Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 101
Mind games with illusionist
Derek Hughes at Casa del Mar.
COME FOR THE BEACH,
STAY FOR THE SHOW.
Imagine any city and illusionist Derek
Hughes will guess which it is. Hughes - a
frequent performer at L.A.'s Magic Castle
and an America's Got Talent alum - is the
resident conjurer at Santa Monica's 129room Hotel Casa del Mar. His intimate
weekly show has audience members of all
ages gasping at what he calls "the sort of
up-close, unplugged, mind-twisting parlor
entertainments humans enjoyed before
Google and iPhones." Bottles vanish into
thin air, torn newspapers rematerialize
whole, and, yes, minds are read.
A stately beachfront resort isn't where
you'd expect to see a magic show - at least
a popular, sophisticated one - but Hughes
is a fan of this unexpected backdrop to his
prestidigitation. In the grand old 1920s
Italian Renaissance Revival
audience gets to
time travel and
of wonder," he
is really what
we want on
vacation - to be
transported to an almost forgotten state
of 'wow.' "
Guests craving more of Hughes' amusements can accompany him on a day trip
to the city's most iconic places for magic
aficionados, such as the Egyptian Hall
Museum in Pasadena, which has a great
collection of vintage posters and props
from the golden age of illusion shows.
Doubles from $489, including breakfast daily
and a $100 spa credit. Magic show, $55.
- David Hochman
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