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By Kim Taylor

New York has the best of everything, including illusionists, chamber magic, and mind readers. Check out Steve Cohen’s “Chamber Magic” at the elegant Waldorf Astoria, or Marc Salem’s “Mind Over Manhattan” at the Ethical Culture School at Central Park West. Or better yet, check them both out to thoroughly twist your sense of reality.

Steve Cohen presents Chamber Magic at the Waldorf Astoria each weekend in an intimate suite suitable for former presidents, where he stuns with amazing conjuring feats. Audience members dress to impress, and you see his show close up as though at a cocktail party – yet you still won’t believe your eyes as objects appear out of thin air. The tuxedoed Cohen has been dubbed “The Millionaire’s Magician,” and delivers the show of a lifetime. Martha Stewart, Woody Allen, the Queen of Morocco and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia have all enjoyed this religious experience that boils down to one adjective: miraculous! See http://www.chambermagic.com for more details.

The enthralling Marc Salem’s Mind Over Manhattan show is featured at The New York Society for Ethical Culture through March 10th. Less a conjurer, and more a sheer mind reader, the playful Salem reads body language, tonal changes and more to uncover hidden thoughts. He tells audience members where they went on vacation, what numbers they’re thinking of, what objects they’re thinking of, and other mind-melting deductions. He swears that any 10-year old with 30 years of experience could perform the same mind-reading feats, yet audiences are left stumped by his magnificent mind games. Witty, charming and sharp-eyed, Salem delivers a memorable, entertaining evening that will prompt you to wonder if your thoughts are truly private. Read more at http://www.marcsalem.com; http://www.ticketmaster.com.

Originally published March 2012
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