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Check out the newest entertainment in Reno NV with a Weird Reno Tour

By: Natasha Bourlin

The newest entertainment in the Reno area is one you won’t want to miss. The Reno NV weird sightseeing tour with Weird Reno showcases Reno’s quirky history and is the only one of its kind.

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Weird Reno Walking Tour, the only one of its kind!

It was deep into the pandemic. Gardening and cooking had lost their luster. Creativity was calling. So, Mark and Jinger Kalin, founders of Magic Underground in Reno, decided to take their enchantment to the streets and create a socially distant, safe and informative form of entertainment for people also bored to tears at home.  

The Kalins wanted to reconnect with people again and believed others did too. The magical duo decided to show off the quirkier sides of their beloved town, with the help of local historian Courtney Meredith, and the Reno NV weird sightseeing tour Weird Reno was born.   

The experience incorporates street performances, humor and, of course, magic.   

Beginning at the Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel and Spa, the approximately 75-minute tour for up to 25 people takes place weekly, Friday through Sunday, and embarks by setting a mysterious stage. Magic and theatrics, the world-renowned pair’s specialty, are incorporated into all aspects.   

Guests are initially given an envelope and told not to open it until the end. Tour emissaries then take them on a light stroll through Downtown Reno’s Riverwalk District, telling tales of the city’s offbeat history at select stops.

Weird Reno includes a visit to the courthouse, which, in 1878 served as the location for Northern Nevada’s only public hanging.

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Experience Reno in a weird way

Stroll through Wingfield Park, once known as Bell Island in the early 1900s, formed when the Truckee River was dammed. There, learn about local legend George Wingfield’s land donation to the city and the once carnival-like atmosphere it was known for.   

Continue on this Reno NV weird sightseeing tour at the Frisch House, hear the story of Roy Frisch, who testified against notorious mobsters of the day before he simply vanished one evening walking home. Many more locales shrouded in mystery complete the outing.  

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Magic shows and illusions with Weird Reno
 The experience incorporates street performances, humor and, of course, magic.   

“Reno is a character in itself,” Mark Kalin says. “This is intended to be something that gives everybody a chance to reconnect and do it outside in a safe, COVID-19-compliant manner.”  

Culminating at the Renaissance, the excursion ends with a vignette involving characters uncovered along the tour, a toast, the opening of the mystery envelope, a love ritual paying homage to Reno’s divorce trade, and guests making a bit of magic themselves.   

Weird Reno features two daily tours currently, one family-friendly, the other more adult-focused, taking place after dark. The Kalins will change it up seasonally to keep it fresh, along with hosting Halloween and holiday editions.   

For the community and visitors alike, the entertaining and educational tour costs $25 and can be booked online at Weird Reno.  

Did you know?

You can enjoy amazing food from our favorite restaurants in the Biggest Little City with the Biggest Little Bites pass!

The Biggest Little Bites Pass is a one-of-a-kind exploration, designed to help you tap into that tasteful vintage charm while experiencing the newness of the art-laden walls of Midtown, the splendor of the Riverwalk District, to the neon flashy lights of downtown.

This pass features exclusive deals that can be redeemed at the city’s hidden treasures just waiting to be discovered. Check out the details and order it here!

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