Timeless Magic Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater) Image

When: Saturdays. Continues through April 29 2017

The palace intrigue behind Chicago’s 1893 World’s Columbian Exhibition is alive and well in this tidy 60-minute act from magician Sean Masterson. The narrative revolves around a cryptic coin dating back to the World's Fair, acquired by Masterson when he was a boy. A mystery needs solving, of course, and he duly enlists the audience—mostly children—to trace the coin’s origins and the magician who may have been its source. Masterson’s delivery has a tendency to be tame; one gets the impression he'd have a stronger repertoire were the crowd a little older. Regardless, the most enjoyable and dependable aspect of this show is the way it functions as a historical anthology, highlighting the performers and the tricks, however crude, that informed much of magic’s golden era. —Matt de la Peña

Price: $18, $15 kids 17 and under

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