MAGIC SHOW REVIEWS
MAGIC MONDAY Welcomes Awe Inspiring Magicians
to the Santa Monica Playhouse
Albie Selznick, life-time member of the Magic Castle and creator/performer of the hit theatrical magic show Smoke and Mirrors, returns to the Santa Monica Playhouse with his trademark MAGIC MONDAY show, every Monday evening through the end of August. Each week will feature a new and different lineup of world-class, award-winning magicians and outstanding variety acts from The Magic Castle,America's Got Talent, Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Masters of Illusion, and Wizard Wars, promising an unforgettable season of show-stopping feats including sleight of hand, interactive parlor magic, and mind-blowing illusions.
Each week, the first entertainer begins the evening at 7:30pm in the outdoor patio prior to the 8pm show inside the Playhouse's main stage theater. Be sure to fill out a raffle ticket as passes are given out to the Magic Castle for those lucky enough to be picked. Performances are open to all, although recommended for ages 8 and up, and run about 75 minutes...
Magician & actor Albie Selznick
Photo by Courtnay Robbins Bragagnolo
Santa Monica’s Albie Selznick spreads the gospel of illusion
by Evan Henerson for The Argonaut
Your kid has been pestering you for more ever since that birthday party when the guy sawed a lady in half and made live rabbits jump out of her stomach. But you have no connections with anybody at the members-only club of clubs, The Magic Castle, and you don’t have the scratch for a trip to Vegas. The YouTube segments and TV shows are getting played out. You want magic, and you want it live.
Not only does longtime actor-magician Albie Selznick feel your void, he’s figured out a way to fill it: by giving a bunch of his magical friends a place to work their best routines and try out some new illusions.
Starting May 2, a rotating lineup of more than 20 illusionists will take the stage at the Santa Monica Playhouse for the second incarnation of Magic Monday. Selznick and producer Michelle Grant have booked eight May and June dates hoping that the variety act will blossom into a long-running engagement featuring a new set of magicians for each date...
Magic Monday Returns This May at the Santa Monica Playhouse
by BWW News Desk for Broadway World Los Angeles
Experience the thrill of magic and spellbinding illusions with a rotating cast of master magicians every week in the Magic Monday cabaret at the Santa Monica Playhouse from May 2 through June 27.
Created by the same team and star Albie Selznick of the theatrical smash hit, Smoke and Mirrors, this weekly variety show is unlike any other in Los Angeles in its accessibility and entertainment value. All are welcome to witness the greatest in prestidigitation, the latest mind-blowing acts and unbelievable feats in an intimate setting that brings magic up close and personal with a rotating roster of renowned magicians that have been seen in TV and popular venues worldwide.
Coming off the successful Magic Monday shows at the Odyssey Theatre last year, this highly anticipated series returns at the Santa Monica Playhouse for eight performances. Every show introduces a new lineup of world renowned magicians, making each show a unique night of magical entertainment...
Imaginary childhood companion Trix helps Albie escape his fear box
Photo by Michelle Grant
Review: Big Transformation Act in Magic Show 'Smoke and Mirrors'
by Philip Brandes for Los Angeles Times
What are you most afraid of? Posing that question directly to the audience at the outset of his “Smoke and Mirrors” theatrical magic show at the Promenade Playhouse in Santa Monica, Albie Selznick establishes the evening’s unifying theme: overcoming fear as a motivator for extraordinary achievement.
As an actor-magician, Selznick sports fine credentials in both domains — he’s a company member of NoHo’s the Road Theatre (which co-produced this show) and a lifetime member of the Magic Castle in Hollywood — although it’s predominantly his experiences in the latter capacity that propel this 90-minute semi-autobiographical narrative threading feats of illusion and legerdemain.
Without unduly compromising the element of surprise, suffice it to say up front that the magic tricks — whether transforming objects, levitation or demonstrating telepathic powers — are first rate...
'Smoke and Mirrors' creator has magic touch
by Evan Henerson for Jewish Journal
The day may arrive when writer-actor Albie Selznick declares his magic-infused theatrical performance "Smoke and Mirrors" a finished product, but audiences probably shouldn't hold their breath. Given that Selznick is a self-described perfectionist and workaholic — and because there are always new illusions to learn — "Smoke and Mirrors" could continue to evolve as long as its creator is willing to tinker.
"It has been a constant rewriting, working, rewriting, working,” he said. “It’s just never good enough. I keep seeing ways it could be better. But I feel like this is the closest it has ever been to being as good as it can be."
Imperfect or otherwise, the autobiographical show has been embraced by audiences and critics alike, earning Critic’s Choice laurels from the Los Angeles Times and L.A. Weekly...