Author Archives: David Parr

Attention Magi…

If you’re planning to attend the IBM convention in Pittsburgh in July, bring the June issue of The Linking Ring with you so David can sign it! It’ll be a great opportunity for you to meet and chat. The issue will include a fun interview and a “One-Man Parade” teaching new material and some old faves. Hope to see you there!

On the Cover!

Attention Magi: the June issue of The Linking Ring magazine will feature David on the cover. Inside will be a fun interview/article about him and his work, his childhood inspirations, appearances on Fool Us, and what he has learned in over a half-century of wizardry. Also included is a “One-Man Parade” section, teaching some new material along with some old faves. Keep your peepers peeled…

A Magical New Year’s Eve!

The Magic Hour returns to the Brumder Mansion to welcome the new year!

“The magic hour” is a twilight time, somewhere between dream and wakefulness. It’s a time of mystery and mischief, when things are not as they seem. Magician David Parr is bringing magic and mystery back to the historic setting of the Brumder Mansion, with a show named after this enchanted time: THE MAGIC HOUR.

New Year’s Eve is also a magical time, when the old year is transformed into a new one. And you’ll discover that David Parr is eminently qualified to host a magical evening dedicated to amazement and wonder. He was featured on the hit TV show Penn & Teller: Fool Us, where his wizardry was put to the ultimate test in front of the cameras, a live audience of hundreds, millions of TV viewers, and two very savvy Las Vegas magicians. (Spoiler alert…) David fooled them all and not only took home the coveted Fool Us trophy but also won a guest spot in the duo’s live show in Las Vegas!

The Brumder Mansion, built in 1910, has a bit of a magical reputation of its own: the house has been the venue for a number of David Parr’s shows, and the place is reputedly haunted! “The Brumder Mansion is a perfect location for magic,” says Parr. “It has a palpable sense of history and mystery — two of my favorite things!”

What sort of mysteries can magic fans look forward to seeing in THE MAGIC HOUR? “We’ll explore a game of chance that’s mentioned more than once in the works of William Shakespeare. We’ll delve into the magic kit that sparked my interest in the art of illusion at age seven. I’ll perform the trick that fooled Penn & Teller, of course. And the rest is a surprise!”

Celebrate the magic of the new year: join David Parr at the beautiful Brumder Mansion for THE MAGIC HOUR! Three shows: 8pm on Friday, December 30, and 7:30 and 10pm on Saturday, December 31. Two types of tickets will be available for all show times: $30 General Admission for the hour-long magic and mystery show; and $45 VIP tickets, which will include champagne, truffles and an extra thirty-minute close-up magic show by David! Only a dozen VIP tickets will be available for each show, so get them quickly before they’re sold out!


Friday, December 30, 8pm
Saturday, December 31, 7:30pm & 10pm
The Brumder Mansion: 3046 West Wisconsin Avenue | Milwaukee, Wisconsin

General admission tickets $30; VIP tickets $45
Tickets & information: call 414-342-9767 or visit our Eventbrite page!

The Cabinet of Curiosities Returns!

In April, David Parr’s Cabinet of Curiosities will return to the stage — in Hawaii!

We are pleased to announce that David has been invited to join Hotel Magic’s artist in residence series, The Magical Mystery Show! On April 17, David’s Cabinet of Curiosities will be open to audiences at the Fairmont Hotel Kea Lani on the island of Maui! Tickets and info available here:

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 seventy-minute 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 seem deceptively simple — an old pack of fortunetelling cards or a spool of silver thread. But in David Parr’s hands, they come alive with magical possibilities…

Valentines Magic!

Join magicians David Parr and Erica Sodos as they virtually celebrate the magic of Valentine’s Day! The Witch and The Wizard are getting a head start on the day of togetherness — by combining David’s interest in the weird side of history, and Erica’s deep connection with mystical traditions, to make an unforgettable evening of surprises, mysteries and wonders!

On February 13 at 7:30pm Central, the wizardry of the Zoom platform will beam The Witch and the Wizard to your computer or device screen, where you’ll have a virtual front-row seat for all the magical shenanigans, interactivity and fun! In this one-hour show, minds will be read, fortunes foretold, and the laws of physics turned upside down. We will uncover the love secrets hidden in our palms, unearth the roots of Valentine’s Day, and celebrate love in all forms. Dark arts will be mastered and dark chocolates consumed. (Because yum.) Erica and David will even make magic happen in your own hands! How is that even possible!? Join us and find out!

And here’s something else that’s sweet: this is a “pay what you can” event! You set the ticket price. How much is an evening of magic and mystery worth? That’s up to you. Reserve your virtual seat, grab a beverage and some snacks, and we’ll see you on the 13th!

One more thing: be sure to stick around after the show, because David and Erica will be doing a Q&A sesh. So if you have a question you’ve always wanted to ask a witch or a wizard, this will be your chance!

Sunday, February 13, 7:30pm Central Time (US and Canada). One-hour show, plus a Q&A after. Reserve your spot here:

For more than thirty years, Erica Sodos has been inspiring individuals and organizations to tap into their magic within and appreciate the wonders that surround us. Erica was featured on National Public Radio in a story exploring why female stage magicians are so rare, and she is currently writing a comprehensive “herstory” book about women in magic. Her monthly show, The Magic Within, is currently in its seventh year. Erica is also a compassionate vegan and activist. When she is not weaving her wonders, she works at an animal sanctuary, leading tours to educate people about the amazing animals that share our magical planet.

David Parr is a winner of the coveted “Fool Us” trophy on the hit TV show Penn & Teller: Fool Us. David created and costarred in Chicago’s longest-running magic show, which was chosen by the Travel Channel as one of the top nine magic shows in the nation. (Because top ten lists are so passé.) He is a frequent performer at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, California, and the author of some well-regarded books for magicians. His thought-provoking writings about the art of magic have been featured in publications in the US, Germany, France, Australia, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Sweden.