Coming Nov. 13: Workshop and Lecture by Chris Capehart

Ring 216 members and friends: Join us on Wednesday, Nov. 13, for a workshop and lecture by magic legend Chris Capehart.

About Chris Capehart
Chris Capehart is an accomplished master magician. He is respected throughout the world by his peers, applauded for his skills by the most famous of magicians and sought after for repeat performances by clients.

Chris Capehart has done it all. In forty + years he has performed on the big stage, lectured to magicians, become a famous, accomplished street performer, created routines and mastered the linking rings. He has been published and imitated throughout the world. His skill at close-up is no less than astonishing. His quick comeback verbal skills, sharpened on the streets of New York City, have made him an outstanding comedian.

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: "Miser's Dream"

If you've ever wanted to learn this all-time classic of magic, here's your chance to learn from a master in this high-impact workshop.

"I have watched Chris do his Miser's Dream and other coin work for our audiences for the last four years. This routine always gets them going. It is definitely a guaranteed winner." - Michael Chaut, Monday Night Magic - New York Producer

TIME: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
PRICE: $30 for Ring 216 members, $45 for non-members

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

ABOUT THE LECTURE

Lecture subjects (time permitting)
  • How to work the streets
  • Leaving the streets and moving inside
  • Family magic shows
  • Doing magic for kids
  • How to get into the Magic Castle
  • How to make money on the streets and at fairs


Effects being taught (time permitting)

  • Chris Capehart Ring Routine 
  • Ultimate Crash Link     
  • Street Coins Across with no shell: Can be done surrounded, with no shell, and completely entertaining
  • Impossible Prediction: A note is written first before card is selected.  Yet after picking a card the note is then read to reveal the same card.  
  • The Book of Facts card trick: Everything in the book becomes true even down to the selected card.
  • Continuous Coin Trick: A coin seems to never leave the magicians hand no matter how many times he takes it.


TIME: 7:30 – 10:00 p.m.
PRICE: $15 for members, $30 for non-members

Coming Oct. 9: Close-Up Competition

It's time for some more magic!

The 2019 Close-Up Magic Competition is just around the corner — Wednesday, Oct. 9. Come on out to support your fellow magicians as they present their best material in a formal, close-up setting... think Close-Up Room at the Magic Castle (without the cover charge).

And be sure to bring your friends and family because magic is always better when there are more people to enjoy it! Your guests can be fellow magicians or, preferably, non-magicians who love magic.

The performances start at 7:30 p.m. sharp! 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. This is a great, low-stress way to hone your act and get feedback. Remember: The goal is to do your best and not focus on winning. Just have fun!

If you're thinking of competing, please keep in mind the following information:
  • Close-up is defined as an act presented in a formal performing area with a table. There will be 2-3 rows of seating.
  • But remember that we don't have raked seating, so don't expect people in the 2nd or 3rd row to be able to see the top of the table.
  • All paid members are allowed to compete, including past winners. If you're new to the club, you have to attend at least three meetings this year to become a member. 
  • If you've won in the past, you must perform a different act.
  • Acts should be around 5-6 minutes long, so start timing yourself. (Depending on the number of participants, this number may be larger or smaller.)
  • Check out all the competition rules.

Meeting Report: September 11, 2019 - Theron Schaub Lecture



Bay area magician Theron Schaub lectured on his work in corporate magic at the September 2019 meeting of Ring 216. The kick-off was a performance of his carefully honed platform show, designed for audiences of financial advisers, which smoothly integrated chosen effects with corporate messaging. In the explanations that followed, Theron shared a multitude of details of his handling and presentation, from the intriguing which-hand coin routine to the surprising ring-on-string penetration that ended with the ring in a sealed envelope in his wallet. But the most important point for Theron is that the magic is in the background: the primary goal is to get the message across. His transformations of abstract concepts, such as market probabilities and financial planning, into commercial magic effects were some of the most engrossing parts of the lecture.

Then the subject turned to walk-around performance, and in particular how to get past the stigma that magic is for children. Theron described how before the show he tries to make friends with a third of the people present, who at first assume he is an attendee at the event—only when they ask what he does that he discloses he is the hired magician, which leads into the first effect (which is never a card trick). He discussed his favorite effects, how he carries eight tricks on him at all times, but he is also able to do three hours out of a case without a repeat.

Theron rounded off the lecture with a focus on card magic and explanations of his handlings of some of the most commercial card routines.  



Coming Sept. 11: Magic Lecture by Theron Schaub

Ring 216 members and friends: Join us on Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. sharp for a magic lecture by the Bay Area's own Theron Schaub.


About Theron
Theron Schaub is recognized throughout investment circles as a skilled public speaker functioning as both a spokesperson and educator of investment topics at the client and advisor levels.

By incorporating the art of magic into his presentations as a tool for illustrating various investment topics, Theron fosters a compelling, engaging, and memorable presentation experience.

Asked for by name, advisors and clients alike rave about Theron’s skill in teaching investment topics in both an education and entertaining fashion.

Lecture Description
My goal with this lecture is to share how I incorporate concepts into presentations. You will learn both the tricks I use and the full presentation for each effect. The lecture will detail a presentation I developed for an investment company to help explain their investment philosophy to Financial Advisors. Everything that I will be covering has been performed hundreds of times in front of corporate professionals.

Additionally, we will have some time during the lecture to collectively brainstorm what you are working on. Come prepared with topics/presentations that you want to incorporate magic into.

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: August 14, 2019 - Walkaround Competition

Ring 216 held its Walkaround Competition for an audience of laypeople and magicians on August 14, 2019. Among the delicacies: Grant Gomez performed a multi-phase three-(or is it two? or is it one?)-coin routine. Fred Lee squished a marble. David Martinez cheated with a marked red-hot card. Mitch Kothe told jokes with a series of effects. Sohum Mohda persuaded spectators to find matching cards. Dan Chan Instagrammed a selected card. Meriam Al-Sultan and Judy melded two signed cards together lengthwise. Tom Collett dematerialized coins in the spectator’s imagination. Susan Zeller went ninja on metal rings. Alan Leeds did something shocking with a tennis ball.

The scoring was very very close, but unfortunately there has to be a winner. First Place went to Grant Gomez. The People’s Choice award was a tie between Grant Gomez and David Martinez. Congratulations to all the participants!