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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.

The Man Behind Magic’s Theater And Museum

Posted by Michael on August 19th, 2019

KLRU’s Arts In Context trained their cameras on John Magic of Magic’s Theater and Museum in Austin, Texas. You can read more about the venue and the performer in this companion article on the Culture Map Austin site.

Visiting Owen Magic Supreme

Posted by Michael on August 1st, 2019

Michael Lauck is a columnist for iTricks. All opinions expressed in this review are his own and not necessarily those of iTricks.

Owen Magic Supreme traces its history back to 1891, when Floyd Thayer placed his first advertisement in Mahatma. A little more than two decades later the Owen brothers, Carl and Emmett, joined Thayer. Eventually the Owen brothers purchased the controlling interest in the company and added other companies, such as Merv Taylor Magic. Today, Thayer’s company is known as Owen Magic Supreme and has been producing some of the highest quality magic available for over a century. I have personally owned a few of their pieces over the years, all of them older than me and still ready for the stage. You can add some of their heirloom quality magic to your collection by visiting their website.

Finding myself in the neighborhood, I could not resist the temptation to drop by the legendary magic company. I have marveled at Owen products since I was a little kid and just seeing the building, which I knew from magazine articles and catalogs, was enough to make my day. Unfortunately, the genie that used to be perched over the door fell victim to a windstorm a while back.

Even though appointments are required, owner Allan Zagorsky and his daughter welcomed me inside and gave me a little of their afternoon. Allan was gracious enough to let me take a few pictures of their incredible collection of memorabilia and even of the workshop where Allan and his employees create the props that literally entertain audiences all over the world.

After years of running Owen Magic Supreme, Allan is looking for a new generation to take over the business and its legacy. Serious offers for one of the world’s premier magic companies are being taken and if you are interested in taking Owen Magic Supreme forward into the 21st century, visit their website at OwenMagic.com.

WOMU Peeks Behind The P3 Theater Curtain

Posted by Michael on July 25th, 2019

We were playing around on the YouTube the other day and ran across this piece from the WOMU arts program Broad and High featuring Penguin Magic’s P 3 Theater and Dan Harlan. It was originally produced in 2018, so Dan was still in the middle of his Tarbell: Every Trick In the Book project.

J&B Magic Shop Is Now Open!

Posted by Michael on July 15th, 2019

A few months ago Brent Braun posted the video above as a part of his Indiegogo campaign to open a magic shop and theater in New Albany, Indiana. Now, that dream is a reality. You can read more about the new brick and mortar store in this Insider Louisville article and over at the official website.

Atlas Obscura Visits The Famous Tannen’s Magic Shop

Posted by Michael on May 24th, 2019

Quick! Name a world famous, historic magic shop! Did you say Tannen’s? Atlas Obscura posted this video featuring the legendary brick and mortar magic store.

So, with our head full of brick and mortar dreams, we are calling it a week. Have a great (and safe) weekend everyone! And in the US it is a three day weekend, so don’t be surprised if you don’t hear from us until Tuesday.