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10 Magic Shows to See Now in NYC

New York has a robust magic community (fittingly) hiding in plain sight. Some of the world’s top magicians stage mind-blowing shows in the city every week, assisted with state-of-the-art production and one-of-a-kind settings like the oldest magic shop in the city. Be astounded and amazed at these 10 shows currently running in New York. Abracadabra!

10 Magic Shows in NYC: Magic After Hours

Noah Levine stages his illuminating magic show inside the oldest magic shop in town, Tannen. Located in Midtown East, this show begins with a self-guided tour through this wondrous shop full of trinkets, tricks, and oddities, while you sip a glass of Veuve. Levine will talk about the 82-year history of Tannen’s to begin, then sit the small audience at a round table for a series of wonderful card tricks and interactive fun. Shows through April 30. Ages 16+. 45 W. 34th St.,,

10 Magic Shows in NYC: At the Illusionist’s Table

Scott Silven At the Illusionist's Table

At The Illusionist’s Table brings magic to a fine meal inside the McKittrick Hotel (also the site of Sleep No More). Scottish magician Scott Silven tells stories and shares world-class illusions with his table of guests, all of which will be floored (and full) by the end of the evening. Ticket price includes a three-course meal, whiskey tasting, and half a bottle of wine or champagne. Through March 31. Ages 16+. 542 W. 27th St., 212-564-1662,

10 Magic Shows in NYC: The Magician

Dan White, who has worked with David Copperfield and Kanye West, has his own magic show at The NoMad Hotel in Manhattan. The Magician, performed only two or three days per week, sells out quickly, so buy your tickets ASAP! 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,

10 Magic Shows in NYC: Six Impossible Things

A walk-through experience, Six Impossible Things keeps you on your toes as Joshua Jay dazzles with sleight-of-hand and astounding tricks. This successful show on the Lower East Side is a marvel you can only see once, so pay close attention when you go! This immersive show runs until May 12. 59 Canal St.,

10 Magic Shows in NYC: The Enigmatist

David Kwong The Enigmatist

Renowned magician and cruciverbalist (crossword constructor) David Kwong helps you crack the code in The Enigmatist. This immersive show is based in the science of cryptology and is set at a historical estate that became the “cradle of cryptology” during World War I. This unbelievable show, staged at The High Line Hotel, is run by a production team that has worked on Hamilton and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Crossword enthusiasts can also check out Kwong’s puzzles in the New York Times. The Enigmatist runs through May, 2019. 180 Tenth Ave.,

10 Magic Shows in NYC: The Amazing Max

Bring your family to see The Amazing Max, a show that will delight kids and adults. Max Darwin performs energetic close-up magic and illusions for kids at the Theater at Blessed Sacrament in the Upper West Side, as well as other venues throughout the country. Kids can enjoy a birthday celebration in tandem with the show, and group discounts are also available. Recommended for ages 3+. 152 W. 71st St., 866-811-4111,

10 Magic Shows in NYC: Steve Cohen’s Chamber Magic

The “Millionaire’s Magician,” Steve Cohen takes you back to early 20th century New York with the tradition of parlor magic. The show is staged in an upscale salon inside The Lotte New York Palace, a hotel near Rockefeller Center, and there’s a cocktail dress code to match the sophisticated ambiance. This magician’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,

10 Magic Shows in NYC: Monday Night Magic

Monday Night Magic began in 1997 and has been going strong ever since. This weekly magic show features a rotating slate of four performers per show at the Players Theater in Greenwich Village. The diverse set of magicians featured every week sometimes include founding members of Monday Night Magic: Frank Brents, Michael Chaut,Todd Robbins, Peter Samelson, and Jamy Ian Swiss. 115 MacDougal St., 212-615-6432,

10 Magic Shows in NYC: LOL Comedy Club

LOL Comedy Club

Located in Times Square, LOL has fun for the whole family, with magic and comedy filling the calendar. Come to LOL for magic shows Monday through Thursday at 7pm and Sunday at 6pm. Because it’s also a comedy club, expect some laughs along with the wonder. All ages welcome. 711 Seventh Ave., 212-643-6557,

10 Magic Shows in NYC: Speakeasy Magick

Also at McKittrick is Speakeasy Magick, a sleight-of-hand show staged late on Saturday nights. Join magician Todd Robbins at 10:30pm in The Club Car at The McKittrick, where his “up close and personal prestidigitation” will delight and deceive at this mysterious weekly event. Through April 27. Ages 18+. 542 W. 27th St., 212-564-1662,

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Merrill Lee Girardeau lives and writes in Brooklyn.

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