The OCMC hosts special events throughout the year!
Floyd Baldwin Stage Contest:
In 1987, the club decided to start a contest for stage magic to be named after Floyd Baldwin, a Past President who was interested in establishing a forum for members to develop an act of sufficient quality to compete with at a magic convention contest like PCAM.
Depending on the number of contestants, tryouts are held during the October meeting with the finals at the November Annual Banquet. Only members having renewed or joined by the April meeting of that year may compete for the trophy. Judging is done via ballot by all people attending the banquet.
Effort should be put into originality, skill, effect, and overall presentation as such done in preparation to compete at a PCAM convention competition A perpetual trophy is awarded as well as $50 cash prize.
Les Rash Close-up Contest:
In 1992, the club decided to start a close-up contest to be named after Les Rash, one of the founding club members and a Past President, who had a fondness for close-up magic. The event is usually held at the May meeting.
Only members having renewed or joined by the April meeting may compete for the trophy. Judging is done by ballot by those members and guests in attendance. It should be noted that some members may wish to perform that night, but not compete. Their name will be omitted from the ballot and will perform after the contest.
Effort should be put into originality, skill, effect, and overall presentation as such done in preparation to compete at a PCAM convention competition. A perpetual trophy is awarded to First Place as well as $50 cash prize. Certificates are awarded for Second and Third Place.
Occasional No Contest Contest:
This really is an event in which every performer wins! Occasionally, there may be a meeting where perform whatever they like. No matter what the effect is, they will receive a certificate the following month for best effect in whatever category the Board can come up with that fits the effect. This has previously been done at the December meeting.
Click HERE to see past contest winners.
Once a year the club tries to hold a Magic Flea Market and/or Auction. The Flea Market consists of various dealer tables run by club members or magic merchants along with a special club table where members with just a few item may sell them with a small percentage going to the club. An auction consists of members bringing in various magical items and having them sold off with a small percentage of the sale going to the club.
Sometime during the summer, the club holds a picnic on a Weekend afternoon. Over the last 3 years it has been held at Ralph B. Clark Park in Fullerton. Members bring potluck dinners and desserts to share. A member magic show is also performed. Members are welcome to bring their families and friends.
At the December meeting, members bring potluck desserts to share before the Holiday Magic show. There is usually a Holiday gift exchange of inexpensive magic and non-magic items. Only those who bring gifts may take part in the exchange. There is also a Free Trick of the Month Raffle for club members only. Members are welcome to bring guests.
Usually in November, the club holds a banquet at a restaurant in Orange County. In the past it has been held at the Garden Grove Woman's Club, the Buena Park Holiday Inn, The Phoenix Club, the Pan Pacific Hotel, Marmac's, and the Claim Jumper. The club presents The Floyd Baldwin Stage Magic Contest and a special show by professional magicians. Also, the newly elected Board of Directors is announced after the current Board is honored. Certificates of Appreciation are also awarded to those members who have helped run the club or participated in performing for the club over the past year. There is a fee charged for the dinner and members are encouraged to bring along guests.
Starting in 1994, the club has produced an annual Magic Faire at the International Printing Museum in Park (and ran annually for 3 years.) The main purpose of the event was to raise enough money to cover the yearly rent for the monthly meetings held at the IPM. Events like this are held for the public in which all members are expected to help out in some way. The Faire had not only a main stage show featuring headline magicians (shown 2 or 3 times), but also a parlor show in the museum’s Heritage Theater (shown 3 times), a Sideshow in the diorama area (shown every half hour), 2 close-up tables with performers every half hour, a Magic Market dealer room, and walk-around clowns, magicians, and balloon-animal artists. Refreshments were also available. The idea was to have magic happening everywhere around the museum.
The first Magic Faire in 1994 was produced by Les Gulliver and was successful in reaching our goal considering it was the club's first attempt. The Headliner was Johnny Ace Palmer and about 50 members participated.
The 1995 Magic Faire was produced by Todd R. Reis and surpassed all expectations. Johnny Ace Palmer headlined again along with Dick Barry, David Malek, and Steve Quinn plus many members performing walkaround & close-up magic and balloon entertainment. About 80 members participated in making the event a success.
The 1996 Magic Faire was produced by Michael "Cool" Rhodes and Todd R. Reis. It featured the Aldo Colombini, Dana Daniels, the Gamesters, David Malek, David Neighbors, and Gregory Wilson plus many club members. Unfortunately, since the club was no longer able to use the IPM for meetings, the event was discontinued in 1997.
Although annual dues help to run the club, fund-raising events also are done to cover other expenses. At other times, members donate their services to worthwhile charity events needed magicians.
Numerous members have volunteered to perform at events held by Children’s Hospital of Orange County, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Children’s Cancer Crusade, Magic Castle Kids Day, and many others.
Occasionally the club produces a stage show to raise money in conjunction with other organizations such as it did with Fountain Valley High School in 1994 produced by Stan Mittelman and directed by Gabriel Roy. Previously, Joyce Basch produced a club show in 1989.