Meeting Report: March 2021 - Eric Jones Lecture

   

   Eric Jones received a warm welcome for his live Zoom lecture for the March 2021 meeting of IBM Ring 216. It was a large and diverse audience, yet his presentation was designed for all skill levels and he generously answered questions on every effect. 

   He opened by changing a catalog picture of a coin into a real coin, leaving a blank space behind. Then, with the greatest detail, he taught his coin routine in which three fly from hand to hand. Although it involved some sophisticated techniques, he taught every move and everyone was able to learn from it. Notable was his care and thoroughness in giving credit to the magicians whose creations he had built on. 

   Eric then moved to cards and a very magical-looking assembly of the aces. He spoke on the subject of creating conviction for Zoom magic, including using a deck that he had mailed out previously to participants for shuffling. He explained a sleight-free version of a Paul Harris effect in which a signed selected card, trapped between two other cards, disappears and reappears. Eric also presented a bare hand production of a Sharpie marker and, as a knuckle-buster, some work on Fred Robinson’s rising card. 

   Among the many questions Eric answered, beyond those related to the effects taught, were what to do about finger windows (his solutions include jewelry), his appearances on America’s Got Talent and Penn and Teller (in which he had presented his favorite effect), how he performs for people in social situations, and his favorite magic books, among which he rates Ascanio’s highly.

Coming March 10: Lecture by Eric Jones

 


Another exciting lecture coming up in March as Ring 216 welcomes a modern maestro of magic, Eric Jones!


DATE: Wednesday, March 10, 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
Zoom link will be sent to members and other paid attendees on the day of the event.


Regarded by his peers as one of magic's rising stars, Eric Jones has made quite a name for himself in the world of magic. Armed with cunning sleight of hand and a charming personality, he will astound you with his digital dexterity.

Eric's lecture will challenge you to look at your magic in a whole new light after discussing ways to make close-up effects play to large audiences, redirecting attention rather than misdirecting it, how to properly block/stage performances to both conceal method as well as optimize the audience reaction to the magic. These and other ideas will be discussed while you learn some of Eric's award-winning magic.

Not a Ring 216 member yet?
Click here for information about becoming a Ring 216 member to get access to this lecture and all online lectures this year, plus other benefits..

If you don't want to become a member but still want to attend the lecture, please send your $15 payment via PayPal to payment@ring216.org.

Coming Feb. 10: Magician Dan Harlan!



Continuing Ring 216's commitment to hosting the best magicians on the planet, this month we welcome the legendary Dan Harlan!
 
  • DATE: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 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
  • Zoom link will be sent to members and other paid attendees on the day of the event.

World Famous for Unique Magical Creations, Dan Harlan travels the globe performing and teaching incredible magic. One of the most innovative modern magicians, Harlan’s cutting-edge miracles are coveted by discerning connoisseurs of fine magic done well. Performing, writing, teaching, consulting, creating and lecturing, Harlan does it all. While working wonders world-wide, Harlan's wit, wisdom, and whacked-out weirdness always "wows" all wide-eyed witnesses.

At the lecture, Dan will share a variety of effects for all skill levels. Hope you can join us!
 
Not a Ring 216 member yet?
Learn about becoming a Ring 216 member to get access to this lecture and all online lectures this year, plus other benefits. Click here ›
 
If you don't want to become a member but still want to attend the lecture, please send your $15 payment via PayPal to payment@ring216.org.

Meeting Report: January 2021 - Richard Osterlind Lecture

     Ring 216 was pleased to start the new year with an inspiring lecture by Richard Osterlind. From his home in front of his bookshelves, before a large Zoom audience, Richard conversationally taught many of his favorite effects. He delved into the development of many subtle points of their presentation that had been honed over the years to produce the maximum audience impact.

       Richard opened with his famous center tear. Many audience members had questions that he answered with great care and with close-up demonstrations of the fine points (for which Zoom was well-suited). He then described his book test and discussed his presentation philosophy for the revelation of spectator’s thoughts. The great power of the swami gimmick and of spoon bending became apparent in Richard’s hands. Numerous other mental effects were discussed at the members' suggestion.

       He was generous with his time and was willing to share many anecdotes of his performing life, stories of his methods of creation, and his thoughts on blending his natural personality with the performing persona of a serious mentalist. He himself embodied one of his key pieces of advice: after you have practiced any magical skill at length, “The final outcome is - you’re the magic. Because you can’t analyze it. It is you.”  

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.

To pay your dues for 2021, visit this page ›

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