Event Review: Weekend of Fantasea

Event Date: April 8 – 10, 2016  (My review is only for Friday, April 8th)

Location: Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA

This weekend my hubby and I started our weekend off attending the Queen Mary’s Fantasea: Magic Festival “Friday Night of Illusions” show.  Once we got there we thought we were “underdressed” because everyone was dressed in suits and nice dresses.  After we stood in line & enjoyed a complimentary glass of red wine, we realized the line we were in (with the overdressed people) wasn’t for the Fantasea Friday Night of Illusions show – It was a private event. Ha! Thanks for the wine generous folks!

Before attending the show, I had never been to a magic show so I couldn’t say whether I do or don’t believe in magic.  They say the hands are quicker than the eyes…I must have really slow eyes because I see no way possible for some of those tricks to happen.

This guy…was AMAZING!

Murray Sawchuck (below) was the main magician & illusionist for the show  He made appearances on the History Channels “Pawn Stars” as a magic expert & he has his own show in Las Vegas, NV at Planet Hollywood.  He was funny, talented, & engaged with the audience during the entire performance.   I mean, I was actually asked to participate once.  I had to hold a diamond ring (from someone in the audience) inside a bandana tightly. I promise I held on to that sucker! He snatched the bandana from my hand & the ring was gone!! It ended up on his assistant’s finger!  Can you believe that?

After the show, we were able to enjoy close-up magic tables along the Enchanted Corridor.  The Hubby & I wanted to capture a moment on the way to see Jon Armstrong’s “I Do Card Tricks and I’m Funny” show in the Hocus Pocus Parlour & Pub.

At 9:30pm, we were able to catch the final “Magic Mixology” show in the Cauldron.  I actually thought we would see cocktail mixing with some type of illusion or magic.  In actuality, it was a 30-minute cocktail tasting (with pre-mixed cocktails) they served while giving us a brief history on cocktails.  The information was interesting, but for a late night show, it was kinda too much reading.  I’ll just say that was my least favorite show.   Maybe next time, instead of a tasting, maybe they can show us interesting ways to mix drinks and provide recipes to take home.  I did enjoy this Cold Deck Cocktail.  I’m not a huge fan of cognac, but it had a really smooth finish.


Overall, it was a great night!  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend the entire weekend.  If it comes back again next year, I would definitely  try to make the entire event.

XO

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Photo Credit: All photos were captured by me.

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