Laurels
Best Magicians
in Chicago
2017

Why These Magicians?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored magicians on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best magicians in Chicago, IL.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Balster Magic Productions, Inc.

Balster Magic Productions, Inc. is a Westmont, Illinois-based entertainment company which offers small solo shows and large stage presentations. Owner Tim Balster is a magician and illusionist who specializes in close-up magic performances, stage shows, and grand illusions. Tim and his assistant Robin Balster have 35 years of professional experience performing coast to coast and internationally, both on TV and live. They also provide services for private family and corporate events.

Westmont, IL(630) 258-8442

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Dennis Watkins

Dennis Watkins is a third-generation magician and mentalist providing entertainment for companies, organizations, and private clients in the Chicago metro area. He performs at corporate events, trade show exhibits, hospitality suites, college campuses, performing art centers, and upscale private events. Dennis Watkins’ critically-acclaimed one-man show, The Magic Parlour, has been running at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in downtown Chicago for nearly five years. The show has positive reviews in Time Out, Broadway World, and the Chicago-Tribune.

Chicago, IL(773) 732-9551

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Edd Fairman, Wizard of Sorts and Chicago Magician

Edd Fairman, Wizard of Sorts and Chicago Magician, specializes in performing for corporate, university, and private events. He also provides entertainment for trade shows, conferences, team building projects, and conventions. Edd Fairman has almost two decades of experience customizing audience interactions based on a company's brand and message. Former customers speak highly of his sense of humor, big personality, and his ability to hold an audience's attention.

Chicago, IL(773) 818-0195

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J-Magic Entertainment

J-Magic Entertainment features family magician Jaime Aponte who specializes in combining magic, comedy, illusion, and astonishing sleight of hand tricks for clients in the Chicago metro area. He performs for birthday parties, weddings, trade shows, corporate events, holiday parties, restaurants, and special events. Jaime also averages about 200 magic shows every year for thousands of children and adults. Former customers speak highly of his impressive magic shows and sense of humor.

Chicago, IL(847) 867-8692

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James Sanden

James Sanden is a comedic magician specializing in corporate, college, and private events in the Chicago metro area. James offers customized performances for trade shows and wedding receptions to enhance a brand and entertain guests. Former and current clients speak highly of his fresh style, relatability, and professionalism. Prospective customers can schedule a free demonstration, quote, and consultation.

Chicago, IL(773) 580-7531

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Jeff Bibik

Jeff Bibik is a hypnotist, mentalist, and magician based in Chicago with 30 years of performance experience. He presented his first show at the age of nine, and now his award-winning performances are in high demand for social and business events around Chicago and across the country. Jeff provides entertainment for after dinner parties, corporate events, festivals, schools, and family shows with his stand-up or close-up comedy and magic routines. Former customers speak highly of this ability to make a tough audience laugh.

Chicago, IL(773) 467-4488

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Jim Maddex

Jim Maddex is a magician specializing in entertainment and personal service in the Chicago metro area for the past decade. Jim provides walk around magic, close-up magic, and stage magic while offering a customizable approach to fit the needs of each customer. Former clients have been McDonald's, House of Blues, TGI Fridays, Hope Hospital, and more. Prices are available on his website and credit cards are now accepted.

Streamwood, IL(312) 479-8131

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John Measner

John Measner is a professional magician based in the Chicago area with 25 years of experience. His style consists of wit and charm with a sleight of hand approach. John specializes in stage illusions, balloon sculpting, comedic magic, animal magic acts, stunning card tricks, and much more. He has appeared on ABC News, Chicago’s own Bozo Show, and cable TV talk shows.

Bridgeview, IL(708) 425-4558

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Magic by Randy

Magic by Randy is a one-stop source for magical entertainment in the Chicago metro area with almost three decades of experience. Magician Randy Bernstein offers a comedic approach to magic for corporate clients and employees, trade shows, park districts, schools, libraries, private events, and parties. Former clients are Motorolla, Narus, Bridgeport, and Mitsubishi. Also, Randy was listed as the Best Kids Magician in 2011 by Make it Better.

Glenview, IL(847) 486-1410

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Mike O’Donnell

Mike O’Donnell is a professional close-up magician based in the Chicago area for the past two decades. Mike specializes in wedding, restaurant, children and trade show performances where he strives to create impactful magic with a casual approach. Mike has planted his roots in the birthplace of restaurant and bar magic and now performs every Friday and Sunday at Lagunitas Brewery. Former customers speak highly of his friendliness and adaptability.

Chicago, IL(773) 234-1301

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Mr. Bob's Magic

Mr. Bob is a children’s magician in the Chicago and Oak Park areas for more than 25 years. Owner and magician Bob Cordero has independently owned and operated Funtown Entertainment which is the leading children’s entertainment company in the Chicago metro area. His Mr. Bob Experience is a unique combination of family fun, hilarious comedy, and audience participation. Past events include birthdays, communions, primary school or daycare center parties.

Oak Park, IL(708) 386-8696

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Nick Roy

Nick Roy is a Chicago-based magician specializing in close-up strolling and stand-up magic for corporate clients and private events. His show is designed for a sophisticated audience by blending intellect, wonder and humor, and audience participation. Former clients have been Deloitte, State Farm, PNC Bank, G&E, and more. He currently holds a five-star rating on Yelp! where customers speak highly of his gripping magic tricks, ability to engage a crowd, and professionalism.

Chicago, IL(773) 706-1780

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Sean Masterson

Sean Masterson is a Chicago-based family magician specializing in close-up magic for over two decades. He has performed at the Chicago History Museum, The Old Town Art Fair, and the Acorn Theater. Sean also offers a vaudeville magic show and birthday party shows. Former clients speak highly of his warm personality, thought-provoking magic, and stage presence.

Chicago, IL(773) 769-1904

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The Great Scott

Scott Green is a Chicago-based family magician who specializes in birthday parties and themed magic shows. He performed his first show at 14 years old and now has appeared on local TV stations such as WGN, Fox, ABC, NBC, and CBS. Scott earned a law degree, but decided to follow his passion and now works as a full-time magician. He also offers a silly spooky magic show, winter show, and performs at educational school assemblies.

Chicago, IL(847) 361-0924

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The Magic of the Spellbinder

The Magic of the Spellbinder is an award-winning and Chicago-based entertainment production by Illusionist Walter King Jr who as performed for stars like Gladys Knight, Jennifer Hudson, and The Temptations. He is the first African-American illusionist to perform in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. His unique mix of theater, dance, music, and comedy has led to awards from of the State of Illinois, City of Chicago, and the City of San Antonio. Walter King Jr. also specializes in corporate, special event, and educational entertainment.

Chicago, IL(773) 626-2662

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The Magical Myster of AJ

The Magical Myster of AJ is a private entertainment family magician based in Chicago with over 15 years of experience. Magician AJ performs over 150 shows annually and brings his relaxed and confident style to birthday parties, block party festivals, and fundraisers. AJ has showcased his magic for an auditorium full of children at the American University in Cairo in Egypt and developed his magic show at Las Vegas’s prestigious Magic and Mystery School. Former customers speak highly of his patience and connection with children.

Chicago, IL(330) 532-8749

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Wayne Braun

Wayne Braun is a Chicago-based award-winning Christian magician specializing in spreading the word of Jesus Christ through magic in the State of Illinois. He has performed for schools, corporate gatherings, parties, and fund-raisers. Former customers speak highly of Wayne’s ability to combine artistry, illusion, and gospel.

Chicago, IL(630) 853-0799

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