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Door open 6PM.

Business meeting 6:30PM

Women in Magic Show 7 to 9PM

“Women in Magic,” is a panel discussion with performances featuring award-winning bay area masters of legerdemain: Heather RogersMeriam Al Sultan, Paula Ramsey, Cynthia Yee and special guest Carisa Hendrix from Calgary, Canada; moderated by Dagmar Theison. Presented by the Oakland Magic Circle in collaboration with AAUW​.

Free Admission; Reservations suggested at

Location: Bjornson Hall, 2258 MacArthur Boulevard (near Fruitvale Avenue) in Oakland.

There have historically been few female magicians and therefore few role models in the craft. Most women have been relegated to being assistants, often in skimpy costumes and the “victim” of torture effects.

​​This will be a free evening and people of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to attend.

Here’s the show flyer: OMCflyer3:18




Oakland Magic Circle’s annual Installation Banquet to honor the incoming officers will take place Tuesday February 6, 2018 at Bjornson Hall on MacArthur Boulevard in Oakland.

The magic entertainment will include Kayla Drescher who has appeared on Penn and Teller Fool us and Alan Leeds, winner of 2017 Northern California Inter-Club Stage Competition.

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.

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

To order tickets, go to:  Banquet Tickets.



We will be showing a wonderful movie! ‘Dealt’ is a documentary about Richard Turner, who is quite possibly the best card magician in the world today. What makes his act seemingly unbelievable is that he is totally blind. I saw Richard Turner at Magic Live in Las Vegas this past summer, and he amazed the 1500 magicians watching him do his stuff. The guy has a lot of personal charm too. This movie chronicles his life and how he came to be able to do things with cards that would seem to be beyond what a blind person could do.  His story is very inspirational. Don’t miss this movie! – Mark Tarses.

Time permitting, we will also have an open performance. Hope you can come out to join us!

6:00 PM – Doors Open

7:00 – Business Meeting and Magic Teach-In

8:00 – Showing of ‘Dealt’ and Open Performance


6:00PM. Doors Open

7:00PM. Business Meeting & Election of officers for 2018.

8:00PM. We will have the first ever OMC Secret Santa! In addition to electing a new president and board members, we will have the first ever OMC Secret Santa! Please bring one magic prop that you never were able to use and wrap it up and we will be randomly pairing you off with another magician to exchange gifts and create a new routine with the newly acquired props. We will end in a fun performance that is sure to be one of our most interactive meetings and it will only work if you come and be a part of the magic! Please note you are encouraged, but not required to participate, and we welcome anyone who is interested in also coming just to watch.


6:00PM Doors Open

7:00PM Business Meeting. Nominations for officers for 2018.

8:00PM. Gene Anderson Lecture.
The​ ​Oakland​ ​Magic​ ​Circle​ ​Presents…
Gene​ ​Anderson’s​ ​Lecture:​ ​“The​ ​Book LIVE!”

Free to OMC members! $15 admission for non members

Gene Anderson’s The Book received stellar reviews when it debuted last
year. Teller called it, “A gold mine.” Nine years in the writing, each of its
twenty-three routines are from Gene’s current working repertoire, routined and tightened through many years of live performances for real people. All are described in every tiny detail.

“The Book LIVE!” Lecture builds on The Book in a rather unique way. After performing each routine, its live verbal explanation is the narration for a projected PowerPoint presentation. The resulting information is presented more succinctly, with more clarity, and more entertainingly than you’ve probably ever seen magic explanations before.

Each routine presented offers multiple lessons, but the Big Overall Take-Home Lesson is how overcoming shortcomings and tiny problems can take any published routine to higher ground. Ultimately this will make that chosen effect uniquely your own.

“Gene Anderson has raised the bar for the way all magic lectures should be done. I can honestly say it was the best lecture I have ever seen given.” – Stephen Bargatze

About​ ​Gene​ ​Anderson:

Using his joyful enthusiasm and an impish sense of
humor, the multi-talented Gene Anderson, who has
been a two time nominee for the Academy of
Magical Arts Academy Awards, skillfully weaves
laughter into each performance with an array of
eclectic props. Best known for his torn and restored
newspaper, Gene is far more than a one-trick pony,
a fact that will be immediately obvious and fully
appreciated at his “The Book LIVE!” lecture.

In​ ​this​ ​lecture,​ ​you​ ​will​ ​learn:
● Star of the Show
● Picto Transpo
● Nemo Jumbo Card Rise
● Improving your Routines
● The Hello Trick
● Vanishing Match
● Torn & Restored Newspaper
● Si Stebbins Card Routine
● Anderson Die Box Routine
● Venues and Tables
… and more, if time permits

Everything he lectures on is in
The Book, plus a whole lot more.
Special lecture price is $60 (cash)
or $65 (credit card).

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2017. Oakland Magic Circle Northern California Magic Competition and Spaghetti Dinner

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 2018 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: Banquet Tickets.

Here’s the event flyer: OMCbanquet9:17



Our annual Intra-club stage contest is August 1st. The winner will receive $100 and the right to represent the Oakland Magic Circle in the Inter-Club Stage Contest on September 5. The runner-up will receive $50. Contestants must be dues-paid members of the Oakland Magic Circle.

6:00 PM Doors open

7:00 PM Business Meeting

8:00 PM Contest begins

OMC Annual Lloyd Jones Close-Up Contest

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

6:00PM-Doors open : Gathering of the wizards to share ideas, discuss things and catch up over coffee and cookies.

7:00PM-Business meeting and Card Warp teach-in ; Broken Wand for James Hamilton

Competition 8:00PM

June 2017 Newsletter is full of great articles and news plus a feature article about James Hamilton. They are available on this site.

Close Up Competition

June is our annual Lloyd E. Jones Close Up Contest.

First prize is $100. Second prize is $50.

Here are some of the basic rules:

– All acts are to be 6-12 minutes in length.

– All non-competing OMC members are eligible to vote.

– Voting members must be present for the full duration of the competition.

Please make sure your material is family friendly and keep in mind our setup is on the larger end of close up, as we have a group of around 30 people watching. We will have a close up pad that can be adapted to be at an angle, but please be sure to plan your act accordingly so everybody can see and enjoy.

Best of luck preparing and we are looking forward to seeing your act!

June Post MeetingDinner

After the June competition, we will be going to get a late dinner, and you are invited! This is a great way to get to know other OMC members, session, talk shop, and hang out! We’ll meet at Rudy’s Can’t Fail Cafe at 4081 Hollis Street in Emeryville. Last month we had a great turnout, so the more the merrier! Hope you will be able


Oakland Magic Circle May Meeting!

TUESDAY, MAY 2, 2017

Magic Teach in and Lecture by Kim Silverman

Free to attend!

During the Business Meeting we will be teaching how to make a basic flap card and some different ways of performing it. There will even be some extra cards for people to make their own with!

Next, we have none other than master magician and storyteller extraordinaire Kim Silverman!

Kim Silverman

This lecture will not teach any new tricks. We all already know too many tricks. And we perform too many of them less well than they, or our audiences, deserve.
When Kim performs magic, people often cry, hug him, look him in the eye and say “Thank you! I needed that!”. We all want to make a deep impact when we perform magic. This lecture will present a number of ways to make our magic more meaningful and memorable for people, to give our audiences a deeper experience of mystery. This will include character, body language, eye contact, timing, articulation and intonation (many magicians don’t really know what these words actually mean!). But most importantly: scripting. Two approaches will be suggested to make our magic touch people more deeply, and both will be demonstrated with a number of performance pieces.

After the May meeting, we will all be going to get a late dinner, and you are invited! This is a great way to get to know other OMC members, session, talk shop, and hang out! We’ll meet at Rudy’s Can’t Fail Cafe at 4081 Hollis Street in Emeryville. Hope you will be able to join us!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

6:00 PM – Doors Open

7:00 – Business Meeting and Teach-In

8:00 PM – Kim Silverman Lecture

Bjornson Hall
2258 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94602