One of the most common magic tricks is pulling a quarter out of someone’s ear, a maneuver widely practiced by magicians due to their inexplicable hunger for machine-bought gumballs. Catch a show that's moved beyond sugary surfeit with this GrouponLive deal to Intimate Illusions. For $29, you get one general-admission ticket to any show (up to a $70 value, including all ticketing fees). Shows play most Fridays and Saturdays at the Beverly Wilshire hotel, and showtimes vary from week to week; click here to see the schedule.
Recently honored by William W. Brien—the mayor of Beverly Hills—for his contributions to magic, award-winning magician Ivan Amodei dazzles audiences at his Intimate Illusions show with masterful sleights of hand and mind-boggling feats peppered with witty banter. The show's illusions see Amodei recreating the story of William Tell using only an audience member, an apple, and a sharpened dart, and demonstrating savant-like mental powers inspired by Rain Man and enabled by having Dustin Hoffman whisper facts from the wings. Lovely cellists accompany the performance, intensifying the atmosphere with classical tunes by Vivaldi and Bach as well as popular music from such films as Mission Impossible and The Pink Panther. A private luxury suite—modeled after a Madison Avenue apartment—houses shows with intimate aplomb, with room for just 65 guests, or 65 trench coats each inhabited by a colony of rabbits.