SAMPA1 Monthly Meeting featuring Peter DePaula’s “The Magic Show Musical and Me” on October 4th, 7PM, at The New York Theosophical Society

The October Parent Assembly 1 monthly meeting brings us to a new venue located at:

The New York Theosophical Society
240 and 242 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022
between 2nd & 3rd Avenue(Click here for Map)

Our after meeting event will feature:

The Magic Show Musical and Me

With Peter DePaula

Thursday, October 4, 8 p.m.

The Magic Show caused a major sea change in the world of magic. It opened in May 1974 at the Cort Theatre and ran for 1,920 performances, closing on December 31, 1978. Doug Henning was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical and director Grover Dale was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical.

This musical turned magic around 180 degrees, changing the way magicians dressed, the way it incorporated musical accompaniment, and how it was presented in general. It opened the door for the TV magic special and tweaked the interest of the television and film industry in exploring the art of magic.

That same year a young, upcoming New York magician named Peter DePaula auditioned for the national tour of The Magic Show. He was put through a rigorous audition cycle before being selected to play the role of the magician in the national tour which ran for one year across the United States.

Peter will give a discussion on the show’s illusions and a backstage look at how this show was put together. He will also demonstrate and teach some of the magic that he did on TV to promote the show across the country. This presentation in part was given at The Magic Castle in Los Angeles for the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Broadway show. It was well received with great reviews from Peter’s peers. Peter will also discuss what the magic scene was like in New York during that period. This will be an eventful evening of magic and and the history of magic which marked the turning point of the art as we know it today.

Free for Parent Assembly, #1 members, $15 for non-members of the S. A. M., $10 for S.A.M. members who are not members of PA1.


  • Free for all Society of American Magicians Parent Assembly 1 members. 
  • $10.00 for Society of American Magicians members who are not PA1 members.
  • $15.00 for non-SAM members which can be applied to PA1 membership dues when application is received on the lecture/meeting night only.  Additional details about joining the Society for American Magicians can be found by clicking here.
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