Tuesday, December 5 Apparatus Night – one of our most popular meetings. Bring favorite pieces of magical apparatus and show them off. Tell background stories. In person at the Scottish Rite. Performances will be streamed via Zoom to members.
Read an article about the magic apparatus from the Library of Congress collection of Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser (1806–1875), an Austrian magician.
The OMC Library will be open.

On that night we also have a book sale with dozens of Magic and related books donated to the club by Heather Rogers. Plus a selection of videos and apparatus unearthed after the Ed Morris sale. All sales benefit your club.

Election of OMC Officers for the coming year of 2024 will take place during our meeting on December 5. 2023.  Any member who desires to play a more active role in the Club’s management is encouraged to stand for election.  Those interested should contact our President, Mark Richardson, at (telephone: 510-701-7207), to discuss what roles they would like to play.  We are particularly interested in recruiting new Officers with interests and skills in managing the Club’s library, stage shows, magic contests, youth program, video recording and electronic communications.

A great time to renew membership in person if you have not already done so online.

Doors open 6:30pm PST. Meeting at 7pm.

Tuesday, January 9, 2024–  The legendary John Carney lecture. In person at Scottish Rite only. (No streaming or recording).
This is one not to miss.
Free for members; $25 for non-members. Visit his website.
OMC Library open.
Tuesday, February 6, 2024  –OMC Northern California Interclub Stage Contest and Spaghetti Dinner – Open to one contestant from each Northern California Magic Club. Michael Della Penna will represent the OMC.
Calling all Northern California Magic and related clubs to join us for fun and cash prizes.
Because of the generosity of Manya Casto and Betty Morris who donated their husbands’ magic collections for our sale, we are able to keep our membership at a low $25 a year.  Youth Membership- under 15-year-olds: $10. Join now and get the 2023 recordings and December Apparaturs Night  free.

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.

Doc will be at the Magic Castle in December. Visit his website.  

Oakland Magic Circle Stage/Parlor IntraClub Contest had seven contestants and three big winners on Tuesday, September 12, 2023.
For a brief recap of who performed, some photos and the winners check out our Facebook page.

Who are the Winners?


**The Oakland Scottish Rite Center,  1547 Lakeside Dr, Oakland, CA

Free off-street parking in lot behind the building on Madison Street, a one way street from 17th to wards 15th. Map.

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 In-Person and Virtual Lectures (a $15-20+ value)

-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.

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.


Read the May 2023 Newsletter– Ken Trombly lecture, 5 Questions, Magic Resources of the Month: Illusion Repository, News You Can Use, Bay Area Magic

Read the OMC April 2023 Newsletter
Click here for the OMC Newsletter March 2023Magic Gala Performers, Alex Ramon Answers 5 Questions, Magic Resources: Blackpool Convention 2023

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