Magicians, also known as illusionists, share the unusual skill of executing magic tricks. Magic tricks are divided into categories such as card tricks, optical illusions, escapes, and mentalism (a.k.a. mind reading). Among America’s most famous Illusionists are Criss Angel, David Copperfield, Harry Houdini, Penn & Teller, and James “The Amazing” Randi. Here’s a descriptive list of Magicians’ Circles in and around the Bay Area.
In San Francisco, join a group of Magicians known as Ring 38. The group meets at 7:30 pm on the last Tuesday of every month except December. Meetings take place at the Cafe Sinfonia, located at 465 Grove Street, near Gough. For details, contact Art Gagne at 650-992-0697.
The Oakland Magic Circle hosts flea markets, auctions, an annual banquet, stage shows, and contests with cash prizes. Visit their website at oaklandmagiccircle.com for a list of upcoming events.
In Carmichael, near Sacramento, a chapter of the International Brotherhood of Magicians meets at the Mission Oaks Community Center, located at 4701 Gibbons Drive. The meeting is hosted by Victor Saint Leon. For scheduled events and meeting times, contact Pamela Impson at 916-873-1079, or visit the website at magic1.org/ibm192.
Pete Carey, of the Mercury News, writes:
“After the Bay Area housing market’s biggest price run-up in years in 2013, with frenzied bidding wars in some markets and cash investors snapping up homes in others, experts are predicting a much calmer market in 2014. That’s good news for potential homebuyers, since there will be more homes to choose from, fewer bidding wars and less worries about spiraling prices. It’s not necessarily bad news for sellers. They may see their homes take longer to find buyers, but last year’s big price gains are giving many plenty of equity for the down payment on their next home.”
Read full article here: http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_24896980/slower-price-appreciation-more-sales-seen-bay-area
Coin collecting is a popular activity for a number of reasons. Not only are coins interesting and
beautiful, but some people see numismatic study as a viable investment opportunity. Here’s a
detailed list of Coin Collector clubs in and around San Francisco.
Most San Francisco coin collectors belong to the Pacific Coast Numismatic Society. Meetings
are held on the 4th Wednesday of every month except June, starting at 7:30 pm. PCNS
members meet at Fort Mason Center, Building C. Visit pcns.org for details.
Also stop in on the San Francisco Coin Club. Collectors meet on the 4th Friday of every
month at 6:30 pm, in the Tennessee Grill, located at 1128 Taraval.
Visit the Alameda Coin Club on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 6:45 pm. Meetings are held
in the Alameda Free Library building at 1550 Oak Street. Parking is free.
In Concord, check out the Diablo Numismatic Society. Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday
of each month at 7 pm, in the Concord Police Department meeting room, located at 1350
Galindo Street. Contact: James Laird at 925–200–2276, or visit diablocoinclub.org.
The Fairfield Coin Club meets at 7 pm on the 4th Wednesday of each month. Meetings are
held at Grace Episcopal Church, on the corner of Grace and Kentucky Streets.
The Fremont Coin Club meets at 7 pm, on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. Meetings
take place at the Elks Club, located at 38991 Farwell Drive. For details, visit
Also popular is the Vallejo Numismatic Society in the Florence Douglas Senior Center, located
at 333 Amador Street, Room A. The meeting starts at 6:30 pm. For further details, call 707-