Portland SAM Meeting

Last week I was in town for the Portland Society of American Magicians magic club meeting. It was a light turn out with only about 8 people there, but it was fun.

For me, I always love seeing the different styles of magic that people bring to a magic club. It’s not always their polished routines, but things that they are working on or things that they have and want to share. Personally, I’m more interested in things that you don’t do in your show, but interest you more than your A material. That’s the fun of magic clubs!

-Louie

Are We Still Doing This??

The other day I popped into my social media and it suggested I be friends with this guy. He’s rocking the “Yellowface” to do the linking rings. This a super lazy presentation approach, and definitely not a modern one. He puts on the outfit to do the Linking Rings.

Let’s take a step back and look at him trying to honor Asian culture. He didn’t do any research on it. There’s no evidence that the lining rings came from china (source: Genii online). So aside from the rings being from China, why is he wearing the clothes? Based on this article which reviews him doing the rings, I can’t find any reason why he’s wearing that robe in his presentation. I hope he wasn’t using any of the “I learned this from a great Chinsese magician…Fu Ling Yu” lines.

We as magicians need to move past this sort of stuff. You can do the Linking Rings without putting on robes.

He’s repping the Society of American Magicians in his Facebook cover, which is a bad look for the association.

I will say that I do have an out of context view of what’s happening as I’m just seeing a facebook picture, however the article I read seems to confirm what I’m thinking. In my heart, I hope he’s doing a thought out presentation that’s respectful…

-Louie

M U M Magazine review of Evaporation

The April 2014 issue of M U M Magazine which is the magazine for members of the Society of American Magicians has a review of my Evaporation trick. “…it’s a perfect, long overdue update to the classic milk pitcher effect” Payne – M*U*M Magazine (Society of American Magician’s magazine) If you are a member of … Continue reading “M U M Magazine review of Evaporation”

The April 2014 issue of M U M Magazine which is the magazine for members of the Society of American Magicians has a review of my Evaporation trick.

“…it’s a perfect, long overdue update to the classic milk pitcher effect”
Payne – M*U*M Magazine (Society of American Magician’s magazine)

If you are a member of the SAM be sure to read the whole review and look up the August 2011 issue and read a little article about me and one of my tricks.

Louie