Coming June 14: Annual Flea Market and Auction

Got magic stuff you want to get rid of? Is there anything you have your eye on? Bring your magical friends and join us at our next meeting on Wednesday, June 14, 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 on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserve your table today using our easy online form. The costs are:
  • Full table: $15 for members, $20 for non-members
  • Half table: $10 for members, $15 for non-members
You can view a layout of the tables when you reserve, and you can make a request for a particular table (although requests are not guaranteed). The earlier you reserve, the more likely you will be to get your preferred location.

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.

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.

Evening Agenda
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.

Want more details about the auction? Read our FAQ.

So bring your friends and your stuff — and your cash.

Shawn McMaster Lecture on Restaurant Magic: May 10

When: May 10, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Yu-Ai Kai Community Center

About the Lecture
Shawn McMaster has been working in the trenches making his sole living with magic for 24 years. During all that time, he has rarely been without at least one weekly restaurant gig. Early on, he was working two to three a week. These days, Shawn is a world traveler, working engagements and corporate events around the world, yet he still keeps a very successful presence within restaurants performing for patrons and making restaurant owners very happy with his work.

His lecture, "Deceptive Dining," is a highly-informative study on the business of restaurant magic. Not only the best type of effects to perform in a restaurant setting, but an in-depth and detailed blueprint of how to gain, keep, and profit from a regular restaurant magic gig taken from over two decades of real-world experience will be presented in this lecture. If you have ever thought about performing in restaurants, you can’t afford to miss this.

Who is Shawn McMaster?
Shawn McMaster is a corporate entertainer who has performed all over the world. He has performed his brand of comedy magic in clubs, theaters, Las Vegas, Off-Broadway, cruise ships, and is a favorite performer at the Magic Castle. He has appeared on TV shows such as Masters of Illusion and America’s Got Talent. Shawn is also a writer of many books and articles on magicians and the art of magic that have appeared in numerous magic and mainstream publications. He was also the Associate Editor of MAGIC Magazine for three years.

Learn more and watch videos at

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

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

April 12 Meeting and Workshops

Join us for our next monthly meeting on April 12, 2017, for a special night focused on performing tableside magic at restaurants and parties. Here's our agenda:

6:30 p.m.: Pre-Meeting Workshop on Elbow, Knee, Neck

Cal Tong has offered to continue his workshop from our last meeting about Daryl’s coin trick, Elbow, Knee, Neck.

7:30 p.m. Regular Meeting — Focus on Tableside Magic

Part 1: Stories and Tips on Booking and Performing in Restaurants

Spencer Grey performs weekly at Sam’s BBQ in San Jose, and he will deliver a mini-lecture on how he booked the gig and what he has learned performing there. In addition, JamesZini will share knowledge and stories about his restaurant gig at Mavericks Grill in San Jose. John Jones will talk about his work at Morocco’s Restaurant. And other magicians who perform in restaurants will be invited to join the conversation.

Part 2: Two Teach-in Sessions

We want to do something a little different and offer attendees the opportunity to learn two routines that are great for tableside magic. In one session, Cal Tong will teach an impromptu coin routine. In the other session, David Martinez will teach Pop Haydn’s Chicago Surprise card routine (with permission from Pop). After 20-25 minutes, we will switch groups, so that each group will get to attend each workshop.

Part 3: Social Time

We can spend the time remaining chatting and sharing. Water and cookies will again be provided.

Update on March 8 Meeting: Tributes to Daryl and Bob Cassidy

Join us on Wednesday, March 8, for a special Open Performance night and pre-meeting workshop honoring the legacies of two magic legends who passed away recently: Daryl and Bob Cassidy.

6:30 p.m. — Pre-Meeting Workshop
At 6:30 p.m., Ring 216 Vice President Cal Tong will present a 30-minute workshop on one of his favorite routines from Daryl, “Elbow, Knee, Neck.” You can get a complete description and review of the trick on this Magic Cafe page.

This is a coin routine using three ungimmicked coins, so please bring them with you if you want to learn this. Cal will continue this workshop later in the evening (see below).

7:30 p.m. — Awards and Raffle
We’ll hand out awards from last year to our magic champions. Then we’ll conduct a free raffle for all club members where you’ll have a chance to win several magic items among donated books, videos, and tricks.

7:45 - 8:15 p.m. Special Workshops
We’re going to try something new and offer you the opportunity to learn two Daryl routines.

  • Cal will continue his workshop from earlier in the evening on Daryl’s “Elbow, Knee, Neck”
  • David Martinez will teach an easy and baffling self-working routine from Daryl called “As Many and As Much as You” from Fooler Doolers Vol. 1. This involves a handful of random, ungimmicked coins. David will bring some extras if you want to try this out for yourselves.

8:15 - 8:30 p.m. Break

8:30 - close — Open Performance and Tributes to Daryl and Bob
For our Open Performances, attendees will be able to perform any routines and receive feedback from the audience if they want it. You are welcome to share your favorite routines from Daryl and Bob Cassidy, and you can also share stories of how these two magical icons influenced you.

We hope you can join us for this special evening.

Remembering The Magician's Magician -- Daryl

By now many of you will have heard the news of the loss of one of magic's great performers and teachers. If you have not, it is with regret that I share it with you now in the form of reproducing the press release from the Academy of Magical Arts.

The Academy of Magic Arts Mourns the Passing of Daryl
HOLLYWOOD — Feb. 25, 2107 — For Immediate Release — The Academy of Magical Arts (AMA) and the Magic Castle mourn the passing of celebrated magician and AMA family member, Daryl.
Daryl, who was performing at the Magic Castle this week, was found dead on the club’s premises on the evening of Friday, Feb. 24, and his death has been ruled a suicide by the Los Angeles Police Department.
The magic community mourns the loss of one of our most beloved and talented performers and the AMA’s deepest regrets and heart-felt sympathy go out to Daryl’s family.
Daryl was a World Champion, first-place FISM Gold medal winning, close-up magician with over 40 years of experience in both performing and selling the finest magic in the world. Daryl performed as a headline act at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for seven years fine tuning his already encyclopedic knowledge of magic. Daryl has performed literally thousands of shows for audiences as diverse as the Witch Doctors on the South Pacific island of Vanuatu to the movers and shakers of the political world at the Presidential Ball in Washington, D.C.

Many of us right here in Ring 216 were blessed to have benefited from Daryl's years of expertise, magical creativity, generous expert instruction, and friendship. Most will recall his most recent visit to Ring 216, in January 2016, as documented by our Secretary Gary Goldberg in his ring report.

IBM Ring 216, in San Jose, California, had the pleasure of hosting a workshop and a lecture by one of the art’s best known performers, Daryl, the magician’s magician, on January 13, 2016.   In a two-hour limited-seating workshop for twenty people, Daryl gave personalized instruction on some choice card and coin effects. At the regular meeting that followed, Daryl presented a two-hour lecture to an enthusiastic full house. He emphasized effects that were proven audience-pleasers and detailed how his thinking on each evolved to make each presentation as strong as possible. Highlights of the lecture included: a very clean sucker torn-and-restored napkin, A forgotten classic from Lewis Ganson, Bob Farrell’s Four Dice chink-a-chink with the assembly in order of four dice displaying different numbers of spots, with Dai Vernon’s climax, The Acrobatic Knot (knot jumps from white to red rope, and more), Rope through Body penetration, The Rainbow Ropes (red, white and blue ropes fuse into one), and a method for a Cards Across, in which a mentally selected card travels from one packet to another, that is accomplished without moves or switches.

Farewell, the world was a more magical place because of you.