Abracadabra! Hocus Pocus! Poof! It goes a little something like that, doesn’t it?
Well, not exactly, but Steve Cohen, the Millionaire’s Magician, sure makes it seem that easy at his world famous show, Chamber Magic – a show I attended last Saturday for my birthday and haven’t stopped raving about since.
You see, there’s a famous quote by Roald Dahl that says, “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
It is my favorite quote, by one of my favorite authors, using one of my favorite words – MAGIC. And some time ago, in my research and reading looking for all things fun and fabulous in NYC, I stumbled upon the Chamber Magic show. Being a longtime fan of magic (and “magic” being my favorite word”), I couldn’t wait to snag a seat at this intimate, swanky, one-of-a-kind spectacular.
For months and months, I kept saying I was going to go, but there was never the right opportunity. Finally, when deciding what I wanted to do for my birthday, I knew I wanted to do something a little extra special. Chamber Magic was it!
I rallied my crew and bought tickets to a Saturday night performance of Mr. Cohen’s live show at the Lotte New York Palace (formerly in the Waldorff Astoria).
We buttoned up and arrived in style (a requirement of Mr. Cohen who says dressing up is a lost art form – I agree!) ready for a night of astonishing amusement.
As we walked into Lotte New York Palace, I immediately felt a sense of the old world New York vibe that used to reign in the Big Apple back in the day. Class, elegance, mystery – it was all there and I was ready to embrace it.
We took our seats in a small, but private, elegant salon on the 4th floor of the hotel and eagerly awaited Steve’s entrance. Unfortunately, we were asked to turn our phones off and were instructed we would be unable to take any videos or pictures during the performance (understandably so).
Steve began to dazzle us with his wit and soon, tricks. As we kept a close eye on each mystifying maneuver, he blew our minds with some of the most intricate, mind blowing tricks I have ever seen. My favorite, the Think-A-Drink, was performed by asking the audience to write down their favorite drink. Some people described alcoholic drinks, and others non-alcoholic. Steve randomly selected from the pile of cards, asking audience members to read the selection. He then proceeded to lift a kettle into the air and magically pour out that specific concoction that was described on that card, one at a time, from the same vessel.
First, he poured a mojito, then an old-fashioned, then an apple martini, a strawberry smoothie next, and for the grand finale, an acai flavored Vitamin Water. What? You say. Yes, all from the same container. It was absolutely mind blowing and I have the slightest clue on how he did it. Magic, I guess.
He wowed and wooed us for the next hour and a half, each trick better than the last. By the end of the night my jaw muscles were aching from dropping my mouth so low and grinning so hard in amusement.
It was an overall magnificent, and magical, experience, and I’d go back to see it 100 times over. And to top it off, Steve was kind enough to gift me one of the deck of cards he had been performing with as a birthday present (since he guessed it was my special day).
Thank you Chamber Magic and Steve Cohen for an out-of-this-world, first class NYC experience!
BONUS: Once you’re done with the show, head down to Trouble’s Trust, the bar named after the famous dog who received Leona Helmsely’s inheritance! After that, head outside to take a picture with one of New York City’s most notable Christmas Trees (if it’s the holiday season, of course).