A message about Ring 216 Officer Elections

This message was sent to our email list last week:

On November 8, IBM Ring 216 will hold its yearly election of officers. This is an opportunity for Ring members to get involved with the leadership of the club. Officers have a vote in the club's direction, provide a valuable service, expand their social networks, meet new magicians, and have fun.

The Nominating Committee consists of Fred Rasmussen and Cal Tong, who have been looking for candidates over the past two months. As of now, the candidates qualified by the Nominating Committee are:

President: David Martinez
Vice President: Tom Collett
Secretary: Gary Goldberg
Treasurer: John Jones
Web Master: Jeremiah Junkins
Sergeant at Arms: Thomas Busk

All paid Ring 216 members are invited to submit their names to also be considered as a nominee for any of the above positions. The deadline will be October 31, 2017. Candidates must be 18 years or older.

In addition, any Ring 216 member can challenge final nominees by a floor nomination at the election. Ring membership and qualification must be validated at the election to be nominated as a floor candidate. If we have more than one nominee for a position, then a secret ballet will be held to determine the winner.

For inquiries, contact Fred Rasmussen at fredemail@comcast.net or Cal Tong at calvinloutong@yahoo.com, or send email to both of us at nominating-committee@ring216.org.

Thank you,

Ring 216 Nominating Committee
Fred Rasmussen, Cal Tong

Close-Up Competition Winners

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Close-Up Magic Competition, held on October 11 at Yu-Ai Kai.

We announced the following winners last night:

1st Place: Danny Cheng
2nd Place: Alex Wu
3rd Place: Luke Adams

People's Choice: Danny and Luke

Please visit our Facebook page to see a gallery of photos from the event.

Coming in October: Ring 216 Close-Up Competition

Our Annual Close-Up Magic Competition event is coming Wednesday, October 11, and we hope you all can show up to enjoy some great magic and support your fellow Ring members who have signed up to compete.

Bring your friends or family with you to enjoy an evening of great magic. The more people we have, the better the magic.

We already have a few signups, so if you want to compete, please send an email to David Martinez (president@ring216.org).

All contestants should check the rules and information on competitions.

Family and friends (non-members) will be the judges for the People's Choice Award, assuming we have at least 10 laypeople present. Paid members in good standing will be the judges for the masters division. All competitors will compete in a single division.

The time and place are the same as usual: Yu-Ai Kai Community Center at 7:30 p.m. sharp. See you then!

Coming Sept. 13: Workshop and Lecture with John Lovick

When: Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Where: Yu-Ai Kai Community Center

John Lovick lives in Los Angeles, where he works as a performer, writer, and theater director. His secret alter ego, Handsome Jack, performs regularly at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, where he was been nominated eleven years in a row as Parlour Magician of the Year (which means he lost eleven years in a row!)

John is the author of 2016’s Handsome Jack Etc. and Switch: Unfolding the 100 Bill Change. He is also known for his product reviews and performer profiles that have appeared in MAGIC and Genii magazines. He is the creator of “The Reparation,” a popular torn and restored card handling that has been a best selling item for the last fifteen years. He is the co-author of Aaron Fisher’s The Paper Engine and wrote Experience: The Magic of Jon Allen, and Mayhew about the magic of Steve Mayhew.

He has performed throughout the United States and has lectured to magic organizations in Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, and Malaysia. In 2015, he fooled Penn & Teller on their TV show.

Watch Handsome Jack fool Penn & Teller >
Learn more about Handsome Jack >

LECTURE: 7:30 - 10:00 P.M.
His lecture focuses on material that can be done both in close-up and stand-up/parlour settings, and are all routines right out of his working repertoire. He will also share some of his ideas about performance, character, and scripting.

Lecture cost: $15 for paid Ring 216 members, $30 for non-members. No need to sign up for the lecture. Just show up!

WORKSHOP: 5:00 - 7:00 P.M.
The workshop will be split into two parts. The first half will be an examination of character and scripting with exercises for everyone. In the second half, everyone who wants to perform shares something they're working on, and then I (and attendees) give feedback and notes.

Workshop cost: $30 for paid Ring 216 members, $45 for non-members. Please sign up for the workshop by sending email to president@ring216.org

August 9: Walk-Around Magic Competition

Mark your calendars.  

The 2017 Walk-Around Magic Competition takes place on Wednesday, August 9, beginning at 7:30 p.m. We'll be at our usual location at Yu-Ai Kai Senior Center, 588 North 4th Street, San Jose, CA.

Sign up to perform.

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. To sign up, click the button or send email to president@ring216.org.

Competitors: Read the new rules.

On Wednesday, July 12, we announced several changes to the competition rules:

1. There is now a single competition instead of two divisions.
2. The judging will be done by a panel of four respected magicians.
3. Judges will decide on a winner and also on a separate award in a special category like originality, showmanship, technical skill, or other area, based on the performances they see.
4. The audience will vote for People’s Choice.

Read the updated competition rules >

Bring your friends.

If you're not interested in competing, that's OK. We still look forward to seeing you in the audience on August 9. Join us to watch the magic and bring please bring your friends and family, too!

We can't wait to see you there!