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The Chicago Magic Lounge Presents: Max Maven

  • The Chicago Magic Lounge 5050 North Clark Street Chicago, IL, 60640 United States (map)

For standard tickets

Click below for Front Row, Main Floor, and Mezzanine seating options for the main show in the Harry Blackstone Cabaret.

For upgraded tickets

This package includes a standard ticket, plus a bonus ticket to a 25 minute formal close-up show in our 43 seat "654 Club."

Limited Availability


Tonight's Ensemble





This Art Deco gem features signature cocktails, luxurious seating, and magicians behind the bar to challenge your imagination during libation.


Kayla Drescher

Kayla Drescher, from Los Angeles, is excited to bring her unique style of bar magic to the Chicago Magic Lounge! She has been featured as a bar magician at LA's The Magic Castle and at The Magic Bar in Encino, CA. You may have seen her on Penn & Teller's "Fool Us" or on NBC's "Today Show", where she won David Copperfield's "Search for the Next Great Magician". You can see Kayla now in the world-touring show, "Champions of Magic". 



Our crown jewel, named after Chicago magician Harry Blackstone, boasts 120 excellent seats which allows you and your guests to enjoy world class magic in an intimate, elegant setting.


Ryan Plunkett

Ryan is a Chicago-based close-up magician who has been performing for the past two decades. Ryan is also a highly sought-after magic consultant, magic creator, and lecturer. Ryan has published two book on the art of magic, Some Assembly Required and A New Angle. Ryan is the Lead House Magician and Founding Ensemble Member of the Chicago Magic Lounge, and has also recently performed at The World Famous Magic Castle in Hollywood California.

Luis Carreon

Magician and mentalist Luis Carreon won the Harlan Tarbell Close up Competition Award from the International Brotherhood of Magicians 2 years in a row, took home 1st place at the Chicago Magic Competition hosted by the Society of American Magicians, he travels the country teaching other magicians about the art of magic and he is the head demonstrator at Magic Inc, the oldest family-owned magic shop in the country. Carreon has performed his show Bending Minds and Bending Dreams at theaters around Chicago, has been featured on the Univision evening news, was semi-finalist on Tengo Talento, the Spanish language equivalent of America's Got Talent, he is also a regular performer at the famous Magic castle In Hollywood California.

Lee Benzaquin

Lee moved to Chicago in 2013 after studying Literature at Emerson College in Boston, MA. He has been performing close-up magic with the Chicago Magic Lounge since its very first performance. In addition to magic, Lee is a house improviser at CIC Theater, and the editor of The Hambook, a quarterly journal about improvisation.


From Mexico, Gozner it's been in magic for over 35 years. During his career has achieved several prizes and has performed in more than 12 countries.


8:30 P.M. - 8:50 P.M. FEATURED ACT

Arthur Trace

Highly acclaimed by his peers as "one of the most unique acts in the world of magic today," Arthur Trace is the eighth magician in the history of magic to be awarded The International Brotherhood of Magicians Gold Medal. In 2006 he became a FISM award winner at the World Championships of Magic. Recently, The Academy of Magical Arts nominated him as Stage Magician of the Year. Watch Arthur perform and find out why the Chicago Tribune called him "one of magic's bona fide superstars!"


9:00 P.M. - 9:30 P.M. HEADLINER

Max Maven

Using an advanced (and highly unorthodox) set of psychological principles and techniques, Max is able to discern the thoughts of total strangers. PEOPLE magazine hailed his work as "a new form of participatory theater." This is weird stuff--and audiences love it. Max Maven's mysteries transcend linguistic and cultural boundaries: He's performed in over two dozen countries. His full-evening one-man show, Thinking in Person, had a critically acclaimed two-month run at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, and he has headlined nightclubs across the United States. Max has appeared on hundreds of television and radio programs, top talkshows and variety specials, as well as acting on comedy and dramatic shows including: Count DeClues' Mystery Castle for the Fox network, and guest-starring on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and General Hospital. The late Orson Welles wrote that Max Maven has "the most original mind in magic." He's published over 1700 creations. As a consultant he has worked with David Copperfield, Siegfried & Roy, Doug Henning, Penn & Teller, Lance Burton, and many others. Recently, Magic magazine, the leading intraprofessional conjuring journal, published a list of the 100 most influential people in the field of theatrical magic during the 20th century.


9:30 P.M. - 10:00 P.M. 654 Club Performance

Immediately following the Blackstone Cabaret performance, we invite you to join a Master of the Art at their table in our 44 seat intimate close up gallery for a 20 minute theatrical treat. Add this show for only $10!



Alba became the first female magician from South America to appear at Hollywood’s famous Magic Castle in two of it's main stages!
Her tools of the trade are her magnetic personality, theatrical training, command of English & Spanish, upbeat sense of humor, sleight of hand (and mind!) plus a deep respect for her audience.
This Argentinean travels all over the world with her unique style of magic.


Join us back in the Performance Bar in the late night hours for even more magic and bar-betchas. 


Deven Brown

Deven Brown is a 29 year old Chicagoland native who’s practiced his craft professionally for over 15 years at restaurants and private events all around the city. He’s been honing his passion for the art of deception while specializing in bar betchas and close-up magic. Along with working for the MLB and the Hard Rock Hotel, Deven has hosted the Late Night Magic Bar as our resident Thursday Bar Magician for the past 2 years. Not only will he make you laugh but he’ll teach you how to win FREE drinks at your local bars!