October 28, 2019: Hallowe'en Special: Robert Wong, Magician. www.RobertWongMagic.com
Bill Tapuska introduced our entertainment for this Halloween celebration. Robert Wong has been performing magical entertainment for 30 years across Canada and on cruise ships in the Caribbean, but today was his first time at a Rotary club.
Robert always had a story and mostly they were stories about life. As he discussed the angst of a broken heart, he tore up a newspaper and then, as he coached us on being true to oneself, he was able to make the newspaper whole again! How did he do that?
Robert is also a mind reader. He showed us what is usually in a man’s head. It is nothing according to his diagram! However, he was able to read David Williams' mind with an antenna and see the “Ace of Hearts” that David had in his hand.
Robert uses animals in his act, and he chose Salty to come today. Salty was a noisy, hungry pet snake in a basket. Lorenda Carlsen was able to help with this magic trick with choosing a card from the deck and then writing her name on it. She then was led thru a series of theatrics to feed Salty his rat food. At which time Salty, the stuffed snake, shot out of the basket at Lorenda and that same signed card magically appeared in the mouth of the snake. Good thing Lorenda was equipped with safety gear!
Next, the disappearing ketchup bottle and a story about Chicken Soup for the Soul. You had to be there!
Corey Tretiak, our newest member, was manipulated into answering some crazy questions. Of course, he, as a child, had a secret wish to be a magician. All the crazy questions were subject to a lie detector test. Then, in his newly acquired ‘tuxedo’, Corey was able to perform magic, just as he had dreamed, and started pulling scarves out of a hat (many, many scarves) to the music of the Macarena.
Also, he was able to connect and disconnect rings. For his final act, he was able to make a balloon animal that signalled great applause from the audience.
Robert Wong’s final story was also about life, where he used a rope to demonstrate its path which became broken and detached but became whole again.
President Gerry thanked Robert for sharing smiles with us at this Halloween meeting. He said the shortest distance between two people was a smile. Robert was presented with a Boltman.
reported by Marie Rickard
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