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Looking to add some magic to your summer? Abracadabra, five shows with an extra dose of enchantment.

Illusionist Ivan Amodei

Magic & Wine Tasting with David Minkin
Sip wines from four different vineyards and savor hors d’oeuvres before settling into an intimate theater for the main event with David Minkin, one of the world’s premier close-up conjurers. Aug. 17 and 24. 6pm. Tickets $85. Bardot Hollywood, 1737 Vine St., Hollywood, 800.838.3006,

Jason Latimer at Club Nokia
Forget the traditional rabbits and hats. Latimer’s show is an edgy new genre of magic that combines trickery with science. Latimer, the winner of three World Championship titles in the art of magic, will make you question the boundaries of reality thanks to levitation, teleportation and many more incredible live effects. Sept. 25. 8:15pm. Tickets $25-$75. Club Nokia, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A., 213.765.7000,

Intimate Illusions with Ivan Amodei
Master Illusionist Ivan Amodei mystifies with world-class sorcery performed to the sweet sounds of a skilled concert cellist. Now-Aug. 31. 7 or 9pm. Tickets $65. Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills, A Four Seasons Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 866.811.4111,

Smoke and Mirrors
This semi-autobiographical stage production of a moving story with a magical twist combines illusion and theatrics to delight the imagination and astonish audiences young and old. Through Aug. 31. 3 or 8pm. Tickets $34. The Road Theatre, 5108 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, 310.450.2849,

Joe Skilton
Award-wining illusionist Joe Skilton is the life—and mystery—of your next party. His stunning bag of tricks will be the topic of your inner circle for weeks to come. 7095 Hollywood Blvd. #427, L.A., 323.449.4640,