Magicians will disappear after successful yearlong Tahoe run |

Magicians will disappear after successful yearlong Tahoe run

After 600 shows and 12 months, “TV’s Magic Stars” concludes its run at the Horizon Resort Casino on Sunday, Jan. 13.

“We had a fantastic time; I hate to leave,” said Jonathan Neal Brown, who was the host of the four-magician, two-assistant show. “I just love it up here.”

Yesterday, a Beatles tribute band, debuts Friday, Jan. 18, inside the Golden Cabaret.

TV’s Magic Stars will run at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, twice on Saturday, at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., and twice Sunday, at 3 p.m. and the final show starting at 7:30.

Brown’s most notable feat was last summer, when he drove blindfolded from the Tahoe Keys marina to the Horizon, magically anticipating when to stop at the traffic lights and using a keen sense of smell to identify which fast food restaurants he passed.

“The highlights for us were the incredible audiences we had all year,” Brown said. “Also, the beautiful change of seasons that those of us from Los Angeles don’t get. The spring and the fall here is picture-postcard-perfect.”

Brown said he was surprised to see familiar faces in the audience.

“I assumed that because it was a tourist market that people would only see the show once,” he said. “But we had people come in and see the snow five and six times, and also locals coming back when they had relatives visiting.”

Brown said he will perform next week with fellow “TV Magic Stars” performer Christopher Hart at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles. After that, Hart will work in Spain, and Brown will perform trade-show work for Midwestern corporations, mostly in Chicago.

Joel Ward and Danny Cole of “TV’s Magic Stars” will perform later this month at the Magic Castle before moving on to private dates.

“Magic’s in a happy state right now,” Brown said. “We don’t have anyone like (David) Copperfield exploring new ground every season, but there’s still a lot of interest in it, particularly at the amateur level, due to guys like the David Blaines and Criss Angels who are very popular on the Internet.”

Brown, who has had “three or four” runs at Tahoe, expects to return.

He was asked reveal how he does this tricks with rings, which seem to pass through his arms, legs and torso.

“I can’t do that,” he said. “That’s my carrot that I’m holding. I want to come back.”

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