The World's Best Magic Shows
Leave your sense of doubt at home, and let yourself be mystified and thrilled at the country's best magic shows.
Magicians Penn and Teller
Las Vegas Magic Show
Penn and Teller are the original blend of comedy and magic on the Strip. With a performance resume that stretches 30 years, the “Bad Boys of Magic” have a permanent home with nightly performances at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino where their magic show includes fire-eating showgirls, sight gags and even some secrets to how it’s all done -- generally a no-no in the world of magic.
Celebrity Magician Criss Angel Believe
Criss Angel, of Mindfreak fame, pushes the limits of magic shows with his provocative performances. His magical acts include walking on water, allowing himself to be run over by a steamroller while lying on a bed of glass and levitating above the Luxor Hotel. You won't see any of Criss Angel's amazing TV magic at his live magic show, rated 2.4 out of 5 stars. His Las Vegas magic show, “Criss Angel Believe,” at the Luxor Hotel is a collaboration with Cirque du Soleil that pays homage to the late Harry Houdini.
Magician Mentalist Jon Finch - Real Magic for A Virtual World
Though a Zoom Magician, there's nothing hurried in his zoom magic show. Finch's magic show is full of spectacle, incredible illusions, cardistry, comedy, and what feels to be real magic and mentalism (mindreading). Jon Finch has a way of imbuing a sense of wonder in the audience, and at the same time making the spectators into participants. He offers 12 zoom magic shows, so clients book him again and again and never see the same magic twice.
Limitless Magic Show by Card Magician Shin Lim
Starring Shin Lim, the only person to win “America's Got Talent” TWICE. The audience will be mesmerized by the magician's incredible sleight of hand and his ability to manipulate objects like a modern wizard. Tickets for magician Shin Lim's magic show can be picked up at the ticket office in front of the Mirage Hotel showroom. Seat selection is very important at the Shin Lim Las Vegas show, even more so than at other shows.
Magician Mac King Magic Show
Mac King Las Vegas Magic Show is the funniest and now oldest comedy magician in Las Vegas. Magician Mac King keeps you spellbound in his old Las Vegas-style showroom at Harrah's, while you hold your instinct to laugh at his family-friendly humor. King's sense of humor, mixed with the magician's impeccable sleight of hand and his superbly cheesy imagination, elevates this comedy magician to the top of his craft. In addition, its unique combination of endearing Southern charm and unconventional spectacle never fails to produce fascinating magic tricks and an audience full of laughter.
Nathan Burton Comedy Magic
Las Vegas, Nevada Illusionist
Nathan Burton charms guests of all ages at his combo comedy and magic show at the Flamingo Las Vegas Showroom. Though Burton performs with some scantily clad showgirls, the 4 p.m. showtime and wacky illusions make this magic show a rare family-friendly option in Sin City.
The Magic Castle
Los Angeles, California The Magic Castle Magic Show Magicians
Many magicians got their start at Hollywood’s Magic Castle, the home of the Academy of Magical Arts since 1963. The Magic Castle is a private club and to enjoy the facilities you must be a member (non-magicians may join) or befriend a member who will pass along a guest card. Once you pass this first rigorous entrance test, you can enjoy dinner and a magic show. There’s intimate seating for 22 guests in the Close-Up Gallery, an homage to Victorian parlor magic in the Parlour of Prestidigitation and grand illusions in the Palace of Mystery.
Magician Kirby Van Burch
Branson, Missouri Magician
After traveling around the world and dazzling crowds with his wild illusions, Kirby Van Burch found a permanent home in 1992 in Branson, MO. Known as the Prince of Magic, his signature act involves the appearance of a 35-foot JetRanger helicopter in under 4 seconds. In addition to his great illusions, Kirby’s magic show features an impressive menagerie of animal friends including leopards, lions, a Royal White Bengal tiger named Branson and, reportedly, a unicorn.
Chamber Magic Show
New York, New York Magic Show
The Millionaires’ Magician Steve Cohen performs his intimate magic shows in a private suite in New York’s swanky Waldorf Towers. His magic show, described as a night of elegant miracles, dazzles an intimate group of 50 well-heeled guests with sleight of hand and mind-reading every weekend. An even smaller showcase for just 20 guests is available once a month at the “Miracles at Midnight” late-night magic show.
Monday Night Magic
New York, New York Magic Shows
The cast of characters is constantly rotating at Monday Night Magic at The Players Theater. The magic show has changed venues since it took the stage in 1997, but it remains the longest-running off-Broadway magic show. Though the line-up is different every Monday night, there’s sure to be a variety of classic trickery, silent manipulation, comedic magic and surreal treats for true magic aficionados.
The Magic Cabaret
Chicago, Illinois Magician Cabaret Magic
Chicago was a city of magicians in the late 19th century with magic shows in parlors and clubs, but the art faded by the mid-20th century. Magic made a comeback in 2007 with the Magic Cabaret every Wednesday night at the Greenhouse Theater Center. Magicians P.T. Murphy and David Parr bring classic magic back to the Windy City with their no-frills magic show that blurs the line between illusion and reality.
The Outta Control Magic Show at WonderWorks
Orlando, Florida Magician
You would expect a magic show in Orlando to appeal to both children and adults, and the Outta Control Magic Show doesn’t disappoint. The admission fee includes the magic show, unlimited pizza, popcorn, salad, beer, wine and soda. The regular magician is Tony Brent who entertains the crowds 6 nights a week at 6 and 8 p.m., while a special guest visits on his night off. Aside from the magic show, WonderWorks has over 100 wacky, kid-friendly exhibits, including a 4-D theater and an indoor ropes course.