Next meeting: Woody Aragon Lecture

Save the dates for a lecture and hands-on workshop from the great Spanish magician Woody Aragon:

Lecture: November 13, 2013, at 7:15 p.m. (regular meeting night) @ Yu Ai Kai Community Center
Cost: $15 for Ring 216 members / $25 for non-members

Workshop: November 11, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in Mountain View
Cost: $75 per person (6 person minimum)
Sign-ups: Please email

About the Lecture
  • 2+ hours about card magic, including a little show at the beginning that will be completely explained, including the spelling routine Woody used to win the International Magic Convention in 2011.
  • Theory about structure of tricks and shows.
  • Very bad English (he says that he learned it in Lennart Green’s videos) 
  • 5 routines and innovative moves and principles. 
  • And, most of them, very easy to follow, to understand and to do!

Quotes about the Lecture

"Just finished watching Woody Aragon's lecture. Bravo! Great performance and material." – Ray Kosby

"I caught this lecture... it was definitely one of the best ones I have been to so far (speaking as someone who has attended lectures for decades). It was nice for those of us who attended to enjoy such an intimate setting with a wonderful close-up performer like Woody." – James Marshall

"Just incredible! Wow! Best lecture I've been to in awhile." – Jeff Eline

About Woody
Named by many as one of the greatest card magicians of the new generation, Woody Aragón has worked in the best specialized magic theatres and festivals around the world, has appeared in TV in USA and Spain, he's a North American FISM champion winner of the main awards about close up magic, a wonderful creator and teacher that rocks when he lecture for his colleagues, and a great performer that makes any event extraordinary. Learn more about Woody at his website.

Recap of Close-Up Competition

We had a exciting time on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Ring 216's Close-Up Competition. There were 7 competitors in the standard event (Fantastic Fred, Fred Rasmussen, John Jones, Alan Leeds, David Martinez, Rafael, Jabbar Luo) and 3 competitors in the Master's event ( Dan Chan, David Gerard, Cal) in the Masters event. 13+ laypeople (friends and family) attended as well. Many thanks to all those who participated and helped out.

As for the standard competition results:
  • Winner: Alan Leeds
  • Second place: John Jones
  • Third place: David Martinez
  • People's Choice: John Jones
As for the Masters Competition winner, the award will be announced at our Annual Banquet in January 2014.

Congrats and thanks to everyone for participating in this event.

Ring 216 Officer Nominations

On November 13th IBM Ring 216 will hold its yearly election of officers. The following Ring 216 members are nominated for offices in 2014:

  • Calvin Tong –President
  • Craig Ousterling- Vice President
  • John Jones – Secretary
  • Will Chandler – Treasurer
  • David Martinez - Webmaster
  • Doug Eakin – Sergeant at Arms

Other Ring 216 members who are interested in running for an office should contact a member of the nominating committee. If you are qualified you will be added to the ballot.

This is an opportunity for Ring members to get involved with leadership of the club. As an officer you will have a vote in the clubs direction, provide a valuable service, expand your social network, meet new magicians and have fun.

Nominating Committee:

  • Fred Rasmussen (Chair of Nominating Committee) –
  • Cal Tong -
  • Doug Eakin -

Please respond quickly so we can put out a final list of Nominees by November 1st.