The Magic Parlour
The Magic Parlour
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ConcertsTheatresTheatre & Performances
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Friday
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
Dennis Watkins' The Magic Parlour is an intimate evening of classic magic and mind-reading running six shows weekly at The Goodman Theatre Center/Petterino's. Now in its 12th year, The Magic Parlour is Chicago's longest-running magic show. It is a tour-de-force of classic magic performed by award-winning, third-generation magician Dennis Watkins. The show takes place in an intimate room and seating is limited to fewer than 60 guests. One drink is included with your tickets.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Mary M
    Chicago, Illinois63 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If I could rate it higher than 5 stars, I would!
    I would highly recommend this show!! One of the most fun things my husband and I have done in a long time! We were in awe with lots of laughter too. The Encore room add-on is a must, along with grabbing dinner at Petterino’s before! If I could rate it higher than 5 stars, I would!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 January 2024
  • Mike Kleppinger
    Lake Zurich, Illinois10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Magical Special Evening Out
    We had a fabulous time at the Magic Parlour as part of our 40th anniversary celebration/staycation in Chicago. Dennis put on an wonderful show that has left us completely puzzled with how he did all those amazing feats. We spent some extra time with him in the Encore Room, which well worth it, as he performed more amazing magic and answered our many questions - but not about how he performs magic ;-). HIGHLY recommended!
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 May 2024
  • Cat V
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Still Thinking About It!!!
    Thank you Dennis. Thank you for bringing us joy and wonder and awe. For mind blowing, next level slight of hand and mentalism. For making us laugh and forgetting our real world problems for a night. You are a true blessing and I thank you for sharing your gifts with all of us. We all need more real magic in the world and Dennis is the genuine article! Make sure to get the Encore Room addition to your ticket. Seeing his skills up close and getting to know Dennis better was such an amazing experience and worth every extra penny. I am on a tight budget and my money and I don't part ways unless it is really worth it and THIS SHOW IS WORTH IT!!! Can't wait to go again!
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 June 2024
  • Jocelyne R
    Chicago, Illinois31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    a great magic show by the talented Mr. Watkins; a must see
    What a fun, fun night. Dennis Watkins is charming, entertaining and his magic show thoroughly engaging filled with 90 minutes of ‘how the hell did he do that?’Few props and plenty of guffaws. Highly recommend this great performance.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 June 2024
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Bill F
Chicago Heights, IL46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
He had my interest from the moment he introduced himself in the lobby. The group walk up to the Parlour was exciting , wondering where he was taking us. The Parlour had the charm and feel of a time past.
The show was captivating as it locked my interest on his every move and the back story of how he learnd his craft from his Grandfather was spellbinding. A truly Magical nite .
Written 29 January 2020
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Alex
Saint Joseph, MI1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
I very rarely take the time to review anything, but this show was so impressive I felt compelled to do so. My husband and I booked tickets on a whim, and I am so glad we did. We were absolutely amazed by the performance. Dennis’s stories and history are so compelling and everything about this experience was great. If you’re ever in Chicago, you should absolutely see this!
Written 12 January 2020
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electroexp
Columbus, IN9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Everyone was saying WOW at the end of the experience. You will not forget this for a long time, if ever. The setting is wonderfully intimate with just a max of 45 or so guests and everyone can see and hear all details easily all the time. About a half the audience gets to do eomething in the show. I got to participate in a mind-reading illusion that was astounding to me since I knew I was not a plant and that my mental image was absolutely known only to me and was brand new to that night, never having been discussed anywhere at any time before. Most exciting. The guy next to me used his own dollar for a trick and because I watched him read the cereal number I knew he was legit. The effect was minndboggling. Dennis is a true master of the craft. Do go see him if you like being impressed and amazed.
Written 13 January 2020
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No plants allowed -- we loved hosting you, and thank you so much for your kind review!
Written 23 January 2020
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Wander00916983246
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The Palmar House is a lovely elegant venue. The magic show was very entertaining. The audience was only about 40 people which allowed close-up views of the magic tricks. It provided a different type of evening out. Highly recommended.
Written 12 February 2020
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vanbell7866
Milwaukee, WI1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Was Blown away by Dennis's Show.
Truly a Master of his Craft and his passion shows it in every trick he performs.
Highly recommend it for a Great Time Out and Make sure to do the After Party Show.
Will Be Back to see what other acts Dennis has incorporated into his performance and to see if I can figure out how he does them.
All The Best, Brad
Written 29 January 2020
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Thanks so much for joining us and for the incredible recommendation, Brad! I'm thrilled you had as much fun as I did, and I look forward to seeing you back here at The Magic Parlour in the future. Dennis
Written 4 February 2020
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Mike L
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Although the show takes place in a small hotel ballroom, Dennis makes you feel as though you are old friends and guests in his home. He provides an engaging, intimate setting of wonder and amazement. The show is true esacpe from reality that's relaxing and will make you happy.
Written 18 October 2022
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Mike Kleppinger
Lake Zurich, IL10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We had a fabulous time at the Magic Parlour as part of our 40th anniversary celebration/staycation in Chicago. Dennis put on an wonderful show that has left us completely puzzled with how he did all those amazing feats. We spent some extra time with him in the Encore Room, which well worth it, as he performed more amazing magic and answered our many questions - but not about how he performs magic ;-). HIGHLY recommended!
Written 5 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jocelyne R
Chicago, IL31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
What a fun, fun night. Dennis Watkins is charming, entertaining and his magic show thoroughly engaging filled with 90 minutes of ‘how the hell did he do that?’Few props and plenty of guffaws. Highly recommend this great performance.
Written 23 June 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Cat V
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Thank you Dennis. Thank you for bringing us joy and wonder and awe. For mind blowing, next level slight of hand and mentalism. For making us laugh and forgetting our real world problems for a night. You are a true blessing and I thank you for sharing your gifts with all of us.
We all need more real magic in the world and Dennis is the genuine article!
Make sure to get the Encore Room addition to your ticket. Seeing his skills up close and getting to know Dennis better was such an amazing experience and worth every extra penny. I am on a tight budget and my money and I don't part ways unless it is really worth it and THIS SHOW IS WORTH IT!!!
Can't wait to go again!
Written 16 June 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Karen V
Kingsport, TN19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Our party had an absolutely fabulous time at The Magic Parlour—I admit to being skeptical that I would enjoy it, but ended up totally loving it! We were still talking about it the next day. The small group and audience participation added a lot to the experience. Just go—you will enjoy it too!
Written 3 March 2020
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