à May 2011
Our Year in Review:
Ring 151 of Ottawa continued its tradition of being an active and enjoyable club to be a part of. Although we are a small club, attendance at lectures is solid, member support for charity shows is always positive, and our club gatherings provide plenty of fun for the members.
Our first meeting (September) of the year began with a tribute to Jack Marshall, a devoted member of Ring 151 who died on July 24, 2009 at the age of eighty. He opened his basement to host club meetings and was part of the club’s executive for several years. Jack will be
remembered for his commitment to magic and the kindness that he shared with others.
Alain Choquette presented his “A tribute to Gary Ouelett” lecture to us in October. Alain’s magic resume includes TV appearances (World’s Greatest Magicians, Champions of Magic), headlining in Las Vegas and much more. We knew it would be a solid lecture and it was. He taught a variety of card effects suitable for both close-up and stage, and explained the workings of his Gypsy Thread- stage version. Alain’s lecture was more than just tricks. He also shared a experiences (business of magic, performing tips) that allowed members to become better at what they do.
Thomas Baxter, from Toronto,
lectured about “Creating Legendary Magic”.
He challenged a variety of abilities and targeted different interests
with his creative repertoire of close-up and stand-up material. Members were particularly astonished and
intrigued by his work on the “Think of a Card” concept. Members flocked to his table to purchase an
assortment of lecture notes and effects.
Asi Wind lecturered for Ring 151 in June. He impressed the members with his incredible talent and brilliant thinking. “Time is Money” was a great effect to “watch”. His book test added extra effects to make the routine even more magical. His work with “Any Card, Any Number” was dynamite! This was super lecture full of great magic and performing tips.
The club presented three charity shows this year. In February, we performed for the guests at Waupoos Farm, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing holiday experiences for families in need. Our annual show at the Rehab Hospital happened in March and our final charity show of the year was in April at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. The memories that were created, the laughter that was heard, and the smiles that filled the room are reminders of the importance of reaching out to help others. A special thank you to the members who volunteered their time to make a difference in another’s life: Real Boucher, Bob Conrad, Henry Doucette, Roy Cottee, Rob Lavergne, Brian McAdam, David Oxley, John Pert, Mike Vuckovic
Our year comes to an end in June and to celebrate our successes, we gathered at Rob Lavergne’s for a pot-luck. Rob Lavergne, Doug Rafters and Benoit Lalande -Patoine each presented their initiation shows earlier in the year and were inducted into the club as full members during our year end party. Our annual magic trivia was won by Doug Rafters and the “Member of the Year” was presented to John Pert for his outstanding contribution to magic and the club.
And finally, thank you to the club's executive who have spent several hours ensuring that club events are well organized. Kudos to: Glenn Brown, Chris Pilsworth, and John Pert.
Written by John Pert
John “Jack” David Marshall
John “Jack” David Marshall died
Jack’s interest in
magic and entertaining began in 1974 when he joined the Khartum
Temple Shrine Klowns (
Dedicated, loyal, helpful, kind, cheerful, considerate, and caring are some of the words that describe Jack. He will be missed dearly.
Jack is survived by Doreen, his wife of fifty-five years and their three children, Carol, Dave, and Laurie. He was also the proud grandfather of five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Ottawa Society of Magicians, Roy Cottee Ring 151 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians