Chicago Magic Lounge

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First you walk into the laundromat. Someone hits the spin-cyle button, a panel gives way and then you head into the room for the magic. A very nice 1930s-style, 120-seat salon. Replete with a mezzanine, little cocktail tables for such concoctions as Sleight of Hand, Smoke and Mirrors and How Houdini Died, a mini-proscenium and a mechanical curtain that recalls the odeons of yore. The Blackstone Cabaret room is named for magic royalty: Harry Blackstone — the junior and the senior — who put Chicago on the illusionistic map and, together, pulled tens of thousands of rabbits from their hats.