His headlining show, The Magic Parlour is the longest-running resident magic experience in the Windy City- having hosted more than 30,000 guests and over 1,000 performances over eight years in the historic Palmer House Hilton hotel. This intimate magic show, rarely seen outside the Chicago city limits, is inspired by the great parlor magicians of the 1900s and is replete with 90 minutes of mind-blowing magic, otherworldly prestidigitation, and mentalism performed in an elegant, turn of the century style.
Hailed as "Chicago's Official Magic Man!" by The Chicago Sun-Times, Dennis Watkins travels the country creating unforgettable feats of storytelling. Dennis is a company member with the famed theater company The House Theatre of Chicago, where he has written, acted, directed, and performed in over 21 world-premiere productions. He has reprised his role as one of America’s greatest magicians in The House’s production of Death & Harry Houdini, including the death-defying nightly performance of the Water Torture Cell, in over 150 performances in both Chicago and Miami. Dennis serves as Artistic Advisor to Liberty Magic where his replica of Houdini's Water Torture Cell is on display in the lobby of the theater. "This magic show is exactly what it should be: funny, lively, intimate and utterly baffling.” -Chicago Reader