August 22 OMC Newsletter

Because of the uncertainty of Covid variants, the Oakland Magic Circle board has decided to postpone the Intraclub Stage Contest to Tuesday, September 13.


Tuesday, August 2Paul Lembo Virtual Lecture (see below)- Free for OMC members; All others $15

Zoom links will be sent to members on Monday, others Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday, September 13OMC Stage Magic Contest–  Members Only can compete for Cash Prizes & Trophy.  We hope it will be in person. Details coming soon.

Tuesday, October 4 -Interclub Stage Contest. We hope it will be in person but could be hybrid.

Who Is Paul Lembo?

You may not have heard of Paul Lembo but you should have.

Our members everywhere are in for a special treat on Tuesday, August 2 at 7:00 PM (Pacific Time) when Paul Lembo will visit the Oakland Magic Circle’s monthly Zoom meeting and he’ll tell us about his life as a magician – as a youngster growing up in magic and being taught the basics by Al Flosso in the Martinka shop in New York; becoming a performer and then the preservationist of magic’s history.

He’s the go-to person for every magic historian and collector whenever they have apparatus that needs repair, refurbishment or a complete restoration.

More than a few working professionals take their present-day equipment for maintenance and repair to him as well.

Collecting and restoring vintage magic in his shop, building effects and illusions from scratch is Paul’s love.

And he’s been doing that for the last sixty years.

As one magic collector with whom you may be familiar described Paul: “Paul Lembo is a true master, a problem solver, a superb craftsman with an eye for detail  that is essential to restore and preserve the wonderful antique treasures that keep our history

alive. …”

David Copperfield 

Paul will visit the Oakland Magic Circle’s regular Zoom meeting.  At that time he will tell us about his life in magic – as a youngster growing up in magic and being taught the basics by Al Flosso in the Martinka shop in New York, becoming a performer and then a preservationist of the physical elements of magic’s history.  The people he has met, famous and otherwise, those with whom he has worked.  The skills, techniques and challenges of apparatus preservation and restoration.  And most important, why he believes that magic’s history should be preserved for future generations.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the story of one of magic’s greatest treasures – from the person himself.

Visit Paul’s website to see examples of restorations and his performances. His blogs are fun to read and he sells some rare restorations too.

You will also learn about the in person School of Vintage Magic Restoration Master Class he will teach each month from August through December in Canton, North Carolina.

Members: Free (includes viewing at your convenience online later)

Non Members: $15.00 payable via PayPal. Go here for details.  See below to become a member.

Schedule for Tuesday, August 2:

6:30pm PDT- Virtual doors open on Zoom

6:45pm-Club Meeting and announcements, good of the order from members of guests


After the lecture:

Show & Sell— Following the lecture we are trying a new idea suggested by a member at the recent Flea Market/Auction.

Present an effect you’d like to sell but first you must perform it. If someone wants to buy it they can express interest and you can work out details privately.

If this is popular, we will do it most months.

Open Virtual Stage– Perform something you are working on and get feedback if you are interested.


Tentatively coming to OMC (dates TBD):  Xavier Mortimer and Doc Eason in person lectures, Cardistry Night, Close-Up Contest (November 1) plus teach-ins and  more Virtual Lectures.


We are proud to have over 110 members in 2022 including working professionals, aspiring pros, hobbyists and collectors from all over the world. The renewals have been very high for 2022.

Join us.

2022 dues are $25.00 good through December, 2022.

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 may make Payment anytime by PayPal

or mail a check to:

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


To use your PayPal account to pay dues– enter the following information to send your $10 or $25 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” to save a handling fee.

Joining or renewing now will get you:

Exclusive Members Only benefits through December 2022:

Free Admission to In-Person Lectures (a $20+ value), Meetings and Teach-Ins

Free Admission to all Virtual OMC Lectures (Generally $12.50-$15 for non-members)

Exclusive access to most 2020-2022 and upcoming virtual 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 the Close-Up and Stage OMC contests

Access to our large library of books and DVDs  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, 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.

We look forward to returning to in person meetings in late summer 2022 at our beautiful new meeting place at the Oakland Scottish Rite Building.


  • 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