WILLIAMSBURG — Celebrating 30 shows, most of which have been completely sold out, The Wagsters Magic Theatre held its official ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce Wednesday.
Owners Brandon and Hannah Wagster, relocated to Virginia’s Historic Triangle just 4 months ago after 10 years of performing in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The Wagsters knew they were ready for a big change and thanks to the advice of a friend from Lynchburg, their lifelong dream of owning their own venue was realized after discovering Williamsburg.
“The dream for this place started when I was a little kid with a magic kit hanging up bedsheets in the garage,” Brandon Wagster, magician and co-owner said. “But it was right at the beginning of the pandemic. Some Facebook friends of ours who have their own theater in Wisconsin, they reached out to us, and asked if we were bored. We were. So we all logged into a zoom call one night and she offered to tell us all about how they opened up their theater. Kind of weird, but of course I said yes. What I thought was going to take an hour or so took nearly eight. And by the time we got off that zoom call that lifelong dream had begun to take shape.”
The couple sold their home and poured their life savings into the business in Williamsburg. Brandon joked, “We put in every penny we had and several we don’t.”
Now it is quickly becoming a beloved destination for both locals and tourists alike.
After the ribbon-cutting, those in attendance were treated to two of the couple’s favorite tricks — seeing both Brandon and Hannah perform on stage as equals in their magician and assistant roles. After the show, they posed for photographs in the lobby and talked with their audience.