To complement the magic, The Show Company has assembled variety artists Karl Herlinger and Michael Rayner to add to the hijinx. Herlinger is a Los Angeles-based ventriloquist and actor known for his irreverent and outside-the-box approach to ventriloquism. Herlinger has performed alongside Reggie Watts, Kristen Schaal, Puddles Pity Party, Kate Micucci, and Kate Flannery at the most notable comedy clubs and venues in California, including Hollywood’s Magic Castle. His one-man show Vent won Best New Show at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Meanwhile, Rayner creates surprising and energetic performances for distinguished clients including Disney, Netflix, Paramount Pictures, Busch Gardens and Universal Studios Hollywood. He has also appeared on 30 Seconds to Fame, America’s Got Talent, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with James Corden, and Sesame Street.
To house PRESTO!, The Show Company has imported a beautiful antique theater from Belgium, which will appear almost overnight at Destin Commons in early May. Opulent palaces of red velvet and gold brocade, stained glass and deep mahogany, these European cabaret tents, known as spiegeltents (or mirror tents), were constructed in the 1910s by renowned craftsman Willem Klessens. These warm, intimate circular theaters hosted dances, cabarets and celebrations throughout Europe for almost a century. There are currently about thirty-five of these remarkable structures in existence, largely still seen throughout Europe. PRESTO!’s spiegeltent, dubbed The Magic Parlor, is owned by the Meder family in Belgium, which continues to lovingly restore and provide these glorious venues to the world, overseeing their construction on-site personally.
Guests to The Magic Parlor will be transported to what feels like another time, where the venue itself is one of the co-stars of the performance. Standing over 30 feet tall, and with a diameter of almost 100 feet, The Magic Parlor can comfortably accommodate up to 500 guests, along with the performers, crew and hosts who serve them.
PRESTO! at The Magic Parlor will reside in Destin from May 19 through August 28, 2022, at Destin Commons with 10 shows per week, six days a week. The show is dark on Tuesdays. Tickets start at $69.95 and $49.95 for children under 12, with special rates available for military and seniors. Group rates are available for parties of 12 or more. Reservations for the fun and excitement of PRESTO! can be made by visiting prestodestin.com.
ABOUT PRESTO! AT THE MAGIC PARLOR: PRESTO! at The Magic Parlor is a pop-up magic show featured in Destin, Florida, for Summer 2022. Produced by The Show Company, the cast includes six world-class magicians, mentalists and illusionists from around the world, bringing all the charm, energy, and magic to life in an astounding 90-minute performance. PRESTO! presents a dazzling tapestry of illusion, showmanship and outright hilarity. Located at Destin Commons, this timeless production is inspired by early 20th century magic performances and the beauty of a European dance hall from the early 1920’s. See more information on PRESTO! by following on Facebook, Instagram and Tik Tok or to purchase tickets, visit prestodestin.com or call the PRESTO! box office at (850) 688-1201.
ABOUT THE SHOW COMPANY: Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, The Show Company is an entertainment production company with over 70 years combined experience in quality live entertainment globally. The Show Company is led by Producer Terrence WIlliams, who was most recently the Executive Producer of Cirque du Soleil’s affiliated productions of America’s Got Talent Las Vegas LIVE, The Illusionists, Now You See Me LIVE and Circus 1903 in markets worldwide including Broadway, London’s West End and the Sydney Opera House. Williams has also produced television segments for America’s Got Talent, TODAY, Ellen, The Rachael Ray Show, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Late Late Show with James Corden and more.