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 treasurer John Jones ( 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

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.

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.

Coming in April: Lecture and Workshop with Alex Pandrea

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

Alex Pandrea is a rising star in the magic community. He's the founder and CEO of The Blue Crown and House of Playing Cards. He has lectured around the world, including at the Magic Circle and the Blackpool Convention.

WORKSHOP 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
In this workshop, Alex will go in depth about moves, sleights, and routines that are commercial and well within the skill range of most magicians. He plans to divide the workshop into three parts: 1) Passes, palms, and other card sleights; 2) Routines using those moves; 3) His theory on how to take what you already do and make it more powerful. He will also be flexible about what he will teach to accommodate requests from the audience.

All workshop attendees will get five free videos plus other video downloads based on what he teaches in the workshop.

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

Space is limited for the workshop. Please sign up by sending email to

LECTURE 7:30 - 10:00 p.m.
In this 3-part lecture, he'll go over several of his tips on classic card moves, as well as many original sleights and effects. Part 1 includes practically self-working, easy-to-do magic that anyone will be able to perform in minutes. This includes cards, coins, phones, rubberbands, bottle caps, rings, etc. Part 2 has Alex's famous "5x5." This rapid fire teaching section provides valuable tips about 5 different sleights in 5 minutes. In Part 3, Alex tips his hand and provides detailed instruction on sleight-of-hand card magic. Please note that everything taught in the lecture is accessible by most magicians. Nothing knuckle-busting!

In addition, all attendees to the lecture receive 5 free videos from Alex detailing moves and sleights taught in the lecture.

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

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

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Upcoming Meeting: Awards & Open Performance Night

Here's what's planned for the next Ring 216 Meeting:

Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Location: Yu-Ai Kai Community Center

6:30 p.m. Pre-Meeting Workshop with Cal Tong
Cal will cover the "3 coin routine" he published in "The Real Magic of the Silicon Valley Vol 2." We will have copies of the book available for purchase at the meeting — $20 each.

7:30 p.m. Regular Meeting

Awards Ceremony
We'll be handing out the awards from last year's competitions.

Stan Sieler discussing "Creating Your Own Intro Card: Do's and Don'ts"

Book Raffle
This is a new opportunity for Ring 216 members to get free stuff. This month, we'll offer a raffle of the "The Magical World of Slydini," the two-volume work of one of our greatest magicians. All paid Ring 216 members in attendance will get a ticket, and one lucky magician will win. (You must be present to enter and win.) Thanks to Cal Tong for donating the book!

Open Performance Night
Bring your finished and unfinished routines and ideas to share with the group.

Coming in Feburary: Gregory Wilson "Things I Carry and Use" Lecture

When: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Where: Yu-Ai Kai Community Center

About the Lecturer
If you have a pulse and have been a part of the magic community any time in the last couple decades or so, then you will not need any introduction to Gregory Wilson or his material. Mr. Wilson is a FISM award winner (not just once, but twice over), frequent performer at the Magic Castle, and "resident Wizard" on Syfy's TV show Wizard Wars. Personally I can attest that in the dealer's room at last year's Magic Live conference in Las Vegas Greg's booth was swarmed while he was demonstrating his numerous items and there was significant buzz around his "Pointless" and "Revolution" effects.

About the Lecture
Greg will present for us a lecture entitled "Things I Carry and Use." As the title suggests the focus will be on items you can carry and be ready to perform in everyday, seemingly impromptu, situations to help you create those wonderful spur-of-the-moment jaw-dropping moments of astonishment.

Time: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 for Ring 216 members, $30 for non-members

No reservations necessary.

If you still haven't paid your 2016 Ring 216 membership dues be sure to sign up at the event to save big and enjoy all the great magic to come for the rest of the year!

Coming in January: Workshop and Lecture by Daryl, the Magician's Magician

When: January 13, 2016

Where: Yu-Ai Kai Community Center

About the Workshop
At the pre-lecture workshop, Daryl teaches one or two special tricks that have been specifically saved for the workshop. The students learn these tricks by actually DOING them as opposed to just watching and listening to their explanations. Before the workshop is finished, each participant will have performed each and every step from start to finish multiple times!

Time: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $30 for Ring 216 members, $45 for non-members

Space is limited. Reserve by emailing

About the Lecture
Daryl’s latest magic lecture is titled 4FXII, pronounced Four F Twelve. Even more so than usual, this lecture contains a wide variety of practical and PERFORMABLE magic. This lecture features close-up magic, stage magic, magic that is impromptu, angle-proof, quickly reset, finishes clean, easy to perform. This has always been Daryl’s favorite type of magic!

Time: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 for Ring 216 members, $30 for non-members

No reservations necessary

Sign up for membership at the event and save big!

Congratulations to our winners!

Congratulations are in order to our two winners from this week's Stage Magic Competitions:

Standard Division: Perry Yan
Masters Division: David Martinez

They each performed routines judged by their peers to be magical, technically sound, and fun to watch.

Congratulations and thank you to all the performers:

Aries Broadnax
Luke Adams
Perry Yan
Vikram Singh
Fred Lee
David Martinez
John Jones
Dan Chan

Have a happy New Year everyone and be sure to join us next year for our lecture and workshop with Daryl.