BEST Magic Show NYC 2020
Where can you see magic in New York City? Well, touring magic shows can usually be found in New York's many performing arts theatres. If you are looking for something more local, there are several wonderful and stylish hotels with a resident magician like the Nomad Hotel, McKittrick Hotel or Lotte New York Palace Hotel. Finding a magic show in a magic shop seems like a no brainer! Visit one of the oldest magic shops in New York, Tannen's Magic, and catch a show. Other venues for magic include restaurants, comedy clubs and festivals.
And if New York City is the cultural center of the United States, shouldn't it have the best magic shows in the country too? Well, like all things New York, it does! New York has magic and illusion shows from the large-scale Broadway-size touring shows to the small, intimate "parlor shows" for a handful of select guests with the magic happening right in YOUR hands! So, forget that cheesy musical and catch some of the top New York magicians. This is THE Magic Show NYC list for you!
CURRENT New York City Magic Shows
Bergen Performing Arts Center
30 N Van Brunt St
Englewood, NJ 07631
These two naughty Australian performers take the saying, "nothing up my sleeves" to a whole new level. There are no sleeves or pants for that matter in this R-rated magic show. The show is both hilarious and magical for oh so many reasons. Performers Christopher Wayne and Mike Tyler have performed their naked magic show around the world, and started out in show business fully clothed. They decided however it would be so much more fun if they were doing magic and comedy all while naked. Thus creating mayhem and hilarity wherever they go. This is a 21+ show.
Union County Performing Arts Center
1601 Irving St
Rahway, NJ 07065
Some of the UK's finest magicians have come together for a funtastic, spectoramic, super magical 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.
Matt presents Bonafide Magic, Direct from 42nd Street. This all ages show has a little bit of everything for everyone. There's magic, sleight-of-hand, mentalism and even a twist on one of Houdini's famous tricks. These matinee shows are 80 minutes long and will have you both ooohing and aaahing and laughing out loud. Matt has a Bachelor of Arts in theatre and his quick wit and spontaneous style have earned him accolades and entertainment opportunities.
New York, NY 10001
Thursdays through Saturdays
Dan's shows sell out fast! His show, "The Magician" is in collaboration with Theory II. This intimate show will have you totally fooled, baffled and surprised. Audience participation is a big part of the show and guests are included in almost every illusion. Dan has been a consultant for David Copperfield in Las Vegas and has created magic for stage and screen, being featured on both the Discovery Channel and the Travel Channel. Dinner and/or cocktails can be enjoyed on-property but are not included in the ticket price. Recommended for adults 18 and older.
The McKittrick Hotel
530 W 27th St, New York
Thursday through Saturday
Join Todd Robbins as he welcomes visiting magicians and illusionists for a magical soiree. An intimate evening of magic. Todd is a sideshow master who helps to bring the evening alive with his historical knowledge, insights and expert showmanship. Each evening a different guest magician is invited to share their own brand of close-up magic and illusionist's delights.
The Players Theatre
115 MacDougal St.
New York, NY 10012
Monday Night Magic in Greenwich Village is the longest running off-Broadway magic show in New York City. It has been host to several hundred different performers, both young up-and-coming acts as well as seasoned performers. Each week on Monday night the show will feature three different artists who each bring their own brand of wow to the stage. During intermission, the audience is also treated to some up-close magic at various locations in the theatre. And as an extra bonus, you can take your ticket for the evening and use it to get a discount that night at several select restaurants close by.
Select Restaurants in New York
Select Friday and Saturdays
Close-up conjuring and wonderful cuisine come together in an evening to be remembered. Enjoy a fabulous meal and a show all for one price. You will be treated to up-close magic right at your table... between courses of course. This is a treat for everyone in the family and there are two times each night to choose from. Also, choose from several restaurants in the New York area. Impress a date or bring a crowd, it is certainly a fun way to spice up just another night of dining out.
80 St Marks Pl
New York, NY 10003
Sam is a skilled mentalist and his show the "Quantum Eye" will have you mesmerized. This show is suitable for all ages and Sam makes full use of the audiences, asking them to join him on stage, while he works his magic on them, reading their thoughts and leaving them stunned and asking, "how did he do that?" The off-broadway theatre, Theatre 80 started life as a speakeasy and has a colorful history as a theatre. It is the perfect space for Sam's intimate and interactive show.
Lotte New York Palace Hotel
455 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10022
Fridays and Saturdays
Steve's show, "Chamber Magic", takes place in an elegant "salon" inspired by Manhattan magic in the early 20th century. Limited to just 60 guests per show, you will be treated to "a demonstration of modern conjuring". Dress up in cocktail attire, arrive at the famous New York Palace and find yourself mesmerized by mind reading, conjuring and sleight of hand. Steve's show has been seen by a long list of celebrities and Woody Allen called it "a religious experience"! This show is for adults only.
45 W 34th St #608
New York, NY 10001
Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Imagine heading into an old office building at night. All the doors are locked and a few workers are still leaving. You arrive at your floor, walk down the hall, and open an unmarked door and inside is a magical treasure chest. It's Tannen's, the oldest magic shop in New York lined with books, DVDs, props, and magical secrets. You grab a drink, sit down, and the lights dim so only one remains, lit above a card table. Noah begins with a deck of cards...
South Shore Theatre Experience
115 S Wellwood Ave, Lindenhurst
Last Sunday of Each Month
The Parlor of Mystery is the brainchild of five local magicians who wanted a place of their own to perform in an intimate setting with others to create a modern, funny and grown-up evening of magic. With a new line-up of magicians each month from both near and far, you can come back time-and-again to see the show and always be entertained with something new. See experienced illusionists along with up-and-coming conjurers in an up-close parlor atmosphere. The shows are hosted by the parlor's originators who also share some of their own talents alongside the talented and constantly changing line-up of mystifying performers.
LOL Times Square Comedy Club
711 7th Ave
New York, NY 10036
This is a comedy club that has an evening magic show every night. The show is an hour long, and features illusionists and mentalists. As with most comedy clubs there is a 2 drink minimum, and be forewarned that the price for those drinks (even water) is kind of high. It explains the low ticket price. In fact if you do a little googling, you can find free tickets for this show. But in the end you will still fork out a chunk of change for the two drink minimum, especially if you bring the whole family, as it is billed as a kid friendly show. However we suggest you don't take your kids to see the comedy show afterwards, as it may or may not be appropriate for the youngsters. We advise you check out online reviews if considering this show.
214 W 43rd St
New York, NY 10036
Wednesday through Sunday
This is the 8th book in the beloved Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling and the first of the stories to be made into a live stage performance. Witness the magic and mystery that is Harry Potter and enter the wizarding world. Harry is now much older and married with three children. His troubles are far from over as his son Albus struggles with his families past. Adapted for stage by John Thorne and Jack Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is pure enchantment and wildly theatrical. The secret to this magical theatrical experience is that it is in two parts. So if you want to get the full story, you have to see two plays.
The Magic Show NYC History
Magic, especially in New York, was originally seen as a lower-class, street level spectator sport. People would stop on the street to watch a magic card trick while street urchins would pick the pockets of the staring crowd.
It is speculated that the first magic act was performed around 2700 BC. Recorded from fragmented accounts, a renowned Egyptian magician known as Dedi performed what many believe to be the very first ball trick, that is making one appear or disappear (the details are pretty sketchy). From there, noble men and women looked for and employed magical entertainers within their court. From these humble starting grounds modern magic was eventually born.
As magic traveled around the globe, and performers perfected and created new and entertaining acts, the demand for magic grew. The desire to be wowed fueled magicians to develop more daring shows, better tricks, and even more dangerous stunts. These magic shows stayed in New York longer because of the interest and size of the audience.
As magic shows moved from neighborhood to neighborhood in New York, so too did petty crime. Not many "genteel" people liked these magic shows, feeling that it only appealed to the lower classes and had no place among decent New York society. By the late 1800s that all changed.
The birth of Erik Weisz in Budapest Hungary in 1874 probably seemed like any other birth for that era. Erik migrated with his family to America and moved from Wisconsin to New York. At the age of nine young Erik became a trapeze artist and later in 1891 started his career in magic, changing his name to a more suitable stage name, Harry Houdini.
New York wasn't exactly excited about young Harry's magic career so he set out on the road, earning his fame as an escape artist in Europe before returning to New York in 1904. Now the city that wasn't so supportive of magic, wanted Houdini and his amazing escapes. One of his most popular escapes was the escape from the sunken box on the banks of Manhattan in the East River. Harry Houdini had converted New Yorkers into magic lovers.
From sketchy beginnings to the world-famous Harry Houdini, New York became a town where magicians and magic shows could grow. Establishments like Martinka's Magic Shop and Tannen's became stores that catered to up-and-coming magicians. Later magicians like David Copperfield, Chris Angel, and David Blaine found New York to be the birthplace of their fame and fortune.
Modern magic shows featuring illusions, escape artistry and even mind-bending thought suggestion are now considered the height of entertainment throughout the Big Apple.
As with many things in life, where you start out isn't always where you end up. This is true for magic in New York City. Once maligned as a breeding ground for criminal activity, now magic shows and performers are sought after entertainment throughout the world.
PAST Magic Shows NYC
205 W 46th St
New York, NY 10036
Criss's show Mind Freak in Vegas is loud, big, raunchy and full of pyrotechnics. In order to take his show on the road, Criss has created a more intimate and raw version of his usual over-the-top show. This is Mind Freak Unplugged. You still get Criss Angel and all his theatricality, as well as some of his most iconic illusions. You also get sleight-of-hand, magic and mentalism. If you are a huge Criss Angel fan, then this show will certainly please.
Carolines on Broadway
New York, NY 10019
Justin is no stranger to television specials, and his show, "Magic for Humans", premiered on Netflix this summer with six bedazzling episodes. He has been seen multiple times on Ellen and the Tonight Show, and has performed in the White House. His latest tour, the Fake Believe Tour, is just what the doctor ordered. He is a modern entertainer, who is fresh, funny and fueled with magic talent and comedic charm. You might also find Justin on the other side of the country with his Roosevelt show in LA.
Piff the Magic Dragon
254 W 54th St
New York, NY 10019
Piff is instantly recognizable! Who wouldn't be dressed up in a green dragon suit, holding a fluffy white chihuahua? It goes without saying that Piff's show is part magic and a huge part comedy. The comedy is dry, sardonic, and well... British. After all, Piff hails from Great Britain where he first honed his skills but also has his own Las Vegas magic show. His show allows for some audience participation and a little good humored ribbing. And if you like especially cute dogs, Mr. Piffles the chihuahua is an extra bonus. Be sure to catch Piff and his Lucky Dragon Tour 2019 in New York and beyond! There is sure to be sorcery, snacks and snark on hand.
As with everything in NYC, there is a plethora of options, and magic is no different. Whether you originally were looking for a small theater show near you or looking for an elaborate illusion show on tour, we are thrilled to have introduced you to the Best Magic Shows in New York!