The Magic Show Theater Offers Up-Close Illusions at The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

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Visitors to The Hollywood Roosevelt hotel can now enjoy a variety of mentalism, card and closeup illusions from magician Franco Pascali at their new “The Magic Show” theater.

Pascali offers closeup wonders in an intimate setting. Located just a few blocks from the world famous Magic Castle, is a smaller, more intimate venue, where you don’t have to acquire a special pass to gain access to a closeup magic show.

After following a long dark hallway, visitors pass a red velvet curtain and bookcase to find an intimate 3000 square foot theater with comfy sofas and tables. In addition to magic, there are plenty of magically inspired libations including The Zarrow Shuffle (vodka, gin, Lillet Blanc and vermouth) and The Gambler’s Palm (rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, orange bitters and green chartreuse) as well as wine, beer, snacks and nonalcoholic drinks.

Appealing to the Gen X crowd, Pascali, dressed all in black, incorporates video, iPhone tricks and lots of millennial references in his act. The best sleights, without giving anything away, incorporate audience participation with a standout mentalism card trick engaging the entire crowd.

Pascali, at 21, is just old enough now to enter the neighboring Magic Castle as a guest. He was part of the private club’s Junior Society of magicians at the age of thirteen. In 2017, he became the director of magic at theory11, a group of magic consultants working on projects for the Now You See Me movie franchise and actor/magician Neil Patrick Harris, among others.

Located along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, across the street from the TCL Chinese Theatre, The Roosevelt Hotel, dates back to 1927. The hotel offers chic, modern rooms and suites (some named after famous former residents such as Marilyn Monroe). Amenities include a gym, and an outdoor pool with a fire pit. There’s a cocktail lounge, a nightclub and a beer garden, plus an upscale restaurant, a 24-hour burger joint and a game room with bowling.

The Magic Show at The Hollywood Roosevelt offers shows Friday and Saturday at 8pm, tickets range from $89 to $109, at www.themagicshow.com.

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Shaena Engle
Shaena Engle is a food, lifestyle and travel writer for a variety of publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Pasadena magazine, AOL, The Daily Meal, The San Diego Union Tribune and PokerPro magazine. She has interviewed top chefs including Lidia Bastianich, Michael Chiarello, Hubert Keller, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Jose Andres, and many others. She has authored three books, The Cheap Bastard’s Guide to Las Vegas (Globe Pequot Press), The Best Places to Kiss in Southern California (Beginning Press, a romantic travel guide) and Silver Linings: Triumphs of The Chronically Ill and Physically Challenged (Prometheus Books).  She is also an amateur magician and often writes on gambling, poker and magical happenings.  She also is a freelance consultant on restaurant, food, travel and hospitality public relations and marketing efforts.

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