BEST San Francisco Magic Shows NOW in 2024
As well as its rich history, San Francisco has great magic with shows such as Bay Area Dinner Show, The California Magic Club and Marrakech Magic Theatre. Add to it the Golden Gate bridge, its hilly streets, Alcatraz and its Chinatown and you have just a few of the reasons why San Francisco is a world-class travel destination.
And for magic fans, you'll be happy to know that there are plenty of opportunities to catch some magic. The fog alone will magically make things disappear and reappear! If you are seeking something with a little (or a lot) more entertainment value, many talented performers grace the Bay Area with their magic skills. There are weekly and monthly shows, dinner shows and variety shows. Explore the SF magic shows on our list and you are sure to find something that will make for a great date night, birthday celebration or a fun time with friends.
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Sebastiani Theatre, Sonoma CA
476 1st St East
Sonoma, CA 95476
Sure David Blaine calls Mario "the best kids magician in the world!!" but it's a magic show for both kids AND adults! Mario has appeared on Sesame Street, and NBC's Universal Kids. His show is chock-full of magic, punk rock fun, robots and zany antics. This show is quirky fun, maker movement inspiration and more. So, even if you don't have children, gather up your nieces, nephews, cousins and friend's kids and bring them to the show! You'll all have an amazing time.
Age Restriction: All Ages Show
Gallo Center for the Arts
1000 I Street
Modesto, CA 95354
America's longest running all-star magic review, It's Magic is presented by Milt Larsen and Terry Hill. This annual magic revue features six to seven world-class performers each show, with acts from Vegas, Europe, Asia and Hollywood's own Magic Castle. The locations change, but this "must for magic buffs", always brings the biggest names in magic together for an awesome night of magic, mystery and more! This year's magicians are Superstars of Magic, with a huge lineup of amazing performers. You can also check them out in Long Beach, Santa Barbara, Cerritos, Palm Desert, and Rancho Cucamonga.
California Magic Club
514 Main St
Martinez, CA 94553
This is a dinner show theatre that includes a three course meal and an hour long magic show. Each weekend features a different performer, so you can visit time and again and always catch something new and exciting. One price includes it all, meal, entertainment, tax, etc. No hidden fees. You will get the added bonus of table magic between courses. This is a great all-in-one evening. Shows often sell out, so get your tickets early.
Show Duration: Doors open at 7:15pm and the evening ends at 10:30pm.
Food and Drink: The ticket price includes dinner, non-alcoholic beverages, tax and a show. Gratuity not included.
Age Restriction: Recommended for 13 years and older.
The Magic Patio
3264 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Andrew Evans used to do magic in his backyard... on his patio. Now his show has gone underground, and you will find his special little place on Mission Street, but don't look for flashing signs and "this way to the magic show" arrows. Andrew is keeping things mysterious. His new magic patio is an intimate magic experience, and his talents are worth the visit. Whether you catch him in a virtual show, or live, you will enjoy his unique show wherein he gets to combine his talents as a Standford design school graduate, and his passion for magic.
Marrakech Magic Theatre
419 O'Farrell St
San Francisco, CA 94102
Enter the Oasis lounge to start your evening of magic, mentalism and comedy with Jay Alexander. You can purchase appetizers and cocktails in the lounge before the main show. Arrive a little early and be treated to some sleight of hand magic to start things off. Then you will be invited to enter the main showroom where Jay will delight you with and unforgettable show. Jay has performed for big and small, famous and the yet-to-be famous. Suitable for children 8 and up, a great date night, and a fun time for visitors to San Francisco.
Food and Drink: Drinks and appetizers available for purchase.
Age Restriction: Recommended for children 12+. (If you have an exceptionally smart child that is younger than 12 and well behaved, feel free to bring them.)
Parking: Close to public transit. Paid parking nearby.
Various Fine Dining Restaurants
2140 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121
Dubbed the Billionaire Magician, Dan Chan has performed for numerous corporate and private clients. His dinner show experience is one of a kind, in that each show is improvised, drawing from a "large bag of tricks". Dan has created a show that fits in seamlesslessly with your fine dining experience. This is an evening entertainment experience that has been shared by billionaires, and has been tailored to fit each location, with comedy, magic and mentalism.
Food and Drink: Food and drink are available.
Age Restriction: Family friendly show.
San Francisco Magic History
San Francisco. This town is serious fun. It is home to city blocks of delectable food, a mind-blowing music scene, cultural festivals and little niches of varying eras to visit. Hike, bike, walk, boat! There are mountains, beaches, scenic masterpieces, and wildlife. The culture is diverse; hip yet historical and energetic. It is no surprise that people flocked here in the early days to make this their home, including one very famous magician. Read on.
Traveling back to the late 1960s, two brothers Peter and Cedric Clute came upon the opportunity of a lifetime in an old San Francisco warehouse. Thirty-one tons of tricks, props, and crates full of magical delights once belonging to the famous magician Charles Carter, also known as Carter the Great. The brothers offered to buy the collection from the nephew of Mrs. Carter, but now they needed a place to put it all. It just happened that Peter was a piano player in Turk Murphy's Jazz Band whose home was a club called Earthquake McGoons. The magical cache soon came to be stored in the basement of the club. The brothers along with Turk Murphy decided after a time that something should be done with their bounty, and the Magic Cellar was born. The space was filled with classic magic posters and playbills, magic memorabilia, props big and small... a treasure trove of magic. Many magic lovers spent hours in the cellar coming for the first show and staying for the second, even though it was often the same show!
But how did all those crates of magical joy get there you may ask. The story goes that Carter the Great and his wife Corrine bought property in 1929 overlooking San Francisco Bay. On it they built what came to be known as the Carter Manor. It was a splendidly embellished Tudor manor style home filled with lush, expensive and exotic items from Carter the Great's many world tours. Little is known about the actual contents of the home today, but what is known is that it had a magic theatre in the basement that could hold 150 guests. Carter himself wrote a letter saying that the plans for the house included moving pictures, disappearing bars, and an electrically operated dining room floor that raised and lowered the table, among other magical delights. Other than the basement theater, it is unknown if any of his grand plans ever came to be part of the final home. Carter tried to sell the home shortly after building it but was never successful at getting the asking price of $90,000 which would have been a fortune back then. After Charles died his show moved from Carter Manor to the home of Larry Carter, Charles son, and then into a warehouse owned by Corrine Carter, moving from place to place until being discovered by Peter and Cedric Clute.
The history of the Carter treasure trove including some of the greatest illusions ever then continues, when after the Magic Cellar closes the items once again find themselves being moved from warehouse to basement to warehouse. They are offered for sale to the actor and well-known amateur magician Harry Anderson. Harry, who is known for the sitcom Night Court, was also a magician with some serious chops. He is purported to have honed his skills as a teenager traveling from city to city, often performing street magic. It is said he spent a year in San Francisco when he was 17 years old, making money as a street magician. Even with his success on TV, he went on to tour as a magician. It was common knowledge that he loved all things magic. But upon being offered the Carter collection, Harry turned it down. Harry's secretary then passed on news of the items to an unsavory LA magician, who eventually bought, cataloged and then promptly sold the collection. Carter the Great, one of the masters of the Golden Age of Magic, and the magic show that was his lifetime has now disappeared once again. Sadly, now you see it, now you don't.
PAST San Francisco Magic Shows
Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
2500 East Second Street
Reno, NV 89595
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.
Piff the Magic Dragon
Gallo Center for the Arts
1000 I St
Modesto, CA 95354
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. 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. Throw in a showgirl named Jade Simone, and you've got an all-around entertaining time.
Champions of Magic
San Jose Civic
135 West San Carlos Street
San Jose, CA 95113
Some of the UK's finest magicians have come together for a funtastic, spectoramic, super magical show. Forget Mary Poppins... this is eye-popping stuff and tons of fun for the whole family. The magic spectacle has toured the world and will be doing several US dates. You will see levitation, disappearances, mind-reading and more. Each of the acts brings their own unique style and skills to the experience, with plenty of grand illusions and special effects.