IBM Ring 216 nomination of officers and invitation for new candidates

Greetings IBM Ring 216 Members,

On November 11th, IBM Ring 216 will hold its yearly election of officers.

This is an opportunity for Ring members to get involved with leadership of the club. As an officer you will have a vote in the clubs direction, provide a valuable service, expand your social network, meet new magicians and have fun.

The nominating committee has been looking for candidates over the past two months. As a result of this the following candidates have been approved as nominees for the November elections for 2021:

  • President: David Martinez
  • Vice President: John Mosch
  • Secretary: Gary Goldberg
  • Treasurer: Tom Collett
  • Sergeant at Arms: Mitch Kothe
  • Social Media Officer: Dan Chan
  • President Emeritus: Calvin Tong

All paid up Ring 216 members are invited to submit their names to also be considered as a nominee for any of the above positions. Deadline will be October 27th.

Also any Ring 216 member can challenge final nominees by a floor nomination at the election. Ring membership must be validated at the election to be nominated as a floor candidate. If we have more than one nominee for a position then a secret ballot will be held to determine the winner.

For inquiries, contact Fred and Cal at

Thank you,

Ring 216 Nominating Committee

Fred Rasmussen, past president 2010, 2011

Cal Tong, past president 2012-2015

Coming Oct. 14: Lecture by Mario the Magician and Katie Marchese

Oakland Magic Circle and Ring 216 are thrilled to host a live online lecture by Mario Marchese and Katie Marchese: Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. PT

In this lecture, Mario discusses, demos, and explains a selection of the most successful routines he’s developed specifically for Zoom/screen magic for kids.

And Katie chats about how we’ve approached this brave new world from a business & marketing standpoint to make it both fruitful and super enjoyable/fulfilling.

Katie and Mario jumped right into content creation and virtual magic early in March and recently finished up a 5 month residency creating weekly livestreams for Make: Magazine. They learned a TON since March, and are sharing what they've learned. They did an intensive, four-hour workshop for magicians on these topics… the lecture would be a much more condensed version.

This lecture is free for members and friends of IBM Ring 216. THE ZOOM LINK WILL BE SENT VIA EMAIL TO PEOPLE ON THE RING 216 MAILING LIST.

You can join the mailing list here ›

Meeting Report: Sep 2020 - Sharing and Open Performances

Ring 216 held a remote Sharing and Open Performances meeting on September 9, 2020. Hosted on the Zoom platform, the meeting began with “Sharing is Caring,” where each attendee was invited to share something magical they have done or enjoyed recently. The shared ideas included sound and light equipment and staging tips for performing over Zoom, recommendations for books, podcasts and videos, the best economical rope, and, of course, the latest tricks to purchase. In the Open Performance segment, Rafael Delgadillo presented cards that changed color, Dan Chan levitated, David Martinez very fairly found a selected card at a named number, Gary Goldberg told a fortune with alphabet cards, and Peter Apel wowed with a fish that swam into his ear and an amazing appearing sopapilla.

Join us for our September meeting: Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020

DATE: Wednesday, September 9, 2020
TIME: 7:30 p.m. PDT
Click this link to start the meeting in Zoom

For our September meeting, we've decided to take a break and instead just get together and share. We'll divide the meeting into two parts:
  • Sharing is Caring: Everyone is asked to share a book review, a trick, a website, an article, a podcast... whatever you think your fellow magicians would like to know about. You'll get up to 3 minutes to tell the audience what it is, why you like it, and why the rest of us will like it.
  • Open Performance: Perform a routine in a friendly, supportive, noncompetitive environment. This can be a polished trick or just something you're working on. If you want feedback, we can provide it.
If you're new to our club, this is a great opportunity to perform for the group, which is a requirement to continue to be part of the club.

Meeting Report: August 2020 - First Remote Competition

Ring 216 held its first ever Remote Competition on August 12, 2020. Hosted on the Zoom platform, the rules were six minutes per act and anything goes: close up, parlor, stage, camera tricks – just no pre-recorded video. This was a novel experience for everyone. Approximately 60 audience members and competitors took part, with voting using an online tool (magicians only, no People's Choice award). Tom Collett and John Mosch handled the technical aspects of spotlighting the performers, unmuting spectator assistances and managing the voting website. Gary Goldberg (the author of this report) fumbled his way through as emcee.

In the Standard Division, Rafael Delgadillo kicked things off by triumphing over a mixed up deck to find a selected card using essentially one hand. Suyash Joshi enabled a spectator to magically mark his selected card through the computer screen. Mitch Kothe asked a spectator to select any movie, which he then revealed with a DVD and a magically changing ticket. James Chan, the youngest entrant, performed the three shell game and a four ace routine. The winner of the Standard Division was James Chan.

In the Masters Division, Miriam Al-Sultan caused two selected cards to fuse together in a very twisted way. David Martinez made a ball appear and disappear under a soft drink can, with a fizzy surprise ending. Luke Adams brought a signed card to the top of the deck, then added more impossible revelations until a spectator with another deck online cut to the matching card. Alan Leeds demonstrated with children’s drawings how people can magically match each other’s safety procedures to deal with these anxious times. Dan Chan sent a signed card to many impossible locations. Susan Zeller surprised with her rendition of the linking rings as she recited Edgar Allan Poe to organ music! The winner of the Masters Division was Luke Adams.

Amazingly, both winners were the youngest performers in their divisions! This bodes well for the future of magic—whether online or, we hope, eventually again, in person.