Article reproduced with permission from THE LINKING RING, Vol. 73 No. 7 (July 1993), the official magazine of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, USA.
NO. 177, BANGALORE, INDIA — S. K. Vasantha Kumar: Ring Report
San Jose Ring member Sri. Vijaykumar Narayanan was feted on January 13 at our Ring meeting. Our meeting was combined with the Karnataka Faculty of Magic, a premier Magic Teaching Institution. Sri. Vijaykumar, a software engineer cum magician, who works for a California computer company, was given a warm and delightful ‘send off’ on the eve of his return to the States.
During his stay in Bangalore, a special Ring meeting was called. Sri. Vijaykumar and his wife were introduced by President Prof. Vasantha Kumar to the several members and students of the Karnataka Faculty of Magic who were present.
He said that Sri. Vijaykumar is an expert sleight of hand artiste, and magic is his major diversion and recreation. In behalf of the members and the Karnataka Faculty of Magic, Prof. Vasantha Kumar wished Sri. Vijaykumar a Happy Journey’ on his trip back to the U.S.A.
Members were requested to renew their membership if due, and to introduce potential members to the I.B.M. Then the trick session began with Prof. Vasantha Kumar’s granddaughter, Rashmi Nagasree, presented Wand Magnetism and her Colour Changing Feathers.
Sri Vijaykumar performed his burnt and restored tissue paper which was fixed to a needle. That perplexed the magicians present. His transference of cards from one person to the hands of a lady was amazing. She actually counted the cards one-by-one before and after the transfer. He demonstrated David Roth’s Four Coins Routine, and did a Thumb Tip routine in which he changed the value of currency. It was superb and confused even the knowledgeable one. His Stuck-Card-Pack routine was hilarious.
After other card and sponge ball effects, he read the number on a borrowed bill by way of a prediction. He closed with his Floating Bill routine, presented in a masterful way. He then was presented with a garland by Vice President S. Ramaswamy.
Sri. K. S. Ramesh of film and TV fame demonstrated his Colour Changing Cards expertly. Sri. Ramaswamy performed his sponge ball and thimbles routine very deftly. Prof. Jagadish Shukla, our Secretary, performed the Lucky Light routine and showed his animated match boxes to the delight of the audience.
Catering of delicious dishes was looked after by Smthi. Sriranga, Smthi. Mamatha Seshadri and Sri. B. S. Seshadri, the Chief Executive of the Karnataka Faculty of Magic.
The following members and magicians were present: Prof. S. K. Vasantha Kumar, President, Sri. S. Ramaswamy, Vice President, Prof. Jagadish Shukla, Secretary, Sri. Arun Kumar Dutt, Joint Secretary, Sri. Ramarao Nimbalkar; Sriyuths: D. L. Chandrashekar, Y. R. Shivaram, N. G. Ganesh, T. S. Chandrashekar, Ravikiran, Sri. Vijaykumar Narayanan, Smthi. Vijay Kumar, Smthi. Arun Kumar Dutt, B. V. Prakash, Sangameshera Rao, George Philip and K. S. Ramesh. After a vote of Thanks, the meeting concluded with magical pleasantries and photographs.
Submitted to The Linking Ring by Jagadish Shukla
Article reproduced from: Pgs. 144-145, The Linking Ring Vol. 73 No. 7 (July 1993); Phil Willmarth, ed.; International Brotherhood of Magicians, USA.
Sourced from: Linking Ring Archives at AskAlexander.org, A Conjuring Arts Project.