A message about Ring 216 Officer Elections

This message was sent to our email list last week:

On November 8, IBM Ring 216 will hold its yearly election of officers. This is an opportunity for Ring members to get involved with the leadership of the club. Officers have a vote in the club's direction, provide a valuable service, expand their social networks, meet new magicians, and have fun.

The Nominating Committee consists of Fred Rasmussen and Cal Tong, who have been looking for candidates over the past two months. As of now, the candidates qualified by the Nominating Committee are:

President: David Martinez
Vice President: Tom Collett
Secretary: Gary Goldberg
Treasurer: John Jones
Web Master: Jeremiah Junkins
Sergeant at Arms: Thomas Busk

All paid Ring 216 members are invited to submit their names to also be considered as a nominee for any of the above positions. The deadline will be October 31, 2017. Candidates must be 18 years or older.

In addition, any Ring 216 member can challenge final nominees by a floor nomination at the election. Ring membership and qualification 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 ballet will be held to determine the winner.

For inquiries, contact Fred Rasmussen at fredemail@comcast.net or Cal Tong at calvinloutong@yahoo.com, or send email to both of us at nominating-committee@ring216.org.

Thank you,

Ring 216 Nominating Committee
Fred Rasmussen, Cal Tong

Close-Up Competition Winners

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Close-Up Magic Competition, held on October 11 at Yu-Ai Kai.

We announced the following winners last night:

1st Place: Danny Cheng
2nd Place: Alex Wu
3rd Place: Luke Adams

People's Choice: Danny and Luke

Please visit our Facebook page to see a gallery of photos from the event.

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 (president@ring216.org).

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 president@ring216.org

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 president@ring216.org.

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 TheJerx.com. 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.

Shawn McMaster Lecture on Restaurant Magic: May 10

When: May 10, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Yu-Ai Kai Community Center

About the Lecture
Shawn McMaster has been working in the trenches making his sole living with magic for 24 years. During all that time, he has rarely been without at least one weekly restaurant gig. Early on, he was working two to three a week. These days, Shawn is a world traveler, working engagements and corporate events around the world, yet he still keeps a very successful presence within restaurants performing for patrons and making restaurant owners very happy with his work.

His lecture, "Deceptive Dining," is a highly-informative study on the business of restaurant magic. Not only the best type of effects to perform in a restaurant setting, but an in-depth and detailed blueprint of how to gain, keep, and profit from a regular restaurant magic gig taken from over two decades of real-world experience will be presented in this lecture. If you have ever thought about performing in restaurants, you can’t afford to miss this.

Who is Shawn McMaster?
Shawn McMaster is a corporate entertainer who has performed all over the world. He has performed his brand of comedy magic in clubs, theaters, Las Vegas, Off-Broadway, cruise ships, and is a favorite performer at the Magic Castle. He has appeared on TV shows such as Masters of Illusion and America’s Got Talent. Shawn is also a writer of many books and articles on magicians and the art of magic that have appeared in numerous magic and mainstream publications. He was also the Associate Editor of MAGIC Magazine for three years.

Learn more and watch videos at www.shawnmcmaster.com

Lecture cost
$15 for paid Ring 216 members, $30 for non-members.

No need to sign up for the lecture. Just show up!

April 12 Meeting and Workshops

Join us for our next monthly meeting on April 12, 2017, for a special night focused on performing tableside magic at restaurants and parties. Here's our agenda:

6:30 p.m.: Pre-Meeting Workshop on Elbow, Knee, Neck

Cal Tong has offered to continue his workshop from our last meeting about Daryl’s coin trick, Elbow, Knee, Neck.

7:30 p.m. Regular Meeting — Focus on Tableside Magic

Part 1: Stories and Tips on Booking and Performing in Restaurants

Spencer Grey performs weekly at Sam’s BBQ in San Jose, and he will deliver a mini-lecture on how he booked the gig and what he has learned performing there. In addition, JamesZini will share knowledge and stories about his restaurant gig at Mavericks Grill in San Jose. John Jones will talk about his work at Morocco’s Restaurant. And other magicians who perform in restaurants will be invited to join the conversation.

Part 2: Two Teach-in Sessions

We want to do something a little different and offer attendees the opportunity to learn two routines that are great for tableside magic. In one session, Cal Tong will teach an impromptu coin routine. In the other session, David Martinez will teach Pop Haydn’s Chicago Surprise card routine (with permission from Pop). After 20-25 minutes, we will switch groups, so that each group will get to attend each workshop.

Part 3: Social Time

We can spend the time remaining chatting and sharing. Water and cookies will again be provided.

Update on March 8 Meeting: Tributes to Daryl and Bob Cassidy

Join us on Wednesday, March 8, for a special Open Performance night and pre-meeting workshop honoring the legacies of two magic legends who passed away recently: Daryl and Bob Cassidy.

6:30 p.m. — Pre-Meeting Workshop
At 6:30 p.m., Ring 216 Vice President Cal Tong will present a 30-minute workshop on one of his favorite routines from Daryl, “Elbow, Knee, Neck.” You can get a complete description and review of the trick on this Magic Cafe page.

This is a coin routine using three ungimmicked coins, so please bring them with you if you want to learn this. Cal will continue this workshop later in the evening (see below).

7:30 p.m. — Awards and Raffle
We’ll hand out awards from last year to our magic champions. Then we’ll conduct a free raffle for all club members where you’ll have a chance to win several magic items among donated books, videos, and tricks.

7:45 - 8:15 p.m. Special Workshops
We’re going to try something new and offer you the opportunity to learn two Daryl routines.

  • Cal will continue his workshop from earlier in the evening on Daryl’s “Elbow, Knee, Neck”
  • David Martinez will teach an easy and baffling self-working routine from Daryl called “As Many and As Much as You” from Fooler Doolers Vol. 1. This involves a handful of random, ungimmicked coins. David will bring some extras if you want to try this out for yourselves.

8:15 - 8:30 p.m. Break

8:30 - close — Open Performance and Tributes to Daryl and Bob
For our Open Performances, attendees will be able to perform any routines and receive feedback from the audience if they want it. You are welcome to share your favorite routines from Daryl and Bob Cassidy, and you can also share stories of how these two magical icons influenced you.

We hope you can join us for this special evening.

Remembering The Magician's Magician -- Daryl

By now many of you will have heard the news of the loss of one of magic's great performers and teachers. If you have not, it is with regret that I share it with you now in the form of reproducing the press release from the Academy of Magical Arts.

The Academy of Magic Arts Mourns the Passing of Daryl
HOLLYWOOD — Feb. 25, 2107 — For Immediate Release — The Academy of Magical Arts (AMA) and the Magic Castle mourn the passing of celebrated magician and AMA family member, Daryl.
Daryl, who was performing at the Magic Castle this week, was found dead on the club’s premises on the evening of Friday, Feb. 24, and his death has been ruled a suicide by the Los Angeles Police Department.
The magic community mourns the loss of one of our most beloved and talented performers and the AMA’s deepest regrets and heart-felt sympathy go out to Daryl’s family.
Daryl was a World Champion, first-place FISM Gold medal winning, close-up magician with over 40 years of experience in both performing and selling the finest magic in the world. Daryl performed as a headline act at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for seven years fine tuning his already encyclopedic knowledge of magic. Daryl has performed literally thousands of shows for audiences as diverse as the Witch Doctors on the South Pacific island of Vanuatu to the movers and shakers of the political world at the Presidential Ball in Washington, D.C.

Many of us right here in Ring 216 were blessed to have benefited from Daryl's years of expertise, magical creativity, generous expert instruction, and friendship. Most will recall his most recent visit to Ring 216, in January 2016, as documented by our Secretary Gary Goldberg in his ring report.

IBM Ring 216, in San Jose, California, had the pleasure of hosting a workshop and a lecture by one of the art’s best known performers, Daryl, the magician’s magician, on January 13, 2016.   In a two-hour limited-seating workshop for twenty people, Daryl gave personalized instruction on some choice card and coin effects. At the regular meeting that followed, Daryl presented a two-hour lecture to an enthusiastic full house. He emphasized effects that were proven audience-pleasers and detailed how his thinking on each evolved to make each presentation as strong as possible. Highlights of the lecture included: a very clean sucker torn-and-restored napkin, A forgotten classic from Lewis Ganson, Bob Farrell’s Four Dice chink-a-chink with the assembly in order of four dice displaying different numbers of spots, with Dai Vernon’s climax, The Acrobatic Knot (knot jumps from white to red rope, and more), Rope through Body penetration, The Rainbow Ropes (red, white and blue ropes fuse into one), and a method for a Cards Across, in which a mentally selected card travels from one packet to another, that is accomplished without moves or switches.

Farewell, the world was a more magical place because of you.

Performance & Critique at March 8th Meeting

When: Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
Where: Yu-Ai Kai Community Center

7:30 PM - Main Meeting - Awards, Raffle, & Open Performances w/ Critique

Join us on the evening of March 8th, at that regular magic place and magic time, for the distribution of awards from our 2016 competitions. And even if you didn't compete you can still go home a winner, as we will be having a raffle for all paid up members present at the meeting.

Then the majority 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.

February 8: Free Lecture by Jeff Prace

Ring 216 is committed to sharing great magic experiences with you, our members. And for the first time ever, we want to thank you for being part of our community by providing a magic lecture FREE OF CHARGE to our members.

So mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 8, at 7:30 p.m., and join us for an evening of creative, unique magic from Jeff Prace. All members of Ring 216 who have renewed their membership for 2017 will get to enjoy the lecture at no cost. And if you haven't renewed, you can do so at the meeting!

“Jeff Prace is a very talented magic inventor!” – David Copperfield
“This kid is DANGEROUS!” – Paul Harris
“Jeff Prace pushes the boundaries of traditional magic. A rising star.” – MAGIC Magazine

After working with Paul Harris Presents, Dan&Dave, The Blue Crown, Penguin Magic, Murphy’s Magic Supplies, Kozmo Magic, Wizard FX Productions, and TRCKY, and being published in Genii, MAGIC, Reel Magic, Antinomy, Magicseen, Vanish, and The Linking Ring, Jeff Prace is coming to San Jose!

Known to be one of magic’s most forward young thinkers, Jeff Prace has become recognized in the community for his unique, offbeat style of magic. At only 22 years old, he’s consulted for top TV magicians in Las Vegas, performed live on NBC’s TODAY show alongside David Copperfield, and writes a regular column for Genii, the largest-selling magazine for magicians.

Jeff will teach…
  • How to make the Bic logo permanently travel across a lighter
  • An ingenious method that causes the spectator’s headphones to play a song they were thinking of… when NOT PLUGGED INTO ANYTHING
  • A utility that turns your phone into an organic add-a-number pad
  • An IMPOSSIBLE transformation using borrowed pocket change and a borrowed camera phone
  • An organic transposition with ordinary key tags
  • And MUCH more…
Jeff will discuss his best-selling marketed products, including Gum, Keylicious, Fuze, The Silencer, Voices, and some new, soon-to-be-released items! All the while, Jeff will demonstrate how to be more creative in your own magic.

Get ready for an action packed, informative lecture that features magic with everyday objects.

As mentioned above, this lecture is a gift from Ring 216 to all our members as a thank you for your dedication to the club. That means all members who have paid their dues for 2017 can enjoy this lecture at no cost.

If you haven't joined up, this will be the perfect time to sign up for 2017 membership in Ring 216. This will get you discounted prices on all lectures and workshops for 2017 and more perks. The cost for annual membership is just $25, which covers the cost of our meeting space, insurance, and other expenses.

Questions? Send email to president@ring216.org

We look forward to seeing you there!

Tony Clark: Workshop and Lecture, January 11

When: Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Where: Yu-Ai Kai Community Center

Tony Clark is a Magic Castle Stage Magician of the Year Nominee. He’s also an amazing lecturer, author, and award winning producer, with 16 smash hit live shows. You may have seen Tony on CBS’s World Magic Awards – winning Best Classical Magic – and on NBC’s Worlds Most Dangerous Magic II, CW’s Masters of Illusion and many more. Tony is also a consultant for major film and TV stars, coaching “A-List” celebrities like Nicolas Cage and John Malkovich. Most recently, Tony created a burning rose effect for Taylor Swift for the AMA Awards shown on ABC TV. For more information on Tony’s work go to: www.tonyclarkmagic.com

All of Tony Clark’s magic incorporates principles of Timing and Misdirection learned during his formative years studying with the legendary Slydini. Tony was one of his last students. His new lecture features many brand new, never before revealed effects and routines and is a mix of close- up, stand-up and stage effects. These are the valued repertoire (plus the story and inspiration behind them) that Tony has wowed the world with over his 20+ years of professional magic. Visible and powerful, yet easy to learn magic effects that you’ll actually want to practice and use!

WORKSHOP: 5:00 - 7:00 PM
At the workshop, Tony will share details of his handling of Slydini's Paper Balls over Head and Slydini's Silks. As a student of Slydini, Tony knows how to make both true crowd pleasers. Tony will make available a set of silks at wholesale price (40% off) — just $15.

Workshop cost: $30 for paid Ring 216 members, $45 for non-members.
Please sign up for the workshop by sending email to president@ring216.org

LECTURE: 7:30 - 10:00 PM
A few highlights from Tony’s exclusive lecture will be:

  • Tony Clark’s Okito Matches
  • Salt Pour
  • Presto Ring Flight
  • Drink coaster routine
  • Faceless Card effect
  • Impromptu Knife Thru Coat (You’ll be addicted to this)
  • Houdini’s Hanky – Tony’s handling of this classic routine is worth the price alone
  • Q & A about his new book
  • Insane deals and discounts on his entire product line!
  • PLUS... Tony will have a personal signing with his new book: Insider Secrets

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

Since this is the first meeting of the year, it will be the perfect time to sign up for annual membership in Ring 216. This will get you discounted prices on all lectures and workshops for 2017, plus an upcoming free lecture, and more perks. The cost is just $25.