Dennis Watkins’ The Magic Parlour
An Intimate Evening of Classic Magic with Dennis Watkins

You and yours are invited to experience Chicago’s longest-running magic show with third-generation magician Dennis Watkins. The Magic Parlour, set in the historic Palmer House Hotel, is an extraordinary evening of close-up magic and mindreading created for an intimate audience of 50 guests per performance.
Make your next evening out unforgettable by purchasing individual tickets, an overnight stay with The Magic Parlour Package, or booking a private event.
Come early for a cocktail in the beautiful Palmer House lobby bar. Shortly before the start of the performance, Dennis himself will escort audiences to the secret performance venue for 75 minutes of unbridled. The Magic Parlour is open to guests aged 12 and up, though we request at least one adult to accompany them. Cocktail attire is encouraged for all guests attending this magical night.

Tickets to The Magic Parlour include the performance, a keepsake program, and a letter-pressed ticket, as well as complimentary wine, beer, and soft drink selections. Tickets start at $85 per guest.

Make your reservations online or by calling (312) 300-6803.

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Private Event Packages

Gather your group for a truly special and memorable event by booking your own, private performance of The Magic ParlourInquire about Private Event bookings here.


You’ll be mightily impressed by Watkins. [This is] old-fashioned trickery performed very well in an ideal setting by a man with a heart and a story who craves being close to his audience.”
– Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

“A perfect evening of illusion and laughter…
After the show ended to wild applause, I found myself on the elevator with a few fellow audience members. Bonded by the most unique of experiences, we wondered: how did he do it? There was no stage, the venue was tiny, yet no one could unlock the many mysteries we’d just witnessed…On the train ride home, I realized something: I didn’t know how he did it, and I didn’t care. The Magic Parlour transformed a roomful of tired adults into wide-eyed, wide awake innocents. And that in itself is Watkins’ most impressive trick.”
Chicago Theater Beat

“This late-night magic show is exactly what it should be: funny, lively, intimate, and utterly baffling.”
The Chicago Reader