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Topic: House of Cards in Nashville
Message: Posted by: MagicVin (Mar 13, 2020 11:44AM)
Hello Everyone,

( I'm not sure if this is the right place for this of not I'm sorry mods)

I have a trip planned at the end of the month to Nashville to go have a night at the House of Cards. All the trip planning has me wondering if the House of Cards is completely unique or if there are other places like it in another city or state. If anyone has any info or input on other places that are anything like the House of Cards in Nashville I would absolutely love to hear about them. Also, if anyone and any insider info, pointers, tips & tricks, or advice of any kind regarding the House of Cards in Nashville those are also very much welcome.
Message: Posted by: MagicVin (Mar 18, 2020 12:16PM)
Well the HOC Nashville is closed for now so this trips prob not happening. But still love to hear is anyone has any input
Message: Posted by: drmagic (Mar 19, 2020 07:37AM)
MagicVin,
I have been to HOC Nashville and enjoyed the magic while there. It is in the basement of the Johnny Cash Museum and tastefully decorated with magic memorabilia. If you want to attend the parlor show, you must purchase dinner. The food, while we were there, was lackluster at best and pricey. Depending on which showtime you are aiming for depends on the servers getting the food to you in time for you to enjoy your meal and not feel rushed.

The parlor is very nice with a large stage visible from all areas of the parlor. There are two or three stations with different magicians and mentalists performing approximately 20 minute shows. There are 4-6 chairs for those lucky enough to get there early but plenty of standing room behind them for others. While we were there two outstanding performers showcased their talents - Kevin King and Chris Rayman. You can go the bar and order a drink to take with you as you walk around.

Check out the FAQ section of there website for more pertinent information.

Hope that helps,

Don
Message: Posted by: thomasR (Apr 3, 2020 04:26PM)
Iíve never been because of the weird ďmust eat dinnerĒ policy. I would have loved to take my mom to see Pop Haydn while he was there, but sheís not really a ďfancyĒ restaurant type, she likes to eat pretty basic food. I didnít really feel like going by myself to a fancy meal either but would have gladly paid to see Pop.
Message: Posted by: MagicVin (Apr 7, 2020 07:49AM)
ThomasR I guess I could see how that might turn some people off. I personally really enjoy a nice meal in a nice atmosphere and was really looking forward to my trip. would love if Pop Haydn was one of the acts when I go as I'm defiantly a fan of his work. I definitely still want to go when all this craziness is over. just hope they survive this shut down same with the magic castle and any other place like them
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Apr 7, 2020 12:11PM)
I don't see it as a bad policy at all. They have a business model. Makes sense to stay with it.

To see Pop it would be worth eating the fancy meal.
Message: Posted by: MagicVin (Apr 7, 2020 03:54PM)
That I definitely agree with
Message: Posted by: Pop Haydn (Apr 9, 2020 12:20PM)
If you don't eat your dinner, and finish all your peas, Pop won't let you watch the show... :)
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Apr 9, 2020 09:31PM)
Well Pop I agreed to the meal, the peas... well I'm going to have to do a bit of ruminating.
Message: Posted by: Pop Haydn (Apr 9, 2020 10:18PM)
[quote]On Apr 9, 2020, Dannydoyle wrote:
Well Pop I agreed to the meal, the peas... well I'm going to have to do a bit of ruminating. [/quote]

You can have salad instead. It is good for ruminating. If you have the stomachs for it...
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Apr 10, 2020 01:43PM)
Salad isn't food. It is what food eats.
Message: Posted by: thomasR (Apr 10, 2020 09:33PM)
[quote]On Apr 7, 2020, Dannydoyle wrote:
I don't see it as a bad policy at all. They have a business model. Makes sense to stay with it.

To see Pop it would be worth eating the fancy meal. [/quote]

I agree! Iíve seen pop in lecture and performance... heís well worth it.

Itís not a bad business model, but itís why I havenít visited. If they are always sold out, no reason to change it up.
Message: Posted by: Pop Haydn (Oct 1, 2020 12:13PM)
The Magic Castle has a fairly high cover charge and also requires guests to have dinner if they are not with a member.
Message: Posted by: pulpscrypt (Oct 19, 2020 11:37AM)
Dinner wasn't an issue, but the dress code was. (I had traveled to Nashville without a suit). They insisted it was mandatory. We were in the area and saw people leaving who were definitely under dressed. Their loss.
Message: Posted by: thomasR (Oct 21, 2020 01:57PM)
[quote]On Oct 19, 2020, pulpscrypt wrote:
Dinner wasn't an issue, but the dress code was. (I had traveled to Nashville without a suit). They insisted it was mandatory. We were in the area and saw people leaving who were definitely under dressed. Their loss. [/quote]

Magicians are often a strange bunch that are stuck in the past. I would have loved to see Chamber Magic on my last trip to New York but I was in town for business and didn't pack a jacket and tie. I went to see Hamilton instead, they didn't seem to mind that I didn't wear a tie.

Having a dress code is one thing, but who honestly wears a suit and tie these days? Same thing with requiring dinner. I'd pay a surcharge to NOT eat dinner at House of Cards or Magic Castle.
Message: Posted by: drmagic (Oct 21, 2020 04:50PM)
Suits and ties are optional NOT mandatory.

Here is their dress code straight from their web site - https://www.hocnashville.com/reservations

MEN: Sports coat or dinner jacket and button up dress shirt is mandatory. Dress pants and dress shoes are suggested. No light or torn jeans.

LADIES: Cocktail or formal dresses, elegant skirt and blouse, dressy rompers or dressy tunic (hip-length) and slacks combinations, and pant-suits (matching blazer and pants) with dress shoes is required. No denim of any kind, nor casual wear.
Message: Posted by: thomasR (Oct 21, 2020 08:06PM)
[quote]On Oct 21, 2020, drmagic wrote:
Suits and ties are optional NOT mandatory.

Here is their dress code straight from their web site - https://www.hocnashville.com/reservations

MEN: Sports coat or dinner jacket and button up dress shirt is mandatory. Dress pants and dress shoes are suggested. No light or torn jeans.

LADIES: Cocktail or formal dresses, elegant skirt and blouse, dressy rompers or dressy tunic (hip-length) and slacks combinations, and pant-suits (matching blazer and pants) with dress shoes is required. No denim of any kind, nor casual wear. [/quote]

Still a very old fashioned and dated idea. Iíve been in AAA 4 diamond restaurants and seen business casual as the norm.

They can of course make any rule they want to. Itís their business.
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Oct 24, 2020 10:06AM)
I don't mind a dress code depending on where you are and the atmosphere you want to project.

In Key Largo I worked at a place that had $55 appetizers in early 2000's. Shorts and tropical shirts were the norm. Some of the wealthiest families on the planet frequented the place.

I started by wearing a suit, but the CUSTOMERS felt uncomfortable so I adapted. The atmosphere required it.

I never tell places what atmosphere they are looking for.