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3rd Generation Magician & Mentalist

Dennis Watkins creates world-class magical entertainment for companies, organizations and private clients looking to make their most important events absolutely unforgettable. 

World-Class Entertainment

From corporate events, trade show exhibits and meetings, to galas, performing arts centers and up-scale private events, Chicago Magician Dennis Watkins delivers one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences nationwide.  

Award-Winning Artistry

Watkins' critically-acclaimed one-man-show, The Magic Parlour, has been running at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in downtown Chicago for over five years. Produced by The House Theatre of Chicago, The Magic Parlour is an intimate evening of classic magic and impossible mind-reading, performed by award-winning Chicago magician Dennis Watkins at one of the Windy City's most historic and noteworthy hotels.  


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The Classic Show

Corporate Entertainer and Magician Dennis Watkins performs mind reading

Award-Winning, Third-Generation Magician Dennis Watkins loves classic magic.  His Classic Show highlights many of magic's most beloved mysteries as they were taught to Watkins by his grandfather. 

Though these are certainly classics, Watkins puts his own twist on all of them so that your audience experiences the same wonder that audiences have reveled in for generations, while watching a show that is fresh, contemporary and absolutely mind-boggling.

Clients of all kinds choose this show because it is a guaranteed hit.  With more than 200 performances of this show every year, Watkins has worked this performance to be adaptable to any situation.

This show can be tailored to suit audiences of 25-2,500 and can run anywhere from 20-90 minutes, depending on your needs.

The Mind Reading Show

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Watkins believes the most powerful tool in his arsenal is the audience's imagination. This show lives and breathes exclusively in the minds of his audience.  Without typical magician's props or tools, Watkins takes a bare stage and reaches directly into the minds of everyone in the room.

This show is all about your audience. What they think, feel and say...all of it is fair game for this magician-turned-mentalist.

This show has become a favorite for Watkins' corporate events because it is smart, savvy entertainment guaranteed to shock and amaze even the most skeptical audiences.

This show can be tailored to suit audiences of 25-2,500 and can run anywhere from 20-90 minutes, depending on your needs.

Close-Up Magic

corporate mind reader Dennis Watkins

Growing up with a sleight of hand artist as his mentor, Watkins developed material that could be performed right under the noses of his audience.  A blend of magic and mentalism, Watkins' close-up work is ideal for small, intimate groups.

Using borrowed objects such as money, watches and rings, Watkins delivers magic just as powerful as you would see on a Las Vegas stage, inches from your eyes.

This form of magic is extremely versatile and can be performed in many different situations. 

 Close-up shows are perfect for audiences of 10-50 people and run from 20-90 minutes.  Close-up magic can also be performed while strolling throughout the event venue.

"Watkins is the real deal!"

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