November Meeting Recap

In case you missed the Ring 216 action in November, here is a quick recap of the excitement.

The evening began with an informal pre-meeting workshop to review, practice, and discuss the  Garrett Thomas imagination coins routine covered in his workshop last month.

Then the main meeting began with a quick election of 2017 officers. We welcomed our new Sergeant-At-Arms, Thomas Busk!

President: David Martinez
Vice President: Calvin Tong
Secretary: Gary Goldberg
Treasurer: John Jones
Web Master: Stephen Sebeny
Sergeant at Arms: Thomas Busk

The main event was Open Performance night. Ten people volunteered to do about five minutes each. Those who desired it received a few minutes of audience advice and suggestions. These discussions showed our ring at its best: helping each other learn, bantering about ideas and jokes, and having an overall great time.

These were the performers this night:
  • Fred Lee opened with the mental divination of selected cards. 
  • Rafael Delgadillo presented a one-handed Oil & Water and full deck color separation. 
  • Gene Johannsen performed at the club for the first time. He impressed with Larry Jenmings' beautiful card penetration, "Close up illusion." He drew laughs with his "marked card" line.
  • David Martinez matched the colors on a Rubik's curve to a spectator's randomly scrambled cube, then solved the cube without looking at it. This was Greg Wilson's Rubicon, recently released, and new to most members.
  • Patrick Henderson used Liquid Luck to divine the cards that six spectators mentally selected from six packets, concluding with an envelope prediction - a clever presentation of Simon Aronson's "Histed Heisted."
  • Bill Jacobson surprised when he predicted how many cards will be taken by spectator and what card would be chosen using that number. At the end, a written prediction revealed he knew all along what would happen.
  • Sohum Moda induced a spectator to find a set of matching cards, which turned out to be he only eights in a deck full of threes.  
  • Spencer Grey, attending the club for only the second time, presented one of his favorite routines from his professional act, an entertaining effect that destroys a deck of cards and ends with the signed, selected card in his mouth (Hobson routine.)  He dies the routine often in walk around me stage. Ruins a deck each time. 
  • Cal Tong showed a coin box routine and added on a newly-learned effect in which a spectator cuts off cards that match a prediction (from Andy Nyman's "Fight Dirty" lecture notes).  
  • Oscar Bascara, a new member, gave his debut performance. He dared to perform a routine by Ponta the Smith, the Winged Silver from "Sick", and impressed us all.

Reminder: Stage Competition in December

This year's final competition, focusing on stage magic, will be held December 14th. There may be just one or two slots let for competitors, please contact David Martinez at if you wish to sign-up to participate in the competition.