This Is The Personal Website of Santa Barbara Magician Gene Urban and Not the Magic Castle Cabaret’s Official Website

Post Note: 2021

The Magic Castle Cabaret is Currently Closed.
There is no information about reopening.

When I am performing magic, people often ask about the new Magic Castle Cabaret that opened in February 2019 in Santa Barbara. It is always exciting to talk to people about this new magical venue that is part of the Santa Barbara landscape. 

The new Magic Castle in Santa Barbara is called the Magic Castle Cabaret and is not a replica of Hollywood’s Magic Castle. Although Milt Larson founded Hollywood’s Magic Castle, the Cabaret is the brainchild of him and his wife Arlene. They have combined their knowledge and passion to create a very unique venue for members and guests.

What Happens At The Magic Castle Cabaret?

An evening at the new Magic Castle Cabaret is unlike anything else in Santa Barbara.

Guests are captivated by an interior that feels a bit European mixed with Hogworts combined with exceptional entertainment. 

An evening at the Magic Castle Cabaret will feature a magician from the Magic Castle in Hollywood and/or a variety arts entertainer such as a singer, ventriloquist, comedian, mime, tap dancer or stage magician. 

Will There Be Food and Beverage at The Magic Castle Cabaret?

Members and Guest of the Magic Castle Cabaret will enjoy a full bar including spirits, and a variety of wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages.

Although there is light food fair offered, it is not a dinner house with a full menu.

Arlene has planned a variety of finger foods, and other nourishment guaranteed to delight those gathered for an evening of fun, magic and variety arts.

Can Anyone Come To The Magic Castle Cabaret?

Santa Barbara’s Magic Castle Cabaret follows suit with the original Magic Castle in Hollywood and is a private club. Members are able to bring guests and  have the opportunity to offer guest passes to their friends.

So far, the Magic Castle Cabaret has attracted lots of local members as well as many notable magic types including: Steve Martin, David Copperfield, Lance Burton, Alan Parsons and Penn & Teller. You never know who you might see during a visit to the Cabaret.

Where Is The Magic Castle Cabaret?

The Magic Castle Cabaret is located at 30 Las Patos Way in Montecito, CA. 

For people who have lived in Santa Barbara for a while, the Cabaret occupies the same space as the former Café de Oro just east of Angela Park Bird Refuge.

 For More Details, visit the Magic Castle Cabaret Official Website

A Few Words From Gene Urban

I am personally thrilled about the opening of a magic venue in my own backyard. Although I love going to and performing at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, not battling LA traffic to enjoy the art I love is divine.

If you have a question or would like to join me as my guest at the Cabaret, let me know by calling me at 805-729-8459 or emailing me at

If you want to become a member yourself, simply email or call Arlene Larson and tell her Gene Urban sent you her way. Arlene’s email is and phone number is
805-845-0555. Please view the official Magic Cabaret Website for more information.

I hope to see you soon at the Magic Castle Cabaret and if you need great magic at your own party, wedding or corporate event, I’d be delighted to make it happen.

Gene Urban