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Thursday, November 15, 2012

NYC Date Idea: Magic show

So. Alex and I are usually pretty skeptical, but last weekend our minds were blown...

Along with two friends, we went to see Steve Cohen, a magician who performs five times a week in a private suite at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel. The dress code is cocktail attire, so Alex wore a suit, and I wore my striped dress. You take the elevator thirty-something floors and enter a luxurious hotel room with just a few rows of chairs. Suddenly, Mr. Cohen enters with a cheeky smile, and the show begins...

His incredible performance comprises mind-reading and sleight-of-hand card tricks, and his charming antics and quick wit makes him seem like a Yonkers-born Willy Wonka. (At one point, he even began giggling and jumping in the air.) Mr. Cohen prefers subtle mind tricks over pulling rabbits out of hats. "I don't do big, flashy magic,” he told The New York Times. "My magic is more of a thinking man’s magic."

We were totally enthralled. People were gasping after each trick. Normally, I can figure out most magic tricks, but these were watertight...or maybe just actual magic?

Perhaps the biggest jawdropper was "Think-a-Drink." Mr. Cohen asked everyone in the audience to write down their favorite drink on a piece of paper. "Be specific!" he encouraged. "Don't just write, 'beer,' write exactly what kind of beer."

Alex wrote "Dry Tanqueray martini up with olives," and I nerded out with a Shirley Temple. Then we all passed in our papers, one audience member shuffled them up, and another audience member randomly chose five.

Then Mr. Cohen stood in front of the room with a teapot. Slowly, the audience member named the five chosen drinks—grapefruit juice, iced coffee, a 2002 Syrah red wine, a margarita and a vodka martini. And, right in front of us, Mr. Cohen poured each drink, one by one, out of the teapot.

HE IMMEDIATELY POURED FIVE RANDOMLY REQUESTED DRINKS OUT OF A SINGLE TEAPOT. Just like that.

"To shouts of 'Oh, my God,' Mr. Cohen slyly answers, 'Just call me Steve.'"

What a fun and wild night. I'd highly recommend it. You can find tickets here and read more here, if you'd like.

P.S. More NYC date ideas, including a terrifying trapeze class and fire-escape drinks...

(Photos courtesy of Steve Cohen)

57 comments:

wonderchris said...

That sounds incredible!!!!

kaitlin said...

So amazing! But I have to ask: Shirley Temple? Are we going to be getting an announcement soon?

Lauren @ In Her Two Shoes said...

Could New York be any better? I mean, really.

Mihaeko said...

I love it! Even magic when you know what's going to happen and why, still feels magical. This looks and sounds phenomenal, thank you! I'm going to try to take my daughter. xo

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Catherine Masi said...

Holy god, that's crazy awesome. How fun! (p.s. My go-to bar drink is, nine times out of ten, a Shirley Temple. My friends mock me every time- and I'm okay with that. The other one time out ten? A black russian!) Did the audience members whose drinks were selected get to down theirs? That would be a bonus!

Catherine Masi said...

Ooooo... I didn't even think of this! Yes???

Krysta said...

Ok, this sounds so fun!

Bookgirlbklyn said...

I've heard about this guy. He sounds amazing!

Robin said...

I'm trying to plan a NYC weekend full of secrets and surprises for my BF (like visiting some of NYC's hidden bars) and this is definitely going on the list!

sbt said...

That's a good question! I think they should get to drink it to verify that he really made them!

Destiny said...

This crossed my mind too!! Along with the "foods I hate" post... eek!

jennbordr93 said...

i laughed out loud at the all CAPS part Jo! you're too funny and the only time i don't wish i lived in LA is when you talk about the awesome hidden gems of NY. thank you :)

bethani said...

my husband and i watched one of his shows with the think a drink and were totally baffled, but curious as to whats the possibility of that really happening.

now knowing someone who actually went and was baffled makes me even more intrigued to see one of his shows. maybe one day he will come to texas...

onebigapple said...

sounds fun! i was looking for a sinterklaas present for my husband (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinterklaas), and this will be it! thank you so much,
anne

Sarah Tucker said...

So fun! That is a MUST next time I am in NY :)

Sandra Lee said...

Oh my gosh that sounds like SO MUCH FUN!

Lindsey said...

I think this is a great idea! There is something so exciting about seeing these types of shows live and in a very intimate setting!

katilda said...

i would definitely ask for a chocolate milkshake.

Wendy said...

What a great date night idea!!! I wish we had something like that here in Orlando.

Liliana said...

Oh my gosh!!! :D

Catherine said...

There's a similar experience in Los Angeles called The Magic Castle in Hollywood. My husband and I went a couple months ago and our minds were also blown... over and over again. So much fun.

XO,
Catherine
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Ellen said...

Here's the science behind the tea pot trick: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rrh-JqB95HI

Thriving Wives said...

"thinking mans magic" - love it. What a fun date night!!

Strive to Thrive,
Nic
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Erin said...

Sounds awesome! I am also skeptical of these types of things, but my new husband and I went to one in Maui after a recommendation on our honeymoon. If you are ever in Maui you MUST go to Warren and Annabelle's.

Kristen said...

That sounds so fun! I just saw a film at the DOC NYC last weekend called Magic Camp, about this camp where famous magicians David Blaine and David Copperfield went to as kids, and the week-long magic competition the campers take part in. It was amazing, and not just because my friend was the editor! It was really sweet to see how so many kids who didn't seem to fit in anywhere else could be themselves at the camp. And the magic was so good, especially for young kids. Hopefully it will be on DVD or Netflix soon, you should keep an eye out for it!

MaKaela said...

Haha I thought the exact same thing!

Nina Leung said...

That's so rad! I'm so not into magic shows, but for this one, I'm sold!

Thanks!

Kirsten said...

You always have the best tips of things to do!

Thanks!

The Slow Pace said...

Wow!Magic is not my cup of tea but this really sounds amazing! And I'm sure the atmosphere was really nice!

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megan said...

My favourite part is that it is cocktail attire, what a fun night out! Love excuses to get all dolled up plus it's like a step back in time with the venue and the whole entertainment aspect... no big screen needed! This is definitely something I want to try when I visit NYC again.
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Tasha said...

These posts make me SO So SO happy we live in NYC. Next date night for sure!

Thanks Joanna!

Mariclare Cole said...

Omg! This is going on my bucket list.

ChicPoint said...

It seemed to be so interesting and fun! :) I'm sure you had a great time! xoxo

bestof2sisters.com said...

That sounds insane!! I normally avoid magic shows, but this guy sounds charming - and such a cool intimate setting. What a great date!
/Camilla

Christina - Summer Year Round said...

check out the back room on the lower east side! great hidden speakeasy where you drink out of teacups and paper bags :)

Hil said...

I have been searching for a gift for my husband for months. The minute I saw this post, I bought tickets. Perfect. Thank you for saving my sweet hubby's bday!

jean goddard said...

You took an elevator up 30 something floors! That is magic! :)

Alison said...

I don't want to click on it! It sounds like too good of a trick to spoil :)

Catherine Masi said...

Ha! Yes! (or just to sneak a free drink...)

linz said...

We had a similar experience when we were visiting Maui. We were so skeptical of magic shows, but we had heard that the Warren and Annabelle's show in Lahaina was amazing, and it did not disappoint! First off, Warren was HILARIOUS. I laughed so hard that I was crying through the entire show. And his magic was mind-blowing. I had the same though as you – that his tricks COULD be actual magic (and this is coming from a major skeptic over here!). Thanks for sharing your experience, and I hope to see Mr. Cohen's show if we're ever in NYC!

lauralcharles said...

If I was in NYC and had some extra cash, I would definitely do that! Great recommendation.

Tascha said...

Oooh, I hope so!

lcaroselli said...

We went to this too a few months back and we left so frustrated yet excited! It was a really spectacular night out for us New Yorkers who feel like we've done it all. Your comparison to Willy Wonka is right on. He was almost a caricature of himself with the facial expressions and passion for 'the magic'. Oh and don't even get me started on Think A Drink...

Nisha said...

We watched the same show in 2010. Steve was charming and captivating and left everyone astounded. As two Aussies on holiday, it added an extra special, extra zing of magic to NYC.

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Matt Davidson said...

@katilda....it has been done! My wife and I went to see Steve a few years ago after seeing him on CBS Sunday Morning. After watching him on TV my wife said "If I ever go to see him I will ask for a thick chocolate milk shake". I took my wife to New York for her birthday and surprised her with front row seats to the show. Once he pulled out the magic tea pot I knew exactly what my wife's drink of choice would be. After choosing fresh squeezed orange juice, a margarita and a couple other drinks my wife's thick chocolate milk shake was chosen. She almost burst into tears (of joy of course). After pouring the "other" drinks and allowing an audience member to taste them, a look of angst washed over his face. "Thick chocolate milk shake? This is gonna be tough", he said. As he tipped the pot to pour the drink a small brown drop dripped into the glass and then nothing. At that point he exclaimed "I guess it's too thick. I think it's going to need some coaxing." He then shook the pot a few times and poured again. Out came one of the thickest milk shakes I have ever seen. Simply amazing!! Steve Cohen is one of the greatest showman of our time, he is very gracious and knows how to control his audience. I suggest everybody read his book "Win the Crowd", it is very well written and has helped my wife and I in our personal and professional lives.

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jackjack said...

magicians are getting smarter day by day. Tricks are newer to me. I didn't see those tricks earlier in any magic show. I must read more about this magician.

Allan Murray said...

I was amazed by his performance particularly when he poured those juices or coffee in glasses. How he did that?Magician for Holiday Parties

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megan said...

I finally got a chance to check this out and I second that it is absolutely incredible!

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Louie Donovan said...

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ted armstrong said...

These kind of magic really amazed me, I am not into a mind-freak magic that's why NY magic & pet shows are my top choice when it comes to magic entertainment . Great post!

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