Family of magicians performing at the new magic theater in Zubrick

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — There’s a new show in St. Pete doing its best to take the stress out of the pandemic. This is Zubrick’s Magic Theater.

Magicians Christopher and Ryan Zubrick are hoping to pull an entertainment hit out of their hats.

“Ryan and I both started magic independently from a very young age, for me I found a magic trick in the bottom of my cereal box and got hooked after that, Ryan got a set of magic on his sixth birthday,” Christopher said.

Christopher and Ryan have come a long way from school talent shows. Last week, they officially opened the Zubrick Magic Theater in the Edge neighborhood of St. Pete.

“I think people really need to get out of the house, out of Zoom meetings, and experience the magic and the wonder like they’ve never done before,” Christopher said.

Chris and Ryan are not just partners on stage but partners in life. They first met by accident at a magic show in their home state of Michigan in 2005.

“We were booked twice for an event by the event coordinators, we combined our shows instead of competing for the spotlight and the rest is history,” Chris said.

The couple got married and played together for 13 years overseas.

“Then the pandemic hit, ended the confrontation, shut down tourism, and we decided to move to St. Pete,” Ryan said.

“We loved the vibrant arts community here, we loved the tourism, we loved the local community, and we found there was a need for family entertainment,” Chris said.

For their next round, they decided to transform an abandoned call center into an intimate 90-seat theater that will make you feel like a kid again.

“We have fog machines and a few little gimmicks here and there and the big thing was to create an experience,” Ryan said.

Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night, they plan to dazzle audiences with comedy, mystery, and grand illusion. Their first three shows sold out.

“Just having this interaction with customers is amazing and hearing what they like and their favorite parts is awesome, we’re thrilled,” Ryan said.

The most magical part of it all is that they get to share the experience with their 4-year-old son, Oliver.

“He was actually on stage with us on our opening night, he appeared at the end of the show, I won’t say where he appeared but you’ll have to come check it out,” Chris said.

For more information about the Zubrick Magic Theater, including a full schedule and to purchase tickets, go to www.zubrickmagic.com.

Brian L. Hartfield