Coming Feb. 8: Awards, Giveaways, Open Performance

Dear friends in magic,

We're finally ready to have our first in-person meeting of the year. This is a  chance to catch up with each other, show off your acts, get feedback, and also have fun.

DATE: Feb. 8, 2023

TIME: 7:30 p.m. PST

HOW: In-person at Yu-Ai Kai and online Via Zoom

COST: Free for all

ZOOM: The Zoom link will be sent the day of the event.


Here's what we have in store for you:

Pizza: Yes, we'll have some pizza and soft drinks to enjoy.

Awards ceremony: We're going to give out trophies and certificates for winners of our 2022 Close-Up and Stage Competitions

Giveaways: A friend has donated a bunch of classic and family magic props for us to find a new home. We'll offer the items as free giveaways. And if YOU want to donate some used items, please do!

Open Performances: Share a routine, trick, or move with your friends in a safe environment. You can even get feedback. If you're a new member and have never performed for us, this is your chance!

Mini-Lectures...? See below.


Do you have some tips, advice, or ideas you think the group would benefit from?

Sign up for a mini-lecture slot! Send email to


The Board is always seeking input from our members to make the club more fun and useful. Send email to

Coming Jan. 11: Lecture by David Gerard - UPDATE


Date: January 11, 2023

Time: 7:30 p.m. PST

Location: Zoom Only

UPDATE on JAN. 10: Due to the uncertainties of the weather and for the safety of our members, we have decided to make the lecture a ZOOM-ONLY event. See below for instructions on how to view.

About the Lecture

Join us for a very special event to kick off 2023!

Our own local pro David Gerard will be sharing parts of his Magifest lecture for the club as well as teaching tricks and doing an open Q&A session. This will be a casual, fun night with one of the most accomplished magicians in the area.


As an online-only event, David's lecture will free for paid members of Ring 216 and $30 for non-members.

Since this is our first lecture of the year, we ask that you sign up for your 2023 membership for just $25. This price has not changed in more than a decade. Send payment via PayPal to

How to watch the lecture

Paid members of Ring 216 for 2023 will receive a Zoom link on Wednesday prior to the lecture.

Meeting Report - Dec 14 2022: Stage and Parlor Competition

On December 14, 2022, Ring 216 held its Stage and Parlor competition in person for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Audience members attended both live and on Zoom, and all magician were allowed to cast ballots. There were six performers and only one competition division. 


Tom Collett opened the proceedings by making colored streamers appear and disappear and defying gravity with a glass off water. A spectator mixed up a Rubik’s cube for Jonathan Chen, and it was found to match the arrangement of two other cubes; then all became magically solved. David Martinez demonstrated three psychic abilities, including drawing the animal a spectator was thinking of. Jeffrey Friend told a spooky story of a chain letter that was destroyed and made whole again. James Chan found a spectator’s card on Instagram and pulled it out of his phone. Meriam Al-Sultan pulled off her woolen cap and, under the close supervision of two spectators, caused a candy egg to disappear and reappear from it several times, then drew from it glass of water.  


When all the votes were in, the scoring was very close. First Place went to Meriam Al-Sultan and Second Place to David Martinez. The MC for the evening was Gary Goldberg.

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

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.