Magic Castle Cabaret News & Update – November 2018

Magic Castle Cabaret News & Update – November 2018

Magic Castle Cabaret News & Update

November 2018

Gene Urban
Santa Barbara based magician and Magic Castle performer

 Magic Castle Cabaret
News and Updates

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

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

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


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

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


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

Magic Castle Cabaret News & Updates  November 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Best to you,

gene urban magic castleGene Urban… exceptional magic & mentalism
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Who Is Performing at The Magic Castle

Who Is Performing at The Magic Castle

Who Is Performing at The Magic Castle

Hollywood, CA


performing at the magic castle

Gene Urban…Magic Castle Performer

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

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

FYI: Gene Urban performed at the WC Fields Bar in early May. Here is link to some video and thoughts from his time there. 

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

Who is Performing at the Magic Castle – Dec 17-23


gene urban close up magic at magic castleCLOSE-UP GALLERY

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

Early Early Performer

  • Mark Furey

Early Performer

  • Thom Peterson

Late Performer

  • Danny Ray


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

Early Performer

  • Simone Turkington

Late Performer

  • Shane Cobalt

gene urban magic castle magicianPALACE OF MYSTERY

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

  • Larry Wilson
  • Michael Goudeau
  • Losander


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

Eddie Goldstein – Monday – Sunday


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

  • Zabrecky
    David Kovac – (Monday-Sunday)


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

Gene performing in China

Gene performing in China


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




If you are reading this letter of referral Mr. Urban is most likely trying to convince you to purchase his services with your hard earned company funds. From one business person to another considering Gene for a company function or forum will be a wise investment in your program.

Marc Calderwood

President, Rio Grande Travel

Your presentation at our International Super Rally in San Antonio was fun, entertaining and provocative–a perfect opening for our Forever Training Academy.
Thank you for challenging our FLP distributors to expand their thinking by showing them the power of illusion. One of our favorite questions of the past week has become, “How did he do that?”

Rex Maughan

President and CEO, Forever Living Products

Let's Make Magic Happen at Your Event or Party

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Santa Barbara Magic Castle Cabaret Update 9-12-2018

Santa Barbara Magic Castle Cabaret Update 9-12-2018

Magic Castle Cabaret Update

September 2018

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

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

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

“The decor is funky and fun… based on a fictional Palace of Gold in northern Spain where a Count and Countess entertained magicians”
Montecito Journal

NEWS & UPDATE – October 2018 — The Magic Castle Cabaret will be closed for a couple months. The City of Santa Barbara has some additional requirements the Larson’s need to take care of before they will receive that final occupancy documents. For those who’ve opened a business in Santa Barbara, you know how it goes.

Arlene, the ultimate optimist, says…

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

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

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

Tony Slydini – One of the Great Magician

Tony Slydini – One of the Great Magician

The Great Teachers of Magic

Tony Slydini

Master Magician & Teacher — Tony Slidini

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

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

What Made Slydini A Great Magician and Teacher?

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

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

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

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

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

Gene Urban

Watch A Master at Work

Contact Magician Gene Urban For Your Next Party or Event

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Magic at Satellite Wine Bar

Magic at Satellite Wine Bar

Magic at Satellite Wine Bar

It’s happening on Thursday Nights

Gene Urban
Gene performs mind-boggling close-up magic and mentalism

Good news for magic lovers. There is magic at Satellite Wine Bar on Thursday nights from 6:15 to 9:00 pm.

Santa Barbara magician Gene Urban has performed in 21 countries and is a performing member of the Magic Castle in Hollywood, CA.

Gene leads the fun with close-up magic and mentalism performed behind the bar and tableside.

“Gene is the real deal. Watch out though, your mind might just explode”
Satellite Guest
ABOUT GENE — Gene got the magic bug while attending UCSB. It never went away.

Gene specializes in close-up magic and mentalism. People say his magic is crazy good and the mentalism beyond explaination.

ABOUT SATELLITE WINE BAR — In a very short time, Satellite Wine Bar has made a lot of friends.

The proprietor, Drew Cuddy, loves wine, especially farm wines. Satellite is a farm to table to glass experience. The difference keeps people talking and coming back.

The food at Satellite is equally exceptional. Chef Emma West hand selects her ingredients from local farmers markets. From there, she adds her own magic.

“Drew’s wine journey began at age 15 with a trip to Italy, evolving into annual home-stays with Italian winegrowers each college summer. He’s enjoyed working on many small family-run wineries and across Italy, France, Spain and, most recently with Medlock Ames Estate Winery in Sonoma, California..”

Satellite Wine Bar

1117 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101
(805) 364-3043