Oakland Magic Circle March Meeting!

The next meeting of the OMC will be on Tuesday, March 7th. It will be our general meeting with an open performance, plus a special guest magician who will be stopping by and giving a mini lecture! This is a great opportunity to get to see what our club has to offer and meet other members. I hope to see you there!

6:00 PM – Doors open

7:15 PM – Business Meeting

8:00 – Open Performance

Oakland Magic Circle 2017 Installation Banquet!

Come join us for our annual dinner and installation banquet show!

Oakland Magic Circle’s annual Installation Banquet to honor the incoming officers will take place Tuesday February 7, 2017 at Bjornson Hall on MacArthur Boulevard in Oakland.

Tickets are available now and can be purchased at omcbanquet.brownpapertickets.com.

The Banquet offers a choice of Salmon, Tri-Tip Beef or Chicken main course, salad, vegetable and potato, and a Mark Tarses chocolate dipped cookie for dessert.  A vegetarian main course is also offered.

The magic entertainment will include Larry Wilson, an Emmy-nominated magician who has appeared on hundreds of TV shows, Perry Yan, winner of 2016 Northern California Inter-Club Stage Competition, and Magical Nathaniel, your MC and incoming President of the Oakland Magic Circle for 2017.

Schedule of events:
6 PM  Doors Open
7 PM  Dinner is Served
8 PM – Showtime!

Looking forward to seeing you there!omc-installation-banquet-bpt-picture

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2016. Election of Officers

We will be electing officers for 2017 at tonight’s meeting. Only dues-paid members of the Oakland Magic Circle can vote. The following people were nominated at the November meeting.

President – Nathaniel Segal
Vice President – Mark Tarses
Secretary – Byron Walker

Treasurer – Robert Herrick
Sergeant at Arms – Dagmar Theisen
Historian – Doug Eakin

Librarian – Gary Meyer

6:30PM Doors open
7:15PM Business meeting begins
8:00PM Performances

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2016. Nomination of Officers

6:30PM Doors open
7:15PM Business meeting begins
8:00PM Performances

Nominations for OMC Officers. If you would like to run for office in the OMC for 2017, come to the November meeting and place your name in nomination. You must be a dues-paid member of the OMC to run for office. The election will be held at the December meeting.

This will be an open performance night. Tricks with a political, Halloween, or Houdini theme would seem appropriate.


Phil Ackerly will share his magic, insights, marketing tips, stories and a few magical effects with us at our October meeting.  He’ll show us how he is able to do 3 to 4, and sometime 5 shows a day, and still get to the next gig in time.

He will explain how he went from being a Marketing Engineer to one of the busiest full-time performers for the past 24 years.  He will talk about working with music, creating routines, scripting, sound systems, and how to differentiate yourself.

Phil Ackerly’s web site: Phil Ackerly

Doors will open at 6:00PM.

The meeting will start 7:00PM.

Admission is free.


The Oakland Magic Circle  invites the best magicians from the Northern California magic clubs to compete with the winner receiving a cash prize and the opportunity to perform at our February 2017 Installation Banquet.

The pasta banquet includes meat and vegetarian entrees, salad, vegetables, garlic bread, beverage, and for dessert a Mark Tarses chocolate dipped cookie.

To buy tickets, go to: Magic Competition & Banquet Tickets.

Click here to see flyer:  OMCbanquet2016

Tuesday, August 2, 2016. Intra-Club Stage Contest

Our annual intra-club stage contest is August 2. The winner will receive $150 and the right to represent the Oakland Magic Circle in the Inter-Club Stage Contest on September 6. The runner-up will receive $75. Contestants must be dues-paid members of the Oakland Magic Circle.

6:30PM Doors open

7:15PM Business meeting

8:00PM Contest begins


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.


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.

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