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A goodly crowd, including a handful of prospective new members, turned out to welcome Wayne Goodman from East Anglia.
Wayne treated us to a tour de force of magic, with ‘something for everybody’ as they say.
There was a simple but remarkably effective Prediction routine with three very convincing ‘outs’, Look Sharp, in which a Sharpie pen transformed into a chosen card and an effect which concluded with a card torn into four pieces becoming four miniature versions of cards previously chosen.
There were some lovely compere throw-away gags, such as the Scouse and Geordie eye-test charts and a ‘little grater’. You had to be there to appreciate that one.
Wayne also taught some moves with sponge balls and coins of various sizes, and even demonstrated a close-up card routine (based on the story of the Three Little Pigs) for children seated around a fast-food restaurant table. There was also Wayne’s special stacked deck, which took only three minutes to learn . . . and we proved it by shouting out the positions of chosen cards.
The afternoon was spiced with amusing anecdotes and advice which can only come from twenty-plus years as a professional performer in all sorts of environments. It was, again, a question of how you do it rather than what you do, which is incidental to personality and entertainment. Wayne presented a particulartly illuminating section on dealing with hecklers and other disturbances, which have been detailed in his latest book Plan, Prepare, Perform, which complements his previous re-named Expert at the Restaurant Table.
Wayne cited influences such as the American comedian George Carlin, and was meticulous in giving credit to all sources. He reported that sales were brisk, and we all went away delighted to have spent an afternoon in the company of a real entertainer and all-round ‘nice guy’ who, in spite of his home location, proved to be much more than the Alan Partridge of magic.
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