Coming Dec. 14: Ring 216 Stage & Parlor Magic Competition

 The 2022 Stage & Parlor Magic Competition is just around the corner — Wednesday, Dec. 14. Come on out to support your fellow magicians as they present their best material in a parlor setting... think the Parlor of Prestidigitation at the Magic Castle (without the cover charge).

And be sure to bring your friends and family because magic is always better when there are more people to enjoy it! Your guests can be fellow magicians or, preferably, non-magicians who love magic.

The performances start at 7:30 p.m. sharp! 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. This is a great, low-stress way to hone your act and get feedback. Remember: The goal is to do your best and not focus on winning. Just have fun!

If you're thinking of competing, please keep in mind the following information:

Parlor is defined as an act presented in a formal stand-up setting with a sound system and curtains. There will be 5-6 rows of seating.

But remember that we don't have raked seating, so be aware that people in the 2nd or 3rd row will not be able to see the top of a table.

All paid members are allowed to compete, including past winners.

If you've won in the past, you must perform a different act.

Acts should be around 6 minutes long, so start timing yourself. (Depending on the number of participants, this number may be larger or smaller.)

Check out all the competition rules.

To sign up, send an email to president@ring216.org.


Meeting Report - October 2022: Close-Up Competition

On October 12, 2022, Ring 216 held its first live, in-person Close-Up competition since the beginning of the pandemic. There were nine competitors and a good contingent of audience attendees, with more watching on Zoom. Only those attending in person were given ballots to vote.

In the Standard Division (those who had not previously one a contest), Jeff Friend divined a word that a spectator selected from the collected works of Shakespeare; Jonathan Chen burned people with his version of changing dollar bills to hundreds; Syd Kashima transformed a selected card and then teleported it to his pocket; and the card a spectator selected from Mitch Kothe turned out to be the only non-blank card in the deck, and then vanished to reappear in the card case.

In the Masters Division, Meriam Al-Sultan caused two selected cards to fuse together in a most off-beat manner; James Chan performed an ambitious card routine and three-card monte; Tom Collett brought aces to the top of a spectator-shuffled deck and then used them to make coins appear and gather together; John Morgan performed a routine in which red and black cards outfoxed the magician, and then showed how knotted handkerchiefs can mysteriously become undone; and Calvin Tong dazzled with sleight of hand involving three coins that underwent multiple transformations.

The winner of the Master’s Division was Calvin Tong. The People’s Choice Award in the division was a tie between Calvin Tong and James Chan. The winner of the Standard Division was Jonathan Chen, and the People’s Choice was won by Mitch Kothe.

It felt very good to have everyone back seeing live magic again.

Coming Oct. 12: Close-Up Magic Competition

 


Mark your calendars. Bring your friends.

For the first time in three years, Ring 216 will host an in-person competition... the 2022 Close-Up Magic Competition on Wednesday, October 12th. 

Come out to support your fellow magicians as they present their best material in a formal close-up setting. And since magic is always better when there are more people to enjoy it, bring your friends and family!

The performances start at 7:30 p.m. sharp! We'll be at our usual location at Yu-Ai Kai Senior Center, 588 North 4th Street, San Jose, CA.

Masking policy
Performers can perform unmasked. We will ask audience members to wear masks.
 

There's still time to sign up.

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. This is a great, low-stress way to hone your act and get feedback. Remember: The goal is to do your best and not focus on winning. Just have fun!

If you're thinking of competing, please keep in mind the following information:
  • The goal is to create an atmosphere as close to a formal close-up environment as possible. If you've visited the Magic Castle, picture its close-up room. Guests will join together in groups and will be seated typically in 1-3 rows arranged in a semicircle. The last row will likely be standing to allow all to view the table.
  • You'll perform your act up to 4 times for different audiences, depending on the number of guests in attendance.
  • All paid members are allowed to compete.
  • Acts must be no more than 6 minutes long, so start timing yourself. Note: We may increase this limit based on the number of participants (fewer participants would mean longer acts).
  • The competition usually has two divisions: Masters Division is for previous winners of any competition; Standard Division is for everyone else. Each division must have at least four competitors; if not, we will have a single division.
  • We hope have at least many non-magicians among our audience members, and we'll try to mix the non-magicians throughout the groups.
  • If you've won in the past, you are free to compete, but you have to perform a different act.
  • Check out all the competition rules.
Sign Up Now

We can't wait to see you there!

Coming Sept. 14: Ring 216 Flea Market and Auction

 

Bring your magical friends and join us at our next meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 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
A few tables are still available to reserve, so don't miss out! Reserve your table today using our easy online form.

As a thank you for helping make this flea market great, we’ve decided to WAIVE the fees for 2022 paid members. Non-members will receive the equivalent discount, so half-tables will be only $5 and full tables $10.

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 a table
Free Magic Raffle
Everyone who attends will get one free raffle ticket. Before the auction, we will raffle off items donated by club officers and members. So you could win FREE MAGIC!

Invite your friends
We want this event to be well attended, so please invite your friends in magic.

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 PM: Sellers may arrive to set up their tables for the flea market.
7:00 PM: The doors open to buyers.
8:15 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.

COVID-19 Info
We will follow the rules of Yu-Ai Kai when it comes to COVID protocols. Because it is a senior center, they may require masks to enter, so please bring a mask. Thank you.

Coming Aug. 10: Field trip to MIND TRICKS LIVE!

 


Jay Alexander is bringing his highly reviewed show Mind Tricks Live to the Pruneyard in Campbell for one night only... and it happens to be the same night as our Ring meeting. This is a rare opportunity to see one of the Bay Area's top magicians in performance, and it's too exciting to miss.

Date: August 10. 2022
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Pruneyard Cinemas in Campbell

1875 S Bascom Ave, Campbell, CA 95008
https://pruneyardcinemas.com
Price: Tickets range from $25 to $55
Who can attend: Everyone

Special Offer! Jay has graciously offered a special package for Ring members who attend this show:

  • Free large popcorn
  • Special Mind Tricks souvenir coin
  • Meet and greet with Jay after the show

Come join us! Here's how:

  1. Purchase your ticket at the Pruneyard Cinemas website.
  2. Let me know that you plan to attend by sending an email topresident@ring216.org.
  3. Come to the show.
  4. Get a voucher for your free popcorn when you check in.
  5. Have your mind blown by Jay's amazing magic and winning personality.
  6. Stay afterward for an informal chat with Jay.

Plenty of tickets are available as of now, but they're going fast!

See you then!

Questions? Contact me at president@ring216.org

About Mind Tricks Live

San Francisco's highest-rated show will be doing a magic pop-up experience at the Pruneyard Cinemas for one night only. 

Jay Alexander will be premiering Mind Tricks while taking advantage of the unique location of this dine-in movie theater, you will see movie magic without the camera tricks. This unforgettable pop-up begins as you enter a world filled with magic, mentalism, and psychological feats such as human lie detection masterfully mixed with Jay’s unique style of clever comedy and charismatic audience engagement.

Bono of U2 called it “Astonishing” and Monty Python’s John Cleese said it was “Wonderful!".

Pruneyard Cinemas is the only cinema experience in Silicon Valley with at-your-seat food and beverage service. Three times voted Silicon Valley’s best movie theater experience and cocktails.

WHEN: Wednesday, August 10, Doors open at 6:30 PM. The show starts at 7:30 PM