Parlor Magic – Private Party Scottsdale, AZ

Posted on Sep 19, 2010 in magic show Info, parlor magic | 0 comments

I love to perform magic at private parties. Since much of my work is corporate events, performing at a private party offers a more relaxed, intimate environment.

Most of the time I perform close up magic, yet sometimes I perform a standup style show also known as parlor magic. So what is parlor magic? Well Wikipedia has a great description:

Parlor magic is done for larger audiences than close-up magic (which is for a few people or even one person) and for smaller audiences than stage magic. In parlor magic, the performer is usually standing and on the same level as the audience, which may be seated on chairs or even on the floor. According to the Encyclopedia of Magic and Magicians by T.A. Waters, “The phrase [parlor magic] is often used as a pejorative to imply that an effect under discussion is not suitable for professional performance.” Also, many magicians consider the term “parlor” to be old fashioned and limiting, since this type of magic is often done in rooms much larger than the traditional parlor, or even outdoors. A better term for this branch of magic may be “platform,” “club” or “cabaret.”

My parlor show combines magic, mentalism, comedy and lots of audience interaction. The underlying theme is an expose on why magic fools people combined with a bit of history and lots of mind-bending tricks.

Below is what one of the premier talent agencies in the Phoenix area says about the magic of Gene Urban:

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Gene Urban for over 20 years. When it comes to talent, professionalism and class, Gene simply has no peers in his field. Gene has an incredible gift for the craft of mentalism and sleight of hand magic.

If you are planning a private party, Gene Urban’s magic will be a sure fire hit. You can contact him at 602-788-940o or by email at


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