Out of all of the stores at Disneyland, of which there are many, my favorite is the Magic Shop. In fact, I can remember even as a small child loving the Magic Shop best of all. There are real magicians (REAL!!!) who do magic demonstrations all the time, and of course you can buy the tricks yourself.
Or to quote Arrested Development, “They’re illusions, Michael…” If you can finish that quote in your head, I know you’re laughing now. If not, then either watch the show or send me an email because the last part is a little off-color.
The first thing you should know about the Magic Shop is that Steve Martin used to work there. Yep, that Steve Martin–the guy who went on to make significantly more money than a Magic Shop cast member makes–was once an Magic Shop cast member. (Steve Martin also used to play the banjo at the Bird Cage Theater in Knott’s Berry Farm as well, but this is a Disneyland blog, not a Knott’s blog).
But anyway, into the Magic Shop it is. The Magic Shop is easily identified on the right-hand side (East) of Main Street. The entrance looks something like this:
Actually, the entrance looks exactly like this, because this is the entrance
Which brings me to the second thing you should know–the Magic Shop is actually owned by Houdini’s Magic Shop, which is a chain of magic shops primarily in Las Vegas. According to my vast internet searches (once again, about 3 minutes on Google), the shop now carries a wider variety of
tricks illusions for all skill levels.
You can also enter the Magic Shop from the store next door:
I don't remember what this store is called but it's the one on the corner and I'm sure I'll blog about it eventually
As I mentioned before, the fun thing about the Magic Shop (other than the fact that you can buy magic tricks) are the magicians-in-residence. Meet Andy:
I kind of expected Andy to smile when I asked to take his picture, but I think this pose looks more magician-y myself
Andy was already into his patter and
trick illusion when I walked in. I was impressed, but I’m pretty gullible on the whole. This trick had to do with a deck of blank cards. They were blank on both sides but then suddenly would have faces or backs or whatever. Here’s a really vague and indistinct picture:
Andy is shuffling blank cards
It should come as no surprise that the tricks the magicians demonstrate are all available to purchase in the store. However, if you’re me, that comes as a surprise. I always kind of assumed that the magicians did real magic and the store sold, like, whoopee cushions or something.
Then again, I haven’t been into the store since I was approximately 10 years old, so it’s been a while.
And incidentally, when I asked Andy what his favorite trick in the store was, he said it was the blank cards.
That didn’t stop him from ruthlessly stabbing a dollar bill with a pen
What did George Washington ever do to deserve this?
Andy then showed us that George was well and truly dead
George Washington died on Dec. 14, 1799, and also on March 15, 2011, when Andy the magician stabbed him with a pen
Fortunately for both George and the guest who volunteered his dollar bill, it was an illusion and there were no stab marks left in the bill.
I was impressed. Really.
Then Andy took my annual pass (because I was the first person to whip one out) and proceeded to spin it around in midair with no strings or whatever. I thought this one was really cool too.
Look Ma, no hands!
I asked Andy if he was a magician in real life, and he said that he was. He has worked at the Magic Shop for 2 years now, and he said that he auditioned specifically for the shop when applying to be a cast member.
You can buy all kinds of stuff (because hey, it’s Disneyland, and there’s never a shortage of places to spend your money). According to Andy, the “good” tricks are in the $30-$40 range. I was tempted, but that’s kind of a lot of money. Maybe next time.
Rather boring picture of things they sell #1
Rather boring picture of things they sell #2
This man's arm is not for sale
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The man in the final shot has rather feminine hands.
I’ve also encountered magicians at Downtown Disney’s Jazz Kitchen for brunch, but I am not sure if they are cast members or people hired by the Jazz Kitchen. Are Downtown Disney employees cast members?
Also, Steve Martin is amazing. Fin.
Downtown Disney employees are considered cast members, but for the non-Disney owned shops and restaurants (of which the Jazz Kitchen is one), they are not hired or paid by Disney. So those magicians are likely with the Jazz Kitchen (although they may be the same people who work at the magic shop) :).
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