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Topic: S.F. Bay Area & NorCal magician Check In
Message: Posted by: calamari (Jul 25, 2006 01:14PM)
Hi I was just wondering how many of us are here, and if we could chat about the state of magic here in our area, maybe let each other know when something of interest was going to happen?

or whatever,

Rich
Message: Posted by: Steve V (Jul 25, 2006 02:00PM)
I'm here.
Steve V
Message: Posted by: calamari (Jul 25, 2006 02:45PM)
That's two
Message: Posted by: Noel M (Jul 25, 2006 04:39PM)
3
Message: Posted by: calamari (Jul 25, 2006 05:11PM)
Hey Noel, Cool artwork, I love watercolors.
Message: Posted by: Jordini (Jul 25, 2006 07:42PM)
4 now. :D

Docc Hilford is coming August 2nd, but I don't think I'm going to be able to make it.
Message: Posted by: Noel M (Jul 25, 2006 07:50PM)
Thanks. I saw Pirates of the Carribean over the weekend to keep cool and can never eat calamari again!
Message: Posted by: Dorian Rhodell (Jul 26, 2006 12:34PM)
I'm here in San Rafael
Message: Posted by: calamari (Jul 26, 2006 01:25PM)
Dorian, did I see you are performing at the off Market Theater?
if so, hows that going?

Noel, deep fried Calamari, looks nothing like Davey Jones,LOL
Rich
Message: Posted by: Dorian Rhodell (Jul 26, 2006 02:57PM)
Hey Rich,

It has been going great! It's a lot of fun and good place to test out new material. It got off to a slow start but it's picking up and hopefully it will keep going. Stop by sometime!

Best,

Dorian Rhodell
Message: Posted by: Noel M (Jul 27, 2006 11:05AM)
I hope to stop by too. Are you on Mission between 5th and 6th?
Message: Posted by: calamari (Jul 27, 2006 11:21AM)
Yes, I would love to see the show. I have heard a lot about it. I wish you guys all the best as the Bay Area and the world need as many venues as we can get and we should all support these venues when they arise.
Message: Posted by: Dorian Rhodell (Jul 27, 2006 11:45AM)
Hi Noel,

Yes, on Mission in between 5th and 6th. We have some pretty good people doing some very solid magic. I've been working this place for free just to tighten up ONE effect but it is more than worth it. Stop by and enjoy the show. We usually do dinner afterward and you are always more than welcome to join.

Best,

Dorian Rhodell
Message: Posted by: Jordini (Jul 27, 2006 02:15PM)
When are the shows? I'll drop by too.

Did anyone go to the Marin County Fair this year? The theme was magic. ooooo. I saw Big Al there performing.
Message: Posted by: calamari (Jul 27, 2006 05:03PM)
I missed the Fair unfortunately, heard it was fun though.
is anyone planning to attend a show out at Ca. Magic Dinner theater in Martinez?
Losander is coming to town soon and Dana Daniels.
Rich
Message: Posted by: Zazz (Jul 29, 2006 01:32PM)
North Bay

I have a party of at least 12 people planning on attending a dinner show in the near future to celebrate my 40th birthday. Trouble is coordinating a date when everyone is available.

I saw Dana Daniels last time he was in town. It was a great show.

I wish I could make it tonight for your show. The Calamari Brothers performance last weekend at the Waterfront was great. We had a wonderful time.

Good luck tonight at California Magic Dinner Theater.

Dan
Message: Posted by: calamari (Jul 31, 2006 11:53AM)
Thanks Dan, the shows did go very well, we all had a blast. I love performing at Gerry's it is a great venue and for everyone who has never been to a show there I highly recomend a visit.

I know there are more Nor Cal folkes on the Café, so whats up!!

also what do you guys do (magic wise) ie close up, childrens performer are you SAM IBM OMC etc..

just think it would be nice to get to know you all better.

Rich
Message: Posted by: Steve V (Jul 31, 2006 12:36PM)
There are more, they just don't' read this section.
Steve V
Message: Posted by: calamari (Aug 1, 2006 01:23PM)
Well if we see anyone running around the Café that fits the bill maybe we could let them know about it, this could be a great resource for area magicians to keep up on things, meet and get to know one another etc.. (I could be wrong)

Rich
Message: Posted by: Zazz (Aug 1, 2006 08:10PM)
[quote]
On 2006-07-31 12:53, calamari wrote:
Thanks Dan, the shows did go very well, we all had a blast. I love performing at Gerry's it is a great venue and for everyone who has never been to a show there I highly recomend a visit.

I know there are more Nor Cal folkes on the Café, so whats up!!

also what do you guys do (magic wise) ie close up, childrens performer are you SAM IBM OMC etc..

just think it would be nice to get to know you all better.

Rich
[/quote]

This is my second year as an S.A.M. member and my wife, daughter and I look forward to our assembly meetings each month with my daughters S.Y.M. meetings falling in between. All of the magicians including you Rich are very helpful to us newbies. You guys always have encouragement or suggestions for us. We appreciate it.

I am always practicing rope or card tricks and have just recently gotten hooked on School for Scoundrels Street Shells. They are very fun, addicting and challenging.

California magic has been wonderful to us. It is a great place to see the best magic, magic has to offer. We were lucky to have stumbled upon it a few years ago and to meet Gerry Griffin. Since then I have seen in performance some of the greats, including:
Daryl, Aldo Colombini, John Carney, John Calvert, Dana Daniels, Bob Sheets, Jeff Ezell.
These guys even stick around to chat after the performances.

Have a good evening

Dan
Message: Posted by: calamari (Aug 2, 2006 09:49AM)
Hey Dan, I would love to see the street shells sometime, it is a bit I have been considering for the Calamari's, I think it would fit our theme well but I have been hesitant to buy before I see them in person. let me know when you will be down at Gerry's and maybe we could meet up and discuss them a bit...

We had our second gathering of the VIP Group last night at Gerry's and it was a blast, no bylaws, no Roberts rule of order etc... just a bunch of magicians getting together and doing, discussing and helping each other with magic. This is the kind of group I have always wanted to find, no B.S. just magic.

I know the VIP group is expensive but the get togethers so far have been well worth it and because it will also help keep this venue open and available for magicians to perform and watch great magic I encourage all that can to take advantage of it.
I would love to hear what others think of the California Magic Dinner Theater I am glad Dan that you love it as much as I do and understand what an important part of the Bay Area Magic scene it is.
Rich
Message: Posted by: magic4ewe (Aug 2, 2006 06:58PM)
Hi Rich,

Not sure if I count as a separate "entity" or not, but I'm still checking in! LOL I absolutely love the Griffins and the atmosphere they have created at California Magic! Top notch! Can't wait to go to our next show, if only we can get all the relatives organized on a date... As Dan already mentioned, the interaction with the performing magicians, and the magicians who come just to watch the shows themselves, cannot be beat and it is a wonderful venue for being able to expose yourself on a whole new level after the shows. I can not even begin to tell you how much my daughter and I appreciate the time the magicians are willing to invest in helping us! We are always trying to promote Gerry's and handing out business cards.

Again, as Dan already stated, we really enjoyed watching you perform for the City of Martinez' waterfront event! We are planning to go again on the 19th, but just recently noticed a schedule change as to performers. We have been telling a lot of people about the upcoming show to hopefully help boost attendance. We are supposed to be going with a group so we plan on arriving early so that we can get those box seats up in back. As a group, its nice. Otherwise, I would opt for being up close to the stage for a better view of the magic.

Also, I would love to plug S.A.M. 112's Annual Share the Magic Show to be held on August 25th, 7:00 p.m., at Diablo Valley College. Last year was the first year we attended and it was a great time! We look forward to this year's show as well. Both Dan and I will be volunteering to help work the show, but you can bet I'll be in my seat by the time the first act starts....wouldn't miss this show for the world! Why, you might ask? Because our daughter who is actively involved in her S.Y.M. group (and attends most all the S.A.M. meetings) was asked to participate in the event! Yes, I know, again...a shameless plug! What is a proud mom to do? There should be an article (hopefully if they print it) in the Contra Costa Times in the upcoming weeks. One of the board members called to ask our permission to add our daughter's photo to the article and to also promote her as one of their youth performers for the event.

There are some great events in the Bay Area so I am really glad you thought about starting this topic Rich. I think it will benefit us all! Kudos!

Have a *magicial* evening,

Kristen
Message: Posted by: Zazz (Aug 2, 2006 07:26PM)
All three of us would love to join the V.I.P. Membership, but as you said it can be pricey multiplied by three. I think we would get a lot out of it. The VIP Membership Supporters list is quite impressive.

I would love to show you the Street Shells. I think you would like them.
You might also consider for your show the School for Scoundrels Trade Show Shells.
Here is a description for them:

Three Jumbo Shells measuring an incredible 8"x6" and 2 1/2" deep!
Includes four 2" peas (you can purchase additional peas separately)
Includes a DVD of Chef Anton and Whit Haydn's audience-tested routine and advanced handling tips!
Exact patter used in Chef Anton's trade show act for years
Large enough to load your company's premiums or products
Great visual prop for promotional photos
Not only do the Trade Show Shells play great from a distance, they are an extremely attractive, eye-catching prop with plenty of guaranteed audience interaction!

There is probably a demo video of them on the School for Scoundrel site with Chef Anton demonstrating them, or there is a demo of them on the DVD, An Introduction to the Shell Game. I think you would like them.

Dan
Message: Posted by: gerrygriffin (Aug 3, 2006 01:48AM)
Hello and just checking in. Thanks very much for the kind words about the California Maigc Dinner Theatre. Working hard to keep my dream alive and strong for a northern California magic venue. We just hit show 150. Thanks to all who have been here to see the shows, perform in the shows and keep coming back. I'll keep the stars coming to the California Magic Stage.

An open question for everyone. If you have requests about who you might like to see perform here, please let me know and I'll see what I can do to get them here.

And since magic shows are so few and far between, let's keep the updates of who is performing where going on this Forum. Good work Rich Stewman!

Gerry Griffin
Message: Posted by: calamari (Aug 3, 2006 10:08AM)
Kristen, thanks for checking in and I am glad you like this thread it will benifit all of us here in Nor-Cal by keeping us up to date on events and by letting everyone in our magic comunity get to know one another better.(IMHO)
I would love it if this thread would be used by everyone here in Nor-Cal / Bay Area.

Also Kristen, thanks for posting the Share the Magic show info this is exactly what this is all about and it is great to see your daughter is on the bill,

Dan, yes you are right it is the trade show shells I am interested in I saw School for Scoudrals and shells on your first post and jumped to the wrong conclusion, I would still love to see the street shells sometime.

Thanks Gerry, Califonia Magic Dinner Theater is so very important to the Bay Area Magic Comunity, I just hope everyone here understands just how important and what an incredible opportunity having a Weekly magic performance venue is and having international stars of magic performing regularly, so we (Who love magic) can see them in person is just incredible.

as far as who I would like to see performing, Christopher Hart, Michael Finney, Michael Ammar, Andrew Goldenhirsch, Taboray,(sp) Jade, to name just a few

I would also like to see more local acts get involved there are a lot of talented magicians in the bay area for both close up walk around and parlour, maybe you could let them know how to get a tape to you or hold open auditions or something like that.

with around 7 million people here in this area there is enough for everyone so no one should feel like this is a competition, everyone post what ever they want to.
basically I don't want this to turn into a (Cal Magic)thread. I would like this to be about everything magical in Nor-Cal From off Market theater shows to Maginga shows in the south bay, Mis Directions Lectures and Compitition shows to what restaraunts (sp) you are performing at. and then lets make this usefull and actually support our own.

keeping my fingers crossed
Rich
Message: Posted by: calamari (Aug 4, 2006 09:31AM)
Anyone else out there?
Message: Posted by: magic4ewe (Aug 4, 2006 10:57AM)
Gerry:

I think it would be nice to get Jeff Ezell back on the schedule again. I really enjoyed his close up performance and he is an absolute gentleman! I really enjoyed having the opportunity to speak with him. Daryl is always a pleasure, but I know he performs on a semi-regular basis. John Carney was hilarious, we laughed so much during his performance that he would be fun to see again. Glad to see that Dana Daniels is also back on schedule, we will always enjoy seeing him because of all the Disney-inspired memories connected to him and Danielle. Although, she was still giving him a hard-time at your place! (She asked him to juggle a piece of rice...along with a shoe and bowling ball, and amazingly, he did it!) That's just my 2 cents worth..which isn't worth much! If we had our way, we would be at every show!

To everyone else out there...I would love to hear who is performing where! Our family is always looking for new opportunities to see performers. It inspires us!! For example, if your city has a calendar of events that features performances...post the link! Again, this apprentice-family loves to get out and watch magic performances and always views it not only as entertainment, but as a learning experience as well!

Thanks everyone!

Kristen
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Aug 5, 2006 11:57AM)
They sure don't make it easy to find the Off Market Theater. Google led to CitySearch which said Mission, cross street Powel. Except Powel doesn't cross Mission. Is the theater on one of the corners of Mission and 5th or 6th?
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Aug 5, 2006 12:43PM)
I was born and raised in Oakland, and was many times Prez of the OMC until I moved to Hollwood and the Magic Castle.
Message: Posted by: calamari (Aug 5, 2006 02:12PM)
Yes mr. Biro, you are well known in these parts.I met you just before your move down south. I had the privalage to see you perform at one of the OMC meetings just after I joined, as I was born and raised in Oakland also I was happy to become a member and later was president of the OMC as well,

hey Tom, glad you found this thread I was hoping you would post here as well. I do want to visit the off market theater, maybe we could go together one night?
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Aug 5, 2006 07:45PM)
That'd be fun!
Message: Posted by: calamari (Aug 8, 2006 03:14PM)
Let me know when you are available, this weekend is out I have shows, but maybe next weekend? and maybe others would like to go along as well, it would be fun to show up and pack the house, so anyone else interested in grouping up for a night of magic in the city?
Rich
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Aug 8, 2006 05:18PM)
I've got shows Sat the 19th, sorry Rich.
Message: Posted by: calamari (Aug 9, 2006 03:38PM)
Well maybe someday soon, let me know when is good for you.
Rich
Message: Posted by: EsnRedshirt (Aug 10, 2006 03:05PM)
Just thought I'd chime in since calamari was kind enough to PM me. A caveat- I'm not currently performing, haven't been for years, and with a full time job that doesn't involve magic, I'm more on the design/construction side of things than the performance side (even though I'd love to start performing again...) Apart from that, I still love magic (to the point where I'm slowly constructing an act, just in case) and would be delighted to get together with other magicians once my schedule isn't booked solid (provided you don't mind me dragging my fiancee along!)

I'm rapidly discovering how quickly a social calendar tends to get booked solid once one gets engaged...
Message: Posted by: Captain Jack (Aug 10, 2006 03:18PM)
Ahoy from Sacramento mates!

I just found this thread. Checkin' in an' checkin' it out.
Message: Posted by: Doughlas (Aug 10, 2006 03:35PM)
I also thought I'd check-in since Rich was kind enough to PM me. Hello from Fairfield, Ca. I'm a member of S.A.M. 112, and Gerry Griffin's VIP group.
Message: Posted by: calamari (Aug 10, 2006 04:35PM)
Glad to see you all,
Esn... if you think it is tough engaged wait till you are married LOL.
my hope is that this thread will help Northern Ca. Magicians get to know one another better and gives us a place to show support for each other, let everyone know whats going on in your area so we can help support it. Sound Good?
Captain Jack is in Sacramento I am in San Leandro that's only about 2 hours apart (barring anykind of traffic issue probably at 3 am on a sunday) so Jack if I could help let me know at the very least I could let people I know in Sac know about your shows.
well that said, maybe you want to add something I have left off. please do this is our thread let your voice be seen.
Rich
Message: Posted by: Ron Reid (Aug 10, 2006 05:06PM)
Hi All:

I live in Phoenix, but will be in San Franciso from time to time with my brother, who's receiving Cancer treatments from the Davies Center at the college/university on Castro. We have a hotel we're staying at on Lombard, about a 20 minute walk to Fisherman's Wharf.

I'll have a lot of time on my hands - especially evenings. Can you all fill me in on some places or things to do. I'd like to go Misdirections Magic Shop too.

Thanks for any help - not sure when I'll be up there next. Maybe sometime this month.

ron
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Aug 11, 2006 08:33AM)
Sorry to hear about your brother.

The two must see events in SF are [b][i]Teatro ZinZanne[/i][/b], a dinner and performance (pricy but worth it, you'll see), and [b][i]Beach Blanket Babylon[/i][/b], an amazing, rip roaring show. Both are probably a 15 minute walk from your hotel.

Also if you are in SF at Sunset and there is no fog, get yourself to The Beach Chalet restaurant. It is right at the beach and watching the sunset from the bar is an event all its own.

After that it becomes a question of personal preference and timing. You can PM me for more specialized places to go, see, and do.

Cheers,

Tom
Message: Posted by: calamari (Aug 11, 2006 08:37AM)
Ron, sorry you will be with us under those circumstances and I wish your brother all the best as I too have a family member dealing with cancer and know how trying it can be. but... you will be here so trying to make the best of it is the way to go.
Misdirections is a terific magic shop well stocked and in a cool neiborhood with lots of fun restaraunts well worth your time.
let us know when you and your brother will be here and we can get you a rundown on shows and events at that time.

more later
Rich
Message: Posted by: Jeff_Mash (Aug 11, 2006 09:50AM)
Thanks for contacting me, Calamari. I'm in the central valley (Tracy). I'm the owner of MJM Magic, so that in addition to raising a family with a 2 year old daughter keeps me pretty busy, as you can imagine!

I also regularly commute to the south bay area on the weekends to visit friends and family in Morgan Hill and Gilroy.

It's good to see that there are so many lovers of magic right here in the bay area!
Message: Posted by: Ashkenazi the Pretty Good (Aug 11, 2006 11:12AM)
6!

I have about ten good buddies/friends in the SF Bay Area magic scene, but most of them don't use the Café.

I find it a consistently useful resource.

Regards,
AtPG
Message: Posted by: shadowmanmagic (Aug 11, 2006 11:22AM)
Hey calamari,

Thanks for the invite.. I'm here in the Bay Area, checking into the forum. See you guys around the town!

Peter
Message: Posted by: calamari (Aug 11, 2006 11:31AM)
Good to see everyone,
here is some info about the up coming OMC Interclub Stage Magic Competition,
go to their website for more info and a link to a ticket purchase site if you would like to go.
Rich

The Oakland Magic Circle is the oldest independent magic club west of the Mississippi. Each year we invite the best magicians in the SF Bay Area to compete in our Interclub Competition. One of the Bay Areas most popular magic events, it features a gourmet Spaghetti Dinner (vegetarian sauce available) and Show.

You are invited to join us for an evening of magic, wonder and great food. This is a family event, and children are half price. The ticket prices are $12 for adults, and $6 for children (12 & under), and there's no service charge.
Message: Posted by: calamari (Aug 11, 2006 11:45AM)
It would be nice to know more about all of you, for those of you that don't know me, I will start by saying, My name is Rich Stewman and I have been performing here in the Bay Area for almost 13 years now as one half of the Flying Calamari Brothers, I do know quite a few of you and hope to get to know the rest better.

As I was saying to Tom above I think it would be fun for a bunch of us to get together and maybe check out the Off Market Theater or something like that.
anyone interested?
Rich
Message: Posted by: Bilwonder (Aug 11, 2006 12:21PM)
Just Checking in.
I'm from Oroville about 150 mi north of the Bay Area folks.
About 80 miles north of Captian Jack and all the Magi in Sac.
And, just a stone's throw Steve Brooks...
Message: Posted by: btaxin (Aug 11, 2006 12:24PM)
Hi Rich-
Thanks for contacting me. I didn't know about y'all! I perform mainly at private events, although I did a mindreading act last night at the Club Deluxe on Haight Street in SF, as part of a monthly show called, "Little Minsky's Burlesque and Variety Show". I have performed there before, around a year ago. It's got a cult following and the room was packed. Lots of inebriated hipsters, howling at the strippers, and quite receptive to acts like me who didn't take their clothes off!

Bob Taxin
Message: Posted by: calamari (Aug 11, 2006 12:40PM)
Welcome aboard Bill and Bob,
Message: Posted by: Michael Kamen (Aug 11, 2006 03:32PM)
Dear Rich,

Very kind of you to include me in your roundup of locals. I have been for some time a rather private amateur, but enjoy the creative process of magic problem solving, practicing and perfecting solutions, and developing presentations that (hopefully) fit my character. For various reasons occupational and personal, I do not perform.I am a member of SAM, and OMC (which reminds me I am overdue in sending in my dues), but rarely get to meetings due to my work schedule (why can't they be Fri or Sat afternoons -- never mind I know, Bob Steiner explained it to me -- makes perfect sense). Would be interested in getting together with others and the Off Market theater sounds good if the timing works out. Anyone know what Paul Nathan is up to? Greatly enjoyed his "Devil in the Deck" show and took a couple of sets of layman friends who also enjoyed it.

Cheers and regards to Bay Area brethren,
Michael
Message: Posted by: matinex (Aug 11, 2006 04:47PM)
Thanks for contacting me. I'm here in San Jose. I perform only for friends and family now, with maybe an ambition sometime later in life of doing magic at street fairs and such. That's way down the road, though, because I have two very young children (ages 2-1/2 and 8 weeks) and a full time job at Apple Computer. As a result, it's very difficult to find the time to meet up with other magicians. I mostly just watch magic videos, read the Café, and read books.

The other night I did attend my first IBM meeting, where they held a closeup competition. I'm trying to figure out if I have the time to attend more meetings.

It's nice to know there are so many other locals interested in magic. I'll stay tuned to the Café for more information.

-David
Message: Posted by: calamari (Aug 11, 2006 05:16PM)
Well well well this is shaping up nicely, keep it going folks.

anyone have any ideas about local landmarks I mean if Copperfield can vanish the Statue of Liberty maybe someone could vanish Coit Tower think about it...

for those of you who are performing at the off Market Theater let us know when you will be there in the next month or two so we can arrange to get a group together and see a show.

also anyone know when Maginga (Mike Stroud) is performing next?

btaxin, I for one would like to know more about this "Little Minsky's thing (just don't tell my wife) LOL

Rich
Message: Posted by: who he (Aug 11, 2006 06:52PM)
Hello, and thank you for the invite.

Currently I am in Eureka CA. However, from time to time I make it down to my home city of SF.

Thanks again, Frankie
Message: Posted by: Ron Reid (Aug 11, 2006 07:44PM)
Hello:

Thanks for the responses, everyone! I have a couple PM's I haven't gotten to yet...today's been busy, so I plan on taking care of them tonight. I don't want to get off topic, but I want to let Bay area folks know what a great medical center/hospital you all have in the Davies Center. The Supposed-World Renown Mayo Clinic here in Scottsdale gave my brother a bleak prognosis, but he found out about the Davies Center in San Francisco. The doctors there saved his eye, rebuilt part of his face, and stopped the cancer from getting to his brain. Looking at him now, you would never guess the ordeal he's been through - the radiation treatements are just a precaution against a "skip cancer" so he's well on the road to recovery. My family is so greatful to the Davies Center.

We plan on coming out this month. Last time when we were killing some time walking around Fisherman's Wharf, I was amazed to see Jerry Salazar working the street. I saw him at a convention competition in the early 80's.

Lastly, both my brother and I were surprised by how friendly San Francisco is. We are typical out-of-towners that don't know where we're going most of the time, and must have asked 20 people for directions. Everytime, the person went out of his/her way to make sure we got to where we needed. If it weren't so expensive, I'd move to San Francisco in a heartbeat. I've even started pulling for the Giants!

Ron
Message: Posted by: EsnRedshirt (Aug 12, 2006 11:29AM)
Ron- just watch out for those Raiders fans. They're very committed... or maybe it's should be committed? I always get it mixed up...
;)
Message: Posted by: calamari (Aug 12, 2006 11:58AM)
Ron, I hope your experience with S.F. continues to be as great in the future, it is nice to hear your comments. and yes we Raider fans can be a little emotional (I was born and raised in Oakland and am a fan) but we are mostly harmless, unless you happen to root for another team, well then all bets are off.
LOL
Rich
Message: Posted by: George Ledo (Aug 12, 2006 02:47PM)
Hi there, and thanks to Rich for the PM.

I'm out in Livermore, where we can look out our bedroom window and literally see the cows going home -- wherever home is. Let's see... aside from that, I've been w/ IBM since 1967 or '68, when I joined at sixteen, and still have all my old LR's somewhere to prove I've paid my dues... :)

My magic nowadays is mostly focused on hanging out at the Café and writing my column here, although I hope to make it up to Gerry's one of these days. At some point, when time frees up a bit, I'm hoping to design and offer some props for sale, or maybe do a book on how to use theatrical techniques in magic. I'm one of those who hasn't performed in front of an audience for umpteen years.

I just had a weird thought: how do you perform in back of an audience?

Anyway, nice to know this thread is here, and I'll check in now and then.
Message: Posted by: scottasf (Aug 13, 2006 04:21AM)
Greetings from San Leandro.
Although I do not perform as I used to do, I try to get to the OMC every month.
And speaking of the OMC, they are having their INTER CLUB compitition the first Tuesday of September. NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR!! Tickets are sold only through http://www.brownpapertickets.com Do a search for OMC. 12 bucks gets you a Pasta Dinner and show. No longer a "spaghetti feed"
Message: Posted by: Chris Larson (Aug 13, 2006 11:54AM)
I'm in Sacramento
Message: Posted by: Captain Jack (Aug 14, 2006 12:10AM)
[quote]
On 2006-08-12 12:29, EsnRedshirt wrote:
Ron- just watch out for those Raiders fans. They're very committed... or maybe it's should be committed? I always get it mixed up...
;)
[/quote]

Hey! I resemble that! Har Har! An' you were correct on both counts mate!

* Rock, Paper, CANNON...I Win!!! *

Hey Chris, have we met? Your name sounds familiar.
Message: Posted by: skyh (Aug 14, 2006 04:38PM)
Hi

Thanks for the PM. I am just beginning to learn magic, though I am struggling with an over abundance of choice right now. I'm embarassed to say that in an excess of enthusiasm, I bought too many tricks and books, nmaking it difficult to focus on a course of study.

I am definitely open to getting together to attend events, at the Magic Dinner Theatre or elsewhere, as I don't personally know anyone else in magic. I haven't heard of the Oakland Magic Circle before - is it open to anyone, and if so, where do I find it?
Message: Posted by: skyh (Aug 14, 2006 04:46PM)
[quote]
On 2006-08-14 17:38, skyh wrote:
I haven't heard of the Oakland Magic Circle before - is it open to anyone, and if so, where do I find it?
[/quote]

Never mind, I googled it. Since I'm a vegetarian, veggie spaghetti sauce and Tofurkey Day are appreciated :).
Message: Posted by: ralphdean (Aug 14, 2006 06:43PM)
I'm in Campbell. Looking forward to the movies this weekend.
Message: Posted by: danchanmagic (Aug 14, 2006 07:02PM)
Here's a list of my upcoming public performaces most are free to the public.

Current Touring Schedule
Daniel will be at the following locations:

August 18-19, Caroline, Summerfest MD (Two Person Show)
August 26th, Oakland Chinatown Street Festival (Two Person Show) 10:30 am
September 12th, Del Paso Library, Sacramento CA 4pm
September 14th, Valley Hi Library, Sacramento CA 3:30pm
September 18-24th, Magic Castle, LA
September 14th, Valley Hi Library, Sacramento CA 3:30pm
October 17th, Chinatown Branch, San Francisco Public Library 4pm
October 17th, Portola Branch San Francisco Public Library 7pm
October 19th, Thursdays at the Theater, 7pm 2001 Cottle Ave SJ 95125 (Admission to this event supports the school)
November 6-10, Baltimore MD
November 14th, Danville Public Library, Danville CA 4pm
November 15th, Elk Grove Public Library, Sacramento CA 3:30pm
November 16th, Franklin Library, Sacramento CA 3:30 pm (street magic for teens)
January 18th, 2007 Rancho Cordova Public Library 4pm (2 person show)

Notable performances

March & December 2002 - Dan is invited to perform in Japan for the US Marine Corps.

June 2003 - Dan is again invited to perform in Japan for the US Marine Corps.

September 2003 - Dan is invited to Las Vegas to perform for the Turbon Group.

December 2003 - Dan is invited to perform in San Antonio, TX for Earth Circus Productions.

January 2004 - Dan is invited to perform for billionaire George Lucas at Sky Walker Ranch.

January 2005 - Dan is invited backstage to perform for the performers of Cirque Du Soleil's Alegria

July 2005 - Dan and Katherine were invited to Allen & Co. annual gathering of the media elite of billionaires in Sun Valley, Idaho. The famous annual retreat in Sun Valley, Idaho, attracts more moguls than a double-black ski run (Rupert Murdoch, Bill Gates, and Oprah Winfrey have attended). Among those in attendance were Apple's Steve Jobs, Paul Allen, Liberty Media's John Malone, Walt Disney Co.'s Robert Iger, Google co-founders and presidents Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Time Warner chief Dick Parsons, News Corp's Rupert Murdoch, and Sony Corp. CEO Howard Stringer. Not only was Dan invited to perform for this event the production company requested for him to find two other award winning entertainers to perform as well!

August 2005 - Dan and Kat the Acrobat were invited to Maryland to perform at Caroline Summerfest. Following the event, the client invited them to come back again in 2006.

June 2006 - Dan and Katherine are invited to perform in Japan for the US Marine Corps.

July 2006 - Dan and Katherine are invited to perform in Oregon.

September 2006 - Dan is invited to perform at the world famous Magic Castle.
Message: Posted by: Dorian Rhodell (Aug 14, 2006 08:07PM)
So...I don't get it. Does that mean you're from the norcal region?
Message: Posted by: calamari (Aug 15, 2006 09:12AM)
Yeh, I sorta missed the hi I'm Dan Chan from S.F. stuff too, thanks for your tour dates Dan but you might want to introduce yourself say hello, you know,sit a while take your shoes off that sorta thing. anyway glad to see all the new posts,

I just wanted to say I had a great weekend, Sunday we performed at a fundraiser in Lafayette with Losander and had a wonderful time, mr. Losander is one hell of a nice guy as well as brilliant performer.
Message: Posted by: Jay Alexander (Aug 16, 2006 09:55AM)
Howdy Rich and everyone else,

I am here with my shoes and shirt off and sitting in my skivvies. (but I am wearing a red clown nose and wig)

Northern California might not have the Magic Castle or the amount of performers and shows in Vegas but we do have an amazing scene of magic.

Misdirection’s is without a doubt one of the best shops in the country. Joe knows his inventory, watches every DVD and really tries to sell what is best for each person who comes into the shop. The shop is stocked better or equal to any brick and mortar store around. His sponsored lectures are the best lectures in the business.

The Magic Dinner Theatre is a really neat venue to see magic and Gerry is a great guy. He has been sponsoring lectures as well but I have yet to make one.

We also have Frank Balcerak’s shop in Petaluma and the Mostly Magic Shop in Santa Rosa.

We have countless IBM and SAM groups, the OMC and private magic groups.

We have street performers, many different magic theater production shows that happen every year and amazing amount of good professional magicians. The libraries sponsor many kid show performers for free. (you can even get a chance to see Dan Chan perform... see above schedule)

The Bay Area is pretty split up but magicians of all levels can find a lot here.

My Best to Everyone,

Jay Alexander
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Aug 16, 2006 11:31AM)
I think Davis is considered northern california so count me in!
Frank
Message: Posted by: David Nelson (Aug 16, 2006 01:12PM)
[quote]
On 2006-08-16 10:55, Jay Alexander wrote:
We also have Frank Balcerak’s shop in Petaluma and the Mostly Magic Shop in Santa Rosa.
[/quote]

Wait a minute... When did Frank open a shop? I'll have to go check it out.

Jonny and Ken are great to hang out with at Mostly Magic in Santa Rosa. I don't get up there nearly as often as I ought to anymore.

I'm from Sacramento initially which is why you can see me in the audience for a lot of the early A-1 and L&L videos but moved to the greater SF area 10 years ago and currently reside just outside of San Mateo.

Dave
Message: Posted by: Michael Kamen (Aug 16, 2006 01:39PM)
Frank has a neat little shop upstairs in the same building as a martial arts studio. Adds a certain exotic flavor to the location. Frank is a great guy -- my wife and I visited on our way back from Bodega Bay earlier this year. He took the time to talk magic and exchange magical ideas, which was very fun and a rare treat for me. I recommend anyone to make the trip and visit Frank's shop.
Message: Posted by: calamari (Aug 17, 2006 09:16AM)
I have been meening to visit the Santa Rosa Magic shop for years and now one in Petaluma, guess I will have to make a day of it some weekend soon and visit both, anyone know if there are any hour limitations at these stores, ie... mon-friday 11am to 6 pm?
Thanks
RIch
Message: Posted by: Zazz (Aug 17, 2006 06:45PM)
I did a quick search for these two shops and didn't find a website for either one. I did find a Yellow Page type add on Yahoo Search that gives each phone number, address and nice driving map. They look like they're easy to find.

Dan
Message: Posted by: Michael Kamen (Aug 17, 2006 11:06PM)
We were up there on a weekday and the shop opened around 12 noon. You should be able to reach Frank Balzerak at frank@frankBmagic.com.
Message: Posted by: calamari (Aug 17, 2006 11:33PM)
Thanks guys
Message: Posted by: calamari (Aug 18, 2006 10:33AM)
Hey Jay, good to see you here. I was trying to get a group of the fellows here together to go and check out the Off Market Theater, thought it would be fun to see a show with others here and also bring some business to the theater, what say you...
Rich
Message: Posted by: Jay Alexander (Aug 18, 2006 12:55PM)
Hi Rich,

I will probably stop in to the Off Market this Saturday to do a set of new material. It all depends on getting out of an earlier show and to the Off Market in time.

Another great magician to see in SF is Veronin in Teatro ZinZanni. He is an amazing study in taking your time, character and how material that fits the character is more important than how good the trick is. The show is filled with the best variety acts in the world.

Jay Alexander
Message: Posted by: calamari (Aug 18, 2006 03:19PM)
I will not be able to make it this weekend but everyone else that can make it should go. Jay is one of the Bay Areas best and I for one would love to see his new stuff. sorry I cant make it.
Rich
Message: Posted by: Zazz (Aug 18, 2006 09:09PM)
Where is the best source to find a schedule for Off Market Theater?
I did find this site but the magic happens on Thursday nights.

http://www.theatermania.com/content/show.cfm/show/118130

Dan
Message: Posted by: Zazz (Aug 18, 2006 09:12PM)
I found it:

http://www.comedyonthesquare.com/main_site/main.html
Message: Posted by: jdbach (Aug 18, 2006 11:51PM)
Rich,
Thanks for the PM. I'm up in Chico. How far north do we go?

Regards,
Joe
Message: Posted by: Zazz (Aug 19, 2006 11:44AM)
Moonlight Magic and Movie

The city of Martinez has a very nice outdoor event at their amphitheater at the marina.

Enjoy an outdoor magic show and movie at the John Muir Amphitheatre. Seating begins at 7:30 p.m. Magic Show begins at 8pm. Sponsored by California Magic and Dinner Theatre of Martinez featuring Tamaka and the Empress.
Movie begins at 8:45 p.m.

http://www.cityofmartinez.org/cals/default.asp

This is a free event and very fun for the family to get out of the house and enjoy a very good magic show followed by a movie with a "drive in theater" feel to it. According to last months flyer the movie should be Raider of the Lost Ark.
A concession stand had soda, water, popcorn, candy and souvenirs for sale for about a $1 per item. They welcome donations.

See you there.

Dan
Message: Posted by: calamari (Aug 19, 2006 12:46PM)
Joe, North of Monterey should work, lets face it we northern Ca. consider everything south of that a different country anyway..... LOL.
welcom to the thread.
Rich
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Aug 20, 2006 11:13AM)
Isn't Carmel south of Monterey? Wouldn't want to "sleight" Rich Meyer? :lol:
Message: Posted by: calamari (Aug 20, 2006 03:46PM)
Ok I would go as far as Santa Barbara myself just depends who you ask
Rich
Message: Posted by: Zazz (Aug 20, 2006 06:03PM)
Northern California
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Northern California, sometimes abbreviated NorCal, refers to the northern portion of the U.S. state of California. Definitions of what areas constitute "Northern California" vary considerably. The term may refer to all of California north of the ten counties of Southern California, though some use the term to describe anything from San Luis Obispo County or the Transverse Ranges northward. Additionally, a distinction is sometimes made between Northern California (being north of Santa Cruz County) and Central California (stretching from Santa Cruz County to San Luis Obispo County), though many residents of rural far Northern California define their region as encompassing only those areas to the north of the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento metropolitan area.
Message: Posted by: sfmiraj (Aug 21, 2006 01:39PM)
Hmm. my earlier reply mysteriously vanished. I'm still here. For now.
Message: Posted by: calamari (Aug 21, 2006 05:12PM)
Well for now you are welcome, but if you drink to heavily we might have to call a bouncer...LOL
Message: Posted by: sfmiraj (Aug 21, 2006 05:54PM)
Cool. Bar Magic is what I do. Any other bar local magicians out there?
Message: Posted by: Sam Haine (Aug 24, 2006 01:58AM)
Greetings,

Sam Haine here in San Jose. Normally only perform for charities, but occasionally can be found testing new material at the coffee shops on The Alameda.

Also something of a book collector. Couple thousand now.

Always glad to hang out with the local magi.

Sincerely,
Sam H.
Message: Posted by: Michael Peterson (Aug 27, 2006 08:46PM)
I just moved back to the Bay area, I'm living in Pleasant hill.
Message: Posted by: calamari (Aug 28, 2006 04:52PM)
Hey Ichazod, welcome back to the area. Pleasant Hill are you aware of Calmagic Dinner theater in Martinez?
Rich
Message: Posted by: EsnRedshirt (Aug 28, 2006 05:20PM)
I'm actually in Pleasant Hill, myself; I just list San Francisco because it's the closest major urban area. Calamari, I wasn't aware of Calmagic, though I do admit I don't explore my area as much as I should. I'll have to check it out.

Are there any good brick-and-mortar magic shops in the East Bay? Google maps turns up next to nothing, and I'm one of the old school shoppers that prefers face-to-face purchasing (and hates to wait for shipping!)
Message: Posted by: calamari (Aug 28, 2006 10:58PM)
Well, Cal magic is also a magic store you should deffinatly check it out and look at all the great performers that have been there for the dinner theater shows. Gerry is great and very helpful, I cant believe you never heard of it. well I guess that's why this thread exists, to help each other find out whats happening magic wise in our area.
Rich
Message: Posted by: listen_more (Aug 30, 2006 03:09PM)
Hello all,

I'm checking in from Oakland. I'm not a professional magician, and I'm not really much of a joiner, but I do enjoy doing card tricks from time to time, and sometimes it's nice to watch someone else do card tricks, too. And sometimes it's even fun to sit down with someone with a similar perspective on card tricks and talk about how fun they are to watch and to do.

I hope all of you are healthy and happy today,
Jarred
Message: Posted by: Marcus K (Aug 30, 2006 05:53PM)
RICH! Great idea. Thanks for this. Consider me "checked in". How'd you like Dana the other night?

Marcus
Message: Posted by: calamari (Aug 31, 2006 09:21AM)
Hey Marcus, welcome to the thread, Dana Daniels was hysterical (sp) the show was fantastic, I have not laughed that hard in a long time. I guess he won comedy magician of the year & Parlor MOTY at the Castle for a reason. not to mention what a nice guy he is just hangin out after the show and talking magic, to me that is the best part of Cal Magic Dinner Theater not only do you get to see the best performers from around the world, you also get to just hang out with them for a bit, way too cool.
I am sorry I got there so late and you and KT left so early, I would love to see your table hopping stuff, are you there again anytime soon? My wife wants to talk to you a bit about hair and make up for your other profession... she has questions
Rich
Message: Posted by: calamari (Aug 31, 2006 09:33AM)
Oh also, welcome Jarred, well there are tons of great card guys here in the Bay Area, many on this thread, Joel Pascal (one of the best card guys I know) is the resident magician at Cal Magic and Gery is no slouch either.
Rich
Message: Posted by: jb (Aug 31, 2006 02:31PM)
Ok, add another South Bayer to the list. I'm John, prefer close-up work, primarily sleight of hand but also dabble in other areas.

Gather every Friday in Sunnyvale, it's the South Bay magician hangout, always a good time.

Put on a show once a month, includes both close-up and parlour shows, 2 or 3 shows total, 1 parlour, 1 or 2 close-up. Great chance to test material.

Don't hang out much here at the Café, but drop in occasionally.

john
Message: Posted by: magic4ewe (Aug 31, 2006 07:21PM)
I've seen Dana Daniels perform at the Golden Horseshoe in Disneyland many, many times years ago and he always got us roll'n on the floor.
Last weekend was the second time we have seen him at California Magic and I never laughed so hard. I was actually worn out at the end of the evening watching all the table hoppers, Gerry Griffin, Joel Pascal, Tim James and of course Dana Daniels. I couldn't have asked for a better way to celebrate my 40th birthday.

Dan
Message: Posted by: calamari (Sep 1, 2006 09:34AM)
Welcome John, I would like to know more about these shows you spoke of, where? when? who? etc... this sounds very cool maybe I can check it out sometime. I also have friends in the southbay that would be interested.

Dan, first of all it was nice to see you and your wife & daughter last Saturday what a great time, Dana had me rolling, a great way to spend your birthday indeed.

Rich
Message: Posted by: Michael Peterson (Sep 2, 2006 01:00AM)
Hey Calamari, my message got messed up somehow?
Yes, Cal magic is great! Gerry is a very cool & helpful person.


Ichazod
Message: Posted by: calamari (Sep 5, 2006 04:40PM)
Two great lectures coming up here in the Bay Area, anyone going to either of them?
Rich


California Magic / California Magic Dinner Theater Presents
Magic Teaching Lecture Series: Rafael Benatar - Thursday September 21, 2006 door opens at 7:00 pm and the lecture begins at 7:30 pm $30 per person lecture fee

THE MECHANISMS OF COVER Rafael Benatar will analyze the physical and psychological resources of cover and why they work. He will show the theory in action through routines from his working repertoire. Rafael will also be introducing the long-awaited book The Magic of Ascanio vol. 2, which he translated.

Misdirections Magic Shop SanFrancisco Ca. Presents: JAY SCOTT BERRY
Pure Magic Lecture
Wednesday, September 27, 2006 7:30 p.m. - Doors open at 7 p.m.
Miraloma Park Improvement Club
350 O'Shaughnessy Boulevard
San Francisco, California
Tickets in Advance (by Friday, September 22)
$25 Misdirections Magic Club Members
$30 General
$35 At the Door
Message: Posted by: Zazz (Sep 5, 2006 06:57PM)
I plan on attending the Rafael Benatar lecture.
The Jay Scott Berry lecture looks interesting but that would be a late work night to drive back from San Fran.
Message: Posted by: venmyx (Sep 5, 2006 08:13PM)
Hello all. I'm in Davis California. Good idea to get a N. Cal Group like this. So consider me checked in..

I am really looking for a mentor to help me with the business side of magic. I have been performing for 21 + years and I feel it is time I start doing it for money. I really need some help on marketing and promoting myself to restaurants, corporations and the likes. If anyone could give me some ideas, I would really appreciate them.
Thanks
Dot Talisman
Message: Posted by: calamari (Sep 6, 2006 04:29PM)
Welcome Dot, I think you will find what you are looking for here, for myself I would like to know more about you and the style of magic you perform. I will offer what I can in way of advise (remember it is free and worth every penny) you will find the business side of magic more difficult to squeese info out of magi, well because most don't know much about it either. when I got started I thought well I will just go to an SAM or IBM meeting or two and learn all I need... well I was young and stupid, others are less forth coming with marketing info because lets face it we are all in more or less direct competition with each other... no? some magi wont help others with out knowing and having demonstrated that they are infact good at what they do (to keep bad magic from entering the market and driving buyers out and lowering the standards we are all trying to elevate) so Dot once again welcome to the thread and my first advice would be to research your market area, I have a few ideas about getting restaraunt work and I know Sac has quite a few places I would look at if I where in the area.
Rich
Message: Posted by: NormanMagic! (Sep 9, 2006 01:12AM)
Hi All,

Thanks Rich for the invite. I don't normally get a chance to come here, but it was nice to see that I had a message when I did.

I am from Fremont and am a full-time magician...thats about it, I am not very interesting...

Anyone going to the Jay Scott Berry Lecture? I went to his lecture about 5 years ago and it was the best lecture I have seen.

By the way...Cal Magic Theater ROCKS!

-Norman
http://www.normanmagic.com
Message: Posted by: NormanMagic! (Sep 9, 2006 01:14AM)
Hi All,

Thanks Rich for the invite. I don't normally get a chance to come here, but it was nice to see that I had a message when I did.

I am from Fremont and am a full-time magician...thats about it, I am not very interesting...

Anyone going to the Jay Scott Berry Lecture? I went to his lecture about 5 years ago and it was the best lecture I have seen.

By the way...Cal Magic Theater ROCKS!

-Norman
http://www.normanmagic.com
Message: Posted by: Zazz (Sep 9, 2006 10:38AM)
Hi Norman,

I think I will make that drive to see Jay Scott Berry. Thanks to the positive recommendation.
We had the opportunity to see you perform at a party in Vallejo last year and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Dan
Message: Posted by: skyh (Sep 17, 2006 01:44PM)
Hi All

Does anyone know if there are any magic schools in the Bay Area, or anyone who gives lessons?

Thanks,
Sky
Message: Posted by: calamari (Sep 18, 2006 04:19PM)
Hey Skyh, try Gerry Grifin at California Magic, I know he used to teach magic classes at his shop. http://www.calmagic.com
Rich
Message: Posted by: Doughlas (Sep 20, 2006 12:22PM)
Hey Rich,
Speaking of California Magic, we missed you last night at our gathering!
Message: Posted by: calamari (Sep 20, 2006 02:58PM)
Sorry guys, I was just too wiped out from work yesterday, My purchasing assistant is on vacation and I am moving two warehouses while my warehouse leed is also now on vacation as of today ... so I am just really busy and worn out.
I will be there next time and I plan on performing something new for workshop. hope to see everyone there.
Rich
Message: Posted by: skyh (Sep 23, 2006 07:04PM)
[quote]
On 2006-09-18 17:19, calamari wrote:
Hey Skyh, try Gerry Grifin at California Magic, I know he used to teach magic classes at his shop. http://www.calmagic.com
Rich
[/quote]

Thanks, I'll try him.
Message: Posted by: oagwood (Sep 27, 2006 05:27PM)
Checking in from concord.

good friend of calmagic.
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Sep 29, 2006 01:48PM)
Hi all-

You fine folks can call me Gaddy. I'm checking in here -I've been in the Bay area for about 3 years now. Moved here from Chicago IL via Portland ME (don't ask- unless you've got a few hours and a 6 pack or two to kill...)

Right now I'm pitching IT and D'lites, and Svengali decks for Houdini's Magic Shop on pier 39 (but please don't hold that against me :( I gotta pay the rent somehow! :)

also, I'm assisting Jim Fassbinder with the SF Ghost Hunt this Hallow'een season running tours, telling spooky stories, and getting a bit of exercise in the process. You should all come! (But please don't burn me on the Haunted Key, thanks!)

My interests include classic magic (Linking rings, cups and balls, egg bag ETC.) bizarre magic and mentalism. I'm still quite green, but I'm approaching magic from the side of theatre, which I was involved in for years, so I can even make a simple effect look and sound pretty good.

I'd certainly be interested in getting together some evening at a local SF (or maybe east bay...) restaraunt/pub for a impromptu magic round table.

Cheers!
Gaddy
Message: Posted by: calamari (Sep 29, 2006 02:47PM)
Welcome, oagwood and Gaddy,
I have never been to Houdini's, heard about it though. no one should give you a bad time for paying the bills magic would have died eons ago if not for the hucksters.
a lot of groups here in the area to get together and talk magic
S.F. misdirections has a group so does Cal Magic and there is always the SAM IBM OMC etc but ofcourse those are membership things... I agree and prefer to get together somewhere for a cold beer and magical conversation with a group of friends. I still would like to get together with some of you all and go see one of those off market shows (if we could ever find a group friendly date)
until then, keep posting info as it becomes available and check in often to read whats happening hear in the most beautifull place in the world (and most expensive to live)
Rich
Message: Posted by: magic4ewe (Sep 29, 2006 03:05PM)
Well, I checked in long ago, but just wanted to mention an upcoming event.

The City of Pleasant Hill and the Society of American Magicians #112 are putting on a show at the Community Center at 320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill on Friday, October 13, 2006 at 7 pm. The proceeds benefit both the Pleasant Hill Recreation District and the S.A.M. #112, who in turn will be using part of the proceeds to benefit the Society of Young Magicians. I really believe in supporting the SYM, because they are tomorrow's magicians! Plus, they are an awesome bunch of kids.

The show will include both professional magicians and SYM youth performers. Our daughter, Magic by Danielle, will be one of the performers that night.

Tickets are being sold in advance and advanced registration is required. The number to call is 925-676-5200. Tickets: $10/Adult, $7/child.
Message: Posted by: EsnRedshirt (Oct 2, 2006 02:28PM)
Magic4ewe- thanks for this info. I'm checking with my fiancee- if we've got the opportunity, we'll try and make it.
Message: Posted by: magic4ewe (Oct 3, 2006 12:50PM)
EsnRedshirt, please don't hesitate to introduce yourself to Dan (Zazz) and I if you are able to attend! We'll be easy to spot...we are never too far from our daughter!

I'm not really sure what to expect at this show because we have never attended it before. Our daughter performed in the first Share the Magic show that was held at Diablo Valley College, which had stadium seating, which was very nice! Since this is at the community center I would advise arriving as early as possible to get a good seat.

I wish that I could give you a line-up of the magicians, but I don't know exactly who is performing.

Hope to see you there,

Kristen
Message: Posted by: Zazz (Oct 4, 2006 05:49PM)
From this month's issue of The Conjurer, the list of performers for the Share the Magic Pleasant Hill show are as follows:

Loren Lind (Emcee/Performer)
Zappo the Magician
Jerry Barrileaux & Reggie
Violet the Clown
Bob Steiner
Bill (Sparacino) the Magician
Leroy Goodenough
Genny the Genie
Magic by Danielle
Message: Posted by: Jeff_Mash (Oct 6, 2006 09:43AM)
I mind as well pop in here (thanks to Gaddy for making me aware of the thread). I'm up in Tracy, CA.! It's good to see so many others from the Bay Area on this great website!

Over two years ago, we started an internet store ([url=http://www.MJMMagic.com]MJM Magic[/url]) whose presence has grown quite large over the internet, simply by word of mouth from our customers. Some of you may have heard of it. (smile)

In fact, I ran into NormanMagic (posted above) the other week at a fair in Pleasanton! He was performing (and doing a great job, by the way), while I was there with my wife and daughter enjoying all the kiddie rides!

As for me personally, I have always been interested in magic, ever since I was a wee little tot. Not just magic (sleight of hand), but all things unknown (pyramids, paranormal activity, etc).

I look forward to coming to the café daily to welcome all the new members, and read up on the "buzz" within the magic community.

Feel free to contact me in private with any questions.
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Oct 7, 2006 11:41PM)
Glen Micheletti also gives acting tutoring for magicians. A sadly underestimated skill for the Magician, but Glen will get you up to speed!

glen@sfmagic.com


cheers!
GADDY
Message: Posted by: Zazz (Oct 12, 2006 08:12PM)
[quote]
On 2006-09-29 16:05, magic4ewe wrote:
Well, I checked in long ago, but just wanted to mention an upcoming event.

The City of Pleasant Hill and the Society of American Magicians #112 are putting on a show at the Community Center at 320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill on Friday, October 13, 2006 at 7 pm. The proceeds benefit both the Pleasant Hill Recreation District and the S.A.M. #112, who in turn will be using part of the proceeds to benefit the Society of Young Magicians. I really believe in supporting the SYM, because they are tomorrow's magicians! Plus, they are an awesome bunch of kids.

The show will include both professional magicians and SYM youth performers. Our daughter, Magic by Danielle, will be one of the performers that night.

Tickets are being sold in advance and advanced registration is required. The number to call is 925-676-5200. Tickets: $10/Adult, $7/child.
[/quote]

Just thought I'd bring Magic4ewe's post to the top since tomorrow is the Share the Magic show.
Try to make it if you can. Advanced tickets are reguired but I was told you can still purchase a ticket at the door only if the show is not sold out.

Dan
Message: Posted by: magic4ewe (Oct 14, 2006 11:01AM)
EsnRedShirt,

It was nice to meet you last night. Thanks for coming up and introducing yourself! Sorry, it was a little hectic last night. Zazz and I would have liked to have visited you a little longer and to have met your fiancee. Perhaps next time!

Thanks for coming to the show. If you wouldn't mind, we'd love to have your feedback and perspective of Danielle's performance. Not sure if you picked up one of her promo cards or not, but her contact info is: magicbydanielle.blogspot.com

Thanks,

Kristen
Message: Posted by: EsnRedshirt (Oct 14, 2006 05:07PM)
Kristen,
Thanks- it was good to meet you and your family as well. I apologize for not staying and chatting- my fiancee has a pinched nerve in her leg right now, and was in more than a bit of pain last night. She did tell me Danielle was her favorite act last night, though. I also particularly enjoyed the performance- I have a handkerchief routine myself, so it's always cool to see someone else's take on the effects.

I'll check out the blogspot when I've got some more time and offer some constructive feedback if you'd like. Hopefully we'll see you around!

-Erik

PS to all the other Bay Area magicians- you missed a cool show!
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Oct 14, 2006 09:32PM)
Hey folks! Go see Christian Cagigal perform him new show @ the EXIT theatre in SF over the next few weekends!

Here is a link to his new show "The 13 Steps" (and yes... he's doing a good bit of mentalism...)

http://www.sffringe.org/now.html

I saw the opening show on the Oct 13th and it was a really good. Hell- I'll even admit there were a few effects I didn't even know! :D

Christian is a great guy and he's put together a great show in a very nice venue -let's all support him!

Gaddy
Message: Posted by: Zazz (Oct 14, 2006 11:29PM)
The Buddy Club will have a free event tomorrow in San Francisco.

"Family Appreciation Day"
a Celebration for our 20th Anniversary!

Come celebrate our 20th season of shows with FREE shows and workshops all day by the best of the Bay Area! Learn magic tricks, juggling, balloon sculpting, stilt walking and unicycling from the elite of Bay Area family entertainers! Free shows onstage will include short sets from Master Magicians Jay Alexander and Robert Strong, Jugglers Fred Anderson and EarthCapades, San Francisco's #1 Clown Boswick the Clown and Bay Area Legend Derique, original Music and sing-a-longs with Bay Area Singers Gary Lapow and Dan Goldensohn, Comedy ventriloquism with the one and only Steve Chaney and Cornelius Crowe, and more, more, more. Bring a family picnic and relax! Organic snacks and $1 slice pizza will be available for purchase. All indoor shows and outdoor workshops will be free! There will be a question and answer time after each show for kids to ask their favorite performers any questions they wish. Thank you for 20 years of fun with Bay Area Families!

http://www.thebuddyclub.com/index.htm

When: Sunday October 15, 2006 11am - 4pm
Where: The Randall Museum Theater 199 Museum Way @ Roosevelt Way, San Francisco
Starring: "The Best of The Bay Area" - 25 Elite performers
Start times: 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm and 2:30pm (40 minute "Sampler Shows")
Tickets: E-Mail to reserve your free tickets to one show time. staff@thebuddyclub.com

Free Shows in The Theater Include:
Master Magicians & Illusionists
Jay Alexander, Zappo, Robert Strong, Timothy James
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Oct 15, 2006 08:57PM)
Too bad this last one wasn't posted a few days ago.... I would have liked to attend :(
Message: Posted by: magic4ewe (Oct 15, 2006 09:09PM)
Zazz and I only found out about it after the Share the Magic show when we went out with some of the other performers and our daughter for a LATE night dinner. Zappo (he's such a nice man) was telling us about it, which is why Zazz posted and shared the info hoping others might be able to attend. We would have loved to have gone also, unfortunately, we were already committed for today.

If anyone was able to attend, I would love to hear feedback on the event tho!
Message: Posted by: Bryan Gilles (Oct 22, 2006 02:54AM)
If any NorCal magicians are interested, we will be having our next "Sessions" meeting on Tuesday October 24th at 6:30pm. We have some great members from the Café' who attend regularly including; Ron Giesecke, Michael "Ichazod" Peterson, and Steve Brooks...

Would love to meet many of you!

PM me if you are interested...

-Bryan Gilles
Message: Posted by: rorythegreat (Oct 25, 2006 01:33AM)
Hey Byran,
I was curious on where you meet and what types of things you talk about? By the way, my name is Rory and I'm from Foster City. Nice to meet everyone!
Message: Posted by: calamari (Oct 25, 2006 09:51AM)
Welcome Rory, I think Bryans group meets in Redding, do you belong to any of the local clubs?
Rich
Message: Posted by: Steve V (Oct 25, 2006 01:09PM)
There is also a gathering of magicians on pretty much ever Friday night at a home in Sunnyvale. There use to be, and I'm not sure if it still happens, a gathering in San Mateo at that Dennys or whatever it is or was on Hillsdale Exit off 101, which is the exit for Foster City.
Steve V
Message: Posted by: rorythegreat (Oct 25, 2006 02:11PM)
Hey Rich,
No I don't currently belong to any local clubs. Would you be able to recommend any? I'm somewhat of a beginner (did it in high school but stopped to do other things) and just got back into it about a year ago. Thanks
Message: Posted by: Dan Magyari (Oct 25, 2006 04:44PM)
Support one of San Francisco's finest new young artists - Christian Cagigal's The 13 Steps! I went to the show on Friday - it appeared to be sold out. It was the best show of it's genre I have seen in the Bay Area and Christian continues to develop and impress. Details are as follows:

Christian Cagigal's The 13 Steps: Tickets
http://www.sffringe.org/now.html

EXIT Theatre Presents Christian Cagigal's The 13 Steps

EXIT Café FRI/SAT 8:30pm OCT 13 - OCT 28 Tickets $12 - $20 sliding scale at the door; $20 online tickets. Reservations at 415-673-3847 Online Tickets


An intimate evening of close-up illusion, theater and mindreading guided by actor and award winning magician Christian Cagigal (Winnner Best of Fringe 2004-Magic @ the Fringe) "Close-up magic is the kind of theater where no 4th wall is allowed," says Cagigal, "With close-up magic you don't just watch the show, you are the show. You can't sit invisibly in the dark and safely contemplate what you are seeing; you are an active participent. What happens in the show happens to you."

Christian Cagigal has had successful runs in both the 2003 and 2004 SF Fringe Festivals. He has consulted for The San Francisco Ghost Hunt Walking Tour (as seen in the SF Chronicle and the Travel Channel) as well as Crowed Fire and A.C.T.'s MFA Program. Cagigal is also a member of reknowned San Francisco Mime Troupe (no not that kind of mime) where he just finished a fantastic run as an actor and apprentice writer on this summers hit, Godfellas.

But, starting October Friday the 13th Christian Cagigal returns to his roots with his next venture into the world of illusion or as he likes to call it, "..questioning reality..." Whether your are a strong believer or staunch skeptic 13 Steps promises to ask the question, "Do you really know what is fake and what is real?"

....what's your answer.........?

"...emotionally affecting...." --Jean Shiffman-Backstage West

"...intimate spectacle...it's no coincidence that "Cagigal" rhymes with "magical." -- Chloe Veltman-SF Weekly
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Oct 26, 2006 10:33PM)
I couldn't have put it better myself!

:D
Message: Posted by: calamari (Nov 1, 2006 05:26PM)
Check out the line up coming to California Magic Dinner theater the next two months all I can say is WOW!!! Eric Buss, John Carney, Sylvester the Jester, Woody Pitman, Stoil & Ekatrina... it is truly a great time to be a magic fan in the Bay Area.
Rich
Message: Posted by: calamari (Nov 13, 2006 12:24PM)
Anyone one left in the Bay Area? or has housing prices finally pushed us all out?
d
Message: Posted by: Ronin (Nov 15, 2006 01:29AM)
Hi Everyone,

I've been posting on the Café for a couple of years, and only just recently stumbled across this thread (Hi Rich! And everyone else!). I start to get itchy when I sit at my computer too long, which is probably why it took me so long to find this thread.

These days, I've mostly been hanging around California Magic Dinner Theater, doing tableside Friday nights, although I don't get there as much as I'd like, these days.

I worked in San Francisco theater for about ten years, presenting my own theatrical magical work, and working as part of the staff at The Marsh in San Francisco. These days, I sit on the board of directors there, and am working on a holiday magic show we'll present there next month--more later.

Aside from the V.I.P. club at California Magic, I also like going to SAM 94 meetings down in Palo Alto. Rory--you might be interested in checking them out. It's a good group for trying out new material, and there're some good performers in the group.

Nice meeting you all, look forward to reading more (and posting more).
Message: Posted by: calamari (Nov 15, 2006 03:17PM)
Hey David, you only available Fridays down at Gerry's? that's too bad I usually can only make it in on Saturdays (when I can) lately I have been just too busy. I hope to be able to spend more time there after the Holidays.. also been too busy for the VIP meetings I hope that changes soon also. well... glad you found the thread.
Hope to see you soon.
Rich
Message: Posted by: Dustin Baker (Nov 20, 2006 01:21AM)
Hi everyone. I'm Dustin Baker, new to the Café. I was surprised to see so many names I recognize. Calamari, Alexander, Griffin.

I live in Pittsburg myself, a stone's throw from Gerry's hometown. I'd like to make it to the shop more, and do more performing there.

Let me know if anything opens up Gerry. Also, I wanted to let you know, the new patter you suggested for Bleeding Hearts turned out great.
Message: Posted by: Ronin (Nov 26, 2006 09:30PM)
Hi Rich,

Yeap, I usually only do Fridays at California Magic. I'll be pretty scarce there this month...I'm doing a run of shows at The Marsh in San Francisco, December 9-30. More on this soon!

I'll hope to see you at Cal Magic soon, and Dustin as well--welcome to the forum!
Message: Posted by: Dustin Baker (Nov 29, 2006 11:16AM)
I haven't gotten to perform there for almost a year now.
My last time was when John Armstrong was there.
I've gotten to drop by periodically, but no where near as often as I'd like.
Good luck at the Marsh.

Just a note: If anyone on this forum (who is in the Northern California area) hasn't been to California Magic, you NEED to go. At least for the day. The place is awsome.
Message: Posted by: Logan Five (Nov 30, 2006 01:28AM)
I have to admit I haven't been to Cal Magic yet.. but,I will go before the end of the year.
Message: Posted by: calamari (Nov 30, 2006 10:12AM)
I am looking forward to new years eve at Cal Magic, Ken Sonkin is performing and I never miss a chance to see him (what a great talent)
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Dec 1, 2006 01:47AM)
An awesome show just opened at the Berkeley Rep. It is called "All Wear Bowlers". It is a delightful piece of quirky, avant guard theater with some absolutely beautiful magic interspersed here and there. Trey's egg from mouth productions are the best I have ever seen!!!! Likewise for their stepping into and out of an ongoing movie. Brialliant timing.

There is also a sequence called "Nothing" which has to be seen to be believed. It is magic in EVERY sense of the word.

As for the show it would be hard to give it a solid description. The best I can formulate is imagine Laurel and Hardy combined with the whimsy and visual crispness of Magrite then spiced with a sprinkling of very skillful slieght of hand.

The show has gotten rave reviews in New York and at the Edinborough Festival. Don't miss this very refreshing theatrical event which puts magic in a very good light artistically before the public. Check http://www.berkeleyrep.org for details

Cheers,

Tom
Message: Posted by: Michael Kamen (Dec 1, 2006 11:51AM)
I heard about this show and that it had sleight of hand in it. Thanks for sharing your favorable review.
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Dec 1, 2006 04:40PM)
HI Michael,

I had a blast. Had some nice Sushi just up the street, and got some present shopping done. The area is crawling with more and more higher quality restaurants every year.
Message: Posted by: Michael Kamen (Dec 1, 2006 04:49PM)
I agree with you about the area Tom. The Downtown Restaurant is right there, pricey, but very good food. We just ordered our tickets for 12/17. Best.
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Dec 1, 2006 06:40PM)
You will have a blast.

Downtown was packed with happy diners and I didn't plan for that much time before the show. It sure looked good though.

It runs until Christmas.
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Dec 4, 2006 10:36PM)
Well… hello all!

Walt Anthony here,
probably the San Francisco Bay Area’s least social magician…..

<ok, grin>

Just stumbled upon you folk,
and so a not be a snob….
well more of a snob….
wanted to say “hi” and Happy Holidays.

BTW, I’ll be joining David Hirata on his show at The Marsh Theatre,
December 16th, Saturday afternoon at 2:00pm.

Long time no see everyone…
Lunch sometime???

Magically,
Walt
Message: Posted by: calamari (Dec 5, 2006 02:57PM)
Welcome to the thread Walt, and Happy Holidays to you as well.
Rich
Message: Posted by: Ronin (Dec 11, 2006 02:09AM)
Hi Guys,

As Walt mentioned above, my show "Magic Holiday" runs at the Marsh in San Francisco this month through December 30.

"Magic Holiday" is a family magic show that I perform with guest artists Stefan Fisher (Dec 19-24), Kim Silverman (Dec 16 and 23), and Walt Anthony (Dec 16). We just finished off our preview weekend with near sold-out houses, and word of mouth has been excellent. The show will be spotlighted on the show "Inside City Limits" this week on SF Cable channel 11.

If you know of any families looking for something to do with the kids over school break, we're ready to amaze!

Based on our first weekend, I strongly suggest reservations if you plan to attend. Details below:

Magic Holiday @
The Marsh San Francisco
1062 Valencia St @ 22nd
Dec 9-30
Sat/Sun,December 16 and 17
Tuesday-Sunday, Dec 19-24
Tuesday-Saturday, Dec 26-30
All shows at 2:00pm
Tickets: $10 ($7.50 per person for parties of 4 or more)
24/7 Ticket hotline: 1-800-838-3006, or go to http://www.themarsh.org.

Hope to see you there,
Message: Posted by: Jay Alexander (Dec 18, 2006 07:34PM)
I wanted to invite any Bay Area performers to the 6th Annual San Francisco Variety Performers Holiday Dinner. It will be at the famed Tommy's Joynt on
Geary Boulevard, San Francisco, Thursday, December 28, 6:30pm.

This is a no-host party. Buy your dinner downstairs and come up to the private room upstairs. If interested in coming please PM me.

This is not a magic event but open to all variety performers in the area.

Thanks,

Jay Alexander
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Dec 19, 2006 12:03AM)
It is loads of fun!!!! Lots of great entertainers to meet.
Message: Posted by: Zazz (Jan 7, 2007 09:54PM)
S.A.M. #112 members and their guests need to register for our year end (or beginning) Awards/Celebration Banquet meeting this Wed., Jan. 10th. The Banquet will be held at California Magic Dinner Theater.
Jay Alexander and Genny the Genie are scheduled to perform that night.
Message: Posted by: magic4ewe (Jan 12, 2007 03:39PM)
Jay, great performance the other night at California Magic! We thoroughly enjoyed it. Of course, we watched your DVD the very next day! Thanks for autographing it for Dan. He loves having all the magicians at Calmagic either autograph their DVDs that he buys or a deck of cards. You should see the collection!

Thanks also for taking time to take a picture with our daughter. She is still on cloud 9 over winning the 2006 SYM Performer of the Year award! She's been walking around with a silly grin ever since and it has just motivated her all over again to start working on some new material.

If you want to check out your picture with her, go to: http://magicbydanielle.blogspot.com

Again, thanks for a great night of entertainment!
Message: Posted by: Jay Alexander (Jan 15, 2007 11:49AM)
I am glad you enjoyed the show!

I will be at the Marin Civic Center Theater on January 28th performing my full evening show if interested in seeing more. As of yesterday only 60 tickets left until it is sold out.

The show info is..

Jay Alexander Magic!

Sunday, January 28th, at 3 p.m.

Marin Civic Centers, Showcase Theater
10 Avenue of the Flags at Civic Center Drive in San Rafael.
Tickets are $20 and can be ordered through the Marin Center Box Office
at 415-499-6800, online at http://www.marincenter.org or Ticketmaster.com or Ticketmaster outlets throughout the Bay Area.


Thanks,

Jay Alexander
Message: Posted by: Zazz (Jan 15, 2007 11:02PM)
Our daughter has expressed an interest in perhaps entering some youth magic competitions. Does anyone know of a good place to find out where these events may be held in the Bay Area? She is 13.

Thanks,

Dan
Message: Posted by: pseudotheo (Jan 17, 2007 07:16PM)
Dan:

I know misdirections magic shop (www.misdirections.com) has a compitition each year. The owner (Joe) is very knowledgeable about the san francisco bay area and national magic stuff.

Also I am pretty new to the Sf area and would love to socialize with some local magicians. I live close to misdirections and spend far too much time there..but enjoy every second. I am an amature in the magic realm but very commited to the art. When I am not at Misdirections I work as a RN at UCSF.

I recently registered for MagicLive in August and would love to chat with folks who are going or who have gone.

-Brian
Message: Posted by: calamari (Jan 18, 2007 10:07AM)
Welcome Brian, Joe is truly a great guy and a huge help to all the Bay Area magicians you are lucky to live so close.

Hey Jay, I heard you killed at the SAM in Martinez, everyone is still talking about the show, I wish I could make it to your show in Marin I am sure it will be a blast, as all of your shows are. if anyone gets a chance to go I highly recommend it.

Dan, I believe Joe at Misdirection requires a video of the act to be entered (just a heads up) and his is the only competition I know of locally, other than the SAM IBM OMC stuff that usually require membership.

BIG WEEKEND OF MAGIC ( Dave Cox will be at Cal Magic Dinner theater this coming weekend) and if you have never seen his show this is a must see. Dave is funny and very original,he is a regular at the Castle and performs everywhere. I highly recommend this show as well, and of course the dinner is fantastic to boot.
Message: Posted by: magic4ewe (Jan 19, 2007 10:20AM)
Just want to get the word out there that on Thursday, February 8th, Bob Sheets will be lecturing at California Magic! Assembly 112 is hosting this event, and assembly members pay $10. Non-assembly members are very welcome to attend as well, and the charge is $15.!

This should be an excellent lecture and we hope that some of you will be able to attend! We sure will be! My hubby has seen him lecture before. This will be the first time my daughter and me will have the opportunity to see him. I have heard great things tho!

So mark the date and we hope to see you at California Magic on the 8th!!
Message: Posted by: pbg739 (Jan 21, 2007 07:12PM)
Hey all, I'm located in San Jose. If anyone would like to session, or check out Ray Lum's show when it gets back up and running in Morgan Hill, let me know.
Message: Posted by: calamari (Jan 23, 2007 09:45AM)
Welcome PBG739, East Bay here, sorry don't get down to Morgan Hill or San Jose very often, I had not heard Ray even had a show going on down there (shows you how much I keep up on things) Thanks for the update and please keep on letting everyone know whats up in the south bay.

Rich
Message: Posted by: Jay Alexander (Jan 23, 2007 10:49AM)
Tonight Misdirections is sponsoring a lecture with Martin Lewis.


"Martin's Greatest Hits Lecture"
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
7:30 p.m. – Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Miraloma Park Improvement Club
350 O'Shaughnessy Boulevard
San Francisco. California
Free Parking
Tickets in Advance (before Friday, January 19)
$25.00 Misdirections Magic Club Members
$30.00 General
$35.00 Tickets at the Door
http://www.misdirections.com

Hey Rich,
I am sorry you didn't make the Martinez show. It was a fun group.

Jay Alexander
Message: Posted by: pbg739 (Jan 23, 2007 01:44PM)
As 6 pages plus seems daunting, I am going to start a new Bay area/Norcal post.
Message: Posted by: calamari (Jan 29, 2007 06:03PM)
I have been thinking about selling my Zig Zag and since it does not break down I would like to offer it up to you here in the Bay area first, as I don't beleive I could ship it easily. I have a couple of other things I am considering letting go of like a bow saw and and lester lake head chopper. if anyone is interested let me know and I will post more details.
Rich
Message: Posted by: The Dark Sleight (Jan 30, 2007 04:43AM)
Hi to all.

I just wanted to check in (Finally :), thanks for the PM Rich)

I'm from the East Bay, and very new to magic in general (Aside from the layman's perspective).

I'm currently focusing on learning the basics of coin work (non gaffed stuff).

It sounds like I've got to get over to Cal Magic to see a show one of these days, it sounds great!

I'm glad to see that there's a good Bay Area population here on the Café, and look forward to getting to know everyone :)

Justin.
Message: Posted by: Zazz (Jan 31, 2007 10:42AM)
Once again, just a reminder that Assembly #112 will be holding a Bob Sheets lecture on February 8th and California Magic! Don't miss out!

Rich, are you going to be able to make it?
Message: Posted by: calamari (Jan 31, 2007 05:42PM)
Dan, as much as I would love to I am unavailable that night... enjoy and say hi to Bob for me.
Rich
Message: Posted by: magic4ewe (Feb 5, 2007 12:43AM)
We'll miss seeing you that night but hope to see you soon at Gerry's sometime! We're all looking forward to the lecture!
Message: Posted by: Dustin Baker (Feb 5, 2007 01:00AM)
[quote]
On 2007-01-31 18:42, calamari wrote:
Dan, as much as I would love to I am unavailable that night... enjoy and say hi to Bob for me.
Rich
[/quote]

Oh, I was hoping to see you there Rich. Oh well another time I suppose.
Thanks for reminding me about the lecture guys, pending a national emergency - I shall attend.
Message: Posted by: calamari (Feb 6, 2007 09:34AM)
Anyone else going to Gerry's VIP group tonight...
Message: Posted by: Zazz (Feb 8, 2007 07:11AM)
Bob Sheets lecture tonight.
http://www.sam112.com
Bob puts on a very entertaining and informative lecture.
See you there.

Dan
Message: Posted by: magic4ewe (Feb 8, 2007 10:39AM)
Great minds think alike Zazz! For those interested, once again, the price is $15.00 for non-members and only $10 for S.A.M. members! That is one "heck" of a deal for a lecture!

So why not come out for a night of fun, laughs, and learning?!
Message: Posted by: magic4ewe (Feb 9, 2007 10:26AM)
Just wanted to report in on the lecture. What a fun night! Bob Sheets is an excellent lecturer! He was extremely entertaining, had us laughing all night, while maintaining a nice pace (no one falling asleep here!) with lots of insightful information! Our 13 year old daughter couldn't stop talking about him all the way home. She was so pumped up and jazzed all night! He was really sweet to her and provided her so much encouragement and some really nice tips on working with her shells, the balance between being able to do closeup along with her stage show, and offering her some recommendations on what would be some nice tricks for her. It was so nice to see him really encourage her on pursuing her magic by reminding her of the vast opportunities available for females in the business. It is moments like these that help teens stay connected with their magic instead of going off in the wrong directions and just following the "pack" who think it is "uncool".

If you EVER have the opportunity to go out and see Bob lecture, please do so! It will be money well spent, and I can honestly say this man has my utmost respect!

And, if by some small chance Bob happens to read this, thanks for taking so much time with our 13 year old daughter. You really made her night! She even came up with some really cute opening patter late last night...although at midnight...we were pushing her off to bed telling her it was a school night! Yes, another *magical* night for our family! Thanks!!

One last thing, California Magic was the perfect venue for this event. If you haven't had the opportunity to stop by yet, try your best to get there, you won't be disappointed! Gerry and Laura are always the perfect hosts! Our family really enjoys getting out to their place every chance we get! Remember, its about magicians supporting magicians! We are all so lucky to have such a quality venue as Gerry's place in the Bay Area, so come out and support it! Shows are every Friday and Saturday, and I know that there will also be some upcoming lectures and I will post them as the information becomes available!
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Feb 12, 2007 08:06PM)
[quote]
On 2007-01-23 14:44, pbg739 wrote:
As 6 pages plus seems daunting, I am going to start a new Bay area/Norcal post.
[/quote]

I didn't see a new post, did I miss it?
Message: Posted by: calamari (Feb 13, 2007 09:39AM)
Gaddy,it was taken down... I and others thought it would be a shame if some of the previous posts became lost to future readers, and since it is easy to navigate these posts, it seemed unnecessary.
Rich
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Feb 13, 2007 01:38PM)
Very true. you only need to read the most recent ones anyhow, and this is a running commentary on just how much activity there is in the NorCal area magic community!
Message: Posted by: Bryan Gilles (Feb 15, 2007 10:25PM)
Hey Guys!

It's me again... From Redding Cali. (yah... way up here!). Anyway, we'll be having another night of magic in two weeks (the 27th from 6pm-9pm). If anyone is interested, we would love to meet some of you guys from the bay area and inbetween... Maybe we can arrange some magic-fest or something in the near future to get all of us "NorCal magicians" together for one big shin-dig!

PM me if you are interested in our magic meeting this month (again... the 27th).

-Bryan Gilles
Message: Posted by: Mark Wilden (Feb 15, 2007 11:07PM)
I'm in SF, near the zoo and the lake. My son (14) and I have been learning magic for about six months. He's a real natural, I think. I'm progressing a little more slowly.

We stop by Misdirections fairly often. It's great to have a resource like Joe around. We've seen the lectures by Jay Scott Berry, Luke Jermay, Curtis Kam, and Martin Lewis, and they've all been great. We've seen Jay at the lectures, too.

We've been to Magic and More a couple of times, and plan to go even more. It's great to be so close to the action.

As I mentioned elsewhere, I just performed my first trick with the pass for my coworkers (who include a former full-time magician), so now I consider myself a true magician.

I also have bought wayyyy too many books and videos. I'm currently completely entranced by Darwin Ortiz's [i]Designing Miracles[/i]. What a great book!

I was going to go to the S.A.M. 2 meeting last week, but wasn't sure if it was still active. Those doubts were assuaged when I got my first M-U-M and saw the report from their last meeting (complete with photo). My son goes to Lowell, and his substitute Italian teacher is a member of S.A.M. 2.

I definitely need to check out California Magic, from what I've read in this thread!

The Café is great, and I've learned a lot here.

///ark
Message: Posted by: calamari (Feb 16, 2007 03:12PM)
WELCOME !!
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Feb 20, 2007 03:25PM)
That is a great idea. A "non-denominational" magic-fest would really help to stir the pot and infuse all the attendees with new ideas. When IS the last time sf bay/nor cal had a conclave anyhow?

I would think such a gathering would have to be in Martinez, Petaloma or SanFran. Having a local magic shop near by would seem to be a requirement to me.

any other ideas?

G

[quote]
On 2007-02-15 23:25, Bryan Gilles wrote:
Hey Guys!

It's me again... From Redding Cali. (yah... way up here!). Anyway, we'll be having another night of magic in two weeks (the 27th from 6pm-9pm). If anyone is interested, we would love to meet some of you guys from the bay area and in between... Maybe we can arrange some magic-fest or something in the near future to get all of us "NorCal magicians" together for one big shin-dig!

PM me if you are interested in our magic meeting this month (again... the 27th).

-Bryan Gilles
[/quote]
Message: Posted by: calamari (Feb 20, 2007 05:07PM)
If there is enough interest in something like this, I think it would be a blast.
I would be willing to contribute some time in helping to plan / organize a Nor-Cal magic gathering, let's see what others think about it, maybe we could get something together for this summer.
if nothing else maybe a BBQ / picnic ...

Rich
Message: Posted by: Doughlas (Feb 20, 2007 11:42PM)
Hey Rich,
I agree that something like this would be a blast. Let me know if you need a hand in planning.

Doug
Message: Posted by: sfmiraj (Feb 23, 2007 03:42PM)
Rich, I've PM'd you. This is a fantastic idea, and has been on my mind for some time. I'm down for assisting planning this. Should we start a new thread discussing this to generate ideas?
-rk
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Feb 26, 2007 05:30PM)
I'm so bummed out that SF's "Magic and More" is no more...

Last Saturday was the final show in the current venue and I don't think Fred A. or Glenn M. have a new space lined up. I was talking to Dorian Rhodell between our sets and he commented on the irony of having, just recently, built up larger audiences just as the term of the venue expired. There must have been 30 people there!

Not bad for a totally independent magic show with a 20$ cover charge...

Let's hope they can find a new space soon enough to re-build the momentum quickly!
Message: Posted by: magic4ewe (Mar 4, 2007 05:41PM)
I caught the Eye On The Bay segment on California Magic last Thursday. Everybody looked good. I saw a lot of familiar faces.

Rich, did Channel 5 tape the whole segment in one day?

Dan
Message: Posted by: calamari (Mar 5, 2007 09:20AM)
Well, they did the bits in the shop on a Thursday afternoon (only time the eye crew had available to shoot) so the show stuff was stock footage Gerry provided. I wish they had been able to shoot during an actual show night so they could have captured more of the atmosphere of the place. all in all in was a pretty good segment. the Eye on the Bay crew choose all the footage that was shown so I was pleased that they choose mark and I for some of it.
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Mar 5, 2007 06:37PM)
Hey Rich,

Do you know when the OMC auction is? Post it here and PM me as well please.
Message: Posted by: calamari (Mar 6, 2007 10:33AM)
I have looked for the OMC auction info and can"t find anything. anyone else know when this is?
Rich
Message: Posted by: magic4ewe (Mar 9, 2007 09:45AM)
Hi everyone!

Just wanted to tell you to "save the date" of Wednesday, April 18th, at 7:00 p.m. S.A.M. #112 will be having a lecture at California Magic in Martinez. The guest lecturer will be Mark Mason. I haven't seen him lecture before, but I have heard he is worth seeing!

Prices are $10.00 for S.A.M. #112 Assembly Members and $15.00 for non-members. Either way, its a great price so I hope to see some of you Café members there! The last event with Bob Sheets was a huge success!

So why not come out for a night of magic and fun? As always, Gerry and Laura are the perfect hosts for our events! Many thanks to them for their continued support! Can't say enough great things about them --- so if you haven't stopped by for a night out for magic dinner theatre, I hope you can soon!
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Mar 9, 2007 07:08PM)
Marc Mason lectures ROCK!!!!!!!!

I have seen him twice. Fun, Funny, and you will learn some killer magic!!!!!
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Mar 13, 2007 05:15PM)
This off the Oakland Magic Circle web site. The annual auction will be held on Tuesday April 3rd. For those who do not know this event is typically the largest flea market and live auction in the Bay Area. It draws people from 100s of miles away to partake in the fun and great deals to be had.

See you there!

Tom
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Mar 21, 2007 03:45AM)
Here is a link to that site:

http://www.oaklandmagiccircle.com/
Message: Posted by: magic4ewe (Mar 24, 2007 01:56AM)
Wow -- okay, let me say that again -- WOW! What a night at California Magic! It's almost midnight and our family of 3 is so jazzed up after coming home from Gerry Griffin's California Magic Dinner Theatre that I doubt any of us will be getting sleep anytime soon! Tonight's headliner was Gregory Wilson. He put on an amazing performnce! But I'm getting ahead of myself.

The evening started off with some great walkaround magic by our own local magicians who are always entertaining and jovial. The food divine, of course! The service, excellent.

Gerry, as always, made an excellent host and had us all chuckling with his humor. Especially that little bit about the "brush" - ahem. The opener for the evening was Cal Magic's very own house magician, Joel Paschall, who is always a family favorite.

The headliner: Gregory Wilson! OMGosh, he was so awesome! He had the three of us laughing so hard! His act was amazingly entertaining, which I think was proved by the reaction from the crowd.

This was the first time he has appeared at California Magic, but for those of you who are lucky enough to have tickets for tomorrow night --- you are in for a real treat! Unfortunately, if you don't already have tickets, they're sold out! A real bummer, because even if you saw him tonight, he's worth going back again to see tomorrow!

After the show we had the best time just visiting with him. He is so nice, so funny, and extremely enjoyable to chat with. He made a huge impression on our daughter, and she is still beaming at having the opportunity to rub elbows with him and chat it up. In her words, "he's awesome!"

Aside from all of that, it was just fun seeing our friends again and watching them do walk-around magic and having the opportunity to see them in their element.

I know I have said this repeatedly, but I mean it whole-heartedly, if you haven't yet experienced the "magic" that is California Magic -- then you need to experience it for yourself! It is the best way to spend a Friday or Saturday evening!

~ Kristen
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Mar 26, 2007 06:16PM)
Just a little over one more week to get your stuff together for the OMC Magic Auction and Flea Market.
Message: Posted by: Dustin Baker (Mar 30, 2007 02:03AM)
[quote]
On 2007-03-09 10:45, magic4ewe wrote:
Hi everyone!

Just wanted to tell you to "save the date" of Wednesday, April 18th, at 7:00 p.m. S.A.M. #112 will be having a lecture at California Magic in Martinez. The guest lecturer will be Mark Mason. I haven't seen him lecture before, but I have heard he is worth seeing!

Prices are $10.00 for S.A.M. #112 Assembly Members and $15.00 for non-members. Either way, its a great price so I hope to see some of you Café members there! The last event with Bob Sheets was a huge success!

So why not come out for a night of magic and fun? As always, Gerry and Laura are the perfect hosts for our events! Many thanks to them for their continued support! Can't say enough great things about them --- so if you haven't stopped by for a night out for magic dinner theatre, I hope you can soon!
[/quote]

Mark Mason you say? Hmmmmmm, I believe I shall attend. Thanks for the update.
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Apr 3, 2007 01:25AM)
Today is the day!

OMC auction!! Lots of magic will change hands, don't miss out.

See you in Oakland.
Message: Posted by: Ronin (Apr 4, 2007 02:11AM)
Shoot Ogawa will be giving a lecture and a workshop on the Ninja Rings in Palo Alto (sponsored by SAM 94). His new 2-hour lecture has something for all skill levels, from Beginners to Advanced. Lecture starts at 7:30 PM at the First Lutheran Church, Homer and Webster, Palo Alto. It is free for members of S.A.M. 94, $30 for all others. Don't miss this rare opportunity to learn from one of the brightest stars in the magic galaxy.

The workshop will focus on the Ninja Rings and will take place the following night, Tuesday April 10th at 7:30 p.m. at Apple Corp., Mission Impossible Conference Room, 2 infinite Loop, Cupertino CA. The cost of the workshop is $80 and includes a set of Ninja Rings.If you already own a set, you must bring them with you and admission is $65. You must book in advance as space is extremely limited! For more information or to reserve a space, please contact Kim Silverman at kimsilv@mac.com .
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Apr 5, 2007 01:04PM)
Wow, I really cleaned up @ the OMC magic auction.

HOWEVER... Magic auctions are truly a Caveat Emptor affair.

A few of the items I bought were not complete, missing items. ETC. Nothing tragic or enough to make the tricks un-workable, but all stuff I'm going to have to replace from the office supply/hardware store before performing :sad:

All in all, I could not be more pleased. You folks truly brought out some of the best stuff for the right price.
Message: Posted by: calamari (Apr 13, 2007 04:12PM)
Check out the line up at the California Magic Dinner Theater http://www.calmagic.com Greg Wilson son of Mark WIlson will be performing their soon and I for one am interested in seeing what he does, the only other time I saw him perform was with his dad on TV back when he was just a lad.

Rich
Message: Posted by: Ronin (Apr 16, 2007 01:26AM)
Speaking of California Magic...

Come join us this Thursday, April 19, for an evening of magic at California Magic Dinner Theater to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The evening starts at 7:30 with dessert and close-up magic, followed by a stage show featuring Larry Wright, Gerry Griffin and David Hirata (yeah, ok, that's me), and it's all for a good cause.

California Magic Dinner Theater is located at 729 Castro Street in downtown Martinez.

Tickets are $30 and can be reserved by calling 925-374-0056, or go to the website, http://www.calmagic.com.

I'm looking forward to Greg Wilson, too. Also the upcoming shows by Dave Cox and Chris Mitchell. LOTS of great magic to see there!
Message: Posted by: Dustin Baker (Apr 16, 2007 02:59AM)
Hey Dave, if you happen to be in that afternoon: See you there. Sadly, I won't make the show (or the lecture on that Wednesday, CRAP!!!).
Message: Posted by: Zazz (Apr 18, 2007 12:25AM)
Wednesday (04/18/07) night is coming quick. Come to Gerry Griffin's California Magic in Martinez to see Mark Mason's lecture at 7:00 p.m.--price $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. This will be a lot of fun.
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Apr 22, 2007 03:22AM)
Wednesday nite Chris Capehart is lecturing in San Francisco- check out http://www.misdirections.com for details...
Message: Posted by: Dustin Baker (Apr 22, 2007 05:34AM)
So how was the Mason lecture?
Message: Posted by: magic4ewe (Apr 22, 2007 02:44PM)
It was great! Sorry we didn't see you there. The lecture had a great turnout! Of course, as always, we spent too much money! The three of us all took something away from the lecture and we found Mark to be very informative and delivered the lecture in a very humorous and entertaining way.

Danielle has a hard time with closeup and she really got a lot out of it because he taught that you don't always have to be a master at manipulation to be impressive. She liked that he showed other "ways" to do things.

Again, a really great lecture -- and another wonderful evening at Gerry Griffin's California Magic Theatre.

Don't forget --- next month Danny Archer will be lecturing. I'll be sure to post the details as it gets closer!
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Apr 26, 2007 05:39PM)
I went to the Capehart lecture last night. Anyone else?

The man knows how to entertain an audience.
Very impressive.
Message: Posted by: Mark Wilden (Apr 26, 2007 07:46PM)
Capeheart was great. That coin thing was awesome. The three card trick was very cool. And he gave us lots of real-world tips on handling street crowds.

///ark (tall guy in the back with his son)
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Apr 27, 2007 03:33PM)
Hello CA Colleagues!

Just to say…
I would -time permitting- be happy to both help produce and perform
in a “Non-denominational” Northern California Gala Show.

It’s just over a year since I brought the ICBM Gathering
here to San Francisco for a weekend of workshops and shows,
and I think I’ve just about recovered from that massive expenditure
of time and energy <grin>.

In case you have not heard Fred did find a new venue
downtown for his “Magic and More” …so that will be ongoing.

If anyone seriously wants to talk about putting together
a high-quality show with maybe some dozen acts,
and can stand my bad-a** perfectionist attitude,
email me and we can toss ideas around.

Magically,
Walt

http://www.spellbinderenertainment.com
Message: Posted by: EvanZ (Apr 29, 2007 12:40PM)
Here :)
Message: Posted by: calamari (Apr 30, 2007 09:28AM)
Welcome Evan
Message: Posted by: EvanZ (Apr 30, 2007 06:14PM)
So whats up, did I miss the meeting last time?
I lost count of wat tuesday it was
Message: Posted by: Doughlas (May 1, 2007 04:20PM)
Hey Evan,
Gerry's meeting is tonight!
Message: Posted by: magic4ewe (May 29, 2007 12:10PM)
Anything new happening in the Bay Area or any upcoming magic events we should all know about?
Message: Posted by: rorythegreat (May 31, 2007 08:37PM)
Jamy Ian Swiss has a lecture in S.F. on Friday June 8th.
Message: Posted by: Ronin (Jun 1, 2007 12:16AM)
I highly recommend Christian Cagigal's new magical performance piece, "The Pandora Experiment", which opens at the EXIT Café theater (156 Eddy St. in San Francisco) on Friday, June 8 at 8:30pm. The show runs Friday and Saturday nights through June 30.

Christian is a terrific deep thinker about magic, and it shows in his performance. He combines his knowledge of theater and magic into some wonderful performance pieces.

"The Pandora Experiment" could be described as a play about an encounter with "the other side", told through magical vignettes (I don't want to get too specific, for fear of ruining the experience of the show). Christian will be performing classics of magic and mentalism, presented with a theatrical sensibility. It could be described as Bizarre Magic, although I must say that Christian has come up with an approach that I think will avoid the worst pitfalls that too often kill Bizarre Magic (i.e., long, unnecessarily talky presentation,; silly mythology, and poor magical technique).

I understand he's workshopped some pieces of the show in SF over the last few weeks (if anyone saw these, go ahead and chime in). I haven't seen the work, but did a couple of brainstorming sessions with Christian, and the script sounds wonderful--I can't wait to see it, and will be in the audience on opening weekend.

If "The Pandora Experiment" lives up to its promise, I think it will be the most delightfully fascinating--if not the absolute best--stage magic event in the Bay Area this year.

Tickets to "The Pandora Experiment" are $12-$20, and you can get more info at http://www.sffringe.org or by calling 415-673-3847.
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Jun 1, 2007 03:31AM)
I can't wait for Christian's new show! His "13 Steps" show last season was great! He's really moving forward, and opening up the idea of small theatres as a viable venue for magic again. This can only be a good thing! My only regret is that I won't be there for the premire!
Message: Posted by: Mark Wilden (Jun 1, 2007 05:45PM)
Swiss is also appearing at a workshop about magic and skepticism that Saturday. Should be fun.

///ark
Message: Posted by: rorythegreat (Jun 1, 2007 08:18PM)
Saturday I'm going to the Summit to see Banachek. Can't wait!
Message: Posted by: Doughlas (Jun 2, 2007 12:22AM)
Hey Rory,
I'll see you there myself. Should be a great show!
Message: Posted by: Zazz (Jun 8, 2007 07:44AM)
Tune in to Ch.5 at 7:00 tonight for Eye On The Bay featuring California Magic. It will be on again Sat., Ch.5 at 4:42a.m.
I think these shows are repeats but still fun to see our friends again on T.V.

Dan
Message: Posted by: calamari (Jun 8, 2007 09:32AM)
Ok. maybe I might be a little biased but I think the eye on the bay scene with the Calamari Brothers is the best part...LOL
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jun 14, 2007 12:58PM)
“ECCENTRICS OF SAN FRANCISCO’S BARBARY COAST”
A Magical Escapade

At THE SAN FRANCISCO THEATER FESTIVAL 2007 (Yerba Buena Gardens)
In the METREON -2- Digital Solutions Space, Second Floor

On SUNDAY, JULY 22nd at
1:45pm Sharp! (until 2:20pm)

Spellbinder Entertainment & Paradox Magic Present
WALT ANTHONY and DAVID MILLER
Directed by STEPHEN DREWES

Join us on a Magical Journey back through San Francisco ’s colorful and notorious past! “Eccentrics of the San Francisco ’s Barbary Coast ” abounds with local lore and legend.

Magical performance-artists Walt Anthony and David Miller, under Stephen Drewes expert direction, deliver wonder and enchantment for their audiences to savor, with memorable portraits of wild-and-wooly characters of the Old West.

Distinctive and elegant, the show features exceptional Storytelling-Magic and anecdotal vignettes presented with a theatrical flair.

Information: 415-771-6606
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jun 14, 2007 01:01PM)
The fantastic magician,
original magical thinker,
and author of "Magic as Art"

Austin Brooks
(all the way from L.A.)

Is appearing this weekend at Gerry's
California Magic Dinner Theatre in Martinez

If you make it Friday evening, I'll see ya's there!

Magically,
Walt
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Jun 15, 2007 09:15PM)
You can catch me at St. Supery winery tomorrow. I'll be performing instead of... uh, make that before tasting.
:drinkup:
Message: Posted by: Ronin (Jun 20, 2007 04:18PM)
Hey Folks,

Here's the latest review of Christian Cagigal's "The Pandora Experiment", from the SF Weekly:

"For Christian Cagigal's newest magic show, the audience is not so much a subject of clinical study, but an object of affection. Cagigal stands on a living room rug counting audience members with his stage manager before stepping off, and moments later re-emerges transformed to guide us through "the experiment." Cagigal uses antique objects that are well-worn, simple and accessible; two music boxes with haunting chimes, small chests with the treasures of a child inside. A doll of porcelain and papier-mâché gazes soulfully throughout and feels as real as any of us. His performance takes the audience beyond just the willing suspension of disbelief and into another place in time where magic is not the work of an illusionist or performer but exists in creaky wooden boxes found in a grandparent's attic. The set and lighting underscore Cagigal's creation to create an ethereal beauty. His staging and sensitivity as he plays with his audience conveys a level of safety and trust so as to not feel duped, but included in the magic. What does The Pandora Experiment reveal? Above all else: imagination. "

Christian Cagigal's "The Pandora Experiment"
at The Exit Theater
156 Eddy St., San Francisco
Fridays and Saturdays through June 30
Tickets: $12-$20
Call 415-673-3847 or go to http://www.theexit.org

I foolishly waited until the last minute to reserve tickets, only to find the show had sold out! But I've got a reservation now and can't wait to see it!
Message: Posted by: Magical Lady (Jun 23, 2007 09:57AM)
Rorythegreat said
<<Saturday I'm going to the Summit to see Banachek. Can't wait!>>

doughlas said
<<Hey Rory, I'll see you there myself. Should be a great show!>>


Hi Rory, Hi Doughlas,

I also attended The Summit show.

A great shame Gerry McCambridge wasn't able to be there as I was very much looking forward to seeing him perform also.

The socialising after the event is always such a highlight for me, as getting to chat one on one is always such a pleasure. Anton Zellman, Banachek, Joe Atmore, Jay Alexander, Loyd Auerbach, all a pleasure to talk to and a pleasure to be around.

For those of you who are members of the Mentalist Sanctum, there is a review posted there. For those of you who are not and are interested, please feel free to pm me. I cannot copy and paste comments of others, but am happy to copy and paste my own post if you are interested.


Tom Cutts said
<<You can catch me at St. Supery winery tomorrow. I'll be performing instead of... uh, make that before tasting>>

For those of you who couldn't make it, Tom Cutts and Dorian Rhodell were both performing at St. Supery Winery, and both left tables with that rewarding 'how the heck did he do that' look on their faces... a great day gents! Many Congratulations!!

Best,
*Magical Lady*
Message: Posted by: Ronin (Jul 1, 2007 09:34PM)
Hey Folks,

I've been plugging "The Pandora Experiment" quite a bit here, but I just had to chime in again since I finally actually saw the show and was delighted with the experience. The show has been held over into July--you can get more info at http://www.sffringe.org (and check out the SF Weekly review two posts back on this very thread).

OK, I'll shut up now about "The Pandora Experiment". But I really think you should go see it.
Message: Posted by: rorythegreat (Jul 1, 2007 10:18PM)
Hey Ronin,
I have seen the show "The Pandora Experiment" too and have to say that I had a great time. I like that it was a very intimate show and Christian had everyone invloved. Good to hear that it's here through July.
If you haven't seen the show, you should!
Message: Posted by: Mark Wilden (Jul 10, 2007 09:09AM)
Christian's show was great. The tricks themselves were strictly run of the mill, but the presentation and atmosphere made up for that.

One thing I noticed, however, was that the audience didn't always know when to applaud. To me, that means either that 1) the climax wasn't that great, or 2) the performer didn't make it clear that it was the climax. This seems common in performances I've seen. But if the audience doesn't know that it's been amazed, some rethinking of the act seems like a good idea.

///ark
Message: Posted by: Mr. Ree (Jul 12, 2007 03:21AM)
Hello all,

I am located in Grass Valley area. Had the magic bug for 4 or 5 years when
a early teen. Have finally had some time to be bitten by the bug again.

I’m interested in “must see” performances anywhere in NorCal.
No “public” performances for me yet. In general I like magic that
takes some work. I also seem to be gettin more and more attracted to
close-up stuff.

Rich, thanks for the heads-up on this thread. As a new guy at the
Café I would have never found it.

Regards to all
Message: Posted by: calamari (Jul 12, 2007 09:56AM)
Mr.Ree, if you read some of the posts on this threads past pages you will see there are many must see performances of magic here in Northern Ca, most of which admitedly are in the Bay Area but I think you will find some worth the drive. Cal Magic Dinner theater in Martinez gets in top names all the time John Carney, Daryl, Caveney, Dana Daniels, just to name a few. and there are shows going on now in S.F. that are spectacular, you can get a lot of information about those shows thru Mis Directions magic shop web site and e mailing list.
welcome to the thread.
Rich
Message: Posted by: Doughlas (Jul 13, 2007 11:11AM)
Hi Mr Ree,
Welcome to the forum. I'd also say take a visit to the California Magic Dinner Theater some time. On July 27 & 28 they are having a special show that weekend featuring The Flying Calamari Brothers! There's a show I will highly recommend.
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jul 18, 2007 10:45PM)
This SUNDAY “Eccentrics of the San Francisco ’s Barbary Coast ” SF THEATER FESTIVAL

THE SAN FRANCISCO THEATER FESTIVAL 2007
(Yerba Buena Gardens )

This SUNDAY, JULY 22nd
11am to 5pm 70 shows on 10 stages!

Spellbinder Entertainment & Paradox Magic Present

“ECCENTRICS OF SAN FRANCISCO ’S BARBARY COAST ”
A Magical Escapade

With WALT ANTHONY and DAVID MILLER
Directed by STEPHEN DREWES

In the METREON -2- Second Floor at
1:45pm Sharp! (until 2:20pm)

Join us on a Magical Journey back through San Francisco ’s colorful and notorious past!
“Eccentrics of the San Francisco ’s Barbary Coast ” abounds with local lore and legend.

Our escapades include:
Chronicling the times our City was destroyed-and-rebuilt between the Gold Rush and the Pan Pacific International Exhibition, the toll local Vigilantes took on Barbary Coast life, and tall-tales of beloved Emperor Norton, despised Shanghai Kelly, boisterous entertainers Lola Montez & Lotta Crabtree, and the infamous Mary Ellen Pleasant.

Magical performance-artists Walt Anthony and David Miller, under Stephen Drewes direction, deliver wonder and enchantment for their audiences to savor, with memorable portraits of wild-and-wooly characters of the Old West.

Distinctive and elegant, the show features exceptional Storytelling-Magic and anecdotal vignettes presented with a theatrical flair.

Magical Performance-Artists Walt Anthony and David Miller have been selected to participate in this year’s San Francisco Theater Festival -the Bay Area’s Largest One-Day Theater Extravaganza-

Seventy professional Bay Area Theater Groups and Solo Artists will perform upon ten stages, all located within the Yerba Buena Gardens Complex from 11am to 5pm. It’s an amazing and unique one-day free event.

The event runs the gamut from comedy-to-drama, musical-to-improv, hip-hop-to-solo, Shakespeare-to-children’s-shows, all at the San Francisco Theater Festival on Sunday, July 22 the Yerba Buena Gardens.
____________________________________________

WHAT: “Eccentrics Of San Francisco ’s Barbary Coast ” A Magical Escapade.
WHEN: Sunday, July 22nd at 1:45pm sharp.
WHERE: Metreon -2- Stage, Second Floor (at San Francisco Theater Festival).
WHO: Conjurers Walt Anthony and David Miller, Directed by Stephen Drewes.
INFO: Phone: 415-771-6606
____________________________________________

San Francisco - Nationwide - Worldwide
SPELLBINDER ENTERTAINMENT
"spinning tales and weaving enchantment"
http://www.SFMagicParlor.com
Message: Posted by: Jim Mullen (Jul 18, 2007 11:06PM)
I see that this posting has brought a lot of Northern California magic enthusiasts out into the open. I see some names here that go back to the halcion days of Ring 38 at Earthquake McGoons in San Francisco. We had some fun.

Meanwhile, I have met a lot of fine magicians and fun people in Ring 216 in San Jose. Come on down for one of our meetings or to the "Big Show" put on every couple of months at ring president Will Chandler's house.

Check us out at
http://www.ring216.org/

Jim Mullen
Message: Posted by: Zazz (Jul 20, 2007 09:14PM)
S.A.M #112 will have our annual Share The Magic show at Diablo Community College on August 18th with a 3:00 and a 7:00 show.

Just got word today from President Dr. P that Robert Baxt who is giving a lecture for our assembly on August 16th and who will be performing at California Magic on the evening of August 17th and 18th is willing to perform at our 3:00 Share The Magic Show on the 18th.

http://www.sam112.com

http://www.calmagic.com

Dan
Message: Posted by: Balaram (Jul 24, 2007 09:35PM)
Benicia here. Been performing magic since about age 7, and badly too. At 56, I figure I don't need to pretend to be an adult anymore, so time to get back to the Important Things of Life, and what a joy to discover California Magic Theatre right around the corner. Rich, hope to get a chance to say hello this weekend at your performance there, had NO idea of the sizable community hereabouts--just never looked I guess--and it's happyIyam!
Best Bill Z.
Message: Posted by: Zazz (Jul 24, 2007 10:57PM)
Welcome, Bill.
There are quite a few magicians living in Benicia.
We are your neighbors in Vallejo.

Dan
Message: Posted by: calamari (Jul 25, 2007 09:26AM)
Welcome to the Café Bill, looking forward to saying "aloha" to you at the show this weekend. I am busy duct taping grass skirts together for Mark and I to wear and practicing my ukelele, I'm betting it's going to be a lot of fun.
see you there
Rich
Message: Posted by: Ted Danger (Jul 26, 2007 10:21AM)
Hi Rich,

I guess I'm a little late checking in........as I had to read this thread from the begining, and then had to shave. But it was well worth it. I once was part of The Darwin Brothers circus, who's ringleader has posted on this thread. I started a private club for performing magicains at the magic mansion about twenty years ago. I'm thrilled to see Frank Balcerak has a shop in Pet-a-llama, as the last time I saw him was at a racetrack, and it was the silliest fun. He was already destined to be a card great....

While I currently reside on an Island off Honduras in the Caribbean, I keep an apartment in the City (rent control) and will stay in S.F. longer, now that I know where the shows and lectures are. While my current interest is in flying, I will be spending much time on magic as time allows.

Nice meeting all you fine folk....
Message: Posted by: Dorian Rhodell (Jul 28, 2007 12:20AM)
Hey all you bay area magicians. Check out http://www.bamagic.com

Best,

Dorian Rhodell
Message: Posted by: Magical Lady (Jul 28, 2007 10:42AM)
Hey Dorian,

Telling me about this when I am THIS side of the ocean is nothing short of MEAN!!! :lol:

Hope you and yours are keeping well,

*Magical Lady*
Message: Posted by: Dorian Rhodell (Jul 28, 2007 01:35PM)
I thought I mentioned it at the St Supery Winery gig...oops!
Message: Posted by: Balaram (Jul 28, 2007 09:14PM)
Hope some of you had a chance to see the Flying Calamari Brothers at Magic Café in Martinez, one fun evening, thanks Brothers and Gerry. However, I am shocked--SCOCKED I say--at your exposure of the excellent silk-thru-microphone stand illusion--not only did you repeat this impossible penetration Three times in the show--oh, so that wasn't good enough?--but you then did it Again in SLOW MOTION--CLEARLY EXPOSING the entire secret!!
Are we not AGAINST exposure here?!!? PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS AGAIN TONITE!
FIE, SIR! FIE!! Bill Z.
Message: Posted by: calamari (Jul 30, 2007 09:28AM)
Thanks Bill, Glad you enjoyed yourself (exposure or not) I am still recovering from the Hula...

Thanks again
Rich
Message: Posted by: Balaram (Jul 31, 2007 08:50PM)
Any Bizarrist shows upcoming in the Bay area?
And Rich--Men Weren't Made to Move That Way--best recovery wishes
Bill Z.
Message: Posted by: Balaram (Aug 13, 2007 10:24PM)
Just got an e-mail from Gerry Griffin--A magic-teaching lecture with Robert Baxt, this Thursday 8-16 at 7 o'clock PM--$Ten. hope to meet some of you there, Best, Bill Z.
Message: Posted by: Mark Wilden (Aug 14, 2007 09:01PM)
Zis at California Magic?

///ark
Message: Posted by: Balaram (Aug 15, 2007 12:09AM)
Yes Mark--Castro and Main streets in Martinez.
Z
Message: Posted by: magic4ewe (Sep 12, 2007 12:11AM)
Just thought I would kick this back up to the main page to be sure the Bay Area magicians continue to post on it!

Looking forward to hearing what is going on....
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Sep 24, 2007 04:23PM)
For those into the Bizarre and Haunted Magick, Joe at Misdiredtions Magic is bringing in Rick Maue from the far distant East Coast, call Joe and get a ticket! This past Friday was the Misdirection's Stage Competition, it was a who's-who of local magi.
Thanks,
Walt
Message: Posted by: Rick Maue (Sep 24, 2007 10:28PM)
Greetings Walt,

It has been far too long my friend...

I am certainly looking forward to coming back to San Francisco again. As you know it is one of my favorite places on earth, and I hope to see you during my time in the city.

The lecture at Misdirections is on Wednesday, October 4th--and it will have quite a bit of mentalism, a touch of magic, and even a few haunted ideas. It should be a fun night, and I hope that I get to see some old friends, and meet a bunch of new ones. So take care everyone, and I will see you next week.


Keep the change,
Rick
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Sep 28, 2007 04:06PM)
Hey Bay Area Buds,
I'm still really new to the Café so this is my first posting on this paticular topic. I thought I'd let you all know that my new theater/magic show is coming back to EXIT Theatre in downtown San Francisco for what could become an open-ended run. It's called THE PANDORA EXPERIMENT. It's one part magic, one part mentalism, one part bizzare and a WHOLE LOTTA THEATER. There's music boxes and toys with souls and I play guide as the audience and the toys do all the magic...well I do help a little.

It's bizzare but there's no blood, skulls or stories; well, maybe one. It's mentalism but, I do very little reading of people's minds. There's sponge bunnies..............yup I said sponge bunnies, and I do it after a book test....... And of course, it's theater, although it may not look like at first.

There's no magic you don't already know....I designed the show for muggles not magi's. And, I don't beg for applause with audience cues. I let the awkward-strangeness of the show ripple out for a while. Odd as it may sound, this seems to be working. Here are some quotes from the critics....

“Cagigal’s performance takes the audience beyond the willing suspension of disbelief and into another place and time where magic is not the work of an illusionist but exists in creaky wooden boxes found in a grandparent’s attic…His staging and sensitivity as he plays with his audience conveys a level of trust…so[they] feel included in the magic.” – Nara Dahlbacka, SF Weekly

Here's the full review from SF Weekly
http://www.sfweekly.com/2007-06-20/culture/the-pandora-experiment/


"A show that'll change viewers' estimation of magic forever...Cagigal is one of those rare alchemists of the imagination."- Nirmala Nata, SFStation

Here's the full review from SF Station
http://www.sfstation.com/the-pandora-experiment-a4251

(if these don't work you might have to copy and paste into the url, sorry.)

Until Next Time,
Christian Cagigal

PS
Here's the Press Release-


EXIT THEATRE
156 Eddy (at Taylor), San Francisco, CA 94102
IT'S BACK!

Christian Cagigal’s “Pandora Experiment”
Master Magician & Illusionist OCT 19-20, 26-27, NOV 2-3, 9-10
EXIT Theatre brings back acclaimed magician and illusionist Christian Cagigal’s The Pandora Experiment, co-produced by and Zeitgeist Artworks.

The Pandora Experiment plays Fridays and Saturdays, October 19-20, 26-27, November 2-3, 9-10

All shows are at the EXIT Café, 156 Eddy Street in downtown San Francisco. All shows are at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $12-20. Reservations (415) 673-3847 or http://www.theexit.org.

The Pandora Experiment is an intimate evening of close-up magic, mind-reading, and theater guided by award-winning magician and illusionist Christian Cagigal.

Christian Cagigal won “Best of Fringe” in 2004 with his Magic @ the Fringe and enjoyed sold-out performances at both the 2003 and 2004 San Francisco Fringe Festivals. Cagigal has consulted for The San Francisco Ghost Hunt Walking Tour, as well as for Crowded Fire and ACT's MFA Program. He is also a member of the San Francisco Mime Troupe.

Comments on previous shows
"...emotionally affecting...” -- Jean Schiffman -- Backstage West
"...intimate spectacle...it's no coincidence that "Cagigal" rhymes with "magical." -- Chloe Veltman-SF Weekly
“One of the Bay Area’s best magicians.” -- Karen McKevitt -- SFist

The Pandora Experiment is co-sponsored by The San Francisco Ghost Hunt and Misdirections Magic Shop.
Message: Posted by: Zazz (Oct 10, 2007 07:12PM)
S.A.M. #112 meeting tonight at California Magic Dinner Theatre.
http://calmagic.com/

See you there.

Dan
Message: Posted by: danchanmagic (Oct 15, 2007 02:02PM)
Hi Bay Area Friends,
Just wanted to invite you to a free magic show.

(San Francisco, CA,) -- Dan Chan the Magic Man, Kat the Acrobat and Johnny Ace Pawer present a high-energy variety show. It's the only show that has it all! And there is no other show like it, weaving Xtreme magic, mindreading, comedy, pick-pocketing, juggling, escapes, dog tricks, impossible feats of balance and acrobatics to create the ultimate variety show. (Depending on the venue of the show, some shows may include fire juggling and fire breathing as well.) The show includes appearance of live doves in a "Las Vegas" style act, magic to poetry, a fast paced juggling routine, one and two diabolos, and ends with amazing handstand push-ups while a Chinese yo-yo spins in Dan's mouth!

Check out http://www.danchanmagic.com/Videos2.asp for the newest promo video!


Current Touring Schedule
Dan Chan and Kat the Acrobat will be at the following locations:
(Admission to most of the following events are free)

Oct 24th - Cambrian Branch, San Jose @ 6:30pm
Oct 25th, N Sacramento Library @ 4pm
Oct 25th, Isleton Library @ 7pm
Oct 28th, Oakland Zoo @ 11am and 1pm
Nov 14th - Arden Dimick Library, Sacramento @ 4pm
Nov 19th, Thornton Library @ 4pm
2008 Jan 17th - North Natomas Library, Sacramento @ 4pm (teen program)

Jan 30th – San Leandro Public Library @ 7:30pm
Feb 3rd - Oakland Museum (TBA)
Feb 6th - Belmont Public Library @ 7pm
April 17th - Moraga Library @ 4pm
April 17th - Pleasant Hill Library @ 7pm

http://www.danchanmagic.com
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Oct 15, 2007 04:26PM)
Hey Gang,
Check out Genie Perry's show today at 5:30pm west coast time on the Magic Broadcast. She will be interviewing your's truly about the re-opening of my show: The Pandora Experiment.

http://www.magicbroadcast.com/

Thank you,
Christian Cagigal
Message: Posted by: magic4ewe (Oct 16, 2007 11:27AM)
Pleasant Hill Share the Magic Show, October 19th

Advance Tickets required. For more information, please visit http://www.sam112.com

Our daughter will be performing again this year. Come on out and see her new Dennis Loomis' Dollhouse illusion!

Hope to see you there,

Kristen
Message: Posted by: magic4ewe (Oct 19, 2007 10:41AM)
Just a reminder~

Pleasant Hill's Share the Magic 2007 is tonight at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets are $8.00

Doors open at 6:00. Event is at the Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill

Performers:

Gennie the Genie
The Masked Magician
Loren Lind
Buttonz ze Clown
Bill Sparacino

Intermission

Magic by Danielle
Roy Porfido
Jerry & Reggie
Zappo

This is a family show appropriate for all ages. Hope to see you there!
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Oct 19, 2007 06:29PM)
Just a reminder that my show is opening tonight for the second time this year and it's almost sold out for this weekend. If we can sell it out for next weekend we can start extending the show for maybe even another month.

Here's the info,
EXIT THEATRE
156 Eddy (at Taylor), San Francisco, CA 94102
IT'S BACK!

Christian Cagigal’s “Pandora Experiment”
Master Magician & Illusionist OCT 19-20, 26-27, NOV 2-3, 9-10
EXIT Theatre brings back acclaimed magician and illusionist Christian Cagigal’s The Pandora Experiment, co-produced by and Zeitgeist Artworks.

The Pandora Experiment plays Fridays and Saturdays, October 19-20, 26-27, November 2-3, 9-10

All shows are at the EXIT Café, 156 Eddy Street in downtown San Francisco. All shows are at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $12-20. Reservations (415) 673-3847 or http://www.theexit.org.


Thanks,
Christian
Message: Posted by: Zazz (Oct 20, 2007 01:47PM)
We will be making a trip to Vacaville to see this show.


Magic and Illusions of Gerald Joseph 10/20/2007
Location: vacaville performing arts
Organized by: Gerald Joseph
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM

Halloween best magic and Illusion show, perormed by award winning magician Gerald Joseph. Suitable for all ages kids and adults will enjoy this amazing magic show. You'll witness hilarious audience participation, cutting a lady in half, amazing bird act, trully unbelievable Levitation and more extraordinary magic. Oct. 20 at the Vacaville performing arts treatre 1010 Ulatis Dr. VacavilleTickets $10-15 call 707 449-6217 http://www.vpat.net

707 449-6217
Cost/Fee: $10-$15
http://www.vpat.net
Message: Posted by: magic4ewe (Oct 21, 2007 12:11AM)
As stated, Zazz, Danielle, and I all went out to see Gerald Joseph perform tonight. He did a wonderful job. We thoroughly enjoyed his show.

We were the first to arrive, and although he belongs to our assembly, we had never met. We had the opportunity to visit with him before the show, talk magic, and snap a photo of him with our daughter.

He surprised us further by asking our daughter up on stage to be his victim, I mean assistant, for sawing the lady in half. He utilizes the same version as Lance Burton, and it is a great illusion! Our daughter was thrilled, we have the keepsake photo-- which will soon be on her own website for display.

We appreciated the hard work that Gerald has put into his show and enjoyed sitting down for a relaxing evening of magic.

If you have the opportunity to see him, I know you will enjoy his performance.

~ Kristen
Message: Posted by: calamari (Oct 24, 2007 04:35PM)
Look who's coming to Dinner(theater)
"California Magic Dinner Theater" to be exact
the one the only Fielding West
Contact info calmagic.com
Friday & Saturday -November 2 & 3, 2007
Dinner & Show - Door opens at 7:30 pm - advance ticket purchase required
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Nov 6, 2007 05:14PM)
Wish I could go see West at Magic Dinner but I'll be busy with my show. Hey gang after you go see Fielding (which you really should)come check out my show. We got extending until the 17th. After that we return on Feb 22nd of next year.

Come check out my blogs on my myspace for all the reviews...
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=44389448

Below are some quotes.....

-C



“Cagigal’s performance takes the audience beyond the willing suspension of disbelief and into another place and time where magic is not the work of an illusionist but exists in creaky wooden boxes found in a grandparent’s attic…His staging and sensitivity as he plays with his audience conveys a level of trust…so[they] feel included in the magic.” – Nara Dahlbacka, SF Weekly

Here's the full review from SF Weekly
http://www.sfweekly.com/2007-06-20/culture/the-pandora-experiment/


"A show that'll change viewers' estimation of magic forever...Cagigal is one of those rare alchemists of the imagination."- Nirmala Nata, SFStation

Here's the full review from SF Station
http://www.sfstation.com/the-pandora-experiment-a4251

(if these don't work you might have to copy and paste into the url, sorry.)

Until Next Time,
Christian Cagigal

PS
Here's the Press Release-


EXIT THEATRE
156 Eddy (at Taylor), San Francisco, CA 94102
IT'S BACK!

Christian Cagigal’s “Pandora Experiment”
Master Magician & Illusionist OCT 19-20, 26-27, NOV 2-3, 9-10
EXIT Theatre brings back acclaimed magician and illusionist Christian Cagigal’s The Pandora Experiment, co-produced by and Zeitgeist Artworks.

The Pandora Experiment plays Fridays and Saturdays, October 19-20, 26-27, November 2-3, 9-10

All shows are at the EXIT Café, 156 Eddy Street in downtown San Francisco. All shows are at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $12-20. Reservations (415) 673-3847 or http://www.theexit.org.

The Pandora Experiment is an intimate evening of close-up magic, mind-reading, and theater guided by award-winning magician and illusionist Christian Cagigal.

Christian Cagigal won “Best of Fringe” in 2004 with his Magic @ the Fringe and enjoyed sold-out performances at both the 2003 and 2004 San Francisco Fringe Festivals. Cagigal has consulted for The San Francisco Ghost Hunt Walking Tour, as well as for Crowded Fire and ACT's MFA Program. He is also a member of the San Francisco Mime Troupe.

Comments on previous shows
"...emotionally affecting...” -- Jean Schiffman -- Backstage West
"...intimate spectacle...it's no coincidence that "Cagigal" rhymes with "magical." -- Chloe Veltman-SF Weekly
“One of the Bay Area’s best magicians.” -- Karen McKevitt -- SFist

The Pandora Experiment is co-sponsored by The San Francisco Ghost Hunt and Misdirections Magic Shop.
Message: Posted by: qkrnei (Nov 9, 2007 03:28PM)
I will be at back at California Magic Dinner Theater on Dec 21st & 22nd. See you there!

Jeff Ezell
Message: Posted by: Zazz (Nov 9, 2007 07:29PM)
Hi Jeff,

I hope the three of us could make it to your show on the 21st or 22nd. Time goes by quickly. I remember when Gerry had Close-Up shows which is when we saw you last. It was a lot of fun. Have a good evening.

Dan
Message: Posted by: matt kemp (Nov 12, 2007 05:26AM)
Hey guys!

I just stumbled upon this thread. I go to UC Berkeley and I live on campus. I'm originally from Saratoga (right outside of San Jose). I will try to make it to an event!

-Matt
Message: Posted by: calamari (Nov 12, 2007 09:21AM)
Hello Matt, welcome to the Bay Area thread.
Rich
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Nov 13, 2007 04:03PM)
Hi Matt!
Message: Posted by: Magicdoc88 (Nov 13, 2007 09:47PM)
Anyone going to the Jeff McBride's lecture 11/29/07, and the intensive master workshop on 11/30/07 in San Francisco sponsored by Misdirections?
Message: Posted by: Zazz (Nov 13, 2007 10:29PM)
I'm hoping to make it to the lecture.

Dan
Message: Posted by: qkrnei (Nov 15, 2007 02:17PM)
[quote]
On 2007-11-09 20:29, Zazz wrote:
Hi Jeff,

I hope the three of us could make it to your show on the 21st or 22nd. Time goes by quickly. I remember when Gerry had Close-Up shows which is when we saw you last. It was a lot of fun. Have a good evening.

Dan
[/quote]

Hi Dan,

That was the last time I was there. I moved out of state and am now moving back to LA. See you soon.
Message: Posted by: charliemartin (Nov 23, 2007 10:12PM)
Hey Rich..hope you and Mark are doing well. I am coming back to the bay area in a couple of weeks. See you then.

Charlie
Message: Posted by: calamari (Nov 26, 2007 09:47AM)
Hey Charlie, we are just fine thanks, how bout you? are you visiting? or moving back? I will PM you to make sure you have my current contact info and look forward to seeing you soon.
Rich
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Nov 28, 2007 02:26PM)
[quote]
On 2007-11-13 22:47, Magicdoc88 wrote:
Anyone going to the Jeff McBride's lecture 11/29/07, and the intensive master workshop on 11/30/07 in San Francisco sponsored by Misdirections?
[/quote]

woo hoo! Jeff McBride tomorrow!
Message: Posted by: EsnRedshirt (Nov 30, 2007 12:12PM)
Hey all, I'm back after a long hiatus (during which I got married, yay!)

At any rate, a brief, extremely advanced heads up- the theme for the 53rd Annual Newark Days (http://www.newarkdays.org/) is slated to be "Magic". My wife, who is very involved in this event, has volunteered me as the "stage consultant". As the event gets closer, we'll be looking for Bay Area magicians to perform. Please don't PM me yet, though- we're still in the early planning stages. I'll update everyone when I know more details.
Message: Posted by: Ronin (Dec 10, 2007 12:13AM)
Hi Everyone,

My holiday magic show, “Magic Holiday” returns to the Marsh in San Francisco through the end of December. The SF Examiner selected us for their “Best Holiday Picks (stage)” list and a nice feature just came out in SF Arts Monthly. Watch for us in this week’s “96 Hours” section of the SF Chronicle.

Along with fellow magician Kim Silverman (whose version of Whit Haydn’s “Teleportation Device” alone is worth the modest price of admission), we’ll be joined by special guests Christian Cagigal (Dec 15, 22, and 23) and Stefan Fisher (Dec 18-21 & 27-30).

We’ve scheduled matinees during the weeks of school vacation, so if you’re looking for something to do with the family, come check us out. The particulars:

Magic Holiday
At the Marsh
1062 Valencia Street, San Francisco
All shows at 1:00pm
Saturday and Sunday, December 15 & 16
Tuesday through Sunday, December 18-23
Thursday through Sunday, December 27-30
Tickets: $10 ($7.50/person for parties of 4 or more)
Call 800-838-3006 for tickets
Or go to http://www.themarsh.org
Message: Posted by: rrhill (Dec 31, 2007 01:05PM)
Howdy all. I'm really a lurker, but this thread drew me out of hiding ... briefly. I live in Dixon, CA and am a member of both Sacramento SAM and IBM. Just so ya knew!
Message: Posted by: calamari (Jan 2, 2008 10:12AM)
Howdy rrhill, welcome to the thread. whats going on up in Sac lately?
Message: Posted by: Jay Alexander (Jan 6, 2008 10:10AM)
Hello Everybody,

I want to thank everyone for coming out to last years show at the Marin Center.The show sold out two weeks in advance so a second show has been added this year. It would be great to see you at the show again. Here is the info...

Jay Alexander Magic!


Sunday, January 27th, at 2pm and 5pm

Marin Performing Arts Centers, Showcase Theater
10 Avenue of the Flags at Civic Center Drive in San Rafael.
Tickets are $20 and can be ordered through the Marin Center Box Office
at 415-499-6800, online at http://www.marincenter.org

This show will also feature special guests Super GiGi, Big Al Catraz and Alex Ramon.
Message: Posted by: magic4ewe (Jan 10, 2008 04:28PM)
Hello everyone,

For any SAM 112 members out there who were unable to attend last night's banquet, I thought I would fill you in a bit.

It was held at Marie Callendar's in Concord and they did a nice job. (Although, I must admit I really missed Gerry's!) The restaurant did a good job on the food. There was a lot of magic talk, and laughing going on. It was a lively bunch! After dinner, the past president Wayne Parnell, handed out the awards.

Then came the entertainment portion of the evening! Our incoming board, with costumes and all, did a rousing version of YMCA. I still think the Conjuror needs a picture of Mac in the biker hat, that was priceless! After which Andrew (from America's Got Talent) did a great saxophone performance. Then the main event, Tim James. Who doesn't love Tim James?! He was awesome, as always. He brought out my favorite routine, which is Rocky. I couldn't stop giggling. Women my age are not supposed to giggle, but that racoon gets me every time.

It was definitely a night filled with magic and camaraderie!

As a reminder to all.... don't forget our meeting place has been changed! Be sure to check the SAM 112 website for the new location & directions.

Have a magical day everyone,

Kristen
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Feb 1, 2008 03:18PM)
The Oakland Magic Circle Presents
An Evening Of Magic, Wonder and Great Food
on Tuesday, Feb. 5th at 6:30pm

Goldfinger & Dove!
Audiences around the world have experienced the exotic, fast paced mysteries of this dynamic team. They've appeared on every TV network and were featured on "The Worlds' Greatest Magic" from NBC. They won "Stage Magician of the Year" twice, from the prestigious Academy Of Magical Arts . This may be your only opportunity to see them at such a low price.

http://www.goldfingeranddove.com/
See them in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUPeg1L-ZPg

Also performing:

Local TV reporter (KTVU) Bob MacKenzie
presents mysteries of the mind.

The classic magic of Patrick Martin.
Mr. Martin has performed at the
White House, and on Virgin Airlines' inaugural flight.
Muhammad Ali said "Patrick is the greatest".

Benny Bendini
performs his incredible chapeau act--quick-change magic,
mime and physical comedy.

Master of Ceremonies Scott Alcalay,
who's performed at the famed Magic Castle ,
several county and state fairs and corporate events.

This will be an evening you'll always remember.
It's sure to be one of the greatest shows we've produced in our 83 years.
And it's appropriate for all ages.

The doors open at 6:30pm.
Strolling close-up magicians will entertain you until dinner starts at 7pm.
The show starts at 8pm and will end at about 9:30pm.

A spectacular show and dinner for a bargain price.

Bjornson Hall
2258 Macarthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94602

To buy advance tickets and for more information:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/24834
Message: Posted by: Doughlas (Mar 7, 2008 12:51AM)
So anyone in the SF Bay Area have anything new happening soon?
Message: Posted by: calamari (Mar 7, 2008 09:38AM)
Well I know that Doug Kevilus will be performing at the Cal Magic Dinner theater on the 28th and 29th of this month... could'nt resist, we are looking forward to working with you.
Rich
Message: Posted by: Doughlas (Mar 7, 2008 10:34PM)
LOL Thanks Rich,
I look forward to working with you guys as well. It should be a great weekend show!
Doug
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Mar 17, 2008 12:15AM)
The Oakland Magic Circle is having their annual huge flea market and auction on Tuesday April 1st. You know what they say about April fools and their money.
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Mar 21, 2008 06:17PM)
[b]ATTN: San Francisco Area Magicians[/b]

[b]free publicity stunt alert!!![/b]

In the SF Guardian this week are printed, on pages 16 and 20 are the cards "Jack of Spades" (p16) and the "Ace of Spades" (p20).

This is for a promo for the upcoming movie "21", but I think an enterprising magician could make a pretty darn good pub stunt out of it!

Don't say I never did anything for you! :devilish:

G
Message: Posted by: rorythegreat (Mar 21, 2008 10:03PM)
Great find Gaddy. Thanks!
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Mar 22, 2008 05:26AM)
[quote]
On 2008-03-21 23:03, rorythegreat wrote:
Great find Gaddy. Thanks!
[/quote]

Thank you. I saw this on wednesday, but forgot to post it until today... I really hope someone else can also make good use out of this- with 2 cards on 2 separate pages, the possibilities for an amazing presentation are WAY open!
Message: Posted by: George Ledo (Mar 25, 2008 06:04PM)
Thanks for the PM tipoff. Love it!
Message: Posted by: Spackle666 (Mar 30, 2008 11:11PM)
Just in case any bay area folks missed the big announcement:


The Oakland Magic Circle Annual Flea Market & Auction

THE LARGEST AND FINEST MAGIC AUCTION
AND FLEA MARKET IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA!

When: Tuesday, April 1st, 2008. The Doors open at 6:00pm for flea-market set-up, at 6:30pm for flea market buyers, and the auction starts at 7:30pm. The flea market will open again after the auction. For a copy of the Flyer, click here.

Where: Bjornson Hall, 2258 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, 94602 Fruitvale Ave. off ramp, off highway 580.
Questions? Go to http://www.OaklandMagicCircle.com, or call Byron Walker at (510)276-1854 or call Scott Alcalay at (510)357-2499.
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Apr 2, 2008 03:10PM)
OMC was wall to wall old and used magic!

Sold lots-a stuff,
got a-bit a stuff,
met Gaddy from here on the Café,
saw old friends and new enemies....

A good night was had by all!

Magically,
Walt
Message: Posted by: calamari (Apr 2, 2008 03:14PM)
New enemies... LOL
Message: Posted by: charliemartin (Apr 3, 2008 03:26PM)
Bummer!! and I missed it. Next time!

Charlie
Message: Posted by: scottasf (Apr 3, 2008 11:13PM)
And we missed you too, Charlie. Hope Florida is treating you well.

Yes, the swap meet and auction had a great turnout.

Gaddy bought the poster you new see as his Avatar from Mr Phil Temple.
Phil also had a poster of Lee Grabel mounted on canvas. very nice piece if you have the wall space.

The next Oakland Magic Circle meeting is May 6 and will be a MOVIE NIGHT.
Come see clips of Al Flosso, Kuda Bux, The Banana Man, Roy Benson, John Scarne, and Harry Blackstone interviewed by Edward R Murrow!!

Afterwards, be prepaired to perform a little parlor miracle for the club.

Thank you,

Scott Alcalay
2008 president of the Oakland Magic Circle
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Apr 4, 2008 01:29AM)
Phil sold the goods, that's for sure!
Message: Posted by: charliemartin (Apr 7, 2008 01:08PM)
Scotty, I am back in the area, thought James told ya. Hope all is well with you.

Charlie
Message: Posted by: calamari (Apr 7, 2008 02:26PM)
Hey Charlie, where are you hanging your hat these days? you in the city?
Message: Posted by: calamari (Apr 11, 2008 01:53PM)
Just a quick note: check out who's coming to the California Magic Dinner theater, an unbelievable line up culminating with the amazing John Carney on May 16 and 17.
it is great to live here in the Bay Area and be able to see all these great performers.
Message: Posted by: Michael Kamen (May 18, 2008 02:35PM)
Carney was, as expected, spectacular last night!

On another note though, does anyone know what is up with Gerry's website? I would like to plan the next evening out with the fam.
Message: Posted by: calamari (May 19, 2008 09:50AM)
His web site is http://www.calmagic.com and was up an running this morning when I checked.. look who is performing soon the Pendragons that's right the Pendragons will be performing June 13 and 14 and the California Magic Dinner Theater.
I can't wait
Rich

ps
just checked the sight again and it was down don't know whats up
Message: Posted by: Michael Kamen (May 19, 2008 10:44AM)
I get re-directed to Network Solutions with a msg (see upper right corner of page) saying his domain-name expired in April and needs to be renewed or will be deleted.
Message: Posted by: calamari (May 19, 2008 12:43PM)
Up and running now
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jun 10, 2008 10:53AM)
I caught Darren Romeo’s show last night,
the last preview before official opening tonight.

He’ll be in San Francisco for a bit over a month.
Great to see a full-out Illusion Show in a fairly intimate space!

He’s personable, energetic, and charming,
He has some first-rate props (some from the Siegfried & Roy collection).

I hear he’s been tweaking the show, adding this, removing that,
and his decision to use the Blackstone Floating Bulb as his finale,
is theatrically sound.

What I enjoyed a lot was his audience interactions,
he’s kind to his spectator-assistants, and does not insult the crowd.
He comes down into the audiences, select his person,
then guides them carefully to and from the stage,
in a gentlemanly and caring manner.

The “hook” of his being a pop/broadway singer AND a magician,
pretty much totally works live and in person,
he has a strong and pleasing voice,
and does some strong and pleasing magic,
and they blend together more successfully than one might imagine.

If you want to see some flash and magic,
and want to hear some good tunes well sung,
try to catch this run.
Siegfried was in the audience, to coach and give feedback no doubt,
and the evening went smoothly and quickly.

It seemed half the magic-community showed up last night too,
the good, the bad, the ugly ,and the beautiful, all in one room.

Magically,
Walt
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Jun 10, 2008 10:32PM)
I have to return to the bay area this weekend. Icky.
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Jun 11, 2008 03:02PM)
Imagine how we feel. :lol:
Message: Posted by: calamari (Jun 11, 2008 04:08PM)
Santa, you should pop in to see the Pendragons at the Cal Magic Dinner Theater this week end.
Rich
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Jun 11, 2008 08:17PM)
Ewww....that might be fun.

Tom, I promise to not drive through Oakland!
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jun 12, 2008 03:21PM)
(and they are a LOT rougher than I think they should have been,
good show overall!, W.A.)

San Francisco Chronicle weighs in on Darren Romeo

“Mixed bag of tricks from Darren Romeo”
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Robert Hurwitt, Chronicle Theater Critic

"I try to make it as intimate as possible," magician and crooner Darren Romeo says of his act as he selects the first of the evening's several volunteers.

Maybe it passes for intimate in Las Vegas, where Siegfried & Roy caught his act and took Romeo under their wing. At the Post Street Theater, where "Darren Romeo: The Voice of Magic" opened Tuesday, it's more like a sensory-overload onslaught of very loud recorded music, hyperactive spotlights, look-at-me eagerness and a voice amped several decibels too high.

Oh, and some truly amazing magic tricks. Romeo and his longtime "leading lady" (17 years so far), Kristy Michelsen (who also belts out Alanis Morissette's "Uninvited"), perform some of the great classics of stage magic with eye-popping speed and some sly reversals. She levitates him. She also skewers him on a sword, crawls through his belly and saws him in half.

The razzmatazz undercuts the magic, though. The songs don't help. The selections - from "Barnum," Bobby Darin, Billy Joel, "The Fantasticks," "Dr. Doolittle," "Jesus Christ Superstar" and a few originals - are uninteresting and bombastically arranged (Pat Caddick is the music director). Romeo has a decent voice but isn't much of a stylist. Sarah Scherger's showgirl choreography for eye-candy dancers (the capable Mariko Takahashi and Terrin Kelly) is just another distraction.

The only intimate moment on opening night came when Romeo introduced Siegfried Fischbacher and a fragile-looking Roy Horn - still recuperating from his tiger mauling of five years ago - seated in the audience. For that instant, the veil of showbiz packaging lifted and a connection was formed.

Upside: Eye-boggling magic tricks.

Downside: Overmiked, oversold and overpackaged. Some of what works in Vegas should stay in Vegas.

Did you know: Yes, that's the name his parents gave him.

More information: Video clips, audio clips, digital downloads and merchandise available at http://www.darrenromeo.com.

E-mail Robert Hurwitt at rhurwitt@sfchronicle.com.

This article appeared on page E - 1 of the San Francisco Chronicle

Darren Romeo: The Voice of Magic: Magic show. Created and performed by Darren Romeo. Music direction by Pat Caddick. Presented by Siegfried & Roy. (Through July 13. Post Street Theatre, 450 Post St., San Francisco. 80 minutes. Tickets $40-$65. Call (415) 771-6900 or go to http://www.ticketmaster.com.)
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jun 13, 2008 12:05PM)
Dear Colleagues, Please Support Magicians at the San Francisco AIDS Walk 2008!

You can walk this year (with Brian Scott’s Magic Team)
…or you can create special magic by making a small donation online!

Once again a group of local magicians and variety artists are gathering to support this year’s AIDS Walk.

If you would like to donate to our team, you may do so easily on-line using the link below. Any amount of support is welcomed and very appreciated!

Here is my link to our donation site and team for the 2008 Walk:

http://aidswalksanfrancisco2008.kintera.org/vincent

Joining me is my new ventriloquism-character, Vincent Baskerville-Smithe, the “newest member” of Spellbinder Entertainment’s performing troupe… which is why you’ll see his name attached to our page!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your generous consideration!

Walt Anthony (and)
Master Vincent Baskerville-Smithe
For Spellbinder Entertainment
“spinning tales and weaving enchantment”

------------------------

"...it is only with the heart that one can see rightly,
what is essential is invisible to the eye..."

-Antoine de Saint Exupery, 1900-1944-
Message: Posted by: kcg5 (Jun 13, 2008 03:45PM)
Found this thread by mistake, but count me in. San Ramon, in the northern part. Born in San Francisco.

Recently saw John Carney at the Ca. magic dinner theatre, great stuff.


kevin
Message: Posted by: calamari (Jun 17, 2008 09:52AM)
Did you see him the nights the lights went out? I was there that night and wow what a night John was on fire...
Message: Posted by: Dave Egleston (Jun 17, 2008 05:09PM)
Just got back from the [url=http://www.bamagic.com/]GGG[/url] - Kinda surprised at the lack of Bay Area Magicians.

Alan Okawa, Ron Bauer, Steve Youell, Paul Cummins, Kainoa Harbottle and Steve Dobson were the lecturers.

Some of the "names" in attendance were Mike Gallo, Curtis Kam, Steve Brooks, The Buck Twins and Ricky Smith along with a bunch of other accomplished/published magicians.

Next year promises to be just as exciting and prestigious...... I'm sworn to secrecy but keep an eye out, there is a strict limit on attendance in order to keep this as special as the first two Get Togethers.

Dave
Message: Posted by: Michael Kamen (Jun 17, 2008 07:59PM)
[quote]
On 2008-06-17 10:52, calamari wrote:
Did you see him the nights the lights went out? I was there that night and wow what a night John was on fire...
[/quote]

That was great. I brought the family and they had a ball. John Carney's performance was inspiring enough -- that the power outage is but a faint memory makes me realize what a consummate professional the man is. It was a privilege to be there.
Message: Posted by: calamari (Jun 19, 2008 02:51PM)
"I will now make a goat apear... Baa Baa down Jumbo pfwaa!!!" John Carney is the man. I LMAO, Great show
Message: Posted by: magicmanfrank (Jun 19, 2008 06:00PM)
Hey Everyone!

I will be performing ALL 17 Days of the Alameda Co. Fair in
Pleasanton starting tomorrow, June 20th-July 6th
with my Family-Comedy Magic Show!

If you are in the area come by and say hello!!!

=Frank=
Message: Posted by: calamari (Jun 23, 2008 12:29PM)
[quote]
On 2008-06-11 17:08, calamari wrote:
Santa, you should pop in to see the Pendragons at the Cal Magic Dinner Theater this week end.
Rich
[/quote]
Looks like the Pendragons enjoyed themselves at Cal Magic as they will be back on Aug 1st and 2nd in case you missed them last time. seeing them perform their Metamorphosis that close up was very impressive.
Rich
Message: Posted by: Doughlas (Jun 23, 2008 12:48PM)
Yes the Pendragons were great during their last visit.

But be sure to come out this weekend and see The Flying Calamari Brothers, absolutely two of the funniest magicians in the Bay Area! I never miss one of their shows!
Message: Posted by: charliemartin (Jun 24, 2008 01:42PM)
Hey Guys! If you want to see Darren Romeo, better act soon, hasn't been announced yet but I have heard a rumor they are cutting their date down.

Charlie
Message: Posted by: calamari (Jun 24, 2008 02:44PM)
For anyone one who does not know Charlie he is the Manager of the Houdini's Magic Shop on Pier 39 talented magician, comedian and a good guy. if you get the chance stop in and introduce yourself.
Rich
Message: Posted by: charliemartin (Jun 28, 2008 02:27PM)
Thanks Rich for the kind words. Please stop anytime to see me, I am there pretty much all the time. I also appear on Sunday nights at the SF Playhouse in the show "Magic & More"..with Big Alcatraz, RJ Owens and Adam Sachs and sometimes Fred Anderson. $20 admission and showtime is at 7pm. Lots of fun.

Charlie
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Jul 10, 2008 06:59PM)
EXIT THEATRE

156 Eddy (at Taylor), San Francisco, CA

BACK AGAIN!!!

Christian Cagigal’s “Pandora Experiment” returns to EXIT Stage Left July 25-August 16

Master Magician & Illusionist’s “Slightly Creepy” show is a highly theatrical play on the imagination

San Francisco. May 13, 2008. "Such tricks have strong imagination,” said William Shakespeare. Once again, Christian Cagigal will jolt you out of those midsummer doldrums with his special brand of highly theatrical, mind-melding magic, luring you to play along in his “slightly creepy” show.

EXIT Theatre brings back for the fourth time acclaimed magician and illusionist Christian Cagigal’s The Pandora Experiment for eight midsummer performances - Fridays and Saturdays, July 25-26, August 1-2, 8-9, 15-16 - at EXIT Stage Left, 156 Eddy Street in downtown San Francisco. All shows are at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $20. Reservations http://www.theexit.org.

Audiences love giving their minds over to the puckish Cagigal for an intimate evening of close-up magic, mind-reading, and theater. Cagigal is an EXIT Theatre artist-in-residence and appears regularly at the Eddy Street venue.


Magician and illusionist Christian Cagigal invites his audience to think inside the box in The Pandora Experiment, Fridays and Saturdays, July 25-Aug.16 at EXIT Stage Left, 156 Eddy St. in Downtown San Francisco

“Cagigal’s performance takes the audience beyond the willing suspension of disbelief and into another place and time where magic is not the work of a performer but exists in creaky wooden boxes found in a grandparent’s attic…His staging and sensitivity as he plays with his audience conveys a level of trust…so[they] feel included in the magic.” – Nara Dahlbacka, SF Weekly

"A show that'll change viewers' estimation of magic forever. No mere illusionist...Cagigal is one of those rare alchemists of the imagination." - Nirmala Nataraj, SF Station

"Dastardly clever. Cagigal's feats...keep his audience riveted." - Robert Avila, SF Bay Guardian

"What does The Pandora Experiment reveal? Above all else: Imagination." - Nara Dahlbacka, SF Weekly


Cagigal is a former member of the San Francisco Mime Troupe the nation's oldest living political theater company and a founding member of the new Precarious Theatre Company.


Show info and links to reviews (scroll down the right hand side for those)
http://christiancagigal.blogspot.com/

Show info/reviews/youtube clip on morning TV
http://www.myspace.com/ccagigal

Photos
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tangobaby2/sets/72157605619267486/

Buy Tickets
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/28740
Message: Posted by: charliemartin (Jul 12, 2008 02:12PM)
Christian,

Get me a poster and I'll hang it in the store.

Charlie
Message: Posted by: Magicdoc88 (Jul 14, 2008 11:23AM)
Anyone know the results of the PCAM competition at Montery over the weekend?
Message: Posted by: tcted (Jul 17, 2008 02:15PM)
Hey all... I'm new to the Forum here, but also in the Bay Area... I'm looking to join the SAM and was wondering if anybody on here goes to any of the Bay Area SAM groups and if you're pleased with them... I'm considering the Palo Alto one as it's an easier drive then going into the City... Any advice would be appreciated... Thanks Ted
Message: Posted by: calamari (Jul 17, 2008 02:43PM)
Hey Ted, I hear good things about the Palo Alto group and have met a few of the members and they are good guys. Welcome to the thread and to the Bay Area
Rich
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Jul 17, 2008 03:28PM)
Anyone here have Scott Alcalay's (of the Oakland Magic Circle) contact info? OR, would anyone here be willing to give him a shout on my behalf?

He sent me a PM asking me to call him regarding the OMC, but he only gave me a 6 digit phone number! He has yet to read the PM I sent back to him...

thanks!
G
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jul 18, 2008 12:37PM)
This Sunday (20th) is the SF AIDS Walk,
if you can support our team of Magicians with any donation,
it would be so appreciated!

Here is my link to our donation site and team for the 2008 Walk:

http://aidswalksanfrancisco2008.kintera.org/vincent

Thanks! Walt
Message: Posted by: tcted (Jul 18, 2008 06:16PM)
Rich,

Thanks for the report on the Palo Alto group. I have decided to go to their August meeting to check it all out. Hope to meet some of you there.

Ted
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Jul 20, 2008 07:23PM)
Hey gang,
Just wanted to share a little teaser trailer for Pandora. We open next Friday.
http://youtube.com/watch?v=OHXXo7koBIg
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jul 25, 2008 12:06PM)
Brian Scott and David Hirata,
two of the Bay Area's best,
this Sunday at the free San Francisco Theater Festival
in Yerba Buena Gardens!

See ya's there?
Walt
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Jul 25, 2008 01:01PM)
BREAK MANY LEGS GUYS!!!!

More shameless plugging on my part,
The Pandora Experiment was named one of the Top 5 theater shows to catch this weekend, on their page THE LIST, for the third time!!!

We open tonight and run until Aug 16th every Friday and Saturday.
more info and tickets theexit.org .

C
Message: Posted by: tcted (Aug 1, 2008 12:04PM)
Anybody here planning on going to see the Pendragon's this weekend at Cal Magic? I'll be there tonight.

Ted
Message: Posted by: calamari (Aug 1, 2008 02:55PM)
I will be there tomorrow night,

to all of my friends out here in the Bay Area do try to make it to this wonderful venue that is a rare Gem for the art of magic. We are truly blessed to have so many oportunities to see great magic here in the Bay Area and this place is one of only a handfull of venues featuring magic in the world. please make a point of reserving a seat (or more)for one of the upcoming shows and show your support of the art of magic and this rare and wonderful place. (tell everyone you see)
Thanks
Rich
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Aug 1, 2008 04:23PM)
Somewhere along the line I stopped getting the email updates from Gerry... and I stopped going because of it.

I am going to see Christian's show tonight.
Message: Posted by: calamari (Aug 1, 2008 06:54PM)
Some people don't require a written invitation, some do...
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Aug 3, 2008 12:32PM)
It's not about the invitation but rather the schedule updates to keep it on my radar.
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Aug 4, 2008 03:05PM)
“TALES OF WONDER AND SHADOW”
-An Evening of Magical Enchantment-

Reservations: http://www.MagicParlor.Info

THE CABARET THEATRE
1748 Market Street, San Francisco

8:30pm Sharp!

The Third Saturday Evening Every Month!
August 16 / September 20 / October 18 / November 15

$25 Cover-Charge - Café Open for Soft-Refreshments
__________________________________
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Aug 4, 2008 04:40PM)
Can't wait!
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Aug 8, 2008 04:13PM)
Chloe Veltman is the Chief Theater Critic for the SF Weekly which is one of the 2 big independent newspapers in San Francisco and one of the 4 main San Francisco papers that get's circulated around town and around the Bay. She's also a freelance writer whose work appears in papers from London to New York (ok there's nothing but ocean between London and New York but you get the idea.) She sent me one of the many articles that have been flying around recently covering the report in Nature Reviews Neuroscience about magicians knowledge containing a window into the brain.

I replied back to her and she seemed to think my response was worth writing about, even though I totally digressed from the topic. The link leads to her blog on Arts Journal that gets about a quarter of a million hits. http://www.artsjournal.com/lies/2008/08/a-magician-speaks-out.html

This also appears on her own sites blog http://www.chloeveltman.com/blog/2008/08/magician-speaks-out.html#links

I think I'd totally get creamed on some of the other rooms in this Café but I figured the local kids might get a kick out of it.

Best,
Christian
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Aug 9, 2008 12:47PM)
Love your take in the article Christian, and it shows in your performance!

Speaking of magic as an art and craft...
We've also set our guest-artists
for the first four "Third-Saturday" shows
(see my post above) they are:

August - David Miller
September - Ruth Fraser
October - David Hirata
November - Brian Scott

And I'll be in the mix somewhere as well...

Magically,
Walt
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Aug 11, 2008 03:32PM)
Hey Christian,

Loved the show. Good job!

Cheers,

Tom
Message: Posted by: Ronin (Aug 16, 2008 10:07AM)
Hey guys,

The "Bay Area Backroads" segment on magic in the Bay Area is re-airing this weekend: Saturday (8/16) and Sunday (8/17) at 6pm on KRON 4.

If you missed it the first time around, it's a very nice overview of some magic epicenters in the area: the indispensible Misdirections Magic Shop in SF, Will Chandler's wonderful Magic Garage in the South Bay and (my favorite) Gerry Griffin's California Magic Dinner Theater in Martinez.

In addition, two of the Bay Area's best, PCAM winner Chin Chin and Disney magician Alex Ramon are heavily featured.

Check it out.
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Aug 18, 2008 11:08AM)
Thanks for the heads-up, Ronin. I caught the show on Sat.

Cheers,

Tom
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Aug 20, 2008 06:32PM)
Hey Gang,

I'll be a guest at Talk Show Live! on Sept. 15th.
What is Talk Show Live? Well it's a talk show........that's live.
Interesting guests. Great place. Good food and drink. I'll be interviewed and probably doing a segment from Pandora as well.

Info on the other guests that night, Talk Show Live and how to buy tickets is here.
http://www.talkshowsf.com/09152008


Best,
C
Message: Posted by: magic4ewe (Aug 31, 2008 01:45PM)
Hi everyone,

Just a couple of things going on:

On September 2nd (Tuesday) Oakland Magic Circle will be hosting their Annual Inter-Club Professional Stage Competition. For Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/40082 We would love to see anyone from California Magic or the SAM 112 who knows Danielle to come out and support her as she will be competing this year! She is very excited and I know she would love the support if you can make it. This is a really big deal for her and she is really looking forward to it.

On September 13th SAM 112 presents the Stars of Magic at the Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College Avenue, Berkeley. For Tickets Please Call: (925) 798-1300 or http://www.juliamorgan.org/ Adults $14.00 Seniors/Children: $ 10.00 Once again Danielle is in the lineup and will be performing at this event and would love the support. She will be closing out her act with her popular dollhouse illusion.

Again, we would love to see Café members, anyone from California Magic, or SAM 112 come on out to these two events. Thanks everyone and we hope to see you there! If you do come, please be sure to stop by and say "hi"!

Magically yours,

Kristen
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Sep 12, 2008 06:56PM)
Ok I know this is a repeat from a 2 posts ago but, I wanted to keep us SF Nor Cal folks up at the top of the list ;)

And remind you guys, that if you aren't doing anything on Monday come check this out...


Hey Gang,

I'll be a guest at Talk Show Live! on Sept. 15th.
What is Talk Show Live? Well it's a talk show........that's live.
Interesting guests. Great place. Good food and drink. I'll be interviewed and probably doing a segment from Pandora as well.

Info on the other guests that night, Talk Show Live and how to buy tickets is here.
http://www.talkshowsf.com/09152008


Best,
C
Message: Posted by: Zazz (Sep 12, 2008 10:42PM)
Come out to support magic and S.A.M. #112 this Saturday, 09/13/08 at the Julia Morgan Center for the Arts in Berkeley. There is more information about this show two posts above this one.

See you there,

Dan
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Sep 16, 2008 04:40PM)
http://www.MagicParlor.Info

This month our Showcase Guest at Third-Saturdays is

Ruth Fraser
a powerful storyteller, entertainer, and master raconteur

There’ll be Magic with David Miller and Walt Anthony as well!

Join Us on Saturday, September 20th

“TALES OF WONDER AND SHADOW”

8:30pm Sharp!

The Third Saturday Evening Every Month!

THE CABARET THEATRE
@ the Alano Club (Clean & Sober)
1748 Market Street, Second Floor
(Between Octavia & Gough Streets)

$25 Cover-Charge Donation
(Half Price Tickets: http://www.Goldstar.com)

Café Open for Soft-Refreshments

http://www.SpellbinderEntertaiment.com
http://www.ParadoxMagic.com
http://www.TalesWorthTelling.com
__________________________________
Message: Posted by: EsnRedshirt (Sep 19, 2008 02:20PM)
Thought I'd chime in with a heads up about this year's Newark Days- which is this weekend 9/18-9/21, and has the theme "It's Magic!" If you're in or around the Fremont area, come on by and check it out. http://www.newarkdays.org/

There'll be performances by magicians throughout the event, including Kent Family Illusions, Magic Dan, Rick Allen, and Tamaka & the Empress. (I'll possibly be wandering around watching some of the shows- though my wife and I have been too busy recently to be involved much this year.)

-Erik
Message: Posted by: magic4ewe (Oct 2, 2008 04:38PM)
Hi everyone! Wow, its been awhile since this thread has been updated so I thought I would get it back up towards the top.

Hope everyone is doing well. Its been a long time since I've seen you Rich and I hope you-- and all the Calmagic family-- are doing well! We've really have to get Danielle's VIP membership renewed!! We've had a busy summer, but things are starting to settle down now so hopefully she and Dan will be back soon!!

The show at the Julia Morgan Theatre went really nicely. An audience member from San Francisco actually taped Danielle's performance and put it up on YouTube. Imagine our surprise! If you would like to see her 10 minute video you can check it out at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIw8pq5kTs0 Rich, I don't think you ever saw her perform on stage before. EsnRedshirt came out and saw her 2 (?) years ago at the Share the Magic Show at the Pleasant Hill Rec Center.......

Speaking of which, this year's Share the Magic show will be on October 17, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. Danielle will be performing again this year. If some of you are available we would love for you to come on out and support the show!

I hope all is well with everyone! Take care and hope to catch up with some of you soon, until then, wishing you all the best!

~ Kristen
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Oct 8, 2008 06:29AM)
I'm surprised no one is talking about Ricky Jay's show in San Francisco.
Message: Posted by: calamari (Oct 8, 2008 02:55PM)
Do tell, I had'nt heard he was in town or nothin. anyone got the low down?
Message: Posted by: rorythegreat (Oct 8, 2008 05:15PM)
I read about it in Joe's misdirections e-mail newsletter. I accidently deleted it and can't remember when or where it was. Any info would be great!
Rory
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Oct 9, 2008 11:49AM)
He is at the JCC in SF. I believe it is Nov 1st. This is his magic show, not another "evening with the author" like he did so many years ago. I think it was in the Palo Alto SAM Enews, but Joe might have picked it up too.
Message: Posted by: Dorian Rhodell (Oct 9, 2008 10:52PM)
Hey all bay area magi,

Just giving everyone a heads up that starting this Saturday, I'll be performing magic at Little Joe's Italian Restaurant in San Francisco. The restaurant is located on the corner of 5th and Mission right next to Bloomingdale's.

So if anyone want's to stop by, eat some food, drink some drink and possibly heckle a magician....then come on by! But be gentle...

Best,

Dorian Rhodell
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Oct 13, 2008 11:24AM)
This month our Showcase Guest at Third-Saturdays is--

the wonderful and innovative David Hirata!

--a powerful entertainer and respected local innovator

Join Us on Saturday, October 18th

“TALES OF WONDER AND SHADOW”

8:30pm Sharp!

The Third-Saturday Evening Series at

THE CABARET THEATRE
@ the Alano Club (Clean & Sober)
1748 Market Street, Second Floor
(Between Octavia & Gough Streets)

$25 Cover-Charge Donation http://www.MagicParlor.Info

(Half Price Tickets: http://www.Goldstar.com)

Café Open for Soft-Refreshments

There’ll be Magic with David Miller and Walt Anthony as well!

http://www.SpellbinderEntertaiment.com
http://www.ParadoxMagic.com
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Oct 13, 2008 07:19PM)
[quote]
On 2008-10-09 12:49, Tom Cutts wrote:
He is at the JCC in SF. I believe it is Nov 1st. This is his magic show, not another "evening with the author" like he did so many years ago. I think it was in the Palo Alto SAM Enews, but Joe might have picked it up too.
[/quote]

Don't forget Jay Alexander also at the JCC this Sunday afternoon.

Well, well, it seems like our little magical world is a bubbling now ain't it.
Jay Alexander at JCC this Sunday
Jay Alexander also at the Throckmorton in Mill Valley on Nov 28th
Ricky Jay also at JCC-November 1st
Walt and Friends at Alano Club this Saturday
Magic and More at the SF PlayHouse on Sunday's
Cal Magic every Saturday in Martinez.
Dorian at Little Joes
Big Al Catraz on Pier 39
Jerry Salizar on the Wharf (near In and Out)
Joe Pon's Shop (I'm sure there's a lecture soon)

Nice to see all of us hustlin' and a-bustlin' =)
I hope to see some of you all real soon.

C
Message: Posted by: Zazz (Oct 14, 2008 10:54AM)
S.A.M. 112 and Pleasant Hill Recreation will be having our Share the Magic show at 7:00 p.m. at the Pleasant Hill Community Center just off Taylor Boulevard.
Hope to see you there.

Dan
Message: Posted by: Zazz (Oct 17, 2008 10:58AM)
Tonights the night for the S.A.M. 112 and Pleasant Hill Recreation Share the Magic Show at 7:00 p.m. at the Pleasant Hill Community Center just off Taylor Boulevard at the Parkside Rm., 320 Civic Drive. Tickets can be perchased for $8 per person at the door or by phone. Call (925) 676-5200

Dan
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Oct 17, 2008 06:32PM)
My colleague for our SF Third-Saturday Showcases, and
local entertainer David Miller, filmed a commercial today,
using his unique skills to make special Magic with an IPhone!

Congrats to David, and to bringing more Magic to TV and Apple...
visit David, along with me, and our guest the marvelous David Hirata,
at tomorrow's show. MagicParlor.Info

Magically,
Walt
Message: Posted by: Ronin (Oct 19, 2008 06:48PM)
Hey Guys,

Hope "Share the Magic" was fun. We had a blast at the Magic Parlor this weekend.

Don't miss the Pendragons this coming weekend at California Magic--seeing them in such close quarters is just fantastic!

Tickets and info: http://www.calmagic.com
Message: Posted by: Jay Alexander (Oct 20, 2008 07:59AM)
I want to thank all of you who came out to my show yesterday.

My next public Bay Area appearance will be my "Carnival of the Mind" show on Friday, November 29th at the Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley. The show always sells out so get your tickets early.

Ricky Jay's show at the SFJCC only has 5 tickets left as of yesterday.

Thanks Again for the support,

Jay Alexander
Message: Posted by: kcg5 (Oct 22, 2008 12:15PM)
Wow, I have been missing out. I live in san ramon, and I was just thinking of posting a thread about bay area members getting together. Sounds like some cool stuff has happened that I have missed out on. whats up next?
Message: Posted by: kcg5 (Oct 22, 2008 12:50PM)
Who is going to rickyjay? I found a couple tickets on craigslist, and some are listed at the jcc website.
Message: Posted by: Ronin (Oct 23, 2008 03:14PM)
I just got the word from Gerry Griffin at California Magic that the Pendragons had to reschedule their appearance this weekend. No date announced yet, but watch http://www.calmagic.com for updates.
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Nov 2, 2008 12:45AM)
Just got out of the world premier of Ricky Jay's new show!!!
Message: Posted by: Michael Kamen (Nov 2, 2008 09:27AM)
We were very lucky to get perfect center seats. Quite a thrill, great new show by Ricky Jay, and what a scene.
Message: Posted by: kaytracy (Nov 2, 2008 10:05AM)
For those in the greater Bay/Central area, and interested in things a bit more on the bizarre side of the world, there will be a small (limit of 40 persons due to venue size) gathering in Livermore starting Fri 13 March 2009 through 15 March.
For more info, contact me at hotmail, address is cptkay@hotmail.com
Message: Posted by: calamari (Nov 3, 2008 11:03AM)
Tom or anyone with the OMC I need a contact for the group, I received a call from John Calvert this weekend and need to get his contact info to someone in the OMC.
sorry I no longer keep up with that group and can't seem to find contact info. John will be in California in Jan. and I guess he is trying to line up a lecture or some such. any group in the area interested in contactin John for a lecture in Jan please get in touch so I can pass on contact info.
Thanks
Rich
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Nov 6, 2008 12:31PM)
You heard it here first…

Yesterday we (finally) signed the Contracts for
a NEW San Francisco Performance Venue!

The venue will open right after the rainy-season in APRIL ‘09,
and shows will be EVERY Friday and Saturday evening, to start.

This will be an ONGOING and permanent downtown show,
in an elegant and intimate Victorian-Parlor Setting,
featuring locals performing themed Storytelling/Bizarre Magic!

Principal partners are David Miller and myself,
however we are bringing in other partners and entertainers,
as well as auditioning EARLY next year for swing-spots.

The show is Theatrical-Magic Performance-Art in nature.

Details will follow or…
email me with your questions, or if you wish to audition.

We are sooooo excited!!!!

Magically,
Walt
Message: Posted by: edh (Nov 6, 2008 08:53PM)
How many seats does the theater hold? Is this like the Ricky Jay show with performances on stage? Or is it more intimate?
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Nov 7, 2008 01:36AM)
Hi Rich,

Mr Calvert called me as well. I don't have Alcalay's phone and his response to PMs here has not been speedy.
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Nov 7, 2008 10:28AM)
Hi EDH,

We want a "parlor" feel so we're going to try to limit it to 40 guests per evening,
it will be on a stage, but with spillover into the audience.
Keeping is small and fairly upscale we'll probably have a $30-35 cover charge.
A lot more details to come later.

Thanks, Walt
Message: Posted by: calamari (Nov 7, 2008 12:27PM)
Thanks Tom, I have left him an email. all I can do for now.

Rich
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Nov 9, 2008 12:26PM)
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Auditions:

· For quality Magicians with Acting/Storytelling experience.
· Cabaret/Parlor style setting within San Francisco area.
· Need Guest Artists and Understudies for scripted magic-show.
· Ongoing venue, every weekend, percentage of ticket-sales stipend.
· Winter rehearsals for early Spring opening.
· Send Resume, Bio, Photo, and Video (if available) to:
David Miller
SF Magic Parlor
425 Walnut Street
San Francisco, CA 94118

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Message: Posted by: Jay Alexander (Nov 11, 2008 07:37PM)
Hey Everyone,

I will be back at the 142 Trockmorton Theatre in Mill Valley, CA on Friday, November 28th.

Here is the info:

Jay Alexander's Carnival of the Mind
an evening of magic, psychology and lies....

Friday, November 28, 8:00pm
$20.00 General Admission, Doors 7:30pm
$30.00 Advance Admission, Doors 7:00pm
Buy tickets at TicketWeb or by calling 415.383.9600

http://www.142throckmortontheatre.org/event.php?eventid=882

The theater holds 350 people but usually sells out. If interested get your tickets soon.


Jay Alexander's Carnival of the Mind - a dynamic, high energy show that combines magic, psychology, comedy and a bit of the old flim-flam...

“The Funniest show in town!” Newsweek
“The Master of Bafflement” David Crosby
“Astonishing!” Bono of U2

A master magician and comic, Jay Alexander is one of the top corporate and society entertainers in the country. He has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, MTV and a favorite on many local morning shows. Star of the award winning cd-rom “Learn the Art of Magic,” Jay creates customized shows for Fortune 500 companies and is a consultant and co-author of many magic books.

Jay is the great-grandson of the legendary vaudeville performer, Gentleman Ben Darwin. As a child he found a trunk in his grandparents' attic filled with magic and escapes. His interest in magic took-off from there. At the age of fourteen Jay was honored to be the youngest recipient of the Society of American Magicians' Gold Medal of Honor.
Message: Posted by: Logan Five (Nov 18, 2008 10:33PM)
Anyone have a review of Ricky Jay's show?
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Nov 22, 2008 06:15AM)
I make no claims about this guy. I saw one of his shows once and it was... [i]Bizarre beyond words[/i]. I, for one, plan to be there!

[b]This SUNDA​Y!​
STALL​ION blasts​ magic​ all over kids!

11-​23-​2008
3 pm
The Make Out Room in San Franc​isco
3225 22nd st
with [url=http://www.me3music.com/]Me 3[/url] (a band for kids-​of-​all-​ages)[/b]

http://www.stallionmagic.com/
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Nov 22, 2008 09:12PM)
More [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgb5-ClrdV8]STALLION![/url]

I'm pumped now!
Message: Posted by: Dorian Rhodell (Nov 26, 2008 12:05PM)
Hey everyone,

I will be at Little Joes on the corner of 5th and Mission in San Francisco both Friday and Saturday this weekend at about 7:00.

Stop by, have a drink and say hi!

Best,

Dorian Rhodell
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Nov 27, 2008 11:54AM)
Yes but when is Ursula showing up?
Message: Posted by: Dorian Rhodell (Nov 27, 2008 01:42PM)
She'll be at the bar. Where else?
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Nov 27, 2008 06:32PM)
Oh, the where I knew. When is the real question.
Message: Posted by: Dorian Rhodell (Nov 28, 2008 05:04PM)
5 p.m.
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Nov 29, 2008 02:03AM)
Dorian,

You gottaget the Santa into the act. Call me

Cheers,

Tom
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Nov 29, 2008 10:41AM)
Hi gang,

The Oakland Magic Circle is hosting a discussion and Q&A with living legend Lee Grabel this coming Tuesday, Dec. 2nd.
Message: Posted by: Zazz (Dec 4, 2008 09:57PM)
Jeff Ezell will be headlining at California Magic Dinner Theater this weekend and Friday night only Arron Fisher will be performing close up magic during the dinner time. He is video taping this evening's magic for an upcoming project with Wayne Houchin.

http://www.calmagic.com

Dan
Message: Posted by: Zazz (Dec 5, 2008 11:18AM)
There should be a comma after ONLY. Arron Fisher will not be the only one there.

Dan
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Dec 5, 2008 02:08PM)
If you live in N. California do yourself a favor and GO SEE THIS SHOW!!!
http://66.218.69.11/search/cache?ei=UTF-8&p=arabian+nights+berkeley+rep&fr=yfp-t-501&u=www.berkeleyrep.org/season/0809/2878.asp&w=arabian+nights+night+berkeley+rep&d=PQURAUfiR21M&icp=1&.intl=us

it's beautiful
it's poetic
it's accessible
it's theatre!
IT'S REAL, ACTUAL, MEANINGFUL, FUN, IMAGINATIVE, AUDIENCE AND HEART CONNECTING THEATRE!
IT'S WHAT THEATRE SHOULD BE!
ANYBODY WHO WISHES TO INSPIRE WITH STORYTELLING AND THEATRE AND MAGIC (no illusions....but it's magic)
SHOULD SEE THIS SHOW!
http://66.218.69.11/search/cache?ei=UTF-8&p=arabian+nights+berkeley+rep&fr=yfp-t-501&u=www.berkeleyrep.org/season/0809/2878.asp&w=arabian+nights+night+berkeley+rep&d=PQURAUfiR21M&icp=1&.intl=us

I would critique it but nothing can kill the experience of art like critiquing it, even a thoughtful and postive critique from me would kill my own experience of the show. I won't dare do that to myself and I won't dare do that to do you.

All I'll say is that I rarely if ever rave or feel like this about a show, any show, of any kind that I see!!!!!

GO SEE
MARY ZIMMERMAN'S
ARBIAN NIGHTS
AT BERKELEY REP. !
http://66.218.69.11/search/cache?ei=UTF-8&p=arabian+nights+berkeley+rep&fr=yfp-t-501&u=www.berkeleyrep.org/season/0809/2878.asp&w=arabian+nights+night+berkeley+rep&d=PQURAUfiR21M&icp=1&.intl=us

Love,
Christian
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Dec 9, 2008 02:11PM)
HI ME AGAIN!
My good buddy David Hirata is putting on his yearly Holiday Magic Show with Kim Silverman every weekend until the end of the year at The Marsh Theatre in San Francisco. The Marsh Theatre is well known for it's intimate shows and it's high level of solo performers that come through there. It is a family show but David's material is not the usual childrens's entertainment fare; stories and wonder and music and magic fill David's show. I think you will agree it's quite lovely experience. If you're in the SF Bay Area and you have kids....hell even if you don't have kids.... come check out this show.

Here's the site link
http://www.themarsh.org/magic_holiday.html

Best,
Christian
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Dec 10, 2008 02:35PM)
David is the best! And his annual shows are always sold out and very entertaining, I did a fill-in one year and it was great fun, try to stop by and support David and Kim is you are in the area!

Magically,
Walt
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Dec 16, 2008 09:49PM)
I'm on the lookout for a very afforable web-desinger
in the San Francisco Bay Area, with an artistic flair,
who can design and launch a very simple five-page website.
I already have the domain and it's already hosted.
Any leads are apprecaited.

Thanks,
Walt
Message: Posted by: Zazz (Jan 2, 2009 11:19AM)
Happy New Year

Dan
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Jan 9, 2009 03:33AM)
Now and at the Hour
Previews in San Francisco before going to NYC as part of the 2009 FRIGID Festival, a new festival for independent theatre.

Here's my blog for more info:
http://christiancagigal.blogspot.com/
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Jan 10, 2009 01:06AM)
[quote]
On 2009-01-09 04:33, christiancagigal wrote:
Now and at the Hour
Previews in San Francisco before going to NYC as part of the 2009 FRIGID Festival, a new festival for independent theatre.

Here's my blog for more info:
http://christiancagigal.blogspot.com/
[/quote]

flier looks GREAT, Christian!

Can't wait for [i]Friday the 13th[/i] of February...
Message: Posted by: Dorian Rhodell (Jan 10, 2009 02:05AM)
Hey guys,

A lot of North Bay News lately. That's Great! And here's some more. I just found out that I will be lecturing for Misdirections Magic Shop on Wed. January 28th.
For more information, p.m. me here or contact Joe Pon at Midirections Magic Shop.

Phone: (415) 566-2180
misdirection@earthlink.net

All my best,

Dorian Rhodell
Message: Posted by: Spackle666 (Jan 11, 2009 07:37PM)
Hey congrats On the lecture Dorian. I also heard a rumor that there was going to be a shoot ogawa lecture in palo alto this month...anyone got any information on that?
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Jan 11, 2009 11:48PM)
[quote]
On 2009-01-11 20:37, Spackle666 wrote:
Hey congrats On the lecture Dorian. I also heard a rumor that there was going to be a shoot ogawa lecture in palo alto this month...anyone got any information on that?
[/quote]

I heard about that as well. But not the specifics. It's Ring 94 if I'm not mistaken. I wish they'd list their events here, seeing at there is no real centralized clearing house for magical news around the bay...
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Jan 12, 2009 02:37PM)
NICE DORIAN!
But, I've seen your magic...you're teaching us THAT stuff! =p

Please just not the thing you do with the...and the.....then you.......(shudder.....)

I can't bare to think about.

But, I'll pay you to teach it! =)
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Jan 12, 2009 03:13PM)
[quote]
On 2009-01-12 15:37, christiancagigal wrote:
NICE DORIAN!
But, I've seen your magic...you're teaching us THAT stuff! =p

Please just not the thing you do with the...and the.....then you.......(shudder.....)

I can't bare to think about.

But, I'll pay you to teach it! =)
[/quote]

Christian, darling... Don't think! It's not your strong suit. :)
Message: Posted by: Jay Alexander (Jan 12, 2009 05:58PM)
Hey Guys,

I will be back at the Marin Civic Center for two shows on January 25th.

More info on the public shows at http://www.JayAlexanderShow.com

Cheers,

Jay

P.S. Break a leg Christian and Walt on your shows and Dorian on the lecture.
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Jan 15, 2009 04:13PM)
So when's somebody outside of the Bay Area (or even in the Bay Area) gonna realize that NY and LA aren't the only places for magic anymore. As the internet keeps making the world a smaller place, it's also getting democratized (the net's buzz word.) In turn the world is becoming a HUGE place with options and space for everybody! Including our amazing and diverse SF Bay Area.

Jay's got more shows planned for this year
Paul Nathan's back with Devil in the Deck.
Fred Anderson's Magic and More
Big Al, RJ Owens and Adam Sachs: Absolute Magic
David Hirata's Holiday Magic Show (hoping to see grown up stuff from him soon...I mean that in a good way.)
Gerry and Cal Magic
J.S. at the Warf
Big Al at the Pier
Walt Anthony, David Miller and Brian Scott (sorry show title escapes me)
Christian Cagigal (that's me...) opening Now and at the Hour after going to NYC
Kay Tracy's Bizarre Convention-Odd Gathing March 2009
Dorian's Golden Gate Gathering for our talented flickers
Magic Garage in the San Jose Area (never been but heard it's fun)
Jon Pon Misdirections Magic Shop (an important apex for all of the events and people to connect. There's power in connection and numbers this forum is proof)
Jim Fassbinder: The San Francisco Ghost Hunt Walking Tour-not a magic show but it's got magic in it =)One could call it a slightly Bizarre historical walking tour and it's been running almost everyday for the past 10 years.
Alex Gonzales came out of Joe Pon's Stage Competitions and now is the STAR OF RINGLING BROTHERS AND BARNUM AND BAILY CIRCUS! NO KIDDING!

I'm sure I'm forgetting somebody right now...

But all of this to say...
We have a lot to be proud of here in San Francisco and I just want to acknowledge it.

C
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Jan 19, 2009 10:44AM)
Correction: Alex Gonzales is now ALEX RAMON.

Look for him on the cover of some big magician's magazine in the next month or two....keep an eye out guys you can't miss it!

C
PS
I just found out that my new show will get some ink in Magic's Update section next month!
Message: Posted by: Jay Alexander (Jan 21, 2009 08:59AM)
Two More Christian:

1) In a few months Voronin will be back from Munich and starring in Teatro ZinZanni. If you have not seen him you need to, watching Voronin is a master class in character.

2) We also have Franks show that has great magic in it.

Twisted Cabaret starring Frank Olivier
Saturday, Feb. 7th @ 8pm
Throckmorton Theatre 142 Throckmorton Mill Valley, Ca
415-383-9600
http://www.twistedcabaret.com
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Jan 23, 2009 06:56PM)
And don't forget Jay's family show at the Marin Civic Auditorium on Sunday!
(plug plug) =)
Message: Posted by: Jay Alexander (Jan 25, 2009 12:31AM)
Thanks Christian. Both shows are sold out for this Sunday! Please come to my “Magic at the Symphony” show on Sunday, March 1st. I am really excited about this show. I have been writing a lot of new material with the conductor. You will see floating violinists and a Whoopie Cushion symphony. It might not be classy but it is funny!

At the Herbst Theater. Please come, I have a 1000 seats to fill.

Jay
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jan 27, 2009 04:48PM)
The title (as Christian was home and it was late) is:

"Eccentrics of San Francisco's Barbary Coast" ...a magical escapade!

We open in April, please feel free to join our Facebook Fan Page for updates.

First Tuesday in March we'll be doing a workshop at the Oakland Magic Circle on Story and Magic, and talking about the new show a bit.

Congrats Jay on having 1000 seats to fill at the Herbst!

Magically,
Walt
Message: Posted by: Jay Alexander (Feb 5, 2009 09:13AM)
Magic at the Symphony with Jay Alexander
Sunday, March 1st
2:00pm

info at: http://www.JayAlexanderShow.com
Message: Posted by: Zazz (Feb 10, 2009 03:07PM)
Jim Pace's Magic Lecture
This Tuesday night, 02/10/09.
Held at California Magic Dinner Theatre in Martinez, Ca.
7:00 p.m.
$12
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Feb 13, 2009 06:39PM)
Dang, Christian. Your SF shows are all sold out!!!

Congratulations.
Message: Posted by: Spackle666 (Feb 23, 2009 02:23AM)
It was a great preview... I am very interested in seeing how it has developed when christian returns from NYC
Message: Posted by: Ronin (Feb 27, 2009 12:37PM)
Wayne Houchin is lecturing at California Magic next Thursday, March 5th!

He'll be teaching a number of not-yet-published routines, as well as discussing topics such as character development and goal setting.

Wayne Houchin lecture
Thursday March 5
California Magic Dinner Theater
729 Castro St
Martinez, CA
Info: http://www.calmagic.com/lecture.html
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Feb 27, 2009 01:44PM)
“Eccentrics of San Francisco’s Barbary Coast …a magical escapade!”
The Chancellor Hotel Union Square is home to the San Francisco Magic Parlor.

Our Box Office officially opens on March 1st
selling tickets from April to July 4th weekends,
hope to see you at the show(s)!

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/50624
or 800-838-3006

Our new Blog is at:
http://sanfranciscomagicparlor.blogspot.com

Magically,
Walt
Message: Posted by: charliemartin (Feb 27, 2009 07:25PM)
Good Luck Walt..wish you success.

Charlie
Message: Posted by: kaytracy (Feb 28, 2009 02:35PM)
Still some space for anyone interested in attending the Odd Gathering- 3-13 to 3-15 2009 just over the hills in Livermore.
We are leaning towards the Bizarrist edge, but all are welcome to join us....
PM for more info.
Kay
Message: Posted by: Ronin (Mar 2, 2009 09:46AM)
Re: Wayne Houchin (four posts back)

I forgot to mention that Wayne will also be headlining the dinner show at California Magic this weekend, Friday (3/6) and Sat (3/7).

Tickets/info: http://www.calmagic.com
Message: Posted by: Astrocity (Mar 2, 2009 01:56PM)
Heads Up Everyone,

I don't know how many of you noticed Ronin's posting...

Wayne Houchin is coming to Martinez this week!!! A lecture and performing Onstage at California Magic. I don't know about the rest of the Magicians in the Bay Area, but I'm looking forward to hearing what Wayne has to say in his lecture. I think he's one of the few truly influential Magicians out there today. Also, if you have never seen a performance at The California Magic Dinner Theatre, come on down and see Wayne perform. If you have been before, it's Wayne Houchin, what are you waiting for?!
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Mar 2, 2009 03:49PM)
[quote]
On 2009-02-05 10:13, Jay Alexander wrote:
Magic at the Symphony with Jay Alexander
Sunday, March 1st
2:00pm

info at: http://www.JayAlexanderShow.com
[/quote]

Jay-

The wife and I loved this show! The perfect mix of music and magic! We especially loved your lighthearted banter with the orchestra. It really seemed like everyone on stage enjoyed themselves as much as we did in the audience. You've got to do this sort of thing more often...
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Mar 3, 2009 03:23AM)
The [url=http://www.oaklandmagiccircle.com/]Oakland Magic Circle's[/url] [url=http://www.oaklandmagiccircle.com/OMC%2520newsletterFebruary%25202009%5B1%5D%5B1%5D.pdf]March meeting[/url] is tuesday the 3rd (today!)
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Mar 3, 2009 07:14PM)
And, I know it's last minute,
I (me) will be doing a workshop on theatrical magic
at said OMC meeting above,
so ignore the rain and join us,
there'll also be a preview of our new SF production.

Magically,
Walt
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Mar 11, 2009 06:21PM)
Hello my SF Area pals!
We're back from NYC where we spent the past couple of weeks in the East Village doing our new show, "Now and at the Hour". The show went great! And, it's much different from the show many of you saw at Previews in San Francisco. Here's a review from nytheatre.com

Now and at the Hour
2009 FRIGID Festival
The Red Room
Horsetrade Theatre
East Village

Review by Danny Bowles

Occasionally, when a critic needs to calm down a bit, he/she will describe a particularly talented performer as a "magician." Christian Cagigal actually is a magician, which would make that description a touch redundant, were it not an apt way to describe his virtuosic performance in his one-man show Now, and at the Hour, currently playing at the Red Room as part of the FRIGID Festival.
The show is equal parts magic show and autobiographical monologue, with Cagigal telling first the story of how his father came back from Vietnam a schizophrenic, and then how his father led him to discover magic. Some of his father's influence was his eccentricity—for instance, asking young Christian "What do you think about clairvoyance? how about time travel?"—but a much greater influence, sadly, were his father's frequent violent episodes, during which, as Cagigal says, "I would have to stay out of his way." This led to a great deal of time spent in his room perfecting card tricks and such.
Gradually, it becomes clear that the tricks performed have everything to do with the monologues, as each trick in some way deals with memory or clairvoyance, or turning back the clock. And the tricks truly are spectacular. Cagigal's skill will have skeptics nodding approvingly at his seamless execution, and the credulous convinced that he is, in fact, psychic (his mind-reading tricks are so well-done they're a bit unsettling).
To catalogue Cagigal's act would be to take a great deal of the mystery out of the performance, which is the most entertaining thing about the evening. Being a moderately cynical person with a great deal of interest in—and a bit of knowledge about—the way in which deception is employed for theatrical effect, I was very pleasantly surprised to see a show where I had absolutely no idea how Cagigal was doing what he was doing. Watching a mind-reading act, my default assumption is that the mind-reader somehow has some prior knowledge to work with. This assumption completely dissolved when my companion was selected as a volunteer for one such trick, and Cagigal promptly—and accurately—guessed the initials of the person she had been thinking of, about whom she'd said nothing.
Where Cagigal the magician is masterful, Cagigal the actor is no less so. The monologues are performed with much less flair and levity than the magic; appropriately, considering the harrowing content. When performing magic, he is quick, witty, charming, larger than life, and when telling the story of a sad, withdrawn boy practicing card tricks and writing in his journal in the park because he's scared to go home, Cagigal becomes much smaller, quieter, and melancholy. It is as if—apropos of a repeating theme throughout the show—he travels back in time to become that little boy again. The effect is dramatically powerful and emotionally devastating.
In spite of all this, the show is by no means a downer. The dazzling magic Cagigal performs, and its derivation from his needing something to keep the horrors of his childhood at bay, end up leaving the audience not necessarily believing in magic, but believing in the magic of the imagination. This is the writer-performer's goal, and he reaches it with style, dignity, and true artistry. Now, and at the Hour is a unique and genuine theatrical experience that should not be missed.



-----

We will be running "Now and at the Hour" all summer long this year (Fridays and Saturdays) I love how SF is getting full of actual magic shows as of late =)!!!

Hope this post finds you all well,
Christian Cagigal
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Mar 19, 2009 06:28PM)
Hi gang....
Anybody have any Bay Area updates for us all?

What's the hap's at Cal Magic?
Walt and Co? What's the inside skinny?

Dorian?
Jay?

C
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Mar 22, 2009 03:26PM)
Thanks for asking Christian...
Check out our Blog for all that's fit to print:
BLOG:
http://sanfranciscomagicparlor.blogspot.com

INFO:
http://www.SanFranciscoMagicParlor.com
http://www.BrownPaperTickets.com or 1-800-838-3006
Message: Posted by: Jay Alexander (Mar 23, 2009 12:23AM)
[quote]
On 2009-03-02 16:49, gaddy wrote:
[quote]
On 2009-02-05 10:13, Jay Alexander wrote:
Magic at the Symphony with Jay Alexander
Sunday, March 1st
2:00pm

info at: http://www.JayAlexanderShow.com
[/quote]

Jay-

The wife and I loved this show! The perfect mix of music and magic! We especially loved your lighthearted banter with the orchestra. It really seemed like everyone on stage enjoyed themselves as much as we did in the audience. You've got to do this sort of thing more often...
[/quote]

Thanks Gaddy, I was slow to see your post. The conductor and I had a meeting the other day and plan to do the show again in the next year. I am also talking about producing the Swing Circus show in the city this year. It has been over 10 years since we have done a public show and the original swing band I started the show with is back together.

Glad you enjoyed the symphony show.

Best,

Jay Alexander
Message: Posted by: Jay Alexander (Mar 23, 2009 12:24AM)
Christian,

Congrats on the run in NYC.

Jay
Message: Posted by: calamari (Mar 23, 2009 11:25AM)
Jay, can't wait for the Swing Circus to be back... Is it with Lee Presson and the nail? can't remember what band you started it with... but I remember it was a great show.

Cal Magic is having their fifth aniversary show on April 3rd and 4th can't believe it has been 5 years already.

it is a great time to be a Bay Area Magician or magic fan... so much going on and so much variety... gotta love it.
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Mar 27, 2009 03:19PM)
Yes I agree! I hope the rest of the magic world starts to take notice =)
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Apr 2, 2009 01:58PM)
Grand Opening Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm!
Celebrating the 150-Year Anniversary of the 1849 Gold Rush...
Come see what all the wild and weird fun is about...

“Eccentrics of San Francisco’s Barbary Coast …a magical escapade!”
The Chancellor Hotel on Union Square is home to the San Francisco Magic Parlor.

OUR WEBSITE: http://www.SanFranciscoMagicParlor.com

OUR BLOG: http://sanfranciscomagicparlor.blogspot.com

Join our Magical Journey through old San Francisco’s colorful and notorious past!
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Apr 5, 2009 04:09AM)
Dennfox and I took a field trip and checked out Eccentrics of the Barbary Coast at the Chancelior Hotel on Union Square in San Francisco and we have to say that we were very pleasantly surprised.

Eccentrics is a lovely, pleasing and entertaining show. Each piece is a magical storytelling vignette centered around a different Eccentric of San Francisco’s past: from Emperor Norton to Anton Levay.

The research was plentiful and delivered very entertainingly. My gripe with lots of bizarre storytelling is that it falls in love with “itself and its historical facts” so the entertainment and arguably some of the Art vanishes mysteriously. But, not so with Eccentrics. The writing was condensed and well paced. You got a full experience, while wanting to know more about these kooky folks of San Francisco history.

The effects punctuated each story very nicely. Eccentrics strikes a balance between effect and story. At times, the story takes center stage but not at the diminishment of the effect. Other times the effect takes center stage but it’s conclusion circles back to the story. And, other times the story and effects work together in a symbiosis. This is a very hard balance to handle, Eccentrics does it quite well.

Combined with the energy of Walt Anthony, David Miller, Brian Scott and Ruth Frazier, the show clips along due to these very charismatic performers; the 4 working either together or alone create a feeling of a family or troupe sharing their stories and a few good laughs along the way. There’s actually quite a bit of show packed in a show that’s about and hour and half with intermission.

The set and set pieces are quaint (but I mean that in a good way!!!) very good feeling to be in the presence of the items and props before the show, very cozy, which added to that "family" air.

Overall I have to admit I was smiling from ear to ear the entire time. This is a lovely , fun and intimate San Francisco experience. And, a feather in the cap of San Francisco magic….

I’m proud to say, a very different kind of magic…..=)
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Apr 7, 2009 10:34AM)
[url=http://www.oaklandmagiccircle.com/]Oakland Magic Cirlce's Flea Market and Auction[/url] is tonight!
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Apr 8, 2009 04:11PM)
OMC was great last night! I hadn't visited in 10 years and it was great to see old faces, new faces. Daryl was in attendence! Snagged myself a (rear-end) load of books for a little over 100 bucks.

Scott Alcalay did a really nice job and did a lot of work reaching out the community at large.

3 Cheers for Scott and the OMC!
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Apr 8, 2009 07:27PM)
It certainly was fun, wasn't it?

I picked up a nice green necktie with a tasteful graphic of the Indian rope trick (now I need a cups and balls tie... Anyone?), a "Magic Circle" magic kit (for the nephew) a couple of good books and lots of other little gems and spent less than a hundred bucks as well!

Overall it was a blast, except sitting through endless "auctions" from people trying to unload dusty old VHS tapes for a few bucks each. [i]Sorry, but why are you up there trying [b]for 3 minutes[/b] to get the bid from three dollars to four?[/i] Don't you have better things to do with YOUR time and OURS ?!?!?

Sorry, had to vent!

Can't wait for the next one!
Message: Posted by: Balaram (Apr 8, 2009 09:31PM)
Scott did a terrific job, it was a good crowd and great bunch of vendors.
So Scott--how about another this summer--?
Thanks again to OMC for this event.
Message: Posted by: charliemartin (Apr 9, 2009 04:20PM)
The event was fun not because I could get other peoples' trash but to see people I haven't seen in years. It's fun where you have several former national presidents of the IBM & SAM, DARYL, Jay Alexander ( and of course the big announcement by Dick Newton about Jay) and I know a ton more but it was fun. Scott, you did a good job.
Message: Posted by: Dan Magyari (Apr 13, 2009 04:56PM)
Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco
HIROKI HARA (Winner of Lance Burton award at WMS Teen Competition 2009)
Performing Sat. April 18, 2009 3pm - 3:30pm
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Apr 15, 2009 04:30PM)
Our own Alex Ramon was on ABC's The View today!!! He and his sister helped to make Whoopi Goldberg float in the air!!!!

I believe you can find it on ABC.com

C
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Apr 15, 2009 09:11PM)
The 1906 Earthquake is commemorated at 5:12am each year at Lotta's Fountain on Market & Kearney,

Join the San Francisco Magic Parlor cast Saturday morning, mention Magic Café for a special surprise!

Join "Eccentrics of San Francisco's Barbary Coast" Friday or Saturday evening to see us rock the city and set our own fires!
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Apr 23, 2009 11:06AM)
As "Eccentrics of the Barbary Coast" moves into week #4
it would be fantastic to see some familiar (and Café) faces in the audience
this Friday and Saturday, strangers are great but friends are even better!
Info at http://www.SanFranciscoMagicParlor.com

Magically, Walt
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Apr 27, 2009 05:15PM)
Check out Jay Alexander in the May issue of Magic Magazine! I already have my copy reserved with Joe Pon do you?

C
Message: Posted by: magicians (Apr 28, 2009 11:20AM)
I will be on your coast in the fall, if you'd like to have my lecture anywhere in your area, give me a buzz.
Magic Ian here: Ian Garrison

Any openings at your club?
The 30th anniversary tour will continue until January 1st.
I have been doing the first lecture since 1977, and it has been well received at SEAM, IBM, SAM, PCAM conventions plus countless IBM and SAM clubs. Also one of the only lecturers to have performed the lecture 5 years in a row at the Tannens Jubilee.
-----------------------------------
The lecture is on rope, canes, candles, rope, balloons, silks, some coins and small objects, cards, and did I mention rope?
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The second lecture is one entire lecture devoted to one rope effect called "dances with ropes". I did this new lecture to RAVE reviews and even the DVD on it has been getting high praise.



Quote:
“Magic Ian is one of the guys that taught me how to be inventive...he can teach you too!

His CREATIVITY and ideas are brilliant; his lecture is worth traveling to from anywhere..don’t miss it!”

-Jeff McBride Las Vegas Headliner

Magic Ian on youtube: coin in Balloon Professor Ians Nightmare username= stagetricks

My personal web site of videos: http://www.magicians.tv

I have a one-man- parade in Linking ring in June, 09

Thanks,
Magic-Ian
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (May 1, 2009 11:42AM)
Congrats Jay!
A great read in Magic Magazine.

Magically, Walt
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (May 1, 2009 01:59PM)
Great Press!
The San Francisco Examiner just published a wonderful article on our San Francisco Magic Parlor, you’ll find it at:

http://www.sfexaminer.com/entertainment/44028047.html
'Eccentrics' celebrates San Francisco's mavericks By: Christina Troup

Magically,
Walt
Message: Posted by: Balaram (May 3, 2009 11:16PM)
That is a great article, congrats again Walt! But are you really going to add Jim Jones-?!!
Message: Posted by: gaddy (May 4, 2009 12:20AM)
Bwahahaha!
Message: Posted by: Jay Alexander (May 4, 2009 11:34AM)
Thanks Walt! Congrats are your press as well.
Message: Posted by: kentfgunn (May 4, 2009 12:40PM)
Gaddy, Jay, Christian, Walt et. al.

There's a dichotomy twixt the cool, professional, suave and otherwise working magicians in the city and the slightly (or in some cases greatly) less talented and less mainstream crew centered about the penninsula.

Y'all, (I lived in the depths of southern America for far too long) are cordially invited to the only magic convention that's spitting distance from the greatest city in the world. The Golden Gate Gathering.

I'm guessing some or most of you already know the indomitable Mr. Rhodell. He'll vouch for our little conclave. I realize most of you are way too cool to attend a magic convention. This one is . . . well . . . different.

1. Our dealer room is Bryon Walker. (We don't have a dealer room, really. We just like Byron and he likes to bring books for sale.)

2. We drag in close-up guys to lecture and hang out. Kohler, Dobson and J.C. have worked the real world for a long time. Some of the stuff they're bringin' is worth takin' home.

3. The whole thing is a pretend convention. It's all about the session room. It's all about the session room. Oh, and the best magicians/performers that show up are rarely the lecturers.

4. This isn't an invitation only thing. It has that vibe, in that we don't post huge advertisements anywhere. There is no exclusionary thing going on here. Three Gs beat four Fs any day.

Consider expanding our circle of friends in the Bay Area.

http://www.bamagic.com
Message: Posted by: gaddy (May 5, 2009 01:23PM)
I'll be there Kent!

I'll also be at the Oakland Magic Circle tonight giving a lecture on Bar Magic @ 8:00pm if anyone is interested...

Nothing formal, just going over a lot of my repertoire, talking about doing magic successfully in a bar (on either side of the bar) and sharing some stories...
Message: Posted by: Steve Brooks (May 5, 2009 11:29PM)
Maybe one day I'll make the drive and check your meetings out, I'm not that far away. :smoke:

In regards to the [url=http://www.bamagic.com]GGG[/url] - hands down the best little gettogether in North America. I haven't missed one yet and am looking forward to seeing all my friends and of course always making new ones. :)

P.S. Look, the [url=http://www.bamagic.com]GGG[/url] is so good - last year I attended the entire LVMI in Las Vegas and then flew directly to San Francisco for the GGG...sleep? Who needs it! :bwink:
Message: Posted by: kentfgunn (May 6, 2009 12:48AM)
Steve,

Love ya big guy!

Gaddy !!!! Dude . . . your lecture was excellent. You were prepared and had excellent information to share with the OMC. Your time behind the bar, doing magic for real people shone through, like a real ray of sunshine.

I especially enjoyed seeing you do the cups and balls. I love that trick. You asked me what kind of magic I do. I know that's what the cool lecture-dude has to say to to the fat old farts at magic meetings. You did it with zero condescension btw, huge marks!!!

What kind of magic do I do?

I do this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEYmGnK4K9g

I do the cups and balls, like no one else on this planet.
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (May 6, 2009 03:13PM)
My show reopens the 5th of June and runs on the weekends so I won't be able to make it for the weekend of the 12th. Plus, once the show opens I'll be broke. Aspiring theatre artists don't make a lot.

C
Message: Posted by: gaddy (May 7, 2009 03:34PM)
[quote]
On 2009-05-06 01:48, kentfgunn wrote:
Steve,

Love ya big guy!

Gaddy !!!! Dude . . . your lecture was excellent. You were prepared and had excellent information to share with the OMC. Your time behind the bar, doing magic for real people shone through, like a real ray of sunshine.

I especially enjoyed seeing you do the cups and balls. I love that trick. You asked me what kind of magic I do. I know that's what the cool lecture-dude has to say to to the fat old farts at magic meetings. You did it with zero condescension btw, huge marks!!!

What kind of magic do I do?

I do this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEYmGnK4K9g

I do the cups and balls, like no one else on this planet.
[/quote]

Kent, it was my honor and privilege to lecture for the OMC. Many thanks to Byron and Scott and the rest of the board for allowing me that opportunity.

I'm so glad you enjoyed it, and found it informative as well. I was afraid that my old tricks out of [i]"Clever and Pleasant Inventions"[/i] wouldn't cut it! I'm really not breaking much new ground here at my bar, but I do love to perform for people and to make 'em happy. I have a great love for magic in [i]all[/i] it's infinite variety...

I'm a younger guy in magic -it's true, but I'm pretty old-fashioned in that I have great respect for my elders, and that goes 10X fold when it comes to magic. I learn as much as I can from as many places as I can, but I always find my best answers from those who have already traveled on the long road. PS- your "fun shop cups and balls" is GREAT!

Honestly I walked in there HOPING I had at least a half hour worth of effects and notes, but, going on an hour when I asked how we were doing on time, I realized I could have been up there for another hour! Yes, I'm that much of a blowhard!

Once again, my great thanks to you and the membership of the Oakland Magic Circle for letting me share my small brand of magic with you, and I hope you'll allow me to do so again in the future!
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (May 11, 2009 03:14PM)
REVIEW: 'Eccentrics of Barbary Coast' takes a magical tour through S.F. history

Saturday, May 9 2009

By Pat Craig, Contra Costa Times

With a part of the restaurant at San Francisco's Chancellor Hotel turned into a Victorian-era parlor, the characters in "Eccentrics of the Barbary Coast" have a cozy place for a homecoming.
The low-key 90-minute show, designed as much for Bay Areans as for tourists, blends tales of legendary local figures, from Emperor Norton and Alma Spreckels to Jim Jones and Anton LaVey, with a parlor magic show. The result is a delightful nightcap following a busy day in the city or a nice theatrical after-dinner mint for those not quite ready to call it a night.

The performers, magicians Walt Anthony, David Miller and Brian Scott, along with storyteller Ruth Fraser, take the stage with an elegant charm, spinning their yarns about the historical figures with magic tricks that are somehow keyed to the characters they are presenting.

Spirits are summoned, for example, when they tell the story of Mary Ellen Pleasant, a wealthy San Francisco woman who was a leading abolitionist and supporter of the Underground Railroad, and later rumored to be one of the leading practitioners of Voodoo in the city.
When Anton LaVey's story is told, an impossibly heavy wooden box said to contain the souls of those lost to LaVey's Satanist church, is lightened following incantations.

For those who grew up and grew gray in the Bay Area, stories of more contemporary figures like Jones and LaVey seem a bit out of place on the same bill as the bull-goose loonies of the 19th century, such as Emperor Norton and Oofty Goofty (who made his living by allowing people to kick him or hit him with a baseball bat for a price). It doesn't help that memories of the Jonestown tragedy at Jones' compound, still feel fresh.

For newcomers and out-of-towners, though, those two are just more cogs in the amazing wheel of eccentricity that has spun San Francisco into a magical town of fog, food and foolishness.
If nothing else, the show gives hosts another destination to take visitors — and, except for those unusually well-versed in San Francisco lore, the "Eccentrics" show will offer surprises and new information to those who live here.

Anthony, Miller, Scott and Fraser are all seasoned performers who put their audiences at ease and gently lead them into the tales, just as they might do with guests in their own homes. The small venue has a charmingly intimate feel that really does seem like a comfortable parlor. The show is still in its early stages and could use some additional visual elements — slides, perhaps, of locations mentioned in the stories — to help flesh out the theatrical nature of the performance.

Theater Review
• WHAT: "Eccentrics of the Barbary Coast"
• WHERE: Chancellor Hotel, 433 Powell St., San Francisco
• WHEN: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, open-ended
• RUNNING TIME: 1 hour 30 minutes
• TICKETS: $30; 1-800-838-3006,
http://www.brownpapertickets.com, http://www.sanfranciscomagicparlor.com/

SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER - Entertainment

'Eccentrics' celebrates San Francisco's mavericks
By: Christina Troup
04/29/09

Walt Anthony absolutely adores The City. He jumps at the opportunity to play the role of tour guide when friends and family come to visit.

About six years ago, Anthony, who has more than 25 years of experience in stage magic and acting, began to experiment with the idea of blending theater and magic in a way that would take audiences on an emotional journey as well as highlight the place he’s proud to call home.
With the help of David Miller, Brian Scott and Ruth Fraser, he created “Eccentrics of San Francisco’s Barbary Coast,” a colorful chronicle of San Francisco’s sumptuous past.

Evoking the atmosphere of a Victorian parlor Fridays and Saturdays at the Chancellor Hotel, Anthony and company weave together vignettes about San Francisco’s wide array of eccentrics.
“San Francisco protects and nurtures its eccentrics, rather than rejecting them like other big cities might,” the Chicago transplant says.

Anthony says the aim of the show is to “be truthful without being factual all the time, since sometimes legend outweighs the fact.”

Who are the “eccentrics?” Mary Ellen Pleasant: On one hand, Mammy Pleasant was a civil-rights activist who used her fortune to further the abolitionist movement, but was also rumored to have been a voodoo priestess.

Joshua Norton: The businessman who lost his mind proclaimed himself “Emperor of These United States,” and was embraced by The City rather than shunned.

Alma Spreckels: “The Great Grandmother of San Francisco” coined the term “sugar daddy,” supposedly invented the garage sale and persuaded her first husband to donate the Legion of Honor to San Francisco.

Anthony says additional legends may be added, possibly including contemporary characters such as Peoples Temple founder Jim Jones.

“I find that people who come to San Francisco … come here wanting to know what happened during the Gold Rush, what happened after the earthquake and want to know who these people are that the streets are named after,” Anthony says. “They really love hearing about The City and that’s why they leave their hearts here.”

IF YOU GO:
Eccentrics of San Francisco’s Barbary Coast
Where: Chancellor Hotel, 433 Powell St., San Francisco
When: 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays through July
Tickets: $30
Contact: (800) 838-3006; http://www.brownpapertickets.com

THE SAN FRANCISCO TRIBUNE:

Eccentrics of San Francisco’s Barbary Coast un show de magia y alegría
Tres fantástico magos y Buenos cuentistas se reúnen para relatar historias inéditas de las personas más coloridas y excéntricas de nuestra bella ciudad de San Francisco. Aparte de los excéntricos de la historia, también veremos en acción a tres excéntrico comediantes y actores en un show de aproximadamente hora y media de duración.
Los excéntricos de San Francisco es un show para todos, pero especialmente para turistas que llegan nuestra ciudad por una visita corta y gracias a Ruth Fraser, Walt Anthony, David Miller y Brian Scott, quines cumplen con una brillante actuación, aprenden mucho sobre nuestra venerada historia.
El recorrido empieza con caracteres singulares de principios del siglo XIX con relatos inéditos de la época de búsqueda de tesoros y del oro, con [personajes tan típicos como Mark Twain, quien paso el invierno mas frío de su vida en un verano en San Francisco; con famosas prostitutas y mujeres exhibicionistas de la altura de Lola Montez, o filantrópicas de un corazón de oro como la gran Alma Spreckels.
Este bello recorrido histórico es muy divertido y es siempre acompañado por increíbles actos de magia, como la mesa que se eleva sin ser tocada. Por más que nos matamos buscando, no pudimos ver ningún cable, un truco fenomenal; o por ejemplo el truco de las cartas que se terminan clavando en una espada solitas, estas eran las mismas escogidas secretamente por el público respetable.
Eccentrics of San Francisco's Barbary Coast es un show estupendo, merece ser visto por chicos y grandes; es un show de magia, risas y cultura general que se presenta en el Hotel Chancellor, sito en el 433 Powell St, San Francisco. Se presenta hasta el 4 de julio.
Informes: http://www.sanfranciscomagicparlor.com/

ROUGH TRANSLATION:

Eccentrics of San Francisco’s Barbary Coast -a show of magic and happiness-

Three fantastic magicians and good storytellers gather to relate unpublished histories of the most colorful and eccentric people of our beautiful city of San Francisco. Apart from the eccentrics from history, also we will see in action three eccentric actors and comedians in a show of approximately an hour and a half in duration.

Eccentrics of San Francisco’s Barbary Coast is a show for all, but especially for tourists who come to our city for a short visit, and thanks to Ruth Fraser, Walt Anthony, David Miller and Brian Scott, will enjoy a brilliant performance, and learn a lot about our venerated history.

The journey begins with singular characters of the beginning of the 19th century, with unpublished histories of the search for gold epoch, with personages as typical as Mark Twain, “who spent the coldest winter of his life in a summer in San Francisco”; with famous prostitutes and women exhibitionists of the fame of Lola Montez, or with the philanthropic golden hearted, big Alma Spreckels.

This beautiful historical trip is very entertaining and it is always accompanied by incredible acts of magic, as a table rises without being touched. However much we killed ourselves looking, we could not see any cable, a phenomenal trick; or for example the trick of playing-cards that ended up being stuck on a sword, and were the same cards chosen secretly by the respectable public.

Eccentrics of San Francisco’s Barbary Coast is a marvelous show, it deserves to be seen. It is a show of magic, laughter and culture that that is presented in the Chancellor Hotel, situated at 433 Powell St, San Francisco. It appears until July 4. Info at http://www.sanfranciscomagicparlor.com/

THE BARBARY COAST NEWS
http://www.thebarbarycoastnews.com/

A funny thing happened on my way to Union Square*

*(I was captured by magicians)

With an out-of-town visitor in hand—someone who’s seen most everything there is to see in San Francisco—my guest and I wandered out one recent Friday evening to see something completely different—a night of magic and storytelling at the Chancellor Hotel.

Calling their presentation Eccentrics of San Francisco’s Barbary Coast this group of four magicians and storytellers weave tales of the sometimes weird people and events of the early Barbary Coast into their magic tricks. So you get a little history with your entertainment!

Set in the Victorian Room, an intimate first-floor dining area inside Union Square’s Chancellor Hotel, legends of another time in San Francisco come alive. My guest loved hearing tall tales of vigilantes, Shangai Kelley (whose bar was, I believe, right down Pacific Avenue—a stone’s throw from The Commons), hookers and a voodoo queen—those individuals who peopled The City 150 years ago.

The performers began their magic presentations in April and will continue until July 4, 2009. The 90-minute show, which is available on Friday and Saturday nights only, begins sharply at 8 pm. The room accommodates a maximum of 40 people, so it’s important to reserve your space if you plan to attend.
Message: Posted by: gaddy (May 24, 2009 04:12AM)
N E 1 here do sum magic?
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Jun 1, 2009 05:56PM)
Hi Gang,
Quick reminder that "Now and at the Hour" returns to SF starting this Friday June 5th and runs every Friday and Saturday until August 15th. (NO SHOWS JULY 3RD AND 4TH.)

For, info, tickets and reviews from New York please go here
http://christiancagigal.blogspot.com/2009/05/now-and-at-hour-returns-june-5th.html#links

For those of you who saw our Preview performances earlier this year, this is a very different show from what you saw...in a good way =)

Hope to see you all soon,
Christian
Message: Posted by: kentfgunn (Jun 1, 2009 06:03PM)
Christian,

I'm trying to talk the GGG crew into making a mass migration to Now and at the Hour. What is max seating? How early would we have to purchase tickets to assure we could get six together?

KG
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Jun 2, 2009 01:00PM)
WOW I'M HONORED!
Here's the link to buy tickets.
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/52529

It's only a 49 seat theater. The ticket price is a sliding scale of 3 choices, don't be shy to choose the cheapest choice, no really I mean that. But, all seating is general seating. To my own surprise I'm starting to get to the point where the show sells out just from the calender listings and word of mouth. But, one never knows how that will change (economy and such you know) so, I'd say buy tickets ASAP if you want to be able to get a whole group in.

This is awesome! Thank you!
Lemme know when you guys are coming!
C
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jun 2, 2009 01:11PM)
Christian!

Congrats on the re-launch of "Now and at the Hour"…
it’s great to have a downtown neighbor in magic.
The preview version was quite good,
so I expect this will be a fantastic show,
can’t wait to bring the Eccentrics crew!

Magically,
Walt
http://www.SanFranciscoMagicParlor.com
Message: Posted by: Ronin (Jun 3, 2009 11:13AM)
See you this weekend Christian--I'm really looking forward to it!

And, for those of you who haven't seen "Eccentrics of the Barbary Coast" (Friday and Saturday evenings at the Chancellor Hotel off Union Square)...what are you waiting for?

It's a delightful show, one of the best storytelling magic productions I've seen. For us magicians, the effects may not be especially new, but to see their effect on a lay audience is a lot of fun. And the "Eccentrics" cast has done a terrific job of creating an entertaining ensemble of character-performers. The stories are a well written and told, and often amazing.

Check it out!
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Jun 4, 2009 03:14PM)
Now and at the Hour and Eccentrics of the Barbary Coast received top picks for the SF Examiner today!
Check out page 43.

We open tomorrow night! =0
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jun 9, 2009 11:59AM)
OK, What do you do,
when you have a showcase to demonstrate your talents and skills…
and then it works so well,
all the cast members start getting bookings that conflict with the showcase running?
Panic.
Celebrate.
Both?
That’s the new wave for “Eccentrics of San Francisco’s Barbary Coast”
now in our third-month!

http://www.sanfranciscomagicparlor.com/entertainment.html
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Jun 10, 2009 02:15PM)
Yes one day it would be nice to have a staff to handle the producing duties and/or make enough where gigging wouldn't be needed at all =)

Hey Bay Area Gang,
Just wanted to share another review of Now and at the Hour
http://www.edgesanfrancisco.com/index.php?ch=entertainment&sc=theatre&sc2=reviews&sc3=performance&id=91514

show info and tickets at
http://www.theexit.org
or
http://www.christiancagigal.blogspot.com

You could see TWO magic shows in one neighborhood in one weekend! Hec you could see three shows if you went to Magic and More at SF Playhouse on Sunday nights.
You Bridge and Tunnel folks might want to rent a little room with the spouse in Union Square (I think Walt could recommend one) and make a whole weekend out of it.

All three very different shows =)

C
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Jun 18, 2009 06:18PM)
Hey Greater Bay Area Magi!
If you have Comcast check out the local magazine show Inside City Limits. For the next couple of weeks you'll find a 3 minute segment on "Now and at the Hour".

Also, check out the Datebook Pink Section of this Sunday's Chronicle, there should be a picture and write up of the show too!

(Okay it may actually be in next weeks, I'm not sure. And, it's a photo of Pandora and not this show but I'm small time and I'll take whatever the hell I can get.)

And, of course, don't forget Walt's show is playing just a few blocks away at Union Square. What a great way to make a weekend out of seeing magic and theatre.

Stay at the Chanceloir Hotel and see Walt's show Friday night.

Saturday Day: take the N-Judah Muni train straight to Joe Pon's Misdirections Magic Shop! Hang out!

Then train it back to Powell walk up to Taylor and Eddy to see Now and at the Hour on Saturday night! Stick around after the show and we'll get a drink or a milkshake around the corner!


C
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Jun 19, 2009 01:20AM)
CORRECTION!
Now and at the Hour will NOT be featured in this Sunday's Datebook Pink Section
We will be featured in NEXT weeks Sunday's Datebook Pink Section
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jun 19, 2009 02:47PM)
Carol Channing and Friends! In San Francisco July 18th

CAROL CHANNING returns home to San Francisco “where she belongs”
in her first appearance after having to cancel late last year due to a broken leg.

Joining the Broadway Icon and San Francisco native are…
the bawdy Carole Cook (the world’s second Dolly),
International Chanteuse-Dangereuse Joyce Aimee
and the Magical Styling’s of Walt Anthony
for an unplugged evening that follows a simple format—

Carol offers memories, humorous storytelling and, of course,
several of her signature tunes, including "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend,"
" Little Girl From Little Rock" and, of course, the title song from "Hello, Dolly!"
that brings the audience up close and personal with the Ultimate Broadway Baby.

A benefit performance for the Dr. Carol Channing / Harry Kullijian Foundation for the Arts,
working to bring the arts education back into California schools.

Saturday, July 18, 2009 at 7:00 pm PST

Tickets $25 to $75 (VIP Section)

McKenna Theatre
San Francisco State University Creative Arts Building
1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Reservations at:
http://www.CityBoxOffice.com
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Jun 19, 2009 03:25PM)
[quote]
On 2009-06-19 02:20, christiancagigal wrote:
CORRECTION!
Now and at the Hour will NOT be featured in this Sunday's Datebook Pink Section
We will be featured in NEXT weeks Sunday's Datebook Pink Section
[/quote]

I just wanted to be clearer!
It's not FEATURE! It's a write up....but STILL COOL!

C
PS
Go see Walt with Carol Channing!!!!
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jun 21, 2009 10:59AM)
The words SOLD OUT are magical words for a performer to hear!
But, we also hate to disappoint any potential guests at our Parlor....
last night we didn't even have standing room,
so why not reserve early and visit the "Eccentrics" next weekend?
http://www.SanFranciscoMagicParlor.com

And please don't miss Christian's "Now and Again"
just a hop,skip, and jump down the road from us,
may he have sell-out crowds as well.

Viva The Magic!
Walt
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Jun 22, 2009 04:07AM)
So, wait, what 2 magic shows are going on in SF on the weekends again? I know there's "Magic and More" but I think I'm forgetting something....
Message: Posted by: charliemartin (Jun 23, 2009 05:17PM)
Actually four magic shows in sf. You have Walt's, Christian's, Chin Chin's matinees at the Pier 39 Theater and of course Magic & More on Sunday nights at 7pm.
This week after the regular magic show, The Howard Stone Show...featuring "The Iron Magician". a takeoff of Japan's Iron Chef. RJ Owens vs. Charlie Martin. 8:30pm
$20.00. For further info check out www.comedyonthe square.com. It should be fun!!

Charlie
Message: Posted by: chin-chin (Jun 25, 2009 12:15AM)
Hey Guys:
Here are the details for the show! Thanks for the mention Charlie! Good Luck Christian and Walt! Hope everyone is doing well!
C-C

The Magic of Chin-Chin: 'HOCUS REFOCUSED'
SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS |1PM & 3PM
J'la Chic Theatre 39 at Pier 39, San Francisco
[above the Hard Rock Café]
http://www.chin-chin.com
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Jun 25, 2009 02:05AM)
So....

Who you all voting for in the Bay Guardian's "Best Magician" category? :devilish:

Yes, there IS one this year! Don't let Robert Strong steal it again!

http://www.sfbg.com/bobpoll2009/
Message: Posted by: Jay Alexander (Jun 27, 2009 04:32PM)
Gaddy, Robert has every right to win in the magic section. It is the other categories that are questionable.

To make things fair, vote for Jay Alexander.

http://www.sfbg.com/bobpoll2009/
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Jun 28, 2009 08:06PM)
Hey we're all winners...

Especially Christian Cagigal
http://www.sfbg.com/bobpoll2009/
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jun 30, 2009 12:07PM)
I caught Chin-Chin’s show last Sunday,
almost got to Magic & More, but got sidetracked ‘till next week,
want to see Now and the Hour in its final form when we have a dark night.
Too much magic with too little time!

Vote for Christian AND Jay to cover your magical bases for the Guardian.

Walt
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jul 2, 2009 12:00PM)
Wow! San Francisco Chronicle’s “96 Hours”
ran a full page for “Eccentrics”!
On page F - 16 of the San Francisco Chronicle

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/07/02/NSQQ18E26Q.DTL

'Eccentrics of San Francisco's Barbary Coast'
Source: sfgate.com
Magician David Miller says that he usually prefers to "find the magic, find the piece," discovering a new piece of magic and then figuring out how to work it into a show.

Magically, Walt
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Jul 2, 2009 03:20PM)
Lot's of magic to see around here guys!
It's a great time in the Bay Area for magic!

C
Message: Posted by: Jay Alexander (Jul 5, 2009 02:38AM)
Steve Trash is performing at the Marin County Fair. Last day is July 5th. If you have never been, it is the cleanest fair on earth.
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Jul 8, 2009 01:25AM)
Hey SF Area buddies,
This weeks SF Weekly has a little review of Now and at the Hour.
http://www.sfweekly.com/2009-07-08/culture/now-and-at-the-hour/

And the SF Bay Guardian made us one of THE Weekly Picks.
Here's the write up! (Not a review but a great write up!)
STAGE



Now and at the Hour

Christian Cagigal is on a mission to retrain your brain. After seeing Cagigal's show, the words "adult magician" will no longer trigger the image of a bare-chested Criss Angel looking moody and windswept in the Las Vegas desert (put away the guyliner, Angel — nobody wants it!). In Now and at the Hour, Cagigal combines illusion with theatre as he shares how the relationship with his sometimes-troubled father leads to a life-long quest to create magic. As the story gets more complex, so do Cagigal's illusions — and before you know it, he's looking through an old Stereo-Scope and reading your mind. Prepare to be spooked. (Victoria Nguyen)


8 p.m. (continues Fri–Sat through Aug, 15), $15–$25


EXIT Stage Left


156 Eddy, SF


(415) 673-3847


http://www.theexit.org
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jul 11, 2009 03:31PM)
CBS Channel 5 KPIX Interviews Carol Channing today!
Carol confirmed Conjurer Walt Anthony will share the stage July 18 at 7pm,
SFSU McKenna Theatre!
http://www.cityboxoffice.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1382&c=15&pg=
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Jul 13, 2009 03:56PM)
Hey Walt!
Don't forget to give us a report! Inquiring minds want to know.....(I justed dated myself with that comment...)
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Jul 17, 2009 02:00AM)
Yo Local Dude's and Dudette's,

Now and at the Hour got a great new review today from SFStation.com

http://www.sfstation.com/now-and-at-the-hour-a19221
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Jul 17, 2009 11:53AM)
Killer review, Christian! More congratulations and wondering on where this journey will be taking you.
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jul 20, 2009 12:22PM)
Thank god I recovered my voice and stopped coughing by Saturday…

What a thrill to work with the Channing/Kullijian Foundation to raise awareness for Arts in Education!

Our San Francisco Magic Parlor presented Carol and Harry with a check for $500 “putting our magic where our mouths are” to support the Foundation!

David Miller won the crowd with his lyrical Linking Rings gleaming in his hands and flying through the air, and I made it through the three pieces specially scripted and themed for the evening’s topic.

A sparkling Joyce Aimee added nostalgic pizzazz to the evening, and dynamo Jan Wahl kept the show moving as our M.C.

Carol Channing was witty, wise, warm, and charming, the audience loved every minute. She performed my favorite “Ephraim” speech from Dolly, not a dry eye in the house.

At 88 Ms Channing is a lesson in timing and delivery, an hour with her is worth a year in acting class.

http://www.channingarts.org/Calendar_of_Events.htm

Magically,
Walt
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Jul 21, 2009 12:47AM)
Hey Christian,

Awesome show! My guests and I were blown away!

Go see this show!!!!!

Cheers,

Tom
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Jul 22, 2009 03:05PM)
More online press from the Editor of Theatre Bay Area ( a muy importante magazine and online publication for the Theatre Community from Fort Bragg to Salinas.)

http://www.theatrebayarea.org/chatterbox/labels/Exit%20Theatre.html

Across the hall at Exit Stage Left, Christian Cagigal is mindreading in Now and at the Hour, a hybrid magic/solo show that’s quite unlike anything on the San Francisco boards. He weaves his mindreading tricks into a backstory about growing up with his father, a Vietnam vet who returned from the war quite mentally altered. Christian’s performance demeanor is quite disarming. He immediately makes a connection with the audience, and you feel as if you’re in conversation with someone in his parlor. And his mindreading tricks are quite clever, but if you just focus on that you’re missing out on the complex story he’s telling you about time and memory. His story is kind of like magic in reverse: if magic looks hard but the explanation is easy, then the story looks easy until you realize how many secret compartments and trapdoors are in it.
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jul 22, 2009 03:58PM)
Great stuff on you from TBA!
Hope you play to packed houses from all this good press!

Hooray for magic that "is unlike anything on the boards".
Knock 'em dead....

Walt
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Jul 22, 2009 05:49PM)
Sorry don't mean to double post but I just found this one from the SF Bay Guardian!
(I thought this was going to come out next week...)

http://www.sfbg.com/entry.php?entry_id=8884&catid=85&l=1


Now and at the Hour EXIT Stage Left, 156 Eddy; 931-1094, http://www.theexit.org. $15-25. Fri-Sat, 8pm. Through Aug 15. Writer-performer Christian Cagigal has been studiously developing one or another version of a one-man show at the Exit Theatre around his serious chops as a magician. The shows are popular and long running in good part because Cagigal is a strong showman whose feats of "mind reading" are impressively perplexing. Now and at the Hour, his current and latest, is also his most successful attempt yet at blending consistently dumbfounding displays of prestidigitation and a dramatic narrative with a power of its own. Rushing onstage lugging two large suitcases—whose odd antique contents, swiftly unpacked and arranged by the performer, include an hourglass, a metronome, and a wooden view master—Cagigal launches into a fitful, melancholic rumination on time, memory, and the eternal return, grounded in his description of growing up with his father, a Spanish-born mentally disabled Vietnam vet, and his childhood retreat into imagination and solitary pursuit of the magician's craft. The story carries inherent force—in fact Cagigal the actor can push its emotional content unnecessarily hard—and provides an intriguing context and theme for the mischievous, truly wowing bits of audience-inducting magic he has concocted. The slightly bumpy transitions around these feats still present a dramatic challenge, but Cagigal is rapidly honing in on that magic moment when two distinct shows become an integrated whole. (Avila)
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Jul 23, 2009 05:58PM)
Now and at the Hour segment on Comcast TV 104 Inside City Limits

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAx9DhoQszY
Message: Posted by: Robert Strong (Jul 27, 2009 01:52PM)
Hey Gaddy, Because I have stolen SO many categories, they created the category "Best Magician". YOU ARE WELCOME!
Message: Posted by: Robert Strong (Jul 29, 2009 03:31AM)
Congratulations to Chin Chin, he San Francisco's Best Magician!!! http://www.sfbg.com/entry.php?entry_id=8921
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Jul 30, 2009 08:14PM)
[quote]
On 2009-07-27 14:52, Robert Strong wrote:
Hey Gaddy, Because I have stolen SO many categories, they created the category "Best Magician". YOU ARE WELCOME!
[/quote]

You'll always be San Francisco's Funniest Prop Comedian to me, mate! In 2008 or any year!
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Aug 4, 2009 05:23PM)
Some beautiful photo's taken by Nora Larson for the big Bay Area Arts and Entertainment online guide: SFStation

http://photos.sfstation.com/gallery/9158861_etiHX#611000861_7cwBB
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Aug 5, 2009 05:25PM)
Here's a trailer for the show!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwwnzLyAtL0

we only have two weekends left but I hoping to play a few other cities in 2010!

C
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Aug 5, 2009 08:30PM)
Congrats to [url=http://www.danchanmagic.com/]Dan Chan[/url], who won the Oakland Magic Circle's Intra-Club contest, and will now represent the OMC in the Inter-Club Contest in September.
Message: Posted by: kaytracy (Aug 6, 2009 11:43PM)
Just a heads up for the 2010 Odd Gathering...April in Livermore,Ca.....please see the venues button at the bizarremagick.com website for more info and thanks for your consideration!
We have a do ahead contest this year in addition to the Iron Magician contest.
Kay
Message: Posted by: kaytracy (Aug 7, 2009 10:56PM)
Oh, did I mention that Doug Higley is this years Guest of Honor?
It took a lot of coaxing to get him out of the cave, and he says this will be his one and only so be sure to come join us if you dare!
Message: Posted by: Doughlas (Aug 8, 2009 03:14AM)
Just returned from seeing Christian Cagigal's show "Now and at the Hour", for the first time. If you haven't seen his show yet, do yourself a favor and go see it while you still can!

Great job Christian!
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Aug 10, 2009 10:58AM)
Christian!
Your show has grown and solidified significantly since your pre-NY version.
What a pleasure to enter and share your odd and magical world.

I love how the stereopticon has become an integral part of the plot,
and that it is presented and handled as a magical/sacred object,
which in turn inspires awe from your audience.
Its use gives you a great through line.

For a “commando” show it fills the space well,
and nothing seemed lacking in setting or props,
you’ve achieved packs small and plays big very well.

Rosalind Russell, when asked to describe the art of acting, said:
“It’s standing naked in the spotlight and turning around very slowly.”
Your magic is now achieving this level of theatricality, Bravo!

Magically,
Walt
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Aug 10, 2009 03:20PM)
Is that what they mean by "view from the rear of the theater"?
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Aug 10, 2009 04:40PM)
Ba doom boom ching!
Is dis ting on?
Is dis ting on?

Thank you guys for the Kudos! I'm really happy this show is "working" so to speak. Everytime I make a new show I'm concerned that it just won't "work". And so, I'm very happy that Now and at the Hour as come out to everyone's (well most peoples) liking. I especially appreciate the fact that so many magicians can appreciate the lack of "magic show" in this show: that the story was more important the "cooler" magic effects.

Thank you all again!
C

PS
We got featured on the BrownPaperTicket home page this week
http://brownpapertickets.com/

Just one weekend left
Message: Posted by: qkrnei (Aug 10, 2009 05:19PM)
Hi to all,

Happy to be back in town! I will be performing again at the California Magic Dinner Theatre in Martinez, CA. ( http://www.calmagic.com )

The dates are August 28th and 29th. Get your tix online today.

Sorry I have not written in a while but really am glad to be back.

Jeff Ezell
http://www.JeffEzell.webs.com
Message: Posted by: ashah (Aug 17, 2009 07:24PM)
I was fortunate to see the last show (in the current run at least) of "Now and at the Hour" this past Saturday. It was an excellent show that had me very pleasantly surprised.

When I read descriptions of the show, I thought that it might be too light on magic and too heavy on the underlying "story" for my tastes. The "bizarre magic" tag that some people have put on it also worried me.

Well, my worries were totally misguided. Christian's show was very well done. It had good magic, ranging from classic mentalism to cards, which was a pleasure to watch. The "story" was really the unique part though, and I must say it was quite emotionally powerful, on the strength of Christian's scripting and acting. I look forward to seeing his next show!
Message: Posted by: magicians (Aug 18, 2009 07:35AM)
Last minute possibility of hitting the S.F. area during September thru Oct 8, any club lecture interest...contact me by the 21st. of August.
Magic Ian lecture- Rope lecture and workshop.
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Aug 20, 2009 04:05PM)
Just a Café late summer update…

--Keeping up the “Eccentrics” show pieces for our private autumn gigs.
--Planning the shows for my mid-west bookings next month.
--Working on my presentation for October’s Magic and Meaning Conference in LV.
--Struggling with this new art-form of ventriloquism, boy and I thought magic was hard!

OK I’m pretty busy, but still have time for friends and frolic,
let me know where to see you in the Bay Area, or let’s do lunch guys!

Magically,
Walt
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Aug 20, 2009 04:12PM)
Ian, I just PM'ed you with a few ideas,
it would be soooo great to see your work and lecture in the SF area!

Walt
Message: Posted by: Zazz (Aug 21, 2009 07:28PM)
Rock & Roll Magic Show
Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Drive
Walnut Creek , CA 94596
August 22, 2009, curtain 7pm
http://www.lesherartscenter.org/onstagenow/magicians

Hurry, hurry, hurry! Tickets are on sale NOW for the Society of American Magicians annual Share the Magic Show 2009 entitled “Rock & Roll Magic Show”. This year’s show is MC’ed by none other than our own international star Timothy James who has performed for audiences around the world and is a favorite with major cruise ship lines. Timothy will not only MC but will perform throughout the evening as well. The rest of our local star studded performers will be the local musical talent of Biernacki and the Illusion who will provide live music and magic for the show. More local talent performing is Rudy Adamek, Doug Kovacich, Germar, Bob Steiner, Danielle Lamb, Jerry Barrilleaux, Loren Lind, Roy Porfido and Ric & Kara Ewing .

This two hour show case of local talent is turning up the heat to produce a show like none other. This is a not-to-miss-show. This year’s show is being hosted at the Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive , Walnut Creek , CA 94596 . Tickets can be purchased on line at http://www.lesherartscenter.org/onstagenow/magicians. But you can receive a discount by calling the ticket office to order by phone at 925.943.SHOW (7469) or going to the theater or Barns and Noble in person and using the discount code “Rabbit” to receive a 15% discount off your total purchase. Ticket office hours are Tuesday - Thursday and Sunday: Noon - 6 pm, Friday & Saturday: Noon - 7:30pm, Closed Monday. Ticket prices are Adults $35, Senior (62+ yrs) $25 and Youth (up to 17 yrs) $15. What a bargain for this year's show of music and magic.


http://www.lesherartscenter.org/onstagenow/magicians

http://www.lesherartscenter.org/onstagenow/buy_tickets
Message: Posted by: Zazz (Aug 22, 2009 01:51PM)
Getting ready for the show.

Half price tickets on the day of the show!!!
http://www.lesherartscenter.org/onstagenow/buy_tickets

Half price tickets for the SAM 112 “Rock and Roll Magic Show” are available today. Go to the Barnes & Noble Book store, 1149 S. Main St., Walnut Creek. Tickets are available a...t the Lesher Center desk in the store from Noon to 6PM. You have to pick them up in person. This is just two blocks from the Theatre.

http://www.lesherartscenter.org/onstagenow/magicians
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Aug 23, 2009 04:41PM)
Saw our local boy Alex Ramon again in Ringling Bros and Barnum and Baily Circus this past weekend.

If you don't know, Alex (formerly Alex Gonzales) grew up going to Joe Pon's Misdirections Magic show and performed a couple of times at Jerry's Cal Magic, I believe. Well he's now the RING MASTER! Or, should I say the ZING MASTER of Ringlings new show "ZING ZANG ZOOM!"

It's a Ringling Circus headed by young Alex as the Ring Master, hosting the show and doing BIG illusions like making Asia the Elephant disappear and turning a clown into a Tiger! All the illusions were designed or co-ordinated by Jim Steinmeyer! THE Jim Steinmeyer!

He's played to sold out arenas from New York's Madison Square Garden to our own Oakland Arena.

Next week the show stops in Sacramento for a week so GO CHECK HIM OUT AND SUPPORT OUR LOCAL KID WHO'S MADE GOOD!

Okay enough gushing. Go see him!
Christian
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Aug 23, 2009 04:46PM)
Darn! I missed him when he was in Oakland.
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Aug 23, 2009 06:44PM)
[quote]
On 2009-08-22 14:51, Zazz wrote:
Getting ready for the show.

Half price tickets on the day of the show!!!
http://www.lesherartscenter.org/onstagenow/buy_tickets

Half price tickets for the SAM 112 “Rock and Roll Magic Show” are available today. Go to the Barnes & Noble Book store, 1149 S. Main St., Walnut Creek. Tickets are available a...t the Lesher Center desk in the store from Noon to 6PM. You have to pick them up in person. This is just two blocks from the Theatre.

http://www.lesherartscenter.org/onstagenow/magicians
[/quote]

so how was the show?
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Aug 29, 2009 12:31PM)
It's almost time for the Oakland Magic Circle's Annual "Inter-Club Stage Competition and Spaghetti Dinner". This contest will feature magicians from several area clubs, including:
[list]
[*]S.A.M. Assembly 80 (Jongleurs) – Hayward
[*]S.A.M. Assembly 94 – Palo Alto
[*]S.A.M. Assembly 112 – Pleasant Hill
[*]I.B.M. Ring 216 – San Jose
[*]Coastal Magicians – Capitola
[*]Oakland Magic Circle – Oakland
[/list]

There's a lot of talent lined up for this contest, and the food is alway a fine, filling, and tasty treat as well! The evening's festivities take place on Tuesday, Sept 1st. Doors open at 6:00 pm, dinner is served at 7:00 pm, and the evening will wrap up around 9:30 pm.

You can find more information here if you're interested, for the dinner you've got to buy tickets in advance. http://www.oaklandmagiccircle.com/

To order tickets, go here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/75152
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Aug 30, 2009 02:50PM)
A great day at the Circus in Sacramento,
Zing-master Alex has blossomed into a most powerful and electric performer
sprinting the huge arena, covering miles in seconds it seems, and making magic explode everywhere...
such a pleasure to watch him take true command of the huge arena
and wow the crowd at Zing-Zang-Zoom, Alex is now a masterful performer
who can hold the whole circus on his shoulders while enthralling audiences,
talk about multi-tasking.
The illuisons are sound, but the 15 inch Owen Supreme Rings
and the live dove productions rule!
One silk flutters from the rigging and almost melts
into a bird as it reaches Alex;s fingertips. lovely...

Magically, Walt
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Aug 30, 2009 03:05PM)
Ah, one heads-up,
with EVERY circus souvenir program,
they give out a t****tip with scarf.
That means THOUSANDS floating around in every city.
Unless you have astounding chops,
and one heck of an original routine (think Dan Harlan)
I'd vanish your silks any other way for a while....

Two-cents,
Walt
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Aug 30, 2009 06:22PM)
It's almost time for the Oakland Magic Circle's Annual "Inter-Club Stage Competition and Spaghetti Dinner". This contest will feature magicians from several area clubs, including:

S.A.M. Assembly 80 (Jongleurs) – Hayward
S.A.M. Assembly 94 – Palo Alto
S.A.M. Assembly 112 – Pleasant Hill
I.B.M. Ring 216 – San Jose
Coastal Magicians – Capitola
Oakland Magic Circle – Oakland


There's a lot of talent lined up for this contest, and the food is alway a fine, filling, and tasty treat as well! The evening's festivities take place on Tuesday, Sept 1st. Doors open at 6:00 pm, dinner is served at 7:00 pm, and the evening will wrap up around 9:30 pm.

You can find more information here if you're interested, for the dinner you've got to buy tickets in advance. http://www.oaklandmagiccircle.com/

To order tickets, go here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/75152
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Sep 3, 2009 12:32PM)
So how did the OMC Inter-Club Dinner go???

Walt
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Sep 4, 2009 02:36AM)
The sell out crowd seemed to enjoy the evening very much. No one walked away from dinner hungry! :bwink:

Our special guest, Bill Seagraves a professional magician from New Zealand provided some wonderful entertainment after the contestants performances (which were also wonderful.) Dan Chan, representing the Oakland Magic Circle (Fix! J/K :devilish: ) ultimately won the People's Choice award -He accumulated the most votes from the paying audience.

All of the performers deserve accolades. Without their participation, the evening's festivities would have not have happened at all, and they were all such great sports! I don't want to sound too cliche' but they were all, in fact, winners.

The Bay Area has got such a wonderful pool of magical talent! It's great to be a part of it. My personal thanks to all of the night's contestants, including: Mary Mauder, Douglass the magic man, Scott Emo, Doug Hofkins, Brettso the Great and Dan Chan the Magic Man.

Also, many thanks to the Oakland Magic Circle for hosting and organizing this event!
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Sep 8, 2009 07:50PM)
Who would be up for a small private workshop hosted by PARA LIES author Joshua Quinn probably hosted in the East Bay at a private location. We are talking about a group of 10 -12 people for $35-$40 per person. Send me a PM if you are interested.
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Sep 12, 2009 11:21AM)
As it turns out there is a good likelihood that Joshua Quinn will be doing a formal lecture in the East Bay in early October. More as that unfolds.
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Oct 3, 2009 01:35PM)
Unfortunately, that folded... BUT this weekend is the HUGE Pacific Pinball Museum Expo at the Marin Civic Center. There are several magic specific pinball machines there, and many more card related machines. "Theater of Magic" was hugely popular.

Get out there and play them while you can.
Message: Posted by: amazingvijay (Oct 10, 2009 09:49PM)
Hi, my name is Vijay and I perform in the Northern California Bay Area. I do a lot of kid shows and love close up and mentalism also. Please visit my new web-site at http://www.amazingvijay.com

I belong to the Ring 216 in San Jose.

Vijay
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Oct 10, 2009 10:26PM)
I can attest that Vijay does belong to Ring 216 in San Jose and is an active member and should not be confused with the other Vijay here cuz I already did that.
Message: Posted by: manreb (Oct 12, 2009 09:59AM)
Meet the Colombinis

This is the title of newest lecture that is presented by Aldo and Rachel Colombini.

This lecture is being sponsored by SAM Assembly #2 San Francisco

Please come and enjoy the magic and comedy of Aldo and Rachel Colombini. The lecture is a very original one and includes magic, comedy and anecdotes.

The routines presented cover a variety of topics such as card magic, close-up, rope, stage, kid magic and more…..something for everyone of every skill level.

Lots of magic, fun and entertainment.

Keep in mind that at the break and after the lecture all of Colombini’s items will only be $10.00 (DVDs, tricks, books, etc).

Come and join the duo and see for yourself why the lecture got great
reviews all over the world.

DATE: Thursday, November 19th, 2009

LOCATION: United Methodist Church
450 Chadbourne Ave
Millbrae, CA

TIME: 7:30p.m.-9:30p.m.

COST: $20.00 at the Door for all SAM members.
For Reservations and any questions call: Tamaka: 415-531-9332,(tamaka@tamaka.net or Stu Bacon: 650-342-4267, (stubacon@aol.com)
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Oct 30, 2009 06:16PM)
I'm doing a guest spot at Magic and More this Sunday, 7pm.
SF Playhouse
Sutter and Powell
comedyonthesquare.com

Doing a new bizarre/story/close up piece by Christian Chelman, adapted for me by...me ;)

come check it out!
C
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Nov 10, 2009 04:41PM)
I know this is really short notice, but a few of us SF magi are trying to get together an informal round table on a few tuesday evenings per month.

We'll be gathering tonight at The Holding Company ( http://www.theholdingco.us/ at 2 Embarcadero center..) tonight after 6pm. All are welcome/ all ages.

Come ready to show us what ya' got! (or just hang out and see who's doing what trix these days...)

If this is too short notice, plan for next time. I'll repeat this message again as the time draws close.
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Nov 10, 2009 06:42PM)
Make that NEXT week. Sorry about that...
Message: Posted by: Jay Alexander (Nov 14, 2009 09:28AM)
The evening after Thanksgiving come to...

Jay Alexander's Carnival of the Mind
An Evening of Magic, Psychology and Lies!

142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley, CA

Friday, November 27 8:00pm
$20.00 General Admission,
$30.00 Reserved Seating
$23.00 General Admission Day of Show
Buy tickets or by calling 415.383.9600

“The Funniest show in town!” Newsweek
“The Master of Bafflement” David Crosby
“Astonishing!” Bono of U2

http://www.CarnivaloftheMind.com
Message: Posted by: Zazz (Jan 8, 2010 11:49PM)
S.A.M. 112 is having our Annual Awards Banquet, which will be held at the China Wall in Concord on January 13th at 6:00 P.M. We have a large collection of door and raffle prizes available. Ric and Kara Ewing and Doug Kevilus will be performing for us.
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Jan 9, 2010 04:36PM)
Christian's show is coming again in February.
Message: Posted by: Jay Alexander (Jan 11, 2010 12:08PM)
Jay Alexander Magic! will be back at the Marin Center for it's 4th year on Sunday, January 31st.

Two shows to choose from:
2pm and 5pm

More info at http://www.JayAlexanderShow.com
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Jan 12, 2010 03:49PM)
And, after you see Jay's show come on down to see us!

"Now and at the Hour" returns to San Francisco's EXIT Theatre!
For info and tickets please go here.
http://christiancagigal.blogspot.com/2009/11/returning-february-12th-2010.html#links

Watch the trailer.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwwnzLyAtL0
Message: Posted by: charliemartin (Jan 13, 2010 10:39AM)
Two great shows in the bay area that are awesome. ""Magic & More" @ The SF Playhouse returns in Feb.
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Jan 13, 2010 01:36PM)
THAT MAKES 3 GREAT MAGIC SHOWS IN THE BAY AREA!

Hec, you might see both me and Charlie there ;)

C

PS
AND CAL MAGIC TOO! IT JUST DOESN'T STOP PEOPLE!!!
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Feb 2, 2010 04:18PM)
Hope to catch up with some locals at this evening's OMC Banquet and show...

Say hi,
Walt
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Feb 12, 2010 04:41PM)
Seeing Christian's opening of "Now and at the Hour" this evening,
loved it last time expect to love it again.
Walt
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Feb 14, 2010 10:16AM)
Saw the opening night of "Now and at the Hour"
and the show has gestated nicely between runs.

Christian's endeavor is strong Magic/Menatlism and strong Theatre.

It was even better this second time around.

I applaud that a young entertainer is bringing so much to the stage and uplifting Magic as an Art.

I expect great things in the future, now and in that next hour!

Magically,
Walt
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Feb 15, 2010 01:34AM)
Check out what Bay Area theatre critic Chad Jones said about Now and at the Hour!
http://www.theaterdogs.net/2010/02/14/now-and-at-the-hour-is-time-well-spent/#respond
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Feb 15, 2010 02:22PM)
And, thank you Walt for the kind words and your thoughts after the show. They are being heeded. (I'm locking it down.) =)
C
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Feb 22, 2010 04:23PM)
Working on a new show “Tales of Enchantment” for Summer/Fall seasons, and hope to re-open our San Francisco Magic Parlor in the historic Chancellor Hotel on Union Square!

It is an evening of Theatrical-Magic including humorous, mysterious, and ethereal stories drawn from San Francisco lore, bygone legend, and world cultures, all illustrated with magical happenings which evoke both dreams and phantoms. With Walt Anthony, Conjurer & Teller-of-Tales and Magical Guest Artists

Will keep everyone posted,
Magically,
Walt
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Feb 25, 2010 04:34AM)
SF Examiner reviewed Now and at the Hour!!!!
http://www.sfexaminer.com/entertainment/A-mind-reader-and-so-much-more-85215177.html
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Mar 2, 2010 01:35AM)
It's official! We're extending Now and at the Hour to the end of March!
http://christiancagigal.blogspot.com/2009/11/returning-february-12th-2010.html
Hope to see you soon!
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Mar 6, 2010 04:54AM)
Hey Gang,
If you live in San Mateo County and get Comcast or Astound Cable watch out for my first half hour TV show: Obscura. It airs on PenTV Comcast 26, Astound 27 beginning on Monday @ 5pm then Wed @ 10:30pm and Sunday@ 10pm (Vimeo and Youtube links to follow for everybody else.)

I had little time to write this show, and even less time to film it, no director, almost no crew and it was very Wham Bam! But, for all of that I think the show came out really well! I don't know if there will be a chance to make more but if nice people email the station and say "GIVE US OUR OBSCURA!" then who knows =) Here's crossing fingers.
Message: Posted by: kaytracy (Mar 6, 2010 11:18AM)
Hey all, April 30, May 1&2 will be the next Odd Gathering. We will meet in Livermore (more info at the link in the signature below, go tot he venues tab)
Still only $75 for the weekend. C.Cagical will be there, and Doug Higley is the guest of honor this year. I invite you to join us for a taste of the Unusual!
k
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Mar 8, 2010 02:13PM)
So here it is. I don't know if I'll get to do more with PenTv. Things are changing over there so here's crossing fingers. But I'll say again, if everybody posts on PenTv's Youtube Channel how BRILLIANT they think the show is and how there should be MORE, then who knows

The show hasn't official aired yet, and the Vimeo video hasn't gone public yet but here is their Youtube Channel.
It's in segments
Segment #1
http://www.youtube.com/user/PeninsulaTV#p/u/4/Gx2gYy_edDo

Segment #2
http://www.youtube.com/user/PeninsulaTV#p/u/3/39qECk9xpog

Segment #3
http://www.youtube.com/user/PeninsulaTV#p/u/2/slJAWqPE3yc

Segment #4
http://www.youtube.com/user/PeninsulaTV#p/u/1/rzSNHXEL1Ro

Hope you like!
C

And a special thank you to illusioneer for letting me use the title of the show.
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Mar 8, 2010 03:27PM)
Bob... and Allison... Bobby Allison. :lol:

Way to go Christian!
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Mar 14, 2010 09:15PM)
What a grand afternoon "Magic with the Symphony" was!

Jay Alexander's effervescence is contagious, as his manic magical mayhem unfolds.

The SF Sinfonietta's playing was glorious, with a focus on Mozart but Bizet, Weill, and Joplin featured in as well. Super Gigi's high-camp was dry and bold as always.

Great to see old friends in the audience along for the ride.

I hope Jay can do this again next year!

-Walt-
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Mar 18, 2010 12:22AM)
Hey Gang!
Check out the April issue of Magic Magazine!
http://www.magicmagazine.com/april10/apr10contents.html
Scroll down for a quick preview.
Magic Magazine has been great for giving some attention to Bay Area magicians the past year.
Message: Posted by: charliemartin (Mar 18, 2010 02:40PM)
Congrats Christian on the article. I saw the preview and can't wait to read the whole article.

Charlie
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Mar 26, 2010 01:46AM)
Thank you Charlie!

And by the way
here is the next installment of Obscura, now in a new short webisode.
Directed, Cinematographer, Editor, Sound Mixer, Camera: H.P. Mendoza
Gaff and Grip: Vadanak Ke

The Inquisition used with permission by Eugene Burger.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvj9FWdz6mg
Message: Posted by: kaytracy (Mar 26, 2010 07:21PM)
Have I mentioned that Christian will be attending the Odd Gathering, showing his stuff and sharing his wisdom?

What better way to spend the first weekend in May than out in Livermore with a midnight movie of Wickerman, and hanging with Christian, and Doug Higley.....

Only $75 for the weekend, still have some space, see the venues button at the website in the signature line for more info and to contact me.

Kay
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Mar 29, 2010 12:15PM)
YES AAAAAALLLLL BEHOLD MY WISDOM!!!!!!
Really I'm just going to see Wickerman :P
Message: Posted by: kcg5 (Mar 30, 2010 03:06PM)
Who hosts the "magic garage" in the bay? Some one told me about it, maybe kent gunn?


How can you find out the names of members of bay area magic groups?
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Mar 30, 2010 04:43PM)
[quote]
On 2010-03-29 13:15, christiancagigal wrote:
YES AAAAAALLLLL BEHOLD MY WISDOM!!!!!!
Really I'm just going to see Wickerman :P
[/quote]

The Wicker Man surely is a great movie. I remember watching it the 1st time and it was a classic case of "rooting for the monster" the whole time.

If you get a chance to listen to the soundtrack I highly suggest it.
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Mar 30, 2010 04:50PM)
[quote]
On 2010-03-30 16:06, kcg5 wrote:
Who hosts the "magic garage" in the bay? Some one told me about it, maybe kent gunn?


How can you find out the names of members of bay area magic groups?
[/quote]

The Oakland Magic Circle is having it's annual Swap Meet/ Auction next tuesday, the 6th of April. It's the largest one of it's kind in the region, and it's a great place to meet and network with other Bay area magicians. Frank Balzerak usually sets up a table, as does Daryl, and several other notable magi as well!

Here is the link:
http://www.oaklandmagiccircle.com/

Hope to see you there!
Message: Posted by: Logan Five (Apr 1, 2010 01:46AM)
Oh kool!..I will try to be there Gaddy.
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Apr 4, 2010 02:04PM)
One more bump for the 5 people who seem to read this thread. OMC swap meet this tuesday!
Message: Posted by: Michael Peterson (Apr 4, 2010 02:14PM)
Looking forward to the swap meat, I'm bringing some pork chops & hope to swap them out for some nice steaks.


I hope to get rid of some stuff & free up some space, the big temptation of course is to not buy more than I sell.


Mike
Message: Posted by: kentfgunn (Apr 5, 2010 03:18PM)
Gaddy,

Thanks for the swap meet reminder. I'll be there!

KCG5,

The Magic Garage is NOT run by me. I'm not that cool. It is run by a fine fellow and a pal of mine. I've PM'ed you with details.

Big Mike!!! Woo-hoo, see you at the swap meat! I'll bring some live chickens.

KG
Message: Posted by: Michael Peterson (Apr 5, 2010 06:13PM)
Live chickens?

Kent,I have never loved you more than I do at this moment!



Mike
Message: Posted by: Zazz (Apr 5, 2010 10:34PM)
Thanks for the OMC swap meet reminder.
See you there.

Dan
Message: Posted by: ashah (Apr 7, 2010 03:19AM)
Glad I came out to the swap meet. Some people got unbelievable deals in the auction!
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Apr 7, 2010 04:12PM)
I hope everyone enjoyed the OMC swap meet as much as I did. I wanted to get there much earlier than I did, but traffic and other unforeseeable circumstances caused me to be late.

I let a couple of goodies slip away that I probably should have bid a little more aggressively on, but all in all I got some good stuff ( and of course the bad stuff that I got I can always sell at next year's auction :D )
Message: Posted by: manreb (Apr 7, 2010 04:41PM)
This was my first trip to the OMC swap meet and I had a blast.
Message: Posted by: Michael Peterson (Apr 7, 2010 10:45PM)
[quote]
On 2010-04-07 17:12, gaddy wrote:
I hope everyone enjoyed the OMC swap meet as much as I did. I wanted to get there much earlier than I did, but traffic and other unforeseeable circumstances caused me to be late.

I let a couple of goodies slip away that I probably should have bid a little more aggressively on, but all in all I got some good stuff ( and of course the bad stuff that I got I can always sell at next year's auction :D )
[/quote]

You got a cool tophat for $5 :)


I too regretted a few things when I got home, but it was a lot of fun hanging out with everyone.

Mike
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (May 5, 2010 08:09PM)
The next episode of "Obscura" is here!

This one was a hard one to shoot. Again, no time and money to really do it up nice. And, MAN did we have problems each time we did the effect. I had invited a few women (that knew me but didn't know me well at all) to help us with this. And, each time we brought in a new person SOMETHING ELSE would go wrong! Thankfully the last take worked well enough. And, H.P. did some SWEEEEET documentary style stuff at the beginning and end, really brought up the style a lot.

My main problems with it are with........ME. But, it's a learning curve at this point.

Hope you like!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-A-ZmQWvIl4&feature=player_embedded
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Jun 18, 2010 05:59PM)
Hey guys
Obscura: A Magic Show
The live component of the web series opens up today!!!!
We got some great ink in yesterdays SF Examiner!

http://www.sfexaminer.com/lifestyle/96509074.html
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Jun 22, 2010 07:51PM)
Sweet, I can't wait to go see the new show, Christian.
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Jul 28, 2010 02:23AM)
HEY GUYS
I won the readers poll in the SF Bay Guardian's Best of the Bay!
http://www.sfbg.com/specials/best-bay-2010-readers-poll-arts-and-nightlife
Scroll down to fifth from the bottom.
I didn't even campaign for it this time!
Message: Posted by: Michael Peterson (Jul 28, 2010 02:04PM)
Congratulations Christian!

:dancing:

I plan on coming to see the show before it closes on the 14th.


Later,
Mike
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Jul 30, 2010 12:12PM)
Way to go Christian.

Mike, great seeing you at GGG.

The not so secret poker game was a lot of fun. Kent put out some great food for the meet and greet, and the hospitality suite now has functional rules! Keep it fun and keep it magical. Great catching up with folks who come to the GGG every year.
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Aug 1, 2010 02:32AM)
Got a wee bit of love from San Francisco's 7x7 Magazine.
http://www.7x7.com/arts/obscura-magic-show
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Aug 5, 2010 12:37PM)
Learn a wee bit about my broke !@# life from Broke !@# Stuart's awesome site!
I'm the broke !@# of the week!

http://brokeassstuart.com/2010/08/05/broke-ass-of-the-week-magician-christian-cagigal/
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Aug 27, 2010 02:47PM)
Bizarre Dudes,

Just about two more weeks to get the book on the pre-publication special price.

Please pass the word on in your clubs and magic meetings?
And/or ask your local magic shop to carry the book (from Murphys).

I really hope this will serve as my legacy to the Magic Community, and help magicians present and future to think more about the Magic of their magic!

Thanks,
Walt

http://www.leapinglizardsmagic.com/tales_of_enchantment.htm
Message: Posted by: kaytracy (Aug 29, 2010 03:49PM)
Odd Gathering for April 2011 in Livermore (just past Oakland/Hayward

Ladies and gentlemen
It is my pleasure to announce that we have indeed settled upon a date for next years Odd Gathering.
Rumors abound about our Guest of Honor, and they can now be confirmed that YES. The proper sacrifices have been made and Mr. Burger will in fact be our "special Guest".

Also, in keeping with the selection of the date as an ominous, er, I meant Auspicious day for our great event, I am also pleased to announce that the festivities will begin on Friday the 15th.

Oh yes, the month....April!
Yes friends, so now we can add a third thing for next year, the certainties in life, : Death , Taxes , AND the Odd Gathering!

At this time I am still planning to use the Hawthorn Suites. This means a rather firm cut off at 40 persons, due to the space issues.
And yes, we will again have the Iron Magician (Shhh the ingredient has been chosen and it is still a secret), as well as the plastic magician contests---(plastic magic wand)

Plan now to join us for the weekend. I anticipate that the slots will fill rather quickly. Again, prior attendees will have their space held for them until Dec 30, just please, if you know you cannot make it, let me know so I can open your slot.

And the cost is till only $75 per person to attend.
For more information or to register please go to the signature address
http://www.bizarremagick.com follow the breadcrumbs to the Odd Gathering pages.
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Aug 30, 2010 01:10AM)
OK, I know it's silly to celebrate getting ISBN Numbers,
but it's the best number I've received since my Social Security Number...
no, better I think.

Hardcover - ISBN: 9781932086423,
Softcover - ISBN: 9781932086416.

And “Tales of Enchantment” is at the printers, and on track for the October 1, release
(I may even see a review copy before that).

So thank you again to everyone who helped and encouraged me with this project!

Magically, Walt
Message: Posted by: ericaMysterium (Sep 6, 2010 03:58PM)
We're *very* excited to announce the opening of "The Mysterium" theater in Alameda (the east bay) on October 16th. Performances will initially occur every Friday & Saturday from 8:30-9:30pm.

~ Tickets are on sale now ~
http://www.MysteriumShow.com/AlamedaFlyer.aspx

Hope to see you all there!

Keith & Erica
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Oct 5, 2010 08:25PM)
Obscura: A Magic Show returns to The EXIT Theaterplex in the new EXIT Studio!
Opening is this Thursday October 7th and we run every Thurs-Saturday until Dec 18th (no shows Thanksgiving weekend.) For tickets, videos, info and more please go to...

http://www.christiancagigal.com
http://www.theexit.org

And, in the recent edition of The Bold Italic, San Francisco magic is featured, including Yours Truly :)
http://thebolditalic.com/antoniarichmond/stories/433-use-your-illusion?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheBoldItalic-SanFrancisco+%28The+Bold+Italic+-+San+Francisco%29
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Oct 5, 2010 08:52PM)
Nice Christian,

Any girl who opts for red wine twice in a row is alright by me.

Cheers,

Tom

:drinkup:
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Oct 12, 2010 11:52AM)
Obscura: A Magic Show got the SF Weekly's Friday Pick!!!
http://www.sfweekly.com/events/obscura-2193111/

This is sort of one of those examples where the cool conversation I had with the journalist about the show got tweaked to become a slightly different interpretation of the show. Ah well.... He meant well and he makes my show sound pretty cool. Which of course, it is ;)
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Oct 19, 2010 02:01PM)
Not Obscura related but it is sorta magic related.
S.F Bay Area film maker H.P. Mendoza's new Indie Movie Musical Hit "Fruitfly" has just hit iTunes and DVD!!!! Get it today! And...you might see a little magician do some acting and singing too. I play Gaz Howard, a slimy magician with a one man show! Yeah, yeah, I know, I know, "But how's that a stretch, Christian?" Ha, ha, very funny. More info here! http://hpmendoza.com/2010/archives/119
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Oct 23, 2010 02:18PM)
Making Your Magic… More MAGICAL! Interactive Workshop

If you enjoyed and were inspired by my book “Tales of Enchantment: The Art of Magic” you’ll be interested to hear more about my interactive workshop/lecture “Making Your Magic… More MAGICAL!”

If you’re a club member or working on a convention/conference program give me a call. I’m based in the San Francisco/Bay Area, but often travel to Corporate gigs all over California, New York, Florida, Illinois.

I’m available for travel, and also provide private coaching and act direction. You’ll find not only my bio, but my theory and performance technique in my book. It’s available from your local magic dealer, or through http://www.LeapingLizardsMagic.com .

It will be an experience your magic won’t easily forget, and I don’t bite…

Magically,
Walt
Spellbinder Entertainment
“Tales of Enchantment: The Art of Magic”
Message: Posted by: Zazz (Nov 6, 2010 07:29PM)
Jeff Ezell lecture

Saturday -November 13, 2010
1pm until 2:30 pm
California Magic Dinner Theater
The lecture is $10 for members of S.A.M 112 and $15 for non members.

http://www.calmagic.com/index1.html

Dan
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Nov 8, 2010 12:09PM)
Obscura: A Magic Show!!!
Thursdays are PAY WHAT YOU CAN *RUSH* TICKETS! Available 30 minutes before the show, only at the door.
http://christiancagigal.blogspot.com/2010/09/obscura-returns-october-7th_28.html#links
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Dec 21, 2010 02:44PM)
FREE tickets to the filming of Now and at the Hour The Movie, directed by HP Mendoza, will be offered to Newsletter subscribers FIRST! Click and read carefully http://ymlp.com/xguwqseygmgm
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Jan 4, 2011 04:10AM)
Just a few days left and just a few seats left for the filming of Now and at the Hour the Movie!
Info and FREE tickets here!
http://christiancagigal.blogspot.com/2011/01/free-tix-to-live-filming-of-now-and-at.html#links
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Feb 4, 2011 03:06PM)
Half Price Tix to Obscura this weekend!!!
Link Below!

http://tix.theatrebayarea.org/ticketing/showdates.php?domain=BOOTH&s_id=2664
Message: Posted by: kaytracy (Feb 5, 2011 01:37AM)
The Odd Gathering dates approach soon....I still have aobut 6 spots left for the more intrepid among you.

In case you wonder, lectures and perfomances are planned with the following people:
Eugene Burger. Walt Anthony, Michael Fraughton, Tony Chris, Doug Higley, and other attendees.
For more information feel free to PM me, or use the link in my signature below for more info.

Friday night BBQ will be followed by close up works, and the Plastic Magician entries.
Saturday will be lectures, Works in Progress, make and take, Sat eve will include Iron Magician contest, and show!
Sunday award presentations, More WIP, final lectures.
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Feb 24, 2011 02:13PM)
For those who haven't seen Obscura yet, let me help give you a push ;)

http://www.sfexaminer.com/entertainment/theater/2011/02/card-tricks-spooky-twist
Message: Posted by: kaytracy (Mar 18, 2011 01:12PM)
Bump and ping! Lecture special 3 hours with Eugene Burger in April....

no April fools here, Eugene Burger will be the special guest at the Annual Odd Gathering (a few spaces left....) in addition, for those not able to do the Fri April 15 5-PM to Sunday April 17 at 1-PM event, Eugene will be offering a special 3 hour session with him on mentalism and bizarre, as well as questions you might have...excellent deal at only $50. per person. Space is a bit limited, so if interested, get back to me before April 1 please. The date and time is April 17, 2-5 PM, in Livermore CA. at the Hawthorn Suites Hotel just off I-580. you MUST sign up in advance.

For further information on the Odd Gathering, see the venues tab at the website in the signature below.
Kay
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Mar 20, 2011 04:51PM)
Oakland Magic circle annual auction/swap meet! Tuesday, April 5th! Details below...

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Bjornson Hall, 2258 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA 94602 (Fruitvale Ave. exit off Hwy 580)
Doors open at 6:00p.m. for sellers, 6:30p.m. for buyers
Flea Market from 6:30p.m.-8:00p.m.
*Auction from 8:00p.m.-10:00p.m.
Flea Market from 10:00p.m.-10:30p.m.
*Flea Market will close during Auction
Come to buy, sell, or both! A seller’s table is $15 for a full table/$10 for a half. For OMC members it is $10 for a full, $5 for a half. If you plan on selling at the Flea Market, please bring your own table cover and plenty of change.
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Apr 21, 2011 06:02PM)
Hey All,

So, Obscura: A Magic Show has come to the end of it's run. I'll be lying low a bit for about a year. I will be doing a handful of one off performances around the Bay and in the San Francisco underground over the next 12 months. I will also be working on our documentary performance film of Now and at the Hour which will hopefully start doing a tour of film festivals starting early next year (cross your fingers for us.)

The past year has been a very rough one for our family and me as we dealt with my mother's losing battle to cancer. She past away in my arms a month ago, took her last breaths as I said good bye. This would probably explain why Obscura: A Magic Show was so full of stories of death and such (working out some issues I believe...)

With that, I'd love to share with you footage from the very end of the very last performance of Obscura. Some folks thought it was a dark ending....I thought it was rather lovely...and if one is paying attention: hopeful.

So here is Robert Neale's.........
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tSNhG3NNIo
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Jun 8, 2011 10:03PM)
Here's the first teaser trailer for Now and at the Hour the movie! It's a documentary performance film.
[url]http://www.vimeo.com/24816693[/url]

You will find featured in this trailer
Tobias Beckwith : director/manager for McBride and Marco Tempest
David Hirata: local magician and also a friend of mine in theatre
Michael Gene Sullivan: playwright/director/actor - adapted 1984 into '84 directed by Tim Robbin's and he is also the head playwright for the San Francisco Mime Troupe.
And, Joe Pon: owner/proprietor of Misdirections Magic Shop in SF.

All I'm honored to call-Friends.

Hope you like!
Message: Posted by: kentfgunn (Jun 9, 2011 12:47PM)
SF dudes,

If you didn't know it there's a Magic Convention in your hometown. Well . . . it's in Foster City.

The 2011 Schedule
Thursday, June 16th

•Registration 4pm
◦LOCATION: Crowne Plaza Lobby
•Paul Vigil Presents, An Evening of Enchantments
◦LOCATION: Crowne Plaza Lobby - This event is open to all guests and visitors of the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Friday, June 17th (All lectures are in the Marco Polo room)

•1:00pm Lecture: Bob White
•4:00pm Lecture: Lee Asher
•8:00pm Lecture: Curtis Kam
Saturday, June 18th

•12:30pm Lecture Steve Bowling
•2:00pm Lecture Howard Schwartzman
•5:00pm Lecture Steve Mayhew
•9:00pm Lecture Eric Jones

We call it the Golden Gate Gathering.

More info is here; http://www.goldengategathering.com

KG
Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Jan 15, 2012 02:34PM)
So how about "Obscura: A Magic Show" and the one-man rock opera "Lost Hills" in a strangers living room for FREE!? That's right!
Two weekends only. First weekend in the Mission, S.F. Second weekend in the Outer Richmond, S.F.
Reserve tickets here.
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1262509199

For those of you who are into something a little funkier this may be just right for you

C
Message: Posted by: MatthewMcCoy (Nov 16, 2013 04:35PM)
Hey Northern Cal Magicians! A touring magic show production is being done in Berkeley, CA.

Champions Of Magic LIVE!
Berkeley, CA
December 28 & 29, 2013
Starring: Jason Andrews, Jade, Christopher Hart, Dana Daniels, and Mark Kornhauser.

Tickets are NOW AVAILABLE! To get 20% OFF with any priced ticket use this special discount code: COMBerkeley.
Share the magic with friends and family by bringing them to the show. It's an event you won't want to miss.
http://www.ChampionsOfMagicLive.com
Message: Posted by: MatthewMcCoy (Dec 3, 2013 10:34AM)
FIVE World-Class Magicians appearing for two shows only in the Bay Area.
Don't miss the magic happening December 28 & 29, 2013 in Berkeley, CA.
Journey through the impossible by visiting http://www.ChampionsOfMagicLive.com

Starring… Christopher Hart, Mark Kornhauser, Jade, Dana Daniels, and Jason Andrews.

Get a SNEAK PEEK HERE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTVuKP1i8h0
Message: Posted by: Auphorie (Jun 17, 2018 05:47PM)
Hey guys,
I'm looking to join or start a group for regular magician meetings.
I'm in San Mateo,CA.
Anyone interested in a magic jam in San Mateo?
Any groups (SAM/IBM/etc) meet near San Mateo?
I know about the oakland magic circle but it is too far for me to commute there.
Looking forward to hearing some responses!
Thank you!