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Phil Van Tee is "El Ropo!"

Phil Van Tee is "El Ropo!"

37 reviews

About Phil Van Tee is "El Ropo!"

Your guests remember your party with big smiles, and brag about getting invited. Your boss gives you a raise because you hired the perfect entertainer. Your Mother in Law stops nagging, but keeps talking about that wonderful magician. Sound great? Pick up the telephone and hire Phil Van Tee ("El Ropo").
MORE ONLINE 5 STAR REVIEWS THAN ANY OTHER L. A. MAGICIAN! The BEST comedy magic entertainer you will find - no brag, just fact.
(Seen on, A&E, CBS, Nickelodeon, FOX T. V., Si T.V., Comedy Central, and Paramount films).



Highly recommend

By Lise F. on May 12, 2012

Phil Van Tee, El Ropo, is amazing. He came early, stayed late and everyone loved his magic and humor. He’s hysterical, and the magic is fabulous. A pleasure to work with, I highly recommend him.

Hired as: Comedy Magician
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What a fun and pleasant experience!

By Russell F. on October 23, 2016

Magic tricks blew everyone's minds. Fun, simple, but inexplicable. A total pro. Worth every penny!

Hired as: Children's Party Magician, Magician

charming and approachable magic

By Emily H. on January 31, 2014

He was a treat. We saw him at the Magic Castle and he was just doing his thing in the basement. He did a card trick that just boggled my mind. Still wonder how he did it...

Hired as: Comedy Magician, Comedy Magician

An Exceptional Talent

By Stephanie K. on January 16, 2014

If you are looking for entertainment with a personal touch, please use El Ropo! His 40+ years of comedy and magic show throughout his entire set. He gets to know the audience and molds his act to always achieve the best results of shock, awe and definitely laughter. He is a performer for all ages and all size groups. His up close magic is astonishing. I will never look at a deck of cards the same way again. Whether you see him at The Magic Castle or at a hired event ( worth ever dollar!) you will not be disappointed by the wonderful person and performer, El Ropo!

Hired as: Comedy Magician, Comedian, Comedy Magician, Magician, Storyteller, Strolling/Close-up Magician

Great Magician

By Debra W. on August 11, 2012

Saw El Ropo at the Magic Castle 8/9/12. He did amazing rope tricks and coin maneuvers. He also did some great magic involving a ring belonging to a girl in our group--it was truly amazing where her ring ended up!!! Great guy, does well interfacing with people and involves them in the tricks.

A Fantastic Entertainer

By Elizabeth H. on July 16, 2012

Phil Van Tee (or El Ropo as I call him) is a true entertainer. From his magic to his sense of humor to his presentation, he knows how to keep a crowd interested and wanting more.

I had been impressed with his show at the Magic Castle a couple of times, so when I heard he was hired for a late meeting at work, I knew we all had an fun night ahead of us. For hours before and after the meeting, we were entertained with some truly mind blowing magic. It's difficult to say that what El Ropo does are tricks because from my perspective, it looks like straight up magic. Even the biggest skeptics in the room couldn't peel their eyes away; shaking their heads in disbelief, knowing they had finally been fooled.

With El Ropo, everyone is right up close to watch the magic and there is full audience participation. Most of his magic includes coins, cards, and ropes (hence, El Ropo) and I have never seen him repeat a trick. He's in no way a showy magician; he's a very humble guy with a slightly dry sense of humor and the ability to engross an entire crowd. He's so amiable and approachable in his usual bolo tie and cowboy hat that he has no problem mingling and doing magic for any sort of crowd.

His talent and precision of his craft is amazing and will have you feeling like a little kid, wide-eyed and gasping with every move. I certainly hope to see him again soon.

Hired as: Comedy Magician, Magician, Strolling/Close-up Magician

Amazing Performance

By Nick G. on May 23, 2012

Phil provided a great show that kept everybody entertained. He was great at interacting with the crowd and getting the audience involved. His uplifting personality helped to bring life and enjoyment to the show. I recommend him highly to anybody considering his services.

Great Magic Performance‏

By Rosy R. on May 21, 2012

I truly enjoyed Phil Van Tee's magic performance Thursday night at the Magic Castle. We were amazed at the rope magic. How do those rings end up on the rope...!?

Slight of hand, open jaws wide fun

By Matthew R. on May 8, 2012

I was at the magic castle and happen to see him in the crowd playing with a rope. I asked and he was kind enough to do a few tricks, which naturally drew in a crowd. He performed amazingly and was a great sport about showing us his talents. I'd definitely consider him if I ever needed such services.

Phil Van Tee - One of Top Magicians

By Mariko K. on March 26, 2012

Phil Van Tee at the Magic Castle was truly awsome! He was especially nice and accommodating to all who gathered to watch and be amazed with his magic. His skill is unquestionable even when you're so up close with him sitting at his table while he does his magic. He has a variety of "magical" things he does that leaves you feeling "huh?". Phil continued to entertain my two friends and I at closing while we were waiting for the crowd to leave instead of just dimsissing us. I would definitely recommend Phil as one of the top magicians I've ever seen.

Mari K.

El Ropo es El Bueno!!!

By Rachel H. on March 3, 2012

We had the chance to see and meet Phil "El Ropo" at the Magical Castle in LA and our entire group was enchanted by his performance. He was excellent, funny and magically mysterious. After the show we had the pleasure of talking to him for a few minutes; great performer and great guy. Seeing his show was the highlight of our trip. If you have the chance to check him out at the Castle or another venue you will be guaranteed an amazing show!

Viva El Ropo!

By Cooper O. on February 15, 2012

The first time I went to the Magic Castle I happened upon Phil Van Tee doing a typically low-key, slow-build, aw-shucks series of tricks, just sitting at a plain table, building a crowd naturally. Ten minutes later I felt like a little kid, amazed at the skill I was seeing, and laughing at every silly corny joke along the way.

I've brought three people back to the Magic Castle since then (thanks to Phil; we kept in touch), with Phil as the star attraction in my description of an already pretty amazing place.

He is as hilarious, as he is mystifying, as he is tall. And if he doesn't do the Bow and Arrow rope trick for you, ask him. It's ridiculous.

Phil Van Tee is amazing. I initially saw him at the Magic Castle and always go back to see him perform now. You can literally stand next to him and you’ll still be amazed at his close-up work. Oh and did I mention he is hilarious and exudes a warmth that is hard ignore. I would definitely recommend him for parties. He is the toats!

Phil saved my date at the magic castle!

By Jeremiah J. on January 17, 2012

I took my girlfriend to the castle and sadly the night turned into a bit of a disaster. The crowds were so packed we only got in one show - the stage show - which was just average. But mostly, she and I really wanted to see "close up" magic.

Then we found the man with the cowboy hat making people laugh outside the stage show. We sat down and for the next 20 minutes Phil gave the best performance we saw there ever! He was so funny, incredible tricks, and most of all he made us feel like the only people there that night. My gf even got to keep a little souvenir which she keeps on the dresser. It turned into a magical night.

Thanks Phil for saving my Magic Castle date!!


Magic Man Manages to Mystify & Move

By Christopher M. on January 12, 2012

Phil is the kind of guy you just want to sit around a campfire for hours with.

His magic is incredible...fantastic, mind-boggling and creative card tricks and nimble stunts with just about any object you can imagine. He is also down to earth, a great conversationalist, and compelling story teller. What's more, unlike most magicians, he is often willing to teach a trick or two so that you can go back and impress your friends (although he definitely keeps his best tricks to himself).

A true highlight of our night at the Magic Castle. Hire this man!

Cowboy Magician Extraordinaire

By Aaron A. on November 9, 2011

With Phil, you've got a comedian as well as a magician - and a little bit of cowboy too. His sleight of hand skills are amazing, as you'll probably only see what he wants you to see. He'll keep you laughing while pulling out trick after trick.

At the Magic Castle or at a corporate function, Mr. Van Tee is sure to entertain.

Great Comedy and Magic, thanks Phil!

By Neil D. on October 5, 2011

We caught Phil Van Tee's performance at the Magic Castle this past October, 2011. His act was the highlight of the night. He played the banjo and had the crowd laughing before the show started. Once he got into it, he had us laughing and amazed the entire time. He's got a unique style, and was every easy going. Super magician, very funny. Very memorable. You won't be disappointed.

We were separated from our party for the close-up gallery show at the Magic Castle. So we decided to wait by the bar till the show ended so we can all head home together.
We were a bit depressed but then Phil came to the rescue! Thanks to him, the time flew by and we ended the night with smiles on all of our faces.

The main show at the Magic Castle was great but I enjoyed Phil's close up magic performance a lot more. All of his tricks left us wondering...How did he do that?!
Thanks Phil!

Simply the MAN!

By Ty D. on July 30, 2011

Came a crossed him at the Magic Castle and he made our night! Awesome tricks great sense of humor all round awesome dude. If you have the opportunity to see him in person do so you will not be disappointed! My personal fav

Cowboy Magician???

By Shauna H. on June 20, 2011

I saw Phil at the Magic Castle, and I must say, he was one of my favorites of the night. His magic tricks are interactive and he makes everyone feel a part of the act. I was in awe the entire time.
Go check him out and see for yourself. You'll leave asking, "how is that even possible?"



Review by Lem S.

By Lem S. on June 5, 2011

I first met Cowboy Phil at the Magic Castle where he sat in the Museum Room all by himself and he entertained me with unique coin tricks, and great conversation about different coins used, and some of the mechanics of holding them. I then met him again performing to a larger group and doing many more tricks I haven't seen him do before, and every time I've met him again he does a lot more I haven't seen him do before.

So his ability to perform as a magician is truly top notch. He is by far one of my personal favorite magic performers and someone who I always look forward to seeing again; not just to be amazed and baffled by his magic, but also for his genuine interest in others. Rather than saying he knows how to 'work' the crowd, I think it's much more appropriate to say he knows how to engage the crowd, and entertain people of all ages.

Magic isn't just for kid parties.

Review by Chris C.

By Chris C. on May 25, 2011

Phil is a great magician. I've seen him a few times at the Magic Castle and everytime he has new tricks. I really like the close up slight of hand magic tricks and thats what hes great at. Aside from the magic he always gets me laughing and is just a good guy.

Review by Z. T.

By Z. T. on March 16, 2011

Amazing magician!!! I was fortunate to be entertained and wow'd by his up-close, hands-on, in-your-face, in-your-hands, astounding magic with lots of personality. In 14+ yrs, for 4-5 times, I have been lucky to go to the private magician's club in LA, the magic castle. My favorite room is outside at the table by the downstairs bar. Phil Van Tee is one of the best!!!

Review by Christine C.

By Christine C. on March 15, 2011

Phil was a great magician! Not only were we thoroughly impressed by his card tricks, but we were also entertained by his sense of humor. We can't wait to see him again!

Review by Paul M.

By Paul M. on March 10, 2011

We had a great time at the Magic Castle, but when we were entertained by phil it made our night. He has a great sence of humor and a great way with people. The way he presents his show is a wonderful experience, and when he pulled my Number out of my wallet, I was blown away. You must see him. Thanks Phil for a great time, hope to see you soon. P

Review by Jennifer H.

By Jennifer H. on March 7, 2011

From the moment i i spoke with Phil, to the goodbye, he was an amazing entertainer. His tricks were mesmerizing and his conversation was enchanting. The whole time spent in his presence was a treat!

Review by Dennis J.

By Dennis J. on March 2, 2011

lots o fun.

Review by Lisa A.

By Lisa A. on February 7, 2011

Phil was absolutely delightful. His card work and rope work were incredibly skilled and a joy to observe. His wonderful sense of humor enhanced his act even more than his skill alone, and the way he engaged the audience was tremendous. My boyfriend and I couldn't stop laughing or being surprised by his magic. I took home the three of clubs I signed, and he ripped and put back together. I will save it forever as a keepsake from such a fun night.
I saw Phil perform while attending The Magic Castle. I will defintely go back again to see him.

Review by Elizabeth S.

By Elizabeth S. on January 29, 2011

I stumbled upon Phil Van Tee performing at the Magic Castle when I went for my birthday and had a blast! He had me and my whole group laughing our heads off and truly amazed us with his skill. We were sitting mere feet from him, and even watching him closely, we couldn't catch how he did anything (I think the sign of a truly great magician).

I highly recommend Phil Van Tee for any event, he's the best!

Review by Lorraine C.

By Lorraine C. on December 23, 2010

I loved Phil Van Tee's magic. He was fantastic at involving all participants around the table. One guy at our table was saying "don't waive him over I don't like magic tricks" and he was the one that had the best time. I would definitely use Van Tee's services for my next party, and I cannot wait to see him at the Magic Castle.

Review by Quy H.

By Quy H. on July 13, 2010

I first met Phil at my wife's company Christmas party in 2009. We both were impressed by Phil's abilities and his connections with the audiences.

We decided to hire Phil for our son's 10th birthday. Phil was awesome with the kids and the adults love him. He even took the extra time after the show to perform close up magic for the adults.

If you need a great performer for any occasion, Phil Van Tee is a sure bet!

Hired as: Magician

Review by Jennifer G.

By Jennifer G. on June 23, 2010

This is the 4th year I've invited Phil to come to my school to perform a show for my graduating seniors. Even the "toughest", "coolest" kids were just blown away! He is awesome! Looking forward to next year. I also need to remember him for my son's birthday next year.

Hired as: Magician

Review by Fritz S.

By Fritz S. on June 22, 2010

Phil was great for the kids and connected with the adults as well, the extra time he took with the kids after the show was a big hit. Will use him again and recommed his show highly...

Hired as: Magician, Children's Party Magician, Comedy Magician

Review by Paul B.

By Paul B. on April 1, 2010

Thak you Phil for a great show. I would recommend you to anyone looking for a unique entertainment expereince.

Hired as: Magician, Comedian

Review by Abby C.

By Abby C. on March 26, 2010

Phil is so awesome! He is very funny and good with kids and adults. Everybody in my party had enjoyed Phil's performance. He takes his time to go out of his way and stays overtime. Thank you Phil for making my son's birthday one that he will remember for the rest of his life.

Hired as: Magician, Children's Party Magician, Comedy Magician

Review by John M.

By John M. on February 21, 2010

Phil is a true professional and the consumate magician/comedian. Extremely talented and funny to boot. All the guests at our party were entertained beyond expectation.

Review by Kelly M. F.

By Kelly M. F. on February 15, 2010

Phil performed for our son's 7th Birthday Party in which there were about 10 kids and 20 adults. He did a fantastic job keeping both kids and adults mesmerized and entertained as the magician cowboy. We all marveled at how rapt the kids were during the entire 45 minute performance. The adults loved being a part of the show and everyone even learned a little trick at the end!

Hired as: Children's Party Magician

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 10 - 60 minutes
  • Fee: $250
  • Insurance: $10,000 - Hampson, Mowrer, Kreitz Agency


Your guests remember your party with big smiles, and brag about getting invited. Your boss gives you a raise because you hired the perfect entertainer. Your Mother in Law stops nagging, but keeps talking about that wonderful magician. Sound great? Pick up the telephone and hire "El Ropo", Phil Van Tee.

100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE if you experience this show and are not pleased!

MORE POSITIVE REVIEWS THAN ANY OTHER L. A. MAGICIAN! People only take the time to write these things if they LOVED the results. The BEST comedy magic entertainer you will find - no brag, just fact. BOOK HIM fast - he's a popular guy! (Seen on, A&E, CBS, Nickelodeon, FOX T. V., Si T.V., Comedy Central, and Paramount films).

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Past Booked Events

Oct 22, 2016 House Party
Oct 03, 2015 Birthday (Teen)
Dec 13, 2014 Holiday Party
Nov 29, 2014 Birthday Party

The team providing the talent:

Phil Van Tee

comic magician


Phil was one of my favorite comics when I headlined him in my comedy club in Colorado Springs. He was one of my favorite comics when I booked him on my Si-T. V. show, "The Latino Laugh Festival" and the sequel, "Inside Joke". He was one of my favorite comics when I put him in my Nickelodeon T.V. show, "Brothers Garcia". And he was one of my favorite comics when I put him in my movie, "Mysteries Of The Maya". You can bet there's lots more to follow!

– ,Jeff Valdez- producer, director, creator and owner of Si T. V.

We could not have asked for a more professional performer. He is great with all ages from kids to old folks. He had something up his sleeve for everyone. We would'nt throw another big party with out him. Now that we are hooked, welcome to the family Phil!!!!

– Rocky Z.

Phil is a phenomenal performer. He had everyone enthralled with his sleight of hand and the lead-in stories really held the kids attention. The show appealed equally to adults and children (it was an 8 year old's birthday party), even my 4 year old son was fascinated. I am looking forward to the next birthday party when I can hire Phil again. He payed special attention to the birthday boy and even taught him a couple of tricks to practice. Overall, he helped me have a successful party for my son.

– Elyse S.

Phil VanTee was amazing! He was so personable and easy to work with. He was kind, prompt, and his talent was wonderful. My 40 teenage students LOVED his performance. They were amazed and amused. I will have him back every year if he'll come!!!! Thank you, Phil.

– teacher Jennifer Green at Jurupa Valley H. S.

Your performance was superb! The veterans, volunteers, and special guests were overwhelmed at the first rate entertainment. It is a caring individual such as yourself that enables VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System to provide top notch entertainment!

– Carrie L Brandlin, RT/CTRS, Leisure Services Supervisor

From the moment I booked Phil for our event I felt as if I had found a new personal friend. His talent speaks for itself if you listen to his audio clips you will see what a truly talented gentle man he is. What you won't be able to tell from the clips is how personable and friendly he is.... It warmed my heart to be able to find someone as personable as Phil to attend our conference and to watch the rapport he had with not only the adults but the youngsters as well. They say laughter is good for your soul- If that is true- the Phil Van Tee is good for your soul!! I highly recommend this entertainer!

– Carletta Hauck--South Dakota Family Physicians Assocciation

Phil is truly a professional and accomodating in every way. I know from experience that performing in a church requires that a person be sensitive to topics of conversation. Phil was great! He engaged the men at our (Father's Day) event and kept them laughing throughout his set. On a personal level, I was able to spend time with Phil and as a man, he cares about people and has a heartfelt concern about his performances and he takes his profession very seriously. Phil also performed on Saturday morning for a group of kids from a local foster shelter. He was personable, interactive and put on a great show for the kids.......Hire Phil Van Tee!

– Pastor Will Martin of Christ the Rock Community Church

Phil is a pleasure to work with. He is very warm and responsive to our requests. His humor is great, purely down-home and rated E for everyone! We loved the magic tricks, too, especially the audience participation part! He had us amazed and mystified and laughing! Thank you Phil, for a great time!

– Kris Quiroz of Pacer Stacktrain Corporation

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