October 28, 2016: Gerry Meek introduced our entertainer and magician, Michael Berends, who has been performing for 20 plus years. Michael got us warmed up with hand exercises and then "OOO"s and "AAHH"s from his audience. It was magic! Some of our members were turned into magicians. First up was the Amazing Patrino (Pat Romerman), who was able to pull up the six of spades to everyone's surprise, even his guest.
Thanks to Magic of the Month Club, Michael was able to show us the vanishing bandana trick - or was that a vanishing banana? - and it did vanish!
Malcolm Harrison threw in a $100 bill just for the fun of it and found it in a lemon.
Bill Fitzsimmons already transformed into silent film star, Charlie Chaplin, now transformed into a magician with the vanished bandanas, cards and rope tricks. Don't forget the "Macarena" dance and the balloon dog!
All performances were accepted with laughs and amazement.
The thanks of the club and a Boltman were given to Michael by new member Gustavo Jimenez.
reported by Marie Rickard