July 10 meeting: Open performances with critique

For the meeting on July 10, 2019, we invite you to show us your stuff: You can perform a routine, sleight, or presentation and get valuable feedback from other members. This is the perfect way to get help and ideas from your fellow magicians in a low-stress environment. To make it as useful as possible, we're going to have a short presentation on how to give and receive feedback.

For whatever time remaining, we'll have casual time to catch up and re-connect with your friends, learn something new, and enjoy some fun magic.

We will also have a raffle for members, and we may have some surprises. Come join us!

Announcing the 2019 Auction and Flea Market!

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 12, beginning at 7:00 p.m. 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.

RESERVE NOW›

Auction
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 p.m.: Sellers may arrive to set up their tables for the flea market.
7:00 p.m.: The doors open to buyers.
8:15 p.m. (approximately): The auction begins.
9:30 p.m. (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.

May 8: Workshop and Lecture with Kayla Drescher


Join us on Wednesday, May 8, for a workshop and lecture by rising magic star Kayla Drescher.

ABOUT THE LECTURE: "Tips for Tips and other Secrets of the Restaurant Entertainer"
Please note: the information in this lecture can be applied to all performing environments.

Kayla is best known for her bar magic experience. Her full bar show, which has been seen in restaurants and venues all over the country, is often featured at the Magic Castle’s WC Field’s Bar. She currently works as one of the principal entertainers at “Magic Bar,” a weekly magic show in Encino, California. This lecture is very hands-on, so be prepared to participate!

You will learn :

  • The routine that earned Kayla the title of “The Next Great Magician” from David Copperfield and NBC’s Today Show,
  • Ways to gain the most from your restaurant tips,
  • How to set up a bar for your full show,
  • Tips all restaurant magicians should know,
  • Making your magic as powerful as possible.

No RSVP necessary... just show up!

TIME: 7:30 –9:30 p.m.
PRICE: $15 for members, $30 for non-members
(Annual membership is $25 and you can sign up at the lecture.)

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: A Hands-On Personal Training Session
Bring a few of your favorite routines or ones you are working on. Get real time feedback from one of the Magic Castle’s University teachers. Learn about deepening your character or persona and strengthening your routine quality. Limited seats available.

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

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

BONUS: Shezam: A Live Recording
After the lecture, join Kayla and her co-host, Carisa Hendrix in a live recording of their podcast, Shezam! Shezam, the podcast that hopes to make itself obsolete, works to address issues effecting women within the magic community. This podcast isn’t just for women, though. Kayla and Carisa investigate performance theories from treating your audience with respect, costuming, props, and much more. Shazam has quickly become one of the largest podcasts in the magic and entertainment industries. Bring your questions and comments for this live recording!

ABOUT KAYLA DRESCHER
Kayla has been a touring member of the Champions of Magic Illusion Show. She’s performed for clients all over the nation and has won multiple awards, including the Society of American Magician’s Presidential Citation and Boston’s 2013, “Magician of the Year.” She’s also appeared on television numerous times, including NBC’s “The Today Show,” where she won David Copperfield’s “Search for the Next Great Magician.”

Learn more about Kayla at www.magicinheels.com

Meeting Report: April 10, 2019 - Workshops and Open Performances

April 2019

The April 10, 2019 meeting of Ring 216 welcomed the magic students of Robert Strong. We were happy they could make it to the meeting and see the variety of magic we had that night: of three Workshops and the Open Performance Night.

The workshops were kicked off by Gary Goldberg as he demonstrated how privacy wasn’t safe today, using a deck of cards as a database and a cryptic mathematical principle. Cal Tong taught a multiphase two-coin routine illustrating relationship problems that employed some diabolical sleight of hand. To lead us into the open performances, John Mosch presented a set of constructive guidelines on giving and receiving feedback, based on the thoughts of Kayla Drescher. Remember, when you receive criticism, “It’s not about you, it’s about the work.”

Open performances were in the corners format: three groups of audience members table-hopped from one clutch of performers to another, a method that gives heightened feedback and chit-chat opportunities. David Martinez presented a bold routine with a poker chip and a very closely watching spectator. Phil Ackerly made a short movie incredibly appear on a small plastic device from his pocket (I think he called it a “smart phone”), and in this movie he made a table float and a spectator’s ring vanish and reappear on her finger. He sought and received technical advice on improving the ring effect.

Mitch Kothe showed off his movie mentalism. Danny Cheng charmed with his cups and balls done entirely in Chinese. Grant Gomez had a startling three coin routine. Rafael Delgadillo had a fooling effect with a mixed up deck. John Jay had three card selected using randomly chosen times that impossibly revealed themselves. Bill Jacobson let spectators have a free choice of envelopes, yet somehow he ended up with the envelopes containing the money. Dan Chan revealed a chosen card on his Instagram account viewed with a spectator’s phone.

Now here's your quiz: How many magical effects did people see that night? How much did they learn? Weren't you glad/don't your wish you were there?

April Meeting: Open Performances, Critique, Teach-In Sessions

For the meeting on April 10, 2019, we'll be hosting open performances by our members with critique and conducting teach-in sessions.

First, you'll have a chance to learn a mathematical card trick from Gary Goldberg. And Cal Tong will teach a coin routine you can perform for friends and family.

Then, we invite you to show us your stuff: You can perform a routine, sleight, or presentation and get valuable feedback from other members. This is the perfect way to get help and ideas from your fellow magicians in a low-stress environment. To make it as useful as possible, we're going to have a short presentation on how to give and receive feedback.

For whatever time remaining, we'll have casual time to catch up and re-connect with your friends, learn something new, and enjoy some fun magic.

Meeting Report: March 13, 2019 - Steve Silverman Lecture

A surprise announcement opened the March 13, 2019, meeting of Ring 216. President David Martinez presented the Wally Gibson Outstanding Contributor Award to Cal Tong for his many years of service to the Ring. Thank you, Cal!

Steve Silverman, longtime creator and performer of elegant magic, is based in Los Angeles but has close associations with our magic community. Tonight he treated the Ring to a lecture covering some of his favorite effects.

The first half of the lecture highlighted his core single-coin routine, with its dazzling series of odd happenings. This was followed by one of Steve’s favorites for many years, his version of Vernon’s Silk and Silver: three coins wrapped in a handkerchief vanish and return. During the explanations each move and subtlety was detailed with clarity as the members followed along with their own coins.

The second half was devoted to Steve’s working repertoire of card routines. In the “Santa Anita Opener,” a the back of a chosen card changes color, the the deck changes color. The “$20 Switch” is a crafty maneuver that turns red aces to black aces in a flash. “A Moment of Egress” provides a clever handling to the classic routine of a selected card vanishing from a packet and reappearing face up in the deck. And this was just the beginning of a series of impromptu card effects, culminating in a repeat card to pocket.

It was a great night of immersion into a world of thoughtful creation. We appreciate Steve’s sharing his work with us.

Upcoming Meeting: Steve Silverman Lecture


Join us on March 13 at 7:30 p.m. sharp for a magic lecture by Magic Castle magician and friend-of-Ring 216 Steve Silverman.

As a gift for Ring 216 members, Steve's lecture is free for paid members ($20 for non-members). You can sign up for membership at the meeting and enjoy all the benefits for just $25.

About Steve
Steve Silverman has been an underground magic aficionado for many years and has finally agreed to come out and share his ideas with the magic community with this lecture. Steve’s ideas and effects have been featured and credited in works by Jon Racherbaumer, Jim Swain, Martin Nash, J.K. Hartman, Dean Dill, John Lovick (Handsome Jack), and Stephen Hobbs, amongst others. His effects are published in MAGIC Magazine, Labyrinth, Infinity Power, Switch, and others. He is a long-time member and featured performer at The World Famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, and has performed at Trade Shows from Las Vegas to New Orleans to New York, and has been dubbed “Coin Magic Superman” in Genii Magazine.

The Lecture
Steve’s lecture is based on his two favorite items, coins and cards. The coin portion of his lecture is not about “coin tricks” per se, but a full deconstruction and insight into Steve’s routine that put him on the map. He will perform and walk through his Silver Dollar manipulation routine and break it down, explaining not only the how’s, but also the why’s, walking us through the basic moves and structuring of the routine while tipping a few of his own twists-and-turns in coin magic.

But that’s just getting us started! The second portion of the lecture will feature some of the card routines and effects featured in the above- mentioned books and in his Magic Castle act. DVDs and lecture notes will be available for purchase.

All attendees are highly encouraged to bring your own silver dollar (or equivalent) coin piece, as this is a very interactive and fun lecture. You don’t want to miss out!

No need to RSVP... just show up!

Meeting Report: Feb 13, 2019 - Awards and Open Performances



Trophies and certificates were awarded for the magic competitions at the start of the February 13, 2019 meeting of Ring 216. In the Walkaround competition, first place went to Dan Chan and the People’s Choice was Luke Adams. In the Close-Up competition, the standard division winners were Miriam al-Sultan (first place) and Tetra (People’s Choice), and the masters division awards were given to Perry Yan for first place and Luke Adams for People’s Choice. In the Stage competition, Susan Zeller took the standard division first place and Mitch Kothe the People’s Choice, while in the Master’s division, both awards went to Tom Collett.

Open performances followed with the audience divided into groups, so that the entertainers could try out their routines several times and garner feedback on each. John Jay caused an ace and three jokers to transform. Alan Leeds demonstrated his astonishing trip to the donut shop. David Martinez caused a quarter to vanish several times and finally appear in a surprising place. Rafael Delgadillo showed how with one hand he can cause all the cards to face one way except the spectator’s selection. Tom Collett printed four cards from blanks followed by a magical transposition of the cards. Mitch Kothe divined a spectator’s cell phone password. John Mosch and Phil Ackerly rounded out the night.


Upcoming Meeting: Feb. 13, 2019

Join us on February 13 for our next Ring 216 meeting featuring a pre-meeting workshop, awards ceremony, raffle, and small group performances.

We hope you can get away from your significant other for a few hours on Wednesday, February 13, and spend it with your family in magic. Here's our agenda:

  • Awards ceremony honoring the winners of last year's competitions.
  • Small group performances with feedback. Attendees will be divided into groups of 3-4, and then everybody will have the opportunity to perform a short trick, sleight, or script in order to receive constructive feedback from the group. This is the perfect way to get help and ideas from your fellow magicians in a low-stress environment.
  • For whatever time remaining, we'll have casual time to catch up and share ideas and thoughts.

This is a great opportunity to re-connect with your friends, honor our award winners, learn something new, and enjoy some fun magic.

Pre-Meeting Workshop
We are thinking about holding an informal, free workshop before our February meeting to discuss a routine we learned at the recent Greg Wilson lecture/workshop. The workshop will run from 6:30–7:15 p.m. on February 13.

If at least 5-6 people will commit to attending, then we will host the workshop. Otherwise, we will schedule a workshop for a future date. Please send an email to let us know if you will attend, and let us know what you would like to discuss.

2019 Annual Message from the Ring 216 President

Dear Ring 216 Members and Friends,

What an amazing year for magic 2018 was! In this annual president's message, I'd like to reflect on what happened last year and look ahead to 2019.

In 2018, we again hosted some amazing lecturers: John Carney in January, Michael Feldman in March, David Gerard in July, and Jon Armstrong in November. In addition, Peter Apel gave a fun and informative mini-lecture about music and magic.

Ring 216 continued a key initiative in 2018 when we offered Michael's lecture to free to all Ring 216 members as another benefit of membership. We also continued our tradition of raffling off free magic items to members.

Of course, we held our annual Flea Market and Auction in June. And as usual, we hosted three competitions: Walk-Around, Close-Up, and Stage/Parlor. We had some new faces and several new winners.

At our officers elections, we had a changing of the guard as John Jones decided to retire as treasurer. We thank John for all the time and effort he put into the club. He is succeeded as treasurer by Tom Collett. We welcomed a new officer: John Mosch as vice president. Gary Goldberg continues as secretary, and Fred Rasmussen and Cal Tong continue on the board as past presidents.

Looking ahead to 2019, we have already hosted an epic workshop and lecture by Gregory Wilson. In addition, several exciting things planned but also lots of room to add new things as they come up.

As for other lectures, right now we have at least two accomplished magicians booked for 2019: Friend of Ring 216 Steve Silverman will lecture on March 13, which will be offered free to members as a gift from Ring 216, continuing the tradition we started two years ago. In April, we'll host the great Nick Lewin. And we are in discussions with Kayla Drescher, cohost of the Shezam podcast and touring member of the Champions of Magic (we're hoping her touring schedule allows for a lecture in the spring or summer). And believe it or not, we're already talking about lecturers for 2020, so if you have suggestions, please let us know.

As the president of Ring 216, I want to say thank you for supporting our club and for helping keeping magic alive in the Silicon Valley. For 2019, I again ask each of you to think about what you would like to see from Ring 216, and share those ideas with the other officers and me. We do this because we enjoy your company and your contributions.

Let’s keep the momentum going into the New Year!

David Martinez
President, I.B.M. Ring 216
president@ring216.org