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  The Magic Parlour at The Palmer House Hilton Hotel

The Magic Parlour

The Palmer House Hilton Hotel
17 E. Monroe St Chicago

The performance contains some of his favorite pieces of magic, alongside some brand new routines in an hour-long show packed with mind-reading, levitations, escapes, and a ridiculous new adaptation of the classic “Card Stab” during which Watkins climbs inside of a fully inflated 7 foot balloon!

Open Run

Fridays: 7:30pm & 9:30pm
Saturdays: 4:30pm & 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Price: $79

Show Type: Performance Art

Box Office: 773-769-3832

  The Magic Parlour Reviews
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Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...A curio-shop intimacy and cash bar encourage audience participation, and Watkins, with his Eagle Scout looks, clearly takes a mischievous pleasure in the unexpected. Just let your cell phone go off during the show and see what kind of fun he has."
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Keith Griffith

Windy City Times - Highly Recommended

"...Dennis Watkins' Friday night show is performed in a wood-paneled, sconce-lit private room (admission price includes drinks) at the Palmer House, whose concourse once featured a shop for amateur prestidigitators, according to Parr. Watkins is a founding member of the award-winning House Theatre of Chicago and himself descended from three generations of illusionists. With the face of a Renaissance angel and the patter of a county-fair auctioneer, he first acquaints us with the basic elements of stage magic-restoration, teleportation, etc.-and then proceeds to illustrate them, one by one, his hour-long demonstration culminating in a dazzling stunt involving a body-sized balloon, a deck of cards and a deadly-looking switchblade knife."
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Mary Shen Barnidge

Stage and Cinema - Highly Recommended

"...Maybe miracles is too loaded a term for misdirection (Watkins also calls it "unearthly feats of physical skill"). But grandpa got the intimacy argument permanently right. And, fittingly, grandson pulls off his feats in a brightly lit room, his every act open for inspection, however impossible to explain away. A skilled card counter (he could ravage a Vegas casino) and reader of spectators' "tells" and "reveals," Watkins argues that it's the audience who are the true magicians-by believing in the first (and last) place and also by projecting their thoughts so he can "read" them out loud. (No fooling: He asks them to project the very words over his head so he can get them.)"
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Lawrence Bommer

Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...Do you believe in magic? I am always amazed and astounded when I watch a true magician do his (or her) thing. My ten year old grandson has become fascinated with the art of magic and so when I saw an opportunity to take him to see Chicago's own Dennis Watkins do his special show "The Magic Parlour" at the Palmer House Hotel in the loop. How fitting that this magician learned from his grandfather, making him a third generation magician, would be performing the things he learned from his grandfather for me and my grandson."
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Adam Shaw

NewCity Chicago - Recommended

"...Luckily Watkins, a charming performer, manages both, keeping the audience fully engaged by involving a number of volunteers and insisting that everyone treat the space as their own "parlor"-rising or moving to get a better view of any bit they can't see and getting additional drinks (included in the price of the ticket) when they feel the need."
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Zach Freeman

Chicago Theater Beat - Highly Recommended

"...Because he’s so talented, Watkins’ doesn’t need to employ a lot of fuss in order to wow the crowd. There aren’t major special effects or smoke and mirrors. It’s simply him on stage delivering his talent simply and wonderfully. Come enjoy 60-minutes of pure magic and laughter!"

Allegra Gallian

Picture This Post - Highly Recommended

"...Dennis Watkins is a master of reading his audience and will have you engaged with his stories and magic the entire performance. Though you may be familiar with some of the illusions he creates, there is no doubt you will still wonder how he does it."
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Alexis Bugajski

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