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.

Auction
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: March 14, 2018 - Michael Feldman Lecture

The creative Bay Area magician Michael Feldman presented a lecture on his latest material to a large audience of Ring 216 members.  The first edition of his recent book, A New Angle, co-written with Ryan Plunkett, has nearly sold out. The last remaining copies were offered for sale after the lecture, and quickly snapped up.

Michael performed and explained a series of novel effects. He began by holding a competition to find the three best Rock Paper Scissors players in the room. The winning moves of the top three players then turned out to have been written, in the correct order, on three large sheets of paper that had been stuck to the wall since the start of the game.

Next the cap of a ballpoint pen vanished, reappeared, and changed color. This was an update of a do-anywhere pocket effect Michael had released years ago and which he had published in his book “The Opposite of People.”

The material from his new book was then showcased in a series of card routines, kicked off by Ryan Plunkett’s “Shuffleupagus.” Two spectators each shuffle half the deck. The magician then shuffles and shows the cards are nearly separated into reds and blacks. He shuffles again, and the cards are in new deck order. It was this effect which was the genesis of the book, Michael explained. He followed this up with the outstanding “Complete faro control, then the direct location of any named four of a kind, and rounded off with some thinking on the larger principles behind the book.

The second half of the lecture was devoted to impromptu card tricks. These included an in-the-hands effect where a mixed deck of face-up and face-down cards rights itself and a cutting the aces routine.

The finale was “Merely Impossible,” a routine Michael has been incorporating into his act over the past year. This astonishing routine has taken in probably every magician who has seen it. In essence, the selected and signed card is located by the magician in the deck…before the spectator returns it to the deck! Michael graciously discussed in detail the psychology behind the routine.


The books he brought with him quickly sold out at the end of the lecture – but a new edition is on the way.

Coming in May: Mini-lecture, teach-in sessions, and more

Join your friends in magic on May 9, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. for our next regular meeting. We have a fun, full agenda for the meeting... here's what we have in store for you:

1. Mini-Lecture: Music and Magic
Peter Apel will facilitate a group discussion on the topic, “The Magic of Audio: How Thoughtful Selection and Use of Music Can Enhance Your Magical Performance.” He'll cover selecting the right music, preparation and practice, technology and hardware, and other topics brought up by the members.

2. Teach-In Sessions: False Transfers and Double-Lifts
Next, we'll divide attendees into two groups to take part in teach-in sessions led by two Ring 216 officers. Each group will have the opportunity to attend each session.

• Cal Tong will lead a session on false transfers. As student of Shoot Ogawa, Cal is a master of the art and will discuss technique, psychology, and misdirection. Bring your own coins or other small objects to practice with.

• Gary Goldberg will facilitate a discussion on the double-lift. Gary is a wonderful cardician who has studied the classics, and he'll be able to share advice and techniques for mastering this extremely valuable card sleight.

3. Magic Reviews from Club Members
Have you bought any new magic books, videos, or tricks lately? Tell us what you think about them! We're going to inaugurate a new feature of Ring 216 where we invite YOU to share your opinions in an open forum about what you've purchased. In 1-3 minutes, tell us what you like or don't like about it so that your fellow members can decide whether to buy it. 

4. Open Performances
If you haven't performed at the Ring lately, we invite you to show your stuff! You'll get first priority during our open performance portion of the evening. Remember: As a member of Ring 216, you're obligated to perform at a club event (meeting or competition) at least once per year. Nervous? No need to be... We're family!

Coming in April: Pre-Meeting Workshop and Open Performances

Ring 216 members and friends: Join your friends in magic on April 11, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. for our next regular meeting.

Here's the agenda for the meeting:

6:30 p.m. — Pre-meeting workshop
We'll practice one of the routines we learned at Michael Feldman's lecture: End for End. David has purchased a collection of Pilot V7 pens, and so we'll have them available to use and purchase (only $3 for two pens, red and black). The routine is available in Michael's book "The Opposite of People," and you can also purchase a video download of the routine from Art of Magic.

7:30 p.m. — Announcements, Raffle, and Open Performances
As usual, Ring 216 members are eligible to participate in a raffle of magic items — books, tricks, and videos — donated by our members. If you have anything you'd like to share with other members, please bring it!

After the raffle, we'll have a regular night of open performances. Perform a routine you're working on and get feedback. Or if you have something you'd like to teach us or ideas you'd like to share, bring those, too.

Did anyone say refreshments? We'll have those, too. Feel free to bring some food to share if you'd like.