Coming July 8th: Naathan Phan Lecture and more

We're excited to announce another in our series of free lectures, this time with the wonderful Naathan Phan!

Naathan Phan is a multi-talented, award-winning entertainer who has headlined stages across the globe, appeared in films such as Superbad, has been regularly featured on national television networks including NBC, Syfy, the CW, and Comedy Central since the age of 23, and is a regular performer at the exclusive, world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood.

For Ring 216, Naathan will deliver an evening of instruction and discussion on his unique approach to creating and presenting magic which emphasizes character and theatricality.

Naathan will dive into his approach to comedy, some of psychology behind character building and will teach some easy effects that every magician can add to their toolbox, some of which have been featured on TV shows like Masters of Illusion.

This lecture will be aired live via the Zoom platform on the date and time listed below.
LECTURE DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, July 8, 2020
TIME: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. PDT
PRICE: Free for all Ring 216 members, guests, and friends

HOW TO WATCH
We're using the Zoom platform to run this online meeting. You can participate using the Zoom app (for iOS, Android, Mac, or Windows) or any web browser.

Check your email for the link to view the lecture.
BEFORE THE LECTURE: Discussion of Zoom magic
The Ring meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a pre-lecture discussion of performing magic on Zoom. David Martinez and John Mosch will lead this discussion by sharing what they've learned from performing live shows for hundreds of audience members on Zoom and Facebook Live. David and John will discuss the technology they use and how they've marketed their show. And as a group, we can all share ideas about the best kinds of magic that work on Zoom.

DATE: Wednesday, July 8, 2020
TIME: 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. PDT
PRICE: Free for all Ring 216 members, guests, and friends
COMING IN AUGUST: Zoom Magic Competition
In normal times, we would be planning the Walk-Around Magic Competition in August. But these are not normal times. So the Ring officers have decided to experiment with a Zoom Magic Competition, and we're taking signups now!

DATE: Wednesday, August 12, 2020
TIME: 7:30 p.m. PDT

Here are the basic rules:
  • Perform an act up to 6 minutes long broadcast from your location on Zoom
  • The act must be live, not pre-recorded
  • You may call on audience helpers over Zoom to help, but no stooges allowed
  • You can also use an assistant at your location
  • Voting will be done online... details TBD
  • No adult-oriented material or danger acts
  • Only paid up members of Ring 216 are eligible to perform, but you can pay for your membership now
  • We'll invite non-magicians to enjoy the show and possibly vote for a people's choice... details TBD
Interested? Sign up now by sending email to president@ring216.org.

Meeting Report: June 2020 - Jan Sankey On-line Lecture


Ring 216 held a live on-line lecture with Jay Sankey on June 10, 2020. The Zoom Room was packed for what can only be called a brilliant and fast-paced presentation (to use Jay’s words). With one eye to the demand for socially distant effects, Jay set off with a selection of three cards and a swift three-coins across routine, followed by linking zip ties and predicting an item chosen randomly from a list—with a surprise handling of the reveal. His presentation was peppered with advice and Sankeyisms: “Give the magic its due. Slow down.” “Be self-effacing, not challenging.” He demonstrated one of his favorite openers: four cards named from a face-up deck turn into four queens—a good example of a card trick suitable for remote work. (Jay: “I am a bit wacky. I do go on and on about details.”) Tips on vanishing a coin were followed by an impromptu spoon bending and forcing the bowl of the spoon through a borrowed finger ring. Tricks with soda straws followed, including what was perhaps the biggest magician-fooler of the night: a borrowed finger ring placed on a straw is visibly pulled through the straw's center. In the closer (updating the version done by David Blaine), mentally selected cards pass into a balloon. He rounded off the evening by answering questions and reminiscing. And giving more advice: “Most magicians are perfectionists. Perfection isn’t real. It is this shiny thing. It is an illusion. Relax. Seeing the imperfections around the edges is what is most interesting to people.”

Coming June 10th: Free Lecture by Jay Sankey

Dear Ring 216 members and friends,

Get ready to enjoy an epic lecture by one of the most prolific creators of magic in the world, Jay Sankey!

For more than 30 years, Jay has entertained audiences at private events, trade shows, hotels, banquets and corporate functions all over the world. As a creative consultant, Jay has worked with many of the world's most famous magicians including David Blaine, Criss Angel and David Copperfield. Jay also holds the world's record for creating more original illusions than another other living magician.

For Ring 216, Jay will present a 90-minute lecture, featuring a really FUN variety of 8-10 tricks for ALL skill levels, followed by a 30-minute Q&A. Any merchandise he mentions during the lecture will be available for a very good, attendee-only price.

This lecture will be aired live via the Zoom platform on the date and time listed below.

LECTURE DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, June 10, 2020
TIME: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. PDT
PRICE: Free for all Ring 216 members, guests, and friends.

HOW TO WATCH
We're using the Zoom platform to run this online meeting. You can participate using the Zoom app (for iOS, Android, Mac, or Windows) or any web browser. There is a limit of 100 guests for the event, so arrive early.

If you're on the Ring 216 email list, your inbox for the link to join the meeting. Or request the link at president@ring216.org.

Coming May 27: Lecture by Ryan Kane

On May 27, fire up your computers, grab a beverage, and enjoy a fun and entertaining lecture from Bay Area magic legend Ryan Kane.

Ryan Kane is one of the premiere magical entertainers in the Bay Area. His engaging magic and endless wit have thrilled audiences at his regular show at the EXIT Theatre, trade shows, and events for Fortune 500 companies. And you'll get to enjoy Ryan's experience and knowledge in his exclusive and rare magic lecture.

This lecture will be aired live via the Zoom platform on the date and time listed below.

ABOUT THE LECTURE
Ryan has just published his first book, "Out of Stock: A Magician's Guide to Writing Your Own Lines." This is a book for the performing magician or variety artist who is ready to get serious and move beyond using the standard lines. Ryan provides a step-by-step process to replace the stock and stolen jokes in your show with fresh original content. It is the same process that he used to transform his act from a clone into something he could be proud of.

In this online, interactive lecture, Ryan will lead a discussion about how to remove old, outdated stock lines from your routines, and he'll guide us through the process of rewriting a joke together.

Buy his book now at Amazon: ebook $9.99, paperback $15.99.

LECTURE DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, May 27, 2020
TIME: 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. PDT
PRICE: Free for all Ring 216 members, guests, and friends.

HOW TO WATCH
We're using the Zoom platform to run this online meeting. You can participate using the Zoom app (for iOS, Android, Mac, or Windows) or any web browser. There is a limit of 100 guests for the event, so arrive early.

You must be on the Ring 216 mailing list to view the Zoom event. Please email president@ring216.org to get the link.

Meeting on May 13, 2020: Free online lecture by Robert Ramirez

Dear Ring 216 members and friends,

On May 13, fire up your computers, grab a beverage, and enjoy a professional lecture from a rising start in magic, Robert Ramirez.

Robert has performed in all five showrooms at the Magic Castle in a single year. He has  performed at Magic Live, Genii, and Blackpool magic convention. He's also an accomplished actor having starred in the national tour of the Tony-winning musical IN THE HEIGHTS.

This professional lecture will be aired live via the Zoom platform on the date and time listed below. Ring 216 is offering this paid lecture as a free gift to all members, friends, and guests during this challenging time.

ABOUT THE LECTURE
This lecture will cover strong magic routines with props that can be made at home using simple things as glue, tape, rubber bands, balloons, paper bags, cards, and magnets. Physically creating a magic trick you're going to perform is one of the most fulfilling things you can do. It helps a part of creativity that can only be unlocked by doing. We will also discuss looking through old magic books and updating them for current times.

DETAILS
TIME: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
PRICE: Free for all Ring 216 members, guests, and friends

HOW TO WATCH
We're using the platform provided by the IBM organization, Zoom, to run this online video meeting. You can participate using the Zoom app (for iOS, Android, Mac, or Windows) or any web browser.

Check your email for the link to join the meeting. Or request the link at president@ring216.org.

That link also contains video instructions if you've never used Zoom. Be sure to check that page prior to the meeting to get your device set up and ready to go.

BEFORE THE LECTURE
Beginning at 7pm, I will open up the Zoom meeting for people who want to join early. This is a great time to catch up and see how everyone is doing.