From rabbits in hats to rabbits in sausage: Chicago Magic Lounge at Hot ‘G’ Dog (Episode 209)

Chicago Magic Lounge Entertainment Director Ben Barnes jumps in the car to talk about the history of table magic in Chicago, his history with magic and the happenings at Chicago Magic Lounge (5050 N. Clark).

For this episode, we went to nearby Hot “G” Dog (5009 N. Clark) for some of the best sausages you can get in the city. I had rabbit sausage. It put hare on my chest. Heh.

Discussed this week:

  • The “Hot Doug’s” legacy lives on at Hot “G” Dog. They do amazing things with sausage (Crawfish dog! Alligator sausage! Duck fat fries!).
  • Close-up magic in Chicago nightclubs… a decades-long tradition.
  • The Chicago Magic Lounge is housed in an old commercial laundromat (“the entryway was touched as little as possible”).
  • Magic’s influence and appeal with kids.
  • The different shows at Chicago Magic Lounge, including the “experimental” night.
  • Ben does close-up magic in the car… and it blows my mind!
  • “The Ace of Hearts ended up in his mouth!”

Car Con Carne is presented by The Autobarn Mazda of Evanston!

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