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Topic: Magicopolis
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Mar 31, 2008 02:06PM)
When in the LA area, don't miss Steve Spill's two hour show, Escape Reality, featuring illusions, sleight-of-hand, and mind reading. Fri / Sat 8pm and Sat / Sun 2pm. Boxoffice open 11am to 6pm daily or get tickets at http://www.magicopolis.com I'll be looking for you. - Steve
Message: Posted by: ddhoudini (Mar 31, 2008 02:38PM)
I took my family to this show last summer (my daughter is at USC), and it was truly a blast. My kids range from 8 to 18 and they all enjoyed it immensely. The above posting does not do the show justice. It was hilarious - with a capital H - in addition to being great magic. Afterwards Mr. Spill came out into the audience and visited with everyone. It was a great family experience. We would definitely go again next time we're in Santa Monica. My only complaint is that the show is not on DVD so we could take it home with us! - Russ Dameron, Kansas City, MO
Message: Posted by: MetalBender (Mar 31, 2008 05:28PM)
When you check out Magicopolis be sure to arrive early for the bar show. Magicopolis has employed a fantastic bar tender who is quite funny and does some amazing magic. The kid behind the bar absolutely floored me and my friends with his card stuff. When he made my girlfriend's watch appear underneath a cup as a final load I was ready to burn him at the stake. Magicopolis is the total package. One heck of a stage show and the best bar show I've seen in a long time. I agree with Russ! Bring on the DVDs Steve!
Message: Posted by: Dr. Solar (Mar 31, 2008 06:58PM)
To all magic enthusiasts, this is the West Coast magical happening. A little more inland than Santa Monica is the Magic Castle, but that is another topic. Magicopolis has it all, close-up pre show, the best seats in town, a stupendous magical performance that Steve and assistant have woven together nicely from coin tricks to grand illusion.
I have been there, last Saturday night being my third time, and each and every time I am ellated as to the audiences total appreciation, and deservedly so.Steve is available to his audience, photo ops, chit-chat, sharing.I did get his DVD of ten year's worth of magic. Since I got home late last night after a six and a half hour drive back, I have yet to watch it.
Contact them, order a DVD, view it, then make plans. There is really no need to make Vegas your magical stop, LA has it all, Magicopolis, Magic Castle, Steve Meltzer's Santa Monica Puppetry Center four blocks from Magicopolis, then visit the Freak Show at Venice beach.
Everyone is so eggar for TV magic, heck...go out and claim your own interests, don't wait for some TV producer to give you what you want. You'll be waiting a long time.
Thanks Steve for a wonderful show and all your passion for magic that has kept the doors of your fabulous little theatre open.

Dr. Solar
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Apr 7, 2008 08:05AM)
At the matinee yesterday we had a Japenese tour group with a translator. The show started kinda slow as I waited for my opening remarks to be translated. Then I remembered an old trick I'd used years ago in France. I talked to the audience and the translator translated what I said. "I know you don't speak English, but you don't have to miss out on any of the fun, because I will signal you."

"When I wiggle my left hand like this, it means I've said someting funny. So, when I wiggle my hand like this, please laugh. When I spread my fingers like this, I want to hear ooh's and ahh's, when I put three fingers up to my ear, applaud."

I demostrated and right on cue the crowd laughed, applauded, oohed and ahhed ay my command. I felt like a conductor and the Japanese audienece was my orchestra. Just for my own amusement, every once in a while I'd give a signal for a laugh even when I hadn't said something funny, and they responded.

Anyway, I hope to see some of you at the show in the very near future. This Friday is sold out, but we still have tickets for Saturday 2pm & 8pm and Sunday 2pm. The boxoffice, 310 451 2241, is open daily 11am to 6pm or get your tickets online at http://www.magicopolis.com
Message: Posted by: PaulGreen (Apr 9, 2008 12:12AM)
Please let me add my reccommendations for Magicopolis! The theatre is beautiful and the show is just great. Steve has put together a great venue and great magic. If you are near the Santa Monica area, you owe it to yourself to stop in and meet Steve and his wife Bozena. You won't be disappointed.

Enjoy the search.


Paul Green

PS I have been lucky enough to appear at Magicopolis. Thanks Steve.
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Apr 9, 2008 11:33PM)
Thanks for the kind words Paul, and congratulations on your Magician of the Year award from the Castle!
Message: Posted by: John Sturk (Apr 14, 2008 02:34PM)
If I wasn't stuck in Chicago, I'd definitely be there.

Great tip about cueing your Japanese audience. I'm going to have to try that!
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Apr 27, 2008 07:58PM)
John, when the situation arises give give it a try. The bit has served me well from time to time over the years... except once. In 1986 I was doing my then annual gig at Universal Studios Hollywood as part of their Halloween celebration, basically a bunch of shows for rowdy teenagers.

One audience was a bunch of rowdy deaf teenagers. To my right is a lovely lady who is ready to repeat everything I say in sign language. Just for fun, I go into a custom version of my foreign language sign language bit "...even though you can't hear, and even if you're a slow lip reader, you don't have to miss out on any of the fun because..."

I start to twist and turn my fingers and talk about giving them signals... I always make up the hand gestures as I go along, but the sign language lady doesn't seem to hear what I'm saying because she isn't translating my set up into deaf person sign language.

Since I knew nothing about communicating to the deaf with sign language, I had no idea what my hand movements might have communicated... The sign language lady gets right in my face, through clenched teeth, she harshly whispers, "What sort of an insensitive a-hole would use sign language to say F**k Deaf People?" Uh, well, I guess that would be me.

Anyway, back to the topic of this thread, Escape Reality, my two hour show with illusions, sleight-of-hand, and mind reading here at Magicopolis in Santa Monica... Showtimes are Fri / Sat 8pm and Sat / Sun 2pm. The boxoffice is open 11am to 6pm daily, 310 451 2241, or get tickets online at http://www.magicoplis.com

The World Magic Seminar starts today in Vegas, traditionally, lotsa conventioneers extend their magic holiday past the convention by visiting here in the LA area. We see a lot of those folks annually here at Magicopolis. Newcomers, if you never have attended a show at Magicopolis, now is your chance, http://www.magicopolis.com or 310 451 2241, consider this your official invitation.
Message: Posted by: Howard Coberly (Apr 29, 2008 06:26PM)
My wife and I saw Steve's show at Magicopolis a few weeks ago and we had a great time as I'm sure the others in the audience did judging from their reactions.
This is definitely not your typical magic stage/parlor show. It's part theater, part stand-up comedy and a lot of great magic.

His bill to lemon blew the audience away. He used my bill and during the intermission, when I went to the restroom to dry the bill off, the guy who had been sitting right next to me asked me if it really was the same bill. I think he believed that I was a stooge or something.

All in all, for the price, you can't beat this show for entertainment value. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys magic and comedic-theater.

Oh and get there early. There's a very funny and talented magician working the bar before the main show.
Message: Posted by: ShaunRobison (May 11, 2008 12:35AM)
It is now my turn to add comments on MAGICOPOLIS....
My wife and I were on our 15 yr. anniversary in Calif. and we were driving back to the hotel. Thank GOD I made a wrong turn. I practically slammed into the car in front of me when I saw the sign.
You see I own Steve Spill Bar and Grill and I knew quite a bit about him and THEN.. I get to meet him.
He gave my wife and I a tour of the theater and I was just completely blwon away with the place and his hospitality. We (my wife and I) showed up an hour before show time and got to enjoy Erik's flawless work behind the bar. His humor was spot on.
Now on with the show!!!
Steve's show was the best time I had all that week. It was a great mixture of music and magic. The theater was just the right size to see everything. I laughed so much and was totally amazed. His assistant held her own and it was great to see a female magician work HER magic. She was great.

Everthing was perfect and you will NOT be dissapointed when you go see Steve's show. I know I will be back!!

I was not paid for this and I just wanted everyone to know about this place :angel:

Enjoy your trip
Shaun Robison
Message: Posted by: steve spill (May 13, 2008 11:53PM)
This past Sunday was Mother's Day and before the show we had a champagne toast for the moms. I told a little anecdote about how my Mom was adamant about Mother's Day gifts. She said she'd refuse them and did. She wanted me to save up the gifts for when she really craved something. I sent her flowers. She was angry. I stopped sending flowers, gifts, and cards.

When I was working in Aspen in the seventies, Mom visited, we were walking, she stopped in front of an art gallery. In the window was a magnificent painting. Mom said "It's Mother's Day!" Laughing, I said "You could buy this with your own money." She said, "What kind of card could I send me?"

Before the toast I was backstage talking to my wife, my mouth is wide open when a fly flies in. Seconds later, the audience sees me all choked up and coughing when I do the champagne toast... but of course I keep delievering my Mother's Day story. After the show, I received compliments about what a caring person I am. "Mr. Spill was so moved when he spoke about his mother that he was in tears, God bless him," one woman said.

Sometimes people ask me if it gets boring doing a magic show night after night. I can honestly answer, at least for me, that no, it never does. It's always going to be interesting, every performance. I'm always experimenting, finding ways to change the show, improve it. It's never perfect... and since it's my show, I can always change it.

Tons of artists I admire have seen the show (check the "applause" page at http://www.magicopolis.com for the list) now it's your turn, Escape Realty plays Fri/Sat 8pm and Sat/Sun 2pm at Magicopolis here in Santa Monica. Get tickets at http://www.magicopolis.com or the boxoffice, 310 451 2241, is open 11am to 6pm daily.
Message: Posted by: steve spill (May 17, 2008 08:09PM)
I'm writing about my post from above where I said "I'm always experimenting, finding ways to change the show, improve it. It's never perfect... and since it's my show, I can always change it."

Brandon, a fine young magician who was at the show last night, and also attended a couple weeks ago, read the above post thinking that whenever he attends the show it will be substantially different from the last time he saw it. This isn't what I meant, Brandon understands now, but for others who I may have given the wrong impression to, let me explain what I meant...

There are changes in every one of my performances. I'll try something new with the script, and suddenly solve some problem I've had with it from the start, some part that was bothering me and I never knew why. It might be a miniscule detail to outsiders, but to me it might be the tiny adjustment that cracks open a trick and brings it to a whole new level.

I'll trim. And I'll realize I always should have cut that line anyway, it was never needed. I don't miss it, and soon I don't even remember it. Periodically I also change up the order of tricks, and yes, I do try new pieces, but I have to try a lot of new items to find a keeper because the new piece has to be at least as good as what it replaces.

Anyway, I hope that clarifies what I meant when I said I'm always experimenting and finding ways to change my show, Escape Reality, here at Magicopolis in Santa Monica. Thanks again Brandon for seeing the show a second time. Now it's your turn, Escape Reality plays Fri/Sat 8pm and Sat/Sun 2pm, you can still get tickets at http://www.magicopolis.com or the boxoffice, 310 451 2241, is open daily 11am to 6pm.
Message: Posted by: Joshua Lozoff (May 23, 2008 05:05PM)

No shows during the week? I'll be visiting LA this coming week, but only Monday through Saturday. I'll be working a private gig on Friday evening, and leaving early on Saturday. What times are the shows on Friday, just in case I can arrange it?

Message: Posted by: steve spill (May 23, 2008 06:59PM)

The show on Fri is 8PM, depending on your schedule, maybe you can make the Sat matinee 2PM. True, the shows we have open to the public are Fri/Sat 8PM Sat/Sun 2PM, weekday shows are corporate events, fundraisers, parties, etc. If you can't make a performance feel free to stop by 11am to 6pm daily and we can give you a tour of the complex. Hope you can make it, PM me if you like.

Message: Posted by: Ken Dumm (Jun 19, 2008 08:59AM)
If you want to see an incredible show, don't miss Steve's show at Magicopolis. Whenever I'm in LA, I make it a point to stop by and see the show. It's a great place to see magic theater. If you get a chance, get there early and see some great magic at the bar as well.

A few years ago, I had heard about Magicopolis, but didn't know Steve was the owner. When I walked in and saw pictures of Steve, I realized I had the chance to meet a legend in the magic field. After the show, Steve greets everyone leaving the theater with a friendly smile and handshake. He really knows how to make everyone feel comfortable.

If you're ever in the Santa Monica area, run, don't walk, to Magicopolis and buy a ticket. Don't miss the chance to see how magic should be performed...

Message: Posted by: Zazz (Jun 22, 2008 12:56AM)
We visited Magicopolis last time we were in Santa Monica and it was great! We saw the afternoon show and the next time we are down we would love to see the evening show. Our family enjoyed all the large stage illusions along with the up close and 'personal' magic that reached out to the audience.

While waiting for the show they have a nice magic counter where you can watch demonstrations. I always like to sit back and watch the crowd reactions, especially the kids, when there is somebody as talented behind the counter when we were there. Its fun to see that "magic" excitement through the eyes of a child.

Message: Posted by: pepka (Jun 23, 2008 03:41AM)
I'm making my first visit to L.A. in Oct. Will do my ***dest to get there Steve. I already have the Castle, Dean's, and what's left of the Universal tour on my list.
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Jun 25, 2008 03:59PM)
After the show this past Saturday night I walked into the bar and announced confidently to Erik Tait, our lovely and talented magic bartender, that his next order would be a Corona, a Heineken, and a glass of Pinot Noir. A minute or two later I stared open-mouthed when someone came in and ordered a Corona, a Heiney, and a Pinot.

This wasn’t a set up and I didn’t know the guy who ordered the drinks. Erik didn’t believe me when I said it was a stab in the dark and that I was as shocked as he was. I thought I had developed real psychic powers. Well, if I had real psychic powers a few days ago, then I lost them somewhere along the way.

But I’m still okay at mentalism, sleight-of-hand, floating ladies, and handling the danger of The Table of Terror. See for yourself, Escape Reality plays every Fri/Sat 8pm and Sat/Sun 2pm, get tickets now at http://www.magicopolis.com or the boxoffice, 310 451 2241, is open daily 11am to 6pm. If you’ve seen Escape Reality before, see it again. I have. I’ve been a regular at Magicopolis since 1998. Pepka, I’ll be looking for you in October.
Message: Posted by: shonuffpreacher (Jun 27, 2008 08:05AM)
What can I say!?! I have had both pleasant and unpleasant experiences with both magicians and their shows, but Steven Spill takes the cake! No, this is not a "diss" - he is the most amazing, personable, and friendly magician I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with! I am both a magician and a Pastor, so I am obviously on a fairly tight budget, but whenever I am in the area, Magicopolis is the place I am willing to splurge on. Whatever your pleasure when it comes to illusion, this is the place to see it, and the place to "magish" with some of the greats. If you ever get the chance to go and see Steven and his bunch of crazies and miscreants at Magicopolis, you really must take the time to do so. Steve is a great guy to know, and quite willing to "share the wealth" with his fellow practitioners of the magical arts. Sorry if all this sounds schmoozy, but after some of the rotten experiences I have had in my dealings with magicians, Steven was a real breath of fresh air! I wish you nothing but great success, Brother Spill!
Message: Posted by: mrs-misdirection (Jun 29, 2008 05:01PM)
Does anyone know of any good magic shows in Utah, Montana or Idaho? I live in Salt Lake so I have seen barry and some of the shows that have come in here but I would like to see what else is out there. And we will be vacationing soon
Thanks Kathy
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Jul 7, 2008 10:30PM)
Last night a woman came up to me at a restaurant, introduced herself, and told me about having a matinee ticket for Escape Reality. For fear of being late, she had rushed to Magicopolis from her dance class without changing out of her leotards. She told me that our “Runaway Bride” bit made her laugh so hard that what she feared might happen did happen. “I peed in my leotards,” she admitted, “and couldn’t stop. I sat through the whole show with water squishing in my Capezios.”

About five years ago, I found myself in London, when an English guy asked if I was the magician with a show in Santa Monica. He smiled at me, bent his head forward and pointed to a scar on his forehead. “When that ton of steel spikes dropped on you, the loud crash startled me. Involuntarily, to be sure, my head flew forward and I gashed my forehead on the seat in front of me. I bled like a stuck pig, had to press my hankie on the wound to stop the flow. Doctor put in a stitch or two, did a good job, don’t you think?”

What better testament to Magicopolis than knowing our show Escape Reality has the ability to make sophisticated theatergoers pee and bleed. Go to Magicopolis and experience Escape Reality, every Fri/Sat 8pm and Sat/Sun 2pm, http://www.magicopolis.com or the boxoffice, 310 451 2241, is open daily 11am to 6pm.
Message: Posted by: Ken Dumm (Jul 10, 2008 02:16PM)

Looks might my travels might bring me out to LA in August. If we're not working, I'll definitely be stopping by...

Message: Posted by: steve spill (Jul 11, 2008 02:13AM)
I am anxiously awaiting your arrival Ken and thanks for posting again on my thread about Magicopolis and my show Escape Reality. I’m proud of my performances and want you to see the show again, and I want everyone else in our solar system to see the show too, because it’s mighty fine. Nobody has to take my word for it, or yours Ken, other posters in this thread seem to love the show, but if you are reading this you might rightly consider these unverifiable, subjective opinions.

I think the only irrefutable evidence is the reaction of you, the reader of this post. See Escape Reality, it delivers the illusions, sleight-of-hand, and mind-reading that you must experience. Go to Magicopolis. Escape Reality plays every Fri/Sat 8pm and Sat/Sun 2pm, http://www.magicopolis.com or the boxoffice, 310 451 2241, is open daily 11am to 6pm. Give yourself over to the experience. And enjoy.
Message: Posted by: Stevethomas (Jul 11, 2008 05:52AM)
I wish I were closer or had more travel time to get to see this. I've been a Steve Spill fan for years, and love that style of magic, thinking and comedy. I also cherish my AUTOGRAPHED Magicopolis poster that I've acquired! Now to get it framed!

Message: Posted by: Ken Dumm (Jul 13, 2008 09:00AM)

I should know my schedule soon. We'll be in San Diego for part of the trip, and in LA for the other part. I'll keep in touch.

Message: Posted by: Jeffrey Cowan (Jul 21, 2008 06:31PM)
I've seen Steve's show evolve over the years, and it remains a first rate affair that is not to be missed. Plus, his theater is within walking distance of many wonderful restaurants and the famous 3rd Street Promenade, so one can really make an evening out of it (and even more so now that he has a license to sell ya a beer or glass of wine).
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Jul 24, 2008 09:02PM)
Thanks to all the posters in this thread for “good mouthing” Magicopolis, you are in fine company. Meg Ryan, Lionel Ritchie, Michelle Pfeifer, and Danny DeVito, whose opinions I value, did not seem to be lying when they told me that they loved the show. I know for certain that Albert Brooks and Billy Bob Thornton, who won an academy award for Sling Blade, are fans.

The “Applause” page at http://www.magicopolis.com has a complete list of artists I admire who have attended our little show, Escape Reality, here at Magicopolis. We had a sold-out, laugh-filled few weeks, this weekend, however, we have plenty of great seats… actually all the seats are great, the theater has stadium seating.

Anyway, it seems that good word-of-mouth depends on enough mouths in the audience to spread the good words. That’s why I need your help. See Escape Reality, it delivers the illusions, sleight-of-hand, and mind-reading that you must experience. Go to Magicopolis. Escape Reality plays every Fri/Sat 8pm and Sat/Sun 2pm, http://www.magicopolis.com or the boxoffice, 310 451 2241, is open daily 11am to 6pm. Magicopolis and Escape Reality are rare and beautiful things, let them happen to you.
Message: Posted by: Heres Tony (Jul 25, 2008 12:45AM)
I want to be Steve Spill when I grow up and have for a long time. I'm asking my wife to take me to CA from FL on my birthday to see your show Steve. I know it will be more than worth it...

Tony Brent
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Jul 25, 2008 10:48AM)

If ya wanna grow up to be somebody else pick Brad Pitt or Barbara Walters. When you and your wife make plans to attend our show, let me know, so I can roll out the red carpet… Please leave a message here or PM me.

Message: Posted by: The Old Man (Jul 29, 2008 02:21PM)
Steve, can you please talk about the history of those great, magic themed, stained windows? I knew them from when they were in that restaurant in Santa Monica--then one day they, and the restaurant, were gone. Years past before I discovered your place by walking by and seeing those windows again. They are truly magnificent.
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Jul 30, 2008 12:23AM)
Old Man,

Within the realm of stained glass the “Magician Windows” are celebrities. Commissioned by Merlin McFly’s restaurant in 1978, the windows took over two years to complete by the Bonny Doon Studio in Santa Cruz, California. Originally there were nine, each are 6 feet by 12 feet and weigh about 600 pounds.

They depict Houdini, Alexander, Blackstone, Chung Ling Soo, Thurston, Kellar, The Alchemist, Aladdin & the Genie, and The Fire Eater. Two, Chung Ling Soo and The Fire Eater, were sold at auction back in 1993. At the time there were great articles about the windows in the LA Times and Magic Magazine.

I purchased the remaining seven in 1995 when I was planning Magicopolis, where they have been on display since 1998. It is a mind-boggling coincidence that you asked about the windows today as I have just been offered a serious cash offer for them that I cannot refuse. Old Man, who are you? Have we ever met before? Have you seen our show?

Message: Posted by: Dr. Solar (Jul 30, 2008 11:31PM)
Hi Steve,

Sorry you weren't there when I rolled by recently with my Good Time, Sunshine, Traveling Medicine Show wagon. I took a side trip to drop by on my way to San Diego were I was performing a couple of shows. I'm more sorry that it wasn't the weekend so I, and daughter again, could catch your performance. Wow, you are selling the windows? What a tremendous loss for us. I strongly suggest that anybody, everybody in California, Nevada, from anywhere, hightail it to Magicopolis to see those tremendous works of art. And of course, attend Steve's show. Support magic, celebrate yourselves.
By now I've watched Steve's DVD possibly twenty times sharing it with many a magi as possible. Funny, skilled, adept, what can I say.
My only complaint is, that the "big" magic magazines overlook Magicopolis in their "review" sections of "what's happening on the town". Get a clue, drive a short drive west of the Magic Castle, turn left on Fourth street and walla!!!! Magicopolis. I would never have thought there was payola in the magic mags.
See ya next trip down, for sure.

Dr. Solar
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Aug 5, 2008 04:29PM)
This past Saturday night a woman at the bar said, “I brought my girlfriends to see your magic.” I asked if she’d seen the show before, she said, “Don’t you remember me?” I’m sorry, I said, did we meet before? “Well not formally, but we did share a few moments together.” I looked her over, pausing to stare at her lovely legs, which were daintily crossed at the ankles. “Of course I remember you, I’d never forget legs like yours.” It was a lame joke, but the girls giggled, and that was that.

Onstage I saw my leggy girl in the front row laughing. I caught a glimpse of her lovely legs. I was right about one of her legs, it was perfection, but the other was supported by some sort of polio-looking metal brace. The rest of the show I was thinking, what do you say to someone you have, inadvertently or not, offended? “How could I ever forget legs like yours?” !@#$!

I often chat with folks after the show, the leggy girl says “You are so funny.” “Thank you” I heard myself say, “but the joke about your legs was awful, and I apologize.” That young lady, who injured her leg in a motorcycle accident, was so cool, she said she knew I was not aware of her condition and admitted to enjoying the compliment her good leg received. “Well, let’s see, now,” she said, proudly, showing it off by extending it and pointing her toe, “it is a pretty nice looking leg, as legs go.”

Wow. What a great personality, and super attractive too. Were I not already committed to a dynamite lady, who also has great legs, who knows what might have developed? Sharing this incident is just another shameless excuse to get your attention, and tell you again to see Escape Reality, a show that delivers the illusions, sleight-of-hand, and mind-reading that you must experience. Go to Magicopolis. Escape Reality plays every Fri/Sat 8pm and Sat/Sun 2pm, http://www.magicopolis.com or the boxoffice, 310 451 2241, is open daily 11am to 6pm.
Message: Posted by: ufo (Aug 8, 2008 11:12PM)
Hey Steve,
First thanks for all the great discussion while you were special guest here at the Café. It was awesome! I really enjoyed your DVD and wondered if you ever still perform the 'sprit slate-mirror shard" routine?
Im pretty much busy here in Arkansas right now but a trip to Magicopolis is at the top of the magical 'to-do' list!
Message: Posted by: Larry Davidson (Aug 15, 2008 09:15AM)
Watching Steve in action is an experience that you'll never forget, whether you're a layman or a seasoned professional magician. I've seen tons of performers over the 45 years I've been into magic, and Steve really stands out with his brilliance in so many areas -- as a thinker, comedian, routiner, technician, you name it. If you're ever in the area, I [b]HIGHLY[/b] recommend that you check out the show. It'll motivate you to be better.

Message: Posted by: The Old Man (Aug 18, 2008 01:42PM)
On 2008-07-30 01:23, steve spill wrote:
Old Man,

It is a mind-boggling coincidence that you asked about the windows today as I have just been offered a serious cash offer for them that I cannot refuse. Old Man, who are you? Have we ever met before? Have you seen our show?

I met you once when my wife and I stopped by. We stopped in because I saw the windows. I had originally seen them at Merlin's restaurant (though I had never gone in). I was wondering where they went when the restaurant closed--and I was glad to see them at your place. Unfortunately I just heard, that you have since sold them. Oh well, I'm sure they were worth plenty and hope that you but the money to good use to keep up your great space (you'd showed us around, I have never seen the show).

On Sat. Aug 30th I'm coming with my wife and 10 year old daughter, my best friend of 45 years and his wife and 11 year old daughter, and my mother and stepfather. I know, from everything I've heard, that we will enjoy the show.

As for me my name is David and I'm just a long time hobbyist (the uncle who does tricks). Though my daughter and I are trying to put together an act to do for groups.
Message: Posted by: Ken Dumm (Aug 23, 2008 01:03PM)
I had the pleasure of seeing Steve's show again last night. What a great place to see an incredible show. I brought along some friends, and Steve couldn't have made us feel more comfortable. I hadn't seen the show in almost a couple of years, and I had forgotten how fun it is. Lots of funny and memorable moments, combined with an incredible amount of audience participation, to make for a fantastic show.

Thanks Steve, for an evening that will be talked about for a very long time.

As I mentioned before, if you are ever in the Santa Monica or LA area, get to Magicopolis....

Message: Posted by: abecarnow (Sep 2, 2008 11:59AM)
Steve Spill is a brilliant performer. Forget magic, forget comedy, just go with the word performer. Steve Spill is like the late Sammy Davis Jr., a triple threat, he does everything well.
The show is great.
Best of all, it is wonderful for everyone. It is family friendly.
I have directed friends and clients to Magicopolis, and, without exception, they've had a great time.
If the new Presidential administration creates a Cabinet position for Fun, Steve will head it.


Message: Posted by: The Old Man (Sep 3, 2008 02:57PM)
I posted my review of the show elsewhere, but I'm also putting it here so that more people will discover it:

I'm not the first to say it, but Steve Spill's Magicopolis is a great magic show for the whole family. I went to the matinée last Saturday with 7 people. The age range was from my mom & stepfather (80 and 86), my 10 year old daughter and her 12 year old friend and my best friend, his wife and my wife (her age undisclosed, but my moniker is "The Old Man"). Everyone had a fun time.

The space is very special. There is a bar area, for the evening shows. A candy/popcorn counter and a magic counter where there is pre-show entertainment and, mostly easy, magic for sale. Yes, there is a full spinner rack of Adam's brand tricks. The theater is perfectly set up for magic, Steve designed it for that purpose.

The theatre has a raised stage and 180 very comfortable seats. It works for Steve's closeup slight of hand--Coins Across (while sitting at the edge of the stage with a felt-covered board on his lap), and the linking finger rings (when my mother was shown her diamond ring linked she at first said it wasn't hers [it obviously was], there's always one in every show and it had to be my mother!). And it works for larger illusions--his wife Bozena gets floated, sawn and squished.

Speaking of his wife, she really puts her personality and personal history (an émigré from Poland) into the effects she performs by herself. For example she does the Acme bandanna/banana trick as a lesson in English and learning magic. I have never seen this trick performed in a more charming, entertaining manner. The whole audience loved it. Another example is she does a torn and restored newspaper--yawn. Except she does it while reciting a poem about her experience on a subway. It was perfectly timed and proved the old adage--the best magic uses the trick to reveal the magician's personality.

There were many costume changes for both Steve and Bozena and many funny skits woven into the tricks. They also worked well with the full age range of their volunteer--kids to seniors. Steve had a 4 1/2 year old boy who had a wonderful look of delight during a Miser's Dream sequence using a cooking pot and wooden spoon.

To conclude, this is a complete magic show that (to use a trite but true phrase) the whole family will enjoy. I can't imagine anyone with even the slightest interest in magic not enjoying it--whether with kids or not. I also think the magicians out there can also pick up a pointer or two on entertaining for families. There were a few jokes out there for the adults, but nothing that takes away from the family experience.
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Sep 6, 2008 06:57PM)
Magicopolis has always been, at least in part, a commercial enterprise, and that’s not such a dirty word, especially if you’re the one making a living from it. That’s why I always plug our little show, Escape Reality, so brazenly. Obviously I have self interest here, so you shouldn’t believe a word I have to say.

Instead, read what’s been said elsewhere, Magicopolis and Escape Reality have been Yelped, Yahooed, Tripadvised, Citisearched, and so on… Between all the great quotes I’ve placed a good joke. That’s right, you read that correctly, to keep your attention I’ve put a very funny joke between all the quotes. Ready? Here we go.

“Indeed, if someone could perform real magic, it would look a lot like that in "Escape Reality" with its deft and entertaining mix of large scale illusions, stand-up effects, comedy and music that appeals to everyone…”


“Magicopolis, this is truly one of those magical gems that reminds me of why I love living in Southern California. Where else could you find so much talent?”


“Magicopolis is the place to experience mystery, grand-scale illusions and awe-inspiring magic.”


“Magicopolis serves up astounding magic in a classy venue that's one block from Santa Monica's popular Third Street Promenade.”


“Hocus-pocus astounds and bewilders guests of all ages at this spellbinding Santa Monica theater.”


A groom is with his new bride on their wedding night, and he’s very nervous. And they’re next to each other under the sheets, not doing anything, and she says, “Darling, why are you so afraid?” And he says, “My mother always told me women have teeth down there, and I’m scared.” And she says, “Oh that’s silly. Why don’t you slide under the sheet and have a look?” He does, and when he comes back up, she says with a smile, “Now, did you see any teeth?” And he says, “No, and frankly, with a set of gums like that, I’m not surprised.”

“Magicopolis has taken the stuffing out of stuffy magicians, the show was better than the one I saw in Vegas and nobody wore a tuxedo.”


“… I’m a man hating lesbian but I love Steve Spill.”


"The Magicopolis mix of comedy and illusion creates lasting memories."

L.A. Times

"...Unique...engaging...an awesome performance..."

Rave Magazine

"...masterful...commands the audience's attention..."

CNN Showbiz Today
Message: Posted by: JoshuaMichael (Sep 16, 2008 07:00PM)
Thanks Steve, as always, for being so accessable during intermission and after the show. Like I told you Saturday, it’s inspiring to us mere mortals that you and your show are independent and you don’t have to answer to anyone, like I do at my depressing job. For those who haven’t been, I just saw this show for the third time, and every visit I notice more and more details. Besides a lot of clever well performed magic, the presentations all seem to have something original to say. Of the smaller solo magic I particularly like the Swap Meet Shadow Coins, the Dying of Embarrassment card effect, Lemon Trick, and by Bozena (Steve’s gorgeous wife) the What to do When Things go Wrong Gypsy Thread and her Grandma Werewolf Umbrella. My favorite illusions are the B Movie Trunk, The Séance Dekolta, and the Table of Death. Like Tony Brent commented several posts back, when I grow up I want to be Steve Spill, except I am already grown up. Until my next visit, Mahalo!
Message: Posted by: Dr. Solar (Sep 17, 2008 03:04AM)
All this talk of Steve's excellent show ,AND, showcase, and I get antsy to make the trip to LA again for sure to stop by for my fourth experience of his wonderfully well conceived show. I've got to say, anybody that lives in California and has ventured to Vegas yet bypassed Santa Monica, or worse, treked down to visit the Magic Castle, without venturing out to Santa Monica, some 15 miles, or so, has got their magic hat pulled way too down over their eyes.

Fun for all.I'll be there soon, you bet.

Dr. Solar
Message: Posted by: Doc Eason (Sep 21, 2008 02:53PM)
I am not sure what I can add to the chorus...

other than the fact that Steve has been a fixture in Santa Monica for more than ten years now.

In the magic business this is huge.. to have such a show running for this period of time makes him a legend.

Steve has been a huge influence on me . I consider him to be one of the best magicians on the planet. His show represents a lifetime in magic.. If you are anywhere near Santa Monica...make plans to GO!

Doc Eason
Message: Posted by: Danny Archer (Sep 22, 2008 12:48PM)
I met Steve Spill a few weeks after I had gotten into magic at a convention in Orlando and he was a huge influence on my future career choice... I have not had a chance to see the show, but I know that he will rock the house...

I will make it a point to get to Magicapolis on my next visit to CA...
Message: Posted by: Ken Dumm (Sep 26, 2008 11:16AM)

You won't regret it....

Great show...

Message: Posted by: steve spill (Oct 3, 2008 10:52AM)
I am pleased to share with you a weird coincidence that happened here at Magicopolis. In terms of the topic of this Magicopolis thread… Escape Reality, our long running show that delivers the illusions, sleight-of-hand, and mind-reading that you must experience… this is a bit of a digression.

Personally, I love digressions, especially when the subject to which the person is digressing is at least as interesting as the subject from which the digresser has digressed. And I know I am not the only one that feels that way. Sooo, here, direct from Magicopolis, is my digression/weird coincidence…

My friend Bob just finished a book I loaned him, “Trouping with Dante” by Marion Trikosko, and phoned to let me know he enjoyed it. He asked if I could tell him a little about the words , Sim Sala Bim, the title of Dante’s show. Bob asked what the words mean, wanted to know their origin, and so on. I said that I thought they were made up by Dante but was not sure.

While telling him I would try and find out more, the mailman arrived with a package that I opened as we were talking. In it was a book, a most extraordinary book, “Magic Words” by Craig Conley.

“Bob,” I said into the phone, “Sim Sala Bim is the Swedish equivalent of abracadabra, and is known in other Scandinavian cultures as well…”

I then continued to give him information about the history of the words, how Whit Hadyn said they were nonsense syllables from a Danish nursery rhyme, and that Orson Welles used Sim Sala Bim as magic words in the 1967 film “Casino Royale.” I went on until Bob stopped me.

“Hey, Steve, where are you getting all this information?”
“From this dictionary of magic words,” I said calmly. “It just arrived in the mail.”

I couldn’t hold back any longer, and told him what had just happened. Bob thought I was kidding him. What a fantastic, unbelievable, mind-boggling coincidence we had just shared. What are the odds that I would get this obscure information in the mail at just the moment Bob asked for it? A quintillion to one would be my guess.

Now for a partial explanation: Four months earlier, I met a gentleman here at Magicopolis. His name was Craig Conley, he told me he loved our show and excitedly informed me that he was the author of a magic words dictionary. He promised that when his dictionary was published he would send me a copy. It took four months to arrive, but for Bob and me it was right on time. The book “Magic Words” by Craig Conley is available at http://www.redwheelweiser.com and I highly recommend it. Thank you Craig for the surprise and wonder.

I also recommend the surprise and wonder of our show Escape Reality. Go to Magicopolis. Escape Reality plays every Fri/Sat 8pm and Sat/Sun 2pm, http://www.magicopolis.com or the boxoffice, 310 451 2241, is open daily 11am to 6pm.
Magicopolis and Escape Reality are rare and beautiful things, let them happen to you.
Message: Posted by: MetalBender (Oct 6, 2008 03:42PM)
There's another show at Magicopolis on Saturday nights that is becoming a must see.

The Bar Show!

Every Saturday Night at 10:00 pm behind the Magicopolis bar two comedians and one magician perform in the best alternative comedy night in town. Produced in association with Garage Comedy, this show gets crazy. We've had heavy hitters like Jon Armtstrong and Derek Hughes on the show. November 1st the FISM winner Arthur Trace will be performing on The Bar Show!

Hosted by the Magicopolis bar tender Erik Tait, this show brings comedy and magic so close you can kill it.

What's that you say? You live across the country and can't afford bus fare to trek out to Santa Monica from Montana or Iowa? Never fear. Every Saturday night at 10:00 pm Pacific time The Bar Show! is broadcast live on http://www.GarageComedy.com

A quick story from this week's show. We had booked Lizzy Cooperman, (Comedian featured on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson) Asterios Kokinos, (Comedian featured in National Lampoon and NPR's Marketplace) and The Bornstein Experiment (Husband and wife mentalism team from The Magic Castle.) It was a huge show with a huge crowd and we were having a great time.

In walks the co-producer of the show Val Myers. She approaches me and says, "Erik do you mind if Rick does a little time tonight?" Val is one of the most important comedy bookers in Los Angeles, and I am a smart enough host to know that when Val says give this guy some time, you give this guy some time. I come to the end of the show and as I am glimpsing at the intro for Rick I realize who it is I am introducing. He's been on HBO's Lucky Louis, he just got back from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Ladies and gentleman I introduced Rick Shapiro.

Rick Shaprio is a legend in the comedy world. He had literally walked off a plane from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, heard good things about The Bar Show! and dropped in for a guest set. Comics all over the city hopped onto the website to watch the webcast. Rick did twenty minutes behind the bar and killed. I'm talking deep belly laughs with people falling off the bar stools.

That's the kind of thing we make happen every week. We hope to see you soon at The Bar Show!
Message: Posted by: paw (Oct 7, 2008 04:38PM)
Hey Steve,
Are you ever going to release any of your routines? If so, what will they be?
I would love to get your NEEDLES routine!!!!!
Message: Posted by: JoshuaMichael (Oct 7, 2008 07:34PM)
Thanks MetalBender for reminding me about the bar show. I must be obsessed with Magicopolis since I just made my fourth visit, but I did something I haven’t done in the past. After turning my guests onto the theater show, the five of us hung out for the Saturday night bar show. It was a combination of Erik’s great bar magic (and a sexy boy/girl mindreading act whose names I can’t remember) and a stand-up comedy show with great comedians performing between the magicians behind the bar. They weren’t the untested comics you see at some open-mic night either, they were hilarious, the girl comic had us laffing our guts out. Definitely a cool thing, we’ll be back. Steve did you change something in the Table of Death or was it just extra scary this time?
Message: Posted by: Wayne Kawamoto (Oct 14, 2008 01:26AM)
I'm going to add to the praise of Steve Spill and Magicopolis.

Just yesterday, I had an opportunity to enjoy "Escape Reality" and see the recent changes at Steve's venue. I wrote it up in a review:


Briefly, the two-hour show has it all: big illusions, close-up, sleight-of-hand, mind-reading and comedy. Steve and Bozena are immensely entertaining and their take on a Slydini classic is the best that I've witnessed. Magicians, believe me, you want to see this.

Long before I was a magician, I was an entertainment reporter and I covered the opening of Magicopolis some ten years ago. At the time, I enjoyed Magicopolis as pure entertainment and still do. But I appreciate it even more as a magician.

Steve has done a fantastic job of making his vision of a great magic theater a reality.

Message: Posted by: ncarifo (Oct 15, 2008 07:10PM)
My introduction to Steve Spill's, unique, comedy magic was from his hilarious Mind Reading Goose routine on a tv special from the late 80's called "Magic at the Magic Castle". I was hooked.

When in LA, do yourself a favor and go to see Escape Reality with Steve Spill at Magicopolis. It's just off the promenade in Santa Monica, and a whole day can be had there in the area.

Now that I live in LA myself, I enjoy Magicopolis and recommend it to freinds visiting from the east coast in the same breath as the magic castle. Only Magicopolis is open to everyone, no membership needed... and no dress code. It's a beach town afterall!

Nick Carifo
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Oct 28, 2008 10:18AM)
Last Friday night, during our final bow, a little old man ran toward the stage waving his hands and shouting angrily at the audience to stop applauding. I was ready to jump off the stage and subdue the maniac, when I realized that the little old man was veteran comic Shelley Berman, but he looks like any little old man.

The audience had no idea who he was until they heard him speak, then more than a few recognized him from his role as Larry David’s dad on the HBO show Curb Your Enthusiasm. He asked the audience if they thought Escape Reality was one of the best shows they’ve seen. When they applauded, he told them that it was their responsibility to keep the show running by stopping people in the street and spreading the word. What a guy!

See Escape Reality every Fri/Sat 8pm and Sat/Sun 2pm, http://www.magicopolis.com or the boxoffice, 310 451 2241, is open daily 11am to 6pm. Go to Magicopolis, and obey Shelley, stop people in the street and spread the word about Escape Reality.

Shelley Berman plays Adam Sandler’s father in You Don’t Mess with the Zohan now available on DVD & Blu-ray.
Message: Posted by: Donal Chayce (Nov 8, 2008 02:57PM)
I saw "Escape Realty" with a couple of friends last night, and it's wonderful. From first-rate close-up to great stand-up routines to some terrific twists on some classic illusions (the levitation of the "patient" in the psychiatrist's office in the first act, done close to the foot of the stage, was particularly impressive), it's unlike any full-evening show I've seen. There were far too many highlights for me to touch upon without making this post overly long, but suffice it to say that the show's unique blend of sketch comedy, storytelling and mind-boggling magic had the house laughing and cheering almost from the start.

Both Steve and Bozena are exceptionaly warm and personable performers, and that was particularly in evidence during last night's show. A large part of the audience was made up of kids and young adults who are part of the Special Olympics team, and the way Steve and Bozena rolled with the punches and handled their enthusiasm (always with kindness) while keeping the show moving for the rest of us was a text-book lesson in professionalism and class. As an aside, the reactions--and lack thereof--of a sweet and very tall young man to Steve's version of the paper balls over the head (a great and inventive routine, BTW) were priceless.

The venue is warm and intimate, and both the theater and the show have a disarmingly retro counterculture vibe. Way cool!

If you've not seen this show I strongly encourage you to get youself to the Magicopolis theater in Santa Monica and do so. And if you've already seen "Escape Reality" (as was true for many in last night's audience), you might want to see it again before Steve morphs it into the next Magicopolis extravaganza. As an added bonus, Erik Tait (he'll be at the Magic Castle in December) performed some sharp close-up magic behind the bar before and after the show, so it makes for a very full--and fun--evening.
Message: Posted by: Leeman (Nov 9, 2008 09:45PM)
I was at the same show as you Donal, and it was great. I like illusions but the close up stuff was my favorite part, especially Steve's bill in lemon. It was pretty cool to see the originator do his own version. Well maybe my second favorite part was the bill in lemon, I guess my favorite part was Steve in drag, it's not often in these days of magic you see a long haired musketeer 'stached fellow slide down a 50 foot rail in a thrift store wedding dress. And if you see Erik in the bar see if he will show you his version of cards across.
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Nov 14, 2008 01:16AM)
We had a great time at Magicoplis for our son's birthday an he and his group are still talking about it.

But for me the real treat was seeing Steve do his personal brand of magic. I hadn't seen him for several years and had forgotten how good he is. Some of the magic will fry the magicians, thanks to his expeience and ideas about how to do magic to not only entertain, but to fool people.

At the bar, Erik Tait keeps 'em laughing (he's also an actor/comic) with his excellent close up magic. He's not only a funny guy, but he's got real chops.

Can't wait to get back.
Message: Posted by: MetalBender (Nov 18, 2008 03:26PM)
Thank you Pete, it was a pleasure to perform for you and your family. It was a rare treat for me to perform for your group.

So last week we had a very special guest on The Bar Show! Arthur Trace dropped in to do a set. You read that right, Arthur Trace. FISM winner. That tells you what kind of a show you are mising. When a world champ wants to come do the show (he'll be back soon, we are working out the deetails) you know it's a great show.

We also had Matt Champagne on the show. Matt is a good friend of mine and a hillarious comedian who opens for some of the biggest names in the business. In the course of his set Matt informed everyone about how he was mugged on election night. He wasn't so much mugged as he was punched in the face then ran out into the street crying like a small child. It was a very funny story, but here's where it gets fun. I was with Matt on election night. We were partying at the Ramada on Vermont. I didn't remember that Mr. Champagne had been assaulted. Hadn't heard about it. Apparently the vagrant assaulted Matt no more than five minutes after we had parted company. The moral of this story is that if you're with me you are safe. Do you want to be safe this saturday night? Then come to The Bar Show! I'll keep you all warm and cuddly.

We have a great show lined up for Saturday. It's ladies night. Tia Ayres (Comic) and Rebbecca Addleman (Comic and host of The Hour of Power) are our comedians. Our magician is Jon Armstrong.

I know many of you are saying to yourselves, "Hey... Jon's a man... but it's ladies night." You're wrong. I have it on good authority that Jon is in fact qualified to perform on ladies night at The Bar Show!

If you're not in the Santa Monica area be sure to tune in to GarageComedy.com/Live as we webcast every show as it happens. If you're not there, something is seriously wrong with your brain chemistry.
Message: Posted by: ufo (Nov 24, 2008 11:00PM)
Are there any special schedules, etc in light of the Holidays at Magicopolis??
Message: Posted by: Leeman (Nov 25, 2008 01:53PM)
I reread this thread, and I noticed some famous people have been at Magicopolis. Has there been any celebrities in lately?
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Nov 25, 2008 03:11PM)
Recent Magicopolis vistors include Jack Black, Neil Patrick Harris, Dean Caine, John C. Reily, Andy Richter... I expect to have some photos of me and those guys posted on our website in the next couple weeks.

UFO we keep our normal schedule over the holidays, however, we do have a bunch of corporate events and holiday parties between now and the end of the year, if you plan to be in town on a normally "dark" night PM me and I'll see if I can slide you into one of those to see the show.

PAW my Needles routine, as well as my Mind Reading Goose routine, are now available from Bob Kohler Magic bobkohler@cox.net

If you want to be like Jack, Neil, John, Dean, and Andy... Go to Magicopolis showtimes Fri/Sat 8pm Sat/Sun 2pm http://www.magicopolis.com or the boxoffice 310 451 2241 is open daily 11am to 6pm.
Message: Posted by: Leeman (Nov 30, 2008 06:03PM)
I just saw the pix of you with jack Black and the others at http://www.magicopolis.com but what is the deal with the bunny ears?
Message: Posted by: mr. wolf (Dec 1, 2008 07:45PM)
I just purchaced your "10 years of Steve Spills" DVD/ WOW!!! It was amazing!!!
Thank you for giving us such a treasure.
Message: Posted by: Mike McEathron (Dec 4, 2008 06:10PM)
I would like to ring in on the 10 years of Steve Spill. If your looking for a DVD that will show how to make a living doing Comedy magic this is it. There are no explanations or this is how ya do it but it should not matter. The routines are commercial funny and practical. The Rubber pencil, The Bill in lemon( yes the one that started it all) and of course Steve's very very funny mind reading goose....I understand a couple of Steve's routine will soon be available from Bob Kohler we ll know this means it wont be cheap but it will be good.......

I would highly recommend this DVD

Thanks Steve

Message: Posted by: Leeman (Dec 4, 2008 09:12PM)
Agreed, the 10 Years DVD is great. Mike there are secrets revealed if you listen to the commentary feature. I watched the DVD a bunch of times but never listened to the commentary until after I met Steve at Magicopolis and he told me to check it out. I don't think I even realized there was a commentary (like they have on movie DVDs) since I don't know of any other magic DVDs that have em.

Anyone who likes the DVD will love the live show @ Magicopolis,besides comedy there is also drama and a lot more magic, the show is about two hours.

So again, Steve, I have to know what is the deal with the pix of you with celebrities and all the bunny ears at http://www.magicopolis.com and why doesn't your avatar look like your bunny ear pix?
Message: Posted by: Ken Dumm (Dec 5, 2008 08:38AM)
There's a commentary on the DVD? I know what I'll be doing tonight. I've watched the dvd at least 6 times, never knew there was commentary.... Sweet!!!

Message: Posted by: Mike McEathron (Dec 5, 2008 11:59AM)
LOL that's funny it is like an easter egg on the dvd THAT WE DID NOT KNWO ABOUT HOOT !

Thanks a lot !
Message: Posted by: Bob Kohler (Dec 6, 2008 12:13AM)
Just a quick update.
Steve's Mindreading Goose and his brilliant handling and routine for the classic needle swallowing effect "Confessions of a Needle Swallower" are both ready for release direct from me. If you'd like to get on the mailing list and be the first to know the details send an email to: bobkohler@cox.net.

The initial release for both items will be next Monday. First come, first serve.

Bob Kohler
Message: Posted by: Ken Dumm (Dec 6, 2008 08:38AM)
Hi Bob,

Sent you an e-mail. Is there a link to details on a site?


Message: Posted by: steve spill (Dec 8, 2008 04:13PM)
Mike: Interesting that you thought the commentary was like an Easter Egg, because in addition to the commentary the 10 Years DVD does have an Easter Egg. Click on the burning bunny as the flames arise and there you have it.

Leeman: Here’s the story behind the “rabbit ear” celebrity photos… A few months ago David Regal was the Genii coverboy. In that issue he was pictured with actors holding him in a headlock. Previously I never made a point of getting my photo taking with famous Magicopolis visitors (although we do keep a celebrity list which can be found at http://www.magicopolis.com under “Raves” ) but I really liked David’s idea of thematically linking the pictures, and ever since seeing that Genii , instead of the “headlock” I’ve been using the “rabbit ears” idea.

We are lucky that movie stars come to Magiciopolis, but unlike the millions who see their films, our show, Escape Reality, has only a cult following. However, all of you millions still have an opportunity to see our show. If there are enough of you, it is not impossible to hope that Escape Reality at Magicopolis will make new fans and lose its cult standing.

Enjoy the economic crisis, go to Magicopolis, http://www.magicopolis.com or the boxoffice 310 451 2241 is open daily 11am to 6pm. The New Year’s Eve edition of our show includes a big celebration with complimentary buffet, champagne toast, etc. Details on our website.
Message: Posted by: Leeman (Dec 8, 2008 05:51PM)
Now I understand about the bunny ear pix, but you didn't answer my other question. Why do you look so different in your website bunny ear pix than you do here on your avatar?
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Dec 10, 2008 10:03AM)
I change my look every four or five years, sooner or later I will look like the avatar again.
Message: Posted by: Ken Dumm (Dec 10, 2008 06:42PM)
On 2008-12-10 11:03, steve spill wrote:
I change my look every four or five years, sooner or later I will look like the avatar again.

Got to keep the authorities guessing ;) .

Message: Posted by: steve spill (Dec 10, 2008 11:50PM)
I don't think the authorities think I did it because they don't think I was there. But I think I would have done it if I had a shot at it.
Message: Posted by: TheDean (Dec 11, 2008 12:25AM)

I LOVE Good magic and I LOVE a great time… recently during a trip to Los Angeles, I was lucky enough to have BOTH!

During a quick turn-around trip to LA, the Magic Castle Swap Meet, and few fellow magi and myself made it a POINT to go and visit “Magicopolis” in Santa Monica.

Never having been there, I have no-idea what to expect accept that I KNEW Steve Spill was one of the most entertaining, clever and memorable magicians, comedians and performers I had the pleasure to both see and work with very many year prior. (1983 on a Bus n’ Truck Illusion Tour Through Canada)

When our rag-tag band of Reno magicians found the place (it was easy…) I was pleasantly surprised to see Steve Spill, himself, (The Owner) working the magic counter to the delight of the local evening’s show patrons and enthusiastic passers by. Usually, such fare is NOT the task of the “Star & Owner” of this well known magic hot spot… it was a treat to see! (For the audience as well as myself!)

I had NOT seen Steve for well over 25 years and was greeted as if it was yesterday… he even genuinely offered to take care of our show tickets for us. I respectfully declined as I LOVE to “support” live magic and I didn’t want to be beholden to him should I have decided to share an un-biased share and review as I am doing here, now.

We were treated to quite and evening of FUN and killer magic! It started with a full “Bar Show” with a quite likeable and charming, (Though still Bar magic Edgy… it was a good mix) extremely competent and witty performer who showed the crowd a good time! I’ll be honest, I don’t much remember the “tricks” but I sure remember having a great time… (That is a good sign!) and that was BEFORE the main showroom “Magicopolis Show” would begin!

It was FUN! Whoo hoo!

Steve was gracious enough to give me a quick, personal backstage (and around the campus) tour… I real workers lair! (I was jealous!) You could just smell the unpretentious professionalism and passion poured into the place, all at the expense of good-ol’-fashioned hard work and elbow grease! – He definitely had a real franchise enterprise on his hands here!

Complete with:
= Magic Shop
= Party Room
= Live Entertainment Bar (Plus drinks of choice, of course!)
= Full theatrical showroom with all the amenities!
…and more!

As a “BUSINESS” professional, it was good to see a real, solid magic establishment working like clockwork in spite of all the obvious challenges of doing so! (Especially in the current economy.)

After all the FUN, Laughter and Amazement at the “Bar Show” outside in the lobby/bar, we were ushered into the theater showroom in anticipation of the night’s entertainment, and were NOT disappointed in the least!

Remember, we were in town for the Castle Swap-Meet and having gone to the Castle the night before, seeing all the shows and enjoying all the attraction that the world-famous magic Castle has to offer, my friends and I agreed that THIS (Magicopolis) was the true entertainment/adventure highlight of our trip! (And this was the FIRST-TIME, some of my friends had ever been to the Castle OR Magicopolis… zero predisposition here.)

The “Magicopolis Show” was easily a high-quality, awe inspiring magic and illusion theatrical experience along with some of the best laugh-out-loud fun I (and my friends) have had in a good long while! I am certainly no “virgin” to live magic and theater, especially living in Nevada. (Reno & Las Vegas… etc) THIS was great fun!

The good news is, this show has “something for everyone” experienced theater goers and itinerant enthusiast alike!

=> AND it was fun for the ENTIRE Family!

How incredibly refreshing to enjoy, in this day n’ age, a sophisticated and still down-to-earth ‘family appropriate’ evening that was FAAAAR from a ‘kiddy’ show! This show ROCKED the attendees with all that you would expect of an established, world-class performer and business owner!

If you like GREAT Magic, Awe-Inspiring Illusions, killer Comedy, Solid Close-Up and an entire evening’s experience that you will remember for a lifetime, you can NOT do better than Magicopolis for a complete evening and events worth of fun and all that goes with it!

You’ve all read about the Levitation, Steve’s ORIGINAL (often imitated and stolen, NEVER Duplicated!) Mind-Reading Goose, his insane Matrix and the entire show package…

I for one offer “TWO BIG-FAT THUMBS UP” for myself and my compatriots as a MUST-SEE Highlight of The Sothern California magic Sean! – When in town, GO TO MAGICOPOLIS and Enjoy the time of your life!

Go see the dog-gone show, but be prepared to have a Ton O’ Fun!

Thanks for the Memories Steve!

I am at your service and In HIS Service,
Deano in Reno

Go to http://www.Magicopolis.com and get your tickets NOW!

I don't make a penny for this and as stated, I paid full-price for our tickets to see the show in the first-place... we just flat-out had a killer time and so can YOU!
Message: Posted by: Donal Chayce (Dec 11, 2008 02:51PM)
On 2008-12-08 17:13, steve spill wrote:
Mike: Interesting that you thought the commentary was like an Easter Egg, because in addition to the commentary the 10 Years DVD does have an Easter Egg. Click on the burning bunny as the flames arise and there you have it.


LOL...I've viewed the DVD a dozen times, and it never occurred to me that there was an Easter egg on it. Thanks!
Message: Posted by: Ireland (Dec 11, 2008 09:10PM)
Unless Magicopolis opens a franchise here in Regina, Sask. Canada it's unlikely I will be able to attend this show...I wish Steve had family here!!! I have purchased Steve's DVD (even his vhs)and it is a treasure..... I have 10 of my best comedy dvd's on a shelf next to my left elbow in my practice room and Steve's is there......I too have e-mailed Bob hoping to be included in one of Steve's releases.....of course as with every effect, it must be presented through our own personality. So if anyone does any of Steve's releases, please don't move here!!! Don Stevenson (aka 'Ireland'... my dad's bithplace)
Message: Posted by: Leeman (Dec 12, 2008 02:21PM)
I thought the commentary feature was the only hidden gem on the DVD, now I find out about the easteregg a thing that was on fox tv which is good, but the amount of media coverage on the making of magicopolis feature is unbelievable. What's the secret to getting that kinda publicity?
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Dec 12, 2008 05:28PM)
Location, location, location...
Message: Posted by: ufo (Dec 13, 2008 06:50PM)
The commentary on the DVD is informative and enertaining as well! The method is given for Steve's "Glass Shard" effect which is a kind of off beat slate writing routine. Very cool. Very unusual!
Thanks for the commentary track Steve!
Message: Posted by: Pete Firman (Dec 15, 2008 12:37PM)
I just want to chip in and say that Magicopolis was one of the highlights of my trip to LA earlier this year. Steve is one of my favourite tricky people and his show with his wife is a delight. He is the perfect magical host and made me feel very welcome. I know I'll be back. Thanks Steve,
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Dec 21, 2008 09:52PM)
About a half hour before today’s matinee here at Magicopolis, a dull pain developed in my chest and persisted in making itself felt with every breath I took. The pain was dull and tolerable enough for me to do the show, and I was determined to go on, pain or no.

From the very first time I set foot on stage, starting as a kid, I have never, ever missed a performance. Neither snow, nor rain nor fever nor flu nor allergies nor a broken ankle, could keep me from doing my performances.*

When my wife became aware of the pain, she suggested I not ignore it and get myself to a hospital emergency room. She said don’t worry about the show, give everyone their money back. Because the pain was tolerable, I didn’t want to do that. I kept thinking, the show must go on… the show must go on.

Less than five minutes after the final bow, I felt the pain in my chest inelegantly and unceremoniously leave my body. At this moment, a huge, ear-shattering, triple flutter-blast of a fart escaped from me. I guess the huge breakfast I force-fed myself this morning backfired.

At first I was hesitant about sharing this, but ultimately, I, like all immature adults, find the loud passing of gas to be funny.

*My broken ankle incident also involves a fart, and the story, which happened 25 years ago, can be found in the “Bad Shows” thread here at the Café when I was the Chef Special back in January 2008.

Hope to see some you in the near future here at Magicopolis, there are still a few tickets left for our big New Year’s Eve show - http://www.magicopolis.com or buy tickets at 310 451 2241 from 11am to 6pm daily.
Message: Posted by: TheDean (Dec 22, 2008 10:47PM)

...wait, um, on second thought, DON'T! As an irreverent kid who refuses to grow-up as well, I LOVED your story! - Hehehehehehe!

Deano (Refuses To Grow Up Too...) In Reno
Message: Posted by: MetalBender (Dec 23, 2008 06:39PM)
Hey Ireland. The gang at Magicopolis knows that you have a hard time getting to Santa Monica on a weekly basis. I lived in Canada for a while, (Toronto, I was a Yuk Yuk's comic) and I feel for you sir. That's why I recommend logging onto GarageComedy.com every Saturday night at 10:00 pm pacific time and watch The Bar Show! live streaming on the internet.

We just got a new broadcast system. Our co-producer Val Myers has hand built a broadcast system to do live remotes from the best comedy shows in Los Angeles. It doesn't cost you a dime to watch and you can catch our broadcast from anywhere in the world.

This Saturday we have an over sized show. Normally we only have two comics and one magician. This week since it's our last show of 2008 we have booked three comics and two magicians. It's our supersized mega show.

A little anecdote on last week's show. We gave away free DVDs. Who knows what we're giving away this week! Maybe more DVDs, perhaps blue ray! Oh and a little known cat named Jon Armstrong dropped in for a guest set after the show was over. That's just the kind of people we have dropping in on the show.

This week we have special guest comic Scott Bowser. If anyone has been to The Bar Show! they know that Naughty Scotty is a crowd favorite.

See you guys this week.

-Host and producer of The Bar Show! Erik "Delusion Master" Tait
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Jan 3, 2009 09:47AM)
In 1982, at the Magic Castle, I met an actor named Joseph Bologna. He said “you have a terrific act, I predict that you’re going to have a big career… and what I’d like to propose to you is…”

At the time Bologna was well-known because he was starring with Peter O’Toole in a great movie called “My Favorite Year,” as we talked, a couple of his fans interrupted and...

What proposal? I never did find out. He put his arm around my shoulder… “You’re a very talented kid.” He shook my hand… “We’ll be talking very soon, you can bet on it.”

I’m glad I did not bet on it, because it was twenty-six years before we talked again. It was this past Sunday, here at Magicopolis, he shook my hand, and said, “I’m very pleased to meet you. Love your work, Stan.”
Message: Posted by: Rupert Bair (Jan 12, 2009 12:02PM)
I've just been reading all of Steve's great stories, Thanks! I am lucky enough to perform two shows a night in a magic restaurant in Barcelona with a great team of guys and girls, its the life. I should think of some of my stories from the shows to write about! I have a great one about causing a riot with a heckler put down line I used, but maybe its not for the Café!

I must pick up a copy of your performance dvd Mr Spill!

Message: Posted by: The Great Stevini (Jan 12, 2009 06:12PM)
I finally had the pleasure of going to Magicopolis and, I must say, saw a wonderful show! I took the family (wife and kids...6 and 3) to a matinee show and we all had a great time.

I first learned of Magicopolis strolling around Santa Monica early last year (and a follow up search on the Café). I had reservations at the Magic Castle during that trip and didn't have time to see Mr. Spill's show. So when I returned to So. Cal. last week I made it a point to go. The venue is in a great location...it's adjacent to the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. That fact pleased the wife as she was able to duck into a few shops before and after the show while the kids and I watched some street performers.

Steve Spill was a gracious host and took the time to show me around the place. The things I liked best about the performance (without tipping the effects):

1) The stage illusions, which I am generally lukewarm about, were presented with comedy instead of taking things too seriously. In fact, there was coemdy throughout the entire show. I really enjoyed that part of the show.

2) The venue was such that not only were stage illusions presented, but also some great close-up magic. It really was a great place to see a show!

3) Steve's assistant was more than just an assistant. She also presented several effects herself, which was really great to see since my oldest daughter is interested in magic. She was talking about Olga all day after the show. Don't worry...I was talking about you, Steve :)

4) There were four birthday parties there and each birthday kid got to go up on stage and help out. Both Steve and Olga had an excellent rapport with the audience, including the kids.

5) It was great magic and a fraction of the cost of the Magic Castle.

I highly recommend Magicopolis and will definitely be back to check out the evening and bar shows when I get a chance!

Message: Posted by: steve spill (Jan 13, 2009 02:18PM)
Rupert, I also once incited a riot…

I spent spring 1976 on a coast to coast bar busking tour with my friend Johnny Fox. In those days, most people were extraordinarily generous. Almost everywhere we stopped to do a show someone offered us a place to stay, food, drinks, money... they knew we didn’t have much money, but it wasn’t because they thought we were poor that they were so kind… it was because they enjoyed our tricks, liked talking to free spirits, and above all, because they wanted to offer tokens of friendship to traveling strangers.

The flip side of the coin… THE RIOT… I had to talk loud to be heard over the disco beat, but the guys and gals in a Nashville club seemed to be enjoying my card tricks. I held out my hat and … suddenly lit cigarette butts were flicked at me from an adjacent table. Orange embers everywhere… my hat smoldered as the big fellows next door were laughing at their handiwork.

The boys I’d entertained didn’t take kindly to this. To make a long story short, words were traded, the situation escalated to a fist fight… the club’s bouncers got involved, followed by a full scale riot. Lostsa guys threw punches, threw furniture, broken glass.

Fox and I were able to slide out unscathed, just as the police arrived. We never found out if this was really a dispute between rival gangs or just a bunch of guys who worked at the serious business of committing felonies. I’ve seen some bad card tricks in my time… but I can definitely say that, in the last thirty-plus years, I’ve never seen or heard of any card tricks that have provoked that kinda reaction.

For the complete story on that busking trip, see my Blog entry, 8-21-08 Busking, over at http://www.magicopolis.com and while you’re over at the website, be sure to buy some tickets to our show, Escape Reality, or buy tickets at 310 451 2241 from 11am to 6pm daily, we'll both be glad you did.
Message: Posted by: dblatt25 (Jan 21, 2009 02:03PM)
I went to the Magicopolis last Saturday night and loved the show. It was my second experience of Steve Spills entertainment and I was much impressed by the comedy, drama, close-up magic, his assistant "Olga", and of course the Table Of Terror, Steve's signature effect in the show.

The interior of Magicopolis has evolved as well. Steve now has a bar selling drinks and a magician who makes them. On the opposite side of the building, magicians are demonstrating magic tricks in the magic shop before the show, during intermission, and even after the show.

My favorite part about the show was Steve's comedy. One can definitely tell that he is what a great performer should be after so many years in magic.

All in all, the show was great, the drinks were great, and I would like to thank you again Steve for such a wonderful experience last weekend!

Message: Posted by: adamtrentmagic (Jan 23, 2009 02:05PM)
I went to Magicopolis last Saturday as well. We had a great time, and enjoyed the show. The levitation bit was great! What I really liked were the lead in bits and skits before the illusions. It gave a nice different perspective on truly combining theatre with magic, which you don't see all too often. (at least done well!)

Steve has a great sense of comic timing, which helps the show flow smoothly. He was very accessible before, after and even during the intermission of the show which gave a very personable touch to the evening. The theatre itself is a nice little gem in Santa Monica, and if you are in town, check it out!
Message: Posted by: ladirector (Jan 30, 2009 08:28PM)
Somehow, the name Steve Spill escaped my attention, but that changed a few years ago when I viewed his funny and inventive DVD. A group of us just saw the Magicopolis show, and Spill's growth as a performer since the DVD, which I loved, is remarkable. The irony and attitude of his comic persona is still intact, but he also shows a serious side that communicates warmth, humanity, and emotion.

If you don't know, now you know. This full evening show is a tour-de-force of close-up, stand-up, and illusions, presented with a seamless organic style. Spill, and co-star Bozena, were dynamic, tender, funny, and everything was performed in a playful understated way.

I introduced myself after the show, Spill was gracious, but the flow of our group gave me little opportunity to converse in depth. At dinner, our constant conversation was Magicopolis. One friend, a Vegas regular, commented that so much magic has become pyrotechnics, lasers, shock, gore, but not here.

Steve, thanks for a job well done.
Message: Posted by: federico luduena (Feb 2, 2009 10:21AM)
Magicopolis has always been a privileged place. Both for audiences and magicians. Besides the great stadium-style structure, I used to find that performers themselves, when in Magicopolis, adopt that sharing perspective. I was lucky enough to have insightful conversation with the different house magicians, which included Bob Sheets for a while. And then you had the stage performers, like Jeff McBride, meeting with fans and students after the shows. Good to know that Steve keeps everything up and running. When you visit the theater, you might enjoy talking with him about movies, apart from magic. He is a wonderful source of knowledge on the subject.

Message: Posted by: ladirector (Feb 2, 2009 01:24PM)
When I told my friend about the Café and the comment I posted regarding the show he, a non-magician, asked me to pass on this:

Steve, this is an honest to God real life thank you for making my day a little better. You know how it is, you come home from your crap job after getting belittled for 8 hours for whatever it is you didn't do fast enough with a good round of hour-long traffic on both sides of the equation. I got home after a really swell day at the office and my wife and friends took me to Magicoplis for my birthday.

For those days that are as bad as that one, a cure is to celebrate your birthday with a magic show, which is why I wanted to say thanks. After a really crappy day, something that can make you forget it for a while and make you smile is worth a million thanks.


Gerald P.
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Feb 2, 2009 02:35PM)
Federico, My how time flies, Jeff McBride and Bob Sheets were regular performers here eleven years ago. A lot has happened since you moved from LA to Argentina. Glad you are still in magic, how is Rene Levand doing? You mentioned our chats about films. Remember my Orson Welles story? I have a concise version of it written in my files. For those who haven't heard it, I'll paste it here...

In 1970 I was the youngest member of a magician’s club called “Sh*t,” the name was an acronym for Sleight of Hand Intimate Tableworkers. The club’s founder, magician / comedy writer Lou Derman, was a well-connected Hollywood guy, at the time best known for his work on “Mr. ED,” a television show about a talking horse.

When contacted by Nate, a fellow teenage magician and Lou’s nephew, about an emergency “Sh*t” meeting, I already had something planned for that night. My plans changed when I heard Orson Welles would be there and the purpose of the meeting was to screen a recently completed film called “Get To Know Your Rabbit.”

The film, directed by an unknown named Brian De Palma, featured Welles as a magician and Tommy Smothers as his student.

I was very excited, as was Nate, when we carpooled over to his Uncle Lou’s. Welles was the only participant in the film to attend the screening. I have no idea where Lou got a print of the film, but it wasn’t from Welles, who made a point of telling everyone he hadn’t seen it.

After viewing “Get To Know Your Rabbit,” which was projected on a window-shade-type pull-down screen in Lou’s den, all of us had the same reaction: the film was not as good as we had hoped it would be. Others must have felt the same, since it wasn’t released for years, and then only briefly in a single theater.

The evening still turned out to be one of the most memorable of all my memorable evenings. Welles told us wonderfully personal stories about his exploits as a filmmaker and his experience as the star of his own big magic show during the war years.

It was wonderful and terrible. Wonderful that all of us had fallen deeply in love with the utterly irresistible Welles. But terrible that an evening that went so smashingly could turn sour in the flush of a toilet. I was a more than credible eye-witness who would swear that the awful smell emanating from the powder room, which was located less than ten feet from where all the members were gathered, was not present before Oscar Award-winning filmmaker, Orson Welles, had gone into it.

Nate and I traded glances and grimaced, with a what-the-hell-is-that? expression on our faces. Welles came blithely out of the powder room and smilingly rejoined the crowd. No one seemed to smell what Nate and I were smelling, or if they did they were acting as though they didn’t, which, with a bunch of magicians, was possible. The stench of the lethal fumes poured into the den, making it a gas chamber. No one person could have created such a pungent bomb.

Suddenly everyone was saying their good-byes at the door. Uncle Lou made Nate and I stay to help find the source of the offensive odor. We considered that it might be a broken pipe under the powder room. The next morning, foul-smell experts – a plumber, along with someone from the health department, diagnosed the problem.

A stray cat had, weeks or months earlier, squeezed itself through a small opening under the house and had not been able to find its way out. A Santa Ana wind kicked up and blew through Los Angeles. A particularly strong gust had wooshed through the crawl space under the house, wafting the aroma of the putrefying cat up through the basement and into the house.

The next “Sh*t” newsletter explained that a gas-masked city worker, wearing heavy work gloves and carrying a very long pole with tongs at the end, removed the poor animal, and fumigated the area. Lou finished by writing, “I hope you didn’t, as I did, falsely accuse Orson Welles for fouling our lovely atmosphere. The man has been completely exonerated.”

Federico come back to LA, we miss you here at Magicopolis.
Message: Posted by: ladirector (Feb 3, 2009 07:06PM)
I also met Welles several times when he appeared on the Merv Griffin Show where I worked during the eighties. Hilarious anecdote Steve, I hope we can become better aquainted on my next Magicopolis visit.
Message: Posted by: Jeff Jenson (Feb 7, 2009 12:08AM)
Will be in LA soon and I'm looking forward to seeing the show, all of the reviews sound great and I can hardly wait!

Message: Posted by: federico luduena (Feb 9, 2009 11:18PM)
While I was telling him about Magicopolis, my friend Merpin started to express his admiration for Steve Spill. It happens that Merpin is an experienced performer (kind of legendary in Argentina) who actually makes a living using Steve's creations. Since Merpin doesn't write well in English, I am translating his words verbatim (not that I am much better at it, you'll see). He stressed the fact that these are his true thoughts on the matter:

"I first heard of Steve Spill through one of his original effects in an issue of Genii from the early 90s. There, he taught a fantastic effect, easy to build, where the performer eviscerated an eye from his own face with an 'ordinary' spoon. That effect rapidly became part of my repertoire. As soon as I finished reading the article, I realized that I was before a very original and creative mind. Said impression was confirmed some time later, when I was able to get acquainted with his marvelous creations.

I am now recalling his excellent, and to me inexplicable, version of Needles in Mouth. Also, I remember his version of the classic Prayer Vase, done with a wand and a bottle, with the unexpected ending of a broken and restored bottle.

I believe that the Mentalist Goose act represents the most wonderful and original use of nailwriting, and sharply comical.

A product of a very original mind, are effects like the Russian Roulette done with knives and the inventive manner of utilizing the rice bowls as the two halves of a human brain.

I would like to say that Steve Spill's magic is comic but not exempt from touches of black humor, as we see in effects like the Blood Crying Stone, or the Voodoo Doll.

All of this tied up with the synthetic staging of effects and the minimalist esthetics of his character. It makes me think that Steve Spill is a great creator, not only of effects but also of their presentations and staging. Both sublime qualities, which we rarely have the chance to enjoy together in one single artist. That artist is Steve Spill".
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Feb 11, 2009 11:57PM)
Ladirector and federico: please tell your friends I am flattered by, and very much appreciate, their comments.
Message: Posted by: Fred Johnson (Feb 15, 2009 09:54PM)
Years ago I saw you live in Aspen. I am a big fan, here it is just a little over thirty years later and I going to see you again next weekend at Magicopolis.
Message: Posted by: Ken Dumm (Feb 16, 2009 11:56AM)
You're in for a treat, Fred.

Message: Posted by: Fred Johnson (Feb 23, 2009 01:39PM)
Ken, you were right on the money. This low-tech, but high-concept program is a simply terrific blend of large and small magic, brimming with comedy and heartfelt emotion. Spill assembles the show's challenging components of close-up, parlor, illusions, monologues, sketches, and storytelling, with the skill of a puzzle master. What results is genuinely artful, a vivid mosiac assembled from a lifetime in magic.
Message: Posted by: Ken Dumm (Feb 24, 2009 11:57AM)
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...

Message: Posted by: boboshempy (Mar 4, 2009 09:46AM)
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!

Message: Posted by: Jonathan Smith (Mar 6, 2009 01:06AM)
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.

Message: Posted by: Jonathan Smith (Mar 9, 2009 12:03AM)
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.
Message: Posted by: doug brewer (Mar 10, 2009 03:47AM)
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
San Diego, CA
Message: Posted by: John George (Mar 13, 2009 01:59AM)
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
Message: Posted by: jackstevens (Mar 17, 2009 02:51PM)
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.
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Mar 19, 2009 07:40PM)
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.

Message: Posted by: Dr. Solar (Mar 26, 2009 12:56PM)
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,
Dr. Solar
Message: Posted by: markmiller (Apr 2, 2009 02:28PM)
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.
Message: Posted by: Jkeymed (Apr 7, 2009 12:08AM)
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.
Message: Posted by: noble1 (Apr 11, 2009 01:08AM)
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.
Message: Posted by: BobSheets (Apr 13, 2009 04:57PM)
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.

Message: Posted by: steve spill (Apr 15, 2009 11:28AM)
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.
Message: Posted by: mumford (Apr 18, 2009 02:27AM)
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.
Message: Posted by: msmaster (May 3, 2009 08:20PM)
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.
Message: Posted by: steve spill (May 20, 2009 11:22PM)
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.
Message: Posted by: Donal Chayce (May 21, 2009 01:31AM)

Now when audiences exclaim "Holy s**t!" when you link the rings, they'll be right!
Message: Posted by: Ken Dumm (May 21, 2009 11:18AM)
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!!!

Message: Posted by: Dr. Solar (May 25, 2009 07:05PM)
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!

Dr. Solar
Message: Posted by: markmiller (May 31, 2009 11:42AM)
We took my wife’s parents to Escape Reality last night. This wasn’t our (my wife and I) first Magicopolis visit, but yet again I was extremely impressed, as was everyone else. The show is well paced, well scripted, thoroughly entertaining. I will go even further and admit that as an individual who has studied and performed magic many years, some of the effects performed by Steve fooled and, more importantly, amazed me. Great show Steve – Bravo! We should all strive to achieve this level of entertainment and wonder in our performances.
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Jun 8, 2009 02:37AM)
Since posting this on my blog at http://www.magicopolis.com I've been asked to include it here. Gigs like this are what keep working in LA interesting.

Engaged to perform at a retirement party for a local TV news anchor, I found myself on a small platform in a banquet room at the Viceroy Hotel. Beforehand, I was instructed to pick a certain young woman to come up and help me with a trick. Whenever I looked away from her the audience would roar with laughter. I’d think, “It can’t be me!” I hadn’t said anything funny yet. Then I found out she had been flashing the crowd behind my back.

Soon she was totally naked and then another girl screamed, “Her body’s terrible!” Whereupon she took her clothes off, as if to challenge the first naked woman. Suddenly girls all over the party were undressing, partially or completely, and everyone went wild. I never did finish my act. Turns out I was just a cog in the wheel of some twisted party-planner’s idea of fun.

If you didn't already know, my theater show, Escape Reality, plays every Fri/Sat 8PM and Sat/Sun 2PM at Magicopolis in Santa Monica. Buy tickets now http://www.magicopolis.com or 310 451 2241 between 11AM and 6PM daily.
Message: Posted by: lebowski (Jun 16, 2009 10:35AM)
Steve could you please give me that "twisted party planner's" name and number?
Message: Posted by: noble1 (Jun 21, 2009 08:18PM)
Instead of another barbecue or shooting hoops, our families showed us three dads they care by taking us to Magicopolis for Father's Day. This was my second visit so I knew what to expect, but the looks of surprise, laughter, and excitement on everyone's faces was a real gift. The show features Steve Spill and he really keeps the sprit of magic alive.
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Jul 3, 2009 12:40PM)
See you at Magicopolis tonight and Sunday, please note the show will be dark for both the evening and matinee performance this Saturday July 4 due to Independence Day. Have a happy Fourth!
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Jul 12, 2009 07:14PM)
More than once I’ve heard someone say, “Hey Spill you ought to have a Magicopolis fan page on Facebook.” The most recent someone was Marie Kleinschmidt, who started our page a couple weeks ago, to join go here:

At the matinee today, toy/game/puzzle designer Scott Kim, who is also the inventor of ambigrams – those cool graphic words that read the same upside down as they do right-side up – has an article on his website http://scottkim.com/ under the "Game Design Articles" section called “Creative Plagiarism” that I recommend all magicians read. It’s a step-by-step guide on how to be inspired by others without copying.

Last night we spent a pleasant two hours entertaining super-cool Magicopolis guest, Ray Liotta, who said he loved the show, and who can now be seen at http://www.magicopolis.com and on our Facebook page. Ray is so busy it’s amazing he has time to sleep and eat, let alone visit Magicopolis. Currently he is filming "Date Night" just completed "Youth in Revolt" has two films in pre-production, five films in post-production, and appeared in five films released so far in 2009. Now that’s magic!

Finally, I have an out-of-towner on July 25, therefore both the matinee and evening Magicopolis performance on that Saturday will be dark. So there you have my complete and official post for Sunday July 12, see you at Magicopolis in Santa Monica for our show "Escape Reality" Fri/Sat 8PM and Sat/Sun 2PM, tickets at http://www.magicoplis.com or the boxoffice 310 451 2241 is open 11AM to 6PM daily.
Message: Posted by: cairo (Aug 3, 2009 02:19PM)
I wanted to let everyone know how I spent last evening in Los Angeles. I went “to the theater”. The performance was, “Escape Reality” at Magicopolis. I had a great time!

Steve Spill gave a grand performance. The show is compelling, humorous, and thoroughly entertaining. I won’t review the tricks or routines, but I will say there were many, “Wait a minute!” statements from the audience as well as from Steve Spill.

For those living near the Los Angeles area, participate in this experience. I highly recommend that you make an evening of it. After the show, there will be things you don’t know, but you will also know that Steve Spill provided a nice evening of entertainment worthy of your time.
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Aug 6, 2009 11:43AM)
Dinner with a Stranger… A super-cool trio of writers gang bang a monthly article where they interview a stranger and review a restaurant all in the same article. I was a stranger and the article came out today. Check this out...


Other news, just had Desperate Housewife Marcia Cross at the show and posted her photo on our facebook page, join our group here…


As always, for eleven years and counting, Magicopolis showtimes, Fri/Sat 8PM and Sat/Sun 2PM, boxoffice 11AM to 6PM daily at 310 451 2241 or http://www.magicopolis.com for tickets online.
Message: Posted by: mumford (Aug 6, 2009 01:27PM)
Hey "Dinner with a Stranger" is an awesome piece. Who's Guy Vernon? ;-) Mum
Message: Posted by: magicnorm (Aug 6, 2009 10:04PM)
Hey Steve, does magicoplis highlight defferent performers from time to time or is the show set.
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Aug 6, 2009 11:48PM)
Now finishing up our eleventh year in business at Magicopolis, our show, Escape Reality, is set, like a Broadway or Vegas production. We have some who have seen the show many times, including our record holder, Jim O'Conner, who has seen Escape Reality an astonishing 31 times. Not a joke, I'm dead serious...

We do, however, have different guest performers every single week in our bar show which is booked and hosted by the funny and talented Erik Tait. It's an ecclectic mix with guys like Ferrel Dylan, Arthur Trace, Jon Armstrong, along with stand-up comics and various variety performers. http://www.magicopolis.com has everything you'd ever want to know about Magicopolis.
Message: Posted by: msmaster (Aug 7, 2009 11:00AM)
I've seen Escape Reality with Steve several times and it never fails to impress. I'm a regular at Erik's bar show, having attended dozens of times. The bar show is sometimes packed, sometimes not, but always fun with a combo of crazys. I forget their names but a few of the girl comedians really rock. See you at the Magicopolis bar show this Saturday.
Message: Posted by: MetalBender (Aug 8, 2009 03:44PM)
The Bar Show! has been a lot of fun to run. This week I'm picking up the magic set because it's my show and I'll do what I want. We expect a big crowd this evening due to the headliner, a legendary New York comedian Rick Shapiro. You may have seen this guy on Lucky Louie or in his extremely popular and critically acclaimed one man show at The Edinburgh Comedy Festival. The Bar Show! has been called one of the best alternative comedy magic shows in town, and features some of the best performers from Los Angeles and around the world. Every Saturday night at 10:00 PM we feature hilarious and amazing acts performing behind the bar. There's nothing else in the world like it. Our posting for the show is below. Thanks msmaster for supporting our show. You are one of our favorite suns. That's right sun! You're a glorious nuclear fireball of fun when you are in the audience.

This is it! The final countdown to destruction. We posted this promotion late because we have a huge star performing on the show tonight. You may recognize him from Lucky Louie, The Edinburgh Comedy Festival, or one of the hundreds of films he's done. This man is a legend from the New York comedy scene. RICK SHAPIRO is doing our show tonight. He will face host Erik Tait in a comedy and magic duel to the death. Two men enter as bitter enemies, and only one man leaves, shortly followed by the other one as he locks the door when the bar closes. This is a visceral comedy show. It's going to hit you in the face, the ********, and everywhere in between. Don't miss it tonight or you're going to wonder why you woke up feeling so sad on Sunday morning.



10:00 PM
1418 4th St.
Santa Monica, CA. 90401

Be sure to go to our Facebook listing to see our beautiful poster designed by Val Myers of Garage Comedy.

Message: Posted by: GTRICH (Aug 18, 2009 04:53PM)
I went to Magicopolis with my wife this past weekend. We had such a great time that I am posting about it here.

We went to the 8PM stage show. At one point it seemed that the planets and stars were aligning. This had to do with one of the "willing" volunteers. Talk about perfect casting... it was just so wickedly funny. The rest of the show was masterfully executed and touched on all areas of magic- even some closeup. Steve is a real funny guy, a pure entertainer, and has great magic skills.

Afterwards we sat at the bar. The bar show is my idea of what a bar should be like. Start with an insane bartender with sick sleight skills, combine it with a bunch of whacko comedians... and it becomes the best bar in LA. Show up on Saturday nights at 10PM, and you too could become part of the mayhem, and have a beer at the best bar in LA.

Ok, I know this sounds like a fanboy post, but I ain't no stinking fanboy. I just call it like it is. If you want to see some great magic of all types, laugh your ass off, then Magicopolis should definitely be on your short list of things to do in LA.

Fun stuff.
Message: Posted by: Steven Steele (Sep 6, 2009 09:48PM)
My wife and I went to Steve's show last night at 8 PM. It was a fantastic show. Steve warms up to the audience immediately and you know you're going to go on a fun ride for the next couple of hours. Everything presented gets the 'Spill Treatment' and it all comes together perfectly during his routine of 'Flight of the Paper Balls'. Absolutely the best I've ever seen. An internet viewing of it, simply can't do it justice, you have to be there to experience it. When in LA, well Santa Monica, be sure and drop by. Steve is a most gracious host.
Message: Posted by: Whit Haydn (Sep 8, 2009 10:52PM)

I was there for the same show and loved it!

Everything Steve does is done very well, and the whole show has a warm and cozy feeling...just good-natured and fun!

I liked the levitation very much, and the Spikes was very big and impressive looking.

The miser's dream was great. I could have seen more of that.

Truly wonderful show!

If you get the chance to see it, take it.
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Sep 30, 2009 03:16PM)
Thank you FISM winner Shawn Farquhar for bringing your PCAM convention to see my show this past weekend. It was great putting human life forms to the many magical names I’ve never had the pleasure to meet in person before, like master magician Eric DeCamps and his lovely wife Celeste.

Also great to entertain recent celebrity guests Barbara Streisand, Mel Brooks, Arsenio Hall, and third time visitor Jack Black over the past couple of months. Now is the time for you to see the show top magicians and famous faces experience when they are in Santa Monica.

If you are interested in how a disorganized mind will somehow end up with something as organized as a two hour show, see Escape Reality at Magicopolis in Santa Monica: Friday 8PM, Saturday 2PM & 8PM, Sunday 2PM, boxoffice 310 451 2241 between 11AM and 6PM or online http://www.magicopolis.com 24/7.

Finally, please join our Facebook group http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=34086614958&ref=mf
it offers the absolutely incomparable experience of knowing what it would be like to have me as a friend and without the exorbitant costs of trying to book me on a regular basis.
Message: Posted by: Bobby T (Oct 1, 2009 09:32PM)
We were looking for a "different" venue for a company event and came upon Magicopolis. Steve was great to deal with and very flexible in meeting our group's time constraints. The show had something for everyone , from illusion and comedy to a death defying escape. He engaged the audience with his wit as well as his magical abilities. Many thanks to Steve and his crew for providing an unforgettable experience.
Message: Posted by: lebowski (Oct 7, 2009 06:35PM)
Go and see this show if you are in Los Angeles. Steve does a great job and it will give you the opportunity to see the theatrics and routining and comedy that go into an original first rate magical presentation. The audience is completely fooled and entertained. The theater is intimate and the show is in many ways a one of a kind production.
Message: Posted by: lou serrano (Oct 14, 2009 03:49AM)
I've lived in L.A. my entire life, and although I've heard great things about Magicopolis, I had never been. Now I can't wait to go back. Steve's show has something for everyone from comedy to dramatic theater. His closer is absolutely awesome! I was on the edge of my seat and riveted to the action. The levitation illusion was brief but beautiful, and as stated by others, he owns the Paper Balls Over The Head.

Eric Tait at the bar after the show is a must-see. He's not only very funny, but he possesses some mad magic skills.

Next time you're in Los Angeles check out Magicopolis!

Lou Serrano
Message: Posted by: scottasf (Nov 1, 2009 05:46PM)
Where to begin?

Traveling with the family to Los Angeles? Want to get into the Castle but you have under 21 years of age kids with you? You want them to see a real magic show?

Pay a visit to Magicopolis!!

Steve Spill has a great room that seats 150 very comfortably with no bad seat in the house. A very nice stage and a heck of a fun show geared for all ages.

I went ther on Halloween night with another magic buddy and we were treated to grand illusion, parlour magic, coin magic (very visual) great bar magic and juggling before the show.

The show was performed personally by Steve and his female assistant (who is Hungarian)

Steve engages the entire audience from the very start of the show. His audience management skills are superb. His partner for the evening (I forgot her name) provided great comedy interaction with Steve while performing major illusion and she had some very sweet moments while performing at the foot of the stage with a young (9 yo) girl with story telling magic.

He does have a bar outside of the show room which has the typical beer selections and a nice wine list. There are sodas, hot dogs, pop corn, and candy for sale.

He has a small magic for sale counter next to the snack bar with products from Royal Magic and a selection of DVD's.

All in all, I had a great evening at Magicopolis.

If you are an SAM member, be sure to read this months issue of MUM and get more information about Steve Spill.

I am glad I went!
Message: Posted by: markmiller (Nov 4, 2009 04:20PM)
Great cover story about Spill and Magicopolis in the current MUM Magazine. Congratulations!
Message: Posted by: cairo (Nov 5, 2009 07:37PM)
The MUM mag was coolest feature they ever had. I just got word on Facebook that Spill and Magicopolis will be on Last Call with Carson Daly tommorow, Friday November 6, 1:30am on NBC.
Message: Posted by: Dr. Solar (Nov 8, 2009 01:35PM)
I was recently down past your place but it was, sadly, a weeknight. I came down to pay a visit to Santa Monica Puppet Center's (now closed)Steve Meltzer, who is stricken with brain cancer. I will be down within a couple of weeks and plan to bring a friend from Santa Monica over to catch your wonderful show and hopefully add a new fan. I would never think of a trip to LA region without a visit to Magicopolis. It's that good ya all.

Message: Posted by: mumford (Nov 10, 2009 01:13AM)
Adam Sandler and family visit Magicopolis. http://justjared.buzznet.com/2009/11/09/adam-sandler-family-visit-magicopolis/
Message: Posted by: noble1 (Nov 18, 2009 05:59PM)
Hey Steve congratulations on being this months MUM coverboy, I really enjoyed the feature article!
Message: Posted by: noble1 (Nov 30, 2009 02:49PM)
I went again last Saturday night and I can only say how much my friend, a visiting magician from South Africa, and I enjoyed ourselves - it was excellent. We were thoroughly entertained by Steve’s twists on the classics.

Steve's delivery was really good and I have to say I particularly liked his improvisations with various spectators, they were a delight to watch. Keep up the good work Steve. I thoroughly recommend this show to everyone.
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Dec 30, 2009 03:08PM)
Here at Magicopolis all the little elves are busy getting ready for our annual New Year's Eve blowout with a complimentary buffet, champagne toast,lots of drinks, party favors, hats, noisemakers and our two hour show Escape Reality. As always it's sold out. If you are not coming we'll still be think of you. Happy New Year!
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Jan 17, 2010 12:27PM)
We're still recovering from the NYE bash. Rececent celebrity Magicopolis visitors have included Dick Clark, Keenan Ivory Wayans, and Bob Dylan.

Visit the Santa Monica Museum of Art Sunday, February 7, 5 – 6:30 pm for "Portrait of the Magician as a Young Man with Steve Spill of Magicopolis"!

Except for the exclusion of the many mundane, unproductive, and boring stretches, which have little or no entertainment value to anyone, this speech will be my complete and official, abridged autobiography, ages zero to twenty-one, with a few tricks along the way.

February 14 is Valentine’s Day, join me and celebrate at Magicopolis, plenty of food, drinks, and, of course, Escape Reality, our two hour concert of illusion.

Details on the Museum talk and Valentine’s Day on our facebook page right here: http://www.facebook.com/#/group.php?gid=34086614958&ref=mf

Also visit our website http://www.magicopolis.com
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Jan 23, 2010 07:37PM)
All proceeds from Fri Jan 22 / 8PM, Sat Jan 23 2PM & 8PM / Sun Jan 24 / 2PM will be going to help Haiti. If you can't make it to our show please donate to the Red Cross, or do both!!!
Message: Posted by: Ken Dumm (Jan 30, 2010 10:39AM)
Just saw the show again last night, and it never fails to be a great evening out. Families, couples, groups of friends, it does matter the size, everyone will enjoy their evening at Magicopolis. Erik Tait did an awesome job warming up the crowd at the bar (with magic & spirits), as they waited for the showroom to open. Steve and his team really know how make a group feel comfortable. The show is amazing, funny and best of all a memorable experience your friends will not soon forget.

Message: Posted by: mumford (Feb 12, 2010 04:20PM)
Going again for Valentine's with two other couples. Nothing better.
Message: Posted by: msmaster (Feb 22, 2010 02:20PM)
I was at the matinee yesterday and Reese Witherspoon was in the audience!
Message: Posted by: noble1 (Feb 28, 2010 12:53PM)
I'm a perpetual Magicopolis showgoer and like any normal tourist I have seen a few movie stars there. But a big thrill for me was actually meeting Carl Ballantine at Magicopolis a couple years back. He was funny and friendly after the show when he was goofing around with Steve in the lobby. Ballantine cracked everyone up with his loud voice constantly making hilarious fashion commentaries on audience members clothes and haircuts as they left the theater. He had a cane, but he had energy and was really animated like a cartoon. I don't think most of the people he made fun of knew who he was but they weren't offended. I think most thought he was just some crazy old man. I loved every minute of it and will never forget that day.
Message: Posted by: lebowski (Mar 19, 2010 11:00AM)
I just signed up for the Paul Daniels master class at Magicopolis. I found Daniels seminar on making money valuable, I expect this all day event on performing comedy magic should also be great. I'd like to meet any Café members going. I'm also going to the Magicopolis show that night, June 7. PM me if you plan to go. These are the details on the master class. http://www.wizardhq.com/servlet/the-10506/paul-daniels-master-class-los-angeles-2010/Detail
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Mar 26, 2010 08:22PM)
Noble1, as you do, I fondly remember that Ballantine visit. Lebowski I'm certain the Paul Daniels event will be a blockbuster. The other day we had another famous magician visitor. To protect his privacy, I'll call him Betty. His real name is David Blaine, and as I think about it, David Blaine doesn't want his privacy, he being a world-renowned magician who lovces his renown.

We just posted a photo of Blaine and I over at http://www.magicopolis.com - it's the one on the left side of the home page wedged between Desperate Housewives Marcia Cross and Conan O'Brien sidekick Andy Richter. While you're at http://www.magicopolis.com be certain but a few tickets to one of our upcoming performances of Escape Reality; the show with floating ladies, mindreading, and sleight-hand.
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Mar 26, 2010 08:24PM)
I just bread the above plost sorry for all the typos...
Message: Posted by: sperris (Apr 13, 2010 07:01PM)
Hey guys steve will be on my live show at itricks.com tomorrow at 8pm eastern be sure to tune in as he gives a live virtual tour of magicopolis, shares road stories, and more!!!

Just go to itricks.com and join in the fun and mayhem tomorrow night live at itricks.com!
Message: Posted by: steve spill (May 10, 2010 12:20AM)
Magicopolis is an awesome place. Why haven't I heard of it before the Sperris show on itricks.com?
Message: Posted by: steve spill (May 12, 2010 08:44AM)
Up early, working on Discovery Channel's Pit Boss which is filming this week at Magicopolis. My episode will be on the tube this summer.
Message: Posted by: ufo (May 25, 2010 05:58PM)
Let us the air date for that and keep up the great season at magicopolis!
Message: Posted by: Dr. Solar (Jun 4, 2010 12:45AM)
That is terrific Steve. Now, for once, I wish I had TV hook up. I look forward to some clips.

Dr. Solar
Message: Posted by: William Draven (Jun 9, 2010 04:20PM)
The show Steve is TERRIFIC! Thank you so much for giving me a special invite, as well as my guest. She still talks about that table of spikey death illusion you closed your show with. She said it's given her nightmares! Of course my favorite bit was the toilet paper balls over the shoulder gag, loved it! Way to go!

keep it up man! I look forward to coming again sometime!
Message: Posted by: cairo (Jun 25, 2010 01:31PM)
One of the great pleasures of travel is bringing it all back home, a thought I recently had while eating fish tacos with my friend Bill. The intense flavor of the mango salsa on the tacos transported me back to when Bill and I ate fish tacos with mango salsa before seeing the show at Magicopolis last November. One more bit if evidence that food and friends and magic and travel go hand in hand.
Message: Posted by: Bradley Morgan (Jul 1, 2010 02:05AM)
Hello Steve,

Just wanted to say thank you again for an amazing show last Saturday. My wife and I really enjoyed it. You are really working way too hard. You could do half the stuff that you did in one show and it be more than worth the admittance. But we had a great time since it was my first day off in about a month and my wife let me come to see you perform. You really made it a great day for both of us. Really if anyone is in the area its a must see show!

But one question,
How did the roll of TP get stuck in the roof?

The 3D Movie is coming nicely, had a great, but long, productive day today. Thank the Lord! lol

Thanks again looking forward to coming back and hanging out at the show.

Message: Posted by: steve spill (Jul 4, 2010 05:23PM)
Before barbeque and fireworks, I want to take a moment on this day off to play catch-up on the Café.

Bradley - Great meeting you and your lovely wife. Congratulations on your move to LA and your gig as a skilled editor on a bigtime animated 3D feature.

Cairo - I also enjoy fish tacos with mango salsa.

Draven - Good to have the endorsement of a powerful and insightful critic such as yourself.

Solar - No need to hook up the tv.

UFO - Last I heard the show airs sometime in August, I'll post the date when available.

Thanks one and all for your continued interest in me and Magicopolis. Your comments tickle my fancy and feed my ego - and who among us doesn't enjoy being tickled and fed? When I think about the privilege of doing my own show in my own theater since 1998, and I do think of it as a privilege, I feel grateful, and I feel a sense of fulfillment. If you are reading this, you are cordially invited to Magicopolis to laugh with me while I laugh at myself. I may be the fool but I'm the fool in charge.

Message: Posted by: Latig0 (Aug 6, 2010 03:37AM)
I´ve been staying in L.A for three months but recently I had the pleasure to see the show at Magicopolis. It is refreshing to see a show that is so complete: sleight of hand, mentalism, comedy, skits and grand illusions.
I think my favorite trick was the vanishing lady.
I met Bozena, Steve and the rest of the crew. They were super nice. We talked tricks and swapped moves after the show.
I met the creator of the flourish named ´under pressure´ there too.
Also the theater is beautiful and David Bowie signed his autograph on one of the walls!!
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Aug 9, 2010 02:30PM)
I am not sure that there is such a word as shmuckery, but if there isn’t, I will be happy to contribute it to Webster or whoever is in charge of dubious acquisitions for the dictionary. Shmuck is part of the title of a new movie and it is used in impolite society to designate someone who does nincompoopy things. For a good part of my life, I have been an active member of that discipline.

I was just informed, by ELEONORA BARNA, friend, co-star, and employee of the month, that having a Magicopolis “group” page on FB is an act of shmuckery and is lame because it does not allow all the way-cool interactive technology offered on a Magicopolis “fan” page on FB. For that reason, and the fact that ELEONORA BARNA is lovely and talented, I implore you to join the brand spanking new, ELEONORA BARNA designed Magicopolis fan page here on FB. This is the link:

Message: Posted by: steve spill (Aug 22, 2010 06:43PM)
Experience little people, little dogs, and a little magic, on cable TV this Saturday night. Witness the Magicopolis episode of PIT BOSS - August 28 / 10PM Animal Planet. The mundane and boring parts have been eliminated for your entertainment pleasure.
Message: Posted by: markmiller (Sep 21, 2010 01:44PM)
I'm getting a big group together to see the show Sat Oct 30 at 8pm, the night before Halloween. Any Café magicians who want to join us PM me. We'll be getting together for dinner somewhere before the show.
Message: Posted by: mavericklancer (Sep 27, 2010 12:58AM)
Awesome... I was just looking for a show to take my girlfriend when I stumbled on this thread. Nice to see a local show that doesn't charge an arm and a leg (*cough* magic castle), especially on a college student's budget.
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Oct 7, 2010 02:18PM)
Mavericklancer, hope to see you at one of our upcoming performances, be sure to identify yourself as I love meeting Café members. Even if you are not a student, the economy is struggling, your 401K is on life support and the unemployment rate is competeing with your credit card interest rate. What you really need is a few laughs and surprises, Magicopolis is here to provide that every Fri 8pm, Sat 2pm & 8pm, Sun 2pm. http://www.magicopolis.com
Message: Posted by: noble1 (Oct 19, 2010 02:57PM)
Producers from NYC coming to LA end of the week to shoot short portraits of different personalities for an NBC documentary called "I Am..." As part of the Steve Spill segment they will be filming our Saturday October 23 / 8pm performance of Escape Reality here at Magicopolis in Santa Monica.
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Oct 20, 2010 08:37PM)
I just copied and was about to paste and it's already here. Thanks for the post Noble1.
Message: Posted by: mwolfire (Oct 31, 2010 11:16PM)
Just got back from the Magicopolis show in Santa Monica, CA. What a fabulous show all for $22.00! Really, go see it, bring friends, you will love it.
Message: Posted by: Dr. Solar (Nov 7, 2010 09:03PM)
I'm trying to organize a caravan to Magicopolis with a friend from Santa Cruz, myself, connecting with three friends in the LA area within a couple of weeks. I expect a terrific night of magic and 4 of those going have never been there. I'll give a heads up on a date to you Steve. Looking so forward to a return visit. Always enjoyable. My daughter is still talking of the impossibilities seen last time.

Message: Posted by: noble1 (Nov 27, 2010 04:16AM)
I like how Steve handles TV hosts.
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Nov 30, 2010 10:15PM)
I was in LA this past weekend, and went to Magicopolis with some friends. If you know me you know how picky (OK read snob) I am about good magic. Well, Steve Spill and his crew gave us one heck of an entertaining show.

His lovely assistant with her charming accent was a joy to see, she was funny and sensitive, and has mastered the art of magic with some beauty.

Steve was funny and proficient as the head of the troupe. The simple lovely, and themed Levitation was just perfect, and his tossed out deck as well thought out. One of the best moments was his Miser’s Dream done with a cooking pan and large spoon, very fun and inventive too.

If you’re in the LA area and have done the Magic Castle, then Magicopolis is a fresh alternative, in a great theatre space, a period bar, and a friendly staff, it’s also easy on the wallet. When you’re there say hi to Steve for me!

Message: Posted by: steve spill (Dec 22, 2010 02:26PM)
Thank you Mark Wolfire for your praise. Thanks as well to Dr. Solar for organizing your Magicopolis caravan, to Noble1 for your kind comment and youtube post, and to Walt Spellbinder for bringing your posse and posting the feedback. I think that brings me up to date here, hope to meet more Café members in the months ahead. Thank you one and all for your interest. Daily doings on our FB page: http://www.facebook.com/steve.spill#!/magicopolis - Still a few tickets left for our big New Year’s Eve show: http://www.magicopolis.com - Happy Holidays!
Message: Posted by: rhiro (Jan 19, 2011 03:23PM)
My wife and I visited Magicopolis this past Saturday night and had a lot of fun. The show has a nice balance, with some great stage illusions, comedy bits, dramatic pieces, and even some close-up. (Well, at least from our front row center seats! Score!) Steve is very funny, and Olga is enchanting. My wife especially loved Olga's performance of "Starcle."

Steve was very busy that night, but still took time to chat with us after the show. He's a cool guy.

I'm glad to see that Magicopolis is still thriving after all these years. Please tell your friends about it!

Message: Posted by: PHSIS (Jan 25, 2011 05:19PM)
Hi Steve and Bovena

What a great time we had at the Saturday matinee last weekend...especially my friend's six year old daughter! We are introducing her to magic, and she really can't stop talking about it. You had a tough audience that day -- and you made the best of it...a true pro.

I will recommend your show to all my friends who may be visiting Santa Monica.

I have told brother Paul how much we enjoyed it and how great it was to see you again after a lifetime of
years growing up in the Valley.

Bo has a wonderful calming fairy-like presence for the show...I think you should keep her around.

Hope to tell you about my Thailand travels in a few months.

Janet Harris a.k.a. The Astonishment Goddess (Paul Harris Presents)
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Jan 25, 2011 11:42PM)
Janet great seeing you too, when Paul is back in the country tell him owes us a visit I don't think he's seen our show, or even been to Magicopolis, for at least a few years. Funny how things come full circle, back in the day you assisted Paul at kids birthday party shows, decades later you assist by running Paul's biz. Seeing you brought back memories of Paul and I fooling around with magic when we were ten years old.

As to tough shows, every matinee is half kids and I’m often asked by parents how I get those kids to love me. Here’s the secret: I don’t talk down to them, expect them to act like adults, or force education down their throats. I’m simply one of them. And I’ve been lucky enough to meet some of those kids years later as adults.

Have fun in Thailand and don't do anything I wouldn't do.
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Jan 31, 2011 08:08AM)
Let’s talk about love. Yes, love. Because as long as there’s love, there are going to be people. And as long as there are people, there’s going to be a world. And as long as there’s a world, there’s going to be a Magicopolis Valentine’s Day celebration. Monday February 14 / 8PM

Two Hour Show, Open Bar, Complimentary Hors d’oerves, Champagne Toast, Surprises… Be there or be square.

Message: Posted by: noble1 (Feb 9, 2011 02:18PM)
I keep seeing you on that "We are LA" commercial. Now I'll be seeing you again in person on Valentine's Day. Along with us will be three newbie couples. I recently bought a small collection of magic books. Among the items I was surprised to find an old souvenir program (1990?)from the "Spellbound" show in Lake Tahoe which has you and your goose pictured in it! I'll be bringing the program for you to sign. See you Monday. Cheers!
Message: Posted by: Farrell (Mar 19, 2011 11:09AM)
Last night I had the pleasure of visiting Magicopolis to see Steve and Bozena's show Escape Reality. What a fantastic place and the show was great. Over 2 hours and there was a.TON of magic. Seriously a lot of magic. There is not a dull.second. Also, Steve has done a hell of a job figuring.out how to sell tickets.to shows.in.this.rough.economic.time
. The theatre was not.sold.out, but there were still a lot of people nearly 70 the.theatre only holds about 100 or so. Plenty of families. My hat is off to Steve for creating something.truly magical. Congratulations! If you are ever in Southern CA Magicopolis is a must. It is located in Santa Monica on 4th street near the promenade and the pier. http://www.magicopolis.com
Message: Posted by: SSG (Mar 31, 2011 11:12PM)
I had an awesome time at Magicopolis last month. Steve not only put on an amazing magic show, he also impressed me as a first class gentleman.

There I am, a mediocre magician from Canada, and Steve treated me like a peer. He gave me a tour of the facility and had even sectioned off a couple seats in the theatre for my brother and I. After the show, we hung out for an hour or so and he even encouraged me to "get behind the bar" and show him some stuff.

Steve impressed me as an artist who loves the craft in himself, not himself in the craft. His love of magic and entertainment is genuine. I recommend this show to anyone. It was one of the better parts of my California vacation.
Message: Posted by: rhiro (Apr 27, 2011 09:52PM)
Hey Steve,

Is there a regular schedule you follow regarding which gal co-stars with you in "Escape Reality"? I caught Olga last time, and she was awesome, but I'd also like to check out the other performers, too.


Message: Posted by: steve spill (May 5, 2011 06:47PM)
Noble1, Farrell, SSG, rhiro - good to see each and every one of you at the show. I appreciate your support.

Ross, my alternating cast of co-stars includes Bozena, Olga, Eleonora, and Kira. Best to check on Monday by phone 310 451 2241 to see who will be appearing the following Fri 8pm, Sat 2pm & 8pm, Sun 2pm as the schedule varies week to week.

Words that come to mind about our show, Escape Reality, at our theater, Magicopolis, are luck and gratitude. No one is entitled to anything. We get what we get, not because we want it or we deserve it or because it’s unfair if we don’t get it, but because we earn it, we respect it, and only if we share it do we keep it.

Message: Posted by: cairo (May 17, 2011 04:42PM)
For groupon members, today's deal of the day is Magicopolis!
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Jun 7, 2011 12:30AM)
I just started a youtube channel - vintage to contemporary video clips of me and my magic - be the first to subscribe, it's not a sales gimmmick, no advertising, it's free: http://www.youtube.com/user/MagicConceptsInc
Message: Posted by: Ms. Merizing (Jun 7, 2011 10:15AM)
On 2011-06-07 01:30, steve spill wrote:
I just started a youtube channel - vintage to contemporary video clips of me and my magic - be the first to subscribe, it's not a sales gimmmick, no advertising, it's free: http://www.youtube.com/user/MagicConceptsInc

"Well class, we've lost another pupil" just killed me. Thanks for posting the videos of your magic on your YouTube channel. Great fun, that!

Message: Posted by: Kozmo (Jun 21, 2011 08:06AM)
HOLLY MOLLY!!!!! I was working the Castle 2 weeks ago and Steve came by to see me work and invited me to his venue. So Chris Capehart and I took the trip and well there's nothing more to say than WOW!!!!! This place is amazing. There's nothing like it in the world. Its incredible. Its huge. It has what a 200 seat theatre where Steve does his show. I saw the afternoon show for the kids and let me tell ya folks, it just killed. When I go back I will see the evening affair as everyone here knows Steve Spill is one of the best that we have so if you're in LA don't miss this place. Its very very cool!

Great way to spend the afternoon and I will tell you Steve rolls out the red carpet. It was a great day!
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Jul 4, 2011 08:47AM)
On 2011-05-17 17:42, cairo wrote:
For groupon members, today's deal of the day is Magicopolis!

Wish I had seen this...
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Jul 15, 2011 06:33PM)
Getting ready to leave the hotel, headed to Magicopolis!
Message: Posted by: mumford (Jul 23, 2011 09:19AM)
Even better than last time. Like I said last night, love the new bit with that hats. On the way home everyone was raving about how much we enjoyed the great show. Keep up the good work!
Message: Posted by: markmiller (Aug 6, 2011 02:10PM)
The Vernon/Houdini routine really rocked Friday night! First time I've seen you do it. Hard to believe how you get such a small trick to play so huge for a big audience. Will we ever see you do the Voodoo Doll again?
Message: Posted by: lebowski (Aug 12, 2011 06:10PM)
Magicopolis tonight, Magic Castle saturday night, Magic Live! sunday.
Message: Posted by: cairo (Aug 17, 2011 02:01AM)
Once again, for Groupon members Magicopolis is the deal of the day. http://www.groupon.com/deals/magicopolis-2
Message: Posted by: magiclee99 (Aug 17, 2011 11:27AM)
Just took advantage of the Groupon offer so I will come see the show on Sept 2 when I am in LA
Message: Posted by: strollingmagician (Aug 24, 2011 10:42PM)
I have seen the stage show three times at Magicopolis and love it. Very refreshing to watch a theatrical magic show with story driven presentations. Great job Steve and Bozena!
Message: Posted by: mavericklancer (Sep 11, 2011 09:46AM)
Steve, I just wanted to thank you for the amazing show. I don't remember the last time I laughed so hard for so long. Your storytelling is first class, and as an amateur coin magi, I have to say your winged silver blew me away. But the best part was the Rice Paper Trick... it had me and my girlfriend laughing so hard that we could barely breathe.
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Oct 11, 2011 02:54PM)
Update 10/11/11 Last week we completed shooting a Magicopolis episode of “Personalities” a soon-to-premiere TV series for the HDNET channel. The last two days we’ve been filming a Magicopolis segment for “The Supernatural Project” a feature length magic documentary. http://www.facebook.com/TheSupernaturalProject

Latest news, interactive nonsense, and everything Magicopolis is available daily: http://www.facebook.com/#!/magicopolis

General info, particularly helpful if you have no idea who we are, or if you plan on visiting Los Angeles.

If you haven’t seen my “Blood From Stone” demo:


Café “Blood From Stone” thread:

I always love meeting magicians from the Café and elsewhere. Let me know in advance when you plan on seeing our two-hour show “Escape Reality” here at Magicopolis in Santa Monica and I’ll give you the VIP treatment.
Message: Posted by: Donal Chayce (Oct 12, 2011 01:28AM)
On 2011-10-11 15:54, steve spill wrote:
I always love meeting magicians from the Café and elsewhere. Let me know in advance when you plan on seeing our two-hour show “Escape Reality” here at Magicopolis in Santa Monica and I’ll give you the VIP treatment.

Trust me, he's not kidding.

(This has been an unsolicited testimonial.)
Message: Posted by: plastic pollex (Oct 12, 2011 01:55AM)
I had a blast shooting some documentary footage with Steve and Bozena at Magicopolis this week.

Thanks, Steve. And please pass our gratefulness along to Boz.

Message: Posted by: Ken Dumm (Nov 5, 2011 02:31AM)
Just saw Escape Reality again tonight, and it keeps getting better, each time I see it! If you ever get the opportunity to visit Santa Monica, you have to come to Magicopolis. Chad behind the bar kept everyone's drinks filled and floored them at the same time with killer close up magic before the show. Steve and Bozena put on a show you'll be talking about for a very long time. Magic, comedy, escapes create a sense of wonder for everyone lucky enough to attend. Do not miss this show!

Message: Posted by: Dr. Solar (Nov 9, 2011 08:21PM)
Well, it looks like I'll have the opportunity to get down to Santa Monica to see the show again Steve. Magic Mike and I will be down over Thanksgiving holiday. I know you spoke with him but I want everybody to know that I think your show is a major highlight of the entire LA region, bar none. Looking so forward to it again.

Message: Posted by: geneurban (Dec 2, 2011 03:12PM)
Went over to LA for the big Thanksgiving weekend. The highlight of the weekend was definitely dinner in Santa Monica and a night at Magicopolis. I've been meaning to see Steve's show since Sheets told me about it years ago and finally make it happen.

I had a great time. Steve is obviously a seasoned pro. His ease and skill only come from doing the work for years. Bovena was such a treat as well. Her ability to tell a story with magic is a real gift. I especially appreciate the genuineness and honesty of her performance.

If you get to LA, make sure and put a night with Steve and Bovena on the calendar... years from now you don't want to be one those who said: I always meant to go to Magicopolis.
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Dec 15, 2011 11:55PM)
No matter how corrupt, greedy, and heartless our government, our corporations, our media, and our religious and charitable institutions may become, the NEW YEAR’S EVE show and celebration at Magicopolis in Santa Monica will still be wonderful. Also, since 1998, every Fri 8PM, Sat 2PM & 8PM, Sun 2PM. Treat your friends and family as well as yourself. http://www.magicopolis.com now, or call 310-451-2241 today. Your facebook connection for daily interactive nonsense, Magicopolis news, celebrities http://www.facebook.com/magicopolis
Message: Posted by: Vick (Dec 25, 2011 06:15PM)
Steve, Thank you

We all must keep putting high quality entertainment out for magic to regain it's place among the arts
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Jan 27, 2012 02:20AM)
Let’s talk about love. Yes, love. Because as long as there’s love, there are going to be people. And as long as there are people, there’s going to be a world. And as long as there’s a world, there’s going to be a Magicopolis Valentine’s Day celebration. Tuesday February 14 / 8pm - Big Show, Open Bar, Pizza, Champagne Toast, Magic Class, Souvenir bag of Tricks, Surprises… http://www.magicopolis.com now or 310 451 2241 today.
Message: Posted by: curtnelson (Feb 19, 2012 01:30AM)
Loved the show at Magicopolis tonight! I took my parents, who have been to the Magic Castle a bunch of times, and they said they were much more impressed with Steve's show. That's pretty high marks!
Message: Posted by: Donal Chayce (Mar 4, 2012 07:33PM)
I returned to Magicopolis last night with three friends in tow for an encore performance of "Escape Reality". It's been a couple of years since I last saw the show, and I swear it was even better the second time around.

For nearly two solid hours Steve and Bozena charmed and amazed the packed house; I wouldn't be surprised if the laughter and applause could be heard on the sidewalk in front of the theater.
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Mar 29, 2012 09:30PM)
There’s a guy who’s becoming pretty successful imitating me. He’s stolen all my moves, he sounds like me, he even looks remarkably like I do, and people are going wild about him. *** you Justin Bieber! *** you to hell! See the original at Magicopolis in Santa Monica, http://www.magicopolis.com now or 310 451 2241 today. Join me for daily fun on facebook http://www.facebook.com/#!/magicopolis
Message: Posted by: mumford (Mar 30, 2012 07:05AM)
Who is Justin Bieber?
Message: Posted by: LVMagicAL (Apr 9, 2012 12:14AM)
Saw the Big Show (Escape Reality) at Magicopolis last night. AMAZING from the moment we walked in the door. Superb bar magic, quick service at the box office and Steve Spill was an excellent host! Arrived a little early and got to spend a few minutes with Steve....checked out the theater, met his co-star and enjoyed chatting it up with the other guests. Theater seats 150 and not a bad seat in the house. Nearly a full house last night. Was most pleased with the way Steve has gotten creative with some "old time" effects. Entertaining from the opening bit to the closing illusion. When you're in the LA area, go check out Magicopolis! Worth way more than the price of admission! Thanks for the hospitality and very enjoyable evening, Steve. We'll be back!!
Message: Posted by: mikemindel (May 27, 2012 05:57PM)
Watched the Friday night show at Magicopolis which was quite fun and had a great ending. Excellent theatre and cool tricks from Chad at the bar before went in added to the experience.
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (May 27, 2012 11:18PM)
[b]Wow... what a great show today at Magicopolis.... we had a party of 13 (good number) and Steve's show wowed 'em all (me too).... His linking finger ring routine really blew folks away... fun fun fun. Check it out.[/b]
Message: Posted by: charliecheckers (Jun 2, 2012 03:03AM)
On 2012-03-30 08:05, mumford wrote:
Who is Justin Bieber?
Wow - This show must really be something - if it made you forget about Justin Bieber.
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Jun 10, 2012 10:28AM)
As you get older, you realize, even If you’re a bazillionaire captain of industry, or a Nobel Prize winner, your dad may be proud, but he’s not impressed. He would be a lot more impressed if you’d treat him to the big MAGICOPOLIS FATHER’S DAY SHOW, Sunday June 17 / 2PM. http://www.magicopolis.com now or 310 451 2241 today.
Message: Posted by: abecarnow (Jul 8, 2012 11:15AM)
Great show. Went with my wife and father in law, age 89, and we all had a great time. Steve and Bo's show is more than magic, it is funny. It is more than comedy sketches, it is magical. Great for all ages, for families, very mystifying, great classics of magic, and a spin on the conjuring art that can only be performed by Steve and Bo. Always fun, always fooling, and supremely enjoyable.
Message: Posted by: Dr. Solar (Jul 23, 2012 02:24AM)
Great time for my friends and myself two weeks ago. wow, has it been that long? Both my friends enjoyed it tremendously. I as usual always enjoy the showmanship, the friendliness, the comedy and audience approval level. You consistently WOW them. I saw you added a few more effects thus enlarging the show to near two hours. What bang for the buck. Thanks so much Steve. Good to see the house nearly packed as most times I am down there. Keep the light.
Message: Posted by: lux (Aug 15, 2012 12:25PM)
We were looking forward to seeing Steve's show on our road trip through California. We were not disappointed. Steve is a great guy and we enjoyed his show very much. It was much more personal than the shows we watched in Vegas. It was very nice to get into touch with Steve and his staff after the show. So, If you are at LA visit Magicopolis and enjoy his magic.

Best wishes from Germany

Message: Posted by: Magikbob (Sep 30, 2012 09:12PM)
We got back from celebrating our 17th wedding anniversary by going to Steve's Sunday matinee. Even with Carmageddon II, there was still a good size crowd. Steve kept everyone amazed and howling with laughter. I got also got a chance to speak with Steve before and after the show and he was super gracious to my wife and daughter. I can't say enough about what a great time we had.

Message: Posted by: noble1 (Oct 3, 2012 12:16PM)
Great funny surprising Magicopolis articles in the new Vanish Magazine free download #4 at http://www.vanishmagazine.com
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Dec 17, 2012 09:17PM)
Beyond all the petty details of life on Earth and maybe Venus, my answer to the all-important question “What should I do for New Year’s Eve?” will be as true on New Year’s Eve in the year 300,002,002 A.D as it is right now. What is that answer? I think I’ve touched on it before, but I’ll say it again. Enjoy the NEW YEAR’S EVE show and celebration at Magicopolis in Santa Monica.

Also, since 1998, every Fri 8PM, Sat 2PM & 8PM, Sun 2PM, Treat your friends and family as well as yourself to our long running show Escape Reality http://www.magicopolis.com to get tickets now, or call 310-451-2241 today. Your facebook connection for daily interactive nonsense, Magicopolis news, celebrities http://www.facebook.com/magicopolis
Message: Posted by: Pop Haydn (Feb 20, 2013 04:12PM)
Show coming up at Magicopolis on March 7th and April 4th!









Message: Posted by: Dr. Solar (Mar 2, 2013 03:32PM)
I'll be heading down to Magicopolis to catch Pop Haydn this coming Thursday. Sadly I will not be able to stay the weekend to see Steve's act. I always catch it when down LA way. It is a terrific show. Not to be missed.
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Mar 15, 2013 05:31PM)
Magicopolis on TV in LA this Saturday night Eye on LA at 6:30 on ABC7. It will also live online once it airs at http://www.abc7.com/eyeonla
Message: Posted by: mumford (May 9, 2013 06:08PM)
I just saw this on the magicopolis facebook: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYcHSeoEKf4
Message: Posted by: markmiller (Jul 5, 2013 09:23PM)
Appreciate the Magicopolis show with Spill and Bozena more and more every time we go. Tonight will be our seventh time! Going as part of a group of ten, all ten are artists of one form or another and I know at least one other couple - the one's who organized this outing - have been before. Last time, upon hearing it was our sixth visit, Spill said we were gluttons for punishment! Love the show and love the Spill!
Message: Posted by: msmaster (Oct 15, 2013 10:08AM)
Message: Posted by: noble1 (Oct 16, 2013 06:33PM)
Latest & Greatest:

Message: Posted by: steve spill (Dec 7, 2013 11:07AM)
Mental health professionals believe anxiety stems from not facing your true emotional needs. That’s why psychiatrists advise you to treat your friends and family as well as yourself to the Magicopolis New Year’s Eve show and celebration. Tickets here now http://www.magicopolis.com/new_years_eve/ or all 310 451 2241 today.
Message: Posted by: mumford (Mar 30, 2014 12:28PM)
Spill and Bozena continue to be talented and funny, just saw the show again last night and it was off the charts amazing, they got a well deserved standing o, I loved the couple of new bits.
Message: Posted by: msmaster (Jun 9, 2014 09:27AM)
I'm bringing my son, my father, and grandfather, to the magicopolis father's day show party this sunday, anyone other magic fathers going?
Message: Posted by: markmiller (Jul 26, 2014 12:29PM)
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Sep 30, 2014 05:57PM)
Even though my new book "I Lie For Money" isn't due inshore until next May, the publisher just sent me the cover art which I'm sharing below:
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Sep 30, 2014 05:58PM)
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Message: Posted by: steve spill (Sep 30, 2014 06:03PM)
Sorry I tried, guess the file is too big, you'll just have to wait to the book comes to a store near you or online May 2015, Skyhorse Publishing, New York..
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Sep 30, 2014 06:10PM)
Okay, last post - see the "I Lie For Money" book cover here, now: https://www.facebook.com/magicopolis
Message: Posted by: markmiller (Oct 1, 2014 04:08AM)
Message: Posted by: noble1 (Oct 3, 2014 12:57PM)
Cool artwork, can't wait to read it.
Message: Posted by: MagicallyMe (Oct 18, 2014 07:37PM)

It was great meeting you and the family enjoyed the show a lot. Lots of fun and a great venue.

Looking forward to coming back!

Message: Posted by: mumford (Nov 18, 2014 03:33AM)
Steve thank you for another great performance at the Magicopolis sunday matinee yesterday, great stuff. I really loved your six card repeat idea done with three leaves and it was great to talk to you and hear about your new book. For those who don't know about it I found the Amazon link here: http://www.amazon.com/Lie-Money-Outrageous-Magician%C2%92s-Misadventures/dp/1632204924
Message: Posted by: msmaster (Dec 6, 2014 02:50PM)
I was just turned on to the Magicopolis / Steve Spill Epic Meal Empire episode, all I can say is wow:

Message: Posted by: noble1 (Dec 19, 2014 08:06PM)
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Feb 10, 2015 11:40AM)
Let's talk about love. Yes, love. Because as long as there's love, there are going to be people. And as long as there are people, there's going to be a world. And as long is there's a world, there's going to be a Magicopolis Valentine's Day Celebration / Show. This Saturday night February 14 at 8PM. www.magicopolis.com

AND please buy my new book, I Lie for Money – Candid, Outrageous Stories from a Magician’s Misadventures
here on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lie-Money-Outrageous-Magician%C2%92s-Misadventures/dp/1632204924
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Feb 28, 2015 12:30AM)
We're now on that thing called Twitter. Follow us for exclusive updates & news. And to be awesome: http://www.twitter.com/magicopolisLA
Message: Posted by: markmiller (Mar 7, 2015 08:23AM)
I'm passing this link from Jack Shalom on for those who are interested:

Magician Steve Spill, he of Magicopolis fame, has a new book out in May about his life and times as a journeyman magician. It's got the poetic symbolic title of I Lie For Money. If you want to read great stories about being mentored by Dai Vernon, Charlie Miller, and Francis Carlyle, and would like to know how he managed to open his own magic theater where he stars nightly, then look out for this entertaining book.

You can read my review of it here, on my daily blog:

Message: Posted by: noble1 (Apr 11, 2015 12:08PM)
If you ever wanted to start doing your own show in your own theater it is imperative that you check out Scott Wells Magic Word podcast, the complete Steve Spill / Magicopolis story is right here: themagicwordpodcast.com
Message: Posted by: mumford (Apr 11, 2015 07:33PM)
Scott's interview is excellent. The direct link is:
Message: Posted by: mumford (Apr 18, 2015 01:41PM)
Great cover story about Magicopolis, the book I Lie for Money, and the guy behind it all, Steve Spill, by Dustin Stinett in the current, May issue of Genii Magazine.
Message: Posted by: msmaster (Apr 27, 2015 01:12PM)
Magicopolis fans absolutely positively need to hear this hilarious enlightening podcast now: Dave Attwood Show @DaveAttwoodShow · Apr 26
This week's show w/ Steve Spill @magicopolis . A must for fans of magic http://attwoodmagic.com/wp/this-week-at-ams/ … #ILieForMoneyComingMay12
Message: Posted by: noble1 (May 8, 2015 02:16PM)
Really funny Magicopolis article in today's Los Angeles Daily News http://www.dailynews.com/arts-and-entertainment/20150507/dennis-mccarthy-living-a-magical-life-in-santa-monica
Message: Posted by: steve spill (May 11, 2015 07:20PM)
I will be at the Magic Castle Wed 5-13-15 / 8PM conversation/Q&A/signing I LIE FOR MONEY the most badass book about being a magician ever written, and on an informal basis I can be found at Magicopolis doing the same thing after every show Friday 8PM, Saturday 2PM, Saturday 8PM, Sunday 2PM.
Message: Posted by: markmiller (May 30, 2015 01:16PM)
Love this: http://www.magicians-scrapbook.co.uk/steve-spill-when-magic-tricks-just-dont-work/
Message: Posted by: mumford (Jun 13, 2015 07:13PM)
GREAT MAGICOPOLIS FEATURE IN LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS http://www.dailynews.com/arts-and-entertainment/20150605/magicopolis-owner-writes-of-a-life-filled-with-magic-moments
Message: Posted by: msmaster (Jun 19, 2015 06:09PM)
Okay, I loved the Wells and Atwood podcasts, but on this one Spill goes all out on the book Magicopolis, everything.. http://successfulperformercast.com/stevespill/
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Jul 20, 2015 11:03AM)
Hey Magicopolis fans: Right now Kindle Deal of the Day, Amazon.com is offering a great deal on my book I LIE FOR MONEY.

If you want to make magic your career, or if you’re a magician who wants to improve your standing, or if you’re a reader who’s interested in our bizarre, secretive occupation at which few will ever succeed and those lucky enough to do so tend to go slightly mad, this book might be for you.

Message: Posted by: steve spill (Jul 20, 2015 05:35PM)
I LIE FOR MONEY now #2, get me to #1 during the $1.99 ebook sale here: http://www.amazon.com/Lie-Money-Outrageous-Magicians-Misadventures-ebook/dp/B00W0LW7RQ/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1437430730
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Jul 23, 2015 11:17AM)
Spill episode of This American Wife is live! And it's great! The interview closes out the show and starts at about the 30 minute mark, they’ve even added music and additional drama to the tales! Here's the link: http://thisamericanwifepodcast.com/index.php?id=116
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Jul 23, 2015 11:17AM)
Spill episode of This American Wife is live! And it's great! The interview closes out the show and starts at about the 30 minute mark, they’ve even added music and additional drama to the tales! Here's the link: http://thisamericanwifepodcast.com/index.php?id=116
Message: Posted by: noble1 (Jul 23, 2015 11:31AM)
Love it!!
Message: Posted by: noble1 (Jul 23, 2015 06:47PM)
Also love the new magicopolis.com website!
Message: Posted by: mumford (Aug 12, 2015 07:14AM)
Steve Spill joins Michael Lauck to discuss creating his own venue, comedy, magic and, of course, his new book I Lie For Money.http://itricks.com/news/2015/08/steve-spill-magic-week-in-review/
Message: Posted by: msmaster (Aug 30, 2015 08:57AM)
This new book review was just posted on the Magicopolis facbook page: http://manhattanbookreview.com/book-reviews/i-lie-for-money-candid-outrageous-stories-from-a-magicians-misadventures/
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Nov 24, 2015 09:45AM)
MY TRICK “GRAB & STAB” DEVELOPED IN THE LATE 1970s HERE’S ME, STEVE SPILL, DOING THE ORINGINAL BACK IN 1982: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pj4wvnuB4rM
Message: Posted by: markmiller (Dec 2, 2015 01:59PM)
Mr. Magicopolis Toyota commercial aimed at the Latin market
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Dec 18, 2015 10:35AM)
No matter how corrupt, greedy, and heartless our government, our corporations, our media, and our religious and charitable institutions may become, the New Year's Eve show and celebration at Magicopolis in Santa Monica will still be wonderful. Treat your friends and family as well as yourself.
Message: Posted by: noble1 (Apr 29, 2016 12:59PM)
Bringing my wife, kids, mom and grandma for Mother's Day! See you and the gang soon!
Message: Posted by: noble1 (Aug 3, 2016 04:14PM)
Steve Spill Eye-Poper available agin from Scott Alexander. https://www.facebook.com/scottalexandermagic/videos/10154395730380844/
Message: Posted by: msmaster (Sep 3, 2016 02:03PM)
Great to wake up to this funny clip today, made my morning. https://youtu.be/gFx-mVup6QE
Message: Posted by: noble1 (Oct 24, 2016 10:04AM)
Todays Huffington Post!
Message: Posted by: msmaster (Oct 27, 2016 01:41PM)
Great interview and pix!
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Dec 2, 2016 01:14PM)
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Message: Posted by: steve spill (Feb 1, 2017 10:10AM)
Let's talk about love. Yes, love. Because as long as there's love, there are going to be people, and as long as there are people, there's going to be a world, and as long as there's a world, there's going to be a Magicopolis Valentine's Day celebration / show February 14 / 8PM magicopolis.com
Message: Posted by: steve spill (May 1, 2017 12:12PM)
FREE MAGICOPOLIS TIX FRI MAY 12 / 8PM - That performance is being taped for the Halloween episode of the NBC show First Look which airs weekly after SNL. I have a handful of comps for enthusiastic fans that can positively attend. Please email me steve@magicopolis.com in the subject put May 12 – you can bring your mom, it’s Mother’s Day weekend. This notice not posted elsewhere, act now if interested..
Message: Posted by: steve spill (May 3, 2017 12:55PM)
As you get older, you realize, even if you're a bazillionaire captain of industry, or a Nobel Prize winner, your mom may be proud but she's not impressed. She would be a lot more impressed if you'd treat her to the big MOTHER'S DAY MAGIC SHOW & PARTY Sunday May 14 / 2PM magicopolis.com now or 310 451 2241 today
Message: Posted by: Scott Wells (Jul 6, 2017 03:05PM)
Be sure to catch this week's podcast featuring a drive around Santa Monica, CA with Steve Spill. We then head down to "Old Hollywood " for a martini at Musso and Frank Grill. The last part of the podcast features a review of the new John Bannon 3 DVD set, "Move Zero".

And be sure to watch the video tour of Magicopolis (plus a performance of a new trick by Steve Spill) on the blog, too.

Check out this episode on The Magic Word Podcast at: https://www.themagicwordpodcast.com/scottwellsmagic/364-my-week-at-the-magic-castle-2017-part-three
Message: Posted by: mumford (Aug 4, 2017 09:58AM)
Magicopolis Steve Spill episode of Storage Wars on A&E debuted 8/2 at 9:00pm PST but the dates/time keep playing people can check local listings for my episode entitled: 666: The Sign of the Profit.
Message: Posted by: mumford (Aug 4, 2017 10:00AM)
PS - the above was clipped and pasted from the MAGICOPOLIS Facebook page which has the latest on all their stuff..
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Sep 21, 2017 01:56PM)

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This hardcover dust jacket book is personally illustrated, written, and gimmicked by me and produced on a small scale. NO FORCE, SPECTATOR HAS COMPLETELY FREE CHOICE OF ANY TATTOO IN THE BOOK.

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Message: Posted by: markmiller (Oct 22, 2017 06:11PM)
Magicopolis on NBC 1st Look last night - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8cFbptBt7Q
Message: Posted by: noble1 (Oct 24, 2017 06:53AM)
Funny Magicopolis stuff in today's Daily Mail UK excerpted from Steve Spill book I LIE FOR MONEY
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Feb 5, 2018 10:41AM)
Available soon. My new book for magicians with ten never-before-in-print comedy magic routines is about making your magic you, adding comedy, and how to develop your own original material. If you would like to be on my mailing list write me here: steve@magicopolis.com Share this.
Message: Posted by: mumford (May 5, 2018 08:32PM)
About the new Steve Spill book from the magicopolis.com / magicians only website - A PEEK INSIDE –


This work is one of a very tiny handful of books ever published with a specific focus on Stand-up Comedy Magic.

In most magic books, it works out fine when every so often there’s an inventive new routine. This book is different.

FIRST, every idea that ever came to Steve Spill’s mind during his 50 YEARS in comedy magic isn’t here just because it seemed in some way original. The routines in this book are ALL KILLERS, NO FILLERS, twelve examples of my best work – that in one-way or another, have my personal touch.

SECOND, included in every routine is every word, joke, action, and gesture of my presentation. True, not every word, joke, action, and gesture of my presentations will fit you like a glove, or fit every circumstance where you might perform. But I will share with you how to make the routines in this book, or any book, truly yours. That’s the focus of this text. This book is not a catalogue of knuckle-busters… it’s about making your magic you, adding comedy, and how to develop your own original material.

Ten of the routines have never been published in any form ever before. The two that have, my NEEDLES, over the last decade has been a best-selling fifty-dollar single trick DVD, Confessions of a Needle Swallower. That was a video and this is a book, so now is your chance to cross over to a new dimension in sight and sound, especially if you read that chapter out loud. Added details about the routine are presented here for the first time. My LEMON was published a million years ago - although only somewhat accurately, and without any of the pertinent thinking or logic behind its construction - on a Doc Eason video. Now everything is revealed here, along with added details and features never available before.

Here is a brief description of the other routines in the book:

LIKE A VIRGIN – a borrowed signed bill to impossible location - using a stack of CDs - that was originally developed and performed for Richard Branson and guests at one of his exclusive events.

THINGS OF UNIQUE BEAUTY – everyone in the audience is let in on the secret except for the onstage volunteer in this bit about uniquely American items such as the Corn Dog, the Chia Pet, Snuggy, the Clapper, et cetera – in the end not only the onstage volunteer, but also the audience, are fooled – but in different ways.

RED & BLUE – a half/dyed color-changing hank routine about Democrats and Republicans that equally makes fun of both donkeys and elephants during the various phases – ending with the conclusion that both parties are, “Cut from the same cloth.”

MODRERN FAMILY – a Soft Soap type routine - with G-strings, bikini underwear, and tighty-whiteys - that are soiled with lipstick kiss marks and handprints – that’s a surefire recipe for magic that causes a stir in loins and laughter.

LEAF ME ALONE – a Six Card repeat idea done with three leaves and a surprise ending that features a ton of audience participation which culminates in a big-promised-audience-response.

ABRA CADAVERS – a You Do as I Do concept using toe tags and death certificates with a darkly humorous script and a surprise burst of flame at the finish.

DING BELL DIE BOX – this ain’t your grandpa’s Die Box routine – but it does use a half-dozen of the kind of bells you see sitting on hotel check-in desks with a button on top, that you tap and there’s a “ding” sound – that will assuredly keep your grandpa awake.

FROZEN PONY – a spectator-to-spectator telepathic routine with variations including a banquet room ice sculpture, crystal ball, or decorative glass figurines.

COPING WITH EDDIE – the only card trick in the book that’s about a boy intimidated by a gently pranking tormentor - which he beats with a Triumph-type-effect.

GO HIMBER FREE – the single most inquired about routine in the book. Three finger rings are borrowed and linked. The chain is in audience view at all times until it is clear each volunteer that loaned a ring gets a close look. No switches, no stooges, no Himber Ring.

For those who haven’t ordered yet, please be aware this book will improve your sex life dramatically. After only a few pages you will begin to feel intelligent, charming, and clever, then aroused, then funny. And after a few chapters, whatever personal or health problems you are experiencing will immediately vanish.

Experience HOW TO MAKE LOVE THE STEVE SPILL WAY, personally autographed, pre-publication offer, will remain at $95 until April 15, 2018. paypal $95 to info@magicopolis.com postage paid in the USA, outside $25 shipping/handling or go to magicopolis.com / magicians only. Limited quantity available.
Message: Posted by: steve spill (May 10, 2018 01:54PM)
As you get older, you realize, even if you're a bazillionaire captain of industry, or a Nobel prize winner, your mom may be proud but she's not impressed. She would be a lot more impressed, if you would treat her to the BIG MOTHER'S DAY MAGIC SHOW & PARTY Sunday May 13 / 2PM magicopolis.com now or 310 451 2241 today.
Message: Posted by: msmaster (Jun 15, 2018 12:53PM)
Will any Dad's be joining me for this?
Treat the man that treats you all year long, to eye-popping astonishment, and laugh-out-loud comedy - June 17 / Father’s Day / 2PM, tickets: Magicopolis.com
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Jun 18, 2018 11:20PM)



What Readers are Saying…

"Some of Steve Spill's most brilliant routines and funniest stories appear in this book. It is a great read for fans like me and a textbook for comedy magicians who want to learn from the best."

“There are only a handful of books on magic that contain so many practical and truly commercial routines. A smart performer with a halfway decent personality could probably take just these twelve routines and use them as a basis for a long term and financially successful career in comedy magic.”

“Steve Spill’s new book is funny, profane, full of great stories, great advice for performers, great magic thinking, obscenities, crazy tricks, and lots of fun. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear some fantastic stories, get some great advice, and learn some funny, unique magic!”

“Due to the fact that I’d like to selfishly keep every spurious subtlety, original technique, radical insight, and deeply thoughtful analysis contained herein for myself, I refuse to endorse this book.”

"Anyone even remotely interested in comedy magic should own this book. It is hilarious and informative and it contains insights with some of the greatest routines of our time."

“Steve is one of the best in the world at developed creative magic and a sustainable career. We should study him – like scientists probing a rat. A very smart, very funny rat… Spill is at a point in life where he knows absolutely everything, and it’s all in this book.”

“I’ve seen Steve perform his “Himber Free” linking finger ring routine and was fooled by it. Having just read this chapter, I can honestly state that this routine alone is easily worth the price of the entire book to a working pro. I’m guessing some of the other routines are also in that category and look forward to studying them as well, but am already satisfied with the value of my purchase. Thanks for sharing this Steve!”


In most magic books, it works out fine when every so often there’s an inventive new routine. This book is different.

FIRST, every idea that ever came to Steve Spill’s mind during his 50 YEARS in comedy magic isn’t here just because it seemed in some way original. The routines in this book are ALL KILLERS, NO FILLERS.

SECOND, included in every routine is every word, joke, action, and gesture of his presentation. True, not every word, joke, action, and gesture will fit you like a glove, or fit every circumstance where you might perform. But how to make the routines in this book, or any book, truly yours, is revealed here in clear detail... That’s the focus of this text. This book is not a catalogue of knuckle-busters - it’s about making your magic you, adding comedy, and how to develop your own original material.

Ten of the routines have never been published in any form ever before. The two that have, SHARP POINTY THINGS, over the last decade has been a best-selling fifty-dollar single trick DVD, Confessions of a Needle Swallower. Added details about the routine are presented here for the first time. CITRIC ACID, Spill’s classic routine for the LEMON TRICK was published a million years ago on a Doc Eason video - although only somewhat accurately, without essential elements that aid in the ease of handling or any of the pertinent thinking or logic behind its construction - Now everything is exposed here, much of it now obtainable for the very first time.

Here is a brief description of the other routines in the book:

LIKE A VIRGIN – a borrowed signed bill to impossible location - using a stack of CDs - that was originally developed and performed for Richard Branson and guests at one of his exclusive events.

THINGS OF UNIQUE BEAUTY – everyone in the audience is let in on the secret except for the onstage volunteer in this bit about uniquely American items such as the Corn Dog, the Chia Pet, Snuggy, the Clapper, et cetera – in the end not only the onstage volunteer, but also the audience, are fooled – but in different ways.

RED & BLUE – a half/dyed color-changing hank routine about Democrats and Republicans that equally makes fun of both donkeys and elephants during the various phases – ending with the conclusion that both parties are, “Cut from the same cloth.”

MODRERN FAMILY – a Soft Soap type routine - with G-strings, bikini underwear, and tighty-whiteys - that are soiled with lipstick kiss marks and handprints – that’s a surefire recipe for magic that causes a stir in loins and laughter.

LEAF ME ALONE – a Six Card repeat idea done with three leaves and a surprise ending that features a ton of audience participation which culminates in a big-promised-audience-response.

ABRA CADAVERS – a You Do as I Do concept using toe tags and death certificates with a darkly humorous script and a surprise burst of flame at the finish.

DING BELL DIE BOX – this ain’t your grandpa’s Die Box routine – but it does use a half-dozen of the kind of bells you see sitting on hotel check-in desks with a button on top, that you tap and there’s a “ding” sound – that will assuredly keep your grandpa awake.

FROZEN PONY – a spectator-to-spectator telepathic routine with variations including a banquet room ice sculpture, crystal ball, and decorative glass figurines.

COPING WITH EDDIE – the only card trick in the book that’s about a boy intimidated by a gently pranking tormentor - which he beats with a Triumph-type-effect.

GO HIMBER FREE – the single most inquired about routine in the book. Three finger rings are borrowed and linked. The chain is in audience view at all times until it is clear each volunteer that loaned a ring gets a close look. No switches, no stooges, no Himber Ring.

For those who haven’t ordered yet, please be aware this book will improve your sex life dramatically. After only a few pages you will begin to feel intelligent, charming, and clever, then aroused, then funny. And after a few chapters, whatever personal or health problems you are experiencing will immediately vanish.

Experience HOW TO MAKE LOVE THE STEVE SPILL WAY, personally autographed, go to magicopolis.com / magicians only. Limited quantity available. Now shipping. Presale price extended until June 21, 2018
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Jul 8, 2018 09:14AM)
Since posting above, these comments just came in:

Jon Armstrong

I have only had this book for about a week and I have already read it twice. It’s full of real insight, practical routines (one of which I’m working on for my show right now) and it’s just super fun to read.

Peter Samelson

Just back from Europe and it is my first read! Wow. So good!

Tommy Fusillo

I am reading it a second time as well! BRAVO Steve Spill. Thanks for sharing this book
with us!

Jeff Morris

The book is awesome. I've read it twice!

Hanno Rhomberg

Steve your first book was amazing and very funny. Your new book arrived last week in Austria and it is so great. Funny, well written and full of great routines. Thank you also that you shared one of your amazing stories in our Magic Magazin Aladin. Its a great gift for magic pals you really like.

Hal Meyers

This book is amazing - seriously! You are going to be blown away on multiple levels. A MUST read! And it's really funny - too!

Denzil John Asche

He’s a great writer, witty and warm with extraordinary stories. It really is a magic book, though, with routines and filled with performing tips and experience.

the book is available here: magicopolis.com / magicians only
Message: Posted by: markmiller (Jul 20, 2018 11:29AM)
Jamy Ian Swiss rave review from today - https://www.magicana.com/news/blog/how-make-love-steve-spill-way
Message: Posted by: noble1 (Jul 31, 2018 04:11AM)
New Steve Spill Magicopolis book review today from Jack Shalom in NYC https://jackshalom.net/2018/07/31/how-to-make-love-the-steve-spill-way/
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Aug 5, 2018 08:40AM)
I caught the show this weekend. Great fun in an intimate setting. The show is well honed and engages the audience in that way only experienced live entertainment can!
Message: Posted by: markmiller (Aug 19, 2018 10:31AM)

His acclaim below along with Jamy Ian Swiss and Jack Shalom links.

Books on magic theory often come from writers you've never heard of before, which puts their advice into question, and on rare occasions from those who have put in the flight time and earned both a reputation and a living. This is the latter case, from two of the most successful magicians I know. Read and learn.
DIABOLICAL DOZEN -- This is about Steve Spill's new book of magic, How to Make Love the Steve Spill Way. But before we dive into that, let me repeat my advice from April 2015 to read Spill's I Lie for Money, one of the most enjoyable magic autobiographies you will find, spanning Steve's early life as a sort of Magic Castle mascot studying under Vernon and Charlie Miller to his recent decades as major domo of Magicopolis in Santa Monica. And hey, it's way cheaper than the new book, at less than three bucks on Kindle or twenty in hardback.

Magicopolis secrets.
OK, you're back from that? Good. On to the new tome, which contains 12 Steve Spill magic tricks that you can do. Adhering to the sex manual metaphor, the book is divided into two sections, Foreplay (theory) and Seduction (the 12 tricks). In the opening chapter "Hello, Sailor" Steve establishes the goals: (1) How to make the 12 routines in the book, or any book, truly yours and (2) how to make your magic you, adding comedy, and how to develop your own original material. The next chapter "Exposing Myself" is a short version of the life I told you to read, above, establishing Steve's bona fides as a Castle kid (Charlie Miller once made him a peanut butter and jelly sandwich!), as an opener for rock stars, as half of the Brook Farm Inn of Magic, and of course proprietor of and the performer at Magicopolis. On to theory. The next three chapters "You Are Who You Is," "Seriously, I'm Joking," and "Wired to Create" accordingly cover how to make your magic you, how to be funny, and how to be creative. Steve is definitely pro-comedy and argues that point well as he provides the specifics that the chaapters address.
A few of the dozen tricks:
Sharp Pointy Things. In my fourth-grade summer I performed an outdoor magic show, tacking up hand-lettered signs advertising what I would do, among those things the Houdini needle swallowing trick. Fortunately, I came to my senses, or maybe my mom did, and I skipped that trick. So many decades later, I am still not going to do it. But if you want to, here are the complete details of how Steve Spill does it, and I have seen him fool doctors.
Citric Acid. Steve's famous Bill to Lemon trick, once shared on a Doc Eason VHS, now taught with all the details. This is the bill routine to learn.
Modern Family. An R-rated version of Soft Soap. I love typing those words. Does anyone out there under, say 60, remember what Soft Soap is?
Abra Cadavers. This is a spooky Do As I Do with toe tags and death certificates, with a flashy surprise ending, my kind of trick! If I were still doing Halloween shows I'd be working on this right now. Steve should have left it out and sold the rights to Zabrecky.
Coping with Eddie. A surprisingly relevant stand-up card routine based on a Steve Bedwell trick, about bullies.
Go Himber Free. The Himber linking finger rings without a Himber ring. Just beautiful to watch. Every detail taught in 51 pages.

Three rings actually linked.
Hard cover, 270 pages, highly entertaining writing, with funky illustrations by the author*, from Magicopolis.com. $125. Steep, yes, but fair for fully scripted professional routines with all the little details worked out.
*I have a fondness for primitive cartoonish art in magic books, such as encountered in, say, John Carney's 1987 booklets. Note that young Steve Spill was the staff artist for Talisman.


Message: Posted by: steve spill (Nov 21, 2018 04:51PM)
How To Make Love the Steve Spill Way by Steve Spill
I’ve been thinking a lot about how my favorite magic books really capture their subject or conveys the quintessence of an author. Books in which the subject’s (or author’s) essence, philosophy, aesthetic, and personality somehow emerge from the pages. Steve Spill’s latest book is a perfect example of this.
If you’re not familiar with him, let me tell you—Steve Spill is the real deal. Whatever goals you have, or have had, regarding doing magic professionally, Spill has almost certainly done what you’ve dreamed of. He holds the record for being the youngest person to ever perform in the Close-up Gallery at the Magic Castle. This happened in 1967, when he was 12 years old, long before the AMA had a Junior Program or anything resembling Future Stars Week. As a teen he hung out with Dai Vernon, Charlie Miller, Michael Skinner, Slydini, Senator Crandall, Francis Carlyle, and Albert Goshman. As a young adult he spent years performing at the Jolly Jester, a bar in Aspen and the Brookfarm Inn of Magic in D.C. He spent about a decade doing corporate gigs and playing in casinos, comedy clubs, and auditoriums opening for rock stars, with many TV appearances sprinkled in. For the last twenty-plus years he has owned and operated Magicopolis in Santa Monica where he does more than 250 full-evening shows per year. He knows more about performing magic for real people in more contexts than I (or you) ever will.
He wrote a candid, outrageous memoir a couple years ago (I Lie for Money), and now he has poured his soul into another book that offers advice, wisdom, guidance, and material from his working repertoire. The book reflects him in every way. It’s funny, inspiring, profane, smart, wise (those are two different things), insightful, crude (as in vulgar, but also aesthetically questionable—the punctuation is a mess and the illustrations aren’t quite successful in fulfilling their gonzo aspirations), and occasionally baffling with flashes of genius. I laughed out loud several times. I also cringed a few times. But that’s the beauty of the book. Spill pulls no punches and doesn’t play it safe. He pushes buttons, boundaries, and the envelope.
How To Make Love the Steve Spill Way is divided into two sections, titled “Foreplay” and “Seduction”. “Foreplay” contains five essays wherein Spill shares a bit of his history and words of wisdom on various topics, all related to the focus of this text: How to make magic routines truly yours. Spill recommends the following three steps to accomplish this. Share who you are, integrate comedy into your magic, and develop your own original material. In the essays, he provides examples of all of the above through personal anecdotes and direct advice.
The essays are meandering, digressive, but if you just go with the flow, everything you need to know about being an original, creative performer is there. Sometimes it’s between the lines, but more often he’s very explicit (in more ways than one). Here is a random sample of some of the things I highlighted.
“The big trap magicians fall into is trying to get by only on the basis of their tricks.”
“The secret is to act like a human being. And too may magicians act like magicians.”
“Normal gets you nowhere.”
“Can you think of a phrase that might define your brand?”
“When you steal material, you’re not only robbing them, you’re also stealing from yourself, because you’re not pursuing your own creative process.”
“If a bit doesn’t work, do the exact opposite and it’ll sometimes work.”
And finally: “Don’t be a flat squirrel.”
The remainder of the book (“Seduction”) is a dozen tricks directly from Spill’s working repertoire (I saw his show at Magicopolis recently, and he did three of the tricks in this book). Each trick includes the story behind the routine’s creation, often with anecdotes involving celebrities he has worked with or performed for. Of the dozen tricks, very few are going to fit you. And that’s basically the point of the book, and the reason for the essays. The way to approach this (or any) magic book is to figure out a way to make the material work for you. Magic routines are not one-size-fits-all; they need to be customized before they’ll fit you like a glove. But when you see how he has taken routines and changed them to fit himself, you should be able to see how you can change them to fit yourself.
Of the twelve routines, I’m going to focus on three, because I think they are masterpieces—“Citric Acid,” “Sharp Pointy Things,” and “Go Himber Free.”
With “Citric Acid,” Spill reveals—for the first time—the method and presentation of his seminal version of Bill in Lemon. And I use the word seminal very carefully. In the 1960s, Bill in Lemon was rarely performed. It wasn’t completely lost to history, but very few magicians did it. In 1969, Spill revived the trick when he devised this extremely popular method and staging for the trick. But wait. How can it be popular if this is the first time Spill has published it? Well, that story has already been told in his memoir (mentioned above) and I won’t repeat it here, but you can probably guess the gist of it. His presentation includes a great gag to facilitate borrowing money and some great advice about gauging the tenor of the crowd and adjusting your comedy/references accordingly. There is also invaluable advice about how to handle the vanish, the load, and the revelation of the bill in the lemon.
“Sharp Pointy Things” is his work on Needle Swallowing, another trick that was little performed when Spill started doing it over forty years ago. He writes that it gets the biggest reaction of anything he’s ever done. About a decade ago, he explained this on a DVD, and here in print he again reveals everything: all his patter, every tiny detail of the method, safety tips, and an interesting step-by-step approach designed for those who might be too timid or scared to put needles in their mouths. Spill’s approach is fairly comedic. He seems more interested in this effect being entertaining than mysterious or astonishing, but every performer will of course make adjustments according to their own style.
The final trick was the highlight of the book for me. “Go Himber Free” is his method for the Linking Finger Rings. As the title suggests, Spill’s method does not involve a Himber ring, and it is performed with three genuinely borrowed rings, no switches and no stooges. It is the cleanest handling you will ever see and it is brilliant. When I read this method I was stunned and excited, as were the people who loaned Spill their rings when I saw him perform it recently.
The remaining routines include a Bill to Impossible Location, a presentation for McComb’s “Half-dyed Color-Changing Hanky,” an updated presentation (and method) for “Soft Soap”, a You Do As I Do done with toe tags and death certificates, a presentation for the Die Box (the story of its creation includes a masterful lesson in how to walk into a sketchy situation with a tough crowd and pummel them into submission), and a new presentation for the Ultra Mental Deck with an extra magical moment.
Some of you will hate the book, and some will be offended. It might seem contradictory (or hypocritical) that I often berate authors for syntax and grammar errors (see my column last month), but am giving Spill a pass here. True, Spill’s punctuation is a mess, however different books have different goals. This book is a personal, comedic expression, and I’m using different standards here than for books that attempt to be scholarly, serious works. Finally, it might seem that this book has a steep asking price (only $25 dollars less than the DeLand book, after all), but when you properly assess what Spill is offering—a life’s worth of advice and material—it is a #&*@$!^% bargain.
How To Make Love the Steve Spill Way * Steve Spill * 6" x 9"; 270 pages, hardcover, illustrated with pen and ink drawings; published by Magic Concepts, Inc.; www.magicopolis.com; Dealers should contact the publisher; $125.
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Nov 21, 2018 09:44PM)

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Message: Posted by: noble1 (Jan 4, 2019 01:41PM)
Any magicians out there want to join me in catching the Magicopolis show this Saturday 8PM?
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Jul 24, 2019 02:06PM)

The Magic Circle in London called my last book, HOW TO MAKE LOVE THE STEVE SPILL WAY, “the book of the decade.” That was kind of embarrassing – but if those brainy upper-crust UK dudes think that, who am I to argue? Their review was in the May 29, 2019 Magic Circular.

My wife Bozena says I’m brilliant and the funniest magician on the planet. Well, I am her husband, so she might not be objective – but since she knows me better than anyone, it must be true.

Don’t ask me. All I can say for sure is that I’ve been a comedy magician for fifty years who has walked a mile in every man’s shoes. What I mean is, I’ve lived large and fallen hard – and I’ve survived – performing at casinos, corporate events, social soirees, on TV, and for the last two-plus decades I’ve done my own show in my own theater, Magicopolis, in Santa Monica. That’s how I know what I know. You could steal five or six books from the Magic Castle library, and not get anywhere near as much help and inspiration as you’ll get in my new masterwork – MAGIC IS MY WEED.

This book is designed to skyrocket your creativity – it offers practical techniques and exercises for improvising without preparation as a comedy magician – which is different than what a set-up punchline stand-up comic does, or sketch actors improvising with each other do. You get a sure-fire callback system with tags that you can incorporate into your show right away – if you have no idea what that last sentence meant – you need this book. I reveal my personal innovative ideas on how to capture swinging singles, kids, teenagers, seniors, corporate crowds, and establish rapport and a sense of camaraderie with those audiences – for real – along with a pantload of other ideas that will help you increase engagement, boost your creativity, and transform your life.

PLUS YOU GET TWELVE SURE-FIRE AUDIENCE-TESTED ROUTINES that can help close the gap between where you are and where you want to be. Kick ass with these routines that are complete with every gesture, nuance, method and handling – including word-for-word laugh-getting scripts that get results. These are the twelve routines of which I speak:

MINDREADING GOOSE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZDtzhPCry4

GRAB N STAB https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pj4wvnuB4rM

A spectator selects a restaurant menu and mentally orders a meal – the magician divines the appetizer, entree, and dessert and wraps the bit with a surprise finish.

One of the most crowd-pleasing Miser’s Dream routines ever, with six silver dollars, a pot and a large spoon, that ends with a dinner plate size coin.

Seven solid corporate event minutes where a spectator takes on a new identity and you divulge their innermost thoughts.

A spectator is given a dousing rod that goes haywire and finds hidden water amongst a boatload of whisky.

A bloody message mysteriously appears on the surface of a broken piece of mirror. Yes, that’s the bottom line visual effect. But what really affects the crowd response to the surprise writing is the story.

I’ll wager there’s never been another routine where an appearing and vanishing golden Cub Scout wolf neckerchief and slide were used as a metaphor for a plethora of unwanted ordered and returned mail-order items – no gimmicks and plenty of comedy and magic throughout this eight-phase presentation.

Being an artist has always been a good way for geeks to get chicks naked. Especially true with this Renaissance routine, that makes use of a three-panel painting, known as a triptych, and the surprise funny finish features an actual nude.

A volunteer groupie imagines herself at a concert – without revealing a thing – that artist’s music starts playing on an old record player, simultaneously that very record cover rises from a stack, and on the back of our groupie’s photo is a poster advertising the exact concert in mind – from the artist, right down to the date, time, and venue.

Although the general effect, that of restoration, is nothing new… this reweaving of how to get to that conclusion precludes audiences from anticipating the outcome. Nope, I’m not talking about the popular pastime of pretending to read jokes off pre-torn pieces of newspaper. In fact, there isn’t any newspaper involved at all. This is a never-revealed-before effect and never-revealed-before method.

The penultimate two-person balls-over-head routine that’s been perfected in over 20,000 performances.

MAGIC IS MY WEED has everything a book should have: 287 sequentially numbered pages, ink, binding – even a hardcover – all at no extra charge!

Special pre-publication discount offer – $95 paypal to info@stevespill.com international $120, all pre-publication orders are personally autographed and include shipping and handling. MAGIC IS MY WEED is due to ship in seven weeks, thereafter $125 per copy domestic, $150 international.

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Message: Posted by: markmiller (Aug 1, 2019 01:11AM)
Caught the last Magicopolis show and ordered Weed..
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Aug 27, 2019 02:11PM)
RE: My sale of Magicopolis to Randy Sinnott – the inside poop for those millions who have emailed, PM’d, VM’d, called, et cetera

A while back, someone asked if I had ever considered selling Magicopolis. That’s ridiculous, I thought. But I said, “I’ve had a lot of offers. I just haven’t met the right person.” That deal led nowhere, but it made me realize that I was not opposed to the idea, and I wasn’t shy about sharing that thought with others. When I shared with my business partner and wife, Bozena – that feeling about it being time to pass the baton and let someone else take over Magicopolis, she said, “That’s good… Come to bed.” I climbed into bed and felt loved like never before. I realized how blessed I was. And that cracking a deal allowing another entity’s acquisition of Magicopolis would actually be liberating. And when that mission was accomplished, it felt like a huge burden lifted off my shoulders. I felt free and I fell asleep that night with the woman who was my strength and courage.

People have asked why I sold Magicopolis, did it get boring doing the show year after year? I can honestly say, no, it never did. Perhaps, at the time I became motivated to sell Magicopolis I was enduring a lapse of sight of that... mainly because I never took my foot off the gas pedal. Including regularly scheduled shows and special events I averaged at least two hundred performances a year for twenty-one years straight – and would get really tired, my body would regularly get worn down. I ain’t a young pup anymore. The time came to relax and recharge my depleted batteries. Yes, I can work less now and there is nothing better than being your own boss. Well, there is, actually… not having to work at all. That is way better.

And by “not working,” I mean having no employees or a massive monthly nut and all the other theater-owner-producer responsibilities and minute ******** that have nothing to do with feeling artistic or creative or inventive. Now I perform at my own leisurely discretion, a few shows a month, and there’s plenty of time for writing and drawing and painting – which I enjoy as much as magic – and indulging in Bozena’s passion for travel, which is high on her list of highs. As of right now today, the owner of Magicopolis is Randolph P. Sinnott, former Magic Castle president, founding partner of a nationally recognized law firm, and former United States Marine Corps Colonel – a man who is qualified for the theater-owner-producer task beyond belief. And yes, he is also artistic and creative and inventive.
Message: Posted by: steve spill (Sep 4, 2019 10:31AM)
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Message: Posted by: steve spill (Sep 7, 2019 06:41PM)

Steve Spill is at it again---writing that is, and his books just keep getting better and better. It's a shame that the title Lost Inner Secrets is taken, because this book is that. No, it's not going to tell you where to put your left pinky when (at least not too much), but it's a book that could supercharge a performance from just competent to extra special. I can't imagine a better investment of your magic time than reading this book.

Steve's recent retirement from daily performance at his Magicopolis venue, interestingly, has put Steve in a different frame of mind; you can feel it in his writing. There's still the same love of humor, magic, and people---still plenty of funny jokes---but there's something else this time around, something deeper, more philosophical…wiser. With his new perspective, he gets at what the real essentials are in this performing art.

To my knowledge, what Steve talks about here just isn't available in magic writing anywhere else: the information within comes only with the repetition of thousands of performances. It's about hard-won expertise that is deep in the performer's bones. And it's not easy to articulate it without a lot of self-awareness and self-reflection. Reading, I felt I had a privileged view watching from the backstage wings, thinking: Oh, that's what he's doing, that's how he's getting that laugh. that's how he's making rapport with the audience, that's why he does that move then. If you're reading this, you probably have shelves of magic books with tricks and sleights; you likely have near warehouses full of magic equipment. Those are not going to make you a better magician at this point. Leave them alone for now. Pick up this book. It will tell you what you don't know about performing, and will never know, until you perform as many times as Steve Spill has.

Steve starts off with persona. A magician, he explains, doesn't have to be relaxed and carefree---but s/he has to give that impression. Magic is an aggressive art at bottom; there's always the iron fist in the velvet glove. It takes a lot of time to find the right balance of mystery and playfulness to keep an audience from feeling abused. "It's important," says Spill, that magicians "not take themselves so seriously that audiences feel beaten over the head by the performer. I think a cultivated casualness is an antidote to the oft-perceived pomposity that comes with fooling people, and that can help whatever you do become more viewer-friendly." And, a bonus of such apparent casualness: "Performing without a lot of affectation can conceal methods, and presents everything that’s said and done as something brought about without laboriousness."

"Cultivated casualness" is a wonderful phrase and Spill goes on to explain exactly how to cultivate that casualness and how to use it to the performer's advantage. First, there is a terrific section on improvising, which is unlike any other advice on improv that I've seen. As Steve points out, the improvisation techniques that a comedy magician needs to learn (and really the techniques here are good for all magicians, not just those committed to comedy) are different from the techniques that one learns in a theater improv class. Simply put, an actor works with other trained improv actors, but a magician is largely exchanging banter with audience members who are untrained. Steve gives you techniques that make those interactions wittier, funnier and more engaging. I practiced his exercises for a single day, and I was already faster on my feet with other people. This chapter alone will improve performances greatly. It's a real gift.

Then there's a whole chapter devoted to comedy tags. Wait, I know---Dammit, Jim, I'm a magician, not a comedian! Okay, okay. But you know what?---Steve is giving you ready-made callbacks here, and if you play your comedic cards right, four or five-time callbacks. Even if you're not a comedy magician, only the most dour of performance personas would find these suggestions out of character. Short of some Bizarre Magic approach (and maybe even then) humor almost always lifts a performance.

On to a chapter about doing magic for teens. As someone who's worked with teens as an educator for many decades, I'll tell you this: Steve Spill understands and appreciates the way teens think and act. He is exactly right about how to approach them. He gives not only a general approach, but also some very specific bits that work and carry him through a show. I like that Steve Spill likes teens. And oh yeah, if you don't know how to deal with teens who love their cellphones---and they all do---once again, Steve comes to the rescue with both general and very specific advice.

Steve ends this section with some disarmingly frank advice about playing the long game:

Being a pro may be a labor of love, but is labor nonetheless. It is a job. Usually it is a fun job, but not always…Very few in our craft are ever in the position to turn down work. Some jobs are ones you desperately want---others you don’t want, but take just for the payday. In my lifetime I’ve given tens of thousands of performances. Some were great. Most were good. Some were bad. A few were really bad.

And then Steve goes on to say how he saves himself when things go South.

I really should stop the review here, because the book I've described so far is worth every penny to a person who repeatedly gets onstage for a living.

But duty says, continue. And it's not really a duty, it's a pleasure. Because the second half of the book consists of some unpublished wonderful routines from Steve's repertoire, with their full scripts. It includes "The Mindreading Goose"---"Not bad for a goose!"; and "Broken Mirror," a spirit slate routine done without slates, suitable for your favorite spooky holiday; then a lovely sleight of hand interlude done with a Cub Scout neckerchief slide; and a brilliant Torn and Restored routine that can be customized for special occasions. They are all effects that although not overly elaborate can play big and funny for a large audience.

But my favorite routine here is Steve's version of the Slydini "Paper Balls Over The Head." The piece should win some kind of award for the most brilliant comedy magic script of the decade. This thing is a comic masterpiece. This is one to bring down the house. Okay, remember what I said about the first half of the book being worth every penny? Forget that. Because for the right person, this script alone is worth every penny. Seriously. It could be a reputation maker.

Overall, the book is bursting at the seams with fantastic performance advice and magic routines. I can't recommend it highly enough. The icing on the cake is a back cover photo of Dai Vernon that I assure you, will have you laughing out loud.

You've got an uncle in the business. His name is Steve Spill, and he's telling you everything he knows. Thank you, Steve, for one of the most entertaining and useful books of magic I've ever read.

You can order it at https://stevespill.com/products/magic-is-my-weed

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Message: Posted by: steve spill (Nov 4, 2019 12:53PM)

Magic Is My Weed by Steve Spill, Magic Concepts, Santa Monica, www.stevespill.com, 2019; hb, 6” x 9”, 236 pp., $150 including international carriage.
A short while back I enthused greatly over the prequel to this: the author’s ‘How To Make Love The Steve Spill Way’. Such was my unabashed zest for that volume that I gushed, “There are woefully few books for the stand-up comedy magician: itself a dying breed as performing conditions increasingly favour the close-upper. This is at heart (and this book has a big heart) a love song for the parlour/stage comic performer, doubling as a lesson in scripting, routining and theatricality”. Steady on there: but it applies largely to this volume too.

This is very much Volume Two of a concatenation: it offers up a mirror to its predecessor. So you will find a combination of entertaining, insightful autobiographical details and quirky commercial routines that will resonate with readers of the ‘Love…’ book.

This wisecracking hippie speaks for most of those of us with the presumption and neediness to stand up in front of strangers and seek their unalloyed approval when he admits: “There is no more thrilling feeling then the sound of people who are surprised and clapping and cheering – it acts like a drug. It is my weed”. To his credit, few are prepared to go to such lengths to fish for that level of public approbation than Spill; some of the routines (in both books) are not only idiosyncratic but entail him going to unusual lengths to concoct a routine.

A routine that embodies the Spill style of chutzpah will be the one those familiar with his oeuvre will flip the pages to locate upon unwrapping the book: ‘The Mindreading Goose’. It has become something of a signature routine for Spill; it is very funny, in the Venn diagram of Rocky Raccoon but with a (hopefully) unique climax when the featured Goose takes a wazz over the front row. It sold for the best part of $500 – may still do as far as I know – as a dealer item, but like the afore-mentioned Rocky, I cannot envisage it in any one else’s hands. It’s laid out here in all its glory and to the requisite detail to allow you to make one for yourself; I doubt many will, and in many ways, I hope they don’t: it would be a calamity to see such a gem ruined in lesser hands than Spill’s.

As with its prequel, this is very much a book of two parts; ‘Contact High’ (geddit?) is a sequence of great anecdotes, autobiographical insights that offer a thoroughly enjoyable, if slightly unnerving trip through Spill's bizarre mind. Do not be beguiled by his entertaining anecdotal style though; there is much hard-gained wisdom contained in this half of the book, and for me just these 80 pages or so would be an invaluable publication on their own; in which case the routines come as a huge bonus. A particularly welcome aspect of this is his entry into an examination of his approach and attitude to comedy; David Regal pronounced this segment as “priceless”, and Regal certainly knows his comedy.

Then come the routines, and there are a few veritable pearls amongst those that are, shall we say, somewhat idiosyncratic: likely to remain Spill’s alone. ‘Mindreading Goose’ aside, I was attracted to his unusual and beautifully staged version of ‘Paper Balls Over Head’, as far from Slydini’s as you are likely to encounter. His ‘Miser’s Dream’ with spluttering finish is a hoot; you’ll have great fun just envisaging yourself standing on a stage and delivering it.

Even if you do not pick up any of these routines as written, you will certainly learn much from his approach, thinking, attention to detail (which is extraordinary) and the relationship he develops with his audiences (for example his take on the T&R Newspaper). And there are so many great lines included that the comedy performer will seize upon with an ungainly alacrity: like a pig snuffling out truffles, the result is a joy to digest.

You can only get these volumes from the author, and they come with an eye-watering international delivery charge; and an asking price of over $300 delivered for the two books may seem veering towards exploitative. As tends to be the case with the release onto the market of a lifetime of commercial insights and material from a true professional: here’s a price to be exacted for such a release. If your wallet forces you to choose between the two, I’d point out that the first book gave me more pleasure than its still-excellent successor and is still an essential purchase for me. Whichever way you decide to go, you will rarely enjoy the fruits of such an investment in magical literature with such laugh-out-loud relish.
Message: Posted by: noble1 (Nov 14, 2019 07:27PM)

STEVE SPILL TELLS ALL -- Steve Spill makes me laugh. I became a huge fan in the early eighties, visiting his and Bob Sheets' Brook Farm Inn of Magic a half dozen times, the most perfect full evenings of dining and magic I can imagine. If you have never encountered Steve's twisted sense of humor, you can via YouTube (see my notes in July 2019) or through his more formally compiled DVD, 10 Years of Steve Spill 1980-1990. Alas, you can no longer encounter him at Magicopolis, at least not on a regular basis, as he has sold the establishment to the Magic Castle's Randy Sinnott. More recently, you can encounter Steve in his new book, Magic Is My Weed.

Said book mimics the previously praised How to Make Love the Steve Spill Way, with about half devoted to essays (theory and history) and half to a dozen fully polished professional stage routines.

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Theory. The opening chapter "Let's Party" makes the case that performing magic generates extreme bliss (the drug metaphor), a true high for a boy who grew up loving (as I did) magic, old rock and roll, and various magazines (Mad, Famous Monsters of Filmland, and Genii). Ah, but unlike me, Steve's dad was a Magic Castle medium and his "uncles" were Dai Vernon and Charlie Miller. Not fair. He sold Magicopolis not so much for getting bored of performing (although he did over 200 shows a year for 21 years) as for "work" (paying employees, making the monthly nut, etc.). He has dropped back to a few shows a month.

The rest of the chapter focuses on agents and managers, show producers, being a wisecracking hippie, being yourself on stage (huge part of the Love book), the notion that humor enhances mystery, being more analog than digital, and what the rest of the book promises, especially if magic is your weed.

That promise includes theory chapters on exactly how to address various aspects of stage performance, analysis I've seen rivaled only in David Kaye's work on kid shows.

"Spur of the Moment" addresses improv: why you should do it and how you can do it. Why increases being now with your audience. As to how, Steve advises no fourth wall, thinking while they are laughing, saying the second or third thing rather than the first, interviewing spectators and reacting to their answers, living a full life, reading humor, being informed, applying the acronym PESK to your routines to make them funnier, and limiting profanity. (That last suggestion does not apply to magic books.) Regarding humor, I regularly read Steve's suggestions of James Thurber and S.J. Perelman and would add to his list P.G. Wodehouse, Jean Shepherd, and Peter De Vries.

"OA" is Steve's technique for controlling a general audience via callbacks and tags. It is guaranteed to generate plenty of oohs and ahs.

"The Dope on young Humans" is Steve's strategy for controlling a theater full of young kids -- school field trips were popular at Magicopolis. Let's just say the method would be explosive. I have often wondered: the rumor at Brook Farm was that Steve and Bob Sheets used to host pizza matinees for kids only. Could these kid control techniques have been developed there?

"Paparazzi!" contains general thoughts on entertaining teenagers -- graduation parties were popular at Magicopolis -- along with a specific strategy involving a pop-up necktie. I must admit the latter made me a bit squirmy, and I am someone who performed and published Love Potion Number 9 (a unique Card from Fly routine) and The World's Most Obscene 21 Card Trick (The Little Egypt Book of Numbers). Steve's teen chapter concludes with some ideas on performing for seniors.

"Tough Skin" takes me back to the MAGIC Live session called Ghost Stories, hosted by Mac King and Max Maven in scout uniforms by a campfire. Various pro magicians told horror stories of their worst performances. This chapter contains Steve's worst, and they are really bad. The chapter concludes with Mark Wilson's advice on what to do when things go that wrong.

Magic. And then we have a dozen complete routines with all the little touches that have made them so great over thousands of performances. Among them ...

Mind Reading Goose is Steve's most iconic trick. I doubt that you are reading this review if you are not deeply familiar with it. "Not bad for a goose!" There is a great story about how the routine evolved from a car ride with John Kennedy (the magician, not the President), Tim Conover, and a bumper sticker that read SAVE A TREE, EAT A BEAVER. All the performing details are here, including permission to perform it, but you will be money and time ahead if you purchase the whole darn thing from Bob Kohler.

Not bad for a goose!
See the material performed here.
Grab N Stab is Steve's Russian Roulette routine with five knives. Don't worry about it failing: it fails every time, with a great comic ending.

Broken Mirror is a bizarre effect, with a Satanic message in blood on a piece of broken mirror. Perfect for Halloween.

Rice Paper is Steve's Paper Balls Over the Head routine with toilet paper that he and Bob Sheets turned into a hilarious two-person routine, at least twice as funny as any prior version. Wife Bozena later handled the honors at Magicopolis. History note: Steve first encountered this routine as a volunteer for Slydini himself.

And eight more: a terrific mind reading routine re menu selections, a Miser's Dream that uses a pot, a spoon, and six dollar coins, a business card force, a mental effect for Multiplying Bottles, a manipulation trick with a Cub Scout neckerchief slide, a new use for a Grant Temple Screen, a haunted record album collection, and a Mother's Day wrapping paper restoration.

As I opened, Steve Spill makes me laugh. Not just on stage, but in his writing. He has a humor-centric approach to life and the written word. But funny as he is (his writing is up there with Regal and Caveney), the best laugh in the book goes to Bozena, for her comment at the bottom of page 210. I am still laughing.

Like the previous book: Hard cover, 238 pages, highly entertaining writing, with funky illustrations by the author, from Magicopolis.com. $125.

Are there more of these books in the pipeline? I am thinking illusions. The Spill-Sheets Substitution Trunk and the Levitation of a Lady from the Audience play large in my memory.