Sign-up NOW for the Walk-Around Magic Competition in August

Sign-ups are now underway for Ring 216's annual Walk-Around Magic Competition. The competition will be held on our regular meeting night — Wednesday, August 10, 2016, at the Yu-Ai Kai Community Center.

Whether you're a past winner, a brand-new entrant, or something in between, now's your chance to share your routines and show off your skills. If you've won a competition in the past few years, you'll take part in the Masters Competition. Everyone else will take part in the Standard Competition. (We need at least four contestants for the competition to be valid.)

Please review the competition rules at here.

Ready to sign up? Send an email to David Martinez at president@ring216.org to reserve your spot in this fun Walk-Around Magic Competition!

If you're not ready to complete, that's OK too, we still look forward to seeing you in the audience on August 10th. Join us to watch the magic and bring please bring your friends and family, too!

Coming in July: Lecture by Martin Lewis

When: Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Where: Yu-Ai Kai Community Center

ABOUT THE LECTURER
Let me give you two fantastic reasons to come see this lecture. Martin Lewis has been the recipient of the Academy of the Magical Art's Parlor Magician of the Year award in both 2000 & 2001! So you're convinced he can amaze audiences, but perhaps you're wondering if he can teach. Well, it just so happens Martin has also received the Academy's Lecturer of the Year award in both 2005 & 2007! And to top it all off Martin will be presenting for us his NEW lecture "Original Magic for Parlor and Stage." Seriously, how many fantastic reasons do you need to attend?

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LECTURE: 7:30 - 10:00 PM
Martin’s new lecture is about original ideas in magic. He will teach items for stage, and parlor. His emphasis is on strong effects, using simple methods and entertaining presentations. There are no pipe dreams in this lecture. Only tried & tested magic that has earned Martin’s own living and reputation! He will present all new material plus some classic surprises!

Lecture cost: $15 for paid Ring 216 members, $30 for non-members

No need to RSVP for the lecture. Just show up!

Update: The Auction and Flea Market event is today

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the flea market and auction tonight. All tables have been reserved so we'll have lots of sellers. Hope to see you there!

Coming June 8: Annual Ring 216 Flea Market and Auction

Got magic stuff you want to get rid of? Is there anything you have your eye on? Join us at our next meeting on Wednesday, June 8, beginning at 7:00 PM to shop the collections of your fellow magicians — and/or sell the stuff you don't use anymore.

Flea Market
Tables for the flea market are available now. You must contact Ring 216 president David Martinez (president@ring216.org) to reserve your table today. The costs are:

  • Paid Ring 216 members: $15 for a large table, $10 for a small table
  • Non-members: $20 for a large table, $15 for a small table

View a layout of the tables

Auction
There will also be an auction of magical goods. If you're interested in the auction, just show up. Anybody can sell at auction. The club takes a 10% fee for auction sales, but no fee for table sales.

Itinerary
6:30 PM: Sellers may arrive to set up their tables for the flea market.
7:00 PM: The doors open to buyers.
8:00 PM: The auction begins.
9:30 PM (approximately): All sales end and it's time to pack up.

Make a Donation
If you have some unwanted stuff, consider donating it to the club. We'll auction it off that night, and the proceeds will go to Ring 216.

Want more details about the auction? Read our FAQ.

So bring your friends and your stuff — and your cash.

May Meeting: Open Performances & Feedback

When: Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Where: Yu-Ai Kai Community Center

6:30 PM - Pre-Meeting Workshop
Our very own John Jones (2013 Walk-Around Co-Champion & two time People's Choice award winner) will offer detailed instruction on his "Quicker Silver" routine as published in The Real Magic of Silicon Valley Vol 2. In this effect three coins travel from the performer's hand to the spectator's hand one at a time. Prior to each flight, the coins are shown in their proper places. Note, this routine requires three coins and a matching expanded shell -- please bring your own coins & expanded shell to the workshop in order to fully benefit from this hands on instruction. [If you still don't have your copy of The Real Magic of Silicon Valley Vol 2 contact David Martinez.]

7:30 PM - Main Meeting
First, we'll have a raffle of items donated by fellow magicians. All paid members get a free raffle ticket.

Our main meeting in May will be devoted to open performances. Please bring your works in progress, or even your favorite gem looking for that extra bit of polish, to share with the group.

There will be two specific goals in the evening's open performance session. First, we call on our newest members, those who have not performed at a meeting before, to join us by performing in this evening's session. Second we will be emphasizing the sharing feedback on the performances, so come ready to help your fellow magi improve his or her craft with your constructive feedback.

If you're not ready for feedback that's okay too -- simply let us know that you'd prefer to perform only. However, to maximize the evening's theme of sharing feedback those performers preferring to forgo feedback will be asked to wait until after all of those seeking feedback have performed.

  • New member performances (with or without feedback)
  • Open performances with feedback
  • Open performances without feedback

To accommodate as many performers as possible please plan to perform a piece no longer than 3-4 minutes in length in order to allow for an additional 3-4 minutes of feedback and discussion.