Years ago, a man named Peter Morrison had a revelation. He left his job and decided to pursue a career based on his lifelong passion: magic. Morrison practiced perfecting his magic tricks eight hours a day, working under the inspiration of famous magician Lance Burton. While you may be thinking, “Who in their right mind quits their job to pursue magic?”, Morrison did exactly that —and did it beautifully.
In 2010, preparation met opportunity when he discovered the perfect location for his show — the large, underused basement of the Marrakech Restaurant. This is where the partnership between him and Marrakech began. The restaurant would provide the food and beverage for patrons, and Morrison would put on his show. He then took to the streets in Union Square; regardless of weather, he spent eight hours a day, seven days a week handing out cards and spreading word about his fantastic show the old-fashioned way. Morrison describes his motivation and drive as simply a refusal “to fail from a lack of effort.” Soon enough, people began coming from all over the world just to see Peter Morrison work his magic.
The Marrakech Magic Theater is more than just a show — it’s a holistic sensory experience. Customers can start the evening with drinks and appetizers in the lounge area. While customers enjoy traditional Moroccan dishes, Morrison makes his way around to meet individual guests while showing some of the tricks he has up his sleeve. The night continues with a 75-minute show in the main theater room, which seats just over 40 people. When asked if he ever thought about expanding, Peter describes the advantages of an intimate show. The level of audience engagement and personal interaction that is fundamental to his shows would only be diminished by expansion.
Part of the beauty of this magical experience is the warmth and intimacy of the location. Morrison makes everyone feel special by enchanting audience members in a way that opens them up to his performances. “It’s about making people have that moment of wonder,” says Morrison. Yet just as a magician never reveals his secrets, neither will this article. All you need to know is that these illusions will astound and entertain both the wide-eyed seven-year-old and the wise and worldly seventy-year-old.
The Marrakech Magic Theater is a true gem located just a few blocks away from the bustling Union Square. So when you tire of shopping and people-watching, head over to this famous theater for delicious Moroccan food and an unforgettably good time.