Magic Castle Cabaret News & Update – November 2018

Magic Castle Cabaret News & Update – November 2018

Magic Castle Cabaret News & Update

November 2018

Gene Urban
Santa Barbara based magician and Magic Castle performer

 Magic Castle Cabaret
News and Updates

Are you looking for the latest Magic Castle Cabaret news & updates? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

I visited the Magic Castle Cabaret this week and talked to Arlene Larson about what’s happening.

Below is the latest news about this amazing addition to the Santa Barbara area.


I am always impressed with Arlene Larson’s positive and upbeat attitude. As you may have read in a previous article, the Magic Castle Cabaret is temporarily closed as the Larson’s work with the City of Santa Barbara to meet some building requirements. Nothing serious, yet the hoops and paperwork can be daunting.

They will be meeting with some officials in early November to learn more and complete the final requirements. Since they have not met yet, I can not give you a timeline of when the place will reopen. I can tell you it will be worth the wait.


The organ pictured to the left is one of many sweet items that adorn the Cabaret and add to the amazing ambiance of the place. 

Magic Castle Cabaret News & Updates  November 2018

The construction crew is very busy these days. Members and guests are sure to appreciate all their hard work including:

  • They are busy building out the show room, refinishing the wood floors, hanging frilly wall paper, building custom booths and adding lots of fun items to make it spectacular.
  • The Cabaret will have a special gift shop too. Arlene combed through pictures of European castles and mansions to get ideas for the space. I can only say it is looking fine!
  • Milt has been collecting chotskies from various Hollywood movie sets for years. The gang is adding these items to the place giving more fun things to enjoy.
  • After the gang finishes more interior work they will complete the new patio.
  • Members received their new membership cards this past week too.

FYI: Arlene has been getting lots of inquiries about booking the Cabaret for private events. She can’t do much until they re-open, but keep it in mind for 2019.

Thanks for taking the time to read this Magic Castle Cabaret News & Updates article. I am anxious for the place to reopen so we can start making even more magic happen in Santa Barbara.

If you have questions about membership information, please call 805-845-0555.

Best to you,

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Who Is Performing at The Magic Castle

Who Is Performing at The Magic Castle

Who Is Performing at The Magic Castle

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performing at the magic castle

Gene Urban…Magic Castle Performer

Are you wondering who is performing at the Magic Castle, AKA Academy of Magical Arts, this week?

Each week Magic Castle members and their guests witness some of the finest magicians in the World. You can see sleight of hand magic, comedy magic, mentalism, stage illusions and much more. A night at the Magic Castle is a wonderful experience.

FYI: Gene Urban performed at the WC Fields Bar in early May. Here is link to some video and thoughts from his time there. He will be performing on February 14-17, 2019 . 

The list below is provided by the Academy of Magical Arts and re-posted here for your enjoyment. FYI: This is the anticipated line-up and may change. Magicians have been known to disappear.

Who is Performing at the Magic Castle – February 11 – 17


gene urban close up magic at magic castleCLOSE-UP GALLERY

This is a small room specially designed for intimate magic when performing at the Magic Castle,

Early Early Performer

  • Emanuel Brown

Early Performer

  • Kayla Drescher

Late Performer

  • Harrison Lampert


This room offers parlor style magic… somewhere between stage and close-up.

Early Performer

  • John Carney

Late Performer

  • Greg Wilson

gene urban magic castle magicianPALACE OF MYSTERY

The “Big Room” at the Castle where you will often see Illusions and larger scale shows.

  • Ice McDonald
  • Lindsay Benner
  • Skilldini


The WC Fields Bar is located near the Peller Theater and features bar style magic

Gene Urban – Thursday – Sunday (Thursday night may be in another room.


A very intimate theater and place where many performers offer impromptu shows while visiting or performing at the Magic Castle.

  • Paul Draper
  • Christian Cagigal – (Thursday-Sunday)


For more information, reservations and such, visit the Academy of Magical Arts Web Site

Gene performing in China

Gene performing in China


If you are looking for exceptional magic for your adult party, corporate event, gala or wedding reception, Magic Castle performing magician Gene Urban would love to entertain your guests with mind-blowing magic and mentalism.




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Santa Barbara Magic Castle Cabaret Update 9-12-2018

Santa Barbara Magic Castle Cabaret Update 9-12-2018

Magic Castle Cabaret Update

September 2018

Gene Urban
Santa Barbara based magician and Magic Castle performer
In late August and early September, Milt and Arlene Larson hosted four nights of magic at the new Magic Castle Cabaret

Members were treated to lots of magic and fun. Gene Urban provided the early evening magic and magicians Adam Wylie & Shawn McMasters from LA’s Magic Castle performed from 7:00 to 10:00 pm.

The feedback from guests was great. They loved the magic and were intrigued by the stunning decor that captivated the senses and provided an amazing backdrop for conversations and fabulous magic.

“The decor is funky and fun… based on a fictional Palace of Gold in northern Spain where a Count and Countess entertained magicians”
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NEWS & UPDATE – October 2018 — The Magic Castle Cabaret will be closed for a couple months. The City of Santa Barbara has some additional requirements the Larson’s need to take care of before they will receive that final occupancy documents. For those who’ve opened a business in Santa Barbara, you know how it goes.

Arlene, the ultimate optimist, says…

We welcome this chance to finish our decorations & gimmickry work and catch our breath.

The Larson’s are not just waiting for the City to do their thing. They are working daily to add lots of wonderful features to the Cabaret. I met with Arlene the other day and boy is she having fun. Those who were there for the soft openings will be even more wowed by all the new elements that will be in place with they reopen. Exciting!!

For membership and other information, call 805-845-0555

Tony Slydini – One of the Great Magician

Tony Slydini – One of the Great Magician

The Great Teachers of Magic

Tony Slydini

Master Magician & Teacher — Tony Slidini

Although I never met Tony Slydini, he had a significant influence on my work, as he has many other top magicians. I would say he is the reason my take on magic has strong psychological underpinnings.

There are a number of articles that discuss Slydini’s life. I’ll focus on what I learned from his lessons and watching his television performances.

What Made Slydini A Great Magician and Teacher?

Tony Slydini, so I am told, was obsessed with how his magic impacted the audience. Some say he felt many performances were illogical and often demeaning. He focused on psychology, misdirection techniques and audience interaction. The result was true wonder in the spectator’s eyes and mind.

Slydini became one of true masters of  our craft. This truth was cemented by his ability to both entertain and completely fool the best magicians in the World. Legendary magician, Dai Vernon, once remarked, “Slydini is the only magician who could ever fool me.”

I first learned of Slydini’s work when reading one of the great books of magic, Stars of Magic. It was like a great appetizer and I had to get to the main course. I found a series of books by Karl Fulves entitled, The Best of Slydini. Within these pages were so many gems I’ve lost count. It wasn’t so much the actual tricks that captivated me, it was his teachings on motivation, psychology and subtitles hidden on each page.

Obviously, in a public forum like my website, it would be inappropriate to go into the mechanics of his teachings. However, the videos included here are testament to his skill.

I believe that the teachings of Slydini should be part of every magicians course of study. It just makes sense to study the best if you want to be the best.

Gene Urban

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People say magic is the most universally popular form of live entertainment for Christmas & Holiday party entertainment and Gene Urban is an extraordinary magician.

Gene connects with people; he makes them laugh; he leaves them amazed and talking. It’s no wonder so many holiday party hosts bring Gene back year after year.

Gene, once you were just a magician, now you are part of the family. Our guests always ask if you’ll be at our holiday party. Thanks for helping make our gatherings so successful.  Bill and Nancy S.

What set’s Gene Urban’s magic and mentalism apart is his approach and ability to connect with people of all ages and backgrounds.

Gene’s approach to magic is truly different. Instead of Gene doing all the magic, he has your guests seemingly perform much of the magic. They read minds, make coins vanish from their hands and do so many astonishing things. Gene doesn’t need all the attention, he wants your people to feel special and empowered.

It is his attention to the party goers through magic and a warm performance style that makes him the perfect choice for your Christmas or Holiday party.

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What Gene Can Do For You

At most Christmas or Holiday parties, Gene performs while strolling among the guests. Whether seated or standing, Gene will join the group and start making magic happen. His magic is contagious and will be the talk of the party for months to come.

Depending on the venue and layout of the room, Gene also offers an intimate stand up show that mixes magic, mind reading and laughter. It is an interactive show where guests are part of the performance.

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Gene Urban…
Exceptional Magic & Mentalism

Santa Barbara, CA 93101