The critically acclaimed Magicopolis Theater in Santa Monica California was founded in 1998 by Steve Spill.
You may have seen Steve improvising on reality TV shows such as Storage Wars, I’m with Busey starring Gary Busey, CELEBrations with Tori Spelling, Candidly Nicole – starring Nicole Ritchie, Joan Knows Best with Joan Rivers, Epic Meal Empire about a chef obsessed with bacon and whisky, Pit Boss – the saga of a talent agency for little people who rescue abused pit bulls for a hobby, First Look with the flirtatious but innocent former Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts, and many more.
Steve Spill and his partner Bozena Wrobel starred in their own show, Magicopolis, inarguably the single longest running live production of any kind in Los Angeles history, flabbergasting crowds continuously for 21 years.
If you please, take a seat and watch Steve & Bozena onstage. Experience their unique take on a classic illusion, followed by some quirky funny business, and finally, a death defying escape.
Steve and Bozena designed and built the 150-seat Magicoplis theater in the Los Angeles seaside community known as Santa Monica. During the design process the two opinionated collaborators weren’t always in complete agreement, at one point it seemed as though the restrooms might be constructed in the middle of the stage!
Today what stands at 1418 Fourth street in Santa Monica is a space that’s ideal for viewing a magic show with an extremely raked auditorium allowing perfect head-to-toe visibility of the performers, great acoustics and lighting, all constructed of re-cycled elements from other buildings that were being torn down or renovated.
Take a tour of the theater here:
Eons ago, when the international public definition of comedy magic was – tricks gone wrong, as exemplified by icons such as Carl Ballantine and Tommy Cooper – Steve Spill proved tricks that went right could also be funny. Enjoy an 80’s clip of Steve in a comedy club, finishing with his first-class needle swallowing:
Tricks with eye-balls, soup cans, voodoo dolls, lemons, dreidels, tattoos, spatulas… throughout his life Steve Spill has concocted countless tricks and routines and year after year magical artists plug into Steve’s spirit and revive his ideas. Here is a vintage bit with knives.
Towering above all of his creations as the most echoed is Steve Spill’s Mindreading Goose, here’s his original presentation from 1979. Next watch a recent interpretation of Steve Spill’s Mindreading Goose on Australia’s Got Talent in 2022.
We could all use a good laugh from time to time. The Amazon bestselling book, I Lie for Money, published by the Skyhorse division of Simon & Schuster in 2015, dives into the absurdity of Steve Spill’s life, shares vividly told anecdotes, sharp musings, and Steve’s voice rings through every page.
Between 2019 and 2022 Steve Spill self-published three books for the magic fraternity that explain, with detailed description, how to develop and perform original material and launch and maintain a professional career as a magician. These books are among the most highly reviewed of their type in the industry.