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Magicopolis is a 150 seat theater in Santa Monica, California;[1] founded in 1998[2] by magician Steve Spill, and is the permanent home of his magic production, "Escape Reality",[3] which has received positive reviews from guests and critics.[4][5][6][7][8]

Magicians Penn & Teller cast their hands and feet in cement for the Magicopolis groundbreaking ceremony on March 25, 1998 [9] Robert Holbrook, Mayor of the City of Santa Monica, on behalf of the City Council proclaimed March 25 to be "Magicopolis Day" in Santa Monica.[10] Friday the 18th of September 1998 marked the grand opening, and official ribbon cutters and special guest performers, Penn & Teller,[11] took the stage and over the course of the evening performed some of their classic routines. To finish, Penn delivered a "heartfelt discourse on the value of seeing magic performed live and the importance of Magicopolis".[12]


  1. Swertlow, Frank (1999-February 1–7) "Santa Monica Club Hoping to Work Magic" Los Angeles Business Journal
  2. "Calendar Morning Report" (1998-09-02) Los Angeles Times
  3. Millier, Mark (2005-01-27) "Couples best trick: staying visible" Los Angeles Times
  4. Kawamoto, Wayne "Review: Magicopolis"
  5. Gonzalez, Martin (April 18, 2003) "How's Trick's?" Los Angeles Daily News
  6. Riley, Jenelle (May 29-June 4, 2003) "All That Abracadabra" Back Stage West Magazine
  7. Foley, F. Kathleen (2001-06-14) "Silly Hocus Pocus Does the Trick" Los Angeles Times
  8. Mama, Yo (2008-02-07) "The Short Set: It's Magic!" Los Angeles Times
  9. Leeds, Eric (March 27, 1998) "Magicopolis Set To Open on Fourth Street" Santa Monica Sun
  10. Joyce, Kenneth (July 1998) "Magicopolis Breaks Ground; Penn & Teller Make Impressions" Outlook Magazine
  11. Chambers, Cheesha (September 18, 1998) "Penn & Teller to Christen Magicopolis" Daily Variety
  12. Caveney, Mike (November 1998) "Magicopolis Grand Opening" MAGIC
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