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How Magic Island Brought Magic to Houston

There’s a building you might pass if you travel on the Southwest Freeway toward downtown. Maybe you’ve noticed it. It’s got the head of a sphinx in the middle and the words “Magic Island” written on the side. Perhaps you’ve wondered what that building is – or whether it’s even open. Well, to find out, we’re […]

Magician Ben Jackson performs recently at The Colombe D'Or in Montrose. Photo: Edel Howlin, Houston Public MediaThere’s a building you might pass if you travel on the Southwest Freeway toward downtown. Maybe you’ve noticed it. It’s got the head of a sphinx in the middle and the words “Magic Island” written on the side.

Perhaps you’ve wondered what that building is – or whether it’s even open. Well, to find out, we’re first gonna need a volunteer — how about our own Edel Howlin?

We sent her to investigate, and what she uncovered was the world of magic — and magicians — in Houston.

(Above: Magician Ben Jackson performs recently at The Colombe D’Or in Montrose. Photo: Edel Howlin, Houston Public Media)

MORE: 
The Building with the Pharaoh’s Head (Houston Chronicle, April 23, 2015)
Frankel’s Magic Shop
Houston Association of Magician’s

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