By Lauren Holstein
The holiday season is a time of magic, especially in New York City. Buildings are covered in lights, windows are showcasing special displays, and friends and family are in town. Steve Cohen gives you the opportunity to experience real magic with his 90-minute interactive show: Chamber Magic. The show, which specializes in what he calls "parlor magic" is a close-up experience meant for smaller audiences.
Previously at the Waldorf Astoria and now at New York's historic the Lotte New York Palace hotel, Steve Cohen began his act seventeen years ago. The show ensures that everyone in the room participates at least once and even brings guests from the back row up to the front for several tricks, so everyone feels like they've seen the action first hand. More than 500,000 people have attended his shows, helping Chamber Magic to be ranked as the 7th most popular theatrical event in New York City on TripAdvisor. At the date of the 5000th Chamber Magic show, Mayor Bill De Blasio even declared October 6th "Chamber Magic Day" in the City of New York!
One of Cohen’s popular tricks includes his 'think-a-drink' act, involving a tea kettle that produces five different drinks, all made at the request of the audience. Other state-of-the art magic tricks include sleight of hand tricks with a deck of cards and mind reading conversations.
My show companion Devon Zdatny was equally impressed: “It was an amazing experience. Not only was the show spectacular, but the ambiance was incredible as well. Steve was one of the best magicians I’ve ever seen, particularly his mentalism.”
The magic show is not only extremely entertaining and interactive, but also classy. “The occasion was really fancy, which made it feel extra special. The women were wearing dresses and the men were wearing suits. It was a perfect match for the beautiful hotel setting where the performance took place,” says Zdatny. When purchasing tickets, the website and confirmation email does note that “dress code is cocktail attire: jackets and ties for gentlemen and dressy attire for ladies. To maintain the proper atmosphere, please do not wear jeans, sneakers, t-shirts, cut-offs, tank tops, or baseball caps.” Cohen himself wore a tuxedo. Due to the intimate setting and classy ambiance, I’d recommend that you keep your guest list to 21 and over.
If interested in experiencing magic first hand at one of Cohen’s shows this holiday season, I also advise you to book your tickets soon as they typically sell out weeks ahead. Luckily there are five chances to catch Chamber Magic every weekend: Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm and 9pm, and Saturdays at 2 pm. Tickets can be purchased online at prices ranging from $100-150. Or if you’re looking for an unforgettable gift, treat friends and family to a Chamber Magic gift with a gift certificate.
Steve Cohen's Chamber Magic will remain at The Lotte New York Place while its original home at The Waldorf Astoria New York is under renovation. The grand entrance gate to The Palace is located on Madison Avenue, between 50th and 51st Streets.
Why not bring a little extra magic into your life this holiday season?