Spooky Magical Tales of Ghoulies & Ghosties at the San
Francisco Magic Parlor
A Haunted Hotel Crypt! San Francisco’s Satanic
High Priest! An infamous Voodoo Queen! Our Socialite Benefactress’ Sprit! Encounter
them all and other bizarre local Tales and astounding Magic …all Halloween
Weekend at the San Francisco Magic Parlor in Union Square.
Join the San Francisco Magic Parlor’s Spook-tacular
Special Events, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday all Halloween Weekend. You’ll
hear True Tales about the City’s most feared and revered eccentrics and be
astonished by Magical Hauntings and Happenings. Each guest will leave with a “Hallow-day”
Now in it’s acclaimed Second Year, the San
Francisco Magic Parlor, housed in the historic and haunted Chancellor Hotel
Union Square, has been mystifying and amusing audiences for over a year.
October 31st, November 1st, and 2nd, performances will offer elegant excitement
and enchanting magic to spellbound guests.
Guests settle into an intimate 19th
Century Parisian Parlor to hear local tales many San Francisco natives have not
heard. Visitors to the city will bring fascinating stories back home. Each
story is illustrated with magical happenings, sometimes using curios and artifacts
from the person or period. It’s an interactive theatrical journey though
Host, Walt Anthony, a Conjurer &
Teller-of-Tales, is a dynamic actor, magician and entertainer. He has wit,
exuberance, and an elegant style, making his performances unique and mesmerizing.
“Shimmering fairy tales are Anthony’s
métier” conjuring up a façade of bygone
elegance…-San Francisco Chronicle-
Please join me at
a very special Holiday Festival and fundraiser at San Francisco’s beloved
Old Mint. Vignettes from the San Francisco Magic Parlor will be featured
throughout the event!
The San Francisco
Museum and Historical Society’s
Annual Holiday Tea
at the Old Mint
December 4, 2013 The Old Mint, 88 Fifth Street at Mission, San Francisco
You are cordially invited to join us in the elegant
Counting Rooms of the Old Mint, a National Historic Landmark, for a memorable
afternoon. Experience delicious food, period perfect entertainment and décor,
and a glittering exhibit created especially for this event.
For your enjoyment before or after Tea:
Vignettes of Famous San Francisco Personages
Performed by Walt Anthony of the San Francisco Magic Parlor
·The Dickens Fair Carolers
·Tours of the Mint Vaults
·American Tea Culture: Steeped in Silver, An
Exhibit of Tea, Rare Coins, and Dazzling Silver
·A Silent Auction and a “Grab and Go” table to
shop for Perfect Holiday Gifts and Décor. A
preview of auction items will be available on the sfhistory.org website by
November 1, 2013.
Select either the Royal
Tea service at 12:00pm or traditional Afternoon
Tea at 3:00pm. The menu for both services includes scones, clotted cream
and jam, sandwiches and pastries—complemented by premium teas and sparkling
wine. The Royal Tea also includes a seasonal salad and savory.
The Old San Francisco Mint, 88 Fifth Street, San
~~Royal Tea served at 12:00pm / Afternoon Tea served at
3:00pm Magical Vignettes of Historic San
Francisco Personages at
11:30am, 1pm, 1:30pm, 2pm, 2:30pm, 3pm
Reservations required, $85 Royal Tea, $75 Afternoon Tea
Please reserve your places by Monday, November 25, 2013.
Tickets will be held at the door.
The History of the
Old Mint Building in San Francisco by Larry See
Built in 1874, at one time the Old Mint held about one-third of all of the gold
in the nation. It sits on bedrock just ten feet below the surface. The
foundation is four feet thick, with two-inch reinforcing iron bars interlaced
all though it. The walls are a combination of very thick sandstone on the
outside with granite and brick in the interior. Huge heavy iron shutters
protect the windows. The ceilings are approximately 20 feet high, with graceful
brass lighting hung from the ceiling.
The Old Mint’s ground level floor has a central hallway running the length of
the building with beautiful continuous massive vaults on both sides. These
vaults were used mostly for coin and gold/silver storage, as currency was
rarely used west of the Mississippi. The colorful large stamping mill on this
floor was not operational here, but was brought here when the building was a
museum in the 1930s.
The upper floors include the Gold Vault, Gold Ingot Room, the Stamping Room
(coin stamping), and, at the top of the stairs in the center of the building,
the Pubic Office of The Mint, once the only place the public was allowed to
enter. Miners, dentists, and business people entered here to drop off their
gold or silver to have it assayed and weighed, and later picked up their
equivalent coin/currency. This was all done under the watchful eye of armed
guards looking down from a narrow catwalk, a la Alcatraz.
In the earthquake and fires of 1906, the Old Mint was spared through the heroic
efforts of 50 Mint employees plus 10 men from the Army, all led by
Superintendent Leach, with no help from the Fire Department. The glass windows
got so hot they melted like butter, flames licked through window holes, and the
sandstone exterior began to flake off with explosive noises like the firing of
artillery. There was an artesian well directly under the inner court of the
Mint providing it with its own independent water system. Just ten days before
the earthquake, the roof water tanks and hydrants had been installed. This
incredible luck, coupled with the hard-fought battles of the tight band of
employees, saved the Mint, while all other building around them burned to the
ground. The fact that there was very little flammable wood in the primarily
stone and iron building was also an important factor in its survival.
The Old Mint, currently undergoing a complete facelift. The Mint Project, which
has set a goal of a little over $90,000,000, now has about $30,000,000 "in
the bank." The renovation of Mint Alley, the old Jessie Street, is now
done. Both our US Senators, among others, are working very hard on this