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WITH THE WAVE OF A WAND

Two magic dinner theaters make their debut

PHOTO COURTESY OF MYSTIQUE DINING

Terry Commons was born with a passion for magic. From his early years, determined to one day become a magician, Terry earned the education and hands-on experience he knew he would need. He studied theater in college and then went to work in the executive side of the food and beverage business. In 1997, he opened his first dinner theater in Pocatello, Idaho to rave reviews. 

Now, with thriving theaters in Folsom, California and West Jordan, Utah, Terry has discovered and fallen in love with San Diego County. “One night in Folsom, some guests visiting from La Jolla approached me after the show,” Terry explains. “They told me that La Jolla didn’t have anything that came close to this caliber of entertainment and that people would love us.”

He found just the right spot for Mystique Dining, his premier magic-themed gourmet dining experience on Pearl Street in La Jolla. It features Mystique’s Grand Dining Chamber, a beautifully appointed atmosphere where guests savor a five-course gourmet dinner before enjoying an evening of magic presented by a roster of highly touted magicians from around the world. The theater is intimate with a maximum capacity of 30 people. Roughly half the guests are seated at high top tables, while the rest sit at a long community-style table with an unobstructed view of the performer.

Then—voila—before Mystique Dining in La Jolla could open its doors, another opportunity came knocking. The owner of Illusions in the Gaslight District approached Terry to see if he’d be interested in buying the space. “How could I refuse?” Terry beams. The Prestige Magic Lounge and Showroom is scheduled to open in mid-November. A bit larger than the Mystique, Prestige offers a slightly more casual experience with a three-course dinner, full bar, cabaret setting, and a stage.

Online reservations are required for both the Mystique and Prestige experiences. It’s easy: just pick a date, choose your seats, select your entrées, and add any necessary dietary notes to the chef. You can edit any of this information up until the day before the performance. 

Because the food and the magic both deserve our attention, the show doesn’t usually begin until they’re in the clearing stages with dessert. Following an exhilarating magic show performed by a professional magician and member of the legendary Magic Castle, guests are welcome to linger over another drink and ponder how each trick was done. Just keep track of your wristwatch at the bar because impromptu bartender magic has been known to happen.

For more information, visit mystiquedining.com

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