Los Angeles Consortium of Online Travel member Lisa Niver Rajna recently went to a magic show at Magicopolis in Santa Monica. This well established theater features some traditional whiz-bangery of more show-offy magic shows, but it’s the close up magic wherein viewers really see the skilled magicians at their best. These techniques area best seen live and in the smaller setting of Magicopolis, rather than on television or in a huge Vegas production. Lisa, who writes We Said Go Travel here in Los Angeles, was thoroughly enchanted.
When you enter the Magicopolis storefront in Santa Monica you become part of a whole new world! The place smells of fresh popcorn and emanates with the sounds of salsa as everyone files into their seats and are greeted by none other than Steven the magician. Each trick is more impressive than the last and I kept thinking, “How did they do that?”
From the first trick of taking three audience member rings and then linking them, I knew the illusions here were topnotch. I enjoyed the way so many audience members became part of the show. Steven and Bozina’s warmth and love for children in the audience was palpable. The night I was in attendance many future magicians were inspired.
Sharing personal stories of her travels from Poland to America, Bozena’s first trick involves the ACME company (the same one the Wild E Coyote used in the cartoons—although his things never worked and Bozena’s was funny and impressive). I am still wondering what happened to that banana!
The well-dressed 7 year old Dakota was a huge hit as part of a coin trick where coins were spouting all over him from his elbow, to chin. He laughed and enjoyed being part of the show as much as we all enjoyed the close-up coin magic.
I loved watching a skilled magician; the levitation, sawing in half and squish you up illusions were some of my favorites. This two-person team performed these feats with their own twists. Also notable were the séance and the Harry Houdini Table of Terror! From their card tricks, close up tricks and comedic scenes, to their big crowd-pleasing moments, this is a show not to miss.
We brought another family with us and they said the next day that their son was levitating all night on the humor, illusions and all-around magical experience. Don’t miss out!
Thank you, Lisa! Having been to Magicopolis several times myself, I can attest to the thrill of seeing these talented magicians amaze the audience…and, yes, I have been completely amazed myself. Anyone traveling to Los Angeles’ west side would enjoy an evening here. Magicopolis is at 1418 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, California. (310) 451-2241