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  The Rosenkranz Mysteries at Royal George Theatre

The Rosenkranz Mysteries

Royal George Theatre
1641 N. Halsted Chicago

Classic as well as never been seen before illusions take over the Royal George Cabaret space this winter as the nationally regarded illusionist Ricardo Rosenkranz stars in The Rosenkranz Mysteries, an evening of magic to lift the spirits. Truly astounding numbers will captivate audiences in an intimate, true cabaret style setting with tables featured in the space. A leading local mixologist will enhance the atmosphere by creating several themed drinks that will help create a fully immersive experience for theatregoers.

Thru - Feb 12, 2017

Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:00pm

Price: $50

Stage: Cabaret Space

Show Type: Performance Art

Running Time: 2hrs

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Chicago Tribune - Highly Recommended

"...For magic aficionados. Rosenkranz has studied with the great mentalist and illusionist Eugene Burger, a man with a formidable pedagogical reputation, a cult following among magicians, and who claims a divinity degree from Yale University. Presumably with Burger's help - and a successful physician's pocketbook - Rosenkranz has acquired a formidable collection of classic props and set-pieces from auctions and the like. This is not a show of mostly silks or card tricks but several complex numbers using parlor-size tools that one rarely sees, partly because few magicians can afford them. I won't spoil the show by saying what they are, but if you're into this kind of thing, you won't be disappointed by what lies under the various cloths."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Reader - Recommended

"...There's something decidedly amateur about this new show (slotted in at the last minute) at the Royal George Theatre. Presumably inspired by or adapted from a class he teaches at Northwestern for medical students, Medicine and Magic, physician Ricardo Rosenkranz's 90 minute one-man performance is full of fascinating bits, from our contemplation of Wittgenstein's duck rabbit to Rosenkranz's meditation on how medicine is, like magic, a performance art. Including many audience members in the show (so be prepared), Rosenkranz moves us through the illusion of health, the magic of empathy, the power of sympathy."
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Suzanne Scanlon

Windy City Times - Highly Recommended

"...None of this diminishes in any way the feats of "paradigm shift"-a phenomenon of perception associated with double-image pictures-at the heart of his mission. These encompass demonstrations of prognostication, restoration and empathetic calculus, employing such familiar objects as cards, coins and alphabet blocks, but also a replication of a seance conducted by Chicago's gilded-age spiritualists, Mary and Elizabeth Bangs, who not only purported to commune with the departed, but to persuade them to pose for a portrait. You can try to guess the secret of a blank canvas transformed to an ancestral likeness right before our eyes, but your evening will be no less entertaining if you just trust the doctor."
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Mary Shen Barnidge

ChicagoCritic - Highly Recommended

"...The illusions themselves are all delightful. And not, I think, in the typical way. Few use the standard tools of the magician (e.g. pack of cards, coins, silk scarf), but even those that do Dr. Rosenkranz adds a little something extra to, to exceed our expectations; for instance, not only does he mystically read the minds volunteers, but after he then shows us convincing proof that those numbers had already been written down, before the show. Very delightful!"
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August Lysy

Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...The Royal George Cabaret space, located at the rear of the building located at 1641 N. Halsted, seemed like the perfect space. It is an intimate space, and after removing some of the chairs and changing over to tables along the stage area, it made the space perfect to create the magic that the good “Doctor” performs. If you have been witness to The Magic Parlour”, a masterpiece performed by Dennis Watkins at The Palmer House, you will see that this space has the same type of intimacy as that show. Dr. Rosenkranz is able to bring audience members into the illusions that he performs and even allows the tricks to be examined, “up-close-and-personal”!"
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Alan Bresloff

Picture This Post - Somewhat Recommended

"...Rosenkranz doesn't have the flair of a magician pro or a natural theatrical ability of a seasoned actor,He brings himself to this stage to share what he loves. The Rosenkranz Mysteries will indeed have you leaving the theater with a sense of awe and asking your friends, "how did he manage to do that?" Is it all planned in advance? Or is it all truly happening by chance in that moment?"
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Alexis Bugajski

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