Bill Abbott Q&A & Round Table Performance
Jan
17
10:00 PM22:00

Bill Abbott Q&A & Round Table Performance

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As one of North America’s foremost corporate entertainers Bill Abbott has shared his talents with billionaires, celebrities and Fortune 500 companies across North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Possessing degrees in both psychology and sociology Bill has used his background in how the human mind works to enhance his illusions.  The winner of numerous major awards, Bill Abbott is widely regarded as one of the best magicians in the world.

As the author of 9 books and 40 online articles, in addition to 49 products created exclusively for fellow magicians, Bill Abbott has developed BAM (Bill Abbott Magic)  arts based production company, BAM. is an internationally recognized production company that equips and instructs thousands of performers around the globe.  This Q&A is a rare opportunity to learn from one of the most influential magicians working today.

He will present a special, members-only after-hours show in the 654 Club following the public performance. Round Table members are invited to remain after the performance for a talkback with Adam.


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Jan
21
7:30 PM19:30

Weekly Monday Meet-Up

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EVERY MONDAY, join fellow members of the Round Table, as they take over the mezzanine!  During these very special evenings, access to the VIP mezzanine will be restricted to Round Table members only.  Enjoy an evening of music, magic, and merriment at your home away from home, the Chicago Magic Lounge!

Note: Admission is free of charge. Round Table members will receive a 10% discount off of all food and beverages. 

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Jason Ladanye Q&A & Round Table Performance
Jan
24
10:00 PM22:00

Jason Ladanye Q&A & Round Table Performance

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Jason Ladanye is one of the hottest new faces in card magic today. Jason has written multiple hot selling books on the art of magic as well as destroying audiences all over the world. Jason Ladanye thinks deeply about the magic he presents to his audiences and we think there is much to learn from his expertise.

This is Jason’s second time at the Chicago Magic Lounge, and we couldn’t be more thrilled that he has agreed to sit down with Ryan Plunkett for a conversation on the art.

He will present a special, members-only after-hours show in the 654 Club following the public performance. Round Table members are invited to remain after the performance for a talkback with Jason.


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Jason Ladanye Masterclass (Free for Members!)
Jan
26
2:00 PM14:00

Jason Ladanye Masterclass (Free for Members!)

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Jason has performed at Resort Casinos like Turning Stone, Foxwoods, and Mohegan Sun, and at corporate events for Fortune 500 companies including Fuji Films, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, and General Motors. He has performed at the famous Magic Castle and has consulted for the hit Broadway show,Cheers Live. He has appeared on national television on ABC’s 20/20 and Inside Edition exposing card cheating scams. In 2013, Jason released his first book Confident Deceptions. In 2018, Jason released his second book Game Changer. His peers consider Jason one of the best card magicians in the world.


Lecture Overview and Effects 

Jason Ladanye is known for creating high-impact card tricks that play like miracles for lay audiences. These aren’t “pick a card” tricks. These are effects that make you look like a world-class card mechanic. Jason is constantly creating new and original plots that are meaningful and very entertaining. These effects are practical and most importantly, they don’t all rely on knuckle-busting sleight of hand. In this lecture, Jason will teach several killer effects. In addition to teaching the mechanics of the tricks, Jason will share his insights on how to make your show one that the audience will never forget. Learn how to connect with your audience and how to get them hooked—and keep them hooked. He’ll also cover topics such as effect construction, audience management, magic theory, misdirection, dealing with hecklers, developing your character and persona, how to maximize the impact of every trick, and much more! Come see all new effects from Jason’s newest book, Game Changer.


Testimonials

“Jason Ladanye is a new and exciting international cardician whose passion for the subject is second only to the uninhibited skill he has worked hard to achieve. He brings a refreshing perspective to the subject – his material and virtuosity sparkles with raw power and energy.” -Michael Vincent

 

“A superb technician, the very definition of a professional performer.” -Andrew Wimhurst

 

“Jason Ladanye is a master of artifice, ruse, and subterfuge at the card table.” -Jack Carpenter

 

“Jason’s ideas with a deck of cards never cease to amaze me! His ability to fool laymen AND magicians only elevates his talents.” -Joshua Jay

 

“If I were to describe Jason’s magic from a magician’s perspective, numerous terms would spring to mind: thoroughly thought-out, finely crafted and ingeniously constructed. However, if I want to describe Jason’s magic from the perspective of a lay audience, one word springs to mind: unforgettable.” -Darwin Ortiz


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Jan
28
7:30 PM19:30

Weekly Monday Meet-Up

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EVERY MONDAY, join fellow members of the Round Table, as they take over the mezzanine!  During these very special evenings, access to the VIP mezzanine will be restricted to Round Table members only.  Enjoy an evening of music, magic, and merriment at your home away from home, the Chicago Magic Lounge!

Note: Admission is free of charge. Round Table members will receive a 10% discount off of all food and beverages. 

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Jared Kopf Q&A & Round Table Performance
Jan
31
10:00 PM22:00

Jared Kopf Q&A & Round Table Performance

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Magician. Shaman. Soothsayer. Traveler. Shapeshifter. Tarologist. Priest. Charlatan.

Whatever you want to call him, Jared Kopf is endlessly fascinating and profound.

This is Jared’s first time at the Chicago Magic Lounge, and we couldn’t be more thrilled that he has agreed to sit down with Ryan Plunkett to talk about anything and everything. Come with questions ready.

He will present a special, members-only after-hours show in the 654 Club following the public performance. Round Table members are invited to remain after the performance for a talkback with Jared.


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See Jared Kopf on Penn & Teller: Fool Us

37 minutes 40 seconds

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Feb
4
7:30 PM19:30

Weekly Monday Meet-Up

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EVERY MONDAY, join fellow members of the Round Table, as they take over the mezzanine!  During these very special evenings, access to the VIP mezzanine will be restricted to Round Table members only.  Enjoy an evening of music, magic, and merriment at your home away from home, the Chicago Magic Lounge!

Note: Admission is free of charge. Round Table members will receive a 10% discount off of all food and beverages. 

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Feb
11
7:30 PM19:30

Weekly Monday Meet-Up

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EVERY MONDAY, join fellow members of the Round Table, as they take over the mezzanine!  During these very special evenings, access to the VIP mezzanine will be restricted to Round Table members only.  Enjoy an evening of music, magic, and merriment at your home away from home, the Chicago Magic Lounge!

Note: Admission is free of charge. Round Table members will receive a 10% discount off of all food and beverages. 

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Feb
18
7:30 PM19:30

Weekly Monday Meet-Up

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EVERY MONDAY, join fellow members of the Round Table, as they take over the mezzanine!  During these very special evenings, access to the VIP mezzanine will be restricted to Round Table members only.  Enjoy an evening of music, magic, and merriment at your home away from home, the Chicago Magic Lounge!

Note: Admission is free of charge. Round Table members will receive a 10% discount off of all food and beverages. 

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Feb
25
7:30 PM19:30

Weekly Monday Meet-Up

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EVERY MONDAY, join fellow members of the Round Table, as they take over the mezzanine!  During these very special evenings, access to the VIP mezzanine will be restricted to Round Table members only.  Enjoy an evening of music, magic, and merriment at your home away from home, the Chicago Magic Lounge!

Note: Admission is free of charge. Round Table members will receive a 10% discount off of all food and beverages. 

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Mar
4
7:30 PM19:30

Weekly Monday Meet-Up

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EVERY MONDAY, join fellow members of the Round Table, as they take over the mezzanine!  During these very special evenings, access to the VIP mezzanine will be restricted to Round Table members only.  Enjoy an evening of music, magic, and merriment at your home away from home, the Chicago Magic Lounge!

Note: Admission is free of charge. Round Table members will receive a 10% discount off of all food and beverages. 

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Mar
11
7:30 PM19:30

Weekly Monday Meet-Up

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EVERY MONDAY, join fellow members of the Round Table, as they take over the mezzanine!  During these very special evenings, access to the VIP mezzanine will be restricted to Round Table members only.  Enjoy an evening of music, magic, and merriment at your home away from home, the Chicago Magic Lounge!

Note: Admission is free of charge. Round Table members will receive a 10% discount off of all food and beverages. 

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Mar
18
7:30 PM19:30

Weekly Monday Meet-Up

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EVERY MONDAY, join fellow members of the Round Table, as they take over the mezzanine!  During these very special evenings, access to the VIP mezzanine will be restricted to Round Table members only.  Enjoy an evening of music, magic, and merriment at your home away from home, the Chicago Magic Lounge!

Note: Admission is free of charge. Round Table members will receive a 10% discount off of all food and beverages. 

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Mar
25
7:30 PM19:30

Weekly Monday Meet-Up

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EVERY MONDAY, join fellow members of the Round Table, as they take over the mezzanine!  During these very special evenings, access to the VIP mezzanine will be restricted to Round Table members only.  Enjoy an evening of music, magic, and merriment at your home away from home, the Chicago Magic Lounge!

Note: Admission is free of charge. Round Table members will receive a 10% discount off of all food and beverages. 

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Apr
1
7:30 PM19:30

Weekly Monday Meet-Up

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EVERY MONDAY, join fellow members of the Round Table, as they take over the mezzanine!  During these very special evenings, access to the VIP mezzanine will be restricted to Round Table members only.  Enjoy an evening of music, magic, and merriment at your home away from home, the Chicago Magic Lounge!

Note: Admission is free of charge. Round Table members will receive a 10% discount off of all food and beverages. 

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Apr
8
7:30 PM19:30

Weekly Monday Meet-Up

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EVERY MONDAY, join fellow members of the Round Table, as they take over the mezzanine!  During these very special evenings, access to the VIP mezzanine will be restricted to Round Table members only.  Enjoy an evening of music, magic, and merriment at your home away from home, the Chicago Magic Lounge!

Note: Admission is free of charge. Round Table members will receive a 10% discount off of all food and beverages. 

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Apr
15
7:30 PM19:30

Weekly Monday Meet-Up

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EVERY MONDAY, join fellow members of the Round Table, as they take over the mezzanine!  During these very special evenings, access to the VIP mezzanine will be restricted to Round Table members only.  Enjoy an evening of music, magic, and merriment at your home away from home, the Chicago Magic Lounge!

Note: Admission is free of charge. Round Table members will receive a 10% discount off of all food and beverages. 

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Apr
22
7:30 PM19:30

Weekly Monday Meet-Up

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EVERY MONDAY, join fellow members of the Round Table, as they take over the mezzanine!  During these very special evenings, access to the VIP mezzanine will be restricted to Round Table members only.  Enjoy an evening of music, magic, and merriment at your home away from home, the Chicago Magic Lounge!

Note: Admission is free of charge. Round Table members will receive a 10% discount off of all food and beverages. 

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Apr
29
7:30 PM19:30

Weekly Monday Meet-Up

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EVERY MONDAY, join fellow members of the Round Table, as they take over the mezzanine!  During these very special evenings, access to the VIP mezzanine will be restricted to Round Table members only.  Enjoy an evening of music, magic, and merriment at your home away from home, the Chicago Magic Lounge!

Note: Admission is free of charge. Round Table members will receive a 10% discount off of all food and beverages. 

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Jan
14
7:30 PM19:30

Weekly Monday Meet-Up

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EVERY MONDAY, join fellow members of the Round Table, as they take over the mezzanine!  During these very special evenings, access to the VIP mezzanine will be restricted to Round Table members only.  Enjoy an evening of music, magic, and merriment at your home away from home, the Chicago Magic Lounge!

Note: Admission is free of charge. Round Table members will receive a 10% discount off of all food and beverages. 

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Adam Rubin Q&A & Round Table Performance
Jan
10
10:00 PM22:00

Adam Rubin Q&A & Round Table Performance

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Adam Rubin is a New York Times best-selling children's author, and has published nine books so far. His most popular is called Dragons Love Tacos. Adam works curating and inventing puzzles for the design-driven gaming company called Art of Play. He loves creating brain teasers and frequently works behind-the-scenes with world famous magicians.

This is Adam’s first time at the Chicago Magic Lounge, and we are thrilled to have him!

He will present a special, members-only after-hours show in the 654 Club following the public performance. Round Table members are invited to remain after the performance for a talkback with Adam.


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Jan
7
7:30 PM19:30

Weekly Monday Meet-Up

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EVERY MONDAY, join fellow members of the Round Table, as they take over the mezzanine!  During these very special evenings, access to the VIP mezzanine will be restricted to Round Table members only.  Enjoy an evening of music, magic, and merriment at your home away from home, the Chicago Magic Lounge!

Note: Admission is free of charge. Round Table members will receive a 10% discount off of all food and beverages. 

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Nick Diffatte Q&A + Round Table Performance
Dec
20
10:00 PM22:00

Nick Diffatte Q&A + Round Table Performance

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Nick Diffatte is quickly becoming one of the most talked about and in-demand young comic magicians working today. His unique brand of entertainment seamlessly blends dry humor, quick wit, and incredible skill. His performances are presented with perfect comedic timing and a deadpan delivery that has kept audiences laughing uncontrollably all over the country for over 14 years. Most recently, Nick has been seen in a residency at the Planet Hollywood Casino in Las Vegas, The World Famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, luxury cruise lines and The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS.

He will present a special, members-only after-hours show in the 654 Club following the public performance. Round Table members are invited to remain after the performance for a talkback with Nick.

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The Round Table Sessions
Dec
18
7:00 PM19:00

The Round Table Sessions

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The Round Table Sessions

In the spirit of past incarnations of the Chicago Magic Roundtable, and inspired by the famed Long Beach Mystics, every third Tuesday we’ll gather in the 654 Club to devote our energies to helping one another by working on new material and getting feedback from our peers. There’s only one rule for these “works in progress” sessions: if you attend, you’re expected to participate, so be ready to work and contribute! If you don’t have a work in progress to share and receive feedback on, bring your magical mind and observation skills so you can provide feedback to others.

Have a routine that is untested, unfinished, or in need of assistance? This is an opportunity to get helpful suggestions, fresh perspectives, and generally get “unstuck,” clearing away obstacles in the learning and creative process. Together, we have decades of experience and a vast body of knowledge; let’s use those to improve our magic!

What to bring

A pen or pencil

3x5 index cards

open eyes and an open mind

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Francis Menotti Q&A & Round Table Performance
Dec
6
10:00 PM22:00

Francis Menotti Q&A & Round Table Performance

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Join one of today’s most original magical performers as he shares tricks, thoughts, and tools on making your magic stronger and more memorable!

A lecture for beginners and pros alike, Francis teaches new sleights, finesses on old ones, and secrets to increasing the impact of the magic you already do.

Whether close-up or parlor, sleights, or mentalism, there is something for every level

performer, including a group- game designed to help increase the moves in your arsenal!

Francis will also give behind the scenes anecdotes from “Fool Us” as well as his work on consulting for network TV.

He will present a special, members-only after-hours show in the 654 Club following the public performance. Round Table members are invited to remain after the performance for a talkback with Francis.


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Dec
4
7:30 PM19:30

Monthly Mezzanine Jam

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On the first Tuesday of every month, join fellow members of the Round Table, as they take over the mezzanine!  During these very special evenings, access to the VIP mezzanine will be restricted to Round Table members only.  Enjoy an evening of music, magic, and merriment at your home away from home, the Chicago Magic Lounge!

Note: Admission is free of charge. Round Table members will receive a 10% discount off of all food and beverages. 

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Jade Q&A
Nov
29
10:00 PM22:00

Jade Q&A

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Jade took the male-dominated world of magic by storm in 1990, when she became the first woman to win the International Brotherhood of Magicians’ coveted Gold Medal of Magic, a prize awarded only a handful of times in the competition’s long history.

Jade has performed and received multiple awards for her performances here and abroad, including the Mandrake Award from France as well as the “Female Magician of the Year” award from the International Magicians Society in Las Vegas.

Fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English, Jade has performed on the stages of variety theaters around the world, on luxury cruise lines, and in casino revue shows in Atlantic City, Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas, Malaysia, and Australia. She has also delighted audiences in numerous appearances on international and American television, including CBS’ Late Late Show and CW Network’s Penn & Teller: Fool Us!

Jade’s command performance for the Royal Family of Monaco at the Princess Grace Theater was one of her many career highlights


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The Round Table Sessions
Nov
20
7:00 PM19:00

The Round Table Sessions

  • The 654 Club at The Chicago Magic Lounge (map)
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The Round Table Sessions

In the spirit of past incarnations of the Chicago Magic Roundtable, and inspired by the famed Long Beach Mystics, every third Tuesday we’ll gather in the 654 Club to devote our energies to helping one another by working on new material and getting feedback from our peers. There’s only one rule for these “works in progress” sessions: if you attend, you’re expected to participate, so be ready to work and contribute! If you don’t have a work in progress to share and receive feedback on, bring your magical mind and observation skills so you can provide feedback to others.

Have a routine that is untested, unfinished, or in need of assistance? This is an opportunity to get helpful suggestions, fresh perspectives, and generally get “unstuck,” clearing away obstacles in the learning and creative process. Together, we have decades of experience and a vast body of knowledge; let’s use those to improve our magic!

What to bring

A pen or pencil

3x5 index cards

open eyes and an open mind

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S.A.M. Assembly 3 Presents Ice McDonald
Nov
19
7:30 PM19:30

S.A.M. Assembly 3 Presents Ice McDonald

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Free to RT Members

What to do when you are asked to perform for a group of people, but don't have any of your props with you? This Lecture could save your life (or at least your life of the party reputation).

An international award-winning entertainer from Los Angeles, CA, Ice has established a stellar performance reputation with his grand illusions, and spectacular appearances of doves out of thin air. Infusing each illusion with distinct cultural and technical elements, Ice McDonald is the master of captivating excitement. "Ice's magical performance is wonderful and his stagecraft is excellent", said the late Billy McComb, as Vice President of The Magic Castle in Hollywood. Ice has sold out performances at The Magic Castle, and broken attendance and box office records at Monday Night Magic in New York City, James Crown Theatre in Canada, Orpheum Theatre in New Orleans, as well as theatres and venues worldwide.

Ice has appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", and was recently featured on My Network TV's (FOX) "Masters of Illusion". He has been honored with his inclusion in the history book, "Magical Heroes: The Lives and Legends of Great African-American Magicians". Ice has also been featured in the documentary, "The Art and Soul of Magic--The Story of American's Black Magicians". Genii Magazine, in their recent article on Ice, dubbed him The King of Cool. Ice produced and starred in the "African American Masters of Magic" television special, which was featured in The Linking Ring magazine.

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"Quiet Masters" Film Screening & Panel
Nov
18
4:00 PM16:00

"Quiet Masters" Film Screening & Panel

QUIET MASTERS DOCUMENTARY BREAKS ITS SILENCE ON BLACK MAGICIANS

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The Chicago Magic Round Table is proud to present a screening and panel discussion of “Quiet Masters: The History and Relevance of the Black Magical Artist” with producer/director Kenrick “Ice” McDonald and featured magician Tevell Rose.

This documentary contains important historical facts, an unprecedented cast and dynamic interviews with black magicians from around the world. Quiet Masters is now available on Amazon Prime Video. Witness their journey as the artists tell stories of their struggles and triumphs. The viewer will learn about artists like Henry “BOX” Brown, a slave who mailed himself to freedom; Fetaque Sanders, who excelled in magic during some of America’s darkest times; Ellen E. Armstrong from the first family of black magicians; and Richard Potter, who was born to a slave and her master, becoming the first American born professional magician.

Quiet Masters will also introduce to you, some of the world's current and future Black magical artists, who are making their mark on history. Producer/Director Kenrick Ice McDonald and Associate producer Tevell Rose, have traveled throughout the United States and parts of the world, collecting interviews for this ground breaking documentary.

Producer/Director - Master Magician Kenrick Ice McDonald, Two-time Entertainer of the Year and recently the 2018 Society of American Magicians' National Magic Hall of Fame Inductee, wanted to shine the light on what many see as unknown historical and current facts about the black magical artists. After three years of dedicated work, travel and interviews, Quiet Masters won the prestigious Award of Recognition from The Impact DOCS documentary festival. You are now able to see this entertaining and educational documentary that will make you smile, laugh, and even cry, on Amazon Prime Video.

"I am ecstatic to be finally releasing this documentary, and having the opportunity to show some wonderful artists, their talent and the journey through their magical life". -Kenrick “Ice” McDonald


 

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Nov
6
7:30 PM19:30

Monthly Mezzanine Jam

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On the first Tuesday of every month, join fellow members of the Round Table, as they take over the mezzanine!  During these very special evenings, access to the VIP mezzanine will be restricted to Round Table members only.  Enjoy an evening of music, magic, and merriment at your home away from home, the Chicago Magic Lounge!

Note: Admission is free of charge. Round Table members will receive a 10% discount off of all food and beverages. 

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Alba Q&A & Round Table Performance
Oct
18
10:00 PM22:00

Alba Q&A & Round Table Performance

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Alba's tools of the trade are: her magnetic personality, theatrical training, command of English & Spanish, sleight of hand (and mind!) plus a deep respect for her audience.

This delicate combination makes her show internationally acclaimed.

Since 1998 Alba has been hired by the Magic Castle, the most prestigious magic club in the world, to which only 3% of the top magicians get to perform.

Alba's work has been featured in many newspapers, magazines, books, and TV shows.

She wrote a book about restaurant magic; wrote for Genii magazine- one of the most important magic magazines in the world.

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The Round Table Sessions
Oct
16
7:00 PM19:00

The Round Table Sessions

  • The 654 Club at The Chicago Magic Lounge (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
 
 

The Round Table Sessions

In the spirit of past incarnations of the Chicago Magic Roundtable, and inspired by the famed Long Beach Mystics, every third Tuesday we’ll gather in the 654 Club to devote our energies to helping one another by working on new material and getting feedback from our peers. There’s only one rule for these “works in progress” sessions: if you attend, you’re expected to participate, so be ready to work and contribute! If you don’t have a work in progress to share and receive feedback on, bring your magical mind and observation skills so you can provide feedback to others.

Have a routine that is untested, unfinished, or in need of assistance? This is an opportunity to get helpful suggestions, fresh perspectives, and generally get “unstuck,” clearing away obstacles in the learning and creative process. Together, we have decades of experience and a vast body of knowledge; let’s use those to improve our magic!

What to bring

A pen or pencil

3x5 index cards

open eyes and an open mind

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Bill Cook Q&A & Round Table Performance
Oct
11
10:00 PM22:00

Bill Cook Q&A & Round Table Performance

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A Chicago Magic Lounge Favorite, three-time award winner at the prestigious World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas, Bill Cook has been hailed by his peers as the Young Master of Magic.

Bill has been featured nationally and internationally on every major television network, including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, Showtime, SyFy, The Movie Channel, Telemundo, and Italy’s Cannale 5. He has appeared on NBC's The Today Show, Wizard Wars, Penn & Teller's Fool Us, and on Extra with Mario Lopez.  Bill is also one of the featured stars of Make Believe--the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival Winner for Best Documentary.  Currently, Bill is one of the stars of the CW Network's Masters of Illusion television series.

Combining music with mind-blowing magic, Bill Cook’s high-energy show features comedy, drama, and interactive audience participation. His ability to entertain both young and old alike, make him one of the most versatile performers working today. Bill brings a new, fresh, and exciting dimension of entertainment to fit your every need.

Bill has performed and headlined on some of the worlds largest stages across North America, Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, and Central America.  He has been a featured performer at some of the most exclusive clubs in the United States, including the Friar’s Club in New York City, the House of Blues in Chicago and the World Famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, California.

Bill has studied and trained at the world-famous Second City Comedy school, and is a guest faculty member of the McBride Magic and Mystery School, the world’s most prestigious magic school based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Corporate clients for Bill include: Apple Computers, Allstate Insurance, Chicago Bears, Bulls, Chrysler, Ford, GM, Motorola, Discover Card, McDonalds, Prudential, and has even been a featured lecturer at the Northwestern University Medical School.

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Oct
2
7:30 PM19:30

Monthly Mezzanine Jam

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On the first Tuesday of every month, join fellow members of the Round Table, as they take over the mezzanine!  During these very special evenings, access to the VIP mezzanine will be restricted to Round Table members only.  Enjoy an evening of music, magic, and merriment at your home away from home, the Chicago Magic Lounge!

Note: Admission is free of charge. Round Table members will receive a 10% discount off of all food and beverages. 

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The John Sturk Challenge
Sep
20
5:00 PM17:00

The John Sturk Challenge

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Bar - Tableside - Stage - Emcee - Music - Dishes - 654 Club...Can John Sturk do it all in one night? Is it even humanly possible?

In a feat of endurance not even accomplished by David Blaine, the affable John Sturk will attempt the John Sturk Challenge on Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 5:00 PM - 10:30 PM. 

John will attempt to perform in each position at CML in the same night: starting with two hours performing behind the bar, moving to tableside performances in the cabaret, emceeing the stage show and presenting the feature act while running lights, sound, and the curtain, then playing the keyboard accompaniment for the headliner.

After the show, John will join the crew in cleaning up the Cabaret by running the dishwashing station while the 654 Club show takes place. 

Afterwards, John will take the stage in the 654 Club for a special, members-only show. Be there to watch John cross the finish line of this magical marathon!

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The Round Table Sessions
Sep
18
7:00 PM19:00

The Round Table Sessions

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The Round Table Sessions

In the spirit of past incarnations of the Chicago Magic Roundtable, and inspired by the famed Long Beach Mystics, every third Tuesday we’ll gather in the 654 Club to devote our energies to helping one another by working on new material and getting feedback from our peers. There’s only one rule for these “works in progress” sessions: if you attend, you’re expected to participate, so be ready to work and contribute! If you don’t have a work in progress to share and receive feedback on, bring your magical mind and observation skills so you can provide feedback to others.

Have a routine that is untested, unfinished, or in need of assistance? This is an opportunity to get helpful suggestions, fresh perspectives, and generally get “unstuck,” clearing away obstacles in the learning and creative process. Together, we have decades of experience and a vast body of knowledge; let’s use those to improve our magic!

What to bring

A pen or pencil

3x5 index cards

open eyes and an open mind

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Mike Pisciotta Master Class
Sep
15
1:00 PM13:00

Mike Pisciotta Master Class

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Mike Pisciotta is an acclaimed performer based in Los Angeles, CA and serves as the resident magician for the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. Mike creates powerful, beautiful moments of mystery, and his performances leave the viewer with a profound sense of wonder.

Mike is recognized by his peers as one of the greatest performing magicians today, and is a two time winner of the prestigious "Close-Up Magician of the Year" award for the Academy of Magical Arts.

Some of the effects Mike will teach include:

Mike's Opener – Showing off a bit of skill, a one-handed cut finds the wrong card, and a fancier cut has the same result. So, the first card changes to the selection.

The Time Lord – This three phase routine is one of Mike’s most requested at the Magic Castle. 

Jokers Thru Time – A card appears face-down among four face-up jokers. This card is set aside. Then, a selected card vanishes from among the jokers. And get this... the card set aside earlier... no, it's not the selected card... it's all four jokers! And where they were a moment ago, that is the selected card. This is Mike’s version of the Alex Elmsley classic Between Your Palms. 

Three Way Play - A real workers coins across. This is Mike’s favorite walk around effect.

Boxing Match – An impromptu card thru box using borrowed decks.

Coming Up – A selected card rises out of the middle of the deck with no gimmicks and no threads. 

Flying Sandwich – A transposition sandwich routine that fools magicians. 

Simple Evanescence – A repeat, no palm card to wallet effect. Super-clean and instantly repeated while the wallet is in full view.

Plus more! 


This workshop is available for Round Table Members for only $40, limited seating available.

We expect this to sell out very quickly.  

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Mike Pisciotta Q&A + Round Table Performance
Sep
13
10:00 PM22:00

Mike Pisciotta Q&A + Round Table Performance

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Mike Pisciotta is an acclaimed performer based in Los Angeles, CA and serves as the resident magician for the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. Mike creates powerful, beautiful moments of mystery, and his performances leave the viewer with a profound sense of wonder.

Mike is recognized by his peers as one of the greatest performing magicians today, and is a two time winner of the prestigious "Close-Up Magician of the Year" award for the Academy of Magical Arts.

He will present a special, members-only after-hours show in the 654 Club following the public performance. Round Table members are invited to remain after the performance for a talkback with Mike.

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Sep
4
7:30 PM19:30

Monthly Mezzanine Jam

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On the first Tuesday of every month, join fellow members of the Round Table, as they take over the mezzanine!  During these very special evenings, access to the VIP mezzanine will be restricted to Round Table members only.  Enjoy an evening of music, magic, and merriment at your home away from home, the Chicago Magic Lounge!

Note: Admission is free of charge. Round Table members will receive a 10% discount off of all food and beverages. 

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Aug
25
11:00 AM11:00

David Williamson Lecture

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Considered to be one of the world’s most talented magicians, David Williamson knows the secret of capturing the imagination of any audience. A born showman and an unusually accomplished sleight of hand artist, David dazzles audiences with a unique and delightful brand of entertainment, blending heart-stopping magic with sidesplitting hilarity. 

David has been featured on ABC’s, Champions of Magic, where he appeared with Princess Stephanie as he performed his miracles at different locations in and around In 1981 David won first place in the International Brotherhood of Magicians’ sleight of hand competition. That year he also became the first ever recipient of the prestigious Gold Cups Award of Excellence in close-up magic. David was voted “Sleight of Hand Magician of the Year” two years in a row by his peers at Hollywood’s renowned Magic Castle. He was also twice awarded the “Magic Castle Lecturer of the Year” and the “Magic Castle Parlor Magician of the Year”. David was voted “Most Wanted Magician” at the 2003 FISM convention in Den Haag. 

David has also co-starred in several top-rated prime-time network specials including CBS’ Magicians’ Favorite Magicians, NBC’s Houdini: Unlocking His Mysteries, and NBC’s World’s Greatest Magic III. He can be seen this season on Masters Of Illusion. 

As host of the United Kingdom’s acclaimed television series The Magic Comedy Strip, David’s irresistible mix of humor and skill helped make it one of the highest rated shows in the country. He has created illusions for and performed in several commercials and has developed TV shows for Walt Disney Productions and ABC, as well as consulting for illusionists David Copperfield’s and David Blaine’s TV specials. Most recently, David appeared on PAX TV’s World Magic Awards special where he was awarded comedy magician of the year.


This lecture is in collaboration with Magic, Inc. and is free for all Round Table Members, but please RSVP with Magic, Inc. as soon as possible.  

  1. Place the ticket order through Magic, Inc's site.
  2. Instead of paying with “Credit Card” they pay with “Account.”
  3. Add your member number to the notes.
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The Round Table Sessions
Aug
21
7:00 PM19:00

The Round Table Sessions

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The Round Table Sessions

In the spirit of past incarnations of the Chicago Magic Roundtable, and inspired by the famed Long Beach Mystics, every third Tuesday we’ll gather in the 654 Club to devote our energies to helping one another by working on new material and getting feedback from our peers. There’s only one rule for these “works in progress” sessions: if you attend, you’re expected to participate, so be ready to work and contribute! If you don’t have a work in progress to share and receive feedback on, bring your magical mind and observation skills so you can provide feedback to others.

Have a routine that is untested, unfinished, or in need of assistance? This is an opportunity to get helpful suggestions, fresh perspectives, and generally get “unstuck,” clearing away obstacles in the learning and creative process. Together, we have decades of experience and a vast body of knowledge; let’s use those to improve our magic!

What to bring

A pen or pencil

3x5 index cards

open eyes and an open mind

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Aug
12
4:00 PM16:00

Morgan & West Lecture: Presented by S.A.M. 3

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Free to Round Table Members!

Morgan and West met whilst studying at Oxford in the late nineteenth century. It was in that most reclining of seats of learning that the duo’s love of deception and legerdemain was born, and they would have been joined at the hip ever since, were it not for the vast discrepancy in the height of their pelvises.

In the intervening centuries these time travelling tricksters have performed their unique brand of magic, wit and whimsy on stages all over the UK, and indeed all around the world. Anywhere there are boards to be trodden, crowds to be wowed or tea to be drunk Morgan & West will be there with miracles in tow.

 


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The Round Table Sessions
Jul
17
7:00 PM19:00

The Round Table Sessions

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The Round Table Sessions

In the spirit of past incarnations of the Chicago Magic Roundtable, and inspired by the famed Long Beach Mystics, every third Tuesday we’ll gather in the 654 Club to devote our energies to helping one another by working on new material and getting feedback from our peers. There’s only one rule for these “works in progress” sessions: if you attend, you’re expected to participate, so be ready to work and contribute! If you don’t have a work in progress to share and receive feedback on, bring your magical mind and observation skills so you can provide feedback to others.

Have a routine that is untested, unfinished, or in need of assistance? This is an opportunity to get helpful suggestions, fresh perspectives, and generally get “unstuck,” clearing away obstacles in the learning and creative process. Together, we have decades of experience and a vast body of knowledge; let’s use those to improve our magic!

What to bring

A pen or pencil

3x5 index cards

open eyes and an open mind

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Don Wiberg presents "History of the Round Table"
Jul
14
1:00 PM13:00

Don Wiberg presents "History of the Round Table"

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Join Don Wiberg for an afternoon reminiscing about the characters who
frequented the Chicago Magicians Roundtable in the Loop. Don, a Past
International President of the International Brotherhood of Magicians is
probably one of a few remaining magicians who can remember many of the
regulars who joined together almost daily at the Drake’s Mayors Row
restaurant at 131 North Dearborn and has a story or two to tell about most of
them.

Don will use as a basis of his presentation, the classic drawing by Salvatore
Salla. If you’re interested in what how the Chicago Magicians Roundtable
contributed to making Chicago an important center of magic in the United
States, be sure to come to the Chicago Magic Lounge on July 14, 2014 at
1:00 P.M. for an interesting journey through the past with Don Wiberg.

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Jon Armstrong Master Class
Jun
23
1:00 PM13:00

Jon Armstrong Master Class

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More than a lecture, a Master Class is a chance to dive into the deep end with a world-class magician. Participation is highly encouraged!

Winner of numerous awards, including Close Up Magician of the Year,  Jon Armstrong has brought his amazing skills and magical comedy to prestigious audiences in over 30 countries worldwide. 

Growing up in Orlando, Florida, Jon became fascinated by the magic he saw in the theme parks around him and dreamed of having his own show. This dream came true when Disney asked him to bring his act to Epcot and he became the resident magician at Walt Disney World. He was only 20. 

After spending 5 years doing his show at Disney World, Vegas called and Jon answered, becoming a recurring headliner at Caesar's Magical Empire. It was between these runs in Vegas that Jon started doing tours all over the world as both a performer and lecturer, teaching others how to add humor and entertainment to their magic. 

Jon now lives in Los Angeles and is a frequent performer at the world famous Magic Castle. His TV appearances as a talk show guest, featured performer or actor, include shows like NBC's "The Today Show", and "Tonight Show", "Magic Castle After Dark" on A&E, CW's "Penn and Teller Fool Us", Fox's "Masters of Illusion" and ABC's "Bachelorette." He has been featured in cover stories of trade publications like Magic, Genii and other magic journals worldwide. Articles have been done on him in The New York Times, LA Magazine and Harpers, just to name a few.

When you see him live,  Jon's hope is that you will laugh at his original humor, be amazed by his skills and most of all, feel like you made a new friend. 

 
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Jon Armstrong Q&A
Jun
21
9:30 PM21:30

Jon Armstrong Q&A

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Winner of numerous awards, including Close Up Magician of the Year,  Jon Armstrong has brought his amazing skills and magical comedy to prestigious audiences in over 30 countries worldwide. 

Growing up in Orlando, Florida, Jon became fascinated by the magic he saw in the theme parks around him and dreamed of having his own show. This dream came true when Disney asked him to bring his act to Epcot and he became the resident magician at Walt Disney World. He was only 20. 

After spending 5 years doing his show at Disney World, Vegas called and Jon answered, becoming a recurring headliner at Caesar's Magical Empire. It was between these runs in Vegas that Jon started doing tours all over the world as both a performer and lecturer, teaching others how to add humor and entertainment to their magic. 

Jon now lives in Los Angeles and is a frequent performer at the world famous Magic Castle. His TV appearances as a talk show guest, featured performer or actor, include shows like NBC's "The Today Show", and "Tonight Show", "Magic Castle After Dark" on A&E, CW's "Penn and Teller Fool Us", Fox's "Masters of Illusion" and ABC's "Bachelorette." He has been featured in cover stories of trade publications like Magic, Genii and other magic journals worldwide. Articles have been done on him in The New York Times, LA Magazine and Harpers, just to name a few.

When you see him live,  Jon's hope is that you will laugh at his original humor, be amazed by his skills and most of all, feel like you made a new friend. 

 
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Brett Schneider Q&A
Jun
14
9:30 PM21:30

Brett Schneider Q&A

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Chicago Magic Lounge's very own Brett Schneider is in town  and will be headlining this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. 

Brett Schneider has graciously agreed to sit down and talk with us about his process of creating magic as well as his experience conceiving and producing The Magic Play.

The Magic Play started right here in Chicago and has taken Brett all over the country. 

"Though a good magician must always be in control of his show, his offstage life may be as fragile as a house of cards. When a rising young magician must take the stage just hours after his partner has left him, his performance begins to unravel. Overcome with heartbreak, he must accept that the inherent tricks and deceptions he uses to dazzle his audience are the very things that drove his lover away. Critically acclaimed magician, illusion designer and actor Brett Schneider stars in a mind-blowing spectacle that combines the allure of a live magic show with the poignant punch of Chicago theater." - The Goodman Theatre

We invite you to come out and have questions ready for a true master of the art. The Q&A will begin immediately following the 654 Club performance. 

 
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Bill Malone Q&A
Jun
7
9:30 PM21:30

Bill Malone Q&A

BILL! MA! LONE!

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Those three syllables have brought smiles to countless faces. The man who brought Sam the Bellhop to life on national television will be on hand to celebrate Magic Day with us on Thursday, June 7. 

Round Table members are invited to an exclusive Q&A session with Bill Malone at 10pm in the Blackstone Cabaret.

Because his show in the 654 Club is sold out, we will be projecting the entire performance live in the Cabaret for the enjoyment of Round Table members just prior to the Q&A.

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