Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces
BRAND-NEW ARTS SPACE AND EXPERIENCE, LIBERTY MAGIC: ELEVATING THE ART OF MAGIC
Intimate, speakeasy magic arts space, opening with the nationally-acclaimed magician Eric Jones
Opening February 2019 | Tickets on sale now | New Performance Space! 811 Liberty Avenue
PITTSBURGH, PA–The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is launching an immersive arts experience dedicated to the art of sleight of hand and prestidigitation, Liberty Magic. An experience, a place (811 Liberty Avenue), and an art form, Liberty Magic offers one-of-a-kind performances that are easy to access and hard to forget. World-class magicians and performers gather at Liberty Magic, a parlour magic theater with less than 70 seats in four rows. The creative team behind Liberty Magic includes Scott Shiller, Vice President of Artistic Planning for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust as Producer, and magicians Dennis Watkins and Lee Terbosic serving as Artistic Advisors.
“As we continue to expand upon our repertoire of artistic offerings in the Cultural District, Liberty Magic is a perfect activation of the intimate storefront at 811 Liberty Avenue,” says Scott Shiller. “We are excited to see our expertise in the Pittsburgh arts community fuse with the art of close-up magic advanced by world-class magicians like Eric Jones, Dennis Watkins and Pittsburgh's own Lee Terbosic.”
Opening Liberty Magic for six weeks, February 6 - March 17, 2019, Eric Jones in IMPOSSIBLE will leave audiences in wonder as reality transforms into the unreal, coins multiply and cards fly. By the show's conclusion, guests will have been left in amazement by Jones' canny ability to blur the lines between reality and illusion.
In addition to serving as Artistic Advisor for Liberty Magic, Lee Terbosic is currently in the process of creating a brand new show, IN PLAIN SLEIGHT that will premiere in March. A 60-minute performance of incredible magic, comedy, sleight of hand, illusion, mind reading, escape, and storytelling, IN PLAIN SLEIGHT will leave you wanting more. The audience becomes part of the performance with several opportunities to become part of the routines themselves and bringing an added dimension to the world of parlor magic. IN PLAIN SLEIGHT runs for eight weeks at Liberty Magic, from March 20 - May 12, 2019.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Liberty Magic seating is general admission, priced at $40 per ticket. Performances are: Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 5 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 6:30 p.m.
There is a special Skeleton Key VIP Experience for $65 reserved for the truly adventurous. The Skeleton Key VIP Experience unlocks the first two rows in our intimate theater, a chance to become part of the performance (if you wish) and an exclusive meet and greet with the artist after the show, which includes private, close-up mysteries. Members of the Skeleton Key VIP Experience also have the opportunity to purchase merchandise not available for sale to the general public.
The experience is recommended for ages 18 and up, and no one under 12 will be admitted. Liberty Magic also offers a special space for private groups, corporate off-sites, staff member rewards, client entertaining, and many special occasions including anniversaries, birthdays, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and family gatherings. Student, corporate, and group sales discounts are available for select performances. Visit to learn more.
While there is no dress code, we encourage guests to dress in cocktail or party attire, making for an extra-special night out.
Liberty Magic is a BYOB speakeasy, and one of the most affordable in town! Bring your own beer, wine, cocktails, or soft drinks to sip on while you are amazed by our world-class magicians. There is a $5 per guest corkage fee.
About Eric Jones
For more than 10 years, Eric Jones has made a name for himself in the world of magic. He has showcased at the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood and Monday Night Magic, NYC's longest-running Off-Broadway magic show, wowing A-list celebrities including Tobey Maguire ("I'd never play cards with you!"), John Mayer ("Incredible! I've never seen anything like that before!"), and the judges on Season 12 of NBC's America's Got Talent, where he was named a top 12 semi-finalist ("You are a SUPERHERO! – Mel B.; "You are BRILLIANT! – Simon Cowell; "MINDBLOWING!" – Heidi Klum).
About Lee Terbosic
Lee Terbosic is a nationally-touring magician, comedian, actor, daredevil, and entertainer who makes Pittsburgh his home and base of operations. His newest project Houdini’s Last Secrets, a four-part television series, premieres Sunday, January 6 on Discovery's Science Channel. With the help of skilled engineers and one of Houdini's actual descendants, Lee looks to uncover the methods to Houdini’s magic and the science behind the madness. Lee has wowed some of Hollywood's biggest stars like Aaron Paul, Jack Black, Wiz Khalifa, and Johnny Depp. He has appeared on America's Got Talent on NBC, Four Weddings on TLC, and Now You See It on the BBC. On November 6, 2016, Lee performed his biggest stunt to date with Houdini100 in the Cultural District – a tribute to Harry Houdini's death-defying, upside-down straightjacket escape. His one-man show 52 Up Close at Hotel Monaco has established Lee as one of the most influential magicians in Pittsburgh. Lee joins the Liberty Magic team as an Artistic Advisor.
About Liberty Magic
In short, Liberty Magic is a space dedicated to elevating the art of magic. Located at 811 Liberty, on the same block where Harry Houdini mesmerized Pittsburgh crowds in 1916, Liberty Magic is an intimate, speakeasy performance space dedicated to the art of sleight of hand and prestidigitation. With less than 70 seats in four rows, the magicians and performers who appear at Liberty Magic offer you a one-of-a-kind experience that is easy to access and hard to forget. The Liberty Magic experience is recommended for ages 18 and up, and no one under 12 will be admitted.
Liberty Magic is a BYOB speakeasy, and one of the most affordable in town! Bring your own beer, wine, cocktails, or soft drinks to sip on while you are amazed by our world-class magicians. There is a $5 per guest corkage fee. We offer our unique experience for private groups, corporate off-sites, staff member rewards, client entertaining, and many special occasions including anniversaries, birthdays, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and family gatherings. We also offer group sales discounts on select performances. While there is no dress code, we encourage our guests to get into the spirit with cocktail or party attire, making for an extra-special evening out.
About Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts-lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation, and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.