May 8: Workshop and Lecture with Kayla Drescher


Join us on Wednesday, May 8, for a workshop and lecture by rising magic star Kayla Drescher.

ABOUT THE LECTURE: "Tips for Tips and other Secrets of the Restaurant Entertainer"
Please note: the information in this lecture can be applied to all performing environments.

Kayla is best known for her bar magic experience. Her full bar show, which has been seen in restaurants and venues all over the country, is often featured at the Magic Castle’s WC Field’s Bar. She currently works as one of the principal entertainers at “Magic Bar,” a weekly magic show in Encino, California. This lecture is very hands-on, so be prepared to participate!

You will learn :

  • The routine that earned Kayla the title of “The Next Great Magician” from David Copperfield and NBC’s Today Show,
  • Ways to gain the most from your restaurant tips,
  • How to set up a bar for your full show,
  • Tips all restaurant magicians should know,
  • Making your magic as powerful as possible.

No RSVP necessary... just show up!

TIME: 7:30 –9:30 p.m.
PRICE: $15 for members, $30 for non-members
(Annual membership is $25 and you can sign up at the lecture.)

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: A Hands-On Personal Training Session
Bring a few of your favorite routines or ones you are working on. Get real time feedback from one of the Magic Castle’s University teachers. Learn about deepening your character or persona and strengthening your routine quality. Limited seats available.

TIME: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
PRICE: $30 for members, $45 for non-members

LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE! You must sign up ahead of time by sending email to president@ring216.org. No exceptions!

BONUS: Shezam: A Live Recording
After the lecture, join Kayla and her co-host, Carisa Hendrix in a live recording of their podcast, Shezam! Shezam, the podcast that hopes to make itself obsolete, works to address issues effecting women within the magic community. This podcast isn’t just for women, though. Kayla and Carisa investigate performance theories from treating your audience with respect, costuming, props, and much more. Shazam has quickly become one of the largest podcasts in the magic and entertainment industries. Bring your questions and comments for this live recording!

ABOUT KAYLA DRESCHER
Kayla has been a touring member of the Champions of Magic Illusion Show. She’s performed for clients all over the nation and has won multiple awards, including the Society of American Magician’s Presidential Citation and Boston’s 2013, “Magician of the Year.” She’s also appeared on television numerous times, including NBC’s “The Today Show,” where she won David Copperfield’s “Search for the Next Great Magician.”

Learn more about Kayla at www.magicinheels.com

April Meeting: Open Performances, Critique, Teach-In Sessions

For the meeting on April 10, 2019, we'll be hosting open performances by our members with critique and conducting teach-in sessions.

First, you'll have a chance to learn a mathematical card trick from Gary Goldberg. And Cal Tong will teach a coin routine you can perform for friends and family.

Then, we invite you to show us your stuff: You can perform a routine, sleight, or presentation and get valuable feedback from other members. This is the perfect way to get help and ideas from your fellow magicians in a low-stress environment. To make it as useful as possible, we're going to have a short presentation on how to give and receive feedback.

For whatever time remaining, we'll have casual time to catch up and re-connect with your friends, learn something new, and enjoy some fun magic.

Meeting Report: March 13, 2019 - Steve Silverman Lecture

A surprise announcement opened the March 13, 2019, meeting of Ring 216. President David Martinez presented the Wally Gibson Outstanding Contributor Award to Cal Tong for his many years of service to the Ring. Thank you, Cal!

Steve Silverman, longtime creator and performer of elegant magic, is based in Los Angeles but has close associations with our magic community. Tonight he treated the Ring to a lecture covering some of his favorite effects.

The first half of the lecture highlighted his core single-coin routine, with its dazzling series of odd happenings. This was followed by one of Steve’s favorites for many years, his version of Vernon’s Silk and Silver: three coins wrapped in a handkerchief vanish and return. During the explanations each move and subtlety was detailed with clarity as the members followed along with their own coins.

The second half was devoted to Steve’s working repertoire of card routines. In the “Santa Anita Opener,” a the back of a chosen card changes color, the the deck changes color. The “$20 Switch” is a crafty maneuver that turns red aces to black aces in a flash. “A Moment of Egress” provides a clever handling to the classic routine of a selected card vanishing from a packet and reappearing face up in the deck. And this was just the beginning of a series of impromptu card effects, culminating in a repeat card to pocket.

It was a great night of immersion into a world of thoughtful creation. We appreciate Steve’s sharing his work with us.

Upcoming Meeting: Steve Silverman Lecture


Join us on March 13 at 7:30 p.m. sharp for a magic lecture by Magic Castle magician and friend-of-Ring 216 Steve Silverman.

As a gift for Ring 216 members, Steve's lecture is free for paid members ($20 for non-members). You can sign up for membership at the meeting and enjoy all the benefits for just $25.

About Steve
Steve Silverman has been an underground magic aficionado for many years and has finally agreed to come out and share his ideas with the magic community with this lecture. Steve’s ideas and effects have been featured and credited in works by Jon Racherbaumer, Jim Swain, Martin Nash, J.K. Hartman, Dean Dill, John Lovick (Handsome Jack), and Stephen Hobbs, amongst others. His effects are published in MAGIC Magazine, Labyrinth, Infinity Power, Switch, and others. He is a long-time member and featured performer at The World Famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, and has performed at Trade Shows from Las Vegas to New Orleans to New York, and has been dubbed “Coin Magic Superman” in Genii Magazine.

The Lecture
Steve’s lecture is based on his two favorite items, coins and cards. The coin portion of his lecture is not about “coin tricks” per se, but a full deconstruction and insight into Steve’s routine that put him on the map. He will perform and walk through his Silver Dollar manipulation routine and break it down, explaining not only the how’s, but also the why’s, walking us through the basic moves and structuring of the routine while tipping a few of his own twists-and-turns in coin magic.

But that’s just getting us started! The second portion of the lecture will feature some of the card routines and effects featured in the above- mentioned books and in his Magic Castle act. DVDs and lecture notes will be available for purchase.

All attendees are highly encouraged to bring your own silver dollar (or equivalent) coin piece, as this is a very interactive and fun lecture. You don’t want to miss out!

No need to RSVP... just show up!

Meeting Report: Feb 13, 2019 - Awards and Open Performances



Trophies and certificates were awarded for the magic competitions at the start of the February 13, 2019 meeting of Ring 216. In the Walkaround competition, first place went to Dan Chan and the People’s Choice was Luke Adams. In the Close-Up competition, the standard division winners were Miriam al-Sultan (first place) and Tetra (People’s Choice), and the masters division awards were given to Perry Yan for first place and Luke Adams for People’s Choice. In the Stage competition, Susan Zeller took the standard division first place and Mitch Kothe the People’s Choice, while in the Master’s division, both awards went to Tom Collett.

Open performances followed with the audience divided into groups, so that the entertainers could try out their routines several times and garner feedback on each. John Jay caused an ace and three jokers to transform. Alan Leeds demonstrated his astonishing trip to the donut shop. David Martinez caused a quarter to vanish several times and finally appear in a surprising place. Rafael Delgadillo showed how with one hand he can cause all the cards to face one way except the spectator’s selection. Tom Collett printed four cards from blanks followed by a magical transposition of the cards. Mitch Kothe divined a spectator’s cell phone password. John Mosch and Phil Ackerly rounded out the night.