Walt Anthony’s San Francisco Magic Parlor is a charming, uniquely San Francisco entertainment experience. The Chancellor Hotel (just off Union Square) is a cozy, comfortable setting for the show, with bar refreshments available, and a nice lobby waiting room area (since I always arrive early for a show, it was nice to be able to relax in comfort while waiting for the doors to open).
When the doors open for the show, Walt personally greets the audience as they enter. His dress and the room décor have a Victorian feel, and, accordingly, Walt is a gentlemanly host. The seating is intimate: several rows of chairs, and a number of table booths around the perimeter of the room, with good sightlines all around.
The show is a series of magic performance pieces, each themed with a story relating to San Francisco history and lore. This is not a dry history lecture; the stories are filled with colorful characters (from the Emperor Norton to “Big Alma” Spreckels) and a native’s insight into his beloved city. The stories are all entertaining, and the magic provides a fun (often amazing) complement to the storytelling. With its blend of story, history, and entertainment, The San Francisco Magic Parlor is a thoroughly enjoyable, charming outing for anyone’s visit to the city.
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