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David Parr's Cabinet of Curiosities

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

THE CHICAGO MAGIC LOUNGE PRESENTS

DAVID PARR'S CABINET OF CURIOSITIES

The Chicago Magic Lounge is proud to host David Parr, creator of the critically acclaimed Magic Cabaret and winner on the hit TV show Penn & Teller: Fool Us. Every shelf of David Parr’s Cabinet of Curiosities offers an encounter with something weird and wonderful. Each performance will be accompanied by bar and tableside magic.


TICKETS

TICKETS ARE GENERAL ADMISSION

THE CHICAGO MAGIC LOUNGE IS AN AGE 21+ VENUE. AGE 16+ ALLOWED WITH LEGAL GUARDIAN.


 
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 David Parr

David Parr

Join award-winning magician David Parr for a guided tour of his collection of magical curiosities. David has gathered his favorite artifacts and stories to share with you in this sixty-minute show of mystery and magic. Every shelf of David Parr’s Cabinet of Curiosities offers an encounter with something weird and wonderful. Each object has a story — some strange, some spooky, some amusing, and all of them amazing.

Which curiosities will be featured in tonight’s show? There’s only one way to find out: pick a numbered tag and that will lead to the next mysterious item on the shelf. It might be a macabre toy from 18th-century France. Or a golden goblet from a dinner party in Renaissance Italy. Or maybe a treasured book from David’s childhood. Some objects look deceptively ordinary — an old deck of playing cards, perhaps, or a spool of silver thread. But in David Parr’s hands, they come alive with magical possibilities…

Magic fans will recognize David from his appearance on the hit TV show Penn & Teller: Fool Us. There, his magic was put to the ultimate test in front of the cameras, a live audience of hundreds, millions of TV viewers, and two very savvy Las Vegas magicians. (Spoiler alert…) David fooled their faces off and not only took home the coveted Fool Us trophy, but also won a guest spot in their live show at the Rio hotel!

Before opening his Cabinet of Curiosities, David created and costarred in Chicago’s longest-running weekly magic show, The Magic Cabaret, which was chosen by the Travel Channel as one of the top nine magic shows in the nation!

When David is not busy mystifying audiences at the Chicago Magic Lounge, he can often be found haunting other atmospheric locations: performing sleight of hand at Hollywood’s prestigious Magic Castle, or doing original shows such as Haunting History at the Evanston History Center or The Magic Hour at the Brumder Mansion in Milwaukee.

In the hidden world of magicians, David is best known for his theatrical performing style and for his writing and teaching skills. He has published several highly regarded books for magicians, been a technical consultant to theatrical productions, presented at academic conferences, and provided guidance and instruction to magicians at lecture appearances across the United States. For a decade or so, he was a featured columnist, proofreader, and copy editor for MAGIC Magazine, the world’s top magic journal. His thought-provoking writings about the art of magic have also been featured in publications in Germany, France, Australia, Denmark, and Sweden.

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JOINING DAVID FOR TONIGHT'S ENTERTAINMENT


THE PERFORMANCE BAR

5:00 P.M. MAGIC BAR OPENS

THIS ART DECO GEM FEATURES SIGNATURE COCKTAILS, LUXURIOUS SEATING, AND MAGICIANS BEHIND THE BAR TO CHALLENGE YOUR IMAGINATION DURING LIBATION.

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Al James


THE HARRY BLACKSTONE CABARET

7:30 P.M. THEATER DOORS OPEN & CLOSE-UP MAGIC COCKTAIL HOUR BEGINS

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.

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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 books 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.

Justin Purcell

Justin Purcell hails from the mysterious land of Indiana. His interest in the dark arts was sparked by an “I can read” book called Spooky Tricks. He was inspired to make a career of magic by two things: his love for sharing with audiences the wonder of the impossible and his distaste for honest work. Magic is real!

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8:30 P.M. DAVID REVEALS HIS CABINET OF CURIOSITIES

David Parr

David Parr is an internationally acclaimed magician who has devoted his life to sharing the experience of mystery with audiences around the world. Magic fans will recognize David from his appearance on the hit TV show Penn & Teller: Fool Us, where he not only took home the coveted Fool Us trophy, but also won a guest spot in Penn & Teller’s show at the Rio hotel in Las Vegas! David created and costarred in Chicago’s longest-running weekly magic show, The Magic Cabaret, which was chosen by the Travel Channel as one of the top nine magic shows in the nation! (Because top-ten lists are so passé.) When David is not busy mystifying audiences at the Chicago Magic Lounge, he can often be found haunting other atmospheric locations: performing sleight of hand at Hollywood’s prestigious Magic Castle, or doing original shows such as Haunting History at the Evanston History Center or The Magic Hour at the Brumder Mansion in Milwaukee. Or he might be standing right behind you, being all spooky and magical.