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Cash Prizes. First Place: $150; 2nd: $100; 3rd: $50- All performers will get bonus magic effects. Contestants must be

current 2024 OMC members.

Performances must be no less than SIX (6) and no more than TWELVE (12) minutes in duration. Complete details and rules here. 

Get ready now!

Tuesday, July 9– The Bay Area’s Largest Magic Flea Market & Auction

In addition to bargains galore:

There will also be a special showcase of high-end parlor and stage effects from the Chuck Rubey collection including Magic Wagon effects in new or mint condition.

OMC members will get advance notice of these items and will have first choice to buy them.

What happened at recent meeting programs?


Tuesday, MAY 7

 2024 OMC members who attended each got a free Hot Rod effect and a brand new  50 feet of red cotton rope from Empire, with a combined retail value is $30.

Glen Micheletti led the group in how to make knots disappear and appear. Mark Tarses taught how to make two pieces of string become one piece plus a cut-and-restored routine with a short ends running gag. Other members taught rope effects and all in attendance practiced, offered tips and ideas. All using un-gimmicked rope.

A variety of moves for the Hot Rod and other types of paddle effects were discussed and an equivoque for forcing a Hot Rod jewel color was explained.
Following the workshop several unrelated effects were performed with pointers discussed.
All who taught or performed selected a commercially produced rope trick as a thank you.

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Byron Walker brought copies of Abbott’s Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks and 40 Tricks with a Hot Rod at bargain prices of $5 each.


April 2, 2024

Members performed magic with humor and discussed aspects of comedy magic.

VIRTUAL LECTURE. -“You Are All Terrible”By Harrison Greenbaum

Thursday, March 28, 2024 

Harrison shared hard-won secrets to making your magic more original and making your comedy funnier.  A lecture that has toured the world for nearly a decade and served as the basis for both a popular column for Genii Magazine and a recent best-selling book from Tannen’s, “You Are All Terrible” was a hilarious, pull-no-punches journey into making your magic (and comedy) stronger and more impactful. The book is available exclusively from Tannen’s.

Harrison taught you why nearly every magician is creating magic completely backwards (and how reversing it will lead to discovering the creative and unique ideas you’ve been craving), the 3 simple rules that will make every joke you write funnier, the single formula stand-up comedians already know for crafting a completely bullet-proof routine, and so much more!

Watch Harrison’s comedy on America’s got Talent (

It was not recorded at the lecturer’s request.

Tuesday, February 6, 2024  –OMC Northern California Interclub Stage Contest and Spaghetti Dinner – Open to one contestant from each Northern California Magic Club.

Over 100 people gathered for a great dinner and magic packed contest with emcee Nathaniel Segal and bonus act Alan Sands. Details and photos in the newsletter.

Competing were Cosmo (Brian Cassady)- IBM (Modesto), Jonathan H. Chen,  -IBM Ring 216 Silicon Valley Contest Winner, Yitian Liang– IBM Ring 216 Audience Award, Michael Della Penna, OMC’s Stage Contest Winner, Danny Cheng– Magic Garage (Fremont), and Doug (Eakin) McCay– SAM 80 Jongleurs (Hayward).

And the winners:

1st Place: Cosmo (Brian Cassady)- $250, a Trophy and opening act at the September Gala Dinner Show plus a deluxe chocololate gift bag from Tarses.

2nd Place: Jonathan H. Chen– $150

 3rd Place: Danny Cheng– $100

Oakland Magic Circle Presented an IN-PERSON LECTURE by John Carney  on Tuesday, January 9th 2024

John Carney is a unique hybrid of ComedianActor, and Sleight of Hand Virtuoso.

It was FREE for all members who have paid 2024 dues. For 2 1/5 hours John taught numerous practical effects with common objects, discussed his mentors, offered tips on many aspects of presentation and meeting audience expectations plus made laugh a lot.

See photos of John in actionon his website

Watch John on David Letterman’s Late Show

Check out his website.


We just got an incredible new Oakland magic Circle membership bonus benefit.

Renew or become a member for 2024 and you will get a free download of Jeff McBride’s FISM lecture. Paid members will get the download next week.

Every three years the top magicians in the world gather at the FISM World Championships. Jeff was selected by his peers to share his secret techniques with this elite group. Join Jeff McBride in Stockholm, Sweden and learn the very best close-up and stage magic effects. This is a fun and informative presentation full of ideas to make your show better.

In this lecture, Jeff teaches the following effects:

  • Cards from Mouth
  • Spinner’s Magic Bubbles
  • Rainbow Streamer to Money
  • Walsh’s Long Distance Card Spinner
  • McGrip Tip Card Shooting Techniques
  • The Roy Benson Card Move
  • Card to Silk
  • McBluff Production
  • Jumbo Card Fan Finale

 More about Jeff here:


 Doc Eason’s Virtual Lecture on November 14 was attended by over 30 members who enjoyed a combination of performance, teaching, theory, audience management tips, and his wonderful sense of humor. It was recorded and will be available soon for members only.Visit his website.  

GETTING TO The Oakland Scottish Rite Center,  1547 Lakeside Dr, Oakland, CA


The Scottish Rite has a private Free lighted off-street parking lot  so you do not have to park on the street. It is behind the Scottish Rite building opposite 1555 Madison Street— a one way street from 17th towards 15th. Map.

Walk to the front, facing Lake Merritt and enter the door on the right side of the building. Most meetings are in the Blue Room.Take the steps or elevator to the third floor. Dinner shows and the Flea Market are on the first floor Banquet Hall.

Directions from BART

Lake Merritt Station- 16 minute walk- Directions

12th and Broadway- 14 minute walk- Directions

Masks are not required but of course feel free to wear one  There will be free masks available at the entrance to the meeting.

Gather with friends across the street at Lake Chalet for bargain Taco Tuesdays from 3pm.


——The Oakland Magic Circle is the oldest independent magic club west of the Mississippi, continuously bringing both professional and amateur performers together since 1925.

We are proud to have nearly 100 members in 2023 including working professionals, aspiring pros, hobbyists and collectors from all over the world.

Join us.

Only $25.00 – good through December, 2024. Free lectures, workshops, magic props, access to our large library of books, videos and more, dealer discounts, plus shared magical community.

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

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

Even if you have paid you cannot become a full member until you have sent in the application.

You can pay your dues via PayPal or Zelle by using the following destination address:

Alternatively, you may pay your dues by sending a check to the following mailing address:

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

Joining or renewing now will get you:

Exclusive Members Only benefits through December 2024:

Free Admission to most In-Person and Virtual Lectures (a $15-25+ value)

– Discounts to both annual Dinner Shows and Special Events

-Free Admission to all Meetings and Teach-Ins

Exclusive access to recordings of many 2020-2024 lectures and shows (you’d pay more than the dues fees just to see one of them downloaded from a dealer).

–Eligibility to compete for cash prizes and trophies in the Close-Up and Stage OMC contests (Three Contests a year)

Access to our large library of books and DVDs  and regular updates sent by email

– Free magic props for special in-person teach-ins

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

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

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

-Newsletter and special members only announcements.

-More benefits coming

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

-Present monthly events including lectures, contests, our auction/flea market, two stage shows with some bonus events, and offer teach-ins with related props; rent the beautiful meeting hall at the Oakland Scottish Rite Building on Lake Merritt (includes a free parking lot) and pay liability insurance; offer a fully equipped stage for appropriate events and a performance platform for regular meetings; increase 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.


  • See top Bay Area magicians perform.

  • All ages welcome.

  • Learn from exceptional lecturers.

  • Participate in club competitions.

Upcoming and Past Meetings

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Club Competitions