Meeeting Report: Sep 8, 2021 - Spotlight on Local Magic

  A “Spotlight on Local Magic” was shining for San Jose’s Ring 216 meeting of September 8, 2021. Bay area magicians Jay Alexander and Brad Barton appeared out of thin air – via Zoom – and talked about their public shows, told stories, shared some magic and answered questions for forty attendees.

First on the bill was Jay Alexander, proprietor of the Marrakech Magic Theater (, 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” ( 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.

Coming Sept. 8: Spotlight on Local Magic


Not having in-person meetings gives Ring 216 the opportunity to try new things that we could never do with in-person meetings. And our September meeting is the perfect example!

We've invited two accomplished local magicians who each have their own currently running ticketed magic show in San Francisco to join us for a very special event live on Zoom.
Jay and Brad will talk to us about their public shows, tell stories, share some magic, and answer questions. This is a rare opportunity to hear what it's like to achieve the dream that many of us share: to have a regular ticketed magic show — and in the case of Jay, to have his own venue!

Jay and Brad have generously offered their time for this special Ring 216 event, so let's plan to give them a very warm welcome! 

DATE: September 8, 2021
TIME: 7:30 p.m. PDT
HOW: Live online via Zoom
This Zoom meeting free for everyone on the Ring 216 mailing list! You don't have to be a paid Ring 216 member to enjoy this experience. Please sign up for the mailing list by following the link at right.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, Andrew Evans of the Magic Patio is unable to make it to our event. We will definitely invite him back in the future!
If there is time after Jay and Brad talk, please stick around to talk magic, share some tricks, and just have a fun time chitchatting with your magic friends. David Martinez will moderate the chat and give everyone a chance to participate.