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San Francisco Magic Parlor

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Address: 433 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102-1503
Phone Number:
+1 925-852-8655
20:00 - 21:30
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Thu - Sat 20:00 - 21:30

All New 2015 Production in our 3rd Year!


All New 2015 Production in our 3rd Year!

                    The San Francisco Magic Parlor's new production features magician David Facer. Journey deep into his "World of Paradox" and explore David's fertile imagination and creativity.

                    In our third year the San Francisco Magic Parlor is offering new shows new magic, and a new ambiance while retaining the distinctive qualities that have made it a staple of the Union Square Entertainment scene.

                    David Facer's shows combine theatre and magic performance-art. During this one-person show he is your guide into a make-believe land of Magic, introducing several of the eccentric and bizarre inhabitants of his fantastical world where "Impossible is Not a Word."

                    David portrays five diverse characters in his "World of Paradox." Be enthralled by: Jack Winter and his Sideshow Sensations, Jakob the Mechanical Man with a Human Heart, the enigmatic Dream Dweller Nicolai Bayne, and magical prankster and adventurer Spellvin.

                    Award winning magician David Facer conjures paradoxical mysteries at his fingertips. He has performed with Broadway legend Carol Channing, and entertains in nightclubs, cabarets, restaurants, and at private events. David has been showcased at the San Francisco Zoo, the Hyatt Regency, Six Flags, the Cliff House, and Twining Vine Winery.

                    Time seems to stand still in our intimate Parlor conveniently situated within the historic 100 year old Chancellor Hotel on Union Square. The Parlor's gracious turn-of-the-century ambiance evokes the San Francisco of old.

"Sidesplitting and heartwarming!"

                -Bread & Roses

A spectacular and intimate one man show."

                -SF Bay Guardian

"Just off Union Square, away from the bustle of the crowd,

  is a cozy and charming place..."

                -San Francisco Examiner

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magic and performance art

We saw David Facer at the San Francisco Magic Parlor at the Chancellor Hotel, not knowing quite what to expect. He presents a show on paradox, mixing nicely done basic magic... read more

Reviewed 18 January 2015
Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2015

We saw David Facer at the San Francisco Magic Parlor at the Chancellor Hotel, not knowing quite what to expect. He presents a show on paradox, mixing nicely done basic magic tricks (linking rings, cards, coins etc) with performance art - he creates strange, colorful characters (a mechanical man with very cool lights, a "dream dweller", etc) while engaging the... More 

Thank Chicago-777
David F, Owner at San Francisco Magic Parlor, responded to this review

Hello Chicago-777, Thank you for your generous review. It has been a dream of mine, since childhood, to perform magic for all my life. Its people like you who remind me that I am on the right track. Thank you for believing, "Impossible is NIOT a word...." More 

San Francisco, California
1 review
Reviewed 13 July 2014

I was lucky enough to grab a ticket to the San Francisco Magic Parlor during my stay at the historic Chancellor Hotel in Union Square. Walt Anthony's unique production was unlike anything I've seen before. His genuine presence blended history, magic and theater to create a truly memorable experience. I was captivated throughout the show as Walt uncovered mystical origins... More 

Thank daniel r
Dublin, California
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18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2014

This was my first time seeing a magic show. I did not know what to expect. The room that this took place in was very small and private, and felt a little cramped. Once the show started, I stopped thinking about that. There were several magic tricks done throughout the show, but I liked how some were very subtle. If... More 

Thank LieslKaye
San Francisco, California
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 February 2014

First off I have to say that Walt is amazing! I have lived in the city for a little over a year now and kept hearing about this show. Many of my friends have went and I finally couldn't stand it anymore. I decided to give in and check it out. The event is located in the Chancellor which is... More 

1 Thank Bryce J
Concord, California
1 review
Reviewed 21 February 2014

I took a group of close friends to the San Francisco Magic parlor last night. Walt Anthony weaves a wonderful tapestry of colorful history held together with magic and engaging banter with the audience. This is not a glitzy Las Vegas style magic show. Rather it is like the magic you would have seen more than 100 years ago in... More 

Thank Larry W
San Rafael, California
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2014

I just happened upon Yelp and saw all of the great reviews and thought why not. The evening was definitely a treat! How often can you learn about the history of a colorful, magical city while experiencing the magic firsthand. Do yourself a favor and see the show!

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Thank Robin0753
Vancouver, Canada
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2014

I was staying at The Chancellor Hotel last week and had noticed the hotel restaurant was gearing up for something that looked interesting. Out of curiosity I asked the front desk what was going on and they told me about the magic show. I registered for that evening's show right away. When I arrived I was greeted warmly by Walt... More 

2 Thank Behrcat
San Francisco, California
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58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2013

For a magic show that includes fun facts and rumors of San Francisco in an intimate and chillaxing setting, this is a great escape in the otherwise busy area to enjoy some cool tidbits incorporated with the illusions. It’s wonderful for tourists to learn more about San Francisco in a storytelling way, especially such as the “Big” Alma Spreckels that... More 

Thank TaminatorSF
New York City, New York
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155 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2013

One of the enchanting and truly unexpected treasures available in historic Union Square is The San Francisco Magic Parlor in the Chancellor Hotel at 433 Powell Street. The wonderfully entertaining Walt Anthony weaves a spell and takes us back a hundred years (when the Chancellor Hotel was the tallest building in San Francisco). He proceeds to engage our minds and... More 

Thank Alexander M
Boca Raton, Florida
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42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2013 via mobile

I made a reservation and showed up for the show to find out it was cancelled. I had other backup plans so I was not too disappointed. The lady at the front desk said that I could come back tomorrow night for free if I leave my cell phone number so I agreed. The next day the magician called me... More 

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