Oakland Magic Circle Teach-In- Svengali Deck

May 7, 2019

Svengali Routine- Gary Meyer Routine 00:00-4:06

Teach-In and History of Svengali principles 4:07-13:48

Mark Tarses Lassoes a card using Svengali Deck 13:49- 15:12

Jack Potter’s Ultimate Svengali routine. 15:13-19:31

Dear OMC Members and Friends,
Here is the June newsletter where you will find details for the Close-Up Competition, news about the Library, the legendary Max Malini appearing at the OMC with added Malini bonuses, a new Magic Resource suggestion, eating Chinese food before OMC meetings, links to articles about Jay Alexander and the Secret Magic Garage, news about Shim Lim coming to SF and a just-announced added show plus June’s busy line-up of magic shows all over the bay area. Support your local magicians.

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Tuesday, June 4
First prize is $150 and a Trophy.
Second prize is $75.
Rules in the newsletter.

If you wish to compete, please email John Owens at conjuriana@gmail.com and let him know as soon as possible that you will be participating. Preferably no later than 24 hours before the meeting but those showing up by 6:30 on June 4 can sign-up.

Please send or bring a brief bio.
Evening’s Schedule at Bjornson Hall in Oakland
6:00PM. Doors open.Library open. Share ideas.
7:00PM. Business meeting
7:45PM. Competition

– No fire, flames, or smoke is permitted in the hall.

– All non-competing OMC members are eligible to vote.

– Voting members must be present for the full duration of the competition.

– Contest participation is open to current OMC members and non-members who join the OMC on contest night.


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Gary Meyer will be giving a Svengali deck teach-in and giving away 30 Svengali decks!

We will also be showing Make Believe!

We encourage young magicians to join us as the program will have special interest to them.


6:00pm- Doors Open

7:00- Business Meeting.

7:30- Svengali Deck Teach-In

8:00- Screening


The Teach-in will be about the Svengali Deck (all paid members will get a free deck and, subject to supply, guests under 18).

Using the Svengali Deck requires minimal skill (though practice is essential). It is an easy way to force a card where sleights are not needed to carry a magical routine forward. Gary Meyer first encountered a Svengali Deck as a preteen and will perform a routine combining the deck with other props and then discuss the workings of the Deck. We encourage others to perform their own acts using Svengali principles including Double Blanks, Sven Pad or even the Magic Coloring Book.


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April Newsletter

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Tuesday April 2 Meeting – Our Annual Flea Market and Auction

“Positively, unquestionably the largest and finest such event in Northern California. One that should not be missed by any practitioner of the conjuring art.”

Don’t miss this year’s Flea Market and Auction! It will be on Tuesday, April 2rd. It is always the biggest in the San Francisco Bay Area! Doors open at 5:00 PM for sellers, 5:30 PM for buyers, and the auction starts at 8:00 PM. $15 for a seller’s table and $10 for OMC members. See you there!

Sellers: Remember to bring change, $1 and $5 bills. Also, bags for buyers to take home their purchases and price stickers.

Buyers: You should also bring change as well, $1 and $5 bills. Remember that you cannot pay for auction purchases with credit or debit cards. The Oakland Magic Circle has no way to process card transactions. Some flea market sellers accept credit cards, but most do not.

Bjornson Hall, 2258 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA 94602

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Here are some highlight shots from the Installation of Officers Banquet. Carisa was a real charmer, and was super funny. It’s always good to see Cousin Otis too.