5. Monday Night Magic
The Players Theater at 115 MacDougal St. in Manhattan is a quaint theater with about 200 seats, and is home to New York City’s longest running off-Broadway magic show, Monday Night Magic. MNM has been a staple in New York’s magic scene since 1997 when Michael Chaut founded the show after the last remaining live magic show was cancelled, leaving the city without a show for the first time in many years. Chaut searched for some of the arts most brilliant talents and has since put on the show every Monday at 8:00 that caters mostly towards adults, by performing sophisticated tricks, although families are more than welcome.
Monday Night Magic is truly a treat for anyone looking for up close, in your face, world class magic. The limited seating of The Players Theatre makes the show feel very personal and comfortable and doesn’t rely on smoke and mirrors like a lot of shows on much larger stages. And while it might not quite look like a top tier theater for magic on the outside, this small venue packs a big punch and is truly one of New York City’s must visits if you love magic.