Warren and Annabelle's is outstanding! Warren Gibson performs close-up magic in a gem of a small theatre for only 78 people each show. No disappearing tigers, ladies sawed in half, or floating assistants in a big show... just Warren and silver dollars appearing and disappearing only a few feet away from your seat. A rabbit out of a hat? Nope... how 'bout a bowling ball? Anyone who's been to a magic show has probably seen the linking rings... three solid metal rings that magically come together like the Olympic rings, then come apart. Warren does essentially the same trick, but uses wedding rings from people in the audience. The man is incredible.
We arrived at 5pm, but there's no need to get here too early. We were brought into Annabelle's, an upscale lounge with a ghostly piano player. Entertainment started at 5:30 as Annabelle "appeared" and began taking requests. Drinks, appetizers, and desserts were available until about 6:30, when we were brought into the theatre. Seating was free-form: our entrance tickets told us to enter through the right-hand door or the left-hand door. Those using the right-hand door took seats in the first three rows; those assigned to the left-hand door sat in the back two rows. This wasn't a big hardship, since the entire theatre is only five rows deep! Eight volunteers sat at the counter separating Warren from the audience.
Warren performed for close to two hours, doing his magic and bantering with the crowd. Besides being amazing, Warren was hilarious responding to comments - "This isn't TV... I can HEAR what you're saying!" - and getting a real back and forth going with a few people.
All in all, one of the best evenings of entertainment we've had anywhere.
Warren doesn't advertise much, relying on word of mouth to fill the house. With only 78 seats for each performance and a maximum of two shows a night, it's tough to get a seat on short notice, even using the various ticket services available on Maui. Recently, he set up a website, www.WARRENandANNABELLES.com, that you can use to get tickets in advance of your trip.