Coming Jan. 13: Lecture by master mentalist Richard Osterlind


Our first lecture of the year is from master mentalist Richard Osterlind.

Richard Osterlind is considered by many to be the foremost mentalist performing in the English language today. His unique mix of natural warmth with an almost supernatural ability to read thoughts, bend metal objects with his mind, and scores of other amazing demonstrations, has made him one of the most sought-after corporate entertainers in the world.

DATE: Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021
TIME: 7:30 p.m. PST
HOW: Live online via Zoom
COST: Free for paid 2021 members of Ring 216; $15 for non-members
Lecture details are still in progress. Stay tuned.

The Zoom link will be sent to paid attendees the day of the event.

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If you don't want to become a member but still want to attend the lecture, please send your payment via this PayPal link ›

Coming Dec. 9, 2020: Ring 216 Virtual Magic Competition

Enjoy a free magic show where members of the International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring 216 compete to impress you with their skills!

Every year, the Silicon Valley chapter of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (Ring 216) hosts magic competitions where members compete to impress you — and win the coveted first place trophy!

This year, the competition will be held online via the Zoom platform, which means you can enjoy the show from your own front-row seat at home.

There is absolutely no cost to enjoy the show! Be sure to register here on Eventbrite to receive the Zoom link.

This magic for this show is best enjoyed by adults and kids ages 8 and up.

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If you're a member of Ring 216 and you're interested in competing, send email to

Nov. 11, 2020: Ryan Kane Masterclass

DATE: Wednesday, November 11, 2020

TIME: 7:30 p.m. PST

We're excited to announce that on Nov. 11, 2020, San Francisco's own Ryan Kane comes back to Ring 216 for an exclusive online masterclass!

First, he'll teach you some great routines you can perform, then he'll provide feedback on performances by 10 members of Ring 216. Lecture notes will be offered.

Would you like performance feedback from a working pro? Paid members of Ring 216 can sign up by sending email to We only have time for 10 performances, so if there are more than 10 signups, we will have a lottery.

This event will be broadcast on Zoom at no charge to Ring 216 members and friends. You must be signed up with the Ring 216 mailing list to receive the Zoom link


A message from Ryan

Good feedback begins with good questions. Know what you want to get out of any performance, including this masterclass.

Get specific and focus on the problems you are still having with your routine. General requests for feedback or praise often yield nothing of value.

Do NOT ask:

  • “Do you have any ideas?”
  • “Tell me what could be better.”
  • “What do you think?”
  • “Do you have a good line for this part?”

Instead, ASK:

  • “Tell me which joke stood out to you as either great or terrible.”
  • “If I had to cut something, what should I cut?”
  • “What do you want more of?”
  • “What’s your best guess as to how the coin went into the bottle?” (For laypersons. You shouldn’t care about fooling magicians.)
  • “I’m having a problem with the audience member asking to turn the card over at this point. Why do you think that is?"

What question will you be asking at the Masterclass?

- Ryan


Before the masterclass: Officers Elections

Before the masterclass, IBM Ring 216 will hold its yearly election of officers. This will take place right at 7:30 p.m., so please be on time! See the previous post for more details.

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.

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