Coming Dec. 12: Stage & Parlor Magic Competition


The 2018 Stage & Parlor Magic Competition is just around the corner — Wednesday, Dec. 12. Come on out to support your fellow magicians as they present their best material in a parlor setting... think the Parlor of Prestidigitation 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:

  • Parlor is defined as an act presented in a formal stand-up setting with a sound system and curtains. There will be 5-6 rows of seating.
  • But remember that we don't have raked seating, so be aware that people in the 2nd or 3rd row will not be able to see the top of a 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 and compete.
  • 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.
To sign up, send an email to president@ring216.org.

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. 

Meeting Report: October 10, 2018 - Close-Up Magic Competition

The President of Ring 216 is happy to announce the winners from this year’s Close Up Magic competition:

Standard Division
First Place: Meriam Al-Sultan
Second Place: Mitch Kothe

People's Choice: Tetra Ken

Masters Division
First Place: Perry Yan
Second Place: Luke Adams
People's Choice: Luke Adams

We had a great turnout... close to 40 attendees, about half of whom were non-magicians.

Congratulations to the winners! And thank you to all the participants and guests!

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.

Meeting Report: September 12, 2018: Walk-Around Competition

The annual Ring 216 Walkaround Magic competition was held at the September meeting. The magicians who put themselves on the line were Dan Chan, Mitch Kothe, Fred Lee, Don Fickles, Meriam Al-Sultan, Luke Adams, and Suyash Joshi. The several first-time competitors deserve special commendation for stepping up to the challenge. The scoring by both magicians and muggles was close, but the final tallies revealed these winners:

First Place: Dan Chan
Second Place: Luke Adams
Third Place: Fred Lee
People’s Choice: Luke Adams