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.

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.