Gerry Griffin Launches Club 52 ? Magic Nightclub in California

 

 

Club from Castro Street

After a quarter century working within our Art as both a performer and shop owner, Gerry Griffin has taken an enormous step towards fulfilling a dream.  It is one most of us have but Mr. Griffin has actually done it.  His new magic nightclub, Club 52, is open for business inland from San Francisco in Martinez, California. 

 

Mr. Griffin owned the California Magic and Novelty Company in Pleasant Hill before moving the store and his focus to Martinez.   He opened the shop and supper club in April of last year and it is gaining a good reputation as a place to perform, meet other magicians, have a good meal, and even shop for the latest magic. 

 

Many of us have visited The Magic Castle and thought of starting our own, perhaps more modest, magic club.  Unfortunately, the path from dream to reality is difficult.  For many, the plans never develop to anything more than wishes and pipe dreams.  Others, have taken the plunge, invested the money only to ultimately fail. 

 

Mr. Griffin took his cues from The Magic Castle in Hollywood and the now-defunct Magic Cellar in San Francisco.  He charges around forty dollars for dinner, close-up, and stage acts.  He books acts to keep the shows fresh and provide an incentive for return visits. 

 

Unlike The Magic Castle, Mr. Griffin’s Club 52 is open for lunch Tuesdays through Fridays.  He entertains diners with close-up magic and stands ready to demonstrate effects for sale in his shop. 

 

Visitors enjoy the intimate surroundings and shows that may lack Las Vegas breadth and props but make up for it with a sense of mystery.  The Contra Costa Times quotes one diner, “I’d forgotten about magic,” said a woman watching young magician Alex Gonzales, who was producing fan after fan of cards from his empty hands on one recent afternoon.”

 

The article describes the appeal of Club 52 thusly, “Those willing to give Club 52 a chance are sold on the notion of enjoying some of the country’s best performers working in a venue that isn’t much larger than your living room.”

 


 

 

Club from Castro Street

After a quarter century working within our Art as both a performer and shop owner, Gerry Griffin has taken an enormous step towards fulfilling a dream.  It is one most of us have but Mr. Griffin has actually done it.  His new magic nightclub, Club 52, is open for business inland from San Francisco in Martinez, California. 

 

Mr. Griffin owned the California Magic and Novelty Company in Pleasant Hill before moving the store and his focus to Martinez.   He opened the shop and supper club in April of last year and it is gaining a good reputation as a place to perform, meet other magicians, have a good meal, and even shop for the latest magic. 

 

Many of us have visited The Magic Castle and thought of starting our own, perhaps more modest, magic club.  Unfortunately, the path from dream to reality is difficult.  For many, the plans never develop to anything more than wishes and pipe dreams.  Others, have taken the plunge, invested the money only to ultimately fail. 

 

Mr. Griffin took his cues from The Magic Castle in Hollywood and the now-defunct Magic Cellar in San Francisco.  He charges around forty dollars for dinner, close-up, and stage acts.  He books acts to keep the shows fresh and provide an incentive for return visits. 

 

Unlike The Magic Castle, Mr. Griffin’s Club 52 is open for lunch Tuesdays through Fridays.  He entertains diners with close-up magic and stands ready to demonstrate effects for sale in his shop. 

 

Visitors enjoy the intimate surroundings and shows that may lack Las Vegas breadth and props but make up for it with a sense of mystery.  The Contra Costa Times quotes one diner, “I’d forgotten about magic,” said a woman watching young magician Alex Gonzales, who was producing fan after fan of cards from his empty hands on one recent afternoon.”

 

The article describes the appeal of Club 52 thusly, “Those willing to give Club 52 a chance are sold on the notion of enjoying some of the country’s best performers working in a venue that isn’t much larger than your living room.”

 

We wish Mr. Griffin the best of luck and look forward to promoting the club. 

 

Read the full article here.

Visit Mr. Griffin‘s website by clicking here.

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