What is Close Up Magic?

What is Close Up Magic?

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What is Close-Up Magic?

Close-up magic is often called “Magic of the Hands.”  It is an intimate style of magic performed mere inches or feet from you and your guests.

Close-up magic is often performed with playing cards, coins and other common objects.

Close-up magic is considered the most versitile and popular style.  Guest’s love the intimacy and party hosts are thrilled to have entertainment that moves to and around the guests.

Where is Close Up Magic Performed?

Close-up magic happens anywhere guests are standing, sitting, milling, waiting, In your home, at a resort, even on the beach. Gene makes magic happen in front of your eyes.

  • At a recent Gala, Gene strolled among the guests.
  • During an April wedding in Santa Barbara, Gene entertained guest seated at their tables.
  • In Santa Ynez last month, the host had Gene perform from a stationary table where guests came to him.

Close-up magic is versatile, so it can fit what works best for your party or event.

Our Specialties

Gene makes magic happen
Private Party

corporate events

cocktail reception

adult birthday

wedding reception

anniversary party

company retreat

gala fundraisers

grad party

What Gene Will Do For You

Gene will add moments of wonder and awe to your event.

There is a reason so many party planners and hosts bring Gene in for their special events… Guests love him!

He has a warm performance style and a way with people that is wizardry in itself. Top that with Gene’s incredible magic and you have entertainment that is like a fabulous desert… tasty and delicious.

Wedding Magic

“You made a magical night even more so. Thanks you!”

Ali Magic

“You made my sweet man happy. What a gift you have.”

Close-UP party magic

“Our guests couldn’t stop talking about you”

Magic Castle Fun

“You were a hit with our Magic Castle guests and members”

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Gene Urban

Santa Barbara, CA

805-729-8459

Party Entertainment in Santa Ynez

Hosting a Party In Santa Ynez?

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Fantastic Party Entertainment in Santa Ynez CA

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               Gene with Nick & Muhammad Ali

Having a party or event in Santa Ynez? Whether it is private party in your home or an event at one of Santa Ynez’s superb wineries, you want your guests to have a memorable experience. One of the ways to insure success is unexpected party entertainment like Magic Castle magician, Gene Urban.

Gene Urban is the real deal. My friend Muhammad Ali was simply wowed by him. I love to share his talents at my parties; he is always a hit. Nick Lowery, NFL Hall of Fame, Lowery Foundation

Party Entertainment in Santa Ynez Can Be Magic

Gene’s magic is a great choice no matter the type of party you are hosting. Celebrating a 40th, 50th or 60th birthday? Gene will mingle with your guests, helping them to feel special and wowing them with the amazing close-up magic and mind-reading guests at the Magic Castle relish.

wedding party entertainment montecitoPerhaps you are hosting a wedding reception. What else could be better than astounding magic during a party celebrating the magic of love? It’s understandable why top wedding planners call on him to add unexpected wonder during their client’s special day. Read more about Gene’s wedding reception magic.

Gene was fantastic. Our guests were surprised and delighted. Gene is a pleasure to work with and we would happily recommend him to others. Thank you Gene. Glen L., Los Olivos

Maybe you are planning an anniversary get-together or client appreciation party? Gene’s magic is all about connecting with people and celebrating life’s wonders. His stellar magic and mentalism are always a hit. You’ll find out when your guests ask, “Where did you get the magician? He was fantastic!”

What does Gene Urban do at a Party?

corporate event magic santa barbaraThe phenomenal thing about Gene Urban is his versatility and warmth. He mingles among the guests adding moments of wonder. He performs for people seated at tables or while standing. He moves around looking for opportunities to add to your guest’s experience. Party hosts say “it is so much fun watching our friend’s reactions.”

Some clients want Gene to perform in front of the entire group too. Gene’s stand-up show is perfect for mostly adult parties in the 25-60 guest range.

How Do I Hire Magician Gene Urban

Call and talk to Gene Urban about your upcoming event today at 805-729-8459 or email using the form below.

Let Gene Make Magic Happen for You and Your Friends.

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Hosting a party or corporate event in Goleta? It can be exciting and a bit stressful. You want Party Entertainment in Goleta your guests will rave about. One of the ways to guarantee success is to do something surprising and magician Gene Urban does just that.

Read what others say about Gene Urban, an accomplished member of Hollywood’s Magic Castle.

Thank you for coming through with flying colors and we look forward to working with you again in the future. – Merck Pharmaceuticals


Over and Over again I keep hearing, “the party was beautiful, and that magician was fantastic”, “where did you find the magician, he was great.” Thanks for all you did to make it a great day. Bob & Shari

Party Entertainment in Goleta Can Be Magic

Gene Urban’s magic is a hit, no matter what type of event you are hosting. Celebrating an adult birthday celebration? Gene will mingle with your guests, helping them to feel special and wowing them with amazing magic and mind-reading.

Perhaps you are hosting a business event, and you need corporate entertainment. Gene has performed at meetings, hospitality parties, trade shows, product launches, employee appreciation parties for clients around the world. He will help make your corporate event very memorable.

We are still talking about the creativity of your show and the extraordinary power or influence you had over the audience. – Microsoft Corporation

Party Entertainment in Goleta Maybe you are planning an anniversary party or wedding reception? Gene’s magic is all about connecting with people and celebrating life’s wonders. His party entertainment is always a great addition as party-givers find out when their guests ask them, “Where did you get the magician? He was fantastic!”

What does magician Gene Urban do at a party?

The great thing about Gene Urban is his versatility. In general, he mixes with the guests adding magic to the moment. He will be your magical host, visiting guests at their tables or while standing in groups. He moves around looking for openings to add to your guest’s experience with amazing close up magic and awesome feats of mentalism.

Sometimes people want Gene to perform in front of the entire group. He does this with ease. He can combine both strolling magic with a stand-up show. In both arrangements, there is lots of audience participation, laughter, and awe.

How Do I Hire Gene Urban For My Party?

Gene can be reached 805-729-8459 or by using the form below. He will ask you important questions about your party or event to ensure he provides exactly what you want.

Don’t wait, contact Gene today and make magic happen.

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party entertainment santa barbaraHaving a party or event is so much fun and can be stressful. You want your guests to have a splendid time. One of the ways to ensure success is great party entertainment and magician Gene Urban is one of the best.

Read what others say about this performing member of Hollywood’s Magic Castle.

Your presentation for Court’s birthday was perfect! We are grateful for your talent and your wonderful presence with the group. Everyone was in awe of your skills and the thank you notes included rave reviews! Pat & Court, Sedona, AZ


Gene was fantastic. Our guests were surprised and delighted. Gene is a pleasure to work with, and we would happily recommend him to others. Thank you, Gene. Glenn L., Los Olivos CA

Party Entertainment Can Be Magic

Gene’s magic works so well not matter the type of party you are hosting. Celebrating a birthday for a 40, 50, or 60 years old? Gene will mingle with your guests, helping them to feel special and wowing them with amazing magic and mind-reading.

Perhaps you are hosting a wedding reception. What else could be better than astounding magic during a party celebrating the magic of love? Read more about wedding reception magic here.

Planning an anniversary party? Gene’s magic is all about connecting with people and celebrating life’s wonders. His party entertainment is always a great addition as people find out when their guests ask them, “Where did you get the magician? He was fantastic!”

How Does Gene Urban’s Party Entertainment Work?

The great thing about Gene Urban is his versatility. In general, he mingles among the guests adding magic to the moment. He performs for people seated at tables or standing around. He moves around looking for opportunities to add to your guest’s experience. People love how he treats the guests like family.

Sometimes people want Gene to perform in front of the entire group. He does this with ease. He can combine both strolling magic with a stand-up show too.

How Do I Hire Gene Urban For My Party?

Call and talk to Gene Urban about your upcoming event today. 805-729-8459 or use the form below.
Thanks for reading and let’s make magic happen for you and your friends.

Book Gene For Your Party Now

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Best Magician in Santa Barbara

Who is the Best Magician?

Are you looking for the best magician in Santa Barbara California? The answer to that question depends on what type of party or event you are hosting. Santa Barbara magician Gene Urban is an excellent choice for a variety of celebrations including:

  • Adult Parties
    • 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th Birthday Parties
    • Holiday Party
    • Wedding Receptions
    • Gala Events
    • Fundraisers
  • Corporate Events
    • Business Open House
    • Trade Shows
    • Sales Meetings
    • Conferences
    • Executive Retreats
    • Business Dinners
    • Incentive Travel
    • Hospitality Parties

Gene Urban specializes in magic for mostly adult audiences. As you can imagine, the magic that intrigues and entertains adults is a bit different than what amuses a 10-year-old. Let’s have Gene explain it himself:

My career has been spent performing at corporate events, trade shows, wedding receptions, adult birthday parties, gala fundraisers and sales meetings.

Twenty plus years ago I chose this path for my work. It’s not that I can’t do tricks children enjoy. I often have kids at the private parties I work. It is simply the lions share of my effects and comedy are geared towards adults and business audiences. I always felt it best to do what you do very well verses trying to be a one size fits all performer.

What Type of Magic Does Gene Urban Perform?

Gene is known internationally for a variety of magical entertainment including:

Close Up Magic… magic performed with a variety of items including cards, coins, rings and items lying about on tables or in guest’s pockets. Gene is known worldwide for his unusual take on close up magic. In his work, your guests and friends perform much of the magic. Really!

Close-Up Mentalism… a bit of mind reading mixed in with lots of unusual happenings that are difficult to explain. Let’s just say; Gene will bend your guests sense of reality.

Stand-up Magic and Mentalism… Gene offers an intimate (AKA Parlour) show designed for small audiences of 90 or less. It is ideal for after dinner entertainment at a corporate event.

Trade Show Magic… Trade show managers often say Magic is the most useful tool for gathering crowds at a trade show. Gene has performed at over 300 trade shows and is well versed in drawing attention to a client’s booth and skillfully delivering a professional sales or product message.

Motivational Magic… If you are looking to spice up your sales meeting with something besides a typical speaker, Gene Urban is the best magician in Santa Barbara as well as much of the nation for this task. He combines great magic with a message that will keep your attendee’s attention and interest.

If you are looking for the best magician in Santa Barbara for your adult party, business event or wedding reception you’ve come to the right place.

Don’t just take our word for it. Visit Gene’s Testimonial and Client page, check him out on Yelp or Gigmasters or the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce or The Academy of Magical Arts (AKA The Magic Castle.)

Contact Gene Urban today at 805-729-8459 or [email protected].

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Thanks for finding me on Yelp. I am so excited about helping make your party or event even more amazing. Your guests are going to have a great time experiencing incredible magic they may have only seen on TV.

 When you fill out the form below, please provide as much detail about your party as possible: date, location, number of guests and type of the event; this helps me help you. I have a simple goal… delight you beyond your expectations.

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I’ll get back to you quickly and we’ll be on the way to maling your party, event or wedding reception fun and memorable. If you’d prefer to call or email, call 805-729-8459 or email at [email protected]

Gene is ready to make magic happen for you. Contact him now!

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Dear Gene. We can’t say enough about what you added to our daughter’s wedding. We didn’t know how to fill the time between the wedding and reception and you were simply amazing. Our friends can’t stop talking about you and we can’t wait to have another party so we can bring you back.  Bob & Shari B.

Bob & Shari Britt

Bride's Parents, Britt Lumber

Your show was compelling, captivating and truly a marvel. Everyone agreed it was one of the most memorable holiday parties they have ever attended.

Donna Edwards

Administrative Manager, Microsoft

Gene Urban is simply the best magician I’ve ever seen and a good man too. I promise you will not be disappointed when you book him,

Nick Lowery

NFL All Pro, Hall of Fame Player, Nick Lowery Foundation

Gene has been the primary magician/mentalist to my entertainment agency for over 20 years. Gene’s abilities are unmatched. He is one of the most skilled sleight-of hand-artists and mentalists I’ve ever seen and his shows never fail to keep guests awed and mystified. He is an event planner’s dream!

Lou Baskin

President, SRO Entertainment

You have made a believer out of me. I had never used a magician for one of our weddings before, however, the groom was quite insistent we include you;  Now I know why. Your warmth, charm and amazing magic was a fine addition to the evening.

Donna

Wedding Planner, Santa Barbara

From one business person to another hiring Gene Urban for a function will be wise investment. Gene performed at our Mangagement Forum and left a lasting impression o. every one. He is the real thing and I definitely recommend him to anyone who wants to make their event a memorable one.

Marc Calderwood

President, Carson Travel Network/Rio Grande