The Chicago Magic round table
In 2018, the Chicago Magic Round Table has been re-established with a new permanent home: the Chicago Magic Lounge. An association of practicing, amateur, and hobbyist magicians, our goal is to create a community for practitioners and lovers of magic.
Apply today to join and get the insider's view on everything happening at the Chicago Magic Lounge, the country's newest and most exciting magic venue. Membership dues are $250 per year for those residing within 100 miles of Chicago and $150 per year outside that radius.
Membership benefits include:
- Complimentary admission to all Chicago Magic Lounge shows (capacity permitting), and a ½ price ticket for one guest
- Access to an exclusive VIP area for sessions and study
- Access to our extensive reference library
- Open rehearsal space in the magnificent Blackstone Cabaret
- 10% Discount on food and beverages at the Chicago Magic Lounge
- Special events such as workshops, roundtable discussions, and more
- Discounts for local businesses in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood
- Exclusive members-only social media forum
The History of The Chicago Magic Round Table
The Chicago Magic Round Table was originally established in 1929 as an informal gathering of professional and amateur magicians, meeting daily for lunch at De Lazon’s restaurant. Luminaries like Jay and Frances Marshall, Dr. Harlan Tarbell, Harry Blackstone Sr., and Werner Dornfield, held court in the spirit of camaraderie and a shared love of the art of magic. Word quickly spread, and the Round Table came to be a headquarters for magicians.
The gatherings continued into the mid-1950s, and endured a few changes of location, eventually settling on a daily lunch at the Drake Restaurant. Eventually though, meetings tapered off, sometime in the 1960s, and the first iteration of the Round Table slowly vanished.
The Chicago Magic Round Table had a brief resurgence in the late 2000s when Dan Mindo, Tracy Atteberry, and David Parr revived the informal gatherings beginning at the Green Door Tavern under the name "Chicago Magic Round Table". However, that too, faded away as schedules and availability had their eternal clash, and schedules won...