was incredible. His Misdirection Deck was an amazing gimmick which allows you to switch a deck of cards with an empty card box in your pocket. There was the Mirage gimmick, which makes a single card look like a full deck in your hands, which you can then reduce gradually down to one card in full sight. Zenith was a new take on the card to ceiling routine – different in that you can toss the boxed deck at the ceiling, to leave the signed selection stuck up there on its own.
There was a lot of deliberate conflict in his presentations where things seemed to go wrong. My favourite was an effect where he borrowed a new deck from Ryan, had Simon remove one card and then drop the rest into a bucket of water! Mixing the cards around in the water, David finally removed them, dripping wet, and dropped them into a plastic zip-lock bag. Yet, taking the single dry card back from Simon he was able, with a simple wave of the card, to restore the cards in the bag back into a perfect dry condition!
The finale, which wasn’t explained, involved borrowing and vanishing a ring in what seemed to be a fairly traditional way – except that the ring apparently flew across the room and smashed into the wall!
It ended up appearing inside a tennis ball which had been on the table in full view for most of the evening. Amazing!
With a well deserved standing ovation, and loads of action at the sales table, David commented later that he’d really enjoyed his time with us. He and I ended up in a Japanese restaurant afterwards for a very late night chatting about all things magic – and we had the place to ourselves. David is a really nice guy and an amazing raconteur too, and his tales of shows and nights out with various well known magicians, in cities right across the world, were wonderful to listen to.
Here’s to the next time!