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Topic: Finally! Reopening the San Francisco Magic Parlor
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jul 1, 2012 12:36PM)
Hello! I want to share an exciting period in my life and also request your assistance passing on the word. I’ve launched a one-month project on “Kickstarter” an online site dedicated to raising capital to support the arts. I am working diligently and moving forward to re-create the San Francisco Magic Parlor.

I know in today’s economy there are more creative visions to invest in than there are private donors to support them. However many of us have friends who have other friends –who wish to, and are able to– support worthwhile artistic ventures. (Remember the “six-degrees-of-separation theory?)

The Chancellor Hotel will host the San Francisco Magic Parlor once again this Autumn. My show “Astonishment! Magical Tales of San Francisco” is theatrical Performance Art. A fresh approach to seamlessly blending classic storytelling with classical magic. Almost every performance at the Parlor sold-out in 2009 and I’m optimistic this fresh new show will do so again.

My guests will enter an intimate turn-of-the-century-parlor where magical marvels and romantic tales of old San Francisco will unfold. I’m initiating a three-month run, but I hope the Parlor runs indefinitely as an avenue to augment my livelihood as an entertainer.

You may know that I bring over thirty-five years as a full-time theatrical magician and professional Equity actor to this project– and I’ve been fortunate to assemble a “dream team” of three of the best, diverse, and skilled artistic advisors, along with an amazing production design team.

I’ve wanted to re-invent and re-open the Parlor for three years now– and it’s not often you get a second chance to share a dream. I’d like my friends, and friends of their friends, to become a part of my dream as we approach my Holiday Season opening.

Wherever you are in the world, you’ll know there’s a special table reserved for you in the San Francisco Magic Parlor– on the Cable Car line in the heart of downtown’s Union Square.

You’ll find my Kickstarter page at:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/waltanthony/astonishment-magical-tales-of-san-francisco

I appreciate your encouragement and consideration. Thank you!
Magically, Walt
Message: Posted by: Peter Pitchford (Jul 2, 2012 11:02AM)
It's not much but I'm in.
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jul 2, 2012 11:20AM)
Everything inspires confidence and support. Yours is more than appreciated Peter, come visit the other coast when you can! Magically, Walt
Message: Posted by: JJKnight (Jul 3, 2012 09:30AM)
Kickstarter is such a great idea for something like this. In a community like ours each can give as they can from as little as a dollar or two to hundreds if they can! International reach is also possible with kickstarter. I have been thinking about starting a theater in my town as we have none but I don't think I could run it alone and need more acts to book first. When I can find more partners will definatly look into a kickstarter for the funding to get the theater open.
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jul 9, 2012 12:46PM)
Thanks to 13 FANTASTIC people so far, my Kickstarter project for the San Francisco Magic Parlor is 23% funded! Thank you, Thank you! Please visit my page, see what it’s all about, and repost on your FB and Twitter pages? I really want to build my Network with your kind assistance…
http://tinyurl.com/MagicParlor
Message: Posted by: Peter Pitchford (Jul 10, 2012 12:13PM)
Done
Message: Posted by: jay leslie (Jul 10, 2012 04:59PM)
Good luck
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Jul 13, 2012 10:25AM)
Not much I can do, but run my yap, but hey, if it'll help...

Walt is a unique individual! I could only wish I had a tiny portion of his style and grace! I'm a sort of clumsy clod. I guess that's why I was so successful in radio for so many years (decades), because I was hidden behind a microphone in a tiny studio!

My magic has taken a 180 degree turn since corresponding with Walt. I got his book Tales Of Enchantment: The Art Of Magic, and my whole world changed! Hey, I've had fun on stage...that is until I blew the Zombie in front of 300 people! It got hung up in the foulard and popped up, oh so "visible". The audience gasped, was silent for a beat or two, then roared with laughter! I have never set foot on the Bates Collge Campus since, LOL!

I also have not set foot on stage since then. My magic has been for more private audiences, and it's been stuff that cannot fail. My late girlfriend told me I pretty much sucked at performing. She said I looked like a stiff pitch salesman or robot-carnival barker! I almost quit magic.

Then, when I was in the homeless shelter, at the bottom, having lost all my belongings, I began corresponding with Walt. That's when I got his book. That's when magic turned for me. I asked myself, "Why am I doing magic?" Answering that question opened a path I am still traveling. If my magic is better, my audience more entertained than before, and a good tale is told in the process, then I owe it all to Walt Anthony!

I predict he will have more than enough funds for this. A noble and generous gesture, providing this venue! I am from San Francisco. I haven't been back there since my mother died in 1969. I'm stuck in Augusta Maine, now. A freakin' GHOST town! The economy just killed this city! The main store downtown is a head shop called Cosmic Charlie's. Ain't nothin' else but a big bank! Most of the other business have shut their doors.

Yeah, guys and gals...if you can, visit San Francisco! If I could afford to, I would move there, and stay there until I die! And Walt LIVES there! My gosh, just the restaurants are enough...then the cable cars, BART system, the whole shebang...man I MISS it!

Doug
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jul 15, 2012 04:36PM)
$5.00… that’s just FIVE dollars… from my half-way marker on the Kickstarter project!!!
OK, okay, who is up for filling that little gap… going once, going twice…
THANK you to all who have pledged and helped spread the news!

http://tinyurl.com/MagicParlor
Message: Posted by: Mr. Mystoffelees (Jul 16, 2012 10:16AM)
The gap has been filled, Spellbinder... good luck to you!

Jim
Message: Posted by: Jeb Sherrill (Jul 18, 2012 11:23AM)
So glad to hear it, Walt. Best of luck. I hope make it out there before too long.

Jeb
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jul 21, 2012 11:42AM)
What is an Arts Advocate?

“When an individual supports the Arts
they are nurturing more
than that art form.

They are contributing to the thousands
of hours and the decades during which
the artist studied, experimented, and
grew to perfect their skills in times of
abject frustration and immense joy.

The patron is nourishing the artist’s
heart and soul as they bond with them
in celebrating the artistic process.

The benefactor subsidizes the artist’s
passion, and tools, and time to perfect
their craft and hone their talents in order
to offer those gifts to others.”

–Anonymous–
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jul 22, 2012 11:07AM)
My show “Astonishment” is one-quarter blocked and memorized as of last night (David is being a slave-driver.)

With a tiny performance area in the Parlor movement is regimented and tight (I did say it was an intimate space!)

I at last found an obscure and elusive prop in Chinatown, what a great local resource to shop in.

Tonight, back to the Chancellor Hotel to re-measure everything and rearrange the seating to maximize sightlines.
That’s today’s update…
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jul 23, 2012 10:18AM)
“Once more into the breach dear friends!” I’m into the next to last week of trying to reach my goal for my Kickstarter project for the San Francisco Magic Parlor. I’m inching closer, but I need your help with networking, please take a moment to spread word on Facebook? THANKS!
http://tinyurl.com/MagicParlor
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jul 25, 2012 07:00PM)
I am so VERY excited!

As of today $490 to go towards the $3000 necessary in Kickstarter pledges needed for my Magic Parlor project.

What is amazing and gratifying is, not only have friends and colleagues supported my work… there are a number of total strangers who’ve wanted to be a part of this too.

THANK you to every one of you for your networking, social media blasts, and gifts.
I’ll let you know if I reach (or exceed) my goal and receive the award.

http://tinyurl.com/MagicParlor
Message: Posted by: Victor Ian Smith (Jul 26, 2012 01:43PM)
Happy to contribute to a very worth cause. Here's to wishing you incredible success!

I think you just hit the mark too!

Victor

:thehat:
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jul 27, 2012 10:51AM)
I worked all morning/afternoon/evening, but was able to run through all of Act One of the San Francisco Magic Parlor show. It was grueling , but equally rewarding.

Hooray! My set of Art Nouveau Magic Tables should ship next week, and today I go for Costume fittings. Hope I can schedule my Photo Shoot within the next two weeks. I think the “look” of the Parlor and show will elegant!

I have a lot of generous partner/patrons due to my Kickstarter Project. I owe them the best possible show and theatre experience!

Magically,
Walt
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jul 30, 2012 10:55AM)
Exceeding and Succeeding with my Magic Parlor!

Choice of ticket vendor? Prices of seats? What photo poses? Web design? Wording press releases? So many hats to wear!

Producer, Marketer, Actor, Magician…. and oh, costume coordinator. Don’t envy me?…. Oh yes, envy me. This dream is being reborn. I am floating on air having exceed my Kickstarter goal and having marvelous new partners too.

http://tinyurl.com/MagicParlor

Magically, Walt
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Aug 1, 2012 10:28AM)
Thanks to ya’all for a successful Kickstarter Project, there will be a few more touches in the San Francisco Magic Parlor’s ambiance to give a suggestion of the La Belle Époque period, so my guests feel they are in a turn-of-the-century Cabaret.
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Aug 4, 2012 11:04AM)
Hello! I thought you’d like a “down to the wire” update.
-- 4 Days to go on the clock!
-- 45 Incredible donors.
-- $3,580 pledges

This grant provides for details in the Parlor’s ambiance to suggest the La Belle Époque period, so my guests feel they are in a turn-of-the-century Cabaret. Michael Mosher (with no compensation for his work or time) sent up the three tables that will grace the stage. Not only are the lovely, they all fold perfectly flat for storage each night!
http://wackomagic.blogspot.com/2012/07/custom-work-tables-for-san-francisco.html

Thank You for supporting the project.
Magically, Walt
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Aug 11, 2012 08:30PM)
A MESSAGE TO MY KICKSTARTER BACKERS…

Your Rewards! For your generous support…

Hello Parlor Partners!
Below is a summary of your donor rewards and a brief description of how they’ll work. I’ll be in touch formally with more information soon.

If you would please send me the BEST email address to use to stay in contact with your for all reward details. My BEST email address is: SanFranEnteretain@SBCGlobal.Net.

Do me a huge favor-- if you declined an award at your pledge level, reconsider I really would like to say thank you and acknowledge each and every one of you. If you can’t use some perk, at least go for one level below and accept that with my thanks.

You made this happen so hugs to all…
Walt

Dinner at Luques Reward:
I’ll personally make your dinner reservations (2 or 4 diners) to dine in the Chancellor Hotel’s lounge after your show date and tickets have been confirmed.

A half-Page Program Ad:
I’ll send you the program ad format before the programs are set-up and printed this Autumn, I expect this will be mid- September. To keep with the 1890’s style of the show and Parlor there will be a set format for all ads and they will appear within an old-fashioned scroll/banner.

Two-for-One Coupon/Voucher:
See notes below, the process will be there same. FYI there will be no online box-office service charges I’ll make sure that is handled.

Complimentary Show Seats:
(2 or 4) Once our online box-office is set up, probably near the end of September, I’ll check-in and either make comp reservations for you, or send along a promo-code to use on the website to reserve your seats. Maybe think about giving the show a week or two so I can settle into the space, get comfortable with my audiences, and get into the rhythm of the show, that said any Thursday, Friday, or Saturday of the October through December run will be available to you!

Thank You Listing / Facebook Fan Page Acknowledgements:
You’ll be listed within our souvenir program as an angel/donor/supported similar wording. I’ll email you to find out how you want to be listed e.g. full name, initial and name, nickname, professional name, etc. Our Facebook Fan Page acknowledgement will match the program thank you.
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Aug 12, 2012 10:03AM)
Corrected Email

Sorry the this second message, I misspelled my own email address!

SanFranEntertain@SBCGlobal.Net

Thank you, Walt