An Evening of Fine Dning and Magic in La Jolla at Mystique

Varioius definitons of magic have been proffered down the ages, and this one is just about as good as the next:

the secret power of appearing to make impossible things happen by saying special words or doing special things

It certainly applied to our lovely night of dining and magic at Mystique in La Jolla.

Upon entering, the guests gather around the bar awaiting the other arrivals. With some fanfare we are then ushered behind the velvet rope into the ornate dining room.

A long trapezoidal dining table is designed to give everyone a good view of the magician, who is positioned at the head of the table. The wonders of perspective make the table look perfectly rectangular when standing at the opposite end of all the action. I don’t think that was actually magic, just science delivering an optical illusion.

But before the magic we enjoyed a better than expected meal. With our reservation we chose our meals. Drunken clams & mussels was a blend of imported mussels and clams presented in a rich white wine butter sauce served with garlic noodles and warm focaccia bread. Although initially it seemed the sauce was too thick, the concoction settled into an appealing blend of flavors. Johnny Hornibrook’s slow roasted ribeye was rubbed with his custom seasoning and accompanied by seasonal vegetables roasted with olive oil, minced garlic and fresh parmesan cheese.

The food was delivered in timely fashion, and so all the guests finished at about the same time. After a pleasant dessert and some coffee we were ready for the magic of the evening. Jonathan Molo was an engaging performer, with the expected amount of humorous patter as a counterpoint to his prestidigitation. As with most evenings of magic, the logical part of your brain tries to keep up, picking apart what you have just seen and trying to come to a logical conclusion as to what happened, and how. Eventually, and often rather quickly as the case with Molo, my mind began to switch off its logic circuits instead I let the tricks unfold. Sure enough, cards disappeared and reappeared.

Jonathan Molo

Also known as The Man in the Purple Suit, Molo is the recipient of the iChange Nations Champion Leadership Award for his magical work in the special needs community. He is the official magician of the non-profit organization Rock’n Our Disabilities. He is also a performing member at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, CA and has shared his passion for positivity and magic with Warner Bros, Luluemon, USO, and Hilton.

The Magic Castle is ground zero for the magic community, and any magician chosen to perform there has attained a proficiency that will astound we mere mortals.

Overall our evening at Mystique was very enjoyable, and judging by the smiles around the table everyone left happily. We certainly did and look forward to the visit to the downtown San Diego venue from the same company, called The Prestige.

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Brad Auerbach has been a journalist and editor covering the media, entertainment, travel and technology scene for many years. He has written for Forbes, Time Out London, SPIN, Village Voice, LA Weekly and early in his career won a New York State College Journalism Award.