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MagicalMichael
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Hi,

I hope this is the right place to ask/post this: I am looking for some insider tips for watching magic (show, close-up magic etc) in Chicago, IL on March 15-17. What would you recommend? I really appreciate your insights because I was not very successful when searching in Google.

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Michael
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At eight years old, Supernatural Chicago is the longest running magic-based theatre performance in Chicago history. It has been called one of the Top 10 Things To Do In Chicago by the travel community at TripAdvisor.com, a "perennial hot ticket" by RedEye Chicago, and caused the Chicago Tribune to marvel, "Is it real? Or isn't it?"

Only 50 guests are seated at each interactive performance. To ensure that you have a ticket for the March 16th show, please visit http://SupernaturalChicago.com

(If you had arrived on a Wednesday, you'd also be able to catch the Magic Cabaret at the Greenhouse Theater. It's a fun show, so maybe you can catch it next time.)

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Neil
Creator of The Xpert (20 PAGES of reviews!) and the Hands-Off Multiple ESP System ("Quality and design far exceed any ESP cards on the market"-Genii), both at Penguin.
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Really sounds interesting. I'll check the webpage.

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Michael
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Does Chicago currently have performers working any restaurants? Any additional places offering shows from June 21st - June 24 would be most welcome.
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I found the following list on the Chicago SAM site. This is a helpful start. Does anyone know if the restaruant info is cussent? Do any of the performers stand out? Unfortunately, I will mioss the Wednesday performances.

PLACES TO SEE MAGIC IN THE CHICAGO AREA

BARS & RESTAURANT MAGIC

EVERY WEDNESDAY: Fox's Pub Orland
Looking for magic in Orland Park? You can find Jim Maddex at 9655 W. 143rd Street, 6-8pm.

EVERY WEDNESDAY: Roosters Bar and Grill
James Jensen celebrates 15 years of entertaining families with tableside magic and balloon animals at this popular establishment. 122 W. Lake Street in Bloomingdale, 5:30pm.

FIRST THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH: Pepe's Mexican Restaurant
At last—Jim Maddex, magic and Mexican food, all in the same place. 14853 Founders Crossing in Homer Glen, 6:30-8:30pm.

EVERY FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: O'Donovan's
Formerly Schulien's, the birthplace of Chicago bar magic, this friendly restaurant and bar is still home to tableside magic by veteran Al James, 6-10pm.

EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT: Long Grove Café
Enjoy the award-winning close-up magic of J.B. Brash tableside from 7-10pm. 235 Robert Parker Coffin Road, Long Grove. 847.955.9600.

EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT: Rookies Family Sports Pub
This friendly neighborhood spot is featuring the walkaround magic of Magic Sam from 7-9pm. 1751 Dixie Highway, Homewood. 708.922.9200.

EVERY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT: The Rail Bar
See Jim Maddex perform walkaround magic comfortable upscale sports bar and grill on Fridays and Saturdays at 10pm. 4709 N. Damen, Chicago. 773.878.9400.

EVERY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: Fox's Pub
If you're near Mokena, here's your chance to see Jim Maddex at 11247 W. 187th Street in Mokena, 7-9pm.

EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT: Mike Ditka's
Enjoy the sports-themed magic of Jeff Scanlan at 2 Mid-America Plaza in Oakbrook Terrace, 6:30-9pm.

EVERY SUNDAY: LaVilla
Steve Belliveau performs magic and twists balloons at this family-run Italian restaurant and lounge. 3638 N. Pulaski, Chicago. 4:30-8pm.


NEW MOVIE RELEASES

Make Believe
Teen magicians from all over compete at the World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas in this exciting documentary that won top honors at the 2011 L.A. Film Festival. Featuring local young performers Bill Koch and Joe Diamond, venerated local performer and teacher Eugene Burger, and a bunch of famous out-of-towners like Neil Patrick Harris, Lance Burton, and Jeff McBride. Ordering information.


THEATRICAL MAGIC PERFORMANCES

EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT: Supernatural Chicago
Now in its seventh straight year! Chicago's longest running theatrical magic presentation, performed at the landmark (and reputedly haunted) Excalibur nightclub by Neil Tobin, Necromancer. "He'll teach you about Chicago's paranormal history and get you involved in psychic experiments that put Jedi mind tricks to shame" (Red Eye/Chicago Tribune). Info and reservations.

EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT: The Magic Cabaret
P.T. Murphy and David Parr's well regarded show at the Greenhouse Theater Center presents mysteries, laughs, and surprises. "This an evening that shows magic to its best advantage: up close and personal" (Chicago Reader). 7:30pm. Information and reservations.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6TH: Magic Chicago
Magic Chicago "creates a sense of wonder...while adding a modern twist" (TimeOut Chicago). A monthly showcase of magic from Chicago and abroad, it's hosted by Benjamin Barnes and Robert Charles. Guest performers for April: Sean Masterson and Fred Zimmerman. 7:30pm. Information and reservations.
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The above is, unfortunately, an old listing in tragic need of updating. Please call the venues before making the trip.

Best,
Neil
Creator of The Xpert (20 PAGES of reviews!) and the Hands-Off Multiple ESP System ("Quality and design far exceed any ESP cards on the market"-Genii), both at Penguin.
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