Archive for the 'brick and mortar' Category

’80s Halloween With The Magic Manor

Posted by Michael on October 22nd, 2019

We are not familiar with Chicago’s Magic Manor, and it does not seem to be in business any more, but it seems to have been a magic and costume shop. YouTube user Mr Meathook posted this vintage commercial showing off their Halloween wares about 35 years ago… and it kind of has us nostalgic for the good ol’ days!

Magic’s Theater And Museum In Austin

Posted by Michael on October 15th, 2019

We have mentioned Magic’s Theater and Museum in Austin, Texas in the past but we just found this Univision feature on the venue posted by Univision host and producer Leslie Montoya. It is in Spanish but it still provides a great look inside the venue.

A Look Inside Mal Norton’s Magic Shop

Posted by Michael on October 15th, 2019

Once you get past the first few seconds of this video it becomes a visit to Mal Norton’s Magic Shop in Plymouth Barbicon, from the Plymouth Barbicon TV UK YouTube Page.

Miss Katalin Behind The Scenes At Marvyn’s Magic Theater

Posted by Michael on October 15th, 2019

Miss Katalin was one of the first performer’s at Marvyn’s Magic Theater in La Quinta, California and it is one of a few topics she touches on in this behind the scenes video. The new venue, owned by Jeff Hobson, is also the subject of an article on KESQ’s website. It seems to be the transcript of a video segment we can’t find, but still fills in some details on the new theater.

John Michael Hinton And Brent Braun Visit WHAS

Posted by Michael on September 30th, 2019

In our second story today from Louisville’s WHAS 11 sees John Michael Hinton, who performed at the J&B Magic Theater over the weekend, and Brent Braun, who opened to new Louisville magic venue, both in the Great Day Live studio.

Magicopolis Has A New Owner

Posted by Michael on August 28th, 2019

The rumors are true: Steve Spill has sold Magicopolis to former Magic Castle president Randy Sinnott. Why? Well, we are going to let Steve tell you in his own words, a direct copy of most of the email he sent iTricks.

A while back, someone asked if I had ever considered selling Magicopolis. That’s ridiculous, I thought. But I said, “I’ve had a lot of offers. I just haven’t met the right person.” That deal led nowhere, but it made me realize that I was not opposed to the idea, and I wasn’t shy about sharing that thought with others. When I shared with my business partner and wife, Bozena – that feeling about it being time to pass the baton and let someone else take over Magicopolis, she said, “That’s good… Come to bed.” I climbed into bed and felt loved like never before. I realized how blessed I was. And that cracking a deal allowing another entity’s acquisition of Magicopolis would actually be liberating. And when that mission was accomplished, it felt like a huge burden lifted off my shoulders. I felt free and I fell asleep that night with the woman who was my strength and courage.

People have asked why I sold Magicopolis, did it get boring doing the show year after year? I can honestly say, no, it never did. Perhaps, at the time I became motivated to sell Magicopolis I was enduring a lapse of sight of that… mainly because I never took my foot off the gas pedal. Including regularly scheduled shows and special events I averaged at least two hundred performances a year for twenty-one years straight – and would get really tired, my body would regularly get worn down. I ain’t a young pup anymore. The time came to relax and recharge my depleted batteries. Yes, I can work less now and there is nothing better than being your own boss. Well, there is, actually… not having to work at all. That is way better.

And by “not working,” I mean having no employees or a massive monthly nut and all the other theater-owner-producer responsibilities and minute bullshit that have nothing to do with feeling artistic or creative or inventive. Now I perform at my own leisurely discretion, a few shows a month, and there’s plenty of time for writing and drawing and painting – which I enjoy as much as magic – and indulging in Bozena’s passion for travel, which is high on her list of highs. As of right now today, the owner of Magicopolis is Randolph P. Sinnott, former Magic Castle president, founding partner of a nationally recognized law firm, and former United States Marine Corps Colonel – a man who is qualified for the theater-owner-producer task beyond belief. And yes, he is also artistic and creative and inventive.

Congratulations to Steve and Bozena as well as Randy. We wish Randy nothing but continued success and we can not wait to see what comes next from an unleashed Steve and Bozena!

J&B Magic Shop And Theater Is Open

Posted by Michael on August 27th, 2019

Just outside of Louisville, Kentucky, the J&B Magic Shop and Theater is now open and the News And Tribune has coverage of the first shows.