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.