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, immersing you in the mystery with state-of-the-art production and one-of-a-kind settings like the oldest magic shop in the city. These long-running productions with regularly scheduled performances are only-in-New-York pieces of entertainment you can view again and again (maybe figuring out some of the illusions along the way!). Be astounded and amazed at these 10 shows currently running in New York.

10 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,

10 Magic Shows in NYC: Speakeasy Magick

Speakeasy Magick brings magic to Chelsea’s McKittrick Hotel (also the site of Sleep No More). Various magicians share world-class illusions with their table of guests watching up-close. Reserve a spot for dinner beforehand, or choose the Champagne Reservation to include some bubbly as part of your viewing enjoyment. Performances Thursday through Sunday. Open run. Ages 18+. 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 north of Flatiron. 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: 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 Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 6:30pm, and Sunday at 6pm. Because it’s also a comedy club, expect some laughs along with the wonder. All ages welcome. 711 7th Ave., 212-643-6557,

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 in Chelsea 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 has been extended through January 2020. 180 10th Ave.,

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. Open run. Ages 16+. 45 W. 34th St.,,

10 Magic Shows in NYC: Monday Night Magic

Monday Night Magic began in 1997 and has been going strong ever since. This weekly Off-Broadway 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: A Taste of Magic

“Dinner and a show” gets an enigmatic update with A Taste of Magic events. You’ll have dinner at a New York restaurant and see magical illusions performed at your table during these events, 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,

10 Magic Shows in NYC: The Amazing Max

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: Matt Roberts

After you’ve ice skated at the Rockefeller Center rink, warm up with some laughs and magic with Matt Roberts. Club Bonafide has scheduled family-friendly funnyman/magician Matt Roberts for several dates in February 2020. Come see the Emmy-nominated entertainer at one of his three shows on February 15 and 17 in Midtown. 212 E 52nd St., 3rd Fl., 646-918-6189,


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