Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Magic Parlour adds Saturday performances to long-running Friday night program at The Palmer House Hilton (Ages 10+) #MothersDay


Performance availability greatly increased for 
Chicago's Summer visitors

**Special Sunday matinees are also being offered for Mother's Day (May 11 at 1:00pm) and Father's Day (June 15 at 3:00pm)**

**The Magic Parlour is open to guests aged 10 and up, though we request at least one adult accompany each four children.  ChiIL Mama's ChiIL Picks List!**


Cocktail attire is encouraged for all guests attending this magical night.


The inimitable Dennis Watkins has long been one of our favorite performers and we highly highly recommend you catch his mind blowing Magic Parlour.  Check out our original video interview with him, from a few years back, right here. Then go catch his show. You are in for a serious treat! 



Dennis Watkins expounds on being Harry Houdini in Death and Harry Houdini for Chicago's House Theatre and being his own magical self in the long running Magic Parlour show.  He's done the water torture cell escape upwards of 100 times now!   He also discusses the history of the show as it's evolved since 2001 and his own family history of magicians.

©August 2012 all rights reserved
Bonnie Kenaz-Mara for ChiIL Live Shows /ChiIL Mama


The Magic Parlour: 
an intimate evening of classic magic

Now well into its third year at the historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel, Dennis Watkins’ one- man-show, The Magic Parlour: an intimate evening of classic magic, expands its performance offerings from its long-standing Friday nights, to include several summertime Saturday nights as well. With many Fridays selling out well in advance, the addition of 7:30pm and 9:30pm performances on select Saturdays will provide Chicagoland's warm weather tourists more opportunities to witness this one-of-a-kind production.


The Magic Parlour is scheduled to run throughout 2014 at the Palmer House (shows on additional days will be added as the year progresses).

Since moving to the Palmer House on New Year's Eve 2012, Watkins’ 80-minute show has entertained guests from all over the world looking for an extra-special night out in Chicago. Additionally, The Magic Parlour has hosted several private groups and corporate events, three New Year’s Eve events, a special fundraiser for The House Theatre of Chicago in the Empire Room, and many special occasions including anniversaries, birthdays, family gatherings, and two marriage proposals!

Only 32 seats are available for each performance of this intimate, sophisticated, close-up magic show in one of the hotel's historic private event rooms. Guests gather at Potter's Lounge in the hotel's lower level and are escorted to the performance space, where they will enjoy an evening of mind-blowing magic and mind reading with Chicago's own Dennis Watkins. The audience participates in much of the performance as Dennis wows the room with disappearing decks, swallowed razor blades, unbelievable mentalism, and age-old stories passed down from his grandfather. Third-generation magician Dennis Watkins regularly incorporates new pieces of magic into this long-running production, giving returning audiences brand new feats to puzzle over.


The Magic Parlour ticket always includes wine and beer selections.

The House Theatre of Chicago has partnered with Dennis Watkins to produce many magical theatrical experiences in its 12 year history. Most notably The House’s hit show Death & Harry Houdini (with multiple sold-out runs in Chicago and a production at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, FL), The Magic Parlour, and Watkins’ original play, The Magnificents (with two Chicago runs).

Visit The Magic Parlour website.
More information about Watkins is available at www.denniswatkins.net.


Performances for May - July 2014

Friday, May 9 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Sunday, May 11 at 1:00pm - Mother's Day matinee
Friday, May 16 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Saturday, May 17 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Friday, June 6 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Saturday, June 7 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Friday, June 13 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Sunday, June 15 at 3:00pm - Father's Day matinee
Friday, June 20 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Saturday, June 21 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Friday, June 27 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Saturday, June 28 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Saturday, July 12 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Friday, July 18 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Friday, July 25 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Saturday, July 26 at 10:30pm - Special late-night show

The program will continue its open run in the 2014/2015 Season. August through October dates will go on sale mid-June.

Guests convene at Potter's Lounge and are escorted to the event room at performance time. 

Appearing weekly at The Palmer House Hilton Hotel, 17 E Monroe St. Chicago 

Award-winning, third-generation magician Dennis Watkins delivers an evening of sophisticated tom-foolery in one of the Windy City's most unique entertainment experiences. The Magic Parlour is replete with mind-blowing magic and mind reading in an intimate suite at the historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel.

Now in it's third year in this historic venue, The Magic Parlour has entertained guests from all over the world looking for an extra-special night out in Chicago. Additionally, The Magic Parlour has hosted several private groups and corporate events, and many special occasions including anniversaries, birthdays, family gatherings, and two marriage proposals!

Tickets $75 per guest, wine and beer included
Make your reservations online
or dial (773) 769-3832


About The Magic Parlour:
In September of 2010, The House Theatre of Chicago hosted a benefit performance with entertainer and House Company Member Dennis Watkins. The event was such a hit that The House decided to produce The Magic Parlour for a limited run. After selling out week after week, The Magic Parlour became a weekly event, and played at The Chopin Theatre for 15 months before formally moving to The Palmer House Hilton Hotel in February 2012.

About The House Theatre of Chicago:
The House is Chicago's premier home for original works of physical and spectacle storytelling. Founded and led by Artistic Director Nathan Allen and driven by an interdisciplinary ensemble of Chicago’s next generation of great storytellers, The House aims to become a laboratory and platform for the evolution of the American theatre as an inclusive and popular artform.

In addition to The Magic Parlour, The House performs original plays in residence at the Chopin Theatre in Wicker Park. Now celebrating its 12th year of original work, The House continues its mission to unite Chicago in the spirit of Community through amazing feats of Storytelling.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT www.THEHOUSETHEATRE.com

About Hilton Worldwide:
Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 93 years, Hilton Worldwide has offered business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,800 hotels and timeshare properties, with 630,000 rooms in 88 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®. 

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