The Jen Kramer recorded conversation with Adam Cheyer of July 6 is available for members. Check your email for the link and password. Past lectures also ready for viewing include David Jonathan, Heather Rogers, David Hirata, Chris Capehart, Anna DeGuzman and Magical Nathaniel along with the 2021 OMC Magic Competition.

The Oakland Magic Circle presents Virtual Lectures for August and September 2021

Mark Shortland live from England.

Saturday August 7- 12 noon PDT

The creator of The Amazebox  will offer two hours of practical magic you can do. And you will be laughing all the way.

Visit his Website.

In his lecture Mark will teach several effects requiring no special gimmicks including:

The Bill Switch- 3 versions

Cards Across (watch video  @ 5:05 minutes)

Fortune Teller Force (performed on @ 8.12 mins,)

Not a Knife Thru Jacket (the classic done with anything)

Invisible assistant – volunteer’s invisible friend finds a freely chosen card

53 Movies – Instantly know what movie your volunteer is thinking of using a special deck created by Mark.

And finally

The AmazeBox – Mark writes, “I will teach my routine as well as talk about reverse engineering of mentalist effects, so if your members don’t own one they will still get something from that segment which will help their performances.”

For reviews, performances and more Amaze Box go here. There are updated versions: Kraft and Black.

There will be a Q&A session.

Members and visitors are encouraged to perform after the lecture.

Mike Caveney lecturing on the history of sawing a person in half relating to his new book, “One Hundred Years of Sawing.”

Tuesday, Sept 7 – 7pm PDT

The New York Times published an article on the 100th anniversary of the Sawing Illusion asking,

Why has this trick survived, when so many others haven’t? If you ask magicians — I spoke with six — they eventually land on one answer. “It’s just the simplicity of it,” said Mike Caveney, a magician who’s writing a history of the trick. “Magicians say a good trick is one that can be described in a few words, and ‘sawing a lady in half’ is very few words,” he added.

But the secrecy around how the trick is done obviously adds to its appeal, too. As much as everyone thinks they know how it works, “There might be 20 different methods in popular use.”

Mike will virtually join us to present a new lecture discussing his upcoming book.

You do not want to miss this.

Explore Mike’s website.

These lectures are free to all current OMC members.

Individual admissions will be $10 or join the club for $20 ($10 for juniors under 15) and get many benefits. Details below.



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.


  • 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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Protected: Online Magic Competition – Feb 2 2021

The Oakland Magic Circle Contest Contest, February 2, 2021 Participants (with links to websites) in order of appearance and time codes: Dale Chung and Korene Tom  - 1:09 Susan Zeller  -12:55 Marc McGuire – 23:00 James…
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Protected: Anna DeGuzman – Queen of Cardistry – Oakland Magic Circle Lecture

What Anna DeGuzman can do with a deck of 52 cards will make your head spin! Manipulating cards into impossible 3-D configurations, she cuts, flings, flips, rotates, juggles and shuffles playing cards in the middle of the street, along train…

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