Assembly 206 Visits Only Theater Devoted Exclusively to Magic in Texas

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John Magic at his theater

John Magic at his theater

Coins appeared, as if from thin air — one after another — materializing at the magician’s fingertips. Sometimes he would cause the coins to multiply, with one mysteriously becoming two and then two becoming four.

John Wright, a relatively recent transplant to Austin, performed that wonder and others for Assembly 206 members during the club’s regular August meeting. But rather than coming to the Assembly meeting space and appearing as our guest, Mr. Wright welcomed us to his space and served as our host.

The August meeting was something of a a field trip for members. It was conducted at Magic’s Theater, owned by Mr. Wright and located just south of Austin. It is the only theater in Texas devoted exclusively to magic.

“He put on a great show and was a wonderful evening,” said one happy Assembly member.

Mr. Wright performs a full stage show each Saturday night at the venue, which he promotes as “Magic’s Theater.” He also leads tours of his extensive magic museum located on the premises. There’s a snack area at his venue and a spot for close-up performances.

Assembly members received a sample of the stage show. The Assembly also conducted a bit of its regular business in the 100-seat theater, a beautiful space with a raised stage and spot lighting.

Afterwards Mr. Wright led a tour of the museum, which includes a replica of Harry Houdini’s famous Chinese water torture cell, props from Doug Henning, an original Cardini award plaque, T. Nelson Downs coins and several other artifacts.

Mr. Wright spent most of his career in California, where he owned a successful business that catered to the film studios. He resettled in Texas after his retirement and then began construction of the theater and museum soon afterwards.

And he’s continued adding to the impressive compound, and currently is incorporating new museum acquisitions into added space.

If you haven’t visited Magic’s Theater yet, be sure to do so soon. You can learn more at Magicstheater.com. The phone number is 512 289-4461.

April 20: Open-Mic Slots FILLED for East Austin Magic Showcase

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Make yourself famous. Volunteer to perform at the Assembly 206 Magic Showcase.

Make yourself famous. Volunteer for the Assembly 206 Magic Showcase.

Assembly 206’s first-ever Monday Night Magic Showcase will be held on April 20th, at  7 p.m., at the Dozen Street lounge on East 12th street. The showcase will feature a mixture of professional and amateur magicians, and all proceeds (after expenses) will benefit Assembly 206. There is no cover charge, but tips and donations will be graciously accepted.

We have accepted a number of open-mic volunteers for the showcase, and now all slots are filled.  But if you didn’t get in this time around, no worries – we hope to have another Magic Showcase in the future.

And if you don’t plan on performing, please come out and lend your support to your fellow Assembly members. Remember: the Monday Night Magic Showcase will be held in lieu of our regular meeting, and all proceeds go to help the club. The evening will be great fun.

March 7: Magical Lock Picking

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Can Kevin Moore help?

Can Kevin Moore help?

Kevin Moore, who has worked as a locksmith for the Department of the Army and has legally broken into a former nuclear storage site, will be conducting a clinic on magical lock picking on March 7, in Cedar Park.

The clinic is free for members of our brother organization, International Brotherhood of Magicians, Ring 60, and costs $5 for everybody else. It will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Who is Kevin Moore?

Since 1999 Kevin has been employed as a locksmith for the Army at Fort Hood, our nation’s largest military installation. He is the only person there who is factory certified on all locks used by the U.S. government, and he is a certified GSA Safe & Vault Technician/Inspector.

Military criminal investigators look to Kevin for help on lock related matters. He has specialized in troubleshooting, bypassing and neutralizing lockouts — especially for high security uses. A personal best, Kevin has removed 13 arms rooms’ locks in one day. He also has designed and developed specialized tools, now in use by other locksmiths, and, in a significant career highlight, Kevin legally broke into a former nuclear storage site.

Earlier in his career, for five years, Kevin owned and operated a locksmith business in Iowa, where he served residential and business customers, the county jail and banks.

Kevin is a great guy and is excited to share his experiences. This clinic will be hands on. If you own hand cuffs and or lock picks, bring them.

By the nature of clinics, there are limits to the number of attendees. Don’t be disappointed. SIGN-UP NOW by contacting J.D. Stewart at jdsmagic@gmail.com or calling him at (512) 468-0011. It’s free to members of our sister organization, IBM Ring 60. It’s only $5 for non-members.

When and Where: Kevin Moore’s Magical Lock Picking clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Heroes Night Out Facility in Cedar Park, 1150 South Bell Blvd. It’s free for IBM Ring 60 members, $5 for everybody else.


David Stone wows Assembly 206

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David Stone

David Stone

Whether from laughter or astonishment, David Stone left Austin’s Assembly 206 gasping for air during his hilarious magic lecture February 16th.

Direct from Paris, the master magician performed a number of miracles — many of them of his own devising — and then provided explanations and performance tips.

He produced cards from thin air, performed mental prediction tricks, and astonished with a number of other mysteries. Although Stone’s handling was effortless and nuanced, it was his winning personality that sold each effect.

“This was one fantastic lecture,” said Coby Chase, who was among the 40 or so Assembly members on-hand for the high-profile event.

Stone began with a number of bottle productions — from a drawing pad, from a balloon and from a borrowed jacket — performed flawlessly and hilariously. The magician then produced a deck of cards from a wadded bit of foil, followed up with a number of card miracles. He invited to the stage two female audience members — and then flirted with them mercilessly. The resulting laughs continued for the remainder of the lecture.

Among the card miracles was one in which Stone made an entire deck disappear, a deck color-change routine, a card stab routine, and an original effect in which a colored dot appears visibly on a chosen card.

The lecture was part of a quick trip to the United States by Stone. A day previously he performed for a group of magicians in Houston for a banquet there.

A Message from President Steve Farmer

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Assembly 206 President Steve Farmer

Okay! We started 2015 with our first meeting in January on “Teaching Magic.” I again want to thank the presenters JD Stewart, Peter Heinrichs, Brad Henderson, and Kent Cummins. All four did outstanding jobs giving up information to help the audience become better teachers of our art.

Great door prizes were donated by “Teach by Magic,” a company well associated with SAM National. Prizes included books from Teach by Magic, and one year subscriptions to the website. All members present also received smaller giveaways.

Besides the theme, another reason for choosing to have the meeting at” Fantastic Magic Camp, was to introduce the membership to a different location. Thanks again to Peter Heinrichs and Bertil Fredstrom for making this possible.

The current location where we hold meetings is the Omni South hotel. It’s an awesome destination for a performance or lecture. The price of 212.00 dollars each time we book it including hard candy, water, paper, and pens, is a great value for the location

However, I’ve been to meetings that had less than 10 members attend. It doesn’t seem reasonable to spend that much money for so few members. At this previous spending rate for space alone, all it takes is a couple of years of poor returns on the Austin Magic Auction to heavily impact our treasury.

Therefore, this year the board has scheduled meetings at other locations in addition to the Omni South hotel.

Here’s the list for the coming year meetings: (There may be more lectures than listed here.)

  •  February 16 ­ David Stone Lecture for SAM 206 members only. (Membership dues can be paid at the lecture.) This will be held at the Omni South hotel. Dues are 25.00 dollars for the year – same as last year – and include at least 2 more lectures that will be free to members.
  • February 28 ­ Magic Auction at Heroes Night Out, located in Cedar Park. This is our annual fundraiser. It generates the funding needed to consider paying over $200.00 a night for a meeting space, and to continue paying for extraordinary lecturers. There’s an entry fee for everyone. Contact auction chairperson Trixie Bond if you also want to help out.
  • March 16 ­ Location TBA. Meeting theme will be on Card Magic. Albert Lucio (2015 VP of membership) has promised some stand up material, as well as seated tricks.
  • April 20 ­ Open Mic / New Members Night. This meeting will be held off site at a local performance venue. Since it’s also New Members Night, it will be a great time to show off a new routine with a bunch of audience support. Jake Dyer is chairing; contact him for more info
  • May 18 – Location is TBA. So you became a member, learned a trick, showed it to a supportive audience, and now you can use a PROMO NIGHT. Here it is: This meeting will be a different kind of promo night, this one chaired by Albert Lucio. At least one promo photo per member will be taken, and presenters will share how to promote your talents and act.
  • June 11 A Free lecture for SAM206 members Non-members 10.00, Francis Menotti on Thursday June 11th. Location is TBA
  • June 15 – Jake Dyer will chair this Mentalism-themed meeting. Location is TBA.
  • July 20 – This will be a lecture month. The location will either be the Omni South hotel, or Fantastic Magic Camp. I’m chairing this one and am going to get an out of town lecturer. Maybe Darryl. Maybe someone else…I am actually hoping to get more than one.
  • August 17 – August will be a social gathering meeting, with a movie night theme. Family and friends are invited to attend invite as many friends and family as possible. Jake Dyer is chairing, with a location TBA.
  • September 21 – VP Ken Dickensheets is an avid magic collector, and will chair this year’s “TAOM Treasures” themed meeting. Bring whatever treasure you found at TAOM 2015 and share. Location TBA.
  • October 19 – This meeting is our annual Friends and Family Night. Members will present both close up table magic and Parlor magic. It’s a great time to bring someone who has an interest in magic, but hasn’t been around other compeers. This meeting is very important in that we make sure to invite as many friends and family as possible.
  • November 16 – With so many banquets and feasts this season, our theme will be “Magic with Food.” This is not the Restaurant Magic theme per se, instead we’ll explore the world of fun food magic. Steve Farmer is chairing. Hopefully, this meeting will be held at a restaurant TBA simply because the abundance of props.
  • Late December – Tammy Dietz has agreed to chair our Annual Holiday Banquet. Location will hopefully be at Trinity First Baptist (the same place as last year).

I have noted the Chair for each month. If you find it in your heart to help your fellow compeers, please contact that Chair to help produce another awesome meeting of

Magic ­ Unity ­ Might!

Magically Yours,

Steve Farmer

Wayne Houchin | Strange Ideas: The No Blessings Tour

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Wayne Houchin

Strange Ideas: The No Blessings Tour


Who Is Wayne Houchin?

Wayne Houchin’s work as a performance artist, magician, and dare-devil has made him one of the most popular and exciting mystery entertainers in the world.

He has performed in more than 30 countries, appeared on NBC’s Today Show, headlined the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, and he made history in the Dominican Republic by stopping time during a live, nationally televised stunt.

Houchin currently stars in the Discovery Channel’s Breaking Magic: The Magic of Science which has been watched by more than 100 million people worldwide.


What Is The Lecture About?

Wayne Houchin debuted his new lecture Strange Ideas last year in Europe to sold out audiences and rave reviews. This summer, he’s bringing it across the United States. Strange Ideas features an exploration of original magic and surprising variations – including magic with glass bottles, dollar bills, a helium balloon, and more.

Houchin’s new lecture notes Strange Ideas will also be available. His previous releases to the magic community include The Signed Coin in Can, Stigmata, Ultragaff, and Thread. Houchin’s original magic has been performed by David Blaine, Derren Brown, Criss Angle, Dynamo, and many others.

This is a one-of-a-kind presentation by one of magic’s most unique performers and creators.




Wayne Houchin – The Magic of Science on Discovery – Season 1 from Wayne Houchin on Vimeo.

Wayne Houchin – Death Defying Book Bungee Jump from Wayne Houchin on Vimeo.

Wayne Houchin on The Project from Wayne Houchin on Vimeo.




“Wayne Houchin is one of the hottest magicians on the planet!” – Genii Magazine


“A world class entertainer who shares himself entirely with the audience.  A must see for anybody who loves magic!”  – SOMA, 2009 FISM Grand Prix Winner


“Wayne Houchin’s lecture was one of the best we’ve had in years. His magic is fantastic, visual and amazing. But if you watch him and pay close attention, you might learn something far more important than tricks: How to connect with an audience, draw them into an experience and make them care.”  – Harry Lucas, Magic Circle Vienna


“Wayne Houchin is this generation’s Houdini!  One of the best lectures we’ve ever had.” – Wizardz Magic Theater


“Wayne Houchin is brilliant!” – Criss Angel


“Wayne Houchin was incredible during his sold out, standing room only lecture!  We enjoyed having him very much!”Tannen’s Magic


“A cross between a con-man & a street magician, a fascinating live performer!”Synthesis Magazine


“Houchin’s lecture was excellent and one I highly recommend to any magician as a MUST SEE!”Marc DeSouza


“Wayne Houchin’s lecture depressed me.  He’s just a kid–half my age–and he’s EXTREMELY talented.  Aside from the insights into both conceiving and implementing great effects, Wayne knows what it takes to perform them.  It’s no wonder he has such a vast and devoted following (he PACKED Midwest Magic’s lecture room–and many were faces I had never seen before.)  I would most highly recommend Wayne’s lecture to any group that appreciates talent and the rare combination of both ingenious creator and exceptional performer.  It is not to be missed!”Tim Felix, Midwest Magic

John Lovick

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February 17th, 2014: Special Guest Lecture by John Lovick aka “Handsome Jack”

John Lovick lives in Los Angeles, where he works as a performer, writer, and theatre director. His secret alter ego, Handsome Jack, performs regularly at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, where he has been nominated eleven years in a row as Parlour Magician of the Year (which means he has lost eleven years in a row.

John is perhaps best known in the world of magic as the author of SWITCH: Unfolding the $100 Bill Change. He is also known for his product reviews and performer profiles that have appeared in MAGIC and Genii magazines. He is the creater of “The Reparation”, a popular Torn and Restored Card handling has been a best selling item over the last decade. He is the co-author of Aaron Fisher’s The Paper Engine and wrote Experience, and MAYHEW, books about the magic of Jon Allen and Steve Mayhew, respectively. He has performed throughout the United States and has lectured to magic organizations in Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, and Malaysia.

His lecture features both stand-up and close-up material, right out of his working repertoire, including his work on the $100 bill switch, his famous bottle production, several card effects, some solid stand-up routines, and his theories about performance, character, and scripting.

Special Guest: Brad Henderson

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Brad Henderson

January 20th, 2014: Special Guest Lecture by Brad Henderson

Brad Henderson has been studying and performing mentalism since he was 19 years old. He has presented his brand of mind reading performances all over the world, including earning a standing ovation at the 1999 TAOM convention in Austin, TX. Brad was a consultant for Michael Ammar’s Easy to Master Money and Card Series, appeared on a special psychics and mindreader’s episode of the Weakest Link Game show, consulted on both the Discovery Channel’s Mysterious World of Alain Nu and ABC Family’s Exploring the Unexplained, and was an outspoken product reviewer for Magic Magazine. He has had articles published in Genii, Magic, The Linking Ring, MUM, and numerous other publications.

Brad was a featured contributor to Ben Cummings’ underground tour du force Conversations with Mindreaders. His book, The Dance, is considered to be one of the leading resources on cold reading. His lecture on scripting was a highlight of the inaugural Mindvention. He performs magic and mind reading in a variety of venues and for audiences of all ages and types.

This evening Brad will explore what makes mentalism mentalism; the public and professional perceptions of mentalism; how they originated; and what we can do to overcome them. Brad will share a simple but illuminating approach to thinking about mentalism which will not only allow a better appreciation of mentalism as an art form, but will also empower interested performers to create more impactful mentalism performances. Along the way, Brad will share a handful of techniques which will immediately improve your understanding and execution of two seminal mentalism techniques, the equivoque and one ahead. Finally Brad will demonstrate one of his current works in progress, exploring how it came into creation, the problems encountered in its development, the solutions considered, and why specific choices were made.  If time remains, he may even teach a trick.

This experience can be as interactive as the club desires. Brad promises to hold nothing back when it comes to exploring the theories which underscore mentalism, many of the ideas to be presented have been shared only with his closest of confidants. Feel free to come prepared with questions. Brad wants this to be the mentalism lecture YOU want it to be.

Happy Holidays

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Yes it is that time of year…time for the annual S.A.M. 206 Holiday Banquet!

When: Monday December 9, 2013 doors open 5:45 p.m.  Dinner at 7:00, and show at 7:45 p.m.

Where: First Baptist Church 901 Trinity Austin Texas (9th & Trinity St–downtown Austin)  There is a map at the bottom of the page.

What to Bring: We will do pot luck as in the past.  Meat will be provided.  Below is the breakdown of what you can bring.  If your last name starts with…

                    A-F bring an appetizer

                    G-N bring a side dish

                    O-Z bring a salad




Our Charity this year: Safe Place

Here is a wish list to help you with deciding what you would like to donate.  Many families come to Safe Place with very few, if any, of their possessions. Community donations help provide for a family’s basic needs and are an important first step in helping survivors start over.

The Wish List **Please do not wrap any items **


  • Full size bottles of unopened adult shampoo and conditioner
  • Toothpaste/Toothbrushes
  • Unopened body wash/soap
  • Razors and Shaving Cream
  • Shower Sponges
  • New pillows
  • Twin Sheets/Blankets/Comforters
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Diapers sizes 3-6
  • Pull-Ups sizes 2T-5T
  • Baby Wipes
  • Baby Shampoo
  • Baby Lotion
  • Baby Powder
  • Brushes or Combs
  • Mouth Wash
  • Deodorant

General Needs

All clothing, all sizes, in season

  • Purses, wallets and suitcases
  • Date books & journals
  • Gas station gift cards
  • Gift cards for clothing stores, discount stores, restaurants, etc.
  • Grocery store gift cards

Infant and Toddler

  • Push-and-pull toys for toddlers
  • Clothing
  • Diapers/Wipes

Arts Sports and Entertainment

  • Entertainment passes for bowling, movies, skating, museums and amusement parks
  • Nonviolent books and toys (*No Toy Guns/Knives/Swords*)
  • Stickers
  • Gift cards for toy and book stores
  • Picture Books
  • Youth and Adult Books
  • Spanish Youth and Adult Books
  • Project paper: contact, butcher, art,  construction, writing and tissue
  • Art supplies (for our school and after school activities)
  • Smocks
  • Playing cards and board games
  • Sports equipment for all ages: balls, scooters, skateboards, baseballs, gloves, roller skates,

basketballs, footballs and appropriate safety equipment
ENTERTAINMENT:   It’s a surprise!!!
YOU NEED TO R.S.V.P. to Tammy Dietz at cantutg@sbcglobal.net no later than Nov. 29th We will need to have a count of attendees including any children.  If you have any other questions you can contact Tammy Dietz.


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David Gabbay Lecture

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dgA creator of original magic, and regular Magic Castle performer, David Gabbay is modern approach to this age old art can make your magic amazing. In 2010 David Gabbay starred in his own one man Hollywood theater show, “Caught In A Miracle” to sold out houses and critical acclaim. A multiple award winner, most recently in 2011, David competed with magicians from across the country at the prestigious TAOM convention to earn himself the First Place Award for Close-Up Magic. David is a really impressive magician who is just starting to break out in our magic community. He is really fun to watch with some cutting edge techniques and misdirection. One of those you don’t know what’s going to happen next kind of shows and really original. Almost all of his stuff is original, he’s done a few lectures now and wants to do more. Here is a video of him on youtube.com (including his whole close-up show):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A04QI_Tu9AU)


David Gabbay is a talented, award winning magician and creator of some of the most visual, cutting edge effects put out in recent years.  Fresh off a successful one man Hollywood show – soon to be featured in an upcoming MAGIC Magazine article – his abilities transcend the perception of what magic can look like performed on any stage or just inches away.


Through his lifelong devotion towards refining and perfecting every aspect of his art, David has received awards and recognition from the magic community.  He is currently one of the Magic Castle’s favorite performers and is in constant demand by seasoned veterans and members alike.


David’s interactive lecture is meant to be an entertaining, informative discussion on some of his original effects and creative thinking, with something for magicians at every skill level.


♠       David’s Coin opener – This original opener creates huge reactions right off the bat and is a mini masterclass in misdirection and deception.  There is little cover, and once mastered, will give the performer confidence to perform other bolder effects.  A must see!

♠       Coins Through Silk & Sanchez Fly – These two original coin routines produce a powerful one two punch.  Spectators get up close and personal, seeing and hearing the coins melt, vanish, and reappear in these comedic yet daring handlings you will love to perform. (Demo only)

♠       David’s Topit – Need to make something vanish fast?  David’s use of the topit enables different vanishes and switches, using a three coin routine as an example.  He shows how to vanish multiple coins silently, with further thoughts on using a topit and sleeving sparingly but effectively.

♠       Coin in Purse to Box – Highly visual award winning effect, this is David’s modern twist on Nest of Boxes that helped win first place at the 2011 TAOM Convention Close-up Competition.  Also includes David’s thoughts on how he masters his timing and misdirection that’s his calling card.

♠       Card to Impossible Locations (2 effects) – A demonstration on being bold, taking chances, and most importantly, controlled timing with a clever close-up black art principle effect.  Also includes a surprising pen from purse that can be used anywhere, anytime.

♠       Coin in sugar packet – A fully impromptu effect that has gained notoriety.  This was originally featured in Genii Magazine and brought David well deserved national recognition.

♠       Tic-Tac box and specially designed card case – A solid original effect that will soon be part of your repertoire, complete with a chop cup-esque routine.  For the first time, David reveals how to make his brilliant Tic-Tac box gimmick that even has real Tic-Tacs deceptively appear.  The ingenious card case also allows you to steal objects even when it’s closed.

♠       Tossed Out Tech – A new, original jelly bean effect based on “tossed out deck” that plays around with the sense of taste.  A really cool, new concept in magic you won’t see anywhere else.

♠       Stitch – Visually move your polo shirt’s logo in full view. Ends by showing the logo is permanently stitched on, and is fully examinable.  Crazy unreal!

♠       Bounce/No Bounce Balls – A really fun routine with bouncing balls where you finish up by bouncing the ball that just previously wouldn’t bounce.

♠       Bonus – David presents a method that allows one to hand out their business card in the context of a card effect.


*Throughout the lecture David will discuss his experience on topics ranging from timing & misdirection, keeping a magic journal, goal setting, blending techniques, connecting with the audience, managing the peaks and valleys of your performance, tips on beginning and ending a show, and routining an act that flows and blends to keep audiences fully engaged in this twitter age.




“David Gabbay takes dusty classics and gives them a fresh, young, entertaining twist that makes them not only watchable but HIGHLY entertaining!” – Joe Monti


“David’s magic is smartly constructed, visual and designed for the enjoyment of the laity. Watch him closely.” – Eric Jones


“David Gabbay likes magic to be fun, and all his tricks reflect that.” – David Acer


“…interesting magic by a thoughtful young creator” – Jamy Ian Swiss


For more information, take a look at his website at: www.gabbaymagic.com