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Assembly 252

We meet from 7:30pm until 9:00pm on the 3rd Thursday of each month at...


The Knights of Columbus Hall

behind St. Leo's Catholic Church

3700 Old Lee Highway

Fairfax, VA 22030

(go totally through church parking lot, make a right at baseball field, then a left, Knights of Columbus Hall is on the right)

Note: Youth meet 1/2 hour earlier at 7:00pm









The Event!

Jan 16, 2014 Meeting: "What your working on"
Feb 6-11, 2014 Kapital Kidvention (Click Me)
Feb 20, 2014 Meeting: "Comedy"
March 20, 2014 Meeting: "Jumbo" & KOC Show Coordination
Apr 12, 2014 Knights of Columbus Night of Magic Show 6:00pm (performers 1:00)
Apr 17, 2014 Meeting: "Sleight of Hand"
Apr 25-26, 2014 Magi-Whirl (Click Me)
May 15, 2014 Meeting: "Kid Show"
June 19, 2014 Meeting: "Fabric"
July 1-5, 2014 IBM/SAM Combined Convention, St Louis, MO (Click Me)
July 17, 2014 Meeting: "Half-Baked"
Aug 21, 2014 Meeting: "Audience Participation"
Sept 18, 2014 Meeting: "Oops!"
Oct 16, 2014 Meeting: "Spooky"
Nov 20, 2014 Meeting: "Out of the Pockets"
Dec 18, 2014 Meeting: "Beautiful"


Please bring magic!


The meeting theme is meant to inspire, not keep you away!  Bring in what your working on or bring yourself to help out your fellow magi.


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Keith's Thoughts




Face up to entertainment! 

One of the challenges I face in performing magic is letting my audience know how they should feel about a routine.  Those who make movies meticulously create story boards showing each moment.  How the audience should feel when they see each of these frames is of paramount importance.  They control lighting, weather, colors, sounds, speed, focus, and much more to control how the audience feels.  When the audience feels, they connect and get pulled into the storyline.  I don’t have that much environmental control, but one of the most powerful things I can do is control is the expression on my face.

There are some magicians that I feel are really good at this.  Some that come to mind are Bob Sheets ( of the Comedy & Mystery Society (, Denny Haney of Denny & Lee’s Magic Studio (, and Mike Giusti (  If you get to see any of them live, watch how much they use their facial expressions to bring the audience into the fun.   

As I script a routine, I take a moment to note what expression I should have on my face.  By using a facial expression, I let the audience know how I feel about it, and in turn guide how they should feel.  Most of the time I want the audience to feel as I do, but in children’s magic, the expression is often the opposite.  During the “magician in trouble” moments of a comedy routine I’m distraught as the kids are laughing.  “Magician in pain” physical gag moments are also like this.  Sometimes I have to go as far as practicing the expression in a mirror.  My everyday facial expressions do not use eyebrows, but by practicing with a mirror, I can amplify the expression using my face like a ventriloquist dummy.

Watch the faces of entertainers including comedians, magicians, and actors.  Their facial expressions are not by accident.  They work on them.  Give it a try and bring your audience into your world of magic.

Keith Pass

President of SAM 252

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This site was last updated 01/28/14