PCEC treated to magical meeting

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Master of Ceremonies Roger Fox welcomed everyone to the regular Sunday meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club on March 6, 2011 at Amari Resort’s Tavern by the Sea. After the usual opening announcements, Roger called on fellow member Harry “Sig” Sigworth to introduce Jessy, the famous French Magician. Sig noted that Jessy began his career at the tender age of 7 when his grandfather undertook to teach him some card tricks. Within 2 years he had mastered them all; he was also hooked on the world of magic and continued to improve his skills becoming a master in the art of illusion.

Jessy then began his performance, which kept the audience enthralled as they watched him perform.  He demonstrated that he not only had mastered the art of illusion, but also was a showman.  He did several tricks of pulling scarves out of empty containers, sometimes loose and sometimes tied together. He also showed the audience a limp white rope, which he made stiff and unbending (some in the audience were heard to mutter that he had coated the rope with Viagra, but if that was the case, Jessy did not admit it).

Water on the brain - who needs a doctor? French magician Jessy shows Pattaya City Expats members his quick & simple cure, aided by the lovely Suzanne.Water on the brain – who needs a doctor? French magician Jessy shows Pattaya City Expats members his quick & simple cure, aided by the lovely Suzanne.

He also pulled a rabbit out of an empty bag – but the audience was a bit disappointed as it was a “stuffed” brown rabbit – so, to make everyone happy, he then pulled a live black and white rabbit out of the same empty bag.  He then did a bit of cooking with a covered pan – opened the lid and the rabbit hopped out (no wonder, it was probably getting a bit uncomfortable in that frying pan). He also did several different card tricks; many with members of the audience picking a card (of course Jessy was not allowed to see it) or describing a card after he had selected one face down from the deck.  The amazing Jessy continuously came up with the correct card.

One of the more interesting illusions he performed involved a volunteer from the audience.  Jessy poured water from a bucket into a funnel that was inserted into the volunteer’s right ear and displayed the empty bucket when finished; no water was seen to have gone anyplace else.  He then placed the funnel’s large end next to the volunteer’s left ear and had her tilt her head over the bucket; but, no water came out – however, Jessy was up to this challenge, lifting her right arm, he began to pump it up and down and lo and behold, water gushed out into the bucket.

Another was using a large glass of milk with several empty glasses, each one smaller in size. Jessy had a member of the audience examine the smallest glass before he began to confirm it was an ordinary glass.  Jessy then proceeded to pour the milk from the large glass into the next largest glass and continued this until only the smallest glass contained any milk – but, not a drop of milk from the original glass was seen to have overflowed any of the smaller glasses – truly a great feat of illusion.

MC Roger prepares to hand over to Judith for the ‘Open Forum’ - your chance to air your questions and concerns about life & living in the Land of Smiles.MC Roger prepares to hand over to Judith for the ‘Open Forum’ – your chance to air your questions and concerns about life & living in the Land of Smiles.

And, of course, what is a good magic show without an escape. With the aid of a couple members of the audience, Jessy had his hands handcuffed behind his back and was blind folded. He then stepped into a large bag and with the aid of his new found assistants; the bag was pulled up over his head.  The opening was then secured and locked. A cloth screen was raised by the assistants in front of the bag.  After several minutes, Jessy emerged having escaped, to much applause from the audience.

For his final act, Jessy showed the audience a bound book that was filled with blank pages. He closed the book, tapped it with his magic wand, and wonder of wonders, all the pages now had colored pictures.  If you were not there, you can visit his website www.jessymagic.com to see him in action.

Roger then updated everyone on upcoming events and called on Judith Edmonds to conduct the always informative and sometimes humorous Open Forum, where questions are asked and answered about living in Thailand, Pattaya in particular.