Magic's Afoot on the Queen Mary

"Fantasea" returns with a flight of illusionists in tow.

IF YOU COULD DESIGN A MAGIC CLUB, the kind of ultimate place for old-fashioned abracadabra-ing, what would you put in it? We're talking design-wise, here, and not specific rooms, because of course there'd be a green room backstage, where the illusionists can hang out between performances. What materials would you use? Sumptuous woods, and gorgeous low-lighting, and some mysterious spaces? Would you put your club somewhere rife with history and fables? And would your magic club inspire patrons to get a bit dressy ahead of attending? All of those wishes correspond to an actual place that really does exist in this dimension: the Queen Mary. The Art Deco landmark is layered in interesting woodsy, metallic notes, and the inclination to gussy up, like travelers did back in the 1930s, when the ship sailed the seas, still remains. Thus we don't have to conjure this ultimate magic club out of thin air: It will exist, for a single night, on the stunner of a ship, this...

SATURDAY, APRIL 8: That's when "Fantasea: Where Magic Lives," returns to the multi-deck destination. The Magic Castle in Hollywood is part of the Long Beach-based evening, an evening that'll see a string of now-you-see-it-now-you-don't-y shows from a flight of talented prestidigitators. The afternoon-long affair, which materializes at noon and vanishes at 6 p.m., includes up-close magic, illusionists on-the-roam, and some foodly, drink-delightful treats, from a Magic Mixology Tasting to a special dinner show. Also? The ship's famous phantom-focused ghost tours weave right into the wonder of the event. And if you're on the ship the following day, check out the Abracadabra Brunch. Is the whole of the Queen Mary a kindred spirit to a classic magic club, the kind that's lined with luxe woods and beautiful drapes and whimsy and enchantment? See for yourself when illusion arrives at the iconic ocean-liner. 

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