Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Magic, Magic, Magic, with a bit of caching

Caching and FTFs

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Grabbed a couple of FTF's in the last little while.
Have not been caching as much as I would like to but still find the time to grab one now and then. Need to get out on a nice hike for several at some point.
Cool Lego container

Magic Competitions

It's been a busy month for me at the local magic competitions as I have been entering into as many as I can. Last months blog I wrote about winning the VMC(Vancouver Magic Circle) Close up competition. Since then I have competed for FVMC Stage magic, the Children's Magician of the Year award, and the VMC's “Ray Gamble” trophy which is for best impromptu magic with an unopened deck of cards.

Fraser Valley Magic Circle

At the FVMC meeting on June “Friday the 13th” Several things happened, first I was sworn in as the Vice President of the ring.  Here I am with(from left to right) Dale Hopkins(secretary) Myself (VP) Mike Norden (President) Nicole Norden (Treasurer) and Bruce Hunt (Sargent at arms)

FVMC Executive
Then I was awarded the “Creativity award” for being creative in the magic field, with routines such as my blender bill can routine, my Jumbo Jack and Jill card trick(which got me a second place in VMC gimmicked card night) and my "Twisted Twonie" routine.(which is what I won with in the VMC Close up competition last month)
Creativity award presented to me by Mike Norden
 Then I also competed in the FVMC stage magic competition, and won!!!!
FVMC Stage Magician of the Year and Tony Chris(MC)
Not to bad for a "Friday the 13th" 


The Magic Festival

The 2nd annual Magic Festival kicked off this month also with dozens of shows taking place in the Port Coquitlam area, between the Second storey theatre, The Elks Lodge, and the Terry Fox theatre.
Balloon art by Dennis Bauyon
 Last year I was still living in Victoria but was able to stop in for a couple of days during the festival as I was on my way thru on tour of southern BC. This year I was able to not only catch most of the shows but also co-produced one of them.
 It was a comedy magic night with Steve Dickson and myself. We had fun doing it and I am sure we will also be back next year.
The second day of the festival was the Children's Magician of the Year Competition, there was 6 of us competing and I came in second place. Congrats again to Graham Kita for winning!!!
During the festival the VMC had their regular monthly meeting at one of the theatres that the festival was using. It was an open house where people could come and see what the VMC is all about, and see some magicians performing. Also the “Ray Gamble” trophy was up for grabs.
Donated by Ray Gamble, the Ray Gamble Trophy is awarded in recognition of excellence in impromptu card magic. The competitor must present a single effect using absolutely nothing except what is supplied. The Competition Chair will supply each competitor with a deck of cards, cellophane removed but the seal intact.
Competitors are responsible for opening the deck of cards in front of the judges. In order to keep this competition separate from other Vancouver Magic Circle competitions, any additional item introduced will result in disqualification. The spirit of this competition is to encourage growth in the fields of impromptu style card magic.
This competition is open to the Adult members of the club only. I was one of several magicians competing. I had planned on doing a routine where I write down a prediction on the Joker, but only about an hour before the event, I found out I could not use a pen, only the deck of cards that was given to me. After making several changes in my routine, I had something almost totally different than I had planned.(Talk about impromptu)
Ray Gamble award presented to me by MC Billy Hsueh(MC)
 I think I did pretty good as you can see from the picture!!!

At the end of this month I will be at the P.C.A.M.(Pacific Coast Association of Magicians) Convention. This year it is in Coquitlam at the Executive Plaza Hotel.

There will be several lectures and workshops as well as many special events, shows, and Magic competitions. I have entered into one of the competitions with a whole new act that my wife Jenna and I came up with. Wish me luck!!!
Well that's it for this month
Keep on caching and keep the Magic alive!!
Chris Yuill

Friday, 6 June 2014

Caching and Magic

Its been a busy couple of months for both caching and Magic.

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I had a show in Courtenay, and was able to grab a couple of cool caches while over on the Island.
I love combining my trips for shows with some caching while on route.
Open sesame!!!
Looks like a log right???


Grabbed two more caches at the mile markers(Mile Markers) out towards Langley.


Went out and fixed up a friends cache for them that is near me(They live on the Island, and they asked if I could fix it for them) I was more than happy to!!! (Cachekateers cache)

Also found some cool and interesting caches and unique containers.

Bolt Cache

Fence boards

Random sticks

As you can see there are many unique ways to hide a cache or build a cool container. I love these kind of caches as they are usually out in the open in plain sight.

Puzzle caches
I have been working on a few puzzle caches over the last little while. After working them out I place the co-ords into an app I have on my phone, called IGCT. The worst part about doing puzzle caches is I seem to be able to work the majority of them out, but don't always get out to find them right away.
Port Moody Puzzles
Victoria Puzzle caches

As you can see by the pics, there are many caches that I have solved in the Victoria area, but now that I do not live there anymore, I may not get to log them all. lol

Magic Competitions
I competed in a few magic competitions within the last couple of months.

In April I entered the Vancouver Magic Circles Gimmiked card competition. (Out of 6 competitors, I came in second)

In May I competed against 7 others for the Vancouver Magic Circles Close up magic competition
The H.B. MacLean Trophy is awarded in recognition of excellence in close up magic. The effect or routine must be easily performed in an intimate and close up setting. In order to keep this award separate and distinct from other Vancouver Magic Circle trophies, no playing cards or stage effects will be permitted.
The spirit of this competition is to encourage growth in the fields of restaurant, table hopping, trade show and walk around style magic. as you can see by the pictures I did pretty good.

"Twisted Twonie routine"

2014 Close up champion(me) with Graham(VMC president), and Tony(MC, and last years winner)

Also in May I went over to Victoria to compete in the Comedy magic competition. Saw a cool statue at the theatre that we were performing at.
Follow the yellow brick road

Too bad it was on private property, as it would be a cool spot for a magnetic cache.
 Had a great time competing in the Victoria Comedy Magic competition. I competed against 4 other Victoria area magicians, my good friend Dave Morris won this year with me coming in second. A very well deserved win by Dave, congrats again!!!

All in all I believe I did a very good job with these competitions. They are always a learning experience. I have a couple more coming up that I am also entered into. In June I am entering the FVMC (Fraser Valley Magic Circle) stage competition, the Vancouver Childrens Magician of the year, and The Ray Gamble award(unopened deck challenge)

Wish me Luck!!!

British Columbia Geocachers Association

The BCGA had its elections this past month, and this year I decided not to run as I have been the Vice President since 2011. Congrats to all those elected this term.
Geocaching has been in the news a fair bit lately and has become more of a household name as more people are discovering it. Here is a pic someone(the co-founder of Geocaching.com) posted on FaceBook.

27 Down: 21st century pastime for treasure hunters

Magic festival

Near the end of June the second annual Magic Festival takes place in Port Coquitlam. It is a week long festival filled with Magic shows of all types. This year I am producing one of the shows with myself and good friend Steve Dickson. The week kicks off on June 21st and goes until June 27th with 2 or more shows every day. Hope to see many of my friends and followers out at the festival. Come support live entertainment at its best.
Well that's it for this month
Keep on caching!!
Chris Yuill

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Cool caches and cool places!!!


I have been grabbing some interesting caches in the last few months since my last blog.

Mile Marker

 This cache was at a Mile marker in Langley. These cement markers, at one point where painted a bright yellow, and it ticked off mile after mile of Fraser Highway, reminding people how far they had come, and warning them how far they had to go. But time and development soon took over, and the cement mile markers were lost - their purpose no longer useful. Those that still stand are now grey in colour, their paint faded, some taken over by bush, or sunken into ditches. The markers were originally put in place when the highway was built in 1931. Mile zero was the main post office in Vancouver. The measurements ran east, along Kingsway and eventually crossed the Fraser River. The first post was installed, on the south side of the river, no sign of any surviving markers in Surrey. Just the five markers from mile 30 to 35 have been located.

I have also been doing a bit of travelling(and caching)

We recently went to Alberta for a quick trip to visit with my family. I flew into Edmonton to meet up with my wife(Angelcheeks) who had driven to Alberta the week before.

We stayed in Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan which is where I grew up. We even grabbed a cache in the RCMP Centennial Park


This park is just across the road from the townhouse complex that I grew up in. I actually watched them build these three towers in 1974 to mark this entrance way to the park and the centennial year of the RCMP. When we moved from Ontario to Alberta, this was where we first lived. I was in grade three(some years ago)

Jasper National Park
On the trip back home we went thru Jasper and saw quite a bit of wildlife this time(last time thru here we did not even see so much as a squirrel)

Big Horn Sheep

Elk playing on the bluff

We had a discussion in the truck about the difference between Big Horn Sheep and Rocky Mountain Goats. I pointed out that the Big Horn Sheep look like goats, while the Rocky mountain goats are white and fuzzy and look like sheep!!!
PS Yes that is snow!!!

I have also been over on the sunshine coast for work for a few weeks, and have gotten a few cool caches while there. Also seen a lot of cool things while caching.

Nice boat!!
Beach access

Can you spot the cache??
I DID!!!!

Did a couple of caches near home last night with my wife Angelcheeks, our little guy and the geo dog. She went up to the area of one of the caches and thought there is no way this can be it as it seemed real, looked around and then let me try my luck. When I got to the object I gave it a shove and realized this is it. A very cool cache indeed.
 Cool Boulder Cache
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See ya next month
Keep on caching!!
Chris Yuill

Monday, 10 February 2014

Caching out of country and Magic banquets


Society of American Magicians Annual Banquet

This year we(5 guys from the Victoria Magic Circle) were chosen to go to Vancouver and put on a show for the S.A.M. annual banquet, and they would return the favour by sending some of their guys to entertain at our banquet. It was a great night and I got to perform with four of my great friends whom I admire. It was a great night with a 9 course Chinese meal, some great close up magic, awards, and stage show.
Thanks again to the organizing committee of S.A.M. for treating us like royalty and for the awesome banquet.


S.A.M. Annual Banquet

Five cool dudes!!!

Victoria Magic Circle Annual Banquet

This years Victoria Magic circle annual banquet would prove to be more awesome than I could have imagined. Even though I am living over on the mainland now I am still a member of the Victoria group. So I did as I usually do and volunteered to do close up again at the banquet as well as this year I volunteered to be stage captain.(Run the sound, help set up the stage, lighting, etc.) I was to meet Eric(the banquet coordinator, and very good friend) I arrived at the venue at 12:45 ready to help set up for the 6pm banquet. Shortly after Eric showed up and we got to work(we have always made a good team) We got all the tables arranged and ready and then the sound and backdrops for the stage showed up.(they were being loaned to us by our good friend Tony from Vancouver)

Doing some close up

The banquet was going as planned and was awesome. Then Eric and VMC President Steve, took the stage for the award ceremonies. This year 2 of our senior members received a lifetime membership with the VMC and they were awarded some cool trophy's. Next up was the Farquhar award which is the VMC's Magician of the year award. 
This trophy was donated to the Victoria Magic Circle in 1985 by Bill Farquhar for presentation annually to the Victoria Magic Circle magician who during the year made an exceptional contribution to meeting the objectives of the Club and whose magic activities outside the Victoria Magic Circle brought credit to magicians and the Art of Magic. Selection for this award will be by vote of members of the VMC in good standing.  
As I sat at the sound booth Eric started to talk about the winner, at one point during his speech I started to get goose bumps. I believe he is talking about me. Then my name is announced...OMG....I could not believe what I just heard. I am still in awe over winning this very prestigious award. I also wish to thank all the VMC members that voted for me.

Eric and Steve present me the award

Victoria Magician of the Year 2013

Caching 400 days in a row

When 2014 rolled around I decided to set the goal from 365 caching days (which I started on Jan.1st/13) in a row to 400 caching days. Glad to say I accomplished this goal. Time to set another goal I guess???

Caching out of town

So far 2014 has been producing quite a few shows for me. The best so far was the show I did in Florida. It was a quick trip across the country and back just for the show, but of course I was able to get some caching in as well. Some really cool caches there, and since I was still doing at least a cache a day I made sure to make time for some cool caches


The first cache I stopped for was listed as a 4.5/2 and from reading the logs it sounded like it was easy to find but difficult to retrieve.
When I arrived at GZ I was in a parking lot at a little barricade island with some trees and bushes on it. In the middle was a metal square tube sticking up from out of the ground. I grabbed my flashlight and looked down it and could see the familiar orange waterproof match container. There was no sticks of any sort nearby. I looked in the rental car thru my stuff to see if there was anything I could use. I could not find anything. There was a store nearby, so I went in as I needed to get some stuff for my show that night anyway. While I was in there I noticed wooden rulers on sale for less than a buck a piece. I bought 5 of them and some duct tape. Outside back at the cache I taped them together, put a rolled up bit of tape on the end and lowered it into the hole. Within seconds I had the cache in hand and quickly signed it.



Very cool trees in Florida

     Can you see the Cache???

I DID!!!                  

Was a quick trip, but had to get home for my next adventure. I got a cache the morning before I flew back home in Orlando and later that day got one back in Vancouver.
2 caches on the same day over 4500kms apart, and 2 different countries. Very cool!!!

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See ya next month
Keep on caching!!
Chris Yuill