49 Boxes: The Golden Age of Magic - Atlas Obscura
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Secret Location, Los Angeles Area, California

49 Boxes: The Golden Age of Magic

An immersive experience at a secret location.

49 Boxes: The Golden Age of Magic celebrates the life, creations, and legacy of Floyd G. Thayer, one of the most renowned magic apparatus inventors of the early 1900s. From Keller to Thurston to Houdini, he created illusions for the greatest magicians of all time.

Get hands-on and interact with incredible artifacts from the past, while collaborating with others to follow clues, solve puzzles, and unravel mysteries. An intriguing story, an unconventional scavenger hunt, a collaborative quest—all are part but fail to describe this unique get-together. In the words of creators Michael Borys and Alex Lieu: "This isn't an experience that happens around you… it happens because of you."

49 Boxes has been featured in LA Weekly, Inc. Magazine, BoingBoing, and many others. Most recently it was the cover story of Genii, the world's leading magazine devoted to the art of magic. Neil Patrick Harris, former president of the Magic Castle, commented: “This experience totally blew my mind—and that isn’t easy to do.” 

This event will be co-hosted by Field Agent Siegfried Tieber.


  • Secret location to be disclosed 2 weeks before event date.
  • Recommended age 16 and above.
  • Photography is encouraged! Tag #atlasobscura #49boxes 


Email Field Agent Siegfried Tieber at sigi.tieber@atlasobscura.com.

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Advance tickets only. Refunds available up to 10 days before the event.