The Anniversary Show

Celebrating YEar one of the Chicago Magic Lounge, FEb 21 - Feb 23

Chicago Magic Lounge PResents

The Signature Show

Celebrating Year one of Chicago’s home for Close-up magic

Join us as we celebrate our one-year anniversary at Chicago’s permanent home for close-up magic. The weekend will feature an international line-up, with first time CML appearances by Robert Ramirez and Ondrej Psenicka, alongside Chicago Magic Lounge favorite and frequent guest, Alba.


Robert Ramirez - Headliner

Robert Ramirez unique style of magic combines his 15 years experience in both magic and professional musical theater. He starred in the National Tour of the Broadway hit IN THE HEIGHTS written by Lin Manuel Miranda. Robert is also the first magician to perform in all 5 showrooms in a single year at the World Famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. Come see how he combines magic, song, dance, and music into an evening of wonder. 


Alba - FEatured Act

After astonishing audiences in the 654 Club during our opening weekend, Alba has subsequently performed with us 19 times (this appearance will make it 20). She was the first female magician from South America to appear at Hollywood’s famous Magic Castle in two of its main stages. Her tools of the trade are her magnetic personality, theatrical training, command of English and Spanish, upbeat sense of humor, sleight of hand (and mind!) plus a deep respect for her audience. This Argentinian travels all over the world with her unique style of magic. The list of celebrities she has performed for is long, but the most famous is Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, currently known as Pope Frances.


Ondrej Psenicka - 654 Club

Ondrej comes to us from Prague, Czech Republic. He specializes in card magic and travels around the world performing his original effects and lecturing for fellow magicians. He’s a regular performer at the World Famous Magic Castle in Hollywood and has numerous television appearances under his belt, including Penn & Teller: Fool Us. To date, he is the only Czech to fool Penn & Teller and is set to become the first Czech performer to appear at the Chicago Magic Lounge.


Joey Cranford - Host

In honor of the occasion, the weekend’s host will be founder, CEO and co-owner of the Chicago Magic Lounge, Joey Cranford. “This project began with a big idea in the back of a magic shop in 2014, and as producer, I personally hosted every show for over 2 years in our early stages. In celebration of one year in our new, permanent home for close-up magic, I’m returning to host every show that weekend, telling the story of Chicago Magic History, and sharing the passion of our mission.”

Cranford moved to Chicago to train with The Second City in 2002, and began performing with I.O. and the Annoyance Theater while traveling with a national touring improv group. He transitioned into Film and Television with credits including Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, Chicago Fire, and Better Call Saul. He now works with a dedicated team of the best magicians in the country.

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Tickets are purchased by section, not by specific seats. Seating is assigned in advance of the show by our Front of House staff.  The Harry Blackstone Cabaret features an unobstructed view from every section. The cabaret-style seating, with elevated rail and banquette areas on the main floor, allow for maximum access to view the stage and enjoy a cocktail. This also means you and your party may share a table with other guests. 

If you have specific seating needs or requests, please contact the Patron Services team at or call 312-366-4500 and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Guests who purchase Mezzanine, Front Row and Premium Main Floor tickets are invited to an exclusive performance of close-up magic by Alba directly after the main stage show in our 43-seat close-up gallery, the “654 Club.” Limited Availability.