Cape Magician's Circle turns 80
The CMC - Cape Magician's Circle - has turned 80, and its birthday celebrations started with the Magic Auction, held today (2013 March 21) at the College of Magic in Cape Town. Photos below; Bryan Miles has a video on YouTube.
On Saturday, 2013 March 23, the celebrations continued with a day-long event at De Hollandsche Molen camp site near Franschhoek. The activities started with a workshop, led by Wayne Abrahamse, on humour in magic, and concluded with the screening of a Paul Daniels video on increasing your earnings with your magic act.
During the workshop, Wayne discussed the anatomy of humour in the light of the THREES formula (devised by Mel Helitzer), which focuses on the "what" and "why" of humour: Target, Hostility, Realism, Exaggeration, Emotion and Surprise. He quoted multiple-Emmy award winner Gene Perret (comedy writer for the Carol Burnett Show, and various Bob Hope shows) who said that comedy is mentally pulling the rug out from the audience, but first you must get them to stand on to it. Wayne also pointed out the value of collecting jokes and humorous comments, but also emphasised cultivating a sense of humour as a way of going through life. And especially for me, he quoted Dorothy Parker: "If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to." We were invited to think up some funny come-backs in the not-uncommon scenario of an audience member's cellphone ringing during a performance. In fact, Wayne pointed out that magicians shouldn't insist on cellphones being turned off - when one inevitably rings, it creates a spontaneous comedic situation. Some of the responses included: that's probably the Bull's coach looking for players; if it's for me, tell the debt collector you never saw me; depending on the ring-tone, respond to it; if it's your wife, tell her I'll be there within an hour; strike up an absurd one-sided conversation; hey, they're playing our tune, let's dance; ask the caller to select a card and perform an impromptu mentalist routine.
Following a leisurely braai, visitors to the camp site were invited to attend a magic show, with Stuart Lightbody and Wolfgang Riebe head-lining. In-between the performances, Wayne, Stuart, Alexander May, and Bruce Kilgour table-hopped and delighted the guests.
[top-left] Wayne Abrahamse. [top-centre] Bruce Kilgour. [top-right] Stuart "Would this face lie to you?" Lightbody. [middle-left] Alexander May. [middle-centre] Joel Meyerowitz and Alexander May. [middle-right] MJ Watson. [bottom-left] AJ Kock. [bottom-centre] Alexander and Sandra. [bottom-right] Shaun.
Braai and table-hopping with Wayne Abrahamse, Bruce Kilgour and Stuart Lightbody. [below] Wolfgang Riebe has the crowd in stitches.
Table-hopping with Stuart Lightbody and Alexander May.
[top-right] AJ goes walk-about with his screwdriver. [bottom] Stuart Lightbody performing.
[top-left] Wayne Abrahamse (CMC President, President Emeritus of the Cape Order of Magicians, and Founder President of the South African Magic Council) opening the day's proceedings. [top-centre] Demonstration of X-Ray Glasses. [bottom-left] Wolfgang Riebe, running the second half of the auction. [bottom-right] Jacques le Sueur showing how an Egg Can can double as a hat production, sceptically watched by Wolfgang and Wayne. [right] Some of the auction goodies, including a foxy vent puppet made for one of Wolfgang's TV shows.
nothing more to see. please move along.