"The Magic Parlour is a simple entertainment in the Ricky Jay Mold: old-fashioned trickery performed very well in an ideal setting by a man with a heart and a story who craves being close to his audience."

The Chicago Tribune

Fridays & Saturdays at Chicago's historic Palmer House Hotel


The House Theatre of Chicago presents an intimate evening of classic magic with award-winning Chicago magician Dennis Watkins. Now in its 6th year at the legendary Palmer House Hilton Hotel, The Magic Parlour is downtown Chicago's longest-running magic show. This tour-de-force of classic magic and mind-reading currently runs on Friday and Saturday nights.  The show takes place in an intimate suite and seating is limited to only 44 guests. 


"Forget the over-the-top spectacles of David Blaine and Criss Angel.  The most effective illusions are the simplest: an ordinary subject, a distraction or two, and an incredibly skilled performer."

Miami New Times

Reserve by phone: 773.769.3832


The House Theatre of Chicago presents its second close-up magic show in downtown Chicago.  Gather around the card table with 10 other guests for an hour of close-up chicanery with Chicago Magician Dennis Watkins.  Inspired by Chicago's rich history of close-up magic shows, Hoodwink gives you the rare opportunity to experience expert sleight-of-hand in a private room at the historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel.

“As I’ve worked on The Magic Parlour for the last several years, I have recalled many pieces of magic that I have always loved, but are simply too small for a parlour show,” remarked Watkins.  “Some of my most cherished moments were spent sitting with my grandfather at his small table while he made magic for me with the simplest of objects. These are tiny miracles intended to be shared with only a small group of extremely close-up guests.  And yet, they contain more imagination and magic than anything you see on the Las Vegas stage.” 

Hoodwink is available ON-DEMAND at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in downtown Chicago.  This magic show is suitable for no more than 12 guests at a time and is open to guests ages 16 and older. 

Photos by Ryan Bourque