PRESTO!June 2, 2022
Abracadabra, Alakazam, PRESTO! It’s Magic!
Magic is happening beyond the beach this summer at Destin Commons. Be amazed by some of the world’s most talented magicians from stage and screen.
This 90-minute magical show will have you mesmerized from beginning to end! The performers have been seen on America’s Got Talent, Britain’s Got Talent, World’s Best Magic, Champions of Magic, Masters of Illusion, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Late Late Show with James Corden…. do we need to keep going? They’re the best of the best, so we’ll see you at The Magic Parlor.
Meet the Astonishing & Hysterical Cast
David Williamson has been featured on ABC’s Champions of Magic, where he appeared with Princess Stephanie as he performed his miracles at different locations in and around Monaco. David has also co-starred in several top-rated prime-time network specials including CBS’ Magicians’ Favorite Magicians, NBC’s Houdini: Unlocking His Mysteries, and NBC’s World’s Greatest Magic III. He was seen recently on The CW’s Masters of Illusion TV series as well as America’s Got Talent.
Pablo Canovas is a dynamic magician who has established an international reputation as a prodigy. In 2012, at age twelve, he became the youngest ever Champion of the Spain Congreso Magic Nacional (the Spanish National Congress of Magic), winning in the “Manipulation” category. In 2013 and 2014, Pablo again challenged near the top of the field, winning 3rd in 2013 and 2nd in 2014.
Pablo has continued to be recognized for his extraordinary skills, winning the title of “Heir of Illusion” at the L’Heritier de l’Illusion magic festival in 2021.
Chris Cox is the only mind-reader in history to have starred on Broadway, at the Sydney Opera House and in London’s West End. Having performed for millions worldwide, Chris Cox is the star of Chris Cox’s Mind-Boggling Magic (CBBC) and the award-winning Killer Magic (BBC Three) in the United Kingdom.
The talented Mr. Cox has made special appearances on the BBC Music Awards, The Today Show, and America’s Got Talent (NBC), The Secret of Star Wars, The Mentalist Revealed, and was part of the BAFTA-nominated team who brought magic to BBC’s Merlin.
As a creative consultant, Chris has created magic and theatrical creative experiences for DC Comics, Warner Brothers, and Harry Potter & the Cursed Child Parts 1 & 2.
The Great Kaplan
The Great Kaplan is a modern-day vaudevillian master who has made numerous headliner appearances at the world-renowned Magic Castle in Hollywood, California, and whose original work has been featured on the prestigious French television show Le Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde.
Kaplan has worked as a guest performer at the world’s largest magic festival, FISM, in Italy. Nominated for Stage Magician of the Year by the Academy of Magical Arts, Kaplan has won countless awards both in the US and internationally, including the People’s Choice Award for the International Brotherhood of Magicians, the Ken Dodd Comedy Award by the Blackpool Magic Convention in 2018, and the Mandrake d’Or award in France. The Melbourne Magic Festival named The Great Kaplan’s act as one of their Top 10 Shows.
Karl is a Los Angeles-based ventriloquist and actor known for his irreverent and outside-of-the-box approach to ventriloquism.
He has performed alongside Reggie Watts, Kristen Schaal, Puddles Pity Party, Kate Micucci, Kate Flannery, et al. at shows including The Magic Castle, Brookledge, Flapper’s, Tomorrow Show with Ron Lynch, and the LA Guild of Puppetry.
His one-man show, Vent, won Best New Show at the first Hollywood Fringe Festival. Most recently, he won the coveted “Best Ventriloquist in the Universe” award, according to his 9-year-old.
Yu Hojin has been a visionary force in turning the world of magic into the world of artistic performance. At eight years old, Hojin’s participation in magic competitions was often followed by titles such as “The Youngest Competitor.” Yu Hojin then began to take title after title, starting with the Gold Award at the Lotte World Magic Competition in Korea in 2009.
Since then, Hojin has won prizes in almost every international magic competition in the United States, Taiwan, Italy, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom.
In 2014, Hojin was awarded another prestigious award in magic—the Magician of the Year award given by the Academy of Magical Arts at the Magic Castle in Hollywood.
About the Magic Parlor
To house PRESTO!, The Show Company has imported a beautiful antique theatre from Belgium and erected it right here at Destin Commons.
Opulent palaces of red velvet and gold brocade, stained glass, and deep mahogany, the European cabaret tents, known as spiegeltents (mirror tents), were constructed in the 1910s. These warm, intimate circular theatres hosted dances, cabarets, and celebrations throughout Europe for almost a century.
Each tent consists of over 4000 pieces. Designed to be erected and broken down quickly, these spiegeltents require no metal fasteners for construction and are able to be assembled by a team of three or four in just three days. There are currently about thirty-five of these remarkable structures in existence, largely still seen throughout Europe. The spiegeltent, dubbed The Magic Parlor, is owned by the MAGIC MIRRORS company in Belgium, which continues lovingly restoring and providing these glorious venues to the world, overseeing their construction on-site personally.
Guests to The Magic Parlor will enjoy being transported to what feels like another time, where the venue itself is one of the co-stars of the performance. Standing over 30 feet tall, and with a circumference of almost 100 feet, The Magic Parlor can comfortably accommodate hundreds of guests, along with the performers, crew, and hosts who serve them