Carnival of Illusion - Things to do in Tucson, AZ

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Carnival of Illusion - Things to do in Tucson, AZ

Carnival of Illusion - Things to do in Tucson

Looking for something a little bit different to do on a quiet night in Tucson, AZ?  My husband and I were entertaining client friends from out of town this past weekend, and wanted to do more than go out to dinner. 

We didn't have a lot of advance notice as far as buying tickets, so I scoured Google for Things to do in Tucson, AZ.

Up popped Sarlot and Eyed Presents Carnival of Illusion, a Victorian-inspired magic show.  The 35 attendees are even invited to dress up themselves! 

The event was held at DoubleTree Hotel near Reid Park, 445 S. Alvernon Way - pretty easy access from I-10.  We just took 22nd all the way from the freeway, turned left on Alvernon and the towering hotel loomed quickly into view on our right.

We met early for dinner and debated over the Cactus Rose Steak House, or Javelina Cantina, for dinner. 

In the end, we chose the Cantina and were very pleased with our meals, and our server.

Grilled Salmon with AsparagusSteak with Shrimp and Peppers

As an incentive with our Carnival of Illusion tickets, entrees were 2 for 1, and our server encouraged us to purchase the more elaborate dishes, as they would be half off.  My husband and I both ordered the NY strip with Shrimp, peppers, and onions. 

The U of A game was televised, so everything at the bar was "specially game priced" as well, so our entire tab totaled out in a very thrifty way!

Steak with Wine Sauce

So, on to the show!  The only thing that bothered us was the wait for seating - they called us by name, perhaps in the order tickets were purchased.  When we finally entered the room, we were told that there were seats spread out amongst the people already sitting, but nothing together.  Fortunately, a couple saw our predicament and moved and let us to sit as a small group of four.  Very thoughtful of them!

Sarlot and Eyed present their show as a traveler's story through Paris, Vienna, Budapest, India... taking stories, exotic dances, and illusions into effect to weave a magically wonderful show.  The illusions are clever - our friend gamely tried to figure them out, and did with a few, but mostly, we were caught up in the fun and surprise of each twist and turn.

All in all, it was good, hokey/cheesy, entertainment - a night filled with theatrical character.  I don't think I'd do it more than once, but I definitely recommend that as an alternative to a movie or a game, residents and visitors to Tucson should check it out.  Carnival of Illusion - Things to do in Tucson, AZ, should make your list at least once!

You can buy your tickets for Carnival of Illusion ahead of time online, and if you type in the code SECRET or THRILLS, you can get $5 off each ticket - another thrifty move.   Enjoy the mystery!


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Li Read
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What a great idea...thanks for sharing this.    Could be a "celebration of clients" idea, too.

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