Jim Meek Tribute Night - a report

Jim Meek Tribute Night
Friday March 23rd , at the Maryhill Club 90

A joint venture between the SCA , Glasgow Magic Circle and Paisley Magic Circle to honour Jim and raise funds for Heart Research.

This event took the form of an evening of family entertainment with some games, Magic for ALL ages, Raffles , Bingo – anything to get a few pounds towards Cardiac Research.

The evening started with close-up magic around the tables provided by George Fitzpatrick and Jim Kelly of the SCA, Tommy Templeton , Steve Grimes and Terry McEwan from Paisley Magic Circle and Liam McCracken, Billy Gibson and Gerry Wilson from Glasgow Magic Circle.

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 Stage Magic was then provided by George Colvan who did a nice set finishing with a routine in which he displayed an empty box, which he took apart to show us, and then produced endless £5 and £10 notes and a few parking tickets and fines for non-payment of same! I hadn’t seen this before but apparently it’s so old it’s new!!







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Malky Wilson followed on from George - hard to describe the act - you had to be there!

No magic but a lot of nonsense and entertainment.






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Denis Shields was up next and involved several of the kids in attendance. Confusing them with scissors that only seemed to work for him. Some nice bits of business and gags with balloons that had his assistant (and us) in stitches.

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Den finished with his version Darren Mac’s version, of Bill Abbott’s version, of the six card repeat which concluded with the disappearance of ALL the cards he had produced and discarded.

At this point there was an interval and a generous cold buffet organised by Janet Colvan with hot takeaway organised by Denis

The second half began with some dance games for the kids led by Den. Followed by the distribution of the many raffle prizes donated by club members.

Terry McEwan from Paisley Magic Circle did a mentalist themed act closing with a Book test.

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However from the books available it was a Bible that was fairly chosen – and within this the book of Mathew Chapter 5, Verse 5 is “ Blessed are the MEEK” – I think this was well appreciated by thse members of Jim’s Family who were present.




Alex Proctor, possibly Jim’s oldest friend in magic, closed the evening with his Jumping knot routine.

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Following up with his take on Bill Abbott’s “Smart Ass” and finished with an effect in which a card is chosen and then a slice of bread is chosen at random from a regular Plain Loaf – no rough or smooth or marked slices… after a lot of funny business shuffling the loaf, the card is revealed when the slice of bread is toasted, and the value is displayed on the toast!!

A great night’s entertainment for a fiver, made possible by the generosity of those who gave up their time to come along and perform. I think Jim would've enjoyed it...

In addition to the performers mentioned, Campbell Black attended and helped sell the bingo tickets, Steven Maley sold the raffles and Den’s wife Ann Marie took care of the door money.

£455 was raised for Heart Research. Thanks to all who took part or attended.


This Month - February 2018

Close-Up Competition

This year's close-up competition takes place on Wednesday February 28th - so you still have time to enter, go to Blackpool and buy an act in time for the competition.

Not that any of you would do that, now - or would you?....

Please let Kenny Hurren (Competition Organiser) know if you wish to enter - chat to him at the club, let him know via the Forum, or leave a note on the SCA Facebook page. If you don't already know Kenny (unlikely, everyone knows Kenny) this is what he looks like...


The rest of the month shapes up like this...

February 2018      
7th INFORMAL – Mini Lecture – Stephen Allison    
21st Mentalism Mike Nowak  
28th Close Up Competition Kenny Hurren *Open Night*

March follows and John Brownlee is already encouraging members to pair up for an evening of magic double acts, so get down to it and you can be a Penn to someone else's Teller or Sooty to someone's Richard Cadell.

7th INFORMAL – Advice Night    
14th Pairs Night J.B.  
28th Boris Wild Lecture – Fletcher Memorial lecture D.S.

February 2018



Jim Meek Night

Jim Meek
1935 – 2017

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At the end of last year we lost one of our longest serving and most active members of the SCA. Jim loved the club and was always ready to help in whatever way he could whether it be performing or taking on duties on the Committee, most latterly club host and raffle organiser.
Jim was a good friend to anyone who knew him and was always happy to help and share ideas with anything to do with Magic. He was always happy to perform whenever asked and as we all know too well it would be either a trick that just would not work out (but with hilarious results) or an amazing piece of Magic that would surprise us all.
The turnout from the Magic community at his funeral was a tribute to Jim as he was so well known and respected, also being a member of Glasgow Magic Circle and Paisley Magic Circle as being well known by most at other Scottish clubs that he would visit when he could.
Everyone who knew Jim will have their own memories and I am sure he will be remembered for some time to come.
This year he will miss Blackpool which he loved to visit with his friends from various clubs and his family are going there in February to scatter Jim’s ashes at the start of this year’s convention.
On the 23rd February 2018 Scottish Magic clubs plan to hold a night for Jim (details to follow) with any proceeds going to British heart foundation and I hope to see some of you there.

Denis Shields - President  Scottish Conjurers' Association

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Events in January



10th Advent Night George Fitzpatrick  
24th Scottish Night Moira Fletcher  
31st By Special Request Brendan Kirk

The first evening of 2018 is January 10th - our "Advent Night".

George Fitzpatrick is hosting and at the Christmas party at the SCA, he distributed random surprise effects to those attending.

If you weren't there, please leave a note on the forum and George will be in touch.


The 24th is  to be a Scottish Night hosted by Club Secretary Moira. Details to follow, but if its as good fun as the quiz night was, we'll be well entertained.


January 31st is By Special Request - if there was a particular effect you have seen at the club, please let me know thw effect and who performed it and we'll try to organise a repeat performance.

I apologise for the non-appearnce of the christmas Thistle, I hope to roduce a belated edition as soon as feasible.

A Happy and prosperous New Year to all!



Events in December

Quiz Night Wednesday December 6

Do you know your Paul Wilson from your Paul Le Paul?

your Michael Ammar from your Michael Webber?

We need you in our team! Come along on Wednesday  for a magic themed Quiz Night hosted by Moira Fletcher.

Christmas Party Night Wednesday December 13

Family entertainment

an open night for magicians, families snd friends.

Christmas Night Out for Club Members

Wednesday December 20

Harvester Restaurant, Springfield Quay. 

If you’re coming along, please add your name to the list on the SCA  Members’ Forum.



Events in November

Broken Wand Announcement


Jim Meek
Honorary Life Vice-President
Scottish Conjurers Association
Thursday November 16 2017
"It is with a very heavy heart that I have to report the passing to day of James Meek he passed peacefully with all his family by his side.
I have been keeping you all updated as to his status after  collapsing at the weekend and today he lost his battle.
I have passed on the condolences of all the Magi to (his son) Kenny."

from George Coplvan via FaceBook

November Edition of The Thistle

now available to Logged In Members of the SCA - Reviews of Standup Competition and Halloween night

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Link to Halloween issue


Gary Dunn is unable to provide his Dealer Dem for this evening,
so we will have a "Show and Tell" evening instead.

Denis will approach a few members in advance of the meeting to ask them to perform a piece, and then explain how it's done.


8th Tommy Frederick lecture
Steve Gore- The happiest magician on the planet

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 Visit Steve's website for a flavour of what's on offer www.stevegore.co.uk


Just in...Tuesday November 7th

Family Entertainer of The Year

GAry ent of the year

at GMC meeting Rooms at Mosspark Baptist Church155 Corkerhill Road, Glasgow, G52 1PG.

14th 3 Club  Magic Sale  - GMC, PMC, SCA

MAgic sale Nov14

at GMC meeting Rooms at Mosspark Baptist Church155 Corkerhill Road, Glasgow, G52 1PG.

Price per table £5 giving entry to one person

includes free raffle ticket

All other attendees pay entry fee of £1 (includes free raffle ticket - further raffle tickets will be on sale


Chris de Rosa will be along to give us an insight into what he’s been doing since he was last at the club.

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Poster for Chris's new show ( don't be expecting this at the SCA!!)

29th WALLET MAGIC – we’ve all got one ( or 10) - Bring them along , show us the effect that convinced you to lay out the cash!!