Tag archives: magicians

Magic Castle Cabaret
By Lynda Millner   |   August 9, 2022

Across from the Bird Refuge there used to be a restaurant called Café del Sol. After it closed, Arlene and Milt Larsen bought it, transforming it into a unique private club called the Magic Castle Cabaret. They also own the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, which some of you may have gone to. It’s all […]

A Magical Farewell
By Richard Mineards   |   July 26, 2022

Montecito’s Magic Castle, after five years as a club, is closing its doors. Dynamic duo Milt and Arlene Larsen, who bought the former Cafe del Sol eatery owned by Jack and Emilie Sears, a tiara’s toss from the 42-acre Andree Clark Bird Refuge, in 2016 hosted a farewell bash with 130 club members and friends […]

By Ashleigh Brilliant   |   December 10, 2020

We all know that there is no such thing as real “magic.” As performed by “magicians,” it’s all trickery and deception, the best of which fools us in ways we like to be fooled, and takes advantage of our own weaknesses and susceptibilities. But science and technology have become so clever and adept that it’s […]

6Q’s with Magic Castle Cabaret’s Arlene Larsen
By Steven Libowitz   |   October 1, 2020

Like every performing arts venue in town, the Magic Castle Cabaret has been closed since March as even private club prestidigitation has been rendered powerless by the pandemic. But the charming year-old establishment that serves as the local Santa Barbara-Montecito offshoot to the famed Castle in Hollywood co-founded by Milt Larsen in the early 1960s […]

Magic Castle Cabaret
By Lynda Millner   |   March 14, 2019

As the invitation stated, “From the moment you step through the door you’ll know you’re not in Kansas any more.” There’s a private club with nightclub atmosphere on Los Patos Way across from the Bird Refuge. Milt and Arlene Larsen recently had their grand opening reception for Angel members, media, and special guests. The Magic […]

By Richard Mineards   |   February 21, 2019

Fans of the magical arts got quite a treat when Milt and Arlene Larsen‘s Montecito outpost of their legendary Magic Castle in Hollywood opened its doors. The new club, on the former site of the popular eatery Café Del Sol opposite the Andree Clark bird refuge, starred Lance Burton, 58, who did more than 15,000 […]

All’s Fair
By Steven Libowitz   |   November 8, 2018

An even newer work also gets its Santa Barbara debut over the same two weekends as UCSB Theater presents Vanity Fair, based on William Makepeace Thackery’s classic 1848 novel, and adapted for the stage with a modern twist by playwright Kate Hamill. Thomas Whitaker directs the tale of misadventures, friendship, and morally questionable acts, which […]

Magic Castle Cabaret
By Lynda Millner   |   September 6, 2018

Something new is happening at the bird refuge. There used to be a restaurant called Café del Sol. Today it is being transformed into a private-members-only club called the Magic Castle Cabaret and is located at 30 Los Patos Way. The owners are Arlene and Milt Larsen. If that name sounds familiar, associate it with […]

Open Sesame: It’s Magic
By Richard Mineards   |   August 30, 2018

Montecito’s new Magic Castle cabaret, on the site of the former Cafe del Sol, a tiara’s toss from the Andree Clark Bird Refuge, is open for business. The 11,761-sq-ft nitery, founded by Milt and Arlene Larsen, who also own the 55-year-old club of the same name in Hollywood, will initially only be open on Thursdays […]

3Q’s: Jones-ing for Magic
By Steven Libowitz   |   March 29, 2018

Chuck Jones has been performing magic for nearly six decades, dating back to when he was just a kid visiting magic shops – yes, those used to be popular – with his dad. “The magic bug, it just bites you and it doesn’t let go,” Jones said. “The guy behind the counter would demonstrate a […]