Author Archives: David Parr

Cabinet of Curiosities

David Parr’s Cabinet of Curiosities is going on the road! Check the list below for scheduled dates!

Join award-winning magician David Parr for a guided tour of his collection of magical curiosities. David has gathered his favorite artifacts and stories to share with you in this original show of mystery and magic. Every shelf of David Parr’s Cabinet of Curiosities offers an encounter with something weird and wonderful. Each object has a story — some strange, some spooky, some amusing, and all of them amazing!

Which curiosities will be featured in tonight’s show? There’s only one way to find out: pick a numbered tag and that will lead to the next mysterious item on the shelf. It might be a macabre toy from 18th-century France. Or a golden goblet from a dinner party in Renaissance Italy. Or maybe a treasured book from David’s childhood. Some objects look deceptively ordinary — an old deck of playing cards, perhaps, or a spool of silver thread. But in David Parr’s hands, they come alive with magical possibilities…

Magic fans will recognize David from his appearance on the hit TV show Penn & Teller: Fool Us. There, his magic was put to the ultimate test in front of the cameras, a live audience, millions of TV viewers, and two very savvy Las Vegas magicians. (Spoiler alert…) David fooled their faces off and not only took home the coveted Fool Us trophy, but also won a guest spot in Penn & Teller’s live show at the Rio hotel in Las Vegas!

Before opening his Cabinet of Curiosities, David created and costarred in Chicago’s longest-running weekly magic show, which was chosen by the Travel Channel as one of the top nine magic shows in the nation!

Scheduled Dates:

  • San Francisco, CA: May 18 Alcazar Theater — tickets here
  • Seattle, WA: May 23 – 25 Hale’s Ales Palladium — tickets here
  • Milwaukee, WI: July 11 – 14 Brumder Mansion — tickets here

More information coming soon…

Dark Magic

Otherworld Theatre Proudly Presents


A night of magical mischief with David Parr

Magician David Parr invites you to explore the strange and supernatural side of magic!

In his show DARK MAGIC, David Parr traverses the outskirts of the imagination: folklore and ghost stories, poltergeists and psychic powers. In this seventy-minute show (with intermission), you’ll experience many things that cannot be explained by science and reason. You might even begin to doubt your own senses when objects seem to move of their own accord, hidden thoughts are revealed, and the laws of physics are turned upside down.

You’ll discover that David Parr is eminently qualified to host a night devoted to things weird and mysterious. In addition to having a penchant for the macabre, he created and costarred in Chicago’s longest-running weekly magic show, which was chosen by the Travel Channel as one of the top magic shows in the nation, and he won the coveted Fool Us trophy on the hit TV show Penn & Teller: Fool Us!

“Beneath the surface of magic, the displays of dexterity and skill, there’s an eerie, disquieting undercurrent,” Parr explains. “It carries the implication that there are hidden forces at work in the world, forces that might be beyond our understanding and complete control. Look at posters from the golden age of magic — from famous magicians like Blackstone, Thurston, Kellar — there are often images of ghosts and imps and goblins in the background. In the icon of the magician, there’s always a hint of something supernatural, something otherworldly.”

Which makes Otherworld Theatre the perfect place for David Parr’s brand of magical mischief!

Magic fans will no doubt recognize David from his appearance on the CW’s Penn & Teller: Fool Us. There, his magic was put to the ultimate test in front of the cameras, a live audience, millions of TV viewers, and two very savvy Las Vegas magicians. David fooled them all and took home the trophy — and he won a guest spot in Penn & Teller’s live show!

In the hidden world of magicians, David is best known for his theatrical performing style and his writing and teaching skills. He is a frequent performer at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, California, and he’s the author of some very well-regarded books for magicians. For a decade or so, he was an editor and featured columnist for the world’s top magic journal. His thought-provoking writings have also appeared in publications in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Australia, Denmark, and Sweden.

“Parr has perfected the power of suggestion to a fine art.” — Evanston Review

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Closing Soon

It’s official: David Parr’s Cabinet of Curiosities is closing at the Chicago Magic Lounge on March 27, 2019. If you haven’t had an opportunity to discover the mysteries of the Cabinet, now is the time to plan a visit! If you have experienced some of the Cabinet’s secrets, now’s the time to explore some more! Get tickets here before they’re sold out:

13 for Dinner

David is just back from a week of performances for the holiday season at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. This is the opening piece from his show. Bringing a bit of spookiness to the festivities…

WellAttended Summit


Hey, Magi! I’m pleased to announce that I am one of the presenters at the WellAttended Summit, a FREE online convention that will take place on November 1 – 4, 2018. It’s a series of video interviews about strategies for achieving success in various aspects of showbiz. Each day of the Summit, the video interviews will go live at 9:00am and be available for 24 hours.

Over twenty professional entertainers, producers, and actors will be sharing their secrets on how to navigate the road of a career in showbiz. You’ll learn step-by-step marketing strategies, how to book more gigs, how to sell out shows, and more! Pour yourself a cup of chai, settle into a comfy chair, and start learning!

I really think this is a cool thing. And did I mention that it’s free to sign up? To get free access to the WellAttended Summit and a preview video of my talk, visit

I’ll let William Rader of WellAttended fill you in on the full schedule of video interviews, and the details of how to get access to them BEFORE the online convention goes live:

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Thom Britton – The Steps to Become a Full Time Theater Performer

Bill Abbott – Personalizing Your Presentations and Selling Products

David Serero – Achieving Success Against All Odds

Gary Berg – How to Find and Work with an Agent

David DaVinci – Leveraging Your Talent to Get Free Publicity

Friday, November 2, 2018

Bill Gladwell – The Benefits of Performing in Tourist Destinations

Brad Shur – Getting Your Show Booked in a Theater

Dan Holzman – Creating a Successful Act Lasting Over 30 Years

David Parr – Finding Your Creative Voice and Developing New Material

Philip Peredo – How to Secure Investor Funding and ROI Strategies

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Paul Draper – How to Get on TV and Get Celebrity Endorsements

Art Grueneberger – How to Make $250,000 a Year with Corporate Contracts

Freya West – How to Diversify Your Income and Make a Living with Burlesque

Matt Marberry – Producing Multiple Shows Across the Country

Peter Boie – Making a Living with College Shows

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Brad Montgomery – The Secrets to Increasing Your Bookings

Evasons – How the Mentalist Duo Books Their Act in Various Markets

JC Sum – How to Use the Trinity of Success to Build you Career

Peter Michael Marino – How to Perform and Get Reviews at Fringe Festivals

Marty Wilson – Tapping into the Wisdom of Your Network

Joe Diamond – Marketing Strategies to Sell Out Shows

Don’t want to wait until November? Get access to all of the lessons right now for only $167. That’s only $8 per video!

When you get the WellAttended Summit, you can watch all of the videos at whatever times work for you. You won’t miss a single talk! Watch all 21 video interviews at your own speed. Replay your favorite lessons again in the future. This is an extraordinary value, as you’d pay thousands of dollars to consult with these experts individually. But you’ll invest only $8 per video when you purchase the WellAttended Summit today. And when you book just one show or sell ten tickets based on our speakers’ advice, you will recoup your investment!

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I’ll see you at the WellAttended Summit!