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The Lecturer:

Brad Henderson has been a lifetime student of magic and a working magician since his high school days. In addition to being an accomplished performer, he has collaborated on numerous projects with notables such as Michael Ammar, Bob Farmer, Jon Racherbaumer, Alain Nu and Jeff McBride. He has taught magic for over thirty years, authored two widely acclaimed books and has written extensively for Genii, Magic, MUM, and the Linking Ring.

Though specializing in sleight of hand and mind reading, Brad has explored nearly every branch of the mystery arts and has gained a reputation for being one of magic’s most vocal defenders and critics.

The Lecture:

Brad is perhaps best known for his analytical approach to creating magic and an explanation of this approach will be the foundation and framework of his lecture.

Using tricks as needed for illustrative purposes, he will discuss valuable ways of approaching magic, share theories and strategies that are essential to the creation of magic that reaches the level of an art form. Brad’s goal will be to provide you with knowledge that should allow you as a magician to progress, improve and ultimately realize your own creative visions.

“Brad is one of the deepest thinkers in the world of magic.” – Jeff McBride

“(Brad) has very strong opinions, and is not afraid to express them emphatically. If you see him perform, you’ll realize that he backs up everything he says….” – Max Maven

This lecture is free to OMC members who have paid their 2020 membership dues of $20, which can be paid on the night of the lecture. Admission to the lecture for non-members of the OMC and members who paid not paid their dues is $20.This is a blatant deal to get all of you to pay your dues at the start of the year.

Doors open 6:00PM.
Business meeting 7:00PM
Lecture 8:00PM

Ten magicians presented from one to nearly a dozen magic effects utilizing apparatus.

Byron Walker opened with The Mueller Report. He then pointed out that this is just an updated version of one of the oldest tricks in magic, appearing in the first book in the English language to divulge magic – The Discoverie of Witchcraft by Reginald Scot, published in England in 1584.

Then came David Liotta with his collection of about a dozen effects with clocks and watches. Among the effects were Watch to Silk, the Hook Watch, the Sandwich Watch, Smashed and Restored Watch, Abbott’s Vanishing Alarm Clock (3 versions), a Die Box effect only utilizing a clock, a Production Clock and the P & L Vanishing Clock.

Then followed John Owens with a Robert-Houdin Coin Casket from the 1850s with an interesting provenance. John routined this nicely with another antique piece – a Drawer Box hallmarked Wilkinson, believed to be of British manufacture in the 1890s.

Robert Herrick, being so fond of mentalism, performed a mind reading effect utilizing an antique divination casket.

Mark Tarses then showed us an Inexhaustible sponge effect invented by Gaetan Bloom. Mark continued this between performers and at the end of the show tipped the working, which was probably even more clever than the effect!

Scott Poole then performed one of his choice micro magic effects, the Hydro Die.

Magic inventor Joe Litvinchuk brought along a big bag of snacks but to our surprise the bottle of orange juice completely disappeared.

Donovan Rittenbach(Not shown) followed with Theo Bamberg’s most famous invention – a routine with his Okito Box.

Mike Della Penna then showed us a collection of effects that crossed between a Die Box and Run Rabbit Run, using a rabbit or smiley faced moon. Mike closed with the great five spring snake effect.

Our tenth and final performer was visitor but friend of the OMC – Phil Ackerly. Phil opened with a clever Abbott’s Block Penetration. Next he performed a fine effect he purchased from local magician and magic builder, Paul Burleson, called Hole in One. Phil closed with a dramatic and patriotic finale he developed.