Whether you're a fan of classic magic like Houdini or modern day
illusionists such as Criss Angel, the art of magic is something
that always intrigued me. Utilizing sleight of hand and a variety
of other tricks, magicians mesmerize their audience with humor,
wonderment, and enticing others with their feats.
This past weekend, I had an opportunity to see The Magic Parlour at
the Palmer House Hilton Hotel with my husband. It features the
artistry and magic of award-winning, third-generation magician
Dennis Watkins. Guests begin at Potter's Lounge and are
then brought to the private room where the performance lasts around
A date night in the city seemed like just what the doctor
ordered, so we headed out in the snow (I even wore heels!) and made
our way to the hotel.
Once all guests for the evening had arrived, we were escorted
upstairs and quickly chose seats. The height of the table gave us
the perfect view and the size of the room ensured that all guests
could see what was happening. The Magic Parlour also serves wine,
beer, and soda complimentary with your ticket. I recommend grabbing
a beverage when you first walk in so that you don't miss any of the
Watkins was always aware of his surroundings - moving in such a
way as to accommodate the different viewpoints of his audience. He
incorporated guests from all over the room as assistants and his
comedic timing flowed perfectly with the tempo of the evening.
Without giving too much away, the mind-reading segments were the
most fascinating to me and always left me wondering, "How?" The
swallowing of razor blades also had me questioning the actual
safety of such a thing! Watkins delighted the audience, mystified
people and provided an enjoyable evening out on the town.
I highly recommend The Magic Parlour for a new take on date
night, for the budding magician in your home, or even just for a
night out with friends. Be sure to make your reservations because
the shows have a tendency to fill up quickly!
Think you want to see if you have any tricks up your sleeve at
home? Try these magical pins found on Pinterest: DIY magic
party magic tricks and magic
tricks your kids can do. Find all these and more on our Pinterest page (http://www.pinterest.com/chiparent).
The Magic Parlour appears Friday nights at the Palmer House
Hilton Hotel and is open to guests 10 and up. Cocktail attire is
encouraged for all guests. Tickets are $75 per guest, wine and beer
included. Reservations can be made online at themagicparlourchicago.com
or by calling call (773) 769-3832.
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