About

The Chicago Magic round table


 
 Original Salvatore Salla print-signed and numbered, displaying the original members of the Chicago Round Table. 

Original Salvatore Salla print-signed and numbered, displaying the original members of the Chicago Round Table. 

 

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...


A Rebirth of 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. 

 
 Members of the Chicago Magic Round Table celebrating the final show before moving to 5050 N. Clark. 

Members of the Chicago Magic Round Table celebrating the final show before moving to 5050 N. Clark. 

 Members of the Chicago Magic Round Table touring 5050 N. Clark before the grand opening.

Members of the Chicago Magic Round Table touring 5050 N. Clark before the grand opening.

 

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