Coming in July: Lecture by Nick Lewin

DATE: Wednesday, July 11, 2021
TIME: 7:30 p.m. PDT
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.


Nick has  been featured on numerous television shows and also entertained British Royalty, American Presidents, Business Legends and Hollywood Icons. Lewin’s award-winning show is  very funny and non-stop entertainment, with Nick’s dry English sense of humor perfectly honed for American audiences. Audiences are delighted with Lewin's highly individual blend of stand-up comedy sleight of hand and mind magic.

At this lecture, Nick will share tools and tips to strengthen your magic.

You must be a paid member of Ring 216 for 2021 to attend the lecture, or else you can purchase this lecture on its own for $15.

If you are not already a member, please contact president@ring216.org for information about attending this lecture.


Meeting Report: June 9, 2012 - Online Auction

No one knew what would happen on June 9, 2021, when Ring 216 held its annual auction for the first time online over Zoom. Would there be sellers? Would there be buyers? There were indeed ten sellers, with were some three dozen attendees onscreen. Unlike a normal auction, the potential buyers were unable to browse the wares ahead of time, nor could they look forward to taking immediate possession of their items. As the new rules specified, at the start of the meeting each seller was given two minutes to outline what they had brought to the auction. When the auction itself began, each seller had ten minutes to make the sales. For the delivery of the items, the buyer and seller were to arrange for pickup or delivery between themselves. 

 

Despite these barriers, there was enjoyment in getting a peek into other magicians’ closets, and quite a few sales were made. The sellers included Dan Chan; Mike Della Penna, with a charming mirror box; Mitch Kothe, who found a buyer for the “Box Office” mentalism effect; Al Skinner; Steven Goldstein; Tom Collette, offering a Losander Bubble Zombie among other items; Alan Kahn, displaying a chair suspension; Suyash Joshi; Sohum Modha, successfully selling “Sheer Luck”; and David Martinez, whose “Triple Split” sale was the item that sold for the highest price of the evening; David also auctioned items that had been donated to the club. Some other items that gained multiple bids included “Mint Box,” a set of Ninja rings, the Multiplying Bottles, and a bag of wands.

 

The experiment in online auctions was a fun way to revisit magic history, but it is hoped there will be no need to repeat the experiment next year.

Coming in June: Ring 216 Online Auction

Got magic stuff you want to get rid of? Is there anything you have your eye on? Invite your magical friends and join us for our first-ever online auction!

 DATE: Wednesday, June 9. 2021

TIME: 7:30 p.m. PDT

HOW: Live online via Zoom

COST: No cost

All members and non-members are invited!

How to buy stuff

Just show up for the Zoom call! You can bid on as many items as you want. You will arrange payment and shipping information with the seller directly. We'll share a Google spreadsheet where sellers will list their payment/shipping information.

How to sell your stuff

Anybody on this email list is invited to sign up for a slot to sell their stuff. For time purposes, we're going to limit the seller list to no more than 20 people. We will prioritize paid members of Ring 216, but otherwise it is first come, first served.

Here are more details:

-Sellers will be invited to share pictures of their items in our Facebook group.

-Sellers get a limited amount of time to offer their items during the auction. The amount of time will be based on the number of sellers.

-Sellers will update the Google spreadsheet with their payment information (PayPal, Venmo, etc.) and shipping costs to make it easier for buyers.

-The Ring will record the session to act as a backup in case there is any question about buyers and sellers.

-Sellers and buyers will arrange their own payment, shipping, and pickup details.

-The Ring will do what we can to help, but buyers and sellers are responsible for their own transactions.

-The Ring will not take a percentage of any sales. The profits are yours to keep!

To sign up or ask questions, contact David at president@ring216.org.

Meeting Report: May 12 2021 - Suzanne Lecture

The energetic Suzanne was the welcome lecturer at the May 12, 2021 meeting of Ring 216. Presenting over Zoom, she was generous sharing her deep experience in restaurant magic. As she demonstrated her main opening set for table work, young club member Satvik ably assisted her as audience volunteer and afterwards was not shy in asking questions about her performance. Among the magic she explained was her working card routine, in which she focused on details of maximizing misdirection and entertainment, and a clever presentation for the transformation of dollars into hundred-dollar bills. And she related her nerve-wracking (and trophy-winning) experience on “Fool Us”.  

 

Many members were interested in the practical side of the business. In response to their non-stop questions, Suzanne described how she got her first restaurant gigs, and how she learned over time that as a house magician she was not just the entertainment but had an important role as a liaison between the restaurant staff and the diners. She gave advice on how to approach a table and what to do if the people aren’t welcoming, including, “Never take it personally.”

 

And what does she do if a spectator blurts out that they’ve caught her in a move? This took a long time for her to learn. She was very upset at this for years. Now she has a number of ways for handling it gracefully. Most of all: “If you’re a nice person, and not a jerk to them, you can make a lot of mistakes, and you’ll be fine.”

 

This is Suzanne, and if you enjoyed her magic, please tell the hostess on the way out!

Coming May 12: Lecture by Suzanne

Another exciting lecture coming up in May as Ring 216 welcomes the legendary Suzanne!


DATE: Wednesday, May 12, 2021
TIME: 7:30 p.m. PDT
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.


Audiences all over the country have been falling in love with Suzanne since 1985. She resides in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota and can be seen locally there at Birch's on the Lake, Lord Fletcher's Old Lake Lodge and Rockwood's.

Her engaging style makes the audience an essential participant in her performance. Other respected professional magicians have called her "flawless" and "amazing". She is a favorite at Hollywood's famous Magic Castle and was awarded Close Up Magician of the Year for 2010 by The Academy of Magical Arts. Her specialty is close-up magic for corporate and private events.

For Ring 216, Suzanne will lecture about restaurant magic and strolling magic.