Next Ring 280 Meeting

Ring 280 Meeting will be via Zoom until Further notice

Santa Clarita Valley Boys & Girls Club

Meeting Date, Time and Location

Unless otherwise noted, we meet at 7:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley 24909 Newhall Avenue Newhall, CA 91321

Guests may visit a Ring meeting free of charge (except for lectures) for a total of three times in order to evaluate their interest. After that, one is urged to become a member. Requirements include membership in the International Brotherhood of Magicians and Ring 280 dues.

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Michael Ammar lecture April 8 at 7:00 PM PST

posted Mar 10, 2021, 9:20 PM by IBMRing280

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Ring 280, the Mark Wilson Ring, is proud to present s session by the one and only Michael Ammar.

Where: Everywhere (Zoom)

Members: Free to members of Ring 280, just $30 to join.

Non-members: $10 paid via PayPal to as a friend, Please provide your name and email address.

Those of you who have seen Michael Ammar lecture before know that his lectures are always packed with entertaining and powerful magic.  This is a session with Michael Ammar he will be showing and discussing unique affects in this session that he has not shown before.

This is a unique opportunity to session with one of the greats.

Not only will you see new magic in this session, but Michael will be prepared to answer any questions you might have about anything involving the world of magic, so come prepared to interact with the living legend that is Michael Ammar!  


Until further notice all ring meeting wil be online using ZOOM

posted Jun 4, 2018, 3:32 PM by Brian Hoffman   [ updated May 23, 2020, 12:28 PM by IBMRing280 ]

Unless otherwise noted, we meet at 7:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month. Until further notice all meetings will by via ZOOM.
You will be notified by email of the login information. If you have a problem please contact a board member for assistance.

November 2017: Jonathan Levit Lecture

posted Nov 7, 2017, 10:32 AM by Brian Hoffman

Our November meeting is a lecture by magician-actor-host Jonathan Levit at our next meeting on Thursday, November 9th at the SCV Boys & Girls Club.  The lecture will start at 7:30 pm and will be free for all current Ring 280 members.  Non-Ring 280 members are welcome to join us for this event with a fee of $10 payable at the door.  

Jonathan is a man of many talents:  you may have seen him playing an evil magician on the X-Files, or hosting the magic reality TV series “Celebracadabra” on A&E, or co-hosting all of the General Sessions at MAGIC Live 2017, or in numerous other movies and TV shows.  And if you were at the Magic Castle in mid-October, you might have been lucky enough to catch one of his 28 shows in the Close-Up Gallery.  AMA members that week were also treated to the same lecture that Jonathan is bringing to us.  He told me that the lecture features lots of tricks (primarily cards with some coins), most of which are in the easy-to-intermediate range, with a “knuckle-buster” thrown in for good measure.  Jonathan will also be sharing his insights on motivating your movements, misdirection (verbal/physical/time), and tips on how to “get ahead” (and stay ahead) of your audience… along with the importance of being patient and not rushing when you do get ahead of your spectators!

June 2017: Mark Wilson Auction and 3 Corners

posted Jun 2, 2017, 1:44 PM by Brian Hoffman

   We will be trying our best on June 8th to live up to the high standard set by last month’s meeting with not one, but TWO special events.  The first of these will be our annual Mark Wilson Auction, conducted by seasoned auctioneer Bob Love.  This year, the Board has obtained a dozen magic items that will be auctioned off to members using the Mark Wilson Dollars that they have earned.  This special currency is awarded to members who perform to theme at Ring meetings, contribute articles to the newsletter, and/or volunteer to perform at (or otherwise assist with) community events that the Ring supports (such as the SCV Touch-a-Truck event or Boys and Girls Club Festival of Trees and Holiday Hocus Pocus show).  We have a wide selection of items to bid on this year; please see the article elsewhere in this newsletter for a complete listing.  Finally, remember that unused Mark Wilson Dollars earned in previous years may be used in this year’s auction, but you must remember to bring the physical Mark Wilson Dollars to the meeting!

   The second special activity at the next meeting will be a “3-corners Teach-In.“  This is amazingly similar to the somewhat more traditional “4-corners Teach-In” … only with one less corner!  We will have three teaching stations, each manned with a volunteer teacher prepared to teach a magic effect in detail.  The rest of the attendees will break up into three groups, and then rotate between the stations every 20 minutes to learn all three tricks.  Our three volunteer teachers for the evening will be:  Brian Hoffman, Bob Thomas and Chris Cory.  Brian is planning to teach a newspaper trick, while Bob will be teaching either a rubber band or a 3-card monte routine… depending upon how the stars align that night!  Chris has not yet shared what he will be teaching, but my money is on a card trick!  Please bring a deck of cards to the meeting, just to be safe.  Other necessary materials will be graciously provided by our teachers!  The current plan is to have all three teachers perform their effects as part of our “opener,” which will allow them to move directly into the teaching when we start the “3-corners” portion of the meeting.

  In addition to the above, the meeting will include our regular prize raffle, swap meet table, snacks, and, hopefully, some time left at the end for folks to perform anything new that they have been working on.  The June meeting should provide lots of opportunities for everyone to win and/or learn some new magic, so we are looking forward to another great turnout!


Steve Valentine Lecture May 11, 2017

posted May 7, 2017, 11:09 AM by Brian Hoffman

Join us on May 11 for a Lecture by STEVE VALENTINE!

2017-2018 Ring 280 members: Free!  

2016-2017 Ring 280 members (who haven't renewed their membership by the start of the lecture): $10

Non-members: $10

There will be a $10 per person charge for 'non-current' members and guest attendees. Ring 280 Members who have already paid their Ring Dues (or pay dues before the lecture, are Free!

With over 250 hours of TV and film to his name, Steve has carved out a unique place for himself in show business, constantly changing and morphing into a myriad of wild, quirky, funny, dangerous and always unique characters. You never get the same person twice, from rock stars to serial killers to cross dressers to criminologists to Victorian singing and dancing mustache twirling villains to knights in shining armor.

And it’s Steve’s morphic skill in character and voice that has kept him so much in demand in the highly competitive world of TV and Film.

Recently Steve made a big splash as Bronx based ‘Barry Greenhouse’ in the Robert Zemeckis movie THE WALK, the New York times calling him 'Steal Stealing', and in the feature MIDNIGHT MAN, as well as killing it as the slimy alcoholic womanizer in NBC’s One Big Happy, the Egyptian Priest Aye in Mr. Peabody and Sherman, a dysfunctional Director on Big Bang Theory, or a vicious Cannibal on CSI, a cross dressing actor in love with Jane Leeves on Hot In Cleveland and the deliciously evil Les Camembert in Disney’s massive hit Teen Beach Movie, in addition to voices on Turbo Fast for Netflix, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Mickey and the Road Racers, Disney’s Tinkerbell, Sofia The First and Bioware’s DRAGON AGE 3, in which he recreated his award winning role of King Alistair.

All this while working on many other aspects of multi-media:

Twice winning Lecturer of the Year at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. Creating mind blowing magic tricks for professional magicians, including an insane 22 hour, seven disc courses on one incredible piece of magic, a University level investigation into 200 years of history, performance and method for Steve's favorite trick, the trick with which he closes his live show.

Writing and releasing his graphic novel, CRIMEWORLD with graphic artist Dan Frey.

Writing, creating, producing and performing his new, live one man show: LIFE AND OTHER DECEPTIONS

As producer/writer Steve has sold numerous projects, including:

‘THE BELIEVERS, the absolutely almost true adventures of Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’ to NBC ( as co-creator and Executive Producer).

‘THE GOURMET DETECTIVE’ to powerhouse Muse and Hallmark Channel (as Executive Producer)

‘FORTY ELEPHANTS’ to Lionsgate Television, and TNT Network with Simon West attached to direct and Steve writing, creating and Executively Producing with partner, film maker, Chris Philpott and brilliant British show runner Lizzie Mickery.


Born in Scotland, raised near London, Steve has been performing since age 5. That was the year he started THEATRE and DANCE training and took a passionate, life long interest in MAGIC. His first job was playing the child Prince Chululongkorn in ‘THE KING AND I’. From those humble beginnings, Steve has appeared in over: 250 HOURS OF TELEVISION, A DOZEN MOVIES, COUNTLESS COMMERCIALS, TWO MULTI AWARD WINNING VIDEO GAMES, and of course, FOUR TV SERIES:

CROSSING JORDAN for NBC, as Criminologist ‘Nigel Townsend’ ,
NIKKI for the WB, as choreographer ‘Martine’.
I’M IN THE BAND for Disney, as 80‘s rock legend ‘Derek Jupiter’.
ESTATE OF PANIC for SYFY. (nominated for a Rose D’or)

Steve has performed stand-up in LAS VEGAS at the RIVIERA and HARRAHS Hotels and at Hollywood’s world famous MAGIC CASTLE, where he was awarded the coveted CLOSE-UP MAGICIAN OF THE YEAR two years in a row and most recently Lecturer of the Year two years in a row and was a smash success MC-ing the Magic Castle Award show.

Steve has travelled the world, performing in almost every country from Alaska to Borneo to India. It’s been a wild ride, at 18 years old Steve DJ’d in Europe, running the bar and entertainment in a nightclub in the former Yugoslavia, and then escaping to Italy when war broke out. He’s also had the honor to entertain troops all over the world and recently made a splash re-inventing himself to play the role of ex Pro Wrestler EKO in the Pulitzer West Coast Premiere of THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY at the GEFFEN THEATRE IN LOS ANGELES . 

February 9: Chris Randall Lecture

posted Feb 2, 2017, 12:22 PM by Brian Hoffman

Our February meeting on 2/9 will feature a new lecture by Chris Randall.  Chris has appeared on multiple episodes of the TV show “Masters of Illusion” and has promised to share and teach primarily stage material (along with a bit of close-up material to keep everyone happy!). 

November 2016: Impromptu Card Magic

posted Nov 2, 2016, 12:53 PM by Brian Hoffman

Our November meeting will be held at our usual time and place on Thursday, November 11th.  

Our performance theme for the November meeting will be Impromptu Card Magic, as in, magic you could perform if someone handed you a deck of cards and said, "Here Magic Boy, blow my mind!"  Every one of us should be able to have at least one card trick in our repertoire that requires zero (or very little) set-up, so please come prepared to show and share one of your favorites.  Finally, let me mention that if you are actually willing to read this column to the very end, you will be rewarded with an early (small) holiday gift!

October 2016: Festival of Trees

posted Oct 1, 2016, 7:57 AM by Brian Hoffman

 We are planning to make time available at the October meeting (Thursday, October 13th) for members to rehearse/audition proposed acts or routines for the Festival of Trees show.  Note that it is usually a good idea to have an alternate effect available for consideration in case your first choice turns out to not be a good fit for the show for any of the reasons listed above.  As mentioned earlier, we will also be looking for members to perform close-up/walk-around magic at the Festival for an hour or so immediately prior to the stage show.  Brian will continue to provide additional Festival of Trees details via email as we approach the date, as well as at upcoming Ring meetings.

Martin Lewis Lecture September 8, 2016

posted Sep 5, 2016, 7:39 PM by Brian Hoffman

From President Fred King:

I am very excited about the lecturer whom we have scheduled for our September meeting:  Martin Lewis.  I had an opportunity to spend some time with Martin and his wife Susie at Magic LIVE (and also picked up a parlor-sized version of his “Sidewalk Shuffle” card routine!).  This should be a ‘trick-heavy’ lecture that should have something that will appeal to everyone in attendance.  The cost (which helps subsidize these special events) is only $5 for Ring 280 members, and $10 for non-members.  As many of you know, similar lectures at the Magic Apple routinely cost $25-$35, so this really is an excellent value for an opportunity to learn from a world-class performer and trick inventor.  Hope to see you there on September 8th!

August 11, 2016: Rope Magic

posted Aug 8, 2016, 12:54 PM by Brian Hoffman

 At our August 11th meeting, the Ring will welcome back “meeting themes” in a somewhat modified manner with Rope Magic!  Moving forward, themes will be focused on more “core” categories of magic (e.g. card sleights, self-working magic, coins, mentalism, etc.) to encourage learning tricks that might actually become part of one’s performing repertoire, rather than merely one-time creative exercises.  To better integrate performances and teaching/learning new magic in our meetings, we are encouraging (but not requiring) folks to teach the theme trick that they perform.  We expect to announce themes for every other (or maybe every third?) meeting.  This schedule should permit plenty of time to research and learn (or perfect) a new effect for performing and (hopefully) teaching.  Note that performing to theme is not required at a theme meeting; we will plan to fit in any non-theme performances as time permits.

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