Looking to put some magic back in your nightlife? Or dating life? Marriage? Sick to death of shows that cater only to kiddies? Abracadabra! Behold: here’s a list of the best magic shows in Los Angeles for discerning adults. So pull a babysitter, or little black dress, out of your magic hat and hit the town.
Magic and Wine – David Minkin’s Evening of Enchantment
1737 North Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90028
Enjoy a perfect evening of magic and wine in an intimate (50 guests maximum) Art Deco club in Hollywood. You’ll begin with a flight of four California wines and fabulous hors d’oeuvres, mixing and mingling with other show-goers for the first hour. The magic really begins in the second hour with mesmerizing close-up tricks performed by internationally-renowned magician David Minkin. Now that’s some enchanted evening.
Ivan Imodei’s Intimate Illusions – The Show
Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire Hotel
9500 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Have your Pretty Woman or mogul moment at the famed Beverly Wilshire Hotel with a night of captivating magic, music and more in a small setting. Featuring audience participation, storytelling, a live concert cellist and a maximum of 65 show guests in a suite, you’re in for a night of pure magic on multiple levels. Learn Houdini’s best kept secret, wince at razor sharp dart throwing, and marvel at Imodei’s European showmanship.
Smoke and Mirrors
The Road Theatre
5108 Lankershim Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA 91601
What are you afraid of? That’s what master magician and actor Albie Selznick wants to know, and intends to find out, with the help of his life-sized rabbit Trix (definitely not for kids), The Oracle (a giant head) and a real, human assistant who may be a Houdini. An evening of magic within a re-imagined autobiographical story, this unique evening will leave you pondering life’s journey as well as wondering how he does it.
The Magic Castle
7001 Franklin Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90028
The grande dame of Los Angeles magic, the World Famous Hollywood Magic Castle is the place for magic. A destination for the Earth’s best magicians, it boasts new acts weekly in numerous showrooms. The Close Up Gallery offers intimate shows of quick hands. The Parlour of Prestidigitation recreates the historic Victorian living room magician experience, while the Palace of Mystery hosts larger scale illusions and other magical performances. In addition, the castle itself is a gorgeous and eclectic 1909 Victorian mansion full of spaces to explore. Membership is available to magic-doers or magic watchers at various levels. Entry is free with passes from a member.