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!

Upcoming Meeting: Feb. 13, 2019

Join us on February 13 for our next Ring 216 meeting featuring a pre-meeting workshop, awards ceremony, raffle, and small group performances.

We hope you can get away from your significant other for a few hours on Wednesday, February 13, and spend it with your family in magic. Here's our agenda:

  • Awards ceremony honoring the winners of last year's competitions.
  • Small group performances with feedback. Attendees will be divided into groups of 3-4, and then everybody will have the opportunity to perform a short trick, sleight, or script in order to receive constructive feedback from the group. This is the perfect way to get help and ideas from your fellow magicians in a low-stress environment.
  • For whatever time remaining, we'll have casual time to catch up and share ideas and thoughts.

This is a great opportunity to re-connect with your friends, honor our award winners, learn something new, and enjoy some fun magic.

Pre-Meeting Workshop
We are thinking about holding an informal, free workshop before our February meeting to discuss a routine we learned at the recent Greg Wilson lecture/workshop. The workshop will run from 6:30–7:15 p.m. on February 13.

If at least 5-6 people will commit to attending, then we will host the workshop. Otherwise, we will schedule a workshop for a future date. Please send an email to let us know if you will attend, and let us know what you would like to discuss.

2019 Annual Message from the Ring 216 President

Dear Ring 216 Members and Friends,

What an amazing year for magic 2018 was! In this annual president's message, I'd like to reflect on what happened last year and look ahead to 2019.

In 2018, we again hosted some amazing lecturers: John Carney in January, Michael Feldman in March, David Gerard in July, and Jon Armstrong in November. In addition, Peter Apel gave a fun and informative mini-lecture about music and magic.

Ring 216 continued a key initiative in 2018 when we offered Michael's lecture to free to all Ring 216 members as another benefit of membership. We also continued our tradition of raffling off free magic items to members.

Of course, we held our annual Flea Market and Auction in June. And as usual, we hosted three competitions: Walk-Around, Close-Up, and Stage/Parlor. We had some new faces and several new winners.

At our officers elections, we had a changing of the guard as John Jones decided to retire as treasurer. We thank John for all the time and effort he put into the club. He is succeeded as treasurer by Tom Collett. We welcomed a new officer: John Mosch as vice president. Gary Goldberg continues as secretary, and Fred Rasmussen and Cal Tong continue on the board as past presidents.

Looking ahead to 2019, we have already hosted an epic workshop and lecture by Gregory Wilson. In addition, several exciting things planned but also lots of room to add new things as they come up.

As for other lectures, right now we have at least two accomplished magicians booked for 2019: Friend of Ring 216 Steve Silverman will lecture on March 13, which will be offered free to members as a gift from Ring 216, continuing the tradition we started two years ago. In April, we'll host the great Nick Lewin. And we are in discussions with Kayla Drescher, cohost of the Shezam podcast and touring member of the Champions of Magic (we're hoping her touring schedule allows for a lecture in the spring or summer). And believe it or not, we're already talking about lecturers for 2020, so if you have suggestions, please let us know.

As the president of Ring 216, I want to say thank you for supporting our club and for helping keeping magic alive in the Silicon Valley. For 2019, I again ask each of you to think about what you would like to see from Ring 216, and share those ideas with the other officers and me. We do this because we enjoy your company and your contributions.

Let’s keep the momentum going into the New Year!

David Martinez
President, I.B.M. Ring 216

Coming Jan. 9, 2019: Workshop and Lecture by Gregory Wilson

Join us on Wednesday, January 9, for an epic workshop and lecture by acclaimed magician Gregory Wilson.

About the Lecture: "Things I Carry and Use"

Just like the title reveals, this lecture uses things that fit in his pockets and are found around him, ever-ready for spur-of-the-moment astonishments.

Continuing on his impromptu work from Off the Cuff and On the Spot, Greg teaches how to convert everyday objects into devastating weapons of deception.

The emphasis here is entertainment. Just because it's called a lecture doesn't mean is has to be dry and academic. You'll experience a rip-roaring, laugh out loud, audience-involving show!

No RSVP necessary... just show up!

TIME: 7:30 –10:00 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, Four-Hour Personal Training Session

Beyond cards, there are many normal and natural props that would make MacGyver proud, like coins, phones, watches, rings, toothpicks, and anything in a coffeehouse.

The format of the workshop is your choice: Impromptu and/or formal performances; scheduled and/or personal requests.

Each attendee will also learn the underlying philosophy and psychology of how and why deception works. All in all, this interactive course of instruction will guarantee that everyone walks away with full and complete routines in their working repertoires.

TIME: 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
PRICE: $75 payable directly to Greg at the workshop. (There is no Ring 216 member discount.)

LIMITED TO 10 ATTENDEES! You must sign up ahead of time by sending email to president@ring216.org. No exceptions!

About Gregory Wilson

Gregory Wilson is a two-time FISM award-winner with a score of best-selling instructional DVD's on the market.

He has performed and lectured on 6 continents, in 47 countries and over 1,000 cities, giving him the experience to add to your own personal experience.

Meeting Report: December 12, 2018 - Stage and Parlor Competition

December was Stage and Parlor Competition time at Ring 216! In the Standard Division: Alexander Thorn caused a blindfolded spectator to divine a chosen drawing. Suyash Joshi combined technology and magic in several effects. Susan Zeller performed her musical cups and balls. Mitch Kothe showed his ability to balance. And Miriam Al-Sultan found half of a spectator’s bill in a candy bar.

In the Masters Division: John Jones caused a spectator’s chosen king to lose his head. Fred Lee excited with billiard ball manipulation and card productions. Tom Collett explained the difference between science and magic as he made red and white knots change places. David Martinez showed that a set of free mental choices by spectators had been predicted before the show.

The voting was close, as always. The winners were:

Standard Division
First – Susan Zeller
Second and People’s Choice – Mitch Kothe

Master’s Division:
First and People’s Choice – Tom Collett
Second Place – Fred Lee

Congratulations to all contestants for a good show!