November Meeting Recap

In case you missed the Ring 216 action in November, here is a quick recap of the excitement.

The evening began with an informal pre-meeting workshop to review, practice, and discuss the  Garrett Thomas imagination coins routine covered in his workshop last month.

Then the main meeting began with a quick election of 2017 officers. We welcomed our new Sergeant-At-Arms, Thomas Busk!

President: David Martinez
Vice President: Calvin Tong
Secretary: Gary Goldberg
Treasurer: John Jones
Web Master: Stephen Sebeny
Sergeant at Arms: Thomas Busk

The main event was Open Performance night. Ten people volunteered to do about five minutes each. Those who desired it received a few minutes of audience advice and suggestions. These discussions showed our ring at its best: helping each other learn, bantering about ideas and jokes, and having an overall great time.

These were the performers this night:
  • Fred Lee opened with the mental divination of selected cards. 
  • Rafael Delgadillo presented a one-handed Oil & Water and full deck color separation. 
  • Gene Johannsen performed at the club for the first time. He impressed with Larry Jenmings' beautiful card penetration, "Close up illusion." He drew laughs with his "marked card" line.
  • David Martinez matched the colors on a Rubik's curve to a spectator's randomly scrambled cube, then solved the cube without looking at it. This was Greg Wilson's Rubicon, recently released, and new to most members.
  • Patrick Henderson used Liquid Luck to divine the cards that six spectators mentally selected from six packets, concluding with an envelope prediction - a clever presentation of Simon Aronson's "Histed Heisted."
  • Bill Jacobson surprised when he predicted how many cards will be taken by spectator and what card would be chosen using that number. At the end, a written prediction revealed he knew all along what would happen.
  • Sohum Moda induced a spectator to find a set of matching cards, which turned out to be he only eights in a deck full of threes.  
  • Spencer Grey, attending the club for only the second time, presented one of his favorite routines from his professional act, an entertaining effect that destroys a deck of cards and ends with the signed, selected card in his mouth (Hobson routine.)  He dies the routine often in walk around me stage. Ruins a deck each time. 
  • Cal Tong showed a coin box routine and added on a newly-learned effect in which a spectator cuts off cards that match a prediction (from Andy Nyman's "Fight Dirty" lecture notes).  
  • Oscar Bascara, a new member, gave his debut performance. He dared to perform a routine by Ponta the Smith, the Winged Silver from "Sick", and impressed us all.




Reminder: Stage Competition in December

This year's final competition, focusing on stage magic, will be held December 14th. There may be just one or two slots let for competitors, please contact David Martinez at president@ring216.org if you wish to sign-up to participate in the competition.

November: Elections & Open Performances

When: Wednesday, November 9th, 2016
Where: Yu-Ai Kai Community Center

6:30 PM - Informal Workshop on Imagination Coins

Did you attend the Garrett Thomas workshop last month covering his imagination coins routine? If so, join us this month for an informal workshop to discuss and practice the routine.

7:30 PM - Main Meeting - Elections & Open Performances

The nominating committee (Fred Rasmussen & Will Chandler) have confirmed the following candidates as Ring 216 officers for 2017 to stand for election during our Nov 9th meeting.

President: David Martinez
Vice President: Calvin Tong
Secretary: Gary Goldberg
Treasurer: John Jones
Web Master: Stephen Sebeny
Sergeant at Arms: Thomas Busk

Any Ring 216 member can challenge final nominees by a floor nomination at the election. Ring membership 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. The election of officers will be determined by a majority vote of Ring 216 members attending the Nov 9th meeting. No absent voting ballets are acceptable.

The remainder of our main meeting in November 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.

Our newest members are especially encouraged to perform at this evening's session. Additionally, we will be emphasizing the sharing feedback on the performances, when desired, 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.

To accommodate as many performers as possible please plan to perform a piece no longer than 5 minutes in length in order to allow time for brief feedback.

Reminder: Stage Competition in December

This year's final competition, focusing on stage magic, will be held December 14th. Contact David Martinez at president@ring216.org if you wish to sign-up to participate in the competition.

2016 Close-up Competition Winners

Congratulations and thank you to all the magicians performing in our Ring 216 Close-up Magic Competition last month. A fantastic time was had by all with a total of 13 magicians competing!

The Standard Division contestants, as pictured below, were (Danny) Cheng Li Gung, Aries Broadax, Ken King, Tom Collett, Bill Jacobson, and Solum Mocha.

Ring 216 Close-up Magic Competition 2016 - Standard Division
In the Masters Division the contestants, as pictured below, were Perry Yan, Calvin Tong, Luke Adams, Fred Mordecai Lee, Alan Leeds, Dan Chan, and John Jones.

Ring 216 Close-up Magic Competition 2016 - Masters Division
And now for the moment you've been waiting for! The first place winner in the standard division was Tom Collett, with (Danny) Cheng Li Gung receiving the honor of people's choice. While in the masters division Calvin Tong takes first place, with Perry Yan receiving the people's choice award.

Additional photos from the evening can be found on our Facebook group page.

This year's final competition, focusing on stage magic, will be held December 14th. Contact David Martinez at president@ring216.org if you wish to sign-up to participate in the competition.

Coming in October: Lecture by Garrett Thomas

When: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Where: Yu-Ai Kai Community Center

ABOUT THE LECTURER
Garrett is known for being an innovator as well as one of the top card, coin, and ring manipulators. His original effects, extreme technical skills, and keen understanding of human psychology culminate in highly visual, entertaining, and often enlightening routines. Garrett has produced several instructional books and videos on the subjects of coin, card and ring manipulation, and creating magical moments. This month he brings his magic and knowledge to Ring 216 for a special lecture and workshop.


WORKSHOP: 5:00 - 7:00 PM
The workshop will consist of a blend of both finger ring magic and a focus on Garrett's imagination coins routine. (In order to work on the finger ring material during the workshop please bring your own ring -- ideally one easily removed from your own finger.) As a special for workshop attendees only Garrett will offer his imagination coins package for only $30 (regular retail price of $40).

Workshop cost: $30 for paid Ring 216 members, $45 for non-members.

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LECTURE: 7:30 - 10:00 PM
If you care about magic as an art, you must see Garrett Thomas -- he is like a motivational Speaker for Magicians. You will learn some of the effects that have made Garrett a favorite amongst top magicians, and learn many touches to be applied to your own routines. Click the flyer image above to view more information on lecture contents.

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

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

We have winners!

Our 2016 Close-Up and Walk-Around Magic Competitions are complete, and we've crowned some winners so far.

Walk-Around Magic (August 2016)
Standard Division
Winner: Tom Collett
People's Choice: Tom Collett

Masters Division
Winner: Cal Tong
People's Choice: Cal Tong

Close-Up Magic (September 2016)
Standard Division
Winner: To be announced at October meeting
People's Choice: Danny Cheng

Masters Division
Winner: To be announced at October meeting
People's Choice: Perry Yan

Congrats to all our competitors! Please visit our Facebook group to see pictures from the event.

What's Next

In October, we will have a workshop and lecture from Garret Thomas. Stay tuned for more information about that.

In November, we have our open performance night and officer elections. If you would like to be considered for an officer's position, please contact Fred Rasmussen.

In December, we have our 2016 Stage Magic Competition. We will limit participation to a maximum of 14 competitors, so sign up early by sending email to president@ring216.org.