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Illusionist Scott Pepper Exclusive Guest of SAM 206

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Scott PepperLearn how to create your own dinner theater and get other pro-tips from veteran magician and illusionist Scott Pepper, the special guest on Oct. 18 of Society of Americans Magician Assembly 206.
A UK native, Scott received his first magic kit for his 10th birthday and hasn’t looked back since. He has performed throughout the UK and the United States, and also taken his show out to sea as an entertainer for some of the world’s most prestigious cruise lines.
 In 2015 Scott brought his show to San Antonio, where he produces his critically acclaimed “Magician’s Agency” dinner theater in the upscale King William National Historic District.  Scott also performed this year at Hollywood’s Magic Castle and has been featured on The CW network’s hit show ‘”Masters of Illusion.”
Scott’s lecture will include:
  • Britain’s Got Talent and what you can learn from failure.
  • Disney Cruise lines – Getting the gig and not taking no for an answer.
  • The o-1 visa, Magic Castle and Masters of Illusion. Getting the dream gigs.
  • Creativity and creating entertaining effects for your audience.
  • The Magicians Agency – creating a Dinner theater from scratch.

This month’s meeting is free to SAM 206 members, $20 for non-members. We’re meeting at the usual spot, the All Saint’s Episcopal Church, 209 W. 27th Street, near the UT campus.

The Pre-Halloween Spook Session

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turning tricks with the DarlingsJoin our friends Jack & Christine Darling, of Turning Tricks with the Darlings, for our special Pre-Halloween Spook Show Session.  Jack and Christine will have some of their awesome props in tow, and also will be participating in a fun panel discussion with other special guests. This magicians-only meeting is FREE for SAM 206 members. As always, we’ll be gathering at the All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 209 W. 27th Street, near the UT campus. This Sept. 20th meeting starts at 7 p.m..


SAM 206 hosts UK Mentalist Ken Dyne in June

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UK Mentalist Kennedy Dyne lectures June 21.

UK Mentalist Kennedy Dyne lectures June 21.

Don’t miss this EXCLUSIVE Austin lecture of UK mentalist Kennedy Dyne. This globe-trotting veteran of conferences, corporate events and luxury cruise ships will treat us to some of his behind-the-scenes secrets, including such prized routines as the the lie-detector bit known as Mr. GOLDEN BALLS. You’ll also learn a book test that you will actually use and of course Kennedy will share his revolutionary approach to the ‘thought of card’ plot as well as much more.

As always, we’ll be at the All Saints Episcopal Church, 209 W. 27th Street, near the University of Texas campus in Austin. The June 21 meeting starts at 7 p.m.

It’s FREE for members, $20 non-members.

Austin Magic Calendar & Newsletters

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Scott Pepper

Oct. 18 — Scott Pepper, 7 p.m.

Scott Pepper, veteran illusionist and the creative force behind San Antonio’s The Magician’s Agency” dinner theater, is the special guest of SAM 206.  We’ll be meeting at our regular spot, the All Saints Episcopal Church, 209 W. 27th Street.


Oct. 19-31 — The Austin Séance, The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road 

Venture into the gloom with Austin Séance hosts Albert Lucio and Jake Cordero as they examine the history of the American spiritualist movement, demonstrate tools used by working mediums and then employ those tools in a modern recreation of an old-time séance.


Esthers Follies, featuring Ray Anderson
525 E. 6th Street

Magic’s Theater, featuring John Magic
13419 Fitzhugh Road

Museum of the Weird, featuring Saul Ravencraft
412 E. 6th Street


Have a magic event for the calendar? Email jakedyer@yahoo.com.

SAM 206 Hosts Mr. Greenheart’s Treehouse

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Mr. Greenheart

Mr. Greenheart

Let’s Go on an Adventure Together!

Come one, come all — to a Circus Variety Show featuring characters from Mr. Greenheart’s Treehouse! CIRCUS PICNIC Entertainment Studio unveils a theatrical experience expanding upon the magical world of their kid’s TV show pilot.  Bring out the family to enjoy the spectacle of circus arts like juggling and acrobatics, fun skits, music and magic performed by their talented cast, The Treehouse Tribe.  

The theme of this show is “Going on an Adventure,” where Mr. Greenheart guides us through a kaleidoscope of cultures and the lessons of life on the road.  Follow your wanderlust with us!  Colorful costumes, dazzling performances, and audience interaction will be sure to feed your imagination and awaken your inner child!  

We’ve just set up a link to buy tickets online. It may not be live yet, but it should be soon. Here’s the link.

WHEN: Wednesday April 19th, 7pm.

WHERE: All Saints Episcopal Church, Gregg House Annex, 209 W. 27th St., Austin, TX

SUGGESTED DONATION: $10 adult, $5 children.

Jeff McBride in Austin April 1-2

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Jeff McBride appears in Austin April 1-2.

Jeff McBride appears in Austin April 1-2.


Jeff McBride, the famous founder of the Magic & Mystery School in Las Vegas, will be appearing in Austin for an exclusive weekend of entertainment, learning and fun.

On Saturday, April 1, the world renowned conjuror presents his intimate one-man show, the Jeff McBride Experience. That show begins at 7:00 p.m.. Then, immediately afterward, Mr. McBride hosts a lecture for magicians to begin approximately at 8:30 p.m.

On April 2, Mr. McBride hosts a four-hour professional workshop for magicians.

Each event  is ticketed separately, but all three are also available as a ticketed package.  The venue  is the Magic Dojo, 6809 Meadow Circle, in Austin.

The link for tickets and more information can be found here.

Richard Turner Film “Dealt” Premiers at SxSW.

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Just in from “DEALT” producer Andrew Lee: The “DEALT” documentary will be premiering at SXSW Film with three showings at the Alamo Drafthouse. It’s been three years since Andrew and Luke last visited Assembly 206 and we happy to see their hard work has come to fruition. We’ve seen clips while the film was in progress but now we can be a part of the excitement and see how the SXSW Film crowd reacts to Richard Turner’s incredible story.

If you already have a SXSW badge, no problem. Just attend one of the three screenings. Walk ups can purchase tickets at the theater for $12. Richard Turner will be attending all of the screenings, so you will have a chance to meet and talk with him about his experience. 

Here’s the link to information about purchasing single-admission tickets screenings to the SXSW Film festival.

The three screenings will be:

  • Monday, Mar 13th, 11:15am @ Alamo Drafthouse Ritz
  • Tuesday, Mar 14th, 2:30pm @ Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar
  • Thursday, Mar 16th, 9:30pm @ Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

You will want to be sure to attend this once in a lifetime event. See you there! 

Exclusive SAM 206 Deal for Andrew Goldenhersh

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AndrewGoldenhersh 2Andrew Goldenhersh is an utterly amazing magician, a stunning award-winner from Los Angeles who was voted Parlour Magician of the Year by the Academy of Magical Arts for both 2009 & 2010. Goldenhersh will be performing his hit one-man show, Closer Up, this month at The Vortex in East Austin.

The Vortex is offering an exclusive deal for SAM 206 members for the Feb. 23 show. Purchase a discounted $15 ticket (generally, only available for students) and upgrade it for FREE to priority seating. This is normally a $35 value. To collect your upgrade just flash your SAM national or SAM 206 event card at the door. Or, failing that, just mention you want the magic club discount.  That should be enough.

The Vortex is located at 2307 Manor Road. The show starts at 8 p.m., but please arrive at least 30 minutes early. Click here for tickets and information. And remember: the SAM 206 discount is only for Thursday, Feb. 23. Choose the discount ticket option and arrive early to collect the priority upgrade.

Daniel Garcia Lectures on Jan. 18

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Danny Garcia lectures for SAM 206 on Jan. 18.

Daniel Garcia lectures for SAM 206 on Jan. 18.

Save the date: Daniel Garcia, one of the biggest names in magic today, is lecturing exclusively for Assembly 206 on Wednesday, Jan. 18!

Daniel Garcia was featured prominently on David Blaine’s recent TV special and has served for more than 10 years as Blaine’s lead magic consultant.

Daniel also has consulted with Dynamo and many other great television magicians. His DVDs and other products are featured with their own page on many popular online magic sites such as Vanishing Inc, Penguin Magic, Ellusionist.com and Theory11.

Daniel’s lecture will be at 7 p.m., Jan. 18, at All Saints Episcopal, 209 W. 27th.  The lecture is for members only, so bring your checkbook. The annual cost of local dues for 2017 is $25.

Astonishing Mike Pisciotta Wows SAM 206 in November

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img_1611By R.A. Dyer

Vanishing coins and fantastic card effects — SAM 206 guest lecturer Mike Pisciotta delivered those marvels and more during the club’s November meet-up.

Pisciotta, the Magic Castle Close-Up Magician of the Year in 2015, bartends and performs miracles, nightly, at the Castle’s Hat & Hare pub. He popped into Austin on Nov. 16 as part of his Southern Lecture Tour.

Although astonishing to witness, Mike’s close-up effects nonetheless appear to be moderately easy to master for a hobbyist. His coin work, in particular, seemed to be equal parts deceptive and simple.

“Great lecture,” said one attendee. “The effects were amazing. Loved the coins.”

In Devil Makes Three, Mike repeatedly caused coins to melt away from one hand, and then appear in the other.  Mike performed the effect simply, slowly and seemingly fairly. It also was presented as a sort of adult sucker trick, that is — Mike provided the audience with a seemingly logical solution to the miracle, but the solution turns out to be a red herring.

Mike also demonstrated an impromptu rising card effect, and another effect in which a selected card appeared sandwiched between two others in a boxed and shuffled deck.

Pisciotta patiently explained each effect and the basis for his performance decisions. He also shared a bit of his philosophy as an artist.

Besides being named as the Castle’s Close-Up Magician of the Year during 2015, Mike also was featured on the Speakeasies episode of Travel Channel’s Best Bars in America,

About 30 magicians, a mixture of both professionals and amateurs, attended the lecture. Mike’s appearance also attracted several new members to SAM 206.

The new 2017 board also was elected during the November meeting. They are Dan Page, President; Jake Dyer, Vice President; Albert Lucio, Vice President; Will Mannis, Sergeant-at-Arms; and Tammy Dietz, Treasurer. The secretary position for 2017  remains open.