9 Magic Shows to See Now in NYC

Like a clever sleight-of-hand trick, New York's magic community nearly hides in plain sight. Many of the magic shows here feature state-of-the-art production and singular settings — like the oldest magic shop in the city. These perennial productions with regularly scheduled performances are only-in-New-York slices of entertainment, but you're welcome to attend repeatedly — and maybe you'll solve how some of the illusions seem to defy the laws of nature!

The Best Magic Shows in NYC: Steve Cohen’s Chamber Magic

“Millionaire’s Magician” Steve Cohen stages his parlor magic in an upscale salon inside The Lotte New York Palace, a hotel near Rockefeller Center. There’s also a cocktail dress code to match the sophisticated ambiance and trip back in time to the early 20th century. Cohen’s conjuring, mind-reading, and sleight-of-hand will outwit even the most skeptical audience member—especially during his signature trick, Think-a-Drink. Cohen has appeared in Lost Magic Decoded on the History Channel and Late Night with David Letterman. Cohen’s show is staged five times a week (Friday and Saturday only) and is enjoying an open run. Ages 12+. 455 Madison Ave., 866-811-4111,

The Best Magic Shows in NYC: Speakeasy Magick

Drop in on Chelsea’s McKittrick Hotel (Sleep No More was shot here), to watch Speakeasy Magick. An assortment of magicians share world-class illusions while guests watch up-close with the naked eye. You can reserve a spot for dinner before, or choose a Champagne Reservation to include some bubbly as part of your evening experience. Performances Thursday through Sunday. Open run. Ages 18+. 542 W 27th St., 212-564-1662,

The Best Magic Shows in NYC: The Magician

Just north of the Flatiron, Dan White — who has worked alongside David Copperfield — has his own signature magic show at The NoMad Hotel. The Magician, performed only two or three days of the week, is a nearly instant sell out, so get your tickets well in advance. For White’s mind-bending mentalist techniques, see him outsmart Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show in a video at the link below. Ages 18+. Open run. 1170 Broadway,

The Best Magic Shows in NYC: LOL Comedy Club

LOL Comedy Club

LOL offers family friendly fare, with magic and comedy filling the calendar under the bright lights of Times Square. Visit LOL for magic shows Monday through Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 6:30pm, and Sunday at 6pm. Because it’s also a comedy club, you'll be amused as often as you are amazed. All ages welcome. 711 7th Ave., 212-643-6557,

The Best Magic Shows in NYC: The Enigmatist

David Kwong The Enigmatist

David Kwong, the renowned magician and cruciverbalist (crossword constructor), provides insights into code cracking in The Enigmatist. It's an immersive evening in Chelsea revolving around the science of creating and decrypting code and is set at a historical estate that became the “cradle of cryptology” during the first World War. This terrific show, staged at The High Line Hotel, is run by a production team that also collaborated on Hamilton and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Crossword fans can also check out Kwong’s puzzles in the New York Times. 180 10th Ave.,

The Best Magic Shows in NYC: Magic After Hours

Not all magic is a trick. Sometimes it's a very palpable atmosphere. In Midtown East, for example, Noah Levine stages an illuminating magic show inside the oldest magic shop in town, The experience begins with a self-guided tour through a wondrous shop full of trinkets, tricks, and oddities, while you sip a glass of Veuve. Levine discusses the 82-year history of Tannen’s to begin, then gathers the intimate audience at a round table for a series of wonderful card tricks and interactive fun. Open run. Ages 16+. 45 W. 34th St.,,

10 Magic Shows in NYC: Monday Night Magic

Since 1997, Monday Night Magic has been a fixture of the NYC magic entertainment scene. It's a weekly Off-Broadway magic show offering a rotating slate of four performers per show at the Players Theater in Greenwich Village. The  assortment of magicians featured every week often includes Monday Night Magic's founding members: Frank Brents, Michael Chaut, Todd Robbins, Peter Samelson, and Jamy Ian Swiss. 115 MacDougal St., 212-615-6432,

The Best Magic Shows in NYC: A Taste of Magic

"A Taste of Magic" puts a refreshing new spin on the hallowed NYC tradition of "dinner and a show." You’ll partake in dinner at a New York restaurant, while you're there, you'll also witness  illusions performed at your table as you dine. Happening multiple dates per month. See this amazing entertainment with family or friends as you dine at Midtown restaurants like Docks Oyster Bar, Gossip Restaurant, Ben and Jack’s Steakhouse, or Tout Va Bien Bistro. Meals are included with your tickets, and drinks are on hand for purchase. Various locations, 559-862-4424,

The Best Magic Shows in NYC: The Amazing Max

The Amazing Max

The Amazing Max provides a show sure to delight kids of all ages. Max Darwin performs high-energy close-up magic and illusions at the Theater at Blessed Sacrament on the Upper West Side, as well as other venues throughout the country. Kids can also celebrate birthdays as a part of the show, and group discounts are available as well. Recommended for ages 3+. 152 W 71st St., 866-811-4111,

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Merrill Lee Girardeau lives and writes in Brooklyn.

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