Meeting Report - Dec 14 2022: Stage and Parlor Competition

On December 14, 2022, Ring 216 held its Stage and Parlor competition in person for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Audience members attended both live and on Zoom, and all magician were allowed to cast ballots. There were six performers and only one competition division. 


Tom Collett opened the proceedings by making colored streamers appear and disappear and defying gravity with a glass off water. A spectator mixed up a Rubik’s cube for Jonathan Chen, and it was found to match the arrangement of two other cubes; then all became magically solved. David Martinez demonstrated three psychic abilities, including drawing the animal a spectator was thinking of. Jeffrey Friend told a spooky story of a chain letter that was destroyed and made whole again. James Chan found a spectator’s card on Instagram and pulled it out of his phone. Meriam Al-Sultan pulled off her woolen cap and, under the close supervision of two spectators, caused a candy egg to disappear and reappear from it several times, then drew from it glass of water.  


When all the votes were in, the scoring was very close. First Place went to Meriam Al-Sultan and Second Place to David Martinez. The MC for the evening was Gary Goldberg.

Coming Dec. 14: Ring 216 Stage & Parlor Magic Competition

 The 2022 Stage & Parlor Magic Competition is just around the corner — Wednesday, Dec. 14. Come on out to support your fellow magicians as they present their best material in a parlor setting... think the Parlor of Prestidigitation at the Magic Castle (without the cover charge).

And be sure to bring your friends and family because magic is always better when there are more people to enjoy it! Your guests can be fellow magicians or, preferably, non-magicians who love magic.

The performances start at 7:30 p.m. sharp! We'll be at our usual location at Yu-Ai Kai Senior Center, 588 North 4th Street, San Jose, CA.

Sign up to perform!

Whether you're a past winner, a brand-new entrant, or something in between, now's your chance to share your routines and show off your skills. This is a great, low-stress way to hone your act and get feedback. Remember: The goal is to do your best and not focus on winning. Just have fun!

If you're thinking of competing, please keep in mind the following information:

Parlor is defined as an act presented in a formal stand-up setting with a sound system and curtains. There will be 5-6 rows of seating.

But remember that we don't have raked seating, so be aware that people in the 2nd or 3rd row will not be able to see the top of a table.

All paid members are allowed to compete, including past winners.

If you've won in the past, you must perform a different act.

Acts should be around 6 minutes long, so start timing yourself. (Depending on the number of participants, this number may be larger or smaller.)

Check out all the competition rules.

To sign up, send an email to

Meeting Report - October 2022: Close-Up Competition

On October 12, 2022, Ring 216 held its first live, in-person Close-Up competition since the beginning of the pandemic. There were nine competitors and a good contingent of audience attendees, with more watching on Zoom. Only those attending in person were given ballots to vote.

In the Standard Division (those who had not previously one a contest), Jeff Friend divined a word that a spectator selected from the collected works of Shakespeare; Jonathan Chen burned people with his version of changing dollar bills to hundreds; Syd Kashima transformed a selected card and then teleported it to his pocket; and the card a spectator selected from Mitch Kothe turned out to be the only non-blank card in the deck, and then vanished to reappear in the card case.

In the Masters Division, Meriam Al-Sultan caused two selected cards to fuse together in a most off-beat manner; James Chan performed an ambitious card routine and three-card monte; Tom Collett brought aces to the top of a spectator-shuffled deck and then used them to make coins appear and gather together; John Morgan performed a routine in which red and black cards outfoxed the magician, and then showed how knotted handkerchiefs can mysteriously become undone; and Calvin Tong dazzled with sleight of hand involving three coins that underwent multiple transformations.

The winner of the Master’s Division was Calvin Tong. The People’s Choice Award in the division was a tie between Calvin Tong and James Chan. The winner of the Standard Division was Jonathan Chen, and the People’s Choice was won by Mitch Kothe.

It felt very good to have everyone back seeing live magic again.

Coming Oct. 12: Close-Up Magic Competition


Mark your calendars. Bring your friends.

For the first time in three years, Ring 216 will host an in-person competition... the 2022 Close-Up Magic Competition on Wednesday, October 12th. 

Come out to support your fellow magicians as they present their best material in a formal close-up setting. And since magic is always better when there are more people to enjoy it, bring your friends and family!

The performances start at 7:30 p.m. sharp! We'll be at our usual location at Yu-Ai Kai Senior Center, 588 North 4th Street, San Jose, CA.

Masking policy
Performers can perform unmasked. We will ask audience members to wear masks.

There's still time to sign up.

Whether you're a past winner, a brand-new entrant, or something in between, now's your chance to share your routines and show off your skills. This is a great, low-stress way to hone your act and get feedback. Remember: The goal is to do your best and not focus on winning. Just have fun!

If you're thinking of competing, please keep in mind the following information:
  • The goal is to create an atmosphere as close to a formal close-up environment as possible. If you've visited the Magic Castle, picture its close-up room. Guests will join together in groups and will be seated typically in 1-3 rows arranged in a semicircle. The last row will likely be standing to allow all to view the table.
  • You'll perform your act up to 4 times for different audiences, depending on the number of guests in attendance.
  • All paid members are allowed to compete.
  • Acts must be no more than 6 minutes long, so start timing yourself. Note: We may increase this limit based on the number of participants (fewer participants would mean longer acts).
  • The competition usually has two divisions: Masters Division is for previous winners of any competition; Standard Division is for everyone else. Each division must have at least four competitors; if not, we will have a single division.
  • We hope have at least many non-magicians among our audience members, and we'll try to mix the non-magicians throughout the groups.
  • If you've won in the past, you are free to compete, but you have to perform a different act.
  • Check out all the competition rules.
Sign Up Now

We can't wait to see you there!

Coming Sept. 14: Ring 216 Flea Market and Auction


Bring your magical friends and join us at our next meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 14, beginning at 7:00 PM to shop the collections of your fellow magicians — and/or sell the stuff you don't use anymore.

Flea Market
A few tables are still available to reserve, so don't miss out! Reserve your table today using our easy online form.

As a thank you for helping make this flea market great, we’ve decided to WAIVE the fees for 2022 paid members. Non-members will receive the equivalent discount, so half-tables will be only $5 and full tables $10.

You can view a layout of the tables when you reserve, and you can make a request for a particular table (although requests are not guaranteed). The earlier you reserve, the more likely you will be to get your preferred location.
Reserve a table
Free Magic Raffle
Everyone who attends will get one free raffle ticket. Before the auction, we will raffle off items donated by club officers and members. So you could win FREE MAGIC!

Invite your friends
We want this event to be well attended, so please invite your friends in magic.

There will also be an auction of magical goods. If you're interested in the auction, just show up. Anybody can sell at auction. The club takes a 10% fee for auction sales, but no fee for table sales.

Make a Donation
If you have some unwanted stuff, consider donating it to the club. We'll auction it off that night, and the proceeds will go to Ring 216.

Evening Agenda
6:30 PM: Sellers may arrive to set up their tables for the flea market.
7:00 PM: The doors open to buyers.
8:15 PM: The auction begins.
9:30 PM (approximately): All sales end and it's time to pack up.

Want more details about the auction? Read our FAQ.

So bring your friends and your stuff — and your cash.

COVID-19 Info
We will follow the rules of Yu-Ai Kai when it comes to COVID protocols. Because it is a senior center, they may require masks to enter, so please bring a mask. Thank you.

Coming Aug. 10: Field trip to MIND TRICKS LIVE!


Jay Alexander is bringing his highly reviewed show Mind Tricks Live to the Pruneyard in Campbell for one night only... and it happens to be the same night as our Ring meeting. This is a rare opportunity to see one of the Bay Area's top magicians in performance, and it's too exciting to miss.

Date: August 10. 2022
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Pruneyard Cinemas in Campbell

1875 S Bascom Ave, Campbell, CA 95008
Price: Tickets range from $25 to $55
Who can attend: Everyone

Special Offer! Jay has graciously offered a special package for Ring members who attend this show:

  • Free large popcorn
  • Special Mind Tricks souvenir coin
  • Meet and greet with Jay after the show

Come join us! Here's how:

  1. Purchase your ticket at the Pruneyard Cinemas website.
  2. Let me know that you plan to attend by sending an email
  3. Come to the show.
  4. Get a voucher for your free popcorn when you check in.
  5. Have your mind blown by Jay's amazing magic and winning personality.
  6. Stay afterward for an informal chat with Jay.

Plenty of tickets are available as of now, but they're going fast!

See you then!

Questions? Contact me at

About Mind Tricks Live

San Francisco's highest-rated show will be doing a magic pop-up experience at the Pruneyard Cinemas for one night only. 

Jay Alexander will be premiering Mind Tricks while taking advantage of the unique location of this dine-in movie theater, you will see movie magic without the camera tricks. This unforgettable pop-up begins as you enter a world filled with magic, mentalism, and psychological feats such as human lie detection masterfully mixed with Jay’s unique style of clever comedy and charismatic audience engagement.

Bono of U2 called it “Astonishing” and Monty Python’s John Cleese said it was “Wonderful!".

Pruneyard Cinemas is the only cinema experience in Silicon Valley with at-your-seat food and beverage service. Three times voted Silicon Valley’s best movie theater experience and cocktails.

WHEN: Wednesday, August 10, Doors open at 6:30 PM. The show starts at 7:30 PM

Coming July 13: Online Lecture by Jeki Yoo

Date: July 13, 2022

Time: 7:30 p.m. PDT

HOW: Live online via Zoom

COST: Free for paid 2022 members of Ring 216 (see below); $15 for non-members

The Zoom link will be sent to paid attendees the day of the event.


Jeki Yoo will share with you about his original Close up and Parlor, Stage magic. Each piece, you will also learn the performance tips, how to make, know how, etc.

And Jeki Yoo will also talk about how 3D printing helps him to develop his magic acts.

1. 4th dimension (His version of the Mylay Mystery by Jerry Adnrus)

2. Ninja Ring (Jeki’s take on Ninja Ring routine with an amazing climax)

3. Fright (Close Up - Impromptu Haunted deck)

4. Pips Matrix (Using four pips and Cards to make an interesting routine)

5. Coin thru Bag (His variation on Michael Ammar’s Coin thru silk)

6. Rubber Band Stop (It was inspired by Alan Wong’s Stargazer Trick, A magician makes the shape using the rubber band, at the end, the rubber band become stiff)


After winning Asia's greatest magic contest, The Busan International Magic Festival, in 2006 as a high school student, Jeki began winning international contests like a comet. His magic was innovative, inspired other magicians, and roused applause from audiences around the globe with its fresh originality.

In 2009, Jeki won a close-up magic award from the International Brotherhood of Magicians, the world’s largest organization of magicians.

Since then, Jeki and his magic have wowed audiences in England, France, Sweden, Italy, Japan, China, and many other countries including Scotland where, as a member of SNAP, one of Korea’s biggest magic shows, he was invited to perform at the famed Edinburgh Festival.

Jeki has also graced the stage of the incredibly popular hit show America’s Got Talent. Over 13 million people watched him perform his own unique style of close-up magic before an impressed panel of celebrity judges. Even the infamous Simon Cowell was left stunned by what he had just witnessed. Though Jeki didn’t continue on in the competition, he left the stage having won the hearts of a nation. “Love your laugh”, “(F)reaking awesome”, “I love his giggle”, and “Jeki is so cool” are just a few of the comments that hit social media afterward.

Not only was Jeki able to leave with his head held high, but, he also left crowned with the title “cutest magician of all time” (courtesy of America’s Got Talent by way of Twitter)


The lecture is free for paid Ring 216 members for 2022.

The lecture will be live on Zoom. Link will be included in an email to paid members.

If you have not yet joined Ring 216, the cost is $25 and is payable via PayPal to

If you just want to purchase this one lecture, the cost is $15.

Meeting Report - June 8, 2022: Justin Miller Lecture


Mitch Kothe introduced creative close-up magician Justin Miller at the Ring 216 online lecture of June 8, 2022. With cards and coins Justin demonstrated his outside-the-box solutions to creative magical problems.


In his hands, a card case with deck inside disappeared and turned into the folded selected card. Four coins suddenly appeared arranged in a square on the table. He changed a half dollar into a Chinese coin using a new “drop” technique that enthralled the technical coin magicians. Then three coins passed from a box into a shot glass one by one. A highlight of the evening was Justin’s “shadow” technique, creating a series of eye-popping effects: a coin dropped from one hand to the other vanishes midway through its journey, a card visibly changes as it is dropped on the table, three cards disappear one by one thin air. Justin closed with his version of a classic Paul Harris effect: a mirror causes a coin to appear, which multiplies into three coins, and then everything vanishes.



Coming June 8: Online Lecture by Justin Miller!

Ring 216 Presents "Delicate Deceptions" by Justin Miller, creator of over 400 marketed effects

Join the Zoom call for 2+ hours of magic with:

  • Coins
  • Cards
  • Coin boxes
  • Loops
  • Shadows
  • And so much more

Justin will share for the first time his groundbreaking creation/discovery Shadow Lapping.

Plus a 30-60 minute "Care to Share" session where you can show Justin what you are working on and Justin can give his feedback and suggestions.

DATE: June 8, 2022

TIME: 7:30 p.m. PDT

HOW: Live online via Zoom

COST: Free for paid 2022 members of Ring 216 (see below); $15 for non-members

The Zoom link will be sent to paid attendees the day of the event.


The lecture is free for paid Ring 216 members for 2022. If you have not yet joined Ring 216, the cost is $25 and is payable via PayPal to

If you just want to purchase this one lecture, the cost is $15.

An Update from Ring 216

Hey folks!

Wanted to give you an update about our club.

Due to low in-person attendance and high rates of COVID in the community, we are going back to virtual meetings for the next couple of months. We will postpone the flea market/auction until the fall, and we're looking to secure some fun lecturers for June and July. Stay tuned for more details.

Hopefully we can go back in-person for our regularly scheduled walk-around magic competition in August.

We hope you'll continue to join us online as we keep Ring 216 alive until we can get past the worst of the pandemic.

Thanks for understanding.
David Martinez
President, Ring 216

Coming May 11: The Ring 216 Monthly Meeting!

It was great to see so many faces last month. So guess what? We're going to do to it again for our May meeting!

DATE: May 11, 2022

TIME: 7:30 p.m. PDT

LOCATION: Yu-Ai Kai Senior Center, 588 N. 4th St., San Jose


Everybody is welcome to attend, including new magicians who have not paid their dues and want to check it out first.


7:30 - Announcements

7:40 - Short lectures from members on various magic topics... details to come

8:45ish - Open performances... Show us what you've been working on!


Snacks and drinks will be provided


Yu-Ai Kai requires attendees to be vaccinated, including at least one booster. You will also need to sign a Covid-19 waiver.


We will bring a computer and stream the event live on Zoom. We tried this last time and we learned a lot about how to improve the experience for remote members. Please check your email for the Zoom link.

Meeting Report - April 13, 2022: First Live/Zoom Hybrid Meeting

 Ring 216 held its first in-person meeting in two years, on April 13, 2022. The group had been only online since Covid started. Tonight was the first experiment with a hybrid meeting combining in-person attendance at the Yu-Ai Kai Center with people on Zoom; there were about twice as many people attending live as on line.


The evening began with people re-introducing themselves. The in person group included Ring president Dave Martinez, vice-president John Morgan, treasurer Tom Collett, and web master Dan Chan, long time members Fred Rassmussen, Jim Blashek, Cary Klenetsky, Joe Oliverio, and several new or recent members, among them Magic Jeanie of the San Jose Magic shop, Jeff Frend, Codie Nichols and Destiny of Dragon Theater (as well as people whose names escaped the Ring secretary).   


President David Martinez commented on how well the Ring has done with Zoom lectures, hearing lecturers from distant places whom we could not have gotten live. So we may keep doing Zoom lectures a few times a year. Jim Blashek noted that, at  the passing of Ken Gielow, Ken’s family had donated all his magic to Jim, who invited people to come and buy with all money going to magic groups. Tom Collett reminded us the Sunnyvale Wine Stroll, where many magicians were performing, was coming May 7. Tom and Jeanie shared stories of what they were doing in magic and what books they were reading: Jim recommended Steve Cohen’s Malini book, Codie “Journeys into Black” by Eugene Poinc for storytelling magic.


Then gave the open performance section of the evening. John did an effect with five red cards that turned into black cards; Jeff divined a spectator’s Zodiac sign; Carey gave a card cheating demonstration in which the spectator dealt themselves a royal flush; David tried out a guilt-driven presentation about cheating spectators who selected cards from two decks; a new participant gave a creative presentation with a signed sticker marking a card. Dan pulled a selected card out of Instagram, Tom changed the color of handkerchiefs to match his suit, and Codie divined a spectator’s hidden drawing. Feedback was given by the audience and was much appreciated by the performers.


The people on Zoom were able to see and hear everything that proceeded, thanks to the concern shown by the people on site to address the camera - two years of being on Zoom until tonight had left its imprint. The hybrid meeting seemed a success and another was planned for the following month.

Coming April 13: First In-Person Meeting in 2 years!

 Hey, remember what it was like to meet in person? Guess what? That's what we're going to do on for our April meeting!

DATE: April 13, 2022

TIME: 7:30 p.m. PST

LOCATION: Yu-Ai Kai Senior Center, 588 N. 4th St., San Jose

Food and drinks will be provided!


7:30ish - Announcements and social time... Share personal updates, books, ideas

8:30ish - Open performances... Show us what you've been working on!


We will bring a computer and stream the event live on Zoom. But we honestly don't know what the experience will be like for remote members. This is an experiment and we are looking for ideas to improve.

The good news is that we believe Zoom lectures are here to stay. They are a great way to bring in big name magicians who can't travel all the way to us. Stay tuned for additional information.

Meeting Report - March 9, 2022: Curtis Kam Lecture


At the March 2022 meeting of Ring 216, Jim Blashek announced the sad news of the passing of Ken Gielow. Ken’s estate has donated 600 dollars to the Ring, and Jim is handling the distribution of many boxes filled with the collection of a lifetime in magic.


For the night’s lecture, the Ring was pleased to welcome a master magician and friend to many in the Bay Area: Curtis Kam! During the pandemic Curtis started in some fresh directions, including starting a monthly magazine, The Disclaimer ( In the lecture, he presented many new things he had been working on, including Zoom-centric magic.


The starting effect was a very clean Coins Across with three coins and a finger ring. He then caused the ring (ungimmicked) to penetrate on and off his fingers, then, going too far, pulls off the ring and his finger comes off with it. Next came a a triple color changing deck routine performed with a dealer item that Curtis created. Then his ingenious variation of a classic trick: two decks of different colors that won’t stay in their cases – put one deck in its case, and the other pops out. The recasting of the classic was itself a lesson in inventiveness.


For card tricks that can be done over Zoom, Curtis taught a trick with five cards that combined ideas from Jacob Dailey and Larry Jennings, and a variation of a Dave Solomon effect (based on an Alex Elmsley principle) in which a spectator makes a series of free choices in order to find their own selected card. He had a new self-working card trick with an amusing premise, “The Spectator Almost Cuts to the Aces”. Then he presented a version of a currently notorious effect, in which a freely chosen number gives the exact location of the only printed card in a completely blank deck – unlike a current dealer item, this version is truly ungimmicked and examinable.


There were plenty of stories about performing and tips on numerous tricks. Many of the effects were described in lecture notes Curtis distributed free and instantly over Zoom as a PDF file. It was a great evening of creative magic.   

Coming March 9: Curtis Kam Lecture

 About Curtis Kam, The Wizard of Waikiki

Kam headlined “Magic in Paradise” at the Hale Koa Hotel for 13 years, performed tableside sleight-of-hand regularly at Dave and Buster’s, Tony Roma’s, TGI Fridays, and has entertained corporate and private audiences in Hawaii for over 40 years.  He has designed illusions for “The Magic of Polynesia,” Honolulu marketing and media firms, trade shows, conventions, Ballet Hawaii, and Hawaii Opera Theater. Since 1989, he has performed as one-half of the mentalism and magic team Paranormal Guys with mythical radio personality Jon Kealoha. For even longer, he has created new magic and has lectured to magicians in Milan, Tokyo, Marseilles, Honolulu, California, Melbourne, Amsterdam, Washington, Las Vegas, Hollywood’s Magic Castle and London's Magic Circle..

About the Lecture

As the saying goes, “No matter where you go, there you are,” and where we all are right now is hunkered down in front of a computer screen. Granted, that’s not much different from the way we lived last year, but it is a change in the way we experience a magic show.

Curtis Kam presents a collection of effects, some explained and some not, that reveal the secrets of performing successfully in this environment. Surprisingly, effects that happen in the spectators’ hands, usually procedure heavy “remote” or “virtual” tricks, are only a small part of this. Mostly, the magic that works online is magic you already own, or do, you just have to know what to look for. These secrets turn quarantine into opportunity.

The lecture features a combination of effects that work on Zoom, and those that have to be done live.

DATE: March 9, 2022
TIME: 7:30 p.m. PST
HOW: Live online via Zoom
COST: Free for paid 2022 members of Ring 216 (see below); $15 for non-members
The Zoom link will be sent to paid attendees the day of the event.

Coming Feb. 9: Lecture by Garrett Thomas

DATE: Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022
TIME: 7:30 p.m. PST
HOW: Live online via Zoom
COST: Free for paid 2022 members of Ring 216 (see below); $15 for non-members

About Garrett Thomas
Garrett Thomas is a world-renowned magician, admired by peers and fans alike. In 2020 he was awarded the top prize on the nationally syndicated show Penn & Teller: Fool Us.  He’s an inventor, creator, performer and mentor with magic being his life and daily path.  A New York State native, he has performed nationally and internationally, recorded videos, been a guest speaker for lectures, presented classes, tutored aspiring magicians and been the highlight of special events for thousands of people.

About the Lecture
Garrett will lecture on magic theory, motivation and structure
Effects like
- Ring thing
- Banded
- Opus
- Anniversary Waltz
- Lie to me

Techniques with the rings, cards and coins
- The web grip
- Hand-to-hand transfers
- One handed Tilt
- Go deeper subtlety
- Speedreader Mark deck

And more depending on the random interesting questions that the group asks.
The Zoom link will be sent to paid attendees the day of the event.

If you don't want to become a member but still want to attend the lecture, please send a PayPal for $15 to

Note: This lecture must be experienced LIVE. It will NOT be recorded.

Meeting Report - January 18, 2022: Chris Randall Lecture

The first meeting of IBM Ring 216 in 2022 began with welcoming new members to the club, many who attended from long distances, one of the advantages of conducting meetings over Zoom. Then the officers for the year were introduced. These are David Martinez, President; John Morgan, Vice President; Tom Collett, Treasurer; Mitch Kothe, Sergeant at Arms; Dan Chan, Social Media Manager; and Gary Goldberg, Secretary.


The lecturer for the evening was Chris Randall. Chris had visited Ring 216 six years ago and was now Zooming in remotely from his home in Las Vegas. This lecture was an expert class on street performing. He emphasized that being able to make money on the street, as he has done for ten years, means he is never unemployed: he can work anywhere, anytime. Chris described in detail the act he performs six times a day on Fremont Street in Las Vegas, two hours a day. He spoke of self-motivation, coming up with one’s own act, and being able to bring the same act indoors and do it as close-up or stage.       


“The street performer has three jobs,” Chris said. “Get them to stop, get them to stay, and get them to pay.” He explained how his act addressed each task. He often gathers a crowd with the Floating Card, whose nuances and variations he described in great detail. The same attention was given to his descriptions of the appearing balls, the magic egg bag with audience participation, and two bills in a lemon. Each effect was extremely well described and full of invaluable professional tips learned from long experience: the best materials to use in making certain props, what to do when something breaks, the role of sunlight, why he chooses one action or bit of business over another, the use of music, and more, in a lecture lasting more than three hours. Throughout, he gave credit to his mentors and many magical creators, especially Chris Capehart and Scott Alexander. One is unlikely to find a deeper education anywhere on the ins and outs of professional street performing.


    IBM Ring 216 of Silicon Valley meets online the second Wednesday of every month. We welcome all visiting magicians.

Coming Jan. 12: Virtual Lecture by Chris Randall

We're excited to announce our first lecture of 2022... Chris Randall!

DATE: January 12, 2022

TIME: 7:30 p.m. PST

You must be a paid member of Ring 216 for 2022 to join. The cost is $25 and is payable via PayPal to Or visit

The lecture will be live on Zoom. Link will be included in an email to paid members.



Born and Raised in Las Vegas, Nevada Chris Randall has swept the world of entertainment. His style is a mix of classic Sleight-of-Hand and hilarious audience participation. He is was one of the stars of the hit television show, Masters of Illusion. Chris is also a featured performer at the famed Magic Castle. He has shared his magic with over millions of people in over 36 counties including England, Switzerland, Greece, China, Thailand, France, Spain, Egypt Japan, Mexico and Lebanon. Chris Randall is also a World Champion of magic winning multiple awards including Best Stage Champion 2015 from the International Brotherhood of Magicians. He has also appeared on Princess, NCL, and Paul Gauguin cruise lines. Chris also travels the country performing at comedy clubs such as Sapphire Comedy Hour in Las Vegas and The Laugh Factory. He has also opened for Louie Anderson in Las Vegas and is currently one of the most sought out acts in the world today. 

Oh… I forgot to mention, Chris Randall competed in 2017 at the triennial championships of magic…the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques (F.I.S.M.)


ABOUT THE LECTURE: The Minimalist Magician by Chris Randall


Chris Randall’s famous handling of the Hummer card Chris was one of the developers with the Houdini Magic corporation of making a hit popular trick around the world. He will show you all of his touches like a floating card and floating coin and any light weight objects.

New FISM opener

Flip stick and balls from mouth. This is a crazy handling of the balls that Chris learned from Vito Lupo and Eric Evans combining both of their ideas. The opening of the routine is based on Eric Evans and goes into Vito Lupo back in Eric Evans and then back in Vito Lupo it’s a wonderful blend of two famous and wonderful magicians

Las Vegas Opener

Chris has taken the famous Chicago opened to a new level... chest level !

The Chicago opened is taken to a parlor/ stage level. This takes a close up trick to a stage effect that can be done in a thousand seat theater.

Blonde Ambition

Torn and restored transposition mixed with ambitious card and card to mouth.

This is a beautiful transition from effect to effect it is a 10 minute routine that combines so much and is a beautiful choreography of pocket management and routine management

Egg bag:

The classic egg bag as taught to Chris by Danny Haney and Scott Alexander it is a perfect trick in the beginning of yourself without a doubt the perfect audience participation and trick

Gypsy Floss:

inspired by Gaetan Blooms Gypsy thread Chris makes the effect as practical as possible especially for the street and explains why it can bring an audience together.

Add a phone:

A wonderful mix of the tossed out deck and the add a number with a surprising ending


the bill in lemon in a full act mixed with a very visual rope routine. It’s Chris Randall’s signature routine and is a sure fire closer.

Paper Hat Tear:

The classic paper hats here with a really wonderful twist at the end they all have your audience laughing like crazy. Yes there is a pickpocketing element to this but can be a closer to a show

Feeling Good:

For the first time ever Chris will reveal his award winning three times award winning IBM trophy routine the most in history ! Feeling Good. It is the Best of the Best of card manipulation that even lead him to FISM. This is 20 plus years of work on card manipulation.

Encore routines:

Heavens Aces:

Chris Randall‘s handling of the phoenix aces that has appeared on masters of illusion and all around the world


The first trick Chris ever published in magic magazine it is the best handling of the ace assembly ever produced this has been a statement by the best of the best

The lecture also focuses on not carrying any props the entire show including our table all fit in a backpack checking all the bags and not paying for shipping anymore yet still delivering a full 90 minutes so they can play on 1000 seat theater stage.

Chris will even speak about his ups and downs of the magic world leading him even to a high end gig in Las Vegas at Bally’s Hotel starring in the residency of Masters of illusion. As well as his journey to F.I.S.M., Paris Les Grand Cabaret Du Monde 3 I.B.M. wins and more.