Welcome to Magic City central! LA has an exciting history of great shows that are completely different than the rest of the country and you're in luck. This is THE LIST of the best and most popular magic shows in Los Angeles. They range from the quirky small theater, to the intimate up-close table-style, the beautiful Edwardian style, and even the huge theater productions just dropping by for a few days as they continue traveling the world. Forget the Sunset Strip and Pink's hot dogs downtown, catch one of the most amazing magic shows you will ever see! It's LA, you're here, and you're in luck....
1418 FOURTH STREET, SANTA MONICA - FRIDAY through SUNDAY
Magicopolis is a magical live theatre experience, as magic was meant to be seen. The magic duo of Steve Spill and Bozena Wrobel present “Escape Reality” which is a one-of-a-kind show, meant for all ages. Include in the mix are sleight-of-hand, unbelievable optical illusions, a jaw-dropping act of levitation, mind-reading, disappearances, and a Houdini inspired escape. Steve's father was a manager at the Magic Castle in the 1960s, introducing Steve to magic at a very young age, and giving him the opportunity to be tutored by many great magicians. After any years of performing around the world, Steve returned home to create Magicopolis with his wife Bozena.
7001 FRANKLIN AVE, HOLLYWOOD - MONDAY through SUNDAY
The Magic Castle is a magic clubhouse for members only and their guests. It was the brainchild of two brothers Milt and Bill Larsen, who came from a family of magicians, and it opened its doors in 1963. The large mansion has become known as a place for the rich and famous to hobnob and it enforces a strict dress code. There are several shows per night and three different theatre spaces, as well as a full restaurant and five bars. Magicians from around the world of all caliber have performed here. There are areas for active magicians only like the library, classes that anyone can take, and an annual "Academy of the Magical Arts Awards" event. All things magic happen at The Magic Castle.
Join David for a night of magic and wine! Spend the first hour enjoying a flight of four different wines along with delicious hors d'oeuvres. Then comes an intimate 90-minute show (100 guests only), with plenty of close-up magic by one of the best. In 2007, David won First Place in the close-up category of the International Brotherhood of Magicians' annual Convention. The combination of wine and magic makes for a very popular date-night show. Dress is relaxed cocktail (no tie required). Wine will only be served to those guests 21 and older, but feel free to bring children 10 and up. David's performance is sure to please everyone! He's already made fans out of people such as Rob Reiner and Johnny Depp.
1719 N. HUDSON AVE. HOLLYWOOD - THURSDAY through SATURDAY
The Houston brothers, famous in LA for opening trendy clubs and hip new night spots have ventured into magic with the Black Rabbit Rose Theatre. Located in Hollywood, the 40-seat theatre has a few tricks up its sleeve with some architectural quirks that will catch your attention. The room itself is lush with turn of the century details and the cocktails are a story unto themselves. The cast of magicians rotates and you can also catch some jazz or burlesque show here on certain nights. The neighboring restaurant Crying Tiger is also a part of the experience, with a fusion of Thai/Chinese food available.
Los Angeles: City of Illusion and a History of Magic
Here's a brief history of magic and magicians in Los Angeles, a metropolis which stretches from the Angeles National Forrest to the Pacific Ocean. A large, sprawling city with close to four-million people within 503 square miles, Los Angeles is ranked one of the biggest cities in the United States. However big Los Angeles is today, it wasn’t always so large, and yet it always has appreciated and promoted magic and magicians alike.
As Los Angeles traded hands from natives to the Spanish to the Mexicans and finally the United States, a dusty city was born and started to grow. Later, with cheap and plentiful land and the birth of motion pictures, entertainment companies soon popped up around Los Angeles, making the City of Angels the land of movies. But film entertainment wasn’t the only industry growing in the Golden State. As actors and actresses sought entertainment, clubs and shows became popular. Magic shows in LA also became a popular entertainment choice.
To investigate the history of magic in Los Angeles one need look no further than the Larsen family. This family of illusionists started Genii magazine in 1936, which is the longest running magic magazine. But that wasn’t all the Larsen family did. The most influential aspect of Los Angeles and magic was the creation of The Magic Castle. Brothers Bill and Milt Larsen bought a derelict, Gothic style mansion and transformed it into the premier magic club that it is today. Bill and Milt’s parents were considered pioneers in the field of magic and had always had the dream of starting an exclusive club just for magic, magicians and magic enthusiasts. With the purchase of the mansion, their sons made that happen.
Once completed, The Magic Castle became the magic hot spot. With a members-only criteria, the best magicians were attracted along with Hollywood's big names. It wasn’t uncommon to see stars and starlets frequenting the establishment, taking in a show and having a drink. Today The Magic Castle is still a popular hang-out for the Hollywood elite.
The Magic Castle also spotlighted the talents of Geraldine Larsen, a magician in her own right. In a day when women in magic were only the assistants, Geraldine not only soloed as a performer, but was also the first woman to perform magic on TV. The Magic Castle became the official clubhouse for the Academy of Magical Arts, and a membership is still required to get in the door if you aren’t lucky enough to be the guest of a member.
While Los Angeles has historically been the birthplace of the modern entertainment industry, so too has it been the mecca for all things magic. This website lists our favorite things to do in LA that are centered around magic and magic shows.
PAST Los Angeles Magic Shows
DEREK DELGAUDIO AND HELDER GUIMARAES: NOTHING TO HIDE
Derek and Helder were seen by Neil Patrick Harris at LA's Magic Castle and Neil was impressed. He decided to helm an extended run of the duos show at the Geffen Playhouse, as he himself is a huge fan of magic. The show, Nothing to Hide, is simple yet awe inspiring. The two magicians have an easy and playful way about them, and armed with several decks of cards, and a willing audience, they kid and joke and seemingly do the impossible. The show builds speed and the tricks get trickier, until you find yourself with your mouth wide open and your head shaking. Derek and Helder make a magical team... no pun intended.