Marvyn’s Magic Theater in La Quinta established to reopen Sept. 30

Marvyn’s Magic Theater, a La Quinta venue that opened in 2019 featuring mystery and illusion, will reopen its doors Sept. 30 soon after becoming closed for more than a 12 months simply because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jeff Hobson, the host magician who also serves as producer and director of entertainment at the theater, will be performing at the “Re-Grand Opening”show along with a shock visitor. Other scheduled performers consist of comedy hypnotist Ron Stubbs on Oct. 13, magician Levent Nov. 4-6 and 11-13 and illusionist duo Jonathan Neal and Liane from Dec. 2-4. A comprehensive listing of functions is out there at marvynsmagictheater.com.

Hobson claimed until eventually any more COVID-19 mandates are put in location, masks will be optional and administration endorses friends get vaccinated.

“We’re generally likely to address anyone like an grownup,” Hobson mentioned.

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The new theater hadn’t been open for a calendar year when it shut down thanks to the pandemic, and Hobson stated he’s both excited and scared to open its doorways once more.

“It’s like executing every little thing from the commence because it is a slate wiped thoroughly clean and ‘let’s consider it yet again,’” Hobson mentioned. “It’s a unique globe, so you really don’t know how the general public is heading to react. You’re hoping every little thing gets back again to regular. From what I’ve comprehended from friends who have theaters, absolutely everyone is clamoring for amusement now much more than at any time. I hope which is the way it is in the desert.”

Marvyn’s operator Gary Beutler, who is also an amateur magician, decided he wanted to open up a magic theater simply because he felt La Quinta needed some nightlife for people and site visitors.

His company throws board retreats in the town, and a secretary remarked how there have been “great spots to eat dinner but nothing to do following dinner,” Beutler explained to The Desert Sunshine very last 12 months. “Which is why I imagined this would get the job done.”

Beutler then persuaded Hobson and his spouse to shift from Las Vegas — Hobson named the plan “a dare.” 

Hobson done on the Las Vegas strip for 14 years and appeared on tv a number of occasions —  from the NBC display “The World’s Biggest Magic” to “The Jerry Lewis Labor Working day MDA Telethon” and the Television set motion picture “The Illusionists,” which was also a touring magic generation. In 2010, Hobson won Phase Magician of the Yr from The Academy of Magical Arts, an group that promotes the artwork of magic. 

The theater is named after the late Marvyn Roy, a magician and La Quinta resident who gained the phase name “Mr. Electric” for swallowing a 35-foot strand of lightbulbs and turning on a 1,000-watt lightbulb with his bare hands.

Roy launched his profession in magic in 1949 with his late spouse, Carol. — They worked with each other for 50 many years and appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” 6 situations. Magicians all around the planet refer to Roy as an influencer, including David Copperfield.

Roy died past yr at 95. Hobson mentioned the theater was “his dream” and frequently confirmed up to performances on Sundays.

“When he was below, he instructed me, ‘Thank you Jeffrey for producing an previous person very pleased,’” Hobson claimed. “He always experienced a tear in his eye and gave me a large hug. I know this was his preferred location to be and the worst factor that could have happened was the pandemic saved him from looking at men and women before he passed. That was the unhappy section, we couldn’t give him a correct farewell and it was hard on all of us.”

In accordance to Hobson, the theater had a sluggish begin when it opened in the slide of 2019. 

Attendance started to increase by word of mouth. 1 patron told Hobson they discovered about it from a person in Florida another man or woman flew in from Texas to look at a show and took off the next morning and a regional few has stopped in 23 times in 14 months, he mentioned.

“A detail like this, you have to experience it,” Hobson explained to The Desert Solar in 2020. “Most folks have never been to a magic theater. Until people have skilled it, that’s when they go, ‘Oh, this was a great night time! Now I get it! Oh my gosh, I have to explain to anyone about it.’”

The theater has performances booked through Might, but Hobson mentioned he’s planning to increase summer reveals.

“We understand there is certainly heaps of locals that stay in city (during the summertime) and require amusement, so we’re heading to have exclusive pricing and demonstrates,” Hobson mentioned. 

Desert Sunshine reporter Brian Blueskye handles arts and entertainment. He can be reached at brian.blueskye@desertsun.com or on Twitter at @bblueskye. Guidance area information, subscribe to The Desert Sunlight.