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Meeting October 1 ! Download October Newsletter

The meeting is Tuesday, October 1. The doors open at 6pm for conversation, sharing ideas, looking at Spooky magic books and items for sale from Byron Walker and making new friends.

The Business meeting starts at 7:00 followed by a mini Teach-in on the Multiplying Golf Balls, new sets to be given to all currently paid members. If you do a multiplying balls routine please show us.

And then the Open Stage where you can perform effects, preferably but not required, Halloween appropriate.

The newsletter has a review of the OMC Northern California Stage Contest, memorabilia of Franciso and his famous Spook Shows, this month’s Magical Resource perfect for DIY wizards, where to eat dessert near Bjornson Hall, Mrs. Harry Houdini in Oakland, and lots of magic happenings in the Bay area. Plus we have added a listing of Northern California brick and mortar magic shops to support.

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Svengali Deck Teach-In Video

Oakland Magic Circle Teach-In- Svengali Deck

May 7, 2019

Svengali Routine- Gary Meyer Routine 00:00-4:06

Teach-In and History of Svengali principles 4:07-13:48

Mark Tarses Lassoes a card using Svengali Deck 13:49- 15:12

Jack Potter’s Ultimate Svengali routine. 15:13-19:31


Dear OMC Members and Friends,
Here is the June newsletter where you will find details for the Close-Up Competition, news about the Library, the legendary Max Malini appearing at the OMC with added Malini bonuses, a new Magic Resource suggestion, eating Chinese food before OMC meetings, links to articles about Jay Alexander and the Secret Magic Garage, news about Shim Lim coming to SF and a just-announced added show plus June’s busy line-up of magic shows all over the bay area. Support your local magicians.

Download the latest June 2019 Newsletter for news and events»

Tuesday, June 4
First prize is $150 and a Trophy.
Second prize is $75.
Rules in the newsletter.

If you wish to compete, please email John Owens at and let him know as soon as possible that you will be participating. Preferably no later than 24 hours before the meeting but those showing up by 6:30 on June 4 can sign-up.

Please send or bring a brief bio.
Evening’s Schedule at Bjornson Hall in Oakland
6:00PM. Doors open.Library open. Share ideas.
7:00PM. Business meeting
7:45PM. Competition

– No fire, flames, or smoke is permitted in the hall.

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

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

– Contest participation is open to current OMC members and non-members who join the OMC on contest night.


Svengali Deck Teach In – TUESDAY, MAY 7, 2019

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Gary Meyer will be giving a Svengali deck teach-in and giving away 30 Svengali decks!

We will also be showing Make Believe!

We encourage young magicians to join us as the program will have special interest to them.


6:00pm- Doors Open

7:00- Business Meeting.

7:30- Svengali Deck Teach-In

8:00- Screening


The Teach-in will be about the Svengali Deck (all paid members will get a free deck and, subject to supply, guests under 18).

Using the Svengali Deck requires minimal skill (though practice is essential). It is an easy way to force a card where sleights are not needed to carry a magical routine forward. Gary Meyer first encountered a Svengali Deck as a preteen and will perform a routine combining the deck with other props and then discuss the workings of the Deck. We encourage others to perform their own acts using Svengali principles including Double Blanks, Sven Pad or even the Magic Coloring Book.


MAKE BELIEVE is a coming of age journey set in the quirky subculture of magic, MAKE BELIEVE follows six of the world’s best young magicians as they battle for the title of Teen World Champion.
This movie has an 85% on Rotten Tomatoes »


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