HARRIS CENTER PRESENTS
60TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
featuring Chuck Jones & Co., John Shryock & Mari Lynn, Tom Ogden, Mystina, and Henrik Bothe
Sunday, March 20, 2016 @ 2:00 & 6:00 pm
It's Magic! has been delighting magic enthusiasts for more than five decades. This live stage show is unique in that it features many of the top professional magicians worldwide, with each act carefully selected to represent the variety of the art of magic. This year's performers are Chuck Jones & Co., John Shryock & Mari Lynn, Tom Ogden, Mystina, and Henrik Bothe.
The tradition of an all-star magic show started in 1956 when two young entrepreneurs, Milt Larsen and Oliver Berliner, produced a show called Hocus Pocus '56 at the magnificent (now demolished) Carthay Circle Theater in West Los Angeles. The following year, the show was renamed It’s Magic! and moved to the 1300 seat Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles’ swank Hancock Park area.
At first, the shows played for a very limited time only. However, as the number of fans grew, the number of performances was expanded. The success of It’s Magic! proved there was a genuine interest in the ancient art form of magic. This, in turn, gave Larsen the idea of forming a full-time private club for magicians and magic enthusiasts. Thus was born the Magic Castle, which opened its doors in 1963. Many credit this show as the spark that rekindled the resurgence of the art of magic in America.
In 1965, Milt produced It’s Magic! as a solo venture with his brother Bill. It’s Magic! then moved to the Variety Arts Theater in downtown Los Angeles in 1977 and played annually until the mid-eighties. Since its inception, Southern California audiences were treated to such legendary magicians as Harry Blackstone (senior and junior), John Calvert, Senor Wences, Richiardi, Chang, Mark Wilson, Frakson, Tenkai, and Dai Vernon. The show has also featured such current headliners as Lance Bruton, Criss Angel, Harry Anderson, Kalin & Jinger, Shimada, Jeff McBride, and Rick Thomas, all of whom have become stars.
Flash forward to 1994, when the City of Glendale, California asked theatrical producer Terry Hill to bring shows into its newly restored Alex Theater. Terry, a longtime member of the Magic Castle, approached Milt Larsen with the idea of bringing It’s Magic! to the Alex. Since that revival, Larsen and Hill expanded into other theater venues and now produce annual It’s Magic! shows around the country. The popular show returns to Folsom for its sixth go-round.
$21-$39; Premium $45
2 hours, 10 minutes; including a 20 minute intermission