Category Archives: Magic

The 49 Boxes – An Immersive Exploration of Magic & Illusion

The 49 Boxes is a social, story-driven experience where audiences interact with artifacts from the Golden Age of Magic in order to solve mysteries that have been kept secret for more than half a century.  This doesn’t happen around you…it happens because of you.

The 49 Boxes was created by Michael Borys, the award-winning designer and Alex Lieu, a pioneer in immersive storytelling and entertainment.

Ushers guide guests through a long since used door and into a magic parlor – a soundtrack plays music from days of old.   Very few people have ever laid eyes on this inner sanctum of history, story and experience.

Countless wooden boxes of different shapes, textures and sizes adorn tables that flank a low stage.  At the center of it all, one spotlight focuses on a large, Wooden Box that’s been sealed tight by 19 strange locks from around the world – What could these ancient boxes contain?

When the last of the guests have found their seats, a well dressed host arrives and explains the history of The 49 Boxes – this collection was the final trick up the sleeve of the greatest creator of handcrafted magic apparatus the world has ever known. The “Creator” was responsible for one of a kind devices.  But he was most famous for having a client list comprised of every major magician from The Golden Age of Magic – including Harry Houdini.

 

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Photo credit: Dan Hamilton

Audiences will get the rare opportunity to handle The Creator’s inventions and complete his mysterious challenge –  to use the boxes and magical artifacts he left behind to open the mysterious Wooden Box with 19 locks and learn his final secret.

But to do this, the guests at this gathering must use their wits and creativity –  and most importantly, they must work together as a collaborative whole.  No one person will discover the secrets and keys needed to get inside the mysterious, Large, Wooden Box.

For more information or to order Los Angeles tickets to this mysterious once in a lifetime event, please click HERE.

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Black Magic Rose, A New Magic Club Is Opening In Hollywood

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A new magic-themed nightclub called Black Rabbit Rose is officially opening next Tuesday on Hollywood Boulevard. The latest enterprise by the Houston Brothers includes a 40-seat theater, a Thai-Chinese dinner menu, and a cocktail lounge featuring roaming magicians, exotic variety acts, and burlesque dancers. The club was custom built with rooms that might suddenly come to life during performances.

The rooms are filled with tributes to 19th century magicians and tucked into a century-old apartment house. The club secured the services of longtime Magic Castle favorite Rob Zabrecky as entertainment director and occasional performer.

Black Rabbit Rose will be open Tuesday through Saturday with ticketed shows ($25-$40) on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

Black Rabbit Rose
1719 N. Hudson Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Tel: 323-461-1464
Open from 6pm to 2am

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Reprinted from Los Angeles Magazine

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Magician Doug McKenzie

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Meet Doug McKenzie who has produced magic for the likes of David Blaine. He is one of the world’s premiere close-up magic artists. But Doug’s interest in the illusion goes far beyond typical street magic; he has made it his mission to incorporate new technologies into his work, making a seemingly mundane cellphone the key to a mind-blowing performance. Watch McKenzie surprise and delight passers-by on the streets of New York City.

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The J.J. Abrams x Theory11 Mystery Box

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The J.J. Abrams x Theory11 Mystery Box ($150) is a collaborative effort from Abrams and magic makers Theory11.

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This unique offering consists of a handcrafted lockbox made from 100-year-old reclaimed wood, iron-branded with a question mark and arriving with an alphanumeric lock. But unlike J.J.’s box, you’ll know what’s inside — 12 decks of playing cards wrapped in letterpressed kraft paper and a letterpressed note from Abrams himself.

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David Blaine: Real or Magic To Air On ABC On November 19, 2013

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David Blaine returns to primetime television in a groundbreaking new special David Blaine: Real or Magic, this November on the ABC Network.

David Blaine’s signature brand of street magic mystifies the most recognizable celebrities in the world, including Jamie Foxx, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Ricky Gervais, Katy Perry, Woody Allen, and Robert DeNiro, to name a few.

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He goes into the homes of Kanye West and Harrison Ford, Will Smith and Olivia Wilde. He visits Stephen Hawking at his office in Cambridge University. Blaine also travels the world, astonishing people from all walks of life with never-before seen, inconceivable magic.

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Blaine has been captivating the world with death-defying feats for nearly two decades. He’s been buried alive in New York City for a week, encased inside a six-ton block of ice for three days and nights, he stood atop a 100-foot-tall pillar in Bryant Park for 36 hours without a safety net, survived on nothing but water inside a transparent box in London for 44 days, and spent one week submerged in a sphere-shaped aquarium at Lincoln Center, at the end of which he attempted to break the world record for breath holding. A year later, he succeeded in breaking that record live on The Oprah Winfrey Show, holding his breath for 17 minutes and 4 seconds. In 2008, Blaine hung upside down for over 60 hours in New York’s Central Park. Most recently, in October of 2012, he stood in the middle of a million volts of electricity for 73 consecutive hours.

With Real or Magic, Blaine redefines magic once again, eliciting reactions that both shock and defy all expectations.

 

The 90 minute special will air on November 19, 2013 from 9:30 PM-11PM EST on ABC.

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Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries & Mentors of Ricky Jay, A Documentary About Magician Ricky Jay

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Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries & Mentors of Ricky Jay is a documentary about Ricky Jay, the renowned magician, actor, and writer. The film follows Jay’s life from his childhood as the son of an amateur magician, to his successful one-man shows and his film and television appearances. The film also spotlights Ricky Jay’s two most important mentors, magicians Dai Vernon and Charlie Miller.

The documentary was directed by Molly Bernstein and Alan Edelstein. It opens at the Film Forum in New York City on April 17, 2013.

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Apollo Robbins – The Gentleman Thief

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American sleight-of-hand artist Apollo Robbins aka ‘The Gentleman Thief’ visited the Today Show in mid-January to share his pickpocketing techniques. During the segment Robbins pickpockets Matt Lauer, Willie Geist and Ryan Seacrest with ease and reveals how he is able to steal your belongings without you noticing.

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10 Bets You Will Never Lose

Richard Wiseman teaches you ten bets you will always win. Some require a little practice.

You’re going to need some paper clips, water, coins, matchsticks as well as a gullible friend.

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Magician Simon Pierro Performs iPad Beer Trick At The Hofbraeuhaus

Magician artist Simon Pierro shows the iPad magic at the world famous German “Hofbraeuhaus” in Munich, Germany.

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Magician Mathieu Bich Fools Penn & Teller

On the Jonathan Ross-hosted magic competition show Penn & Teller: Fool Us, magicians are challenged to successfully fool world-renowned illusionists Penn and Teller for a chance to open for the duo at their long-running magic show in Vegas. Magician Mathieu Bich successfully fools Penn & Teller with his signature “Spreadwave” card trick.

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