Announcing The David Gerard Lecture

Ring 216 members and friends: Join us on July 11 at 7:30 p.m. sharp for a magic lecture by the Bay Area's foremost purveyor of sleek, smart, modern magic: David Gerard.

After looking over the survey feedback from Ring 216 members, David has crafted a custom lecture for our group that dives into what everyone asked for — presentation, how to market yourself, and how to make your show more entertaining. Leveraging real life examples from his busy corporate and private show schedule, David will bring concepts to life in a way rarely seen by magic lecturers.

David will hold nothing back in the lecture, offering up the ways he built his business in the Bay Area over the last 8 years. He'll also offer up stories and advice from touring with The Illusionists, how he got in the SF Chronicle, and how he built to service his key buyers. There is something for everyone in this lecture, and we can't wait to host David in just a two short weeks.

No need to RSVP... just show up!

Cost: $15 for paid Ring 216 members / $30 for non-members

Location: Yu-Ai Kai Senior Center, 588 N. 4th Street, San Jose, CA 95112

Meeting Report: June 13, 2016 - Flea Market and Auction

At the June meeting, Ring 216 held its annual Flea Market and Auction. The members browsed among the collectible-crammed tables hunting for bargain miracles.  Many of the amazing wonders that did not sell at the flea market were offered at the auction that followed, a lively affair in which each seller acted as his own auctioneer. 
  Doug Eakin presented a bundle of classics such as Glorpy and, after spirited bidding, sold the whole lot for a happy price. He followed this up with a box of books, the some rice bowls and chocolate. 
  Phil Ackerly offered a number of trick/DVD combinations, a handmade mirror glass, and – his biggest item – a wireless microphone system with case. 
  Will Chandler, known for his role as auctioneer in previous years, gave a sample of his high energy spiel with a series of custom bundles designed just for this occasion: the Champagne Bucket Full of Magic, the Magic Hat Full of Magic, and the Matt King Signed Lunchbox of Magic.  
  Dan Chan had some useful items, and Fred Lee and Mitch Kothe found buyers for some newer mentalism effects. Danny Cheng concentrated on close up items, including a set of small linking rings. 
  Stan Sieler is owed special thanks for donating the proceeds of his comedy mentalism sale to the Ring.  
   Flea market sellers who did not also auction items included David Martinez, Jim Blaishek and Cal Tong, Don White with his crowd-funded Chinese coins, and the irrepressible book collector and dealer Byron Walker.

Announcing the Ring 216 Auction and Flea Market

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 13, 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.
8:15 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.

Meeting Update: May 2018

Music and Magic

The May 2018 meeting featuring a great mini-lecture from Peter Apel about magic and music. He has created a handout help you with adding music to your performances. Download it now>

David Gerard Lecture

We also announced an July lecture from San Francisco's own David Gerard. David would like your thoughts and ideas of what to cover during the meeting, and he has set up an online survey to hear from people who are planning to attend the lecture. Take the survey now>

Meeting Report: May 9, 2018 - Appel and Ackerly Music Lecture and More

It was the busiest Ring 216 night of the year in terms of scheduled magical events. It all started with music.

Musician, composer and kid show magician Pete Appel walked out for his mini-lecture to some rousing opening music – then left and walked out again without the music. He asked, see the difference? He drew on his experiences to demonstrate the effectiveness of music in magical performances. “Music can transport people to another place or time,” he pointed out. Music can be used to change emotion, or to attract attention, or as a mnemonic device – one must select music to match your intentions. He covered many practical aspects about using music at the performance site, such as carrying converter plugs and how to work with the sound guy. Stepping in to provide his own experience, well-known and very busy area magician Phil Ackerly emphasized that music takes your show to a whole different level – it makes the show more exciting. Phil gave tips on where to obtain royalty-free music. And if you have no music, use your voice – da da da!

This lecture alone could have filled the entire night, but there was more. Two teach-in workshops followed, with Calvin Tong teaching fine points of a particular coin sleight, and Gary Goldberg leading a discussion on a particular card sleight (names of sleights withheld from this public web site).

The night was capped by a set of open performances. Kim Silverman three times predicted a spectator’s card – once at a freely chosen number, once by cut, once based on a name – and each time it is the same card. Gene Johansson showed a clever presentation of a rope so cheap it had no ends. Yichen Ling pulls a spectator’s selected card out of the card box in the spectator’s pocket. With a musical performance that harkened back to the opening lecture Phil Ackerly, illustrated a family life lesson using a piece of thread torn to fragments. “Fear keeps us from doing what we love.” The thread is magically restored. “But if you have courage your life would be long, magical and fun.”