Chicago's 'Magic Parlour' brings back the glory days / by Bharat Rao

Chicago, once the capital of magic, is seeing signs of a renaissance, both in the number of new shows as well as established favorites. The magician Dennis Watkins just celebrated the 1000th edition of his show ‘Magic Parlour’. A historical side note: Howard Thurston, one of the most famous magicians Chicago has ever produced, met his peer and rival Harry Houdini, at the 1893 at the World's Columbian Exposition.

Houdini and Thurston (date unknown)

Houdini and Thurston (date unknown)