Scott Wells, Kent Cummins, C.J. Johnson and Grant Walsh.
Although Austin’s Assembly 206 hosted two great lectures in February, the biggest news for the month was its 34th Annual Magic Auction.
The largest Texas magic auction in recent memory, the all-day event brought together conjurors and collectors from throughout Texas and beyond. Auctioneers C.J. Johnson, Scott Wells and Grant Walsh took the lead selling stage items — more than 200 in all. Another 1,500 smaller items were available during the silent auction. A portion of proceeds benefit Assembly 206.
“I would like to give my sincere thanks for all the seriously hard work that all workers put into this project,” Assembly 206 President Steve Farmer said after the event. He noted the long hours necessary to bring the auction to fruition, and singled out for special thanks Trixie Bond, the auction chairwoman, and Heather Poggi-Mannis, the volunteer who took charge of the computerized check-out system.
Grant Walsh helps run the stage auction.
“I am humbled by their service,” he said.
Complicated by both the larger number of items on sale this year as well as an hour-long delay caused by icy road conditions, the Feb. 28th event nonetheless received enthusiastic thumbs up from many attendees. And despite the inclement weather, it was widely attended: attendees drove in from Houston, Dallas and even from out of state.
The venue was in Cedar Park, just north of Austin, at Twin Lakes Fellowship Church. The larger items — such as the Geo, Asrah and Modern Art illusions — were auctioned live from a stage created in the church sanctuary. Small close-up items, DVDs and hundreds of books were sold in the silent auction, located in an adjacent gym.
Eric Jones Lecture
Eric Jones lectures after the auction.
Eric Jones, the famous card and coin man from Philadelphia, provided after-auction entertainment. He lectured for about two hours in an Assembly-sponsored event held in a nearby YMCA, about 1,000 yards from the auction site.
Assembly member Grettel Granados, who had a front-row seat for the Jones lecture, said she was particularly impressed by his coin handling and his patience as an instructor. “He was not only amazing, but truly gracious,” she said.
Direct from Paris
Another Assembly-sponsored lecture in February featured magician David Stone, of Paris, France. The master magician performed a number of miracles — many of them of his own devising — and then provided explanations and performance tips.
Although Stone’s handling seemed effortless, it was his winning personality and hilarious presentation that sold the magic. That lecture was conducted during the Assembly’s regular third-Monday-of-the-month meeting at the Omni Southpark Hotel.
Coming up in March: This month’s meeting, on March 16th, will focus on card magic.