Nashville will soon be home to a magic-themed entertainment venue mimicking a 1930s sweatshop, as House of Cards opens in SoBro on Monday, April 9.
Owned by Bill Miller – known for his Johnny Cash and Pasty Cline Museums, Skull’s Rainbow Room, and Nudie’s Honky Tonk – the venue is located in an underground space under the Cash Museum at 119 Third Ave. S. It will be the only entertainment venue of its kind in Nashville.
Covering approximately 9,500 square feet, House of Cards houses a collection of fine art and magical memorabilia, Release Notes. It is noteworthy that the space includes a handcuff device called The King Breaker and created, owned and used by Harry Houdini. In addition, the place offers a collection of European and American antiques, many of which date from the 18th century.
A private dining room is named after Harry Blackstone Sr., who was once a member of the Nashville Magic Club. There is also a collection of antique playing cards with a German made card dating from the late 1400s
Live magic will be a staple at House of Cards, with cigars, cocktails and “classic American cuisine” also in the spotlight.
“Guests are encouraged to explore the dining room to enjoy the rare collections and be entertained by some of America’s best magicians, who are stationed throughout the venue to provide mind-boggling illusions and tricks all night long,” it reads. the press release.
Nashville has offered various magical retail stores in the past. However, it hasn’t housed a magic club for years. In the mid-1990s, the long-defunct Music City Mix Factory featured variety performers such as jugglers and sword-swallowers.
Also during this time, John Pyka and Nelson Griswold offered Music City Magic to Miss Marple’s Dinner Theater, since closed, on Second Avenue.