Offbeat L.A.: Magic and Wine, a Bewitching Combination

The upstairs of the historic Avalon Theatre (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

The upstairs of the historic Avalon Theatre is the setting of Magic and Wine (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

The wine selections of the night )photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

The wine selections of the night (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

Wanting to weave an intoxicating spell of enchantment for a noteworthy occasion or to impress a special someone? Nothing whispers romance like the combination of a little wine tasting and magical wizardry held within a historic Hollywood theatre, where the walls themselves breathe simple sighs of memories. Magic and Wine, a show combining the close-up trickery of magician David Minkin and held in the charming Bardot, part of the Avalon Theatre built in 1927, creates an aura of warmth and bewitching good times.

Appetizers and wine are part of the enchanting evening (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

Appetizers and wine are part of the enchanting evening (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

The evening begins with elegance as guests meet in the gorgeous upstairs bar area of the old Avalon, where the architectural elements create a captivating ambiance. This building was designed in the Spanish Baroque style and the original Jazz Age ornamental flourishes add a haunted beauty and mystery to the occasion. As guests get comfortable, a presentation of the night’s four wine selections is given by two friendly hosts and the cheerful pouring commences. A buffet of appetizers, including cheeses, fruits, chicken skewers and bruschetta allows guests to cleanse their palates between glasses. The wine pourings are generous and given such, a warm, fuzzy solicitude is the pervasive feeling of the night. After an hour of upbeat tastings, guests are called to a small theatre room where David Minkin’s skilled sorcery and precise prestidigitation is ready to be displayed.

Magician David Minkin performs a card trick with an audience volunteer (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

Magician David Minkin performs a card trick with a stunned audience volunteer (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

Minkin’s magnetism and skill charms the pleasantly wine-soaked audience. Many gasp in disbelief as he performs close-up, eye-defying sleight of hand. Volunteers are selected to participate in the magic making and much amazement and amusement abounds. It seems as if a general spell of good cheer has been cast. Minkin, a member and regular performer of the prestigious Magic Castle has won awards and tours internationally. He was a cast member of the Travel Channel’s Magic Outlaws and MTV’s Room 401 and has appeared on the hit show American Idol. His adeptness with his magic keeps the crowd engaged and joyfully entertained.

One of the hosts of the wine part of the evening (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

One of the hosts of the wine part of the evening (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

The Magic and Wine event is top-notch on every level and is the perfect night out, sure to impress and inspire. Historic architecture, magic and wine make a spot-on perfect combination. Do yourself a favor and revel in this enthralling evening of beguilement. It will surely create mystical memories.

Magic and Wine: Bardot, 1737 N. Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028; (866) 737-3436.






Nikki Kreuzer

About Nikki Kreuzer

Nikki Kreuzer has been a Los Angeles resident for over 30 years. When not working her day job in the film & TV industry, she spends her time over many obsessions, mainly music, art and exploring & photographing the oddities of the city she adores. So far she has written 110 Offbeat L.A. articles, published at the Los Angeles Beat. As a journalist she contributes regularly to LA Weekly, Blurred Culture and has also been published by, Twist Magazine, Strobe and Not For Hire. Nikki is also a mosaic artist, radio DJ and published photographer. Her photography has been featured in exhibit at the Museum of Neon Art, in print at the LA Weekly and in exhibit at the Neutra Museum in Los Angeles. She has recorded with the band Nikki & Candy as bassist, vocalist and songwriter, directing and appearing in the 'Sunshine Sunshine Santa Claus' music video for the band. She co-hosted the monthly radio show Bubblegum & Other Delights on for over two years. Her acting credits include a recent role in the ABC-TV show 'For The People', 'Incident at Guilt Ridge', 'Two and a Half Men', the film 'Minority Report' and 'Offbeat L.A.', a web series, written and hosted by Nikki Kreuzer. Her writing, radio and video portfolio can be found at, her photography work @Lunabeat on Instagram and her music history posts @NikkiKreuzer on Twitter. Find Nikki & Candy music on iTunes or Amazon.
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