Another Word on Cohen

If you are a first-timer to Steve Cohen’s show, Chamber Magic, like I was only recently, here are three tips for an even better experience:

  1. The suite where the show is staged is not located directly at the Waldorf Astoria hotel, but at the adjoining Waldorf Towers. You may want to use their extra side entrance to get to the right registration desk. If you decide to take a walk around the famous hotel first (which I would highly recommend), simply turn left in the dark, sumptuous main lobby and take the elevator down to the ground floor. Later, you will be guided upstairs to the suite.
  2. If you are not a front row aficionado (like Dave of L&L video fame), you may want to save the extra bucks for a front row seat and stick with a general admission ticket (currently priced at 85$). Just make sure to enter the elevator with the first group of visitors. After entering the suite, you will likely find many empty seats with exellent sight lines to choose from.
  3. Get at least a souvenir booklet and have it kindly signed by Steve after the show. Choose your items from the online gift shop before ordering your tickets.

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Addendum: Here’s an older post of mine (in German) with links for magic things to see and do in NYC (and also in Las Vegas and London).




A Word on Cohen

Recently, I finally managed to see Steve Cohen’s long-running show, Chamber Magic, in an elegant suite (see picture below) at the legendary Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City.

Steve is a consummate pro, his show is charmingly traditional, yet fast-paced, interactive, very entertaining and highly deceptive, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommended!

From a magician’s perspective, I find three aspects of his program particularly worth mentioning:

  1. He opened and closed with card magic.
  2. He presented both his signature pieces, Brick from Hat and Any Drink Called For, rather early in the show.
  3. He did a lot of mentalism (and I mean a lot).


Stereotypes in Magic Catalogs (2)

Here are some more Chinese depictions I have found in older European catalogs like Zauberkatalog Bartl (around 1920), Joe Wildon’s Zauberkatalog (1959), Tricks für Sie (Joe Wildon, 1963), Mephisto-Huis Catalogus Nr. 7 (1960s/70s?), Modern Magic Hauptkatalog (Zauberzentrum Janos Bartl, 1979), Zauberkatalog viennamagic (1993), and The Demon Catalogue (Davenports Magic, 2006):

Please keep in mind that these illustrations were most likely never intended to offend anyone on purpose. They merely reflect perceptions, expectations and stereotypes of the mystic and exotic, sly and enigmatic Chinese wonder workers prevalent at a certain time and place in Western societies. We may judge differently today.

You can read part one of this topic here.

New Directions (3): Books, Tricks & More

After finishing his current tour, Hans Klok is rumored to put the final touches on his opus magnum, An Encyclopedia of Hair Blowers in Magic, which will surely take the world of illusionists by storm.


Speaking of illusions, a new company called Big Butts Media is said to open shop soon in Broader, Colorado, specialising in boxes and other equipment for fat posteriorally challenged assistants.


Paul Harris will allegedly introduce a new line of high-priced charming little ideas with plastic props on Halloween. It is said to be called “Paul Harris Poops.”

Ever Noticed? (4)

Ever noticed? It’s Dan HARLAN who is bringing Dr. HARLAN Tarbell‘s Tarbell Course in Magic into the 21th century with his video tutorials over at Penguin Magic. Strange coincidence!


Ever noticed? Most of the magic somehow disappears on the way from reading the dealer’s ad to receiving the trick in the mail. Hm.


Ever noticed? It has become socially unacceptable today to perform the venerable “Bra Trick” – at least on overweight men. Pity!