When you think of Seattle magic, you might think of when widely known magician Doug Henning performed his magic show in Seattle in the mid 1980’s. Or you may be thinking of back when the Orlando Magic played the Seattle Supersonics in Seattle’s Key Arena.
Well, I think about the Seattle Magic shop located in the historic Pike Place Market, a famous tourist attraction and outlet for Seattle area magicians. Known as Market Magic, the magic shop has some incredible gems for both professional illusionists and aspiring conjurers. What makes this magic shop so incredible is the creative atmosphere and unique sales technique.
Just past the Pike Place Market flying fish and down the walkway to the 2nd floor, you’ll notice the Great Alexander’s fortune telling machine sitting in front of Market Magic. The 1907 building has a bit of an old-fashioned feel that is hard to resist. Walk through the doors and maneuver through the crowd of people - there’s much to be seen. Whether you’re looking for juggling pins, comedic books or gag-gifts, you’ll find them all hanging on the wall next to the array of signed magician photos. Occasionally you may even see some of the resident Seattle Magic working magicians stopping by to replenish their supplies.
Let’s face it, this magic shop, run by owners Sheila and Daryl, is a business and must remain profitable. They are not simply there to have the generous staff perform free illusions for onlookers as they get a taste for what the Seattle magic scene is all about. Watching the staff magician perform effects up close in your hands is thrilling for out of town guests as well as the seasonal cruise industry traffic. Shopping for your child’s birthday or for yourself couldn’t be any more fun as you laugh in utter disbelief. You’ll probably walk away with a self-working magic trick deck of cards, even if you don’t plan on using them.
So if you plan on visiting Seattle, I highly recommend you stop by Seattle’s Market Magic and see what it’s like to be a kid again.