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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jan 27 2015
$2,295
pledged of $35,000pledged of $35,000 goal
13
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jan 27 2015

About

Quick Pitch

This project is a "Texas-sized “ one-stop entertainment destination for a complete evening out!” We are proudly calling this project “The Grand Illusion Entertainment Complex”. This is an entirely unique entertainment destination. Our facility has been inspired by the former “Magic Island Houston” and the world famous “Magic Castle” in California.

Our initial collateral goal we are reaching for is $2.6M. We would love to reach that goal here during this drive. However, we are prepared for this just being the first round of funding. We have contingency plans of funding ready to implement for the remaining once we reach that goal. Kickstarter is an all or nothing venture. Robert figured if we reach the 35 thousand dollar min goal, we can use that for an additional future round of fund-raising as needed and keep the momentum moving. We hope to make that and way beyond so we do not have to do so.

Grand Illusion will feature three separate entertainment venues:

The Magic Venue is an upscale dining facility featuring award-winning Las Vegas-style magic acts, which is also home to our Lounge which has a fully-stocked bar with plenty of seating. 

We will work with all the local, national and international magic clubs to be able to provide the very best entertainment to our customers.

The Comedy Venue featuring top-touring comedians, ventriloquists and comedy hypnotists.

The Variety Music Venue featuring the best of local bands & top DJs from the surrounding area.

Three separate venues in one location, all together our facility will be a 50K square foot total ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX.

The Grand Illusion E.C. will offer lunch and dinner service along with Saturday and Sunday brunch for the kids. We will offer live entertainment comprising of award-winning magicians, local area musicians, up and coming local comedians, ventriloquists, comedy hypnotists, local bands and top DJs. We will have private dining areas for group and corporate events, and we will offer full catering services for events at any location within a 15-mile radius. We offer "take-out" food for those on the run! Visitors to our website will find upcoming events, specials, catering, gift certificate and membership information.

The Restaurant Hours: Lunch Service Tuesday-Friday 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.; Dinner Service Tuesday-Saturday 6:00 pm till Close;

Saturday 11:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. till close “We focus our energies on Kids”

The individual close-up magic shows and stage magic show will run on scheduled times throughout the evening,

The Lounge Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 2:00 p.m. till Close

The Comedy Club Hours: Thursday (Open Mic Night) 9:00 p.m. – Till Close; Friday-Saturday 9:00 p.m. till Close

The Music Bar Hours: Wednesday (Open Jam Night) 9:00 p.m. Till Close; Thursday (Open Mic Night) 9:00 p.m. Till Close; Friday-Saturday 9:00 pm till Close

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Service Detail:

Following is a description of the various areas/entertainment that Grand Illusion E.C. will offer.

1.1 Lobby

Think about the last time you went out to your favorite restaurant. You arrived, people were waiting outside, you walked inside to the hostess station, they took your name and asked how many were in your party, then you were handed a pager, you turned and all the seating available as a waiting area was taken. This left you to your own devices, starting a conversation with a complete stranger or having a conversation with your party, with nothing to do until your pager goes off.

NOT at Grand Illusion. You will be greeted with a smile, at check-in on your first visit, we will request your name which will be coded internally to your frequent customer rewards card and be offered to be put on the mailing list to receive special offers. Your FCR card will allow us to keep track of your preferences of beverage and like and dislikes of food; this will also allow us to be aware of any allergy concerns. Focus is on first-class personal hospitality. You then participate in many of the activities while you wait, in fact you may have so much fun you just might have to be convinced to go to the main attractions.

Activities currently planned to be included are:

• Anti-Gravity Fountains: Water Droplets suspended in mid air.

• EyePlay: A type of interactive video gaming system. This is an interactive gaming system which provides exercise to children and adults while playing.

• Optical Illusion: Some of the displays are static and some of the displays are interactive.

• State of the Art interactive menu displays.

• Hologram projections.

• Visual information displays highlighting current and future performing acts.

1.2 Magic Store

A complete list of magic items where you can learn to be a magician will be on sale. Also available will be the newest optical illusions, and Grand Illusion swag.

1.3 Art of Magic Library

This  area is for magic members only. You will see the top magicians in the world entering these doors, to share and learn from the wonders within.

2.0 The Dining Area

The main dining areas are “an 80 seat Reservation” dining area and a “a 80 seat Non-Reservation” for a total of 160 seat dining area. Both will feature strolling magicians performing personal magic at your tables.

2.1 The Reservation Room (Will be named later)

This 80-seat dining area will consist of an open flowing area, rich in color and ambiance. This area features our premier menu which features signature cuisine, craft cocktails and live entertainment.

Reservations for the reservation room will be made via the web page which is be reachable via the website, tablet and smart phone at http://grandillusion-houston.com. Or you will be able to make a reservation and speak to our dynamic friendly staff by calling Grand Illusion EC.

2.2 The Non-reservation dining room (Will be named later)

This is an 80 Seat dining area, that serves as a non-reservation area and an overflow reservation area. It is comparable to the reservation area in all aspects.

We will accept call-ahead seating.

2.3 Close-Up Performance Rooms

Three performance rooms for intimate close-up magic shows, these rooms have 30-seat occupancy arranged in 3 rows of 10 seats theater seating, these rooms also have overflow seating that will add 15 more seats to maximize the seating opportunity. 2 rooms will be for prestidigitation, the other room will be for a mentalist exhibition.

2.4 Grand Stage Theater

This majestic theater has 7 rows of 20 seats that are theater seating, and will have a balcony area that has 6 box seating area with 4 seats each which is reserved for our special VIP clientele. The Grand Stage is large enough to accommodate any illusionist act including automobile disappearances and large animal vanishing acts.

2.5 Private Rooms

We have 7 private rooms; each room has a seating capacity of up to 20 seats which are configured in a 4 room, 3 room configurations. These rooms are separated by collapsible divider partitions. Grand Illusion E.C. will provide a dedicated business lunch and presentation room for the use of local business, including audiovisual equipment. Full services will be provided by the restaurant. It is becoming increasingly evident that business persons want to provide the 'country' treatment to its potential customers. The Grand Illusion E.C. sees this as a small investment to benefit from a growing trend.

3.0 Our main lounge (Will be named later)

This full-service bar/lounge will provide a welcoming environment to patrons not wanting to sit at a dining table, but would rather just relax with a cold beverage and have a relaxing meal. The bar area will also have a number of dining tables for those patrons wanting to relax in a slightly social atmosphere. Beverages offered will cover everything from sodas to margaritas, beer, and hard liquor to bottle service.

4.0 The Music Club and Comedy Club (Will be named later)

Each of these rooms will have an occupancy capacity of 80 Seats; the stage areas are large enough to support any size band. These two versatile rooms are separated by a collapsible wall so that both can be turn into a larger space for special events.

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Traction & Accomplishments

To date, we have identified a suitable location for The Grand Illusion E.C. easily located minutes from downtown Houston, Texas. The site is a retail building located on four acres, easily accessed from the feeder of the main highway.

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How We Are Different

Currently, there are no restaurants or entertainment venues in the greater Houston, TX, area offering what we are proposing. We intend to become the place to go where fond memories are created. We will endeavor to have everyone saying: The Grand Illusion is the place to go.

Last Notes:

While Grand Illusion will originate in Houston, Texas; If this project stays on track we will branch out to opening multiple Grand Illusions in different markets.

Team

Robert Lee Smith –Founder and Owner

Role: CFO and Operational Manager

Robert has flair and a knack for keeping customers happy; he has been in various types of technology and management roles over the past 14 years.

Robert has been working in the technology sector for about 22 years. Robert has experience in managerial positions for many years and he has the skills and knowledge to run an organization.

Banachek – Co-founder and Owner

Role: Talent Coordinator and Operational Manager

Banachek has an extensive background in the entertainment industry working in night clubs from an early age, performing all over the world in the top largest theaters and acting as a magic producer and consultant for every top magician in the world from Criss Angel, David Blaine, David Copperfield, Penn & Teller and for many other top international performers. Banachek is a multi-award winner and considered the number one Mentalist in the World.

Jeff Meinecke – Partner

Role: Project Facilitator/Expeditor/Core Business Advisor and Operational Manager

With over 20 years of senior management experience, Jeff has a love and passion for success. Gaining experience in the nightclub industry, he evolved into the restaurant sector in 1998.Jeff has acted as the Director of Operations for City Entertainment Concepts (City Streets, 7M annually), Wow Now Worldwide (4 concepts, 9M annually) and was part of the senior management team with The Cheesecake Factory (Houston Galleria, 13M annually).For the past 12 years, as the Chief Operating Officer for Duke’s Original Roadhouse, the company flourished, growing to five restaurants in Texas with sales in excess of 26M annually.

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Rewards

"Recruiter" for the Grand Illusion Army

Plain and simple, we need your help, so if you believe in this project enough to join our army,  please pledge to go out and recruit foot soldiers for our cause.

The more foot soldiers you recruit, the more rewards you will receive.

All we need from you is the name, phone number and email address of those you have recruited. When we see your recruits have pledged, we will add their pledge amounts to your permanent record with the "Grand Illusion Army"

Just email the info to grandillusionec@verizon.net, with the subject "recruits for the army"

Rewards will be Discount Cards (10% off or more), Gift cards, "all inclusive evenings", Exclusive Invites and offers etc... (You will not be disappointed!)

Even though you join our army you may want to still purchase a pledge to get the goodies that come with that level.

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Benefactor Card

Benefactor Card, This exclusive card is only available through the fund raising process, Once our Fund raising is completed the art work will be framed and this artwork will be retired, 

The Grand Illusion Rewards Card

The Grand Illusion Rewards Card

As a member of Grand Illusion Rewards Club, you can earn points for visiting our entertainment facility. As your points accumulate, they add up to great rewards for you to enjoy on future visits. Plus, you'll receive exclusive member-only benefits and offers that will make your mouth water.

Once we are open you can decide to become a member of the Grand Illusion Rewards Club. You will be able to purchase a Rewards Club Card for a $25 fee. For those who purchase a $1000 or more level during this fundraising campaign that fee will be waived and from the date of our opening you will automatically be a member of the Grand Illusion Rewards Club.

The VIP Cards

The VIP Cards

VIP Memberships will be available in 1, 6 and 12 Month packages.

VIP Packages will be offered in Bronze, Silver and Gold; each with their own benefits and rewards. Visit our member's page on our website.

Bronze Membership Card
Bronze Membership Card
  • Free Cover for 2 on 1 Venue
  • 2 Free Sharable Appetizer per month w/ meal purchase
  • Each additional Person $20 each: max count 6
  • Add 2nd Venue $15, add 3rd venue $10

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Silver Membership Card
Silver Membership Card
  • Free Cover for 4 on any 1 Venue
  • 2 Free Sharable Appetizer per month w/ meal purchase
  • Each additional Person $20 each: max count 6
  • Add 2nd Venue $15, add 3rd venue $10

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Gold Membership Card
Gold Membership Card
  • Free Cover for you party, max 8 persons
  • 8 Free single Appetizer per month with meal purchase
  • Free Non-Alcholic beverages
  • Each additional person $10, max 4

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Grand Illusion Playing Cards

Our Grand Illusion Playing Cards look a little different, THEY ARE! Up-close you see Music and Cuisine from far way, Well like you see it, Magic and Comedy. These card  are designed to be a One way deck. They are Designed for easily marking this deck.

These card will be a great add to any magician's arsonal.

The Magic Kits

Our Grand Illusion standard edition Magic set with 250+ tricks included, with practice this set will turn the aspiring magician into a true wonder.

Our Grand Illusion ultimate Edition magic set with 350+ magic tricks included.

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Big thanks to Jamie Salinas for our video!

www.magicbyjamie.com

Risks and challenges

While we fully recognize that anything can happen in this fast paced, crazy world, we feel like the biggest challenge would be if the build-out of the complex runs longer than expected. We have faith that once we have the restaurant open, we will soon after be welcoming everyone in to the building, you helped make possible!

This cost of this project is $2.6M, We are prepared for this just being the first round of funding, We have contingency plans of funding ready to implement if needed.

IF EVERYONE THAT PARTICIPATES WILL REACH OUT TO OTHERS, TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE THIS DREAM A REALITY!

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    • THE CARD TRICK
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    • 1 Pack of Grand Illusion Playing cards, Tell us Red or Blue backed

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    • Voucher booklet for 6 shareable appetizers, 1 per month for 6 months
    • A Pair Invites to Opening week Day 2 or 3
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Funding period

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