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Bobby Torkova tells the story of his life in a one-man magic show at Coney Island this month


Coney Island has long played host to magic shows of all kinds, and in January you’ll be able to visit the entertainment destination to check out Bobby Torkova’s charming one-man magic show every Friday night.

The show is called “A Hanky and a T-T-T-Top Hat!”, and it’s an autobiographical tale of Torkova’s life growing up, overcoming a speech impediment, and dreaming of becoming a magician. From the synopsis on Torkova’s website:

An autobiographical solo play that tells of a little boy who stutters, explores his relationship with his father, and dreams of becoming a professional magician. While this is not your traditional magic show, Torkova’s unique and personal approach does feature magic performances to help illustrate the story.​​  

The show is currently running at Sideshows by the Seashore at Coney Island every Friday in January at 8pm. Tickets are $15, and can be purchased online or at the door. The show will also run at the Smoke & Mirrors Theater in Pennsylvania on March 23 and 24. Details for that show can be found at the theater’s website.

For a sampling of the adorably sincere hi-jinx you can expect, check out the brief promotional reel of the show below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TN7gh7v7M80