2015 October

Burgers, Beer, and a Bunch of Magicians entertain Friends and Family in October!

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Strolling magic during the annual Friends & Family night.

Strolling magic during the annual Friends & Family night.

By Kent Cummins

The October meeting was all about Friends and Family, an annual tradition for our assembly. Our Friends & Family night is one in which non-members are invited and encouraged to enjoy the magic. The meeting was held at Waterloo Icehouse, a popular South Austin restaurant and bar. We had the party room reserved, but encouraged “real people” (unsuspecting customers at the venue) to come in and enjoy the magic.

Master of Ceremonies was none other than “Cranius Astounding!” (Don’t tell anyone, but his secret identity is Dan Page, an active member and former officer in the assembly.). Cranius is an accomplished  magician, but for this gig he brought his ukelele and warmed up the crowd with original songs…and traditional songs with an original twist. He also sings and plays when it is time for the performers to switch tables…much more entertaining than blowing a whistle!

Dan Page performing for Friends & Family night.

Dan Page performing for Friends & Family night.

As always, a crowd favorite was his song about being sawed in half (The name of the song is NOT “All of Me!”)

Tables had brochures from Magic’s Theater & Museum, the popular site of the September meeting. John Magic’s venue is the only theater in Texas that is devoted exclusively to magic.

Eight of our members showed up in costume to entertain everyone with close-up magic at their tables:

Shelby Parsons, Kurt Niebuhr, JD Stewart, MD (Magic Dude), Tim Dietz (Thimeos), Will Mannis, Agustin Tash, Edward Boswell, and President Steve Farmer (“The Blue Saint”)!

Family members, friends, customers, and other magicians were treated to multiple styles of magic by the many performers. Following the official program, some of the magicians then entertained each other with their favorite tricks!

Everyone is looking forward to next month’s meeting, which will be at Waterloo Icehouse again. The theme, is “Magic With Food,” appropriate since the meeting happens shortly before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Visiting magicians are always welcome!

Assembly 206 meets in various interesting locations around Austin, normally on the third Monday of each month. The annual Holiday Banquet, however, will be on the second Monday in December, because of holiday schedules. Contact Jake Dyer at jakedyer@yahoo.com or (512) 658-0017 for more details.

Oct. 19: “Friends & Family” at Waterloo Ice House

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Shelby Parsons

Shelby Parsons

Assembly 206 will be hosting its annual Friends and Family night on Monday, Oct. 19th. Expect miracles with coins, cards and more — all performed close-up, at your table by Tim Dietz, Shelby Parsons, Albert Lucio, Steve Farmer, Edward Boswell, Agustin Tash, Kurt Niebuhr and more. 

This month’s Friends & Family meeting is at a new location: the Waterloo Ice House at Slaughter and Escarpment, in South Austin. As always, the fun starts at 7 p.m. Non-members and the general public are welcome.

That’s the map, just below.

Magic Movie Night Raises Funds, Smiles for Assembly 206

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Live magic, a great movie and an after-show by Peter The Adequate — this was the triple draw for the first-ever Magic Movie Night fundraiser by Assembly 206.

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Peter The Adequate for SRO crowd at the Highball.

The event, coordinated and promoted by Assembly secretary Jake Dyer, drew a sell-out crowd Sept. 20th to the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar location. Live close-up magicians performed inside the theater in advance of the screening and popular Austin magician Peter the Adequate performed a 45-minute set afterwards at the adjacent Highball lounge.

“I loved it — he was awesome,” said one Highball attendee, who had wandered into the club with a friend and was surprised to find the lounge completely packed and Peter extracting one red ball after another from his mouth.

“It was hilarious,” she said.

Albert Lucio

Albert Lucio in the Drafthouse lobby.

The earlier screening of The Prestige — that great magic-themed film starring Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman — also drew a sell-out crowd. Close-up magicians Agustin Tash and Albert Lucio, both Assembly members, floated about the aisles before the film and entertained attendees in the lobby.

Assembly officer Dyer said the goal of the evening was to promote Central Texas magic, raise funds and to have fun. “We were so proud of our entertainers — Peter the Adequate, Albert Lucio and Agustin Tash — they generously volunteered their time and the crowds loved them,” said Dyer.

Dyer also thanked the Alamo Drafthouse for their cooperation with the fundraiser. Another sponsor was the Univeristy of Texas Performing Arts Center, which donated a pair of tickets to the upcoming Chris Angel presentation of “The Supernaturalists.” Assembly president Steve Farmer raffled the tickets from the Drafthouse stage, before the screening of The Prestige.

The public Magic Movie Night fundraiser was held in lieu of the Assembly’s regular September meeting. It also follows a recent trend of “field trip” meetings for the club, including a meet-up in downtown Austin for a tour of the “Museum of the Weird,” a trip to south Austin’s Magic’s Theater (the only theater exclusively devoted to magic in Texas), and an earlier magic showcase fundraiser sponsored by Assembly 206 in an East Austin nightclub.

The Assembly also has future meetings planned for a North Austin comedy club.