by Viktorija Pashuta
If you’re looking for an enigmatic experience that will bring you back to the ages of old fashioned magic tricks those with the charm of live, private theaters with the hint of a presence of the Great Houdini – – look no further than Black Rabbit Rose. This is LA’s hidden gem to have a magic night full of unexpected performances, great drinks and a few juicy laughs. But proceed carefully as there are a few spoilers ahead.
Born and bred in Los Angeles, fraternal twins Mark and Jonnie Houston have cornered a niche market of high-end, nightlife hotlife spots. The duo launched Piano Bar in 2008—followed in short order by La Descarga, Harvard & Stone, Pour Vous, No Vacancy, Dirty Laundry, Good Times at Davey Wayne’s, Butchers & Barbers, and Break Room 86.
Throughout Black Rabbit Rose – a bar, lounge and a private theater space where BASIC team had a pleasure to experience their Saturday Night show. There is a definite surprise waiting for you in any corner at any given time. By entering the venue it made us feel like we stepped on the grounds of Alice in Wonderland. But one just for adults.
The show began with a grand entrance by a charismatic and flamboyant Mr Fitzgerald, who kept the audience on their toes all night long. There is no escape from his penetrating, yet frivolous gaze and no way to run away if he decides to bring you on stage for a magic act.
The ornate theater becomes a pulsing heart under the sensual voice of theater’s lead performer Liberty Larson – fourth-generation magician of the Larsen family, the creators of The Magic Castle in Hollywood and founders of Genii Magazine and the Academy of Magical Arts. With casual grace, she performed a piece a capella by the legendary Edith Piaf to an audience in silent admiration.
She was followed by a Scottish born standup comedian Stuart Macleod, who is now part of Scottish BAFTA nominated magicians group Barry and Stuart. After his memorable act – you sure will not be able to enjoy tic tac mints as you used to after seeing his bewildering performance. We were astonished by a number of truly fantastical number tricks he performed so easily and seemingly without effort . Make sure you have your calculators with you to keep up with his captivating math skills.
Under the sparkling chandeliers, the whole performance was lit up by a mysterious lady-vamp named Asia Ray, who without doubt will leave you breathless by fearlessly playing with fire and swallowing swords as if they were made of air.
All in all, be ready to be amused and immersed in the enchanting spell of Black Rabbit Rose.
Saturday Show Magicians and Performers @blackrabbitrose
Asia Ray @asiarayfreak
Liberty Larsen @glassofmoon
Stuart Macleod @stuart.macleod
Houston Bros @houston_bros