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CHICAGO, IL – After running for two years at the Chopin Theatre in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood, Dennis Watkins’ one- man-show, The Magic Parlour: an intimate evening of classic magic, first appeared at The Palmer House Hilton on New Year’s Eve of 2011. Produced by The House Theatre of Chicago, this intimate, close-up magic and mind-reading show rang its third year at the historic hotel with a New Year’s Eve performance on December 31, 2013 in the legendary Empire Room.

The Magic Parlour is scheduled to run on Friday nights throughout 2014 at the Palmer House (shows on additional days will be added as the year progresses).

Since moving to the Palmer House, Watkins’ 80-minute show 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, three New Year’s Eve events, a special fundraiser for The House Theatre of Chicago in the Empire Room, and many special occasions including anniversaries, birthdays, family gatherings, and two marriage proposals!

Only 32 seats are available for each performance of this intimate, sophisticated, close-up magic show in one of the hotel’s historic private event rooms. Guests gather at Potter’s Lounge in the hotel’s lower level and are escorted to the performance space, where they will enjoy an evening of mind-blowing magic and mind reading with Chicago’s own Dennis Watkins. The audience participates in much of the performance as Dennis wows the room with disappearing decks, swallowed razor blades, unbelievable mentalism, and age-old stories passed down from his grandfather. Third generation magician Dennis Watkins regularly incorporates new pieces of magic into this long-running production, giving returning audiences brand new feats to puzzle over.

The Magic Parlour ticket always includes wine and beer selections.

The House Theatre of Chicago has partnered with Dennis Watkins to produce many magical theatrical experiences in its 12 year history. Most notably The House’s hit show Death & Harry Houdini (with multiple sold-out runs in Chicago and a production at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, FL), The Magic Parlour, and Watkins’ original play, The Magnificents (with two Chicago runs).

Visit The Magic Parlour website.
More information about Watkins is available at www.denniswatkins.net.
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LISTING INFORMATION
The Magic Parlour
An intimate evening of classic magic with Dennis Watkins at The Palmer House Hilton Hotel
Performances for February – May 2014
Friday, February 21 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Friday, February 28 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Friday, March 7 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Saturday, March 15 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Friday, March 21 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Friday, March 28 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Saturday, April 12 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Friday, April 18 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Friday, April 25 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Friday, May 2 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Friday, May 9 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Sunday, May 11 at 1:00pm – Mother’s Day matinee
Friday, May 16 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Saturday, May 17 at 7:30pm
Thursday, May 29 at 7:30pm
The program will continue its open run in the 2014 Season. Summer dates will go on sale in April.
The Palmer House Hilton Hotel, 17 East Monroe Street, Chicago
Guests convene at Potter’s Lounge and are escorted to the event room at performance time.
Tickets are $75 and are available at www.TheMagicParlourChicago.com or by phone at 773.769.3832.
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About The Magic Parlour:
In September of 2010, The House Theatre of Chicago hosted a benefit performance with entertainer and House Company Member Dennis Watkins. The event was such a hit that The House decided to produce The Magic Parlour for a limited run. After selling out week after week, The Magic Parlour became a weekly event, and played at The Chopin Theatre for 15 months before formally moving to The Palmer House Hilton Hotel in February 2012.

About The House Theatre of Chicago:
The House is Chicago’s premier home for original works of physical and spectacle storytelling. Founded and led by Artistic Director Nathan Allen and driven by an interdisciplinary ensemble of Chicago’s next generation of great storytellers, The House aims to become a laboratory and platform for the evolution of the American theatre as an inclusive and popular artform.

In addition to The Magic Parlour, The House performs original plays in residence at the Chopin Theatre in Wicker Park. Now celebrating its 12th year of original work, The House continues its mission to unite Chicago in the spirit of Community through amazing feats of Storytelling.

For more information, visit www.THEHOUSETHEATRE.com

About Hilton Worldwide:
Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 93 years, Hilton Worldwide has offered business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,800 hotels and timeshare properties, with 630,000 rooms in 88 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®. Visit www.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, www.twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, www.youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, www.flickr.com/hiltonworldwide and www.linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.

For more information about Hilton, please contact WagStaff Worldwide, Inc., 312.943.6900.

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