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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.

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.

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.

Famed Close Up Magician Jon Armstrong to Lecture in Austin

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Jon Armstrong

Jon Armstrong

Famed close-up magician Jon Armstrong will be the main attraction for the annual membership meeting of Assembly 206 on Jan. 18. The veteran LA and Las Vegas performer is a regular at the Magic Castle, has made TV appearances on Masters of Illusion and Penn & Teller’s Fool Us and has been featured in Harpers Magazine and the New York Times.

The lecture is FREE for members, but you MUST be a paid member to attend. The annual dues are $25. So better bring your check book.

We’ll be meeting at the Omni South Park, on Governor’s Row in South Austin. That’s a giant map, just below this article. And check back here later for additional details about Jon’s appearance. We’ll post up more information in the coming weeks.

THE 2015 HOLIDAY BANQUET: FIVE WAYS YOU CAN HELP

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Magical Mystical Michael Kaufman

Magical Mystical Michael Kaufman

By R.A. Dyer

Magical Mystical Michael with special guest Arsene Dupin — performing together as the infamous Mouth Brothers — will headline this year’s holiday banquet, to be held Dec. 14th at Austin’s First Baptist Church.

Doors open at 6, dinner is served at 6:45 and the magicians go on stage at 7:45. First Baptist is located at at 901 Trinity Street, in downtown. We’ve included a map, below.

Our banquet is a community potluck, although Assembly 206 furnishes the main course. There’s no charge to attend.

What can you do to help? Here’s a list of five things for your holiday check list:

First: send your RSVP to club treasurer Tammy Dietz. She can be reached at cantutg@sbcglobal.net. She needs to hear from everyone by Dec. 4th.

Second: bring a dish. If your last name starts with A through F, bring an appetizer. If your last name starts with G through N, bring a side dish. If your last name starts with O through Z, bring a salad. Also, Assembly 206 is hosting a dessert contest, so bring something yummy and win a prize.

Arsene Dupin

Arsene Dupin

Third: help us support the LifeWorks Foster Care LifeSkills Program. Please consider donating a gift card from Big Lots, HEB, Dollar Tree, Target or Visa — in any denomination. LifeWorks also accepts contributions of youth hygiene supplies such as soaps, shampoos, toothpaste, toothbrushes and deodorants. Other useful contributions include backpacks, spiral notebooks, pens and other school supplies.

The LifeWorks Foster Care LifeSkills Program works with foster youth to develop skills for self-sufficiency. Assembly 206 is proud to partner with this great organization during the holiday season. You can read more about LifeWorks Foster Care at www.lifeworksaustin.org.

Fourth: Although there is no charge to attend, we’d appreciate it if all members and would-be members come prepared to pay their $25 local dues for the upcoming year. It’s expensive running the club. By paying your dues, you help ensure that we have enough money for fun activities in 2016.

Fifth: THANK TAMMY DIETZ. Our Assembly 206 secretary works tirelessly every year to create a wonderful holiday banquet. When you see her, please be sure to let her know how much we appreciate her hard work. In fact, when you email your RSVP, you might ask her how you can help.

And now about Magical Mystical Michael and Arsene Dupin: the veteran comedy magicians have performed in countless cities here and abroad, wowing both critics and the public. They are  veterans of Renaissance Festivals, street fairs and countless corporate events.

“An impressive tour de force,” said one Chicago Tribune critic of Magical Mystical Michael, also known as Michael Kaufman. He’ll be joined on stage by Arsene Dupin, who has performed on TV and at the White House and is the resident magician of Austin’s One World Theater.

See you at the banquet and happy holidays!

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.

Sept. 20: Magic Movie Night at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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prestige2The Society of American Magicians and Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar present Magic Movie Night featuring The Prestige, live close-up magicians and an after-show performance by Peter the Adequate.

This special fundraising event will be on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th, and will be held in lieu of our regular Monday meeting.

The Prestige — one of the best magic-themed films ever — stars Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson and … wait for it … David Bowie. The fun starts at 6, with close-up magicians in the theater before the movie and a free performance by crowd favorite Peter the Adequate afterwards in the adjacent Highball Lounge.

Bring a date. Or two. Bring your grandma even. Proceeds benefit Central Texas magic and Assembly 206 … so don’t miss it.  You can get your tickets at the Alamo website, at this link. 

Aug. 17th: Magic’s Theater and Museum

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John Magic at his little-known theater just southwest of Austin.

John Magic performing at his  theater southwest of Austin.

Just southwest of Austin, along a country road, sits a mysterious and little-known theater and  museum. There’s no other venue in Texas like it.

Magic’s Theater, on Fitzhugh Road, is the state’s only theater and museum exclusively devoted to our art. It may be the world’s best kept magician’s secret.

And owner John “Magic” Wright will be leading Assembly 206 members on a tour of the facility on Monday, Aug. 17th, during the club’s regularly scheduled meeting.

John’s museum includes a replica of Harry Houdini’s famous Chinese Water Torture Cell, wardrobe and props from Doug Henning, and photographs and posters of contemporary magicians. Also be prepared for a few other surprises during our visit.

The event gets started at 7:30. (We’re starting a little later than usual, to give folks time to make it to the venue.)  It’s free an open to Assembly members. For information about joining the Assembly, please email club secretary Jake Dyer, at jakedyer@yahoo.com.

And if you’re on Facebook, please share the invite with your magician friends.

GETTING THERE

13419 Fitzhugh Road is southwest of Austin, in Hays County, located about a half hour from Downtown Austin, just off Highway 290 West. 

Monday, May 18: Member Promotional Night at the OMNI SOUTHPARK

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AgustinTash

Agustin Tash will be taking promotional pictures for members during the May 18th Assembly meeting.

Come join us Monday night for the Assembly’s Promotion night and have your promo shot taken by Agustin Tash and Edward Boswell. Magicians are encouraged to come prepared with their performance attire for the photo shoots. Members will also have a chance to learn how to create a media packet and how to give a 30-second pitch.

The Assembly also will provide refreshments and cake so members can socialize while the photos are being taken.

The meeting this month will be held at the Omni SouthPark Hotel, 4140 Governors Row, Austin, TX, 78744.  We’ll get going at 7 p.m.

There are a few things to know about the promotional photos:

  • Due to time constraints it is highly encouraged that you are prepared and ready to take your photo. Time slots will be determined by the number of attendees. Attendees will be given a number with a corresponding slot for their photo to be taken. It is best to expect only 5 minutes of photo time.
  • The photo provided to you will be unedited images for you to edit or process.
  • Back drops will be white, green or hotel wall.
  • You must provide your own props (including tables, closeup pads, etc), makeup, hair styling, etc. A table will provide with mirrors to help you adjust into character before your shoot.
  • Please be courteous of others and use your photo time wisely. We only have the room for a short period of time and would like to ensure that every member has time to be photographed.
  • Headshots will be used for the SAM website membership page.
  • The photo session is free for SAM members. Non-members will be required to pay $25 for a photo session (this fee will be waived if you join the assembly).