What’s better than watching a magic show? Watch a STONED magic show! Am I right? No matter what you think of cannabis, it’s always a hot topic these days and Ben Zabin, the founder of Smokus Pocus, is here to help us enjoy all the humor and entertainment that comes with it. topic.
What is Smokus Pocus?
Smokus Pocus is an ongoing weed-themed magic show that appeals to both smokers and non-smokers. Although cannabis use is not involved in any part of the show, either for the audience or the host, the show’s humor and magic tricks are mostly cannabis-centric and allow for a good laughter or a sigh of disbelief from nearly every member of the audience. The show is approximately 60-70 minutes long and is currently produced regularly in Portland, Oregon, but has also been made in other cities nationwide, such as Seattle, Oklahoma City, Missoula, and throughout Oregon and the state. from Washington.
Ben Zabine says Smokus Pocus was an idea that had been simmering in his mind for about 3-4 years. “People love weed and people love magic, and they both blow your mind!” he’s laughing. After some thought and preparation, he launched the show during the pandemic in May 2021.
“I’ve always loved magic and always wanted to be a magician. Weed also became a passion of mine, but more from a recreational point of view and I started selling it on the streets. Zabin stopped going to college after a year and was trying to get by but wasn’t paying the bills.Then the pandemic happened, there were no magic shows and less magic sales grass for him. It was then, at the height of the pandemic, that Zabin moved to Portland.
Now, of course, we’ve seen other cannabis entertainment anywhere. The catwalk show at Laganja Estranja and the work she does. However, Smokus Pocus provides an outlet that can be enjoyed by those who are connoisseurs of magic AND those who are connoisseurs of cannabis… and if you are both, well you are going to be laughing and ecstatic.
Zabin has always enjoyed producing magic shows for people and wanted to do the same for cannabis enthusiasts.
When asked who inspired him to take that extra step, Ben explained, “Seth Rogan inspired me in that he’s definitely somewhat cannabis-oriented, but he appeals to a group much wider demographic with his acting and comedy. I think that’s where the future of entertainment is heading, and I’m trying to do the same thing but with a magic show.
Smokus Pocus Magic Show Review
I laughed so hard my face hurt and really enjoyed both the magic itself and the audience members involved in the tricks! While there is never any cannabis use during the show or anywhere onsite, it’s fair to assume that the majority of the audience has used cannabis at some point prior to attending. There’s something about being in a space where it’s okay to laugh like a stoner with other stoners about stone-themed jokes and tricks, but one of the most cool is that the show is so enjoyable for everyone, stoned or not, and everyone will walk away with a smile. The cost of tickets is a bargain for what you get from the show and for the diverse experience you get. Ben has even created a cute line of smoke accessories for purchase, and hilarious “Hello, I’m Stoned” stickers for all who attend to wear if they feel so inclined. I would give the show a solid 10/10 for content, accessibility, and overall great entertainment.
Attend Smokus Pocus
The shows will be produced in Portland at least until the summer. Over the next two months there will also be shows in Salem, Seattle, Chicago, Denver, Kalamazoo and St. Louis. Beyond that, Ben hopes to start producing shows in New York and is hosting a pop-up show in Brooklyn in June. This really is the “most doped up” magic show in the world and it’s calling you!
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