Coming November 14: Workshop and Lecture by Jon Armstrong



Join us on Wednesday, November 14th, for a magic workshop and lecture by Magic Castle Close-Up Magician of the Year Jon Armstrong.

About the Lecture
At the lecture, Jon will show you a mix of both close-up and stand-up, some with cards others with things like neckties and novelty rings, that are fun to learn and even more fun to do.

We know you are going to love watching Jon perform, not only because he is funny, but the magic you will learn is incredible. And in this lecture Jon covers a huge variety of strong magic including: Bottle productions, his ring and tie routine, Tiny Plunger and  tons of killer card magic. Including his famous Card Under Watch routine.

Plus a few items never seen in a lecture before!

TIME: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
PRICE: $15 for members, $30 for non-members
No RSVP necessary... just show up!

About the Workshop
The workshop is called “The journey from Close up to Parlour” The two-hour workshop will be about taking close-up magic and making it play larger. It will cover card, coin, and rubber band magic and ways to make it play to groups of up to 100 people.

If you do great close-up but have wanted to do something that played for a larger group, at open mic night, a family gathering or show, this is the workshop for you.

TIME: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
PRICE: $30 for members, $45 for non-members
RSVP Required: Send email to president@ring216.org

About Jon Armstrong
Winner of numerous awards, including Close Up Magician of the Year, Jon Armstrong has brought his amazing skills and magical comedy to prestigious audiences in over 40 countries worldwide. 

Coming Oct. 10: 2018 Close-Up Magic Competition

It's time for some more magic!

The 2018 Close-Up Magic Competition is just around the corner — Wednesday, Oct. 10. Come on out to support your fellow magicians as they present their best material in a formal, close-up setting... think Close-Up Room at the Magic Castle (without the cover charge).

And be sure to bring your friends and family because magic is always better when there are more people to enjoy it! Your guests can be fellow magicians or, preferably, non-magicians who love magic.

The performances start at 7:30 p.m. sharp! 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. This is a great, low-stress way to hone your act and get feedback. Remember: The goal is to do your best and not focus on winning. Just have fun!

If you're thinking of competing, please keep in mind the following information:
  • Close-up is defined as an act presented in a formal performing area with a table. There will be 2-3 rows of seating.
  • But remember that we don't have raked seating, so don't expect people in the 2nd or 3rd row to be able to see the top of the table.
  • All paid members are allowed to compete, including past winners. If you're new to the club, you have to attend at least three meetings this year to become a member. 
  • If you've won in the past, you must perform a different act.
  • Acts should be around 6 minutes long, so start timing yourself. (Depending on the number of participants, this number may be larger or smaller.)
  • Check out all the competition rules.

Coming Sept. 12: Walk-Around Competition

Mark your calendars. Bring your friends.

The 2018 Walk-Around Magic Competition is just a few weeks away — Wednesday, Sept. 12. Come on out to support your fellow magicians as they present their best material in a walk-around setting. And since magic is always better when there are more people to enjoy it, bring your friends and family!

The performances start at 7:30 p.m. sharp! We'll be at our usual location at Yu-Ai Kai Senior Center, 588 North 4th Street, San Jose, CA.

There's still time to sign up.

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. This is a great, low-stress way to hone your act and get feedback. Remember: The goal is to do your best and not focus on winning. Just have fun!

If you're thinking of competing, please keep in mind the following information:
  • The room will be set up as if you're at a cocktail party doing walk-around magic. People will be in different types of situations: some standing, some sitting, some with tables, some holding drinks. Your job is to entertain them in a short amount of time under the conditions you have.
  • All paid members are allowed to compete. If you're new to the club, you have to attend at least three meetings this year to become a member.
  • Acts should be around 6 minutes long, so start timing yourself. (Depending on the number of participants, this number may be larger or smaller.)
  • If you've won in the past, you are free to compete, but you have to perform a different act.
Check out all the competition rules.

How to Sign Up

Just send an email to president@ring216.org


Meeting Report: August 8, 2018 - Open Performance Night

An open performance night with a twist highlighted the August meeting of Ring 216. On this night, the volunteer performers were separated into three small groups which visited in turn audience members at three separate tables. This gave more performing opportunities and a more intimate setting, with the opportunity for instant give-and-take sessions on each performance.

In Group 1, John Jay performed a coins across, Tom Collett jumping knots with red and white silks, Sohum Modha an amazing matching of cards randomly stopped at, and Don White his lucky coin that multiplied into poker chips.

The Group 2 illusions included new member Vickie Jasinsky’s location of one selected card out of twenty-one, Mitch Kothe’s ESP cards prediction, Tetra’s magic finger ring routine and unique three-gear flight.

For Group 3, Cal Tong work-shopped his new copper-silver-brass coin routine, Ken King transported a selected card from a padlocked deck, and Fred Lee showed off a four-coin routine.

The evening closed with the reassembling of the audience for a reprise of some of the performances before the entire group. The new performing format was found by all to be refreshing and a fine aid in developing performing skills.

August 8: Workshop, Performances, Feedback & More

Join us at our next Ring 216 meeting on August 8 for a special night of learning and sharing. Here's what's on the agenda:

Pre-meeting workshop: 6:30 p.m.
Past Ring 216 president Cal Tong will lead members in a teaching session about basic coin sleights. The specific sleights will depend on what the attendees need help with. This is a great opportunity to learn from a master of coin magic.

Regular meeting: 7:30 p.m.
Normally, the Walk-Around Competition is held in August, but this year, many members will be at Magic Live. So the regular meeting will be hosted by our treasurer John Jones and vice president Tom Collett and feature a something a little different. Attendees will be divided into groups of 3-4, and then everybody will have the opportunity to perform a short trick, sleight, or script in order to receive constructive feedback from the group. This is the perfect way to get help and ideas from your fellow magicians in a low-stress environment.

For whatever time remaining, attendees will be invited to share something with the rest of the group. It can be an open performance routine, a product review, or something else that they want the group to know about.

Looking ahead

Now Taking Signups for our Next Competition
We hope you've been working on your acts for our Walk-Around Competition on September 12, 2018. We're taking signups now. Just click the big signup button below to let us know you want to compete. This is a great, low-stress way to hone your act and get feedback. Remember: The goal is to do your best and not focus on winning. Just have fun!

If you're thinking of competing, please keep in mind the following information:

  • All paid members are allowed to compete. If you're new to the club, you have to attend at least three meetings this year to become a member.
  • Acts should be around 6 minutes long, so start timing yourself.
  • If you've won in the past, you are free to compete, but you have to perform a different act.
  • If you want help with your act, ask any member! We're happy to offer guidance on your technique and presentation. (Why not bring it to the August meeting for feedback?)
  • Check out all the competition rules.

Sign up to compete>

Later in the Year

October 10th: Close-Up Competition
Just a month after the Walk-Around Competition, we'll host the Close-Up Magic Competition. Start preparing your act!

November 14th: Workshop & Lecture
Ring 216 will host a lecture and workshop from Jon Armstrong, previous winner of Close-Up Magician of the Year from the Magic Castle. More information to come!

Officer Elections
If you're interested in joining the leadership team of Ring 216 for next year, please get in touch with Fred Rasmussen and Cal Tong, who head up our nominating committee. Send email to both of them at nominating-committee@ring216.org.

Future Workshops
The officers are thinking of hosting beginner's workshops and will start reaching out for ideas. If you have any ideas or requests, please share them with an officer.