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Dark Magic Returns to Chicago’s Otherworld Theatre!

Join magician David Parr as he traverses the outskirts of the imagination: folklore and ghost stories, poltergeists and psychic powers. In this sixty-minute show, 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!

Tickets are $20 or pay what you can! See you there!

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Cabinet of Curiosities

My Cabinet of Curiosities show wrapped up its year-long Chicago run in February, and I’ve been taking it on the road, with recent dates in Seattle and San Francisco. Check the list below for scheduled shows. The Cabinet of Curiosities might be on its way to your city!

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 — tix here
  • Seattle, WA: May 23 – 25 Hale’s Ales Palladium — tix here
  • Milwaukee, WI: July 11 – 14 Brumder Mansion — tix here
  • Baltimore, MD: August 3 Poe’s Magic — tix here
  • Castle Rock, CO: September 27 – 28 Theatre of Dreams — tix here
  • Philadelphia, PA: October 26 Smoke & Mirrors Theater — tix here

Dark Magic

Otherworld Theatre Proudly Presents

DARK MAGIC

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: https://www.chicagomagiclounge.com/purchase-tickets-wednesday

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…