Best Places to See Magic Up Close in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a place where magic happens every day, but if you're looking for spectacular illusions and slight of hand on stage or close-up table magic, here are the top magic shows in LA to keep you entertained, and a few magic shops, inc case you want to try a few tricks yourself. You can also keep an eye on Ticketmaster for big-name magicians coming to town or Goldstar for discount tickets.  

  • 01 of 09
    Magicopolis
    Photo courtesy of Magicopolis

    Magicopolis is a magic stage show in Santa Monica with magicians Steve Spill and Bozena Wrobel.
    1418 Fourth Street
    Santa Monica, CA. 90401
    magicopolis.com

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    Ivan Amodei
    Photo courtesy of Ivan Amodei

    Ivan Amodei's Intimate illusions show accompanied by a concert cellist at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills on Friday and Saturday nights.
     

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    Merlin's Magic & Comedy Dinner Theater
    Photo courtesy of Merlin's Magic & Comedy Show

    Merlin's Magic & Comedy Show Dinner Theater with Joseph the Conjurer at the Rib Trader in Orange, CA Fridays through Sundays.

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    Magic & Wine
    Photo courtesy of Magic & Wine

    Magic and Wine in Hollywood includes wine, hors d'oeuvres and close-up magic by David Minkin. He performs at 2 venues, more frequently at M3 Live in Anaheim and occasionally at Bardot Hollywood above the Avalon nightclub at Hollywood and Vine. Check the website for schedule.

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  • 05 of 09

    The Magic Castle is probably the best-known magic show in Los Angeles, but since it's a private club, not everyone has access. In order to attend a show at the Magic Castle, you have to be invited by a member. Don't know any members, stay at the Magic Castle Hotel. As a member, they can get you a reservation.​

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    The Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach is better known for its comedy shows, especially being the home of Jay Leno's weekly Sunday night appearance, but they also have a variety act, usually a magician, on most of their Tuesday through Saturday shows. ​

  • 07 of 09

    Trepany House presents a variety of experimental programming at the Steve Allen Theater in East Hollywood. That includes a few shows a month that include magic. One of the most popular things about shows at the tiny theater, which is part of the Center for Inquiry, is the free parking in back. ​

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    If you want to learn to do some tricks yourself, the Magic Apple in Studio City is a favorite place to buy tricks and tutorials.

     

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  • 09 of 09

    Hollywood Toys and Costumes on Hollywood Boulevard now also carries magic tricks and supplies.

     

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