2018 BEST Philadelphia Magic Shows
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 Phillly Cheesesteak, indulge in a Whoopie Pie and visit one of these amazing magic shows. Here are the Best Magic Shows in Pennsylvania.
CURRENT Magic Shows in Philadelphia
2840 Pine Rd., Huntingdon Valley, PA - Evenings and Weekends
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.
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, Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia Magic Shows
Kevin and Caruso like to do things really big, which is why they called their show Grand Illusions! This is a magic spectacle with eye-popping illusions and glamorous showgirls. This show has a splash of cirque, costumes to die for, and special guest Madame Houdini who performs many stunts made famous by Houdini himself. The show incorporates lots of modern tech from multi-media backgrounds to stunning special effects, with a powerhouse of a soundtrack to set it all off.
Philadelphia 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 Pennsylvania!