Chicago has some great magic places, from magic shops to magic
theater. It also has a tremendous history of magicians who have
made a name for themselves in the industry, says John Russick, the
curator of the new Magic exhibit at the Chicago History Museum.
Back in the days when magicians traveled the vaudeville circuits
by rail, other magicians followed the trains to the Windy City.
"Chicago became a place to establish yourself," says Russick.
It's that local history that is portrayed in the new exhibit,
created by the museum staff, which remains at the museum until Jan.
The exhibition features storytelling, theater, artifacts from
performances, and all the different kinds of apparatus used by
magicians. There are interactive areas that let you learn a few of
the tricks of the trade, without spoiling too much of the secret of
"There's a device in the exhibition where you get to make
something appear or disappear," Russick says. "It retains magic's
mystery, but gives some insight into what it takes to be a
Live performances also will be a big part of the Magic
exhibition, as local magicians move throughout the museum putting
on impromptu performances.
Liz DeCarlo is the former senior editor at Chicago Parent.
See more of Liz's stories here.
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