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The Oakland Magic Circle presents:


Virtual Online Show

Mark your calendars.

Tuesday, October 5 at 7pm PDT (Virtual doors open at 6:30)

October is the time of year when we like all things scary.

Christian Cagigal is returning on Tuesday, October 5 for a very special Halloween meeting with conversations, theory, ideas and the teaching of  magic effects.  Last year he brought us Todd Robbins, David Parr and Paul Draper  and this year we have another stellar line-up.

His featured guests are:

Tiffany Allen – the modern day Georgia Wonder 

Named by Vanish Magazine “The New Georgia Wonder”, Tiffany Allen has devoted the last decade towards resurrecting a performance long forgotten by history known as The Georgia Wonder Act. Tiffany has won multiple magic awards, is a regular featured performer at numerous magic and bizarre conventions, as well as a proud member of the exclusive group Sleight Club in Charlotte, NC. Dig deeper with Tiffany on a variety of podcasts.

Tiffany will share her life in magic, bizarre, and researching the Georgia Wonder, as well as give a special performance.

Joe Diamond – Mind Reader and Magician

Joe has appeared on NETFLIX, WGN, ABC, The Today Show, and Showtime. For ten years, he was part of “The Magic Cabaret” with David Parr, Chicago’s longest running weekly magic show, and was selected by the Travel Channel as “One of the BEST Magic Shows in America!”

For three years, he hosted “UnReal Radio” a weekly Sunday night radio program where he interviewed not only ghost hunters and UFO experts, but some of the top mystery performers in our industry. Many of his podcast appearances are available.

He’s taught magic to students all over the world through his appearances on Scam School, Scam Nation, and The Modern Rogue.

World Renowned Spoon Bender & Mystifier Uri Geller raves, “I promise, Joe Diamond bends spoons better than I do!”

His lecture on Penguin Magic is one of the best reviewed with a perfect rating of over 80 FIVE STAR reviews!

Joe will share stories about his lifelong career of being a working mentalist and bizarrist from a young age, how he was able to make bizarre magic work in more commercial environments, and how he successfully runs his weekly mentalism/bizarre show from the haunted Dole Mansion, Crystal Lake, IL.

Check out his 2021 Halloween shows  

Jamie Salinas– Magician, paranormal and seance specialist.

Jamie Salinas is an award winning entertainer who experienced a near death experience in his early teens.  It was this life changing event that gave Jamie a glimpse of the other side.  This traumatic event created a spark that would lead him to seek out information about the paranormal and make contact with the other side.

Jamie has conducted seances in known haunted locations with very good results.  This interest in the paranormal has also gotten Jamie into the collecting of strange and unusual haunted artifacts.  These artifacts are often used to make contact with the spirits.  Jamie has also participated in paranormal investigations.

Listen to Scott Wells interview Jamie about “Half Halloween” and on The Magic Word

Moderator Christian Cagigal splits his time between San Francisco and New York City: Magician at Speakeasy Magick at the McKittrick Hotel in NYC, Co-Producer for Odd Salon NYC, Owner of the San Francisco Ghost Hunt, and Co-Founder of Fog City Magic Fest.

Cagigal has twice been named a Finalist for the Theatre Bay Area Award for Best Solo Performer, recipient of a Mastermind Award by the SF Weekly, and five-time winner of the Best Magician of the Bay Award by the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

His previous shows include, the popular Pandora Experiment, the long-running OBSCURA, the secretive happenings of The Collection, and the critically acclaimed Now and at the Hour which has been seen in New York, Montréal, Chicago, New Orleans, Minneapolis and San Francisco – all shows originally produced by EXIT Theatre.

Christian has consulted for A.C.T.’s MFA program, Shotgun Players, Crowded Fire Theatre Company, Marin Shakespeare Company, EXIT Theatre, Wilderness, and Tilted Frame.

Members and visitors are encouraged to perform after the lecture—Halloween theme or other styles.

These lectures are free to all current OMC members.

To join see below.

Individual admissions will be $10 and must be purchased no later than 12 non PDT on Tuesday, October 5. Or join the club for $20 ($10 for juniors under 15) and get many benefits. Details below.


Next Virtual Lecture: Tuesday, November 2- SHAWN FARQUHAR


OMC Virtual Magic Contest

The Oakland Magic Circle is pleased to announce another OMC Virtual Magic Contest will be conducted via a Zoom meeting on Tuesday, December 7, 2021, beginning at 7:00 pm.  Now is the time for Members to polish their acts for presentation during the Contest.  

Cash prizes will be awarded in the amounts of $150 for First Place, $100 for Second Place and $75 for Third Place.

Eligibility: All OMC Members and Membership Applicants who have paid their dues for 2021 are eligible to participate in the Contest.

 ​​All categories of magic (Close-Up, Parlor, Stage, etc.) are welcome to participate in the Contest.  Performances may be either “live” or pre-recorded for presentation during the Zoom meeting.  Performances should be at least six minutes in length and no longer than twelve minutes. 

Full Details Here.


Sign in to your PayPal account here, or register for one:​ ​
2) Send $10 to:​ ​

Note that you are sending money to a friend to avoid a service charge.

Also state the name of the lecturer in the note section.

You will get your link by 3pm on Tuesday, the day of the lecture (the night before for afternoon lectures).


There are currently 89 members including working professionals, aspiring pros, hobbyists and collectors. Join us.

2021 dues are $20.00 through December, 2021.

Youth Membership- under 15-year-olds: $10

If you want to apply for membership send an email to requesting an application.

Please mail a check to:

Oakland Magic Circle
c/o Marc McGuire
1737 Alhambra Lane
Oakland CA 94611


Use your PayPal account to pay dues– enter the following information to send your $10 or $20 payment to Oakland Magic Circle:
1) Sign in to your PayPal account here, or register for one:​ ​
2) Send money to:​ ​

Note that you are sending money to a friend.

Joining or renewing now will get you:

Exclusive Members Only benefits through December 2021:

Free Admission to all OMC Lectures, even if there is a fee for non-members

Exclusive access to most past lectures (you’d pay more than the dues fees just to see one of them from a dealer)

Eligibility to compete for cash prizes and trophies in OMC contests

Access to our large library of books and DVDs (when we can meet in person again) and regular updates of what we have

-10% Discount on orders of $40 or more from Byron Walker Magic Books

-10% Discount on orders of $30 or more (in-person, by phone or online) from Misdirections Magic Shop in San Francisco

Free magic props for special in-person teach-ins

-Advance announcement for special events so you can reserve your place

                                     -More benefits coming

Your modest dues (we have kept them low for years) help us:

-Present monthly events including lectures, contests, and when in-person meetings return, our auction/flea market, two dinner shows, renting a meeting hall with a fully equipped stage, increasing our fantastic library, all while providing a forum for local magicians to meet and share.

It isn’t just about paying your dues but helping build our club, the oldest independent magic club west of the Mississippi, operating continuously since 1925. We want you to help keep the club relevant and contemporary, both learning from past and present trends while looking to the future.

We look forward to all meeting in person in January 2022 at our beautiful new meeting place to be announced soon.


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