Meet the Members… Angus Baskerville

As we haven’t met at the club for a while, I thought it might be an idea to find out a little bit more about our members. So I decided to start with one of our younger members, Angus Baskerville.

Angus is a very talented mind reader but is also a highly skilled coin and card magician. Angus won both the 2018 and 2019 Leamington & Warwick Stage Competition and recently passed the (very difficult) exam to join The Magic Circle.

Angus Baskerville

  • When did you first get interested in Magic?

2014 aged late 17

  • Who is your biggest inspiration in Magic?

Dynamo

  • What was the first trick you learned?

A beginners 4 Ace production

  • What are you working on at the moment?

A new Mentalism act

  • What would you like to achieve in magic?

Performing on Cruise ships and touring around the world doing shows are my biggest goals

  • Is there anything you don’t like about magic?

Having to perform to people who don’t appreciate it and therefore throw abuse at you

  • What advice would you give yourself if you could go back to when you started?

To look deeper into the business side of it and focus more on mentalism as thats my main speciality and suits my personality best.

  • What advice would you give to anyone thinking of learning or starting magic?

Refrain from running before you can walk, practice at least one hour a day and once you’ve a specific skill/trick completely sussed, try new things and experiment with new ideas. The more you learn the better and quicker you’ll improve.

  • What is the most difficult thing you have tried to do in magic?

Learning Rubix cubes was the most difficult effect I tried to learn but am really glad I got it eventually and performing my act at Edinburgh fringe for the first time ever.

  • What is your favourite thing to perform?

One word in a million book test

  • What do you do when someone asks you to ‘do something’ when you’re not expecting it?

I think quick on my feet and if I haven’t got anything magic wise on me at the time, I look around at anything they may have or I can see that I could do a trick with.

Having learnt from a certain magician when I was at school, I was taught to always be able to do a magic trick with anything you can access on the spot. With Experience, 99.9% of the time it’s worked.

  • Has entering competitions helped you with your magic? If so, in what way?

Yes definitely.

It’s improved my confidence performing and has helped me get much better at putting an act together myself and putting a lot more time and effort into it. Whereas before, when I first started taking part in competitions as a junior, I wasn’t putting as much effort and thought into it and often I’d leave it all till the night before. Also when I was taking part in competitions for the first time, I would get really nervous. Having done it more and more over the years though, I don’t get anywhere near as nervous.

You can get more information on Angus on his website https://www.angusbaskerville.com/

Vinny Sagoo Dealer Dem

Meeting 17th June 2020, Vinny Sagoo Dealer Dem, by Kevin Goodwin MMC

We had the pleasure of having Vinny Sagoo of Noe magic join us this evening for a Dealers Dem.

Vinny started off by telling us how he got into the business of creating and selling magic, which was only two years ago! His previous profession was as a lawyer, but after a serious car accident he decided to take a chance and pursue his boyhood dream of making a living from magic. The company name, Neo Magic, simply means New Magic and shouldn’t be confused with Neo Magnets!.

 

For his first effect, Vinny magically passed (over Zoom) John Needham a book called The Mist that contained over 60,000 words and 120 pages. He asked John to turn to any page and look at the 1st word several lines down on the page. He then told John the word he was thinking of.

This book test was produced to be easy to do, portable and affordable. He told us lots of examples how he has fooled a lot of respected magicians and the fantastic feedback he has received from magical users worldwide.

Next was an effect which consisted of a small Word Search puzzle on a PVC card and the spectator was asked to think of the first word they see. After a couple of unsuccessful attempts to divine the letters in the spectator’s word, the thought of word then disappeared completely from the puzzle only to appear on the other side of the card printed.

The cards are made to last and come with a lifetime guarantee!

Then we were shown an Ace and 3 blank cards, all facedown and with Blue backs. However, the Ace magically turned Face up, then the back then changed colour to Red, and if that wasn’t enough, the blank cards all turned into aces. This was performed as a gambling demonstration/monte type routine, but could lend itself to many different presentations.

For the penultimate effect Vinny told us he had a prediction in an envelope, which was put to one side but in full view of everyone. He said he has the four Kings and asked Jayne Osborn to choose either Red or Black. Jayne chose Red, which apparently is what everyone chooses and spread the cards to show the two Red cards face up. Jayne was then asked to choose the Heart or Diamond, the Heart was chosen. Vinny then showed us the back of the King of Hearts was a different colour to the other three, Yellow rather than Blue. The prediction put to one side at the beginning was shown to predict the colour Yellow. If Jayne had selected the Diamonds, it would not have worked, as that has a Green back, different from the Prediction. As a final kicker, the other two kings were turned over and had the words ‘Different Colour’ written on them!

Lastly, Vinny showed us a prototype effect he is working on which has a prediction in a Red Envelope. The envelope is used to select a card by placing it anywhere in a deck of cards and the card is noted. The deck is squared and a Snap-Shot is taken using the envelope and placed to one side. Vinny then showed us the selected card had disappeared from the deck, we were then directed to the prediction envelope.

The envelope had a picture of a camera and a picture of a small card turned face down. However, after a magical flick, the full-size selected card suddenly appeared in his hand and the small picture disappeared.

This was a nice idea and something that could be used in many different ways.

Vinny gave us a quick tour of his website and pointed out some great offers. 

We managed to record most of the meeting and will post it on the members Facebook Group as soon as we can.

It was nice to see members from other clubs join us tonight, and the feedback was very positive at the end of the night.

Online Dealer Dem

We are pleased to announce that we have Vinny Sagoo from Neo Magic to do a Mini Dealer Dem for us on Zoom on 17 June 2020 at 7pm.

Vinny started Neo Magic in March 2018 with a view to produce high quality and unique magic effects, that would be used and cherished by magicians all around the world.

Since he launched his first effect through Neo Magic, he has had nothing but positive vibes. Vinny has a number of effects like; Word Up, Mystify and Attraction that has featured in some of the world’s biggest magic magazines. Mystify was also used on TV and continues to be a best seller, proving that nothing is impossible.

At the heart of Neo Magic is great customer service, free delivery and most of all the highest quality effects. In addition, 99% of the effects purchased come with written instructions, colour photographs and a video link so that you can learn in a manner best suited to you.

His teaching approach has been applauded by many top magicians including Magic Orthodoxy who gives him massive kudos!

Members Online Meeting 20th May 2020

Hello Everyone,

We had another online member’s meeting again on Wednesday and it was great to catch-up with everyone again.

Keith mentioned the sad passing of Arthur MacTier and said we will hold a Broken Wand ceremony the next time we can all meet at the club. We are still trying to find details of his family so we can send a sympathy card on behalf of the Society, so if anyone can help, please get in touch with Keith or Steve Nixon the Welfare Officer.

We also had a bit of members magic! Matthew ‘Spike’ Redmond started off by asking John 

Needham to think of any card, a total free choice. Matt then showed John 4 packs of 6 cards and asked John to let him know which pack his thought of card value and suit was in. Matt then used an ‘Ariel’ to help him mentally transmit John’s thought of card to him, of which Matt correctly guessed was the 2 of Hearts.

John Needham then asked Luke Jones to freely chose a card from the pack, remember it, which was then returned and lost in the pack. Luke was then asked to pick a number and 17 was chosen. John then counted to the 17th card in the pack which was Luke’s chosen card!

Lastly, we had a treat from mentalist Mike Price who wrote a prediction on a Post-it note and asked a member to name any card. Mike then showed us his prediction, which exactly matched the named card!

Everyone was invited to let us know how they were etc… and we briefly spoke about the online lecture we were invited to the night before. The meetings are very informal and it’s just a nice way to keep in touch with each other during Lockdown.

If you have any suggestions or ideas or, then please contact someone in the committee, so we can try to bring it to future meetings. Or if you would like to show us something then contact Keith and he will slot you in for the next meeting.

The next Members meeting will be on Wednesday 3rd June at 7pm. I will send out the details nearer the time.

Keep well everyone and we look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Membership Fees Update

To all members,

The committee would like to announce the decision we have made on behalf of the membership, with reference to the membership fees:

  • Membership fees paid in February 2019 will now cover your membership until January 2021, when fees will again be due.
  • Membership fees paid in February 2020 will now cover February 2021 to January 2022.

We have made this decision to help our members through this crisis.

We will continue to try to do online meetings until we can meet at our club again.

If you have any questions please contact Keith Pearson the President- details on the website.

Please keep in touch, via the Facebook Page or website for any further developments.

We all look forward to seeing you again soon.

Arthur MacTier AIMC

It is with sadness and regret that our longest serving member Arthur MacTier AIMC passed away in April. When we can all get back together we will break the wand for him in his memory.

1st Members Meeting

We had our first members meeting yesterday since Lockdown, and it was great to see everyone that attended.

Keith took the chair and kept everything in order and brought everyone up to date of the recent committee meeting decisions.

Everyone was also given an opportunity to contribute and share their ideas of how we can move forward as a Society during the lockdown.

The recent decisions by the committee are as follows:

  • Keith to continue his Presidential roll into 2021
  • Membership fees already paid will now be for 2021.
  • Fees not yet paid can be paid in January 2021 (Latest 1st Feb 2021) which will count for the 2021 membership. So, in effect 2020, will be a free year for all current paid-up members.

The committee is meeting again next Wednesday to decide on a few suggestions that were raised during the meeting. The next Members’ meeting will be in two weeks, Wednesday 20th May.

Keep safe everyone and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

New Virtual Meeting

Great News.

We are having a Virtual Meeting next Wednesday 6th May!

The details are on the Facebook Members or have been emailed to you if you joined the email list.

If you’re a member and haven’t got the details, please contact one of the committee members who should be able to help to get you access. 😃

RIP David Budd MIMC

It is with great regret we let you know that David Budd MIMC died on Sunday at 6.20am peacefully in Myton Hospice where he had been so brilliantly cared for over the last three weeks.

David is a past president of LAWMS and will be remembered by older members for the amazing ‘Lavender’ act he and his late wife Rita performed worldwide.

He was also a great historian of magic and his knowledge of magic, variety halls, magicians and entertainers was incredible. There will be a family only cremation with a memorial service in the future.

Wednesday 18th March & 1st April Postponed

It is with regret that Leamington and Warwick Magic Society have to announce that the next two meetings and lectures have been postponed and will be rearranged for a later date.

We will update you on any progress as and when it comes in.

Take care all! Be safe everyone!!