Wizardz is very different from the legendary Magic Castle in Hollywood, America's mecca for serious magicians from around the world. That is a private club, Wood points out. Wizardz is a public venue. Lowell describes the Magic Castle as an institution "by magicians for magicians." Wizardz aspires to be something far less exclusive.
For people who love magic, the real fun begins in the bar at 6 each evening. Forget the illusionists and the psychic readers. In the evening you can nurse a drink, look down at the City Walk crowd and, if you are lucky, a close-up magician will come to your table and knock your socks off.
Illusionists use smoke and mirrors and expensive equipment to wow the audience. Close-up magicians such as Wizardz regular Paul David of Chino Hills use a pack of cards, a few simple props and a shrewd understanding of human psychology.
"Magic doesn't happen on the table," says David. "It happens in the hearts and minds of the people who watch it."