Between the new Broadway show The Illusionists and the hit TV series The Magicians, it seems like magic is much more than a childish fascination these days. And if you’re looking for your own enchanting fix, you’re in luck because New York is filled with some of the best magical acts in the world. Ahead, we’ve found five magic shows you should check out this spring.
Steve Cohen made his Chamber Magic show at The Waldorf Astoria a phenomenon running for 16 years. But, when the hotel closed its doors in February, the “Millionaire’s Magician” had to find a new home. In March, he moved to The Madison Room at Lotte New York Palace where he performs his up-close tricks five times every weekend. And starting this summer, he will integrate a new trick into the show every six months, the first one being ‘lemon egg walnut ring,’ which he performed on the Late Show with David Letterman. Tickets on chambermagic.com. 455 Madison Ave., 866-811-4111
A powerhouse of Hollywood talent is bringing the hit show In & Of Itself to Manhattan this spring. Produced by magic lover Neil Patrick Harris and directed by Little Shop of Horrors director Frank Oz, this unique experience blends magic and storytelling, all presented by magician Derek DelGaudio. The show started April 5, but will run until June 18 at the Off-Broadway theater. Tickets on inandofitselfshow.com. 103 E. 15th St., 212-375-1110
Illusionist Dan White has blown the minds of everyone from Jimmy Fallon to Kanye West (certainly an incredible feat) and he will do the same to you at his show in the Johnston Room at The NoMad. Over the course of two hours you can sip on cocktails while being mesmerized by everything from card tricks to old-school levitation. The small venue allows for a lot of audience participation, so be prepared to become a part of the show. Tickets are sold out for weeks at a time, but not to worry because new show dates are added constantly. Tickets on nomadupstairs.com. Johnston Room, 2nd Fl., 1170 Broadway, 347-472-5660
Why settle for just one magician when you can have multiple? That’s the theory behind the Greenwich Village-based Monday Night Magic show, where a rotating roster of performers showcase their tricks for an audience on Monday evenings. Started in 1997, this is New York’s longest-running Off-Broadway magic show in history. While it’s moved locations over the years, the original philosophy of inviting four world-class magicians to the stage remains the same. You’ll get the chance to see seasoned vets and newbies show off their skills. Tickets on mondaynightmagic.com. 115 Macdougal St., 212-475-1449
U.K. magician Derren Brown has already sold out shows in London’s West End, but is coming to NYC from April 21 until June 4 to show his tricks to an American audience at the Atlantic Theater. Called Secret, the show will feature Brown’s world-famous mind-control stunts as well as groundbreaking illusions. The intimate venue will let audience members get up close and personal to the master himself and the show comes with a warning that you must be 12 or older. Tickets on atlantictheater.org. 336 W. 20th St., 212-691-5919
Photography by: Photography by Andrew Cowie/AFP/GettyImages (Brown); Courtesy of Chamber Magic (Cohen); Jeff Lorch (DelGaudio);