Coins appeared, as if from thin air — one after another — materializing at the magician’s fingertips. Sometimes he would cause the coins to multiply, with one mysteriously becoming two and then two becoming four.
John Wright, a relatively recent transplant to Austin, performed that wonder and others for Assembly 206 members during the club’s regular August meeting. But rather than coming to the Assembly meeting space and appearing as our guest, Mr. Wright welcomed us to his space and served as our host.
The August meeting was something of a a field trip for members. It was conducted at Magic’s Theater, owned by Mr. Wright and located just south of Austin. It is the only theater in Texas devoted exclusively to magic.
“He put on a great show and was a wonderful evening,” said one happy Assembly member.
Mr. Wright performs a full stage show each Saturday night at the venue, which he promotes as “Magic’s Theater.” He also leads tours of his extensive magic museum located on the premises. There’s a snack area at his venue and a spot for close-up performances.
Assembly members received a sample of the stage show. The Assembly also conducted a bit of its regular business in the 100-seat theater, a beautiful space with a raised stage and spot lighting.
Afterwards Mr. Wright led a tour of the museum, which includes a replica of Harry Houdini’s famous Chinese water torture cell, props from Doug Henning, an original Cardini award plaque, T. Nelson Downs coins and several other artifacts.
Mr. Wright spent most of his career in California, where he owned a successful business that catered to the film studios. He resettled in Texas after his retirement and then began construction of the theater and museum soon afterwards.
And he’s continued adding to the impressive compound, and currently is incorporating new museum acquisitions into added space.
If you haven’t visited Magic’s Theater yet, be sure to do so soon. You can learn more at Magicstheater.com. The phone number is 512 289-4461.