What are the BEST Magic Shows (in Philadelphia) for 2023?
Today you will find great magic shows in Philadelphia including A Couple of Magicians, Smoke and Mirrors Magic Theatre, Shreeyash Palshikar, and more. And although you may not know it, Philadelphia was home to some rather famous magicians... some remembered and some forgotten. Raymond Joseph Teller of Penn and Teller fame is certainly one you may have heard of. Today, magic is going strong in Philly, so grab a Philly Cheesesteak, indulge in a Whoopie Pie, and visit one of these amazing magic shows. Here are the Best Magic Shows in Pennsylvania.
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Magic and Wonder Theater
3065 Lincoln Hwy
Paradise, PA 17562
The Magic & Wonder Show is a comedy-variety magic show. It combines large-scale illusions, hilarious comedy, and dynamic circus arts. You’ll see aerialist fly high above the stage and other circus performers create dazzling moments of wonder. The show features the award-winning illusions of Brett A Myers.
Show Duration: This is a 90-minute show with an additional 15-minute intermission.
Food and Drink: Appetizers, snacks, desserts, and beverages are served right to your table. For a full dinner or cocktails, visit Revere Tavern on property.
Age Restriction: This is a family friendly show with ticket pricing for children.
The Secret Speakeasy at Vesper
223 S Sydenham St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Deceptions is a Magical Night of Mystery and Deception. This new show is filled with mystery and suspense, featuring Mervant The Deceptionist. The first half of show is illusion and deception and the second half is mentalism. The show will take place in the secret speakeasy at Vesper in Center City Philadelphia. Mervant’s high-energy show features comedy, drama, and interactive audience participation. His ability to entertain everyone make him one of the most versatile performers working today.
Show Duration: Just over one hour with a short intermission.
Food and Drink: Drinks are available before or after the show.
Age Restriction: 21+ only
6426 Lower York Rd
New Hope, PA 18938
This show has so much to offer with not one but two magicians! Francis Menotti and Lindsey Noel are a Couple of Magicians. Their show features illusions, mind-reading and more. And what's more is they've gone virtual! Join them every Saturday Night at 8 p.m. on their Couple of Magicians Facebook Page for a live family-friendly show.
2840 Pine Rd., Huntingdon Valley, PA
2840 Pine Rd
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006
This specially designed 60-seat magic theater hosts a huge line-up of acts for both adults and younger audiences. Every seat in the house is a great seat and each act brings its own unique charm and abilities to the stage. On weekends, you can catch a family-friendly matinee or come back for an evening show (each magician having different age limits). Whether you see one of Philly's favorite local magicians or you catch your favorite illusionist on tour, you will always find something new, so you can keep coming back for more! Dress up a little or a lot, but no cut-offs or flip-flops.
Show Duration: Varies by show.
Food and Drink: Water and candy are available, as is the option to BYOB for consumption in the lounge before the show.
Age Restriction: The family magic shows are all ages and most other shows are 13+. Be sure to check each show before purchasing.
Parking: Their site says even though all the parking signs say your car will be towed; you can park in any space for the shows, except for in front of the loading docks.
Old City Philadelphia
Take a stroll through Old City Philadelphia for comedy, magic, and mystery, inspired by history! You will visit several historic locations each of which is the basis for a comedic and mind-bending magical performance. Robert Malissa is an award-winning, incredibly funny, laugh provoking, out-of-this-world comedy magician. He has a very warm style with the goal of sharing the joy inherent in a moment of magic. Rob encourages participation and ensures that his volunteers have a great time. He is the winner of the Philadelphia Houdini Award, and a recipient of both stage and close-up magic awards from the Society of American Magicians. Note: this show/walk is weather dependant.
Show Duration: 75-minutes
2110 Marlton Pike East, Cherry Hill NJ
2110 Marlton Pike East
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
Have you ever wanted to put on your own magic show? Here's your chance to learn how, and supply yourself with some pretty nifty stuff to make it all happen. Why wait around for some famous (or even not-so-famous) magician to come to town, when you could be amazing your friends and family with some wicked new-found magic skills. Stop into Rick Saphire's Magic Shop and Theater for all things strange and wonderful. And if you just want someone else to do the magic, you can book a birthday party at the Magic Shop Theater and magically, everything is taken care of. Music, live magic, lessons and more!
Wayne Bed and Breakfast Inn
211 Strafford Ave
Wayne, PA 19087
Jadoo means magic in India and Shreeyash is crazy about this dying tradition. Once an entertainment sought by royalty, and an artform that has been practiced for hundreds of years, the jadoowallas are now disappearing. Shreeyash has spent years in India studying with the traditional jadoowallas and brings this special form of magic to audiences a few times a year. Shreeyash holds a PhD in South Asian studies, and is an assistant professor at Albright College. His love of magic started at an early age and he continues to share this love of the mystic eastern masters blended with the west whenever possible. His show Intimate Illusions can be seen at the Wayne Bed and Breakfast Inn, where he performs in a historic mainline Victorian drawing room.
The City of Brotherly Love and Magic
While Philadelphia might be the "City of Brotherly Love," it also has a history rich in magic. While not as magical in the modern sense, Philly started out as a hotly contested piece of land, between the native Delaware Nation and early Swedish settlers. Maybe they were irritated by the lack of lutefisk or just unwilling to live peacefully, but the Swedish settlers harnessed their inner Vikings, leading to multiple conflicts with the native peoples. The Delaware, though upset at the Swedish, had no qualms with English settlers and continued in their mystical traditions and daily lives.
The establishment of an independent United States government led to some family drama between parent nation England and this new unruly teenager demanding to be recognized as an independent nation. Philadelphia played a key role in the formation of this fledgling nation. Through a series of events—out gunned, out manned and out trained—the US pulled off the mother of all magic tricks and beat the pants off England. New country, new possibilities and a quickly growing population led to the growth of Philadelphia. As the city grew, so did the want for entertainment. Soon, magic shows were astounding audiences throughout Philadelphia.
Jacob Meyer was born in Philadelphia in 1735 and grew to become a famous magician, though he would later balk at that title. Meyer changed his name to Jacob Philadelphia and was even known as Philadelphus Philadelphia in a more dramatic title. A lover of the occult, Philadelphia traveled throughout Europe performing a myriad of feats ranging from mind reading to exorcising ghosts. Philadelphia's talent with the phantasmagorical made him famous.
Later magician Harry Kellar took his talents with misdirection magic and made himself and the city of Philadelphia famous. As Kellar grew in fame, he took a chance and opened an Egyptian Hall in 1884, making this venue the hot spot for magic in Philadelphia. The hall was closed after 264 performances but was later re-built and re-opened in 1891. Kellar was famous for his illusions and misdirection with his notable tricks like the Levitation of Princess Karnac, the Nested Boxes, and the Vanishing Lamp. His use of distraction left audiences speechless and mystified.
Moving into modern-day magic, a very quiet Raymond Joseph Teller from Philadelphia, practiced his form of odd-ball illusions that later landed him as the silent side-kick to a Mr. Jillette. Thus, the magical pairing of Penn and Teller was born. With skillful sleight of hand and illusions, Penn and Teller have become a staple in the world of magic. Nowadays, Philadelphia is the scene for smaller, more intimate magic shows, focusing on skill rather than showmanship. Philadelphia is and has always been a place of magic.
PAST Philly Magic Shows
The Amazing Kreskin
Centre Bridge Inn
2998 River Rd
New Hope, PA 18938
The Amazing Kreskin has been impressing audiences for more than 60 years with his mentalism act and his predictions. This 83 year old performer has seen his share of success with his own television show, a board game, and a boatload of books. He became a household name by frequently being a guest on every late night talk show since they began. He even has offered a million dollars to anyone that can prove that he is not legitimate, and that he uses secret assistants or hidden electronic devices. Check out his show and see if you can figure out how he does it. Maybe you will claim that cool million.
Masters of Illusion - Live!
American Music Theatre, Lancaster
2424 Lincoln Hwy E
Lancaster, PA 17602
See five fabulous acts rolled into one evening's performance. The Masters of Illusion brings five top-named magicians to the stage, with large-scale effects and awe-inspiring feats. You will be treated to thrills, comedy and modern illusions that will take your breath away as well as having you laughing out loud. The show has traveled throughout the US to huge audiences. It also is a popular show on the CW Network.
250 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Why see just one magic act when you can see a whole bunch of different acts all in one night! The Illusionists feature such acts as The Daredevil, The Deductionist, The Inventor, The Manipulator, and The Trickster. These shows have a rotating cast of performers and 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. If you miss them in Philly, they regularly perform a NY illusion show.