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.

Coming in August: Ring 216 Virtual Magic Competition

In normal times, we would be planning the annual Walk-Around Magic Competition in August. But these are not normal times.

So come join us for something brand new: the first ever Ring 216 Virtual Magic Competition. And if you would like to perform, we're taking signups now!
 
DATE: Wednesday, August 12, 2020
TIME: 7:30 p.m. PDT
HOW: Live online via Zoom

Invite your friends and family so the show can be more fun!
Competition rules
  • Perform an act up to 6 minutes long broadcast from your location on Zoom
  • The act must be live, not pre-recorded
  • You may call on audience helpers over Zoom to help, but no stooges allowed
  • You can also use an assistant at your location
  • Voting will be done online and will encompass the same categories as the regular competitions
  • Make sure your lighting, camera, and sound are acceptable so that people can enjoy the show
  • No adult-oriented material or danger acts
  • Only paid-up members of Ring 216 for 2020 are eligible to perform, but you can pay for your membership now
  • We'll invite non-magicians to enjoy the show and possibly vote for a people's choice


Meeting Report: July 8, 2020 - Naathan Phan Zoom Lecture

    Ring 216 hosted a live on-line lecture by Naathan Phan on July 8, 2020. Energetic, cheerful and humorous, Naathan entertained with both his innovative magic and his acting skills in his lecture “It’s the Little Things.” 
    Nathaan began with his “Three-Phase Opener,” his go-to impromptu trick, which culminates in the transposition of selected cards between the table and his pocket. Then he demonstrated his “every day carry trick,” a selected card appearing folded in a wallet (a variation of the effect that wowed the panel on America’s Got Talent), explaining the unusual touches he added to sharpen the handling. His enhancement to the “Pen Through Bill” greatly improved the illusion of the penetration and restoration. 
    Naathan then shifted to parlor magic. He demonstrated his clever innovations for the Torn and Restored Newspaper that allows him to tear today’s paper, restore it, and hand it out as a souvenir. In the funny routine “Shake and Splash” using four cans of soda, Naathan is required to avoid the soda can that has been shaken up by the audience as he holds cans with their openings to his face and pops the tops. He succeeds in avoiding drenching himself, and the last can remaining is popped to spray harmlessly. It is a totally impromptu routine that Naathan will do at a moment’s notice on cruise ships. He rounded out the set with one of his favorite routines, the triple-prediction “Not Another Mental Epic.”
    Throughout the lecture, and for over a half an hour at the end, he answered many questions asked by the Ring members. He talked about how he applied his background in acting and stand-up comedy to his magic. He emphasized the importance of showing yourself in your magic: “It’s the YOU show, not the floating lady show.” A particular delight was when he demonstrated how he could speak in a wide range of accents, a skill he had developed as a Vietnamese-American youth growing up in Scotland. Ring 216 thanks Naathan for the wonderful time!

Coming July 8th: Naathan Phan Lecture and more

We're excited to announce another in our series of free lectures, this time with the wonderful Naathan Phan!

Naathan Phan is a multi-talented, award-winning entertainer who has headlined stages across the globe, appeared in films such as Superbad, has been regularly featured on national television networks including NBC, Syfy, the CW, and Comedy Central since the age of 23, and is a regular performer at the exclusive, world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood.

For Ring 216, Naathan will deliver an evening of instruction and discussion on his unique approach to creating and presenting magic which emphasizes character and theatricality.

Naathan will dive into his approach to comedy, some of psychology behind character building and will teach some easy effects that every magician can add to their toolbox, some of which have been featured on TV shows like Masters of Illusion.

This lecture will be aired live via the Zoom platform on the date and time listed below.
LECTURE DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, July 8, 2020
TIME: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. PDT
PRICE: Free for all Ring 216 members, guests, and friends

HOW TO WATCH
We're using the Zoom platform to run this online meeting. You can participate using the Zoom app (for iOS, Android, Mac, or Windows) or any web browser.

Check your email for the link to view the lecture.
BEFORE THE LECTURE: Discussion of Zoom magic
The Ring meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a pre-lecture discussion of performing magic on Zoom. David Martinez and John Mosch will lead this discussion by sharing what they've learned from performing live shows for hundreds of audience members on Zoom and Facebook Live. David and John will discuss the technology they use and how they've marketed their show. And as a group, we can all share ideas about the best kinds of magic that work on Zoom.

DATE: Wednesday, July 8, 2020
TIME: 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. PDT
PRICE: Free for all Ring 216 members, guests, and friends
COMING IN AUGUST: Zoom Magic Competition
In normal times, we would be planning the Walk-Around Magic Competition in August. But these are not normal times. So the Ring officers have decided to experiment with a Zoom Magic Competition, and we're taking signups now!

DATE: Wednesday, August 12, 2020
TIME: 7:30 p.m. PDT

Here are the basic rules:
  • Perform an act up to 6 minutes long broadcast from your location on Zoom
  • The act must be live, not pre-recorded
  • You may call on audience helpers over Zoom to help, but no stooges allowed
  • You can also use an assistant at your location
  • Voting will be done online... details TBD
  • No adult-oriented material or danger acts
  • Only paid up members of Ring 216 are eligible to perform, but you can pay for your membership now
  • We'll invite non-magicians to enjoy the show and possibly vote for a people's choice... details TBD
Interested? Sign up now by sending email to president@ring216.org.

Meeting Report: June 2020 - Jan Sankey On-line Lecture


Ring 216 held a live on-line lecture with Jay Sankey on June 10, 2020. The Zoom Room was packed for what can only be called a brilliant and fast-paced presentation (to use Jay’s words). With one eye to the demand for socially distant effects, Jay set off with a selection of three cards and a swift three-coins across routine, followed by linking zip ties and predicting an item chosen randomly from a list—with a surprise handling of the reveal. His presentation was peppered with advice and Sankeyisms: “Give the magic its due. Slow down.” “Be self-effacing, not challenging.” He demonstrated one of his favorite openers: four cards named from a face-up deck turn into four queens—a good example of a card trick suitable for remote work. (Jay: “I am a bit wacky. I do go on and on about details.”) Tips on vanishing a coin were followed by an impromptu spoon bending and forcing the bowl of the spoon through a borrowed finger ring. Tricks with soda straws followed, including what was perhaps the biggest magician-fooler of the night: a borrowed finger ring placed on a straw is visibly pulled through the straw's center. In the closer (updating the version done by David Blaine), mentally selected cards pass into a balloon. He rounded off the evening by answering questions and reminiscing. And giving more advice: “Most magicians are perfectionists. Perfection isn’t real. It is this shiny thing. It is an illusion. Relax. Seeing the imperfections around the edges is what is most interesting to people.”

Coming June 10th: Free Lecture by Jay Sankey

Dear Ring 216 members and friends,

Get ready to enjoy an epic lecture by one of the most prolific creators of magic in the world, Jay Sankey!

For more than 30 years, Jay has entertained audiences at private events, trade shows, hotels, banquets and corporate functions all over the world. As a creative consultant, Jay has worked with many of the world's most famous magicians including David Blaine, Criss Angel and David Copperfield. Jay also holds the world's record for creating more original illusions than another other living magician.

For Ring 216, Jay will present a 90-minute lecture, featuring a really FUN variety of 8-10 tricks for ALL skill levels, followed by a 30-minute Q&A. Any merchandise he mentions during the lecture will be available for a very good, attendee-only price.

This lecture will be aired live via the Zoom platform on the date and time listed below.

LECTURE DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, June 10, 2020
TIME: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. PDT
PRICE: Free for all Ring 216 members, guests, and friends.

HOW TO WATCH
We're using the Zoom platform to run this online meeting. You can participate using the Zoom app (for iOS, Android, Mac, or Windows) or any web browser. There is a limit of 100 guests for the event, so arrive early.

If you're on the Ring 216 email list, your inbox for the link to join the meeting. Or request the link at president@ring216.org.

Coming May 27: Lecture by Ryan Kane

On May 27, fire up your computers, grab a beverage, and enjoy a fun and entertaining lecture from Bay Area magic legend Ryan Kane.

Ryan Kane is one of the premiere magical entertainers in the Bay Area. His engaging magic and endless wit have thrilled audiences at his regular show at the EXIT Theatre, trade shows, and events for Fortune 500 companies. And you'll get to enjoy Ryan's experience and knowledge in his exclusive and rare magic lecture.

This lecture will be aired live via the Zoom platform on the date and time listed below.

ABOUT THE LECTURE
Ryan has just published his first book, "Out of Stock: A Magician's Guide to Writing Your Own Lines." This is a book for the performing magician or variety artist who is ready to get serious and move beyond using the standard lines. Ryan provides a step-by-step process to replace the stock and stolen jokes in your show with fresh original content. It is the same process that he used to transform his act from a clone into something he could be proud of.

In this online, interactive lecture, Ryan will lead a discussion about how to remove old, outdated stock lines from your routines, and he'll guide us through the process of rewriting a joke together.

Buy his book now at Amazon: ebook $9.99, paperback $15.99.

LECTURE DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, May 27, 2020
TIME: 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. PDT
PRICE: Free for all Ring 216 members, guests, and friends.

HOW TO WATCH
We're using the Zoom platform to run this online meeting. You can participate using the Zoom app (for iOS, Android, Mac, or Windows) or any web browser. There is a limit of 100 guests for the event, so arrive early.

You must be on the Ring 216 mailing list to view the Zoom event. Please email president@ring216.org to get the link.

Meeting on May 13, 2020: Free online lecture by Robert Ramirez

Dear Ring 216 members and friends,

On May 13, fire up your computers, grab a beverage, and enjoy a professional lecture from a rising start in magic, Robert Ramirez.

Robert has performed in all five showrooms at the Magic Castle in a single year. He has  performed at Magic Live, Genii, and Blackpool magic convention. He's also an accomplished actor having starred in the national tour of the Tony-winning musical IN THE HEIGHTS.

This professional lecture will be aired live via the Zoom platform on the date and time listed below. Ring 216 is offering this paid lecture as a free gift to all members, friends, and guests during this challenging time.

ABOUT THE LECTURE
This lecture will cover strong magic routines with props that can be made at home using simple things as glue, tape, rubber bands, balloons, paper bags, cards, and magnets. Physically creating a magic trick you're going to perform is one of the most fulfilling things you can do. It helps a part of creativity that can only be unlocked by doing. We will also discuss looking through old magic books and updating them for current times.

DETAILS
TIME: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
PRICE: Free for all Ring 216 members, guests, and friends

HOW TO WATCH
We're using the platform provided by the IBM organization, Zoom, to run this online video meeting. You can participate using the Zoom app (for iOS, Android, Mac, or Windows) or any web browser.

Check your email for the link to join the meeting. Or request the link at president@ring216.org.

That link also contains video instructions if you've never used Zoom. Be sure to check that page prior to the meeting to get your device set up and ready to go.

BEFORE THE LECTURE
Beginning at 7pm, I will open up the Zoom meeting for people who want to join early. This is a great time to catch up and see how everyone is doing.

Online meeting for April 8th

Dear members and friends of Ring 216,

We're excited to get together with you this Wednesday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. for a special online-only meeting.

Here's the agenda
  • Welcome and check-in: Round-robin discussion of how everybody's doing
  • "Sharing is caring": Share an idea, book, trick review, or other magic-related information with the group
  • Discuss ideas for performing online via video
  • Perform a routine for the group and get feedback
How to participate
We're using the platform provided by the IBM organization, Zoom, to run this online video meeting. You can participate using the Zoom app (for iOS, Android, Mac, or Windows) or any web browser. 

Watch a video with instructions ›

When to participate
The meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. Check your email for the link, or send me a request.
This is going to be an experiment, but it'll be fun!

Questions? Send email to president@ring216.org

See you then!

David Martinez
President, Ring 216

Update on March 11th meeting

Dear members and friends of Ring 216,

I wanted to give you a quick update on the status of this month's Ring 216 meeting on Wednesday, March 11th. As of now, we have the room at the Yu-Ai Kai Senior Center and it will be open to us for our meeting.

However, since we don't have any idea how many people will be able to make it, we're going to scrap any kind of formal agenda. Instead, feel free to share a routine or move you're working on, talk magic, and just hang out with your friends in magic for an hour or so.

Of course, if you're sick or you've been exposed to the virus, please use good judgment about whether to attend.

Stay safe and healthy!
David Martinez
President, Ring 216

Coming March 11th: Raffle, Open Performances, More


Join us on Wednesday, March 11th, for our next Ring 216 meeting featuring small group performances and plenty of time to share and catch up.

We hope you're free to spend an evening with your family in magic. We had planned for a lecture by Nick Lewin, but unfortunately, Nick had to cancel due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances.

So this month, we're going have a regular meeting with some stuff:
  • Raffle. If you're a member, you'll get a free ticket for the raffle, and if you win, you can choose from several tricks, books, and/or DVDs donated by the officers. You can even bring an item to donate.
  • "Sharing is caring." We invite you to share something useful: a product review, an interesting tip or piece of advice, a special move… whatever you think people will benefit from.
  • Open performances with feedback. You'll have the chance to perform a trick or routine and get feedback if you want. We'll prioritize time for members who need to fulfill their requirement to perform at least once per year. 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, learn something new, and enjoy some fun magic.

Coming Feb. 12: Jason Ladanye Free Lecture

On Feb. 12, Jason Ladanye will be lecturing at Ring 216. He’ll be performing all new, never before seen material from his new book, Game Changer. He’ll be teaching a few classics from his first book, Confident Deceptions as well as a few unpublished effects that will be part of his third book! Here’s a chance to see the material before it appears in print.

Jason has appeared on ABC’s 20/20 and Inside Edition exposing crooked gambling scams. He’s performed at Turning Stone, Mohegan Sun, and Foxwoods Casinos and consulted for the Broadway show Cheers Live on Stage. He’s currently touring with his new two-man show: Mind Games. Jason will share some of the material from the show that’s selling out theaters!

In this lecture, Jason will be teaching mostly self-working effects, or tricks that use a few very common sleights. Jason proves that you can still achieve mind-blowing miracles without relying on knuckle busting sleights.

In addition to teaching hard-hitting and powerful card effects from his latest set of lecture notes, Jason will be sharing insights on misdirection, sleights, spectator management, character development, scripting, practicing, rehearsing, performing, dealing with hecklers, effect construction, booking gigs, marketing, and much much more.

DVDs, books, lecture notes, close-up mats and practice mirrors will all be available after the lecture. Don’t miss it!

Date: Feb. 12, 2020
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Yu-Ai Kai Senior Community Center

THIS LECTURE IS A FREE GIFT FOR PAID MEMBERS OF IBM RING 216. Non-members can join the Ring at the meeting for $25.

Meeting Report: January 8, 2020 - Carisa Hendrix Lecture

Say you have a three-month residency at the Chicago Magic Lounge—you do walkaround with only three minutes at each table—by trial and error you work up an act that not only wows the folks but gets them to like you as a person, with the associated large tips. What do you do with everything you have learned? If you are CARISA HENDRIX you tell all in a fast-paced, experience-filled lecture that leaves the magicians gasping, as she did at the heavily-attended January 2020 meeting of IBM Ring 216. With her boundless energy and never-ending openness, she detailed not only every moment of her successful three-minute routine, but also the deep thinking on the principles of social interaction that guided her performances.

Carisa stressed the principle of social currency when first approaching a table. Immediately give value: the audience doesn’t owe you anything. So she starts off right away with strong earring magic (with tips for adapting the routine for those magicians who do not wear long earrings). She explained the three essentials for quickly establishing an identity the audience can relate to and the value of calling back to that identity at key moments in the routine. The goal of efficiency of audience management was demonstrated in a swift pickpocket routine. Loud environment? She can do her act without words: it’s all in the eyes and the checking-in with the spectators. With an Okito box routine and a Tommy Wonder prediction trick she not only could fool them in three minutes, but she was prepared to use the same props to go on longer if the audience insisted. As a bonus, she revealed all the details of the book production she performed (as Lucy Darling) on Penn and Teller’s fool us.

Above all, Carisa stressed the importance of empathy. The best thing you can give the audience is everything: your story, your smile, your attention. Make them feel seen. Really listen. Talk to them like a person. This ability to form a one to one connection is the highest achievement of the unique art of close up magic. Carisa made everyone in the room feel like this just might be within their grasp, too.

Coming Jan. 8, 2020: Carisa Hendrix Workshop and Lecture

Join us on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, for the first Ring event of the new year: A workshop and lecture by a rising star in magic, Carisa Hendrix.

About Carisa Hendrix
Magician and variety artist Carisa Hendrix is an 8-time award-winning entertainer featured in the Guinness Book of World Records (2014), Ripley’s Believe it or Not (2015) and the star of the Super Channel documentary Carisa Hendrix: Girl on Fire, which tells the true story behind her 2016 Las Vegas magic show.

Recipient of the prestigious Allan Slaight Award and recently nominated for Stage Magician of the Year at the Magic Castle, Hendrix is best known for her beloved comedy magic character Lucy Darling. With Lucy and a host of her other characters, Hendrix has been delighting audiences internationally for the past 16 years with her signature blend of classy, sassy comedy entertainment.

"I've seen her delight and I’ve seen her amaze. When Carisa is performing as Lucy Darling, anything can happen" - Rob Zabrecky

"Lucy Darling is one of the most exciting, hilarious magicians to come along in the last ten years. And some of the smartest
things I’ve heard a magician say are in Carisa Hendrix’s lecture." - John Lovick

"Lucy Darling has figured out that rare technique of of being in the moment. Her magic is good, plus she is funny and cute. All of that makes her a force to be reckoned with." - Max Maven

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: Performance Critique
In this small-group workshop, Carisa will provide expert feedback on your short routine, character, script, or act. We will limit this to no more than 8 participants so that she can spend enough time with everyone.

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!

Sign up for the workshop
ABOUT THE LECTURE
We'll be covering using the language of clothing to convey aspects of your character, the science of comedy and how to write better magic. She will also showcase a few new routines and some twists on a few classics. There will be very little crossover with Carisa's recent Penguin Live Act lecture.

TIME: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
PRICE: $15 for members, $30 for non-members
No need to RSVP... just show up!


ABOUT MEMBERSHIP
Because this is our first meeting of the year, you can sign up for Ring 216 membership at the same time as you sign up for the lecture/workshop.

  • Membership is $25 per year. It entitles you to the following benefits:
  • Members-only pricing on lectures, workshops, and flea market tables
  • Eligibility to perform in our three annual competitions
  • Eligibility for raffles and other members-only events
  • Knowledge that you are supporting the local magic community