BEST Magic Shows Houston Texas 2019
Houston has had its fair share of magic big and small over the years. If you were around in the 80s you might remember the Magic Island with its prominent Pharoah's head over the doorway and lavish Egyptian themed interior. Here you will find all that is magic in Houston, whether it be the weekly shows or the touring specials coming through town. Looking for even more magic? You've come to the right place for the list of the Best Magic Shows in Texas.
CURRENT Houston Magic Shows
House of Blues
1204 Caroline St
Houston, TX 77002
Justin Willman is on the road with his Magic in Real Life tour, a show with oodles of incredible magic, illusion, and laughs. What is special about Justin? Well, for one thing, his quirky sense of humor. You might have seen him on his latest Netflix specials, Magic for Humans where he levitates while doing goat yoga, (yes I said goat), and does some very funny stuff with kids and marshmallows. Beloved by TV hosts such as Ellen and presidents such as Barack Obama, Justin has made a mark with his sometimes silly, but always fabulous illusions. His touring show is for all ages.
2215 Southwest Fwy
2215 Southwest Fwy
Houston, TX 77098
Opening Date to be Announced
Houston's once famous Magic Island is rumored to be resurrected like a mummy from its tomb. This Egyptian themed magic palace has fallen into disrepair and is in need of a huge remodel but like the stories of mummies rising from the dead, work on bringing this nightlife destination back to life has begun.
Improv Comedy Theater and Restaurant
7620 Katy Fwy #455
Houston, TX 77024
Every Other Saturday
Magical entertainers Ted Schwank & Carter Blackburn bring high energy family fun and entertainment to the Improv every other Saturday afternoon. Grab the kids or a bunch of friends and spend a delightful afternoon with these two Houston favorites. Ted has been entertaining in Houston for over 20 years, bringing his unique blend of showmanship and versatility to the stage. Carter, his up-and-coming protege, is well on his way to becoming one of Houston's favorite magicians.
Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Dr
Houston, TX 77030
Once a Month
No flashy stage tricks or big productions here. Ben's show Magic, Music, and Mayhem is up-close magic done with a huge likeability factor. Located in Houston's Museum of Natural Science, you can sit back with a cocktail from the lounge and enjoy an evening of intimate magic. Ben is known for his wit and sleight of hand. His 90-minute show has limited seating and only takes place one weekend a month so be sure to get tickets in advance.
The History of Houston Texas Magic
Thinking of Houston, Texas doesn't really conjure up images of magic. This large and sprawling city, a short drive from Galveston Bay, seems more fit for business, homes and modern life. Houston, however, has always had a little magic.
The early days of Houston saw the land as swampy, grassy, and filled with swamp-and-grass-loving creatures. However, the native people of the area thrived here. Tribes like the Karankawas frequented the area for fish, game and medicinal plants. The early Spanish Conquistadors were perplexed by these native groups and their rituals, chalking it all up to magical beliefs. In the 1800s, word spread that Houston was the place to be for early settlers itching to get some land. With some "creative advertising" by John and Augustus Allen, Houston became the happening hot-spot for those looking to start a new life.
Houston grew quickly into a new city, complete with drunkenness, prostitution, and gun-fights galore. You know, good ol' values. Magic made its way in as it did in many cities at the time - on the back of less than honest magicians. Inebriated men and their hard-earned cash were soon parted by "amazing" sleight of hand and the sticky fingers of pick-pockets. Thankfully, as the town grew, and with the discovery of oil... lots of oil... the reputation improved dramatically. With a growing population and a booming seaport, residents and travelers sought out entertainment and the early magic shows became a hit. Fast forward to 1983, business and oil are booming, and something truly amazing happened. A forward-thinking businessman, Robert Albo, bought the idea of a private nightclub/entertainment nightclub/entertainment magic show venue from a California movie producer and moved it to Houston. The spacious building had a large Pharaoh's head above the front entrance along with a sign that read, "Magic Island."
Magic Island gave private visitors a night of luxury and sophistication with amazing magic shows to match. The multiple rooms and stages hosted various magical acts from great illusions to sleight of hand, to the standard pull-the-rabbit-from-the-hat tricks. This was the height of magic in Houston. As popularity waned, Magic Island changed from the swanky private nightclub/magic theater to a more dressed-down family venue. The acts moved quicker, and the prices dropped which moved Magic Island into dangerous waters of financial instability. On September 12, 2008, Magic Island closed its doors for the last time. Hurricane Ike pounded the once grand establishment and left it burned and ruined. The doors were closed permanently, or so most thought.
New life for the Island has been rumored, as work on restoring it to its former glory has begun. The current owner, a local neurologist with a penchant for magic, wishes to see it become one of Houston's favorite evening hot spots again. Time will tell.
PAST Magic Shows Houston Texas
Smart Financial Center
18111 Lexington Blvd
Sugar Land, TX 77479
Michael is probably best known for his television show The Carbonaro Effect. He is a prankster at heart, and on his show he would pose as a regular joe who then pulls magic tricks out of his hat (so to speak) to freak out the unsuspecting public. His sometimes ridiculous explanations for what was going on, (never letting on that it was magic), made the situation even funnier. In his live show Michael brings all his wit and quirky humor to the stage, with sleight of hand, performance art and bizarre antics that will surely make for an evening of upbeat fun.
House of Blues
1204 Caroline St
Houston, TX 77002
How can a guy that doesn't talk and has tape covering his mouth even entertain? The answer is... very well! Tape Face has taken Vegas a bit by storm with his impish sense of humor and Herculean abilities to engage audiences of all ages. Although not a magician in the traditional sense, Tape Face has a great Vegas magic show that you'll find charming and touching.
Piff the Magic Dragon
White Oak Music Hall
2915 N Main St
Houston, TX 77009
Piff is instantly recognizable! Who wouldn't be dressed up in a green dragon suit, holding a fluffy white chihuahua? It goes without saying that Piff's show is part magic and a huge part comedy. The comedy is dry, sardonic, and well... British. After all, Piff hails from Great Britain where he first honed his skills and now has a swanky Vegas show. His show allows for some audience participation and a little good humored ribbing. And if you like especially cute dogs, Mr. Piffles the chihuahua is an extra bonus. You can meet and greet both Piff and Mr. Piffles after the show. Throw in a showgirl named Jade Simone, and you've got an all-around entertaining time.
345 Fannin St
Beaumont, TX 77701
Grant Freeman was hooked on performing at a very early age, becoming quickly addicted to applause, he soon found himself choosing to mesmerize and amaze audiences with sleight of hand and a cutting comedy routine. His latest show coming to Houston is An R-Rated Magic Show. Grant's show is raunchy, funny and certainly unique. Not the kind of magic your grandfather saw, and especially not your grandmother!
The Champions of Magic
These five international magicians come together for one fantastically theatrical show. Included in the grand spectacles are levitation, disappearance, and teleportation, as well as some wonderful up-close magic and mind-reading. Together these top magicians have over 20 million online views between them, and they will be sure to thrill and surprise audiences everywhere.
The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
800 Bagby St
Houston, TX 77002
Ivan's show Secrets and Illusions takes you on a journey to Paris, where you will be taken through the Louvre Museum galleries, accompanied by live cello music... the musical muse bringing to life priceless works of art and illusion. Each artful vignette is thoughtfully created, weaving stories and magic throughout. This show has a blend of audience participation and storytelling. Check out the show in Boston while Ivan takes a break from his regular running intimate LA illusion show.
Houston has a great history of magic and that hasn't stopped to the present day. Whether you're looking for a big illusion show or an intimate parlor show, we are thrilled to have introduced you to the Best Magic Shows in Houston, Texas!