Never play with your food — that’s what mom always used to say.
Unless, of course, you’re a member of SAM 206.
The Austin-based magic club devoted its November meeting to food and table magic. With an eye to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, Assembly 206 president Steve Farmer amazed and amused attendees with dinner rolls, coffee creamers, sugar packages and more.
“When I was sitting at a dinner table, I was asked to show something by someone next to me — this is what I did,” explained Farmer, before demonstrating the paddle move —but with a butter knife.
Farmer also described that same effect in a workbook created and edited by longtime Assembly 206 member Kent Cummins. The book included a number of other amusing effects, including a bit in which the magician produces coins from a hot dinner roll, and two bits using sugar packages. Each assembly member in attendance received a free copy of the workbook.
Following along from the text, club veteran Cummins also explained how hot beverage sleeves from your local coffee shop can be employed for the “Boomerang” optical illusion trick. That is, when displayed next to each other horizontally, the sleeves will appear to be the same size. But when displayed next to each other but vertically, one will appear to be larger than the other.
The meeting concluded with a quick bit by R.A. “Jake” Dyer, the club secretary. He performed an original routine that combined a card prediction, the magical materialization of an image, and a cut-and-restored card. The routine focused on a story about a “drunk uncle” that shows up during the holiday meal. It can be performed easily at the dinner table.