Ring 216 was treated to a live lecture by Nick Lewin, Zooming from his home in magical and musical Austin, Texas on July 14, 2021. Nick’s cheerful manner and big smile were notable throughout the lecture. Reflecting on his beginnings in magic, he credited his mentors Ken Brooke and Billy McComb with changing his life leading him to develop his goal as a comedy magician presenting “Strong magic, made funny.”
The effects he lectured on, drawn from his lifetime repertoire, demonstrated his working requirement of “Packs small, plays STRONG.” He described in impressive detail his favorite opener, the Color-Changing Silks, covering many little touches over the years, and giving thoughtful answers to questions from the magician Paprika and others in the audience. He segued smoothly into the Bill in Lemon, always speaking during the transition, never allowing a dull moment on stage. His message: you are controlling the audience - when to laugh, when not, when to applause, when to stop applause, and to do this keep eye contact with the audience (even if you can't see them for the stage lights) and smile.
A borrowed credit card to wallet routine then led to a very commercial, straightforward and fooling version of a triple prediction, in this case of a custom-ordered car. In answer to questions from David Martinez and others, Nick explained how he made his show flow, using such unifying techniques as callbacks and borrowing repeatedly from the same person. He spoke passionately about the practical means of inventing new effects. Jonathan Steigman asked for Nick’s favorite Bill McComb story, and Nick happily complied (first warning that he needed to clean up the language because there were youths in attendance).
in the Texas wee hours, Susan Lewin closed the night: “Thank you, everyone. It’s been a fun evening. Nick enjoys chatting with magicians and you’ll find him on FaceBook.”
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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.
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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.