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Award-winning, Third-Generation Magician and Mentalist Dennis Watkins creates world-class magical entertainment for companies, organizations and private clients looking to make their most important events absolutely unforgettable.  From corporate events, trade show exhibits and hospitality suites, to college campuses, performing arts centers and up-scale private events, Watkins delivers one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences nationwide.

"A PSYCHIC WUNDERKIND, bending the natural laws of the universe!"

Broadway World

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 in a private suite at one of Chicago's most historic and noteworthy hotels.  


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Watkins is a founding Company Member with The House Theatre of Chicago.  He has collaborated with The House on more than 20 original theatrical productions in the last 15 years.  He originated the role of Harry Houdini in the company's hit show, Death and Harry Houdini. Additionally, he has played the role in 7 sold-out runs of the production.  He won a Joseph Jefferson Award for his work on the show in 2012.  Watkins just closed a limited engagement of the show in Chicago and will be returning to the role in May of 2017 for a production at Miaimi's Adrienne Arsht Center.

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"Watkins is the real deal!"

The Chicago Tribune

Corporate Entertainer and Magician Dennis Watkins performs mind reading

The Classic Show

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.

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The Mind Reading Show

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.

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Close-Up Magic and Mind Reading

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.