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October 2016

An Afternoon with Pat Fallon

Fresh from his success at the previous night’s dinner, Pat presented an afternoon of miscellaneous magic – all very commercial but, by his own admission, very easy to perform.  In fact, this was the strength of the material as it allowed the performer to concentrate upon presentation and entertainment.

A simple but effective ‘Raffle’ effect (basically conjuror’s choice adapted to a novel situation and with a few additional subtleties) led on to the amusing Clip Board Charlie.  Pat explained the rope effect from the previous evening, and made some interesting comments about his presentation of the Zig Zag Girl illusion, in which a male audience volunteer is requested to get into the cabinet before the traditional r female assistant finally takes over; a new ‘take’ to rejuvenate a now traditional effect.  

Other items included the ‘Australian girlfriend’ optical photo effect leading to a version of ‘Tricky Turvy Bottles’ titled ‘Kangaroo Cola’.  Some members recalled the Blackboard Bat (essentially a paddle effect) originated by Edward Victor in 1917, but later popularised by Jimmy Rogers as ‘I’ll Start Again’.

Pat recreated the ‘Last Houdini Séance’ scenario, showing that a combination of any items of apparatus would suffice.  The story-telling element was developed further with ‘Till death Us Do Part’, which used a Kismet envelope to weave a murder tale supposedly involving Pat’s father and ‘supported’ by a fake Wikipedia entry.

We were also treated to versions of Pat Page’s ‘Easy Money’, an effect deriving partly from Roy Johnson’s ‘Locked’ and ‘Holiday Adventure’ inspired by the same source.

It was a very diverse afternoon, with something for everyone and supported by some very well presented lecture notes and a DVD of a previous version of the talk filmed at the Bristol Day of Magic in 2012. All sources are meticulously credited, as and as a bonus the notes contain wise words and tips under the ‘It’s not magic, but . . . ‘ heading.

Terry Seabrooke once remarked: “If I get one idea or one gag from a lecture, then I am happy.”  Judging by that criterion, Pat left some very happy people at the Modern Mystic League

                             Brian Lead