I grew up with magic. It's in my family. My late grandfather and teacher was a phenomenal close-up magician who ran one of this country's earliest mail-order magic shops for many years. I fell in love with magic watching him perform and feel honored that today I am able to continue the family tradition.
With awards and honors from the Texas Association of Magicians, the Society of American Magicians, the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the Desert Magic Seminar, I bring the highest standard of live entertainment to events nation wide.
A classically trained actor (degrees in performance from SMU and the British American Drama Academy in London), my shows have wowed audiences in virtually every type of venue including The Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Chicago's United Center, Chicago's Navy Pier, dozens of Colleges and Universities, and countless private venues across the country.
My goal is to bring top-quality entertainment to your corporate or private event. Through highly visual sleight of hand, stage illusion, impossible mind-reading and unearthly feats of physical skill, I seek to ENTERTAIN with fast-paced comedy performances that are GUARANTEED to delight your audiences.
Whether I'm entertaining your employees at an awards dinner, pitching your product at a trade show, or wowing your family and friends, I personally GUARANTEE your satisfaction.
"I have booked about 100 events in the last 5 years and I would use Dennis for every one of them if I could. Dennis is OUTSTANDING. If you are looking for someone to engage your audience of any kind–from black tie to personal friends and family–Dennis is an ideal fit."
Randall Dill, Adjungo Consulting
Partial Client List:
A & E Network
Bain & Co.
The Chicago Bulls
Howl at the Moon
Blue Cross Blue Shield
The Chicago Bulls
Chicago's Navy Pier
Howard Simon & Associates
Dallas County Community College
Southern Methodist University
University of Chicago
Society of American Magicians
Texas Association of Magicians
International Brotherhood of Magicians
What to Expect
This is some of the most stunning, visual and mind-bending magic you can imagine! My close-up magic is perfect for events where your guests are milling about, chatting, networking, etc.
As a strolling magician, I simply work my way through the event venue, performing close-up magic for small groups and individuals. As I move from group to group, everyone gets their own five to ten minute magic show!
Dollar bills float or end up stuffed inside oranges, signed cards switch places or end up in my wallet, one dollar bills magically turn into hundreds, my shoelaces come to life and tie themselves...and a lot more!
STAND-UP and STAGE MAGIC:
Need to entertain a larger crowd? Your audiences will never forget my one-of-a-kind Comedy Magic Show. This show runs anywhere from 15 minutes to 55 minutes and is ideal for audiences of 25-500 people. Furthermore, the show can be tailored to feature you and your guests through hilarious physical comedy, astonishing magic and mind-blowing mentalism.
My highly theatrical show includes my outrageous versions of classical magic routines, such as a wild card illusion performed from inside a fully-inflated six-foot balloon!
Imagine the reactions when I read the minds of six people at the same time!
Picture a straight jacket escape in which I wager $100 that I can not only escape in 30 seconds, but pick an audience member's pocket from INSIDE the straight jacket at the same time!
I offer a 100% GUARANTEE on all performances!
Available for Your
Anniversary Party, Awards Night, Bachelor Party, Bachelorette Party, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Party, Bar/Lounge, Casino, Club/Nightclub, Convention, Corporate Event, Cruise, Trade Show
Magicians in Chicago, Illinois Event not near Chicago, Illinois?
Search a different location
When booking a Magician…
Whether you hire Award-Winning Magician Dennis Watkins or other Magicians in Chicago for your party, wedding, or event, Gig Salad makes it super-easy to book professional Magicians.
We strongly recommend that all communication be kept on the Gig Salad Booking Platform as you book your Magician. When you do, we’re able to offer numerous benefits that we can’t guarantee if you take communication or deposit payment off the Gig Salad platform. Our booking system is easy to use and handles secure deposit payments from you to the Chicago Magician of your choice.
Additionally, the quote/agreement sent from your Magician to you using the Gig Salad platform, should outline performance fees, extras, arrival and departure times, cancellation policy, insurance information and other details.