The following review on an evening at Warren and Annabelle's Magic in Lahaina, Maui, featuring magician Warren Gibson, was written in February 2002. Please check Warren and Annabelle's Magic's official website for current pricing and times.
The Best Magician Your Guide Has Seen
One of the advantages of being a travel writer is that you get to visit some of the most exciting places on earth and see some really wonderful shows. I have been to Las Vegas twice in recent years and seen Lance Burton perform in his own theater at the Monte Carlo Hotel. Two years ago I was able to catch David Copperfield perform at Caesar's Palace.
Both of these fine magicians performed in huge theaters with large crowds. In both cases the shows seemed to be excellent, from what I was able to see from several hundred feet away. I recall leaving the Copperfield show quite disappointed that for my $100 ticket I was forced to view most of the show on an overhead video screen. Several months later I saw the same show at home, on TV, for free.
Without any hesitation or doubt in my mind, I can tell you that Warren Gibson surpasses these two stellar magicians hands down. He is, quite simply, the best magician I have ever seen live or on TV.
A Bargain Price for Four Hours of Fun
In addition to being the best slight-of-hand magician performing today, he is also one of the funniest entertainers that I have seen anywhere. Within the first few minutes of his show, he has the entire audience on the one hand roaring with laughter and on the other totally amazed by his magic. You leave his show seriously wondering if this man is really even human, or perhaps our first contact with an alien from another planet!
Most magicians will give you an hour or so of their time and perform several shows each night before audiences of several hundred. An entire evening at Warren and Annabelle's magic will last about four hours. The actual magic show itself lasts well over two hours. You and about 70 others (yes, this is a very intimate and luxurious setting) will never forget your evening.
Warren and Annabelle's Magic is, without question, the best show on Maui. No, it's the best show in Hawaii. Sure, that may sound very strange and even hard to believe.
A Las Vegas magic show will set you back $100 or more for just your seat, not to mention the over-priced, and watered down drinks and food.
Pre-Show Cocktails, Pupus and Entertainment
Many people come to Hawaii determined to experience a luau. Don't get me wrong, Hawaii, and Maui in particular, have some superb luaus which you should attend while you're in the islands. Probably no one comes to Hawaii to see a magic show, but that is precisely a good reason to come to Maui and especially to the Lahaina area.
Warren and Annabelle's costs $36 per person for the show. Read that sentence again. It costs $36 per person for the show. Cocktails, appetizers and deserts are extra but they are very reasonably priced and of top notch quality.
My wife and I each had a delicious appetizer (which comes in large portions and is actually a meal in itself), two drinks apiece and one large desert. Our food bill was just $46 plus a $10 gratuity. Add that all together and our evening for two cost a total of $128. That's less than you will pay for just dinner at many restaurants in Hawaii.
A tribute to this show is the fact that so many of the patrons are return customers and many of them local residents. On the evening we attended one couple had seen the show six times!
This was only my second time, and my wife's first, but we'll be back again on our next trip to Maui.
So, Who is Annabelle?
Ok, so who is Annabelle you ask? Annabelle is a ghost, but not just any ghost. She is the ghost of the widow of a whaling captain from Lahaina who left for sea and never returned. His wife, they say, wasted away in her parlor at the piano waiting for his return.
So what does this have to do with a magic show? Suffice it to say that while you're in her parlor enjoying your pre-show cocktails and food, Annabelle will entertain you in her own unique way, along with the entire staff of Warren and Annabelle's Magic.
You say that I have not told you much about the show. You're absolutely correct. The less you know about the entire evening the more you will enjoy it. It all begins when you enter the building. You just don't walk into Annabelle's parlor. What you need to do is....
Warren Gibson and Annabelle perform nightly in Lahaina, Maui. Showtime varies according to the time of year. For our show, we arrived at 5:45 p.m. and left, thoroughly entertained and amazed at 9:45 p.m. For more information check their website. If you attend, they'll give you a comment card to fill out. Be sure to tell them that you learned about them here at About.com's Hawaii and South Pacific for Visitors.