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The resurgence of magic in Chicago is no illusion

A survey of Chicago magic’s illustrious past, reemergent present—and the woman who could be its future

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A brief, wondrous history of Chicago magic

New York had Broadway. LA had Hollywood. Chicago had magic.

By David Witter


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Behind the magic curtain

The secrets of Chicago’s not-so-secret society of magicians.

By Kevin Warwick


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Using her illusions

Self-styled “experimental illusionist” Jeanette Andrews is attempting an ambitious trick: transforming magic into a cerebral art form.

By Ryan Smith


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All that and a bag of tricks

From cards to coins to expert advice, Magic Inc. is Chicago’s one-stop shop for wannabe and veteran magicians.

By Becca James


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Five magic shows to see now

Catch local illusionists and touring acts at venues old and new.


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