It is finally time to get out of those yoga pants, find a cocktail dress and a dress shirt and experience a dazzling evening on the town. If you are planning a visit to New York City, you can enjoy by a very special night with magician Steve Cohen at the Lotte New York Palace. The hotel itself is steeped in a glamorous history. A portion of the hotel was the Villard House, designed in the 1880s by McKim, Mead & While and is now the place where you can savor a $250 martini and splurge on a $15,000 a night suite.
Cohen explains that he is trying to recreate the atmosphere of an earlier era way before we had cell phones, Netflix and even the radio to keep us entertained. At the turn of the century, wealthy patrons would invite entertainers, including magicians, into their homes for an intimate evening of fun where guests were only a few feet away from the action. The show, titled “Chamber Magic,” seeks to create a similar vibe and takes place in a salon in the hotel and is limited to just 64 guests. (Guests are encouraged to arrive in cocktail attire, and most do). Audience members are encouraged to get closer when necessary and Cohen does a terrific job of including just about everyone in the action.
This show consists of numerous magic tricks, some with well-known historic pedigrees. Guests can expect to be dazzled with card tricks, telepathic wonders (how did he know the name of that woman’s dog?) and classics such as the “think-a-drink,” where numerous specialty drinks named by the audience are miraculously present and poured from a very special teapot. Guests are dazzled for an hour and a half of magical feats with names such as “Marco Polo’s Discovery,” “Mental Map” and “Unseen Forces.” Magic lovers are encouraged to linger after the show for photos and to ask questions. Anything except for “How do you do that?” is fair game. The best part–in addition to the look of surprise from the audience–is the fact that everyone is grinning widely as Cohen does his magic in the most fun-filled way possible.
The salon at the Lotte New York Palace is the perfect place for the show. However, if you desire to have a private magic show, Steve Cohen can also arrange to perform in your home for $50,000. You can then join other notables that he has entertained, including: Warren Buffett, Buzz Aldrin, Tracy Morgan, Martha Stewart and the Queen of Morocco. Either way, your experience will be magical.