It’s no surprise that kids love magic. Ever since they were babies playing peekaboo with mommy, every day is a new adventure full of mystery and surprise. If your kiddos have ever expressed an interest in performing magic tricks, we’ve got you covered. Join your budding magicians and introduce them to a world of wonder with these local San Diego magic shops and shows. They’ll be amused and delighted faster than you can say “Abracadabra!”


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Seaport Village Magic Shop
Seaport Village is a great way to spend the day. And it’s even better when you visit the Seaport Village Magic Shop. Kids will love browsing this fun shop, which is filled with tons of magic tricks, unique card decks and gag gifts. The helpful and knowledgeable staff is on hand to help amateur magicians hone their craft. Ask them to show you a trick or two – and prepare to be amazed! This shop also carries a nice selection of professional magic props.

817 W. Harbor Dr.
San Diego, Ca 92101

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3 Generations of Magic
This family-owned store in Vista is, you guessed it – three generations of magicians who know their stuff. They have an awesome selection of tricks and props for all levels of difficulty, so it doesn’t matter if your kiddo is a total beginner, or on his way to becoming a Vegas professional. The owners are particularly helpful when it comes to choosing which tricks are right for you and your kiddos. If you’re unsure of which tricks to buy, don’t be afraid to ask for a demonstration! Be sure to ask about educational lectures by magic coaches that they host from time to time. There is also an impressive selection of playing cards lining the walls, as well as teaching DVDs so you can ensure that the learning doesn’t stop once you leave the store.

741 B Olive Ave.
Vista, Ca 92083


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Abney’s Magic Shop
Venture down to Old Town and seek out this cool little magic shop! Here you’ll find magic for all ages and abilities. And if you need other items like balloons, facepainting supplies, gag gifts or kendamas, they’ve got you covered. Plus, with every magic purchase they do a one-on-one training so you can rest assured that your kiddos will leave with confidence.

If you want even more training, sign up for a magic workshop and learn from the professionals to fine tune your skills. Better yet, sign the kids up for youth magic summer camp! You can choose from a half day or a full day and you can sign up online or in person. You can even watch a magic show at the store! Kids magic shows are available by reservation on Saturdays and Sundays.

3985 Harney St.
San Diego, Ca 92110

red spade theater

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Red Spade Theater
While you’re in Old Town, be sure to check out one of the magic shows at the Red Spade Theater! This theater offers a unique opportunity to see a magic show in an intimate setting. Kids ages 5 and up will love the family magic show. Every third Sunday, Derek, a member of the Magic Castle, presents an engaging show that involves everybody in the audience. Kids will be amazed by the up-close miracles being performed right before their very eyes. You can even rent the theater out for birthday parties!

2539 Congress St.
San Diego, Ca 92110

Have you visited any of these magic shops or seen the shows? Which ones are your favorites? Let us know in the comments!

-Marissa Mullen