"FOUR STARS - A highly polished and visually thrilling show … MAGIC OF THE VERY HIGHEST ORDER!"

-Chris Jones, The Chicago Tribune

RUN DATES: May 12 - August 21, 2016

PRICES: Previews: $30, Regular Run $45-59

GROUPS: Save up to 30%

TIMES: May 12-15 at 7:30; May 19-July 24 on Thursdays & Fridays at 7:30, Saturdays & Sundays at 4:00 and 8:00.

AGES: Best for adults and kids 12+. See the Parent's Guide.

LOCATION: Chopin Theatre, 1543 W Division St


"HIGHLY Recommended! Death and Harry Houdini soars on Dennis Watkins' brilliance as a genuine magician and fearless stuntman...ingeniously written and directed by Nathan Allen.

-Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun Times

"FOUR STARS...high energy and lack of artifice in a loose, buzzy blend of traditional storytelling, music and spectacle.... A thrilling ride."

-Kris Vire, TimeOut Chicago

After playing to sold-out crowds in Chicago and Miami from January through August of 2012 and again in the summer of 2013, The House Theatre of Chicago is thrilled to bring back this dynamic, award-winning, magic-filled production.

A ringmaster leads us through the events of Harry’s life, all told through stunning magic, poignant dialogue and original music. We travel from the untimely passing of his father, through his first tent shows with his younger brother Theo, meeting his wife Bess, and beginning a journey towards fame on the Vaudeville circuit. All the while, Harry feels Death close on his heels and he won’t rest until he’s conquered him once and for all. Harry will walk on broken glass, swallow razor blades and risk his life in the Water Torture Cell, but will he pull off an escape from Death? Marvel with us as Houdini battles Death once more.

Written and Directed by Nathan Allen. Magic by Dennis Watkins.


- The Chicago Tribune

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 presented by The House Theatre of Chicago. 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 its fourth 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!

Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Make your reservations online or dial (773) 769-3832.

A complete blast - one of the most enjoyable evenings I’ve ever spent.
— TripAdvisor

The Magic Parlour is pleased to offer our unique experience for private groups, corporate off-sites, staff member rewards, client entertaining, and many special occasions including anniversaries, birthdays, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and family gatherings. The Magic Parlour is for ages 10 and up.

This late-night magic show is exactly what it should be: funny, lively, intimate, and utterly baffling.
— The Chicago Reader

At Lockwood Restaurant and Bar inside the Palmer House

Lockwood Restaurant & Bar Chef Mat Wiltzius and magician Dennis Watkins have created an exclusive “Magic Menu”. This pre fixe menu is available in the restaurant exclusively for performance guests before or after any shows of The Magic Parlour.  The cost for the Magic Menu is $39 inclusive of tax and gratuity and can be added to The Magic Parlour ticket price.
Lockwood Restaurant and Bar’s Magic Menu includes:

First Course

Buratta - mizzuna. tomato. alder smoked pedro ximenez. puffed rice. basil chia seed. burnt sourdough.


Beef Tartare Tartine - truffle. dijon. espelette. shallot. egg yolk. butter.
Second Course

Beef Sirloin - hassle back fingerling potato. braised kale chermoula. demi


Salmon - bbq. asparagus salad. pine nut.


Spaghetti - array of mushroom. spring onion. sauce verde parmesan cheese. 

Third Course

Waffled - Rootbeer marshmallow. blueberry hyssop.

Magician Dennis Watkins enjoys the Magic Menu! 

Magician Dennis Watkins enjoys the Magic Menu! 

Magic Menu Reservations can be made online or over the phone at the time of Magic Parlour ticket purchases. Magic Menu reservations are for the following times:
6pm or 9pm dinner with 7:30pm show
8pm dinner with 9:30pm show
12:30pm or 4pm with 2:00pm show