Illusions Magic Bar recognized by CNN
I thought I'd blogged about this already, but when I went back and looked, I realized I hadn't.
Illusions Magic Bar (1025 S. Charles St.), the swanky South Baltimore lounge with regular live magic shows by Spencer Horsman (pictured), was recently recognized by CNN.com.
The news Web site listed Illusions as one of nine places to "party like it's 1929."
Here's a link to the list. And here's the blurb CNN did on Illusions:
With custom-made chandeliers above the cherry wood bar and jazz and swing played on the piano, Illusions gives the impression of being like any other roaring '20s-themed jazz club. Not so on Friday and Saturday evenings, when the stage -- cut into the middle of the bar -- hosts a one-hour vaudeville-style magic show ($5 cover). House magician Spencer Horsman escapes from a straitjacket while hanging upside down from the ceiling, a feat best appreciated while sipping a multilayered "magic" martini of Hpnotiq liqueur, Stoli raspberry vodka, pineapple juice and Chambord ($12). The low-key second-floor lounge has leather sofas and retro magician posters that go nicely with Magic Hat beers ($3).
I must confess, I haven't been back to Illusions since I first reviewed it in April 2007 ...
Back then, I marveled at the giant, cherry wood bar, iron chandeliers, burgundy carpet, high-backed leather chairs and glass-topped tables. I also wondered how such an elegant place -- which obviously represented a huge investment from owner Ken Horsman -- could sustain itself in Baltimore.
Well here we are, two years later, and Illusions seems to be still going strong.
Congrats, Ken and Spencer!
(Baltimore Sun archive photo)