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.
Photo Credit: All photos were captured by me.