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

Live performances through December 2022 on select Friday evenings at 7:00pm and 9:30pm and on Saturday evenings at 4:00pm, 7:00pm and 9:30pm at the Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel

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Award-winning, third-generation magician, Dennis Watkins delivers an evening of sophisticated tomfoolery unlike anything else in Chicago. The Magic Parlour is replete with mind-blowing magic and mind reading in an intimate venue at the Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel.

Guests gather at the Lobby Bar and enjoy a cocktail prior to the magical performance.  You’ll be escorted to the secret performance venue for 75 minutes of unbridled amazement of Dennis Watkins’ mysterious magic and mentalism.  The Magic Parlour is open to guests aged 12 and up, though we request at least one adult to accompany.  Cocktail attire is encouraged for all guests attending this magical night.

Tickets to The Magic Parlour include a keepsake program and letter-pressed ticket, as well as wine, beer, and soft drink selections. Tickets are $82 per guest.

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

Sesquicentennial Magic Parlour Package

Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel with an overnight stay, inclusive of two tickets to a Magic Parlour performance.  Select dates are available — Learn More

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