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.
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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.

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
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
  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

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

Coming July 13: Online Lecture by Jeki Yoo

Date: July 13, 2022

Time: 7:30 p.m. PDT

HOW: Live online via Zoom

COST: Free for paid 2022 members of Ring 216 (see below); $15 for non-members

The Zoom link will be sent to paid attendees the day of the event.


Jeki Yoo will share with you about his original Close up and Parlor, Stage magic. Each piece, you will also learn the performance tips, how to make, know how, etc.

And Jeki Yoo will also talk about how 3D printing helps him to develop his magic acts.

1. 4th dimension (His version of the Mylay Mystery by Jerry Adnrus)

2. Ninja Ring (Jeki’s take on Ninja Ring routine with an amazing climax)

3. Fright (Close Up - Impromptu Haunted deck)

4. Pips Matrix (Using four pips and Cards to make an interesting routine)

5. Coin thru Bag (His variation on Michael Ammar’s Coin thru silk)

6. Rubber Band Stop (It was inspired by Alan Wong’s Stargazer Trick, A magician makes the shape using the rubber band, at the end, the rubber band become stiff)


After winning Asia's greatest magic contest, The Busan International Magic Festival, in 2006 as a high school student, Jeki began winning international contests like a comet. His magic was innovative, inspired other magicians, and roused applause from audiences around the globe with its fresh originality.

In 2009, Jeki won a close-up magic award from the International Brotherhood of Magicians, the world’s largest organization of magicians.

Since then, Jeki and his magic have wowed audiences in England, France, Sweden, Italy, Japan, China, and many other countries including Scotland where, as a member of SNAP, one of Korea’s biggest magic shows, he was invited to perform at the famed Edinburgh Festival.

Jeki has also graced the stage of the incredibly popular hit show America’s Got Talent. Over 13 million people watched him perform his own unique style of close-up magic before an impressed panel of celebrity judges. Even the infamous Simon Cowell was left stunned by what he had just witnessed. Though Jeki didn’t continue on in the competition, he left the stage having won the hearts of a nation. “Love your laugh”, “(F)reaking awesome”, “I love his giggle”, and “Jeki is so cool” are just a few of the comments that hit social media afterward.

Not only was Jeki able to leave with his head held high, but, he also left crowned with the title “cutest magician of all time” (courtesy of America’s Got Talent by way of Twitter)


The lecture is free for paid Ring 216 members for 2022.

The lecture will be live on Zoom. Link will be included in an email to paid members.

If you have not yet joined Ring 216, the cost is $25 and is payable via PayPal to

If you just want to purchase this one lecture, the cost is $15.

Meeting Report - June 8, 2022: Justin Miller Lecture


Mitch Kothe introduced creative close-up magician Justin Miller at the Ring 216 online lecture of June 8, 2022. With cards and coins Justin demonstrated his outside-the-box solutions to creative magical problems.


In his hands, a card case with deck inside disappeared and turned into the folded selected card. Four coins suddenly appeared arranged in a square on the table. He changed a half dollar into a Chinese coin using a new “drop” technique that enthralled the technical coin magicians. Then three coins passed from a box into a shot glass one by one. A highlight of the evening was Justin’s “shadow” technique, creating a series of eye-popping effects: a coin dropped from one hand to the other vanishes midway through its journey, a card visibly changes as it is dropped on the table, three cards disappear one by one thin air. Justin closed with his version of a classic Paul Harris effect: a mirror causes a coin to appear, which multiplies into three coins, and then everything vanishes.