‘The Magician’s Study’ is a hidden Las Vegas gem | Company

In “The Magician’s Study” you will find tricks that are effective in any Las Vegas magic show. A small treasure box opens on its own, then a white handkerchief flies off and falls into an empty carboy. An audience member signs a $50 bill and hands it to the star of the show. Later, he reappears after that same audience member opens a nut.

The magician places coins under playing cards on a black felt. These pieces move around the table, under different cards and seemingly on their own. The crowd gasps, shouts “No way” and laughs in disbelief.

There’s a unique magic to it, too, as the magician – known in public only as The Rabbit – skillfully engages his audience. His sleight of hand is enhanced by his sneaky sides. Similar to an Olympic slalom skier, the star meanders around her guests, never knowing what they might scream.

The Rabbit shows a card and asks: “Is this your card, the three of clubs? For no apparent reason, a man in the middle of the audience, his arms folded skeptically, shouts: “Allegedly!

Maybe the man is drunk, late Saturday night. There’s no doubt he’s verbally outmatched, as The Rabbit replies, “No, it’s actually the three of clubs.” A group of women off to the side also start shouting “Apparently!” and The Rabbit shakes his head, “Oh, you too?”

Thanks to this relaxed conversation, different with each show, The Magician’s Study is an intimate and interactive experience. This is true even in a city where these terms seem to define any recent production or attraction. Thirty-two people were seated at a weekend performance. It’s actually a big band, at full capacity (well, there were eight no-shows) in a production that grew almost entirely through word-of-mouth.

The show is played in one location now, but The Rabbit has ideas to expand into multiple studies, all designed to be supportive of close-up magick. He is likely to recruit and train more than one magician, including a woman, to add to the roster.

For these purposes, the location of the performance and the identity of the performer will not be disclosed. You will thank me later. What can be disclosed is that The Magician’s Study performs in Las Vegas at 7 and 9:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The Rabbit himself is a skilled magician, excellent in the art of sleight of hand. He loses his white rabbit face at the start of the show, so you watch an identifiable performer. If and when you shake his hand, check your watch or bracelet. He might have run away with it, so he could show it to the public a few minutes later.

Access to this jewel of the show is by invitation only and not for sale to the general public. Go to themagiciansstudy.com and follow the instructions. Those who are invited receive a code word in the FAQ section, leading to the ticketing platform.

The Bunny had released The Magician’s Study before COVID-19, then resumed last September, barely filling single shows on Fridays and Saturdays (I attended one performance with six people, one of whom was the director of the Drai’s nightclub, Dustin Drai). Now it goes eight times a week, about 40 people per performance.

The series star came up with the idea about six years ago. He was eager to bring the “intimate” and “interactive” experiences to life.

“There are other shows in town that claim to be interactive, and the artist literally comes out and says, ‘What was your favorite toy growing up?’ and doesn’t even listen to the response,” says The Rabbit. “He just starts spouting his jokes. I looked at this and thought, ‘You’re really not in touch with them.’ when people leave The Study, they connected with me at the end of the night.

The Bunny’s encounter almost feels like a celebratory post-game scene for a winning team. The bunny remembers seeing two people who attended his show long after the performance, as he was leaving the venue. He ran up and said, “Thank you very much for coming. I hope you liked it.”

The following night, this same couple had navigated the maze of the website and were seated in the audience.

“The fact that I said ‘Hi!’ and I took the time to talk to them, it made them want to come back,” says The Rabbit. “It meant so much to them. We developed this so organically. That’s what makes it fun.


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