2018 BEST Boston Magic Shows
Boston is full of both history and mystery, from Paul Revere and the Freedom Trail, to the oddities of the Market Museum and the debunked seances of Margery the medium. In Boston, you'll find all things pilgrim to prestidigitation, Harvard to Houdini, and clam chowder to card tricks. It is chock full of American history, swanky schools, good food, and magic. So if magic is what you are looking for in Boston, you've come to the right place for the list of the Best Magic Shows in Massachusetts.
CURRENT Magic Shows in Boston
The Omni House - Fridays
Paul is a world-champion sleight-of-hand expert who has been on Penn and Teller's Fool Us a record-breaking three times, fooling them twice! Paul has also won three first-place awards including two close-up magician of the year awards from the Magic Castle in Los Angeles. This is a 75-minute show of close-up magic that will have you shaking your head in amazement. Book one of 10 VIP seats at the front of the house and you will be given the opportunity to be part of the action. The seating is extremely limited to only 24 seats, so make sure to book in advance.
Hampton House - Fridays and Saturdays
Join illusionists Joel Acevedo and Steve Kradolfer as they present an intimate evening of magic and wonder. Arrive early for the pre-show reception in the Baker Bar for cocktails and drinks and then enter the library where you will be delighted by these two master magicians. Items will vanish, teleport and be transformed, minds will be read and general tom-foolery will be on hand. At 2 hours and 15 minutes, this show gives you a lot of entertainment value. You must be 21 years and older and cocktail attire is required.
Sommerville MA - Schedule to be Announced
The Mystery Lounge has been around for over 22 years and is Boston's original magic cabaret. Its founding producers were magicians Steve Kradolfer (see Four-Handed Illusions above) and Jon Stetson. Originally located in the Green Street Grille, The Mystery Lounge will be moving in 2018 from its long-time 2nd location above The Hong Kong Restaurant to a new location in Union Square in Somerville, MA. Tickets have traditionally been reasonably priced and the show was a nice and lengthy 2 hours long. It consists of several magic and comedy acts in an interactive show that is always changing and keeping up-to-date.
St. Peter's Church Hall Theater - September through November
Each year Salem Screams and the Salem Haunted Magic Show present a new show just in time to celebrate the spookiest time of year, right around Halloween. Each show is created around a hauntingly scary theme, such as asylums or phobias or the circus sideshow. Expect lots of audience participation as this is an interactive theatrical experience. Not suitable for children under 10 due to the fright factor, these shows are rated PG13.
Calderwood Pavillion - December 26-31, 2018
Ivan's show Secrets and Illusions takes you on a journey to Paris, where you will be taken through the Louvre Museum galleries, accompanied by live cello music... the musical muse bringing to life priceless works of art and illusion. Each artful vignette is thoughtfully created, weaving stories and magic throughout. This show has a wonderful blend of audience participation and storytelling. The Boston Globe has described Ivan's performance as "Magic with a Message".
Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre - March 5-10, 2019
Why see just one magic act when you can see five different acts all in one night! The Illusionists feature The Daredevil, The Deductionist, The Inventor, The Manipulator, and The Trickster. Each performer has their own flavor and style, keeping the evening fresh and fun. The show is full of drama and technical thrills, as well as some heart-stopping moments.
Shubert Theatre - September 20-23, 2018
Some of the UKs finest magicians have come together for a funtastic, spectoramic, supermagical show. Forget Mary Poppins... this is eye-popping stuff and tons of fun for the whole family. The magic spectacle has toured the world and will be doing several US dates. You will see levitations, disappearances, mind-reading and more. Each of the acts brings their own unique style and skills to the experience, with plenty of grand illusions and special effects.
The Wicked and the Wayward: Magic and Boston
The United States really started in Boston, Massachusetts. A key location for the forming of America, Boston was founded by a group of religious-freedom seeking puritans looking for a land so far away England would stop bothering them. This group of uptight puritanical Puritans did important things to build up the city, but things of a mystic or magical nature were deemed unholy, satanic and just really bad; worthy of a proper shunning. This didn’t stop the magic.
Sadly, the war on magic struck a homicidal fervor with the belief that witchcraft was running rampant among the female citizens of the city. While Salem was the epicenter of the witch trials and subsequent executions, Boston also joined in on the witch hunts. Women with too much knowledge, opinions, or who had the bad fortune of using bad grain for baking--causing quite the acid trip--found themselves on the tippy-top of a burning pile of wood. Magic wasn’t just scandalous and forbidden but practicing anything resembling magic was a certain death sentence.
Thankfully, small-minded ideas were replaced by a more cosmopolitan view and the witch trials eventually ceased. As Boston grew into the early center of government and commerce, people from across the globe traveled to the city sharing ideas as well as money. Entertainment venues rose in prominence and the exotic illusions from far away lands filled audiences with awe and wonder. Replacing the hate for magic and the apparent evils it caused was the Market Museum. Ten parts oddity and one part mercantile, this unusual business combination appealed to the crowds who wanted to be wowed, scared and needed to buy a little cement on the side. The exhibits ranged from the bizarre to the fanciful to the magical, with phantasmagorical performances, all surrounded by wax figures to really give people the creeps.
In the early 1800’s, Jonathan Harrington introduced his brand of illusion as well as ventriloquism to audiences around the Boston area. Described as a comical, mysterious and magical, Harrington gave performances at notable theaters amusing and astounding as he went. In the late 1800’s magic schools became popular in Boston among those trying to become illusionists. W.D. Leroy offered courses at his school teaching students how to escape handcuffs and other restraints. Leroy even had Harry Houdini as a customer, the later wishing to buy several escape acts from Leroy. Leroy even created the Magic Mystic Fraternity for magicians, working to further the good name of reputable magicians.
As time marched on, so too did the entertainment value of magic shows in Boston. Smaller clubs like the Boston Mystery Lounge feature talented performers who wow and make the audience laugh. Indeed, from a rocky beginning, Boston has truly come to embrace magic.
PAST Boston Magic Shows
Adam is well known for his work with the Broadway smash show The Illusionists, touring with them for their first two fabulous U.S. seasons. He has since then created a solo show "The Illusionists Present the Magic of Adam Trent" which is fun for the entire family and includes many of his pieces from The Illusionists as well as new material. He is also known for his 10 episode TV series on Red Bull TV, called The Road Trick: The Magic of Life on the Road. You get to travel with Adam around the world while he mystifies the people he meets with his magical abilities.
Boston has a great history of magic and that hasn't stopped to the present day. Whether you're looking for a big illusion show or an intimate parlor show, we hope we've introduced you to the Top Magic Shows in Boston!