It all began in May 2016 when Rosie asked Frank Hall to be program chair. Frank said only if Ken Chan will do a magic show. Ken Chan said only if Gina Post-Franco will join him and then the dynamic duo of Ken and Gina was created for us to enjoy one year later when they both performed magic tricks at our club meeting.
Gina was introduced to magic when she was 5 and has been a member of the Magic Castle for more than 20 years. She enlisted the help of her two adorable sons Dylan and Reese who helped her with a rope trick, which even though it was verified to be an authentic rope by Larry Callaham, Gina was able to cut it into many pieces only to put it back together again. Rosie Mares was stumped to learn the card she picked from a deck of cards with a hole in them and handcuffed shut, magically appeared in a sealed envelope on the podium. Glen O’Young unknowingly became the object of the funniest trick ever. Gina used a balloon to draw Glen’s face on then stick a skewer thru it to prove there was nothing between Glen’s ears!
Ken warmed up the crowd by asking Patricia Hall to be his assistant, which she did beautifully. Ken asked her to pick a card from one deck of cards and Ken then picked the same card from another deck of cards! We learned that Ken has been a member of the Magic Castle for more than 20 years and is quite the performer. His jokes mixed with magic created just a moment of panic when he asked Teri Muse and Imy Dulake to remove their wedding rings and place them on two shoestrings and a pencil. Wondering if he was going to make them disappear, much to the ladies relief, he tied the strings into a knot and somehow was able to slide the rings off like there was not knot at all. His showmanship and sense of humor was highlighted when he had Ernie Jensen be the toilet paper holder and Jim Rider, Mike Ojeda, Mike Hoey, Bob Hoffman and Brad Miller do a Rockette’s high kicking dance, wiggle their booty’s, and chew toilet paper while Ken was able to pull a string of colored paper out of his mouth. The real trick was Ken got all those guys to chew toilet paper!