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Merrick, New York, USA. January 24, 2019. During winter sunset, golden reflection of trees and building fills windows of Merrick Public Library on south shore of Long Island.

Missed the Rainbow, Caught the Puddle

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
January 31, 2019

Puddle

Driving on Long Island’s south shore at the end of yet another flash flood, I turned north toward the Merrick Library on Merrick Avenue and faced a fierce sunset.

I wanted to capture the fleeting sky show reflected on water, but the nearest body of water, a pond, was about a half mile away. So I turned west onto a soggy side street across from the library, saw a golden-orange reflection in a puddle, and pulled to the curb.

But a telephone pole and its wires were too prominent, so I slowly drove on, and as I passed a parked car discovered a lake of a puddle – the biggest one I ever saw this far inland from Merrick’s jagged shoreline. 

Merrick, New York, USA. January 24, 2019. After flash flood, reflection of colorful winter sunset fills large puddle in road of suburban town on south shore of Long Island. (© 2019Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Merrick, New York, USA. January 24, 2019. After flash flood, reflection of colorful winter sunset fills large puddle in road of suburban town on south shore of Long Island. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

After parking, I slowly walked around and around the puddle, all the while lifting and lowering and leveling my iPhone to capture the blaze. 

Rainbow

Later, back at home, I saw a flood of pictures on local news and social media of a full double rainbow that appeared before the sunset and before I paid attention to the sky that late afternoon.

But if I’d caught the rainbow, I’d have missed that fiery puddle sunset.

Merrick, New York, USA. January 24, 2019. After flash flood, reflection of colorful winter sunset fills large puddle in road, on south shore of Long Island. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Merrick, New York, USA. January 24, 2019. After flash flood, reflection of colorful winter sunset fills large puddle in road, on south shore of Long Island. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)


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Lindenhurst, New York, USA. September 23, 2018. Closeup of framed The Parlor of Mystery poster handing over mantle, with skull and magic books, on stage set, during Comedy Magic Show presented by The Parlor of Mystery and South Shore Theatre Experience, South Shore Theatre Experience.

Voilà! Ha! Ha! at The Parlor of Mystery

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
September 25, 2018

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Lindenhurst, NY, USA. Sept. 23, 2018. Magicians (L-R) R.J. LEWIS, JOE SILKIE, BOB YORBURG, and DAVID ROSENFELD pose after performing in Comedy Magic Show presented by The Parlor of Mystery.  (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Lindenhurst, NY, USA. Sept. 23, 2018. Magicians (L-R) R.J. Lewis, Joe Silkie, Bob Yorburg, and David Rosenfeld pose after performing in Comedy Magic Show presented by The Parlor of Mystery.  (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

“Don’t play Three-card Monte. You can’t win,” was magician Joe Silkie’s sage advice as he introduced his cups and balls sleight of hand during the Comedy Magic Show at The Parlor of Mystery, September 22nd. My advice is: ”Don’t miss seeing a Parlor of Mystery show. You can’t lose.”

Lindenhurst, NY, USA. Sept. 23, 2018. L-R, Magicians Joe Silkie and Bob Yorburg pose after performing in Comedy Magic Show presented by The Parlor of Mystery. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Lindenhurst, NY, USA. Sept. 23, 2018. L-R, Magicians Joe Silkie & Bob Yorburg pose after performing in Comedy Magic Show at The Parlor of Mystery. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Four Magicians & an Audience

The Comedy Magic Show featured Silkie and three other skilled magicians: Bob Yorburg, R.J. Lewis, and David Rosenfeld. 

Bob Yorburg – AKA Professor Phineas FeelGood – has performed magic for decades, including a stint in the 1970’s as a Magician Burger King in shows and commercials. He’s also a master wood carver and restorer.

Yorburg, who introduced me to the Parlor of Mystery years ago, began that night by performing an intricate traditional rope trick for the first time. Later, a twist at the end a trick he did with the help of audience volunteer Anthony was so wickedly funny I laughed out loud loudly.

R.J. Lewis has appeared in the Broadway shows “Barnum” and “The High Rollers,” in Atlantic City casinos, films, Princess Cruises, and at the White House for President Reagan.  (In Saturday’s show, he included impressions of the current and some past U.S. presidents.)

He opened his act with the conjuring equivalent of tap dancing across a high-wire: He performed magic with eerie candlesticks while singing “Magic to Do” from “Pippin.”

Lewis closed – and littered – his set with mesmerizing, fluttering paper butterflies.

David Rosenfeld hails from Long Island and has been a magician and mentalist for 15 years, performing at countless events, plus at small stages well-suited to his close-up magic.

Rosenfeld’s guileless admissions about the improbability – no, impossibility – that he possessed genuine powers of mentalism were both endearing and funny. 

Joe Silkie, the Parlor of Mystery producer, was the magnetic host of the Comedy Magic Show.

Silkie creates magic props and accessories for fellow magicians and magic shows on TV. That night, he delivered puns and fun on large cards and with other eye-catching props. 

Lindenhurst, NY, USA. Sept. 23, 2018. (L-R) Executive Producer Ted Plezia, and magicians RJ Lewis, Joe Silkie, Bob Yorburg, and David Rosenfeld, and Producer Mike Maione pose after Comedy Magic Show presented by The Parlor of Mystery. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Lindenhurst, NY, USA. Sept. 23, 2018. (L-R) Executive Producer Ted Plezia, and magicians RJ Lewis, Joe Silkie, Bob Yorburg, and David Rosenfeld, and Producer Mike Maione pose after Comedy Magic Show at The Parlor of Mystery. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

“Four Magicians & an Audience” could have been the show’s tag line, as a tip of the top hat to the key, hilarious role volunteers played with each of the four magicians at the intimate venue. 

This was the third year in a row I caught a show at the Parlor of Mystery, and I look forward to returning.

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