- Perform an act up to 6 minutes long broadcast from your location on Zoom
- The act must be live, not pre-recorded
- You may call on audience helpers over Zoom to help, but no stooges allowed
- You can also use an assistant at your location
- Voting will be done online and will encompass the same categories as the regular competitions
- Make sure your lighting, camera, and sound are acceptable so that people can enjoy the performance
- No adult-oriented material or danger acts
- Only paid-up members of Ring 216 for 2021 are eligible to perform
- We'll invite non-magicians to enjoy the show and possibly vote for a people's choice
Our September Spotlight was such a big hit that we've decided to try it again!
This month, we're inviting two more local magic luminaries for an evening of magic and conversation:
- Kevin Blake, San Francisco illusionist (www.mindofkevin.com)
- Adam Cheyer, creator of Siri and local magic luminary
Kevin and Adam will tell stories, share some magic, and answer questions.
Kevin and Adam have generously offered their time for this special Ring 216 event, so let's plan to give them a very warm welcome!
DATE: Nov. 10, 2021
TIME: 7:30 p.m. PT
HOW: Live online via Zoom
SPECIAL NOTE: This Zoom meeting free for everyone on the mailing list! You don't have to be a paid Ring 216 member to enjoy this experience.
First on the bill was Jay Alexander, proprietor of the Marrakech Magic Theater (www.sanfranciscomagictheater.com), where he performs over 400 shows a year (in non-viral times). Asked why he wanted a single performing venue, Jay explained the appeal of a solo magic theater, of which there are fifty in the country. Unlike cruise ships, people come to a theater ready to see a magician, and unlike working on the street, one can use all the theatrical elements: music, lights and even silence. Jay orchestrates the entire audience experience: he greets the people as they enter the lobby, does a little close-up, and then brings them into the theater, where he makes some of them stars in his show. For the Ring, he performed astounding selections from his act, reading and controlling the minds of remote Ring members Satvik, Gary G., and Fred R. — but no spoilers will be given here.
Brad Barton, Reality Thief, then talked about his shows “The Lost Church” and “The Gift” (www.thelostchurch.com). He began with a performance that charmed and astonished (and will also not be described here). Brad’s presentations have a philosophical tone as he encourages the particiipants to consider their dreams, their special memories, and the place for gratitude in their lives. He described his history at the small performance theater called the Lost Church, which became his home for more than five years with of sold-out shows.
Then Jay and Brad together answered questions about the life of a magician. They both painfully recalled their worst shows and spoke warmly of their best shows. David C. asked why they both chose mentalism, and in response they both emphasized the personal aspect for the audience – no other magic was as engaging and as powerful. In answer to a question from Perry Y., they both stressed the importance of recording all your shows and watching yourself work, much as you might dislike it. As Jay said, “If you hate yourself on video, how can you expect others to watch you?” Problem solved — their shows are a must for anyone in the Bay area and are a guaranteed good time.