Our June meeting will be the OMC annual Intra-Club Close-Up Contest. ‘Intra-club’ means that you have to be a member – a PAID UP MEMBER – of the Oakland Magic Circle. If you want to compete in this contest and haven’t paid your 2016 membership dues, send a check to our treasurer, Robert Herrick, ASAP. You can also just give Robert your dues at the June meeting before the contest. Acts in the contest should be between 6 minutes and 12 minutes maximum. The winner will receive $100 and a trophy and the runner-up will get $50.
MARK’S REMARKS by MARK TARSES
One of the first rules of magic is this: close-up tricks and stage tricks are not the same thing. I went to Markers Faire yesterday (May 22) at the San Mateo Fairgrounds. They had back-to-back magic shows on an outdoor stage, including a performance by OMC member Magical Nathaniel. There were several hundred people watching the magic show. I was seated about 40 feet from the stage, about halfway back in the audience. The first magician did Gypsy Thread, a very bad trick to do for for an outdoor audience sitting far away from you. I didn’t see the thread at all, and I was looking for it, as were the people sitting near me. All I could see were the magician’s hands moving as through there was a thread between them. He then did a ball trick using balls about 1 inch in diameter. I think I saw one or two of the balls, but I’m not sure. When a magician comes to do a magic show, more often than not, he doesn’t know what the setup of the room or theater is going to look like. Be prepared to make changes in your routine so that it is appropriate to the venue.
Mark Tarses (me!) will demonstrate a 3 Card Monte routine using gimmicked cards that you can make yourself. I will bring supplies to the meeting for anyone who wants to make the gimmick. Its a great trick.
Oakland Magic Circle Installation Banquet! The Oakland Magic Circle’s annual Installation banquet to honor the incoming officers will take place on Tuesday, February 2, 2016. To order tickets, go to: Brown Paper Tickets.
Our show will be headlined by Rob Zabrecky, winner of the Magic Castle’s Stage Magician of the Year award. Also magic by Germar and hosted by Michael Della Penna.
Our January meeting will be Tuesday, January 5. Doors will open at 6:00PM. Meeting will begin at 7:00PM. We will have a lecture by Jon Armstrong. Jon is best known for close-up and card magic. To see Jon’s web page, go to: Jon Armstrong
Our November meeting will be Tuesday, November 3, 2015.
We will be nominating candidates for officers and the board of directors of the Oakland Magic Circle for 2016 at the November 3 meeting. If you would like to run for office, please come to this meeting!
There were six contestants at our recent stage competition. One of them was Dan Chan and his seven year old son, who end this set with a very unique effect. Congrats to all the contestants. You made for a fabulous evening of entertainment at our annual competition and spaghetti feed.
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