Coming in October: Ring 216 Close-Up Competition

Our Annual Close-Up Magic Competition event is coming Wednesday, October 11, and we hope you all can show up to enjoy some great magic and support your fellow Ring members who have signed up to compete.

Bring your friends or family with you to enjoy an evening of great magic. The more people we have, the better the magic.

We already have a few signups, so if you want to compete, please send an email to David Martinez (

All contestants should check the rules and information on competitions.

Family and friends (non-members) will be the judges for the People's Choice Award, assuming we have at least 10 laypeople present. Paid members in good standing will be the judges for the masters division. All competitors will compete in a single division.

The time and place are the same as usual: Yu-Ai Kai Community Center at 7:30 p.m. sharp. See you then!

Coming Sept. 13: Workshop and Lecture with John Lovick

When: Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Where: Yu-Ai Kai Community Center

John Lovick lives in Los Angeles, where he works as a performer, writer, and theater director. His secret alter ego, Handsome Jack, performs regularly at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, where he was been nominated eleven years in a row as Parlour Magician of the Year (which means he lost eleven years in a row!)

John is the author of 2016’s Handsome Jack Etc. and Switch: Unfolding the 100 Bill Change. He is also known for his product reviews and performer profiles that have appeared in MAGIC and Genii magazines. He is the creator of “The Reparation,” a popular torn and restored card handling that has been a best selling item for the last fifteen years. He is the co-author of Aaron Fisher’s The Paper Engine and wrote Experience: The Magic of Jon Allen, and Mayhew about the magic of Steve Mayhew.

He has performed throughout the United States and has lectured to magic organizations in Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, and Malaysia. In 2015, he fooled Penn & Teller on their TV show.

Watch Handsome Jack fool Penn & Teller >
Learn more about Handsome Jack >

LECTURE: 7:30 - 10:00 P.M.
His lecture focuses on material that can be done both in close-up and stand-up/parlour settings, and are all routines right out of his working repertoire. He will also share some of his ideas about performance, character, and scripting.

Lecture cost: $15 for paid Ring 216 members, $30 for non-members. No need to sign up for the lecture. Just show up!

WORKSHOP: 5:00 - 7:00 P.M.
The workshop will be split into two parts. The first half will be an examination of character and scripting with exercises for everyone. In the second half, everyone who wants to perform shares something they're working on, and then I (and attendees) give feedback and notes.

Workshop cost: $30 for paid Ring 216 members, $45 for non-members. Please sign up for the workshop by sending email to

August 9: Walk-Around Magic Competition

Mark your calendars.  

The 2017 Walk-Around Magic Competition takes place on Wednesday, August 9, beginning at 7:30 p.m. We'll be at our usual location at Yu-Ai Kai Senior Center, 588 North 4th Street, San Jose, CA.

Sign up to perform.

Whether you're a past winner, a brand-new entrant, or something in between, now's your chance to share your routines and show off your skills. To sign up, click the button or send email to

Competitors: Read the new rules.

On Wednesday, July 12, we announced several changes to the competition rules:

1. There is now a single competition instead of two divisions.
2. The judging will be done by a panel of four respected magicians.
3. Judges will decide on a winner and also on a separate award in a special category like originality, showmanship, technical skill, or other area, based on the performances they see.
4. The audience will vote for People’s Choice.

Read the updated competition rules >

Bring your friends.

If you're not interested in competing, that's OK. We still look forward to seeing you in the audience on August 9. Join us to watch the magic and bring please bring your friends and family, too!

We can't wait to see you there!

July 12: Open Performance Night + Mini-Lecture

When: Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Where: Yu-Ai Kai Community Center

Join us on the evening of July 12, at that regular magic place and magic time, for our next meeting featuring magic performances from your fellow members and more.

6:30 p.m. – Pre-Meeting Workshop: Okito Box
Craig Ousterling and Cal Tong will cover the mysterious Okito Coin box which has been going through a resurgence of sorts. Many of you have one of these in your closet needing some love, so dust them off and bring them in!  Also, bring along some coins that will fit inside the box.   Note: This is an introductory workshop. If you want a custom box made for your special coins, you can chat with Craig afterwards.

7:30 p.m. – Announcements and Raffle 
As usual, we will be raffling off several items for paid members. If you would like to donate an item to the raffle, please bring it.

7:35 p.m. – Mini-Lecture by Gary Goldberg: Performing Magic in a Non-Professional Setting
Ring 216 secretary Gary Goldberg will present his own lecture on principles of magic from The Jerx is best known for immersive tricks based on the idea of "audience-centric" magic that shines a spotlight on the experience of magic and not the magician himself/herself. Gary will share his own ideas and a routine he likes to perform that showcases this type of magic. Audience members will be free to share their ideas during the lecture.

8:00 p.m. – Open Performances w/ Optional Critique
The rest of our meeting will be devoted to open performances, with time for critique / feedback from your fellow magi if desired. Please bring your works in progress, or even your favorite gem looking for that extra bit of polish, to share with the group. Come ready to help your fellow magi improve his or her craft with your constructive feedback. If you're not ready for feedback that's okay too — simply let us know that you'd prefer to perform only.

To accommodate as many performers as possible please plan to perform a piece no longer than 5 or 6 minutes in length in order to allow time for brief feedback.

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.