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.
Ivan Amodei's Intimate illusions show accompanied by a concert cellist at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills on Friday and Saturday nights.
Merlin's Magic & Comedy Show Dinner Theater with Joseph the Conjurer at the Rib Trader in Orange, CA Fridays through Sundays.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hollywood Toys and Costumes on Hollywood Boulevard now also carries magic tricks and supplies.