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For Dennis Watkins, Chicago magic is all about the up-close and personal touch


When you think of Las Vegas magic, your mind immediately turns to the opulent stages and extravagant productions of the biggest names in the business. Chicago magic, however, is a bit different. In the second part of our interview with Dennis Watkins, he talks about his definition of Chicago magic, and the personal, collaborative process between illusionist and audience that makes the city’s approach to magic unique.

For the rest of our interview with Dennis Watkins, check out the links below:

Part one: Dennis Watkins on the perks of growing up in a family of magicians

Part three: The evolution of the Magic Parlour

Part four: The power of performing magic for a small audience

And for more from our visit to Chicago, check out our video interviews with Mark Toland and Nick Roy, and our Magic Anywhere special, focusing on the unique, hands-on approach to Chicago-style magic.