Please The Palate Pick of the Week: 49 Boxes at Black Rabbit Rose in Hollywood

Storytelling, mysteries, puzzles, art and magic. If this intrigues you, then you will understand why 49 Boxes at the Black Rabbit Rose in Hollywood is the Please The Palate pick of the week. 49 Boxes is running from April 14 through May 26 in Los Angeles and I had the privilege to attend a media preview for a fully magical evening.

Taking up residence in Black Rabbit Rose in Hollywood, we entered the vintage-adorned bar. Large tables of eight filled the room and on each table were a number of wooden boxes of all shapes and sizes.

At the front of the room is a display of artifacts, as well as a large box with 19 padlocks. We took our seats at the tables, forming groups that we would be working with to solve the mysteries.

49 Boxes is a social, story-driven experience. The story begins with Floyd G. Thayer, the famed inventor of magical illusions in the 1920s and 1930s. Thayer has left behind one final mystery box, the one with the 19 padlocks, and it was our job to open it to reveal his last secret.

An interactive experience, each table got started trying to solve puzzles found within each of the boxes on the tables. Think of it like Escape Rooms where you read clues and try to resolve them but here we worked with real artifacts, some of which are 100 year artifacts that had belonged to Thayer.

One by one, we opened boxes, figuring out which clue came before or after another one. And then we read the riddles and tried to solve them. As we finished one clue after another, we realized that we were actually doing magic tricks! Our table even had a clue which had us heat up a beaker of water that led to finding a key to one of the 19 padlocks!

At the end of the night, all 19 padlocks had been opened and a what was inside was revealed. But that was not the end! What happened next I cannot disclose here. But, I will say that the entire room was aghast and beyond impressed.

If you are looking for a truly magical evening, purchase your tickets for 49 Boxes at the Black Rabbit Rose in Hollywood, running on Sundays at 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm from April 14 – May 26, and you will understand why it is the Please The Palate pick of the week.