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Ken Dumm
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I was in Santa Monica, week before last, but only during the week so I wasn't able to see the weekend show. I happen to be walking by Magicopolis one of the afternoons and saw Steve behind the counter. I walked in and Steve greeted me like an old friend, even though we've only met once or twice. We had a great conversation about everything from the business side of magic to the new age of advertising. It was a real treat sharing and hearing stories with Steve. I look forward to buying him lunch next time I'm in town.

See you then Steve...

Ken
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I just made my second visit to Steve’s show at Magicopolis on Sunday, I caught the matinee! I see a lot of magic performances, and I mean A LOT, and Steve’s show is a breath of fresh air, that's why I keep going back. He really has a unique and quirky show, not the same old thing that everyone is doing. He always keeps me laughing. Steve is the hardest working guy in magic, a real performer. He is a true professional and a great guy. He entertains everyone from kids to celebrities. During my last visit Arsenio Hall was in the house, and this time Greg Kinnear and Steven Weber sat in my row. Too awesome!

I'll be back the next time I am in Santa Monica! This is a must see show when you are in the area!

Nick
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Hi Mr. Spill, I'm a goose handler and needle swallower who will be making my first Santa Monica visit specifically to see you and Magicopolis. My wife and I will be there this Saturday night.

Jon
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The wife and I had a great time at Magicopolis and the audience response - from close-up to the grand illusions - can only be described as explosive. It's not surprising this show has been running eleven years, and what a treat that Mr. Spill is available to meet everyone personally. We'll be back with friends.
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I had my first visit to Magicopolis just this Saturday and it was great. There have already been many accolades written above that I could repeat, but let me just say that I witnessed one of the best versions of paper balls over the head I've ever seen. Yes, paper balls over the head. I think Steve owns this effect - I've not seen it done better. The show is filled with unique effects, classics and stage illusions. Highly recommended.

Also, Eric the bartender does some kick butt magic and is one heck of a funny guy. Very strong stuff. Be sure and check it out if you're planning a trip to L.A.

Doug Brewer
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John George
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I went to Magicopolis with MR.Brewer last week. We had a great time.

I must agree with Doug's assessment of Steve's paper balls over the head routine. I have never seen a better version. The audience loved it. This may sound odd that we are raving about a paper balls over head routine. However, his version has a major difference that adds a lot to an already great effect. Go watch this now.

I was also impressed with Steve's escape at the end of the show. I am not a big fan of any type of escapes. They usually appear to lack any real danger. Steve's escape seems very dangerous. I turned to Doug after seeing the escape and said "I would never try that". Doug replied, "Me neither. It looks too dangerous."

When you go to Magicopolis go early and stay late at the bar. Erik Tait does an amazing job behind the bar. Erik does great magic and he is extremely funny. Make sure you see him make a rose out of a napkin for a girl. Very funny stuff---and strong magic too.

It was a fun night ---we will go back.

John George
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This show is an odd mix of expertly performed magic of all types presented with stand-up, spoken word, sketches, scenes, music, and theatre. The only elements not incorporated are singing and dancing, which was a welcome relief, but Spill said if he could sing he would have exploited that a long time ago.

The most moving parts of the show for me were the floating patient in the psychiatrist's office, the vanishing medium in the seance, card and coin work, lemon trick, and the mentalism hunks. I've always read it's bad to mix magic and mentalism in the same show, but they work well together here.

In an unspoken way, Spill seems to allow himself to experience the joy of performing without being an ass, like some others I've seen. Both he, and Eric who did a fine job with close-up at the bar, obviously adore applause, and earn it.
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Thank you one and all, your comments tickle my fancy and feed my ego... and who among us doesn't enjoy being tickled and fed?

Our show, Escape Reality, will be dark April 20 thru April 30 so Bozena and I can vacation in Costa Rica, where we plan to retire at some point. So get your tickets before or after those dates and before we retire. I'll be looking for you.

http://www.magicopolis.com
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Hey Steve,
You said it, don't be retiring any time soon, I want to get in another opportunity to take in your show again next time south. A trip to LA is not complete without taking in your well crafted performances and enjoying the friendly atmosphere of your inspirational theater.
I ran into a friend in Santa Cruz just back from taking in your show and he was ecstatic about the whole thing.He couldn't believe you single handedly designed and built, at least had built, your theater space, a tribute giving the Art of magic a beautiful home.
I cannot stress enough to anybody going to Santa Monica or LA to make the effort to swing by and enjoy magic at its finest. And then, if there is any time left to their trip, take in the Castle. In that order.

See ya soon,
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I just read all the pages of this thread for no particular reason. I agree with all the accolades, no need to repeat how well the magic is performed and presented or my favorite routines, and there are more than a few. I want to point out some things that nobody has mentioned yet.

The soundtrack, never overbearing, the music is uncannily picked to enhance. Everything from Pink Floyd, Led Zepplen - to Sting, Henry Mancini, Mozart, various bits of trance music, and soft scoring under certain dialogue.

It's obvious Steve's work on this does not represent only his efforts, but instead, all of those magicians of the past and present who have labored so diligently to create, perfect, and present the art of magic, that have come before him.

But he most certainly has interpreted the work of these others in a very original way and this post is my grateful acknowledgment for a show every magician should see and will likely enjoy. Thanks Steve.
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I recently attended the stage show at Magicopolis with my cousin from Chicago. I've seen many magic shows in the last 20 years (being a magician myself), and I must say, this was a great show. Great magic, great humor -- it has it all. It's a family show for all ages. And as a special treat, before and after the show, bartender/magician Eric Tait performs outstanding magic from behind the bar.
Put Magicopolis as a 'must see' on your list.
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Just back from Escape Reality at Magicopolis and wanted to post right away. A standing ovation performance and you'll never guess who lead the standing o, the comic voice of our generation CHRIS ROCK!!!

I was standing by when Chris and Steve were having there pictures taken together and chatting after the show and Rock highly praised Steve for the WRITING in the show. The presentations of everything were very good but it didn't really occur to me during the show how much scripting went into it.

Magicoplis really kicked the start of our holiday into high gear.
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I'm biased because Steve is one of my very best buddies but when ever I'm in LA I see the show just like Chris Rock. I'm laughing real hard because I couldn't help adding some cheese to this thread.

All magicians that come to LA SHOULD see this show. The amount of material done in this theater created specifically for magic is astonishing. It's a one stop class in classic magic.

You Rock Steve.

bob.
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Thanks for the plug Bobby! A quick reminder: We'll be going on vacation next week, the show will be dark April 20 - 30 and will resume thereafter. Good seats, actually all the seats are good we have stadium seating, still available for this weekend April 17, 18, 19, Fri/Sat 8PM Sat/Sun 2PM - the boxoffice - 310 451 2241 - is open 11am to 6pm daily or http://www.magicopolis.com to buy tickets online. Don't forget to bring your mom to the show for Mother's Day May 10 (or is it 11? I'll have to check that) The Rock photo should be on the site in the next day or two.
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If the poor economy has you scrutinizing whether or not to go to Magicopolis on your LA vacation, I strongly encourage you to go, don’t even think about it, JUST GO. Our clan just saw "Escape Realty" and it was more fun than humans should be allowed to have. From close-up and stand-up sleight-of-hand to new renditions on classic illusions, what makes this show different is it’s special brand of comedy, storytelling and magic, that makes you laugh and cheer and proud to be a magician. Let them know you are a magician and Steve will get you the best seats in the house and make you feel like a VIP.
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I just saw Steve Spill perform at Magicopolis today for the third time. Each time I was more impressed than the last. Those who know me know I’m a fan so it’s surprising I haven’t posted sooner.

Two of the highlights for me are where he vanishes Olga in the séance, this is classic, even more impressive is his levitation where you get the experience of falling in love with someone you shouldn’t fall in love with.

True or not, the impression you get with a good part of the magic is that beyond the tricks Spill actually conveys truths about his life and the things he cares about, like in his coin routine or the show and tell card sequence.
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You won’t believe this and I probably shouldn’t share it here, but… I was dog sitting my neighbor’s Great Dane for a couple days and for fun I took him to work with me at Magicopolis. This dog weighs over 100 pounds, is fun to play with, but he is a monster.

Anyway, I put a Himber ring on my dressing room table for just a second, and the dog ate it. I’m serious. I have several spares so this wasn’t going to spoil my show. But this was a REAL vintage Himber worth a small fortune. I shook him around some to try and get him to cough it up, but he wouldn’t give.

So I bought some Ex-Lax and mixed it into his food, then I spent a whole day taking him for walks. We must’ve walked a marathon, with him stopping every hundred yards. Eventually I got the ring back. And I’ll be using it this Memorial Day weekend here at Magicopolis in Santa Monica.

Showtimes: Fri/Sat 8PM and Sat/Sun 2PM tickets online at http://www.magicopolis.com or the boxoffice 310 451 2241 is open 11am to 6pm daily.
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Smile

Now when audiences exclaim "Holy s**t!" when you link the rings, they'll be right!
Ken Dumm
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What a crappy story Steve...seriously funny though...good idea with the Ex-Lax...dog never saw it coming, eh? Was the ring linked to anything when it came out? Ta-da!!!

Ken
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You can say that ring has been around the block, thru some unexpected turns in life, and back. Such a sh*tty end for such a fun loving guy. What are you going to feed him next? I hope he doesn't eat the deck of cards. That would be one hell 'a card fountain!

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