The Magical Arts Center in Huntingdon Valley, PA, will contain a magic theater, a brick and mortar magic shop, a magic school and a séance room. And it’s coming to the Philadelphia area courtesy of Marty Martin and Danny Archer. The two principles have over 60 years of combined experience in the world of magic, as creators, entertainers and vendors. They are both acknowledged as experts in their field.
The Magical Arts Center in addition to the branches listed above will also contain a booking agency and a venue for lectures, workshops and other types of magical events.
The main focus of the Magical Arts Center will be the Smoke and Mirrors Theater. The theater will be a custom-designed sixty seat magic theater, built in the European style, with the focus on perfect sightlines and sound for the audience and unmatched conditions for the performer. While these types of theaters are popping up in different cities in Europe, to the best of our knowledge, this will be the first such theater in the US.
The theater will present shows for adults in the evenings and family shows on weekend afternoons. There will also be other types of entertainment offered to the public. Have you ever wanted to star in your own show? You can rent the theater and do just that! Or have your show or trick filmed in a professional environment with the latest in equipment.
If you become a member of the Magical Arts Center you will receive a certain number of free hours to work on your show in our theater.
The Men Behind the Magic
Danny Archer is a full time pro from Philly who has performed in over thirty five countries around the world and forty-eight of the fifty states. He has lectured at and performed at just about every major magic convention and is also the producer of the MINDvention mentalism convention in Las Vegas and the Mind Summit in Cologne Germany. His sleight of hand skill and performing abilities have been honed through thousands of performances for all kinds of audiences.
Danny is also renowned for his his colorful performing character; the Godfather of Magic, Gino Mozzarella. His skill and wide knowledge of magic and performing will make him a great addtition to the Magical Arts Center.
Marty Martin began his lifelong interest in Magic around age eleven, by age fourteen he was working on the weekends in a Magic Shop as well as pitching Magic at Steel Pier in Atlantic City. From ages fifteen through eighteen he managed the Magic Fun Shop in King of Prussia Plaza in Penna.
At age nineteen, Marty was drafted into the Army and went to Vietnam with the 25th Infantry. Magic kept him alive, since once they found out about his talent they had him open for touring acts like; Bob Hope, Nancy Sinatra, and the Gold Diggers. Towards the end of his tour, Marty was part of a Command Touring Group called the Magic Conspiracy, that performed at outposts in Vietnam that the USO shows wouldn’t go to because it was too dangerous..
Once home from Vietnam, he opened the Philadelphia Magic Company along with Larry Taylor. Larry and Marty were also the House Magicians for the High Rollers at Caesars Palace in Atlantic City for more than six years.
They ran this very successful shop for fifteen years until Larry moved to Florida and a new venture called Corporate Entertainment was established along with Danny Archer.
Their specialty was sales meetings and trade shows. Just a few of their clients; Apple Computer, OPEX Corporation, PerkinElmer Scientific, OHaus Scientific, Mettler Instrument and many others.
Marty also created the first Fashion and Magic show along with Mowana, who had a line of clothing and lingerie. He was lucky to work with her since she was backed by Broadway producer George Abbott who also helped produce our Fashion and Magic Show.
Marty also performed at Magic Conventions around the country along with selling over twenty original magic tricks that continue to sell to this day. Marty’s skill and formidable knowledge of magic has made him one of the most well known and respected people in the magic community and he is responsible for launching the magic careers of hundreds of performers.