The Magic Duel
The Magic Duel
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TheatresComedy ClubsTheatre & Performances
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
About
TripAdvisor's DC Comedy favorite, The Magic Duel is back with live shows on most Saturday nights at The Mayflower Hotel. Two snarky, sleight-of-hand masters battle for the title of 'Washington DC's Best Magician'. Audience members participate by choosing the challenges, assisting on stage, and voting for their favorite to win. Laugh, be amazed, and then cast your vote to decide who wins the coveted 'Golden Wand' award. A unique mix of comedy, magic, and audience participation, The Magic Duel is designed for audiences 12 years and older. Come enjoy a glamorous Saturday night at the historic Mayflower Hotel - Autograph Collection.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: Downtown
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  • Mount Vernon Square • 3 min walk
  • Metro Center • 9 min walk
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KarumbaSantaFe
Santa Fe411 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Couples
Thank you to Goldstar for suggesting this place. It turned out to be a very fun and imaginative evening. I was lucky enough to enjoy the Hollywood Magic Castle several years ago and while it was a great experience, I would rate this higher for several reasons. This show took place in a small room with chairs staggered by height so that no one had an obstructed view. Since there were only 4 rows and no more than 15 chairs per row this was definitely an intimate event. I could see every trick perfectly and that made the illusions even better. The show was in the Maison Biltmore on Biltmore street in Adams Morgan. It was a 15 minute walk from the Woodley Park Metro. There are restaurants nearby for early dining. The house was well lit in front and had a great outdoor patio which must be fabulous in warm weather. We were greeted and free to select any seat byt those in the front row. Since we arrived early, we had a chance to meet both Brian Curry and Mark Phillips. They walked around and chatted with everyone and also demonstrated a few magic tricks. The first half of the show was a rapid fire succession of magic tricks and sleight of hand performed alternately by these two. They engaged the audience continually with lots of magic and improvisation. If they ever decided to pack away their wands, they could definitely be a stand up comedy duo. The 2nd half was all about the audience with members being drafted to "perform" magic. This was a great opportunity to showcase their skills with handling and adapting to their audience. At intermission, the audience voted for the Best DC magician who was then half heartily presented with the "golden wand". There were also Izze drinks, sodas and water available for the audience. The performers posed and chatted with everyone afterwards. There were lots of innuendos and references during the show but all was acceptable for family. Definitely, a fabulous, fun and creative show. May their battle for best magician rage on!!! Don't miss this show and tell all your friends about it!!! Tickets were very reasonable for the quality of the entertainment and the close proximity to the performers. A DC must!
Written 17 January 2015
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What an awesome review! Thank you so much, I'm glad you had a good time. We've had some amazing audiences--it's hard to do a bad show!
Written 18 January 2015
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Earl W
16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
I am a magic enthusiast so I might be a little biased. The show was terrific. The comedy was great. Brian and Mark work great together. The audience interaction, loved it! Highly recommend it.

I thought the sound was not adequate. I struggled to hear them speak at times.
Written 17 October 2016
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Thanks for your review! I'm so glad you had fun. I agree about the sound. Last weekend we did have trouble with one of our mic's, we hope to have that fixed before our next show.
Written 18 October 2016
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mikekap24
Boston, MA58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
I like trying new things. Especially when I visit new places. On a Saturday while in DC my wife and I booked tickets to see the dual.. it was fun! The entertainment kept us engaged from start to finish and had us laughing while we were sitting in amazement. The biggest challenge - it's in a hotel banquet room. They provided pitchers of water but there was no drink service down there (as advertised) so after having a drink or two beforehand but then not continuing to drink during the show we were a bit burnt out.

That's not to say we're soured on the experience - we still tell friends about it and encourage anyone looking for a fun night to check it out. But what makes a magic dual more fun? more alcohol!
Written 10 January 2020
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LOL - thanks for the great review! We considered putting a bar in the showroom but it is simply cost-prohibitive. We literally would have to raise the ticket price $10 and people would still have to pay for their drinks. It is not a perfect solution but audience members CAN bring drinks from the lobby bar Edgar into the show beforehand and get more during intermission. Some folks have even bought bottles of wine at Edgar and brought them into the show! Your review helps future audiences be more prepared! Thanks again.
Written 11 January 2020
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Gregg-Midlo
Midlothian, VA228 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
No matter your reason for being in the area take 90 minutes and spoil your self. Their magic is spell binding, their comedy will have tears rolling down your face while and you and your guests are in for a rare treat of going to a show but feel like you are being given a private performance. Whether you are in DC to tour, in town for a Brthday bash or here for business spoil your self and your friends to one of the best hidden gems in DC area and not expensive.
Written 12 February 2019
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Wow, what a great review. Thank you so much! We really appreciate it! Brian
Written 13 February 2019
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diant53
McLean, VA170 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
A really fun and entertaining show. Really fun and amazing magic, well presented with built in comedy, though the magic itself is the centerpiece. These 2 guys are great!
Written 26 January 2019
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Tim
Morrisville, NC27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2017 • Couples
This show was amazing! Side splitting comedy and awesome magic. You never knew what was going on. The ad lib, the banter, and the inclusion of the audience was superb. I almost fell out of my chair laughing so hard. Their magic left you stunned and wondering how they did that. I left the show still trying to figure out what happened and how they did it. Plus Mark's mustache is epic. Highly recommend going to see these two in action.
Written 23 July 2017
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Thank you so much for the great review! I agree with all of that except for the bit about Mark's mustache... :) -Brian
Written 24 July 2017
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bearbranchgirl
Washington DC, DC54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Family
Really enjoyed this comic parlor magic show! I've seen a lot of these small scale shows in the area and this one is a winner due to the wonderful energy and humor of the two "rival" magicians. The audience seemed to be 20s, 30s, but my 15 year old son loved it as did I. Get there early for a better seat and chance to be picked for audience interaction.
Written 30 January 2017
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Thank you so much! We're glad you and your son enjoyed the show! Brian
Written 31 January 2017
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Lori A
5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022 • Friends
What a joke, and I'm not talking funny. It was obviously staged with who would be choosen out of the audience. It started funny and got worse once it went. Simple tricks that were prestaged even though the impression was someone in the audience picked the topic. Not worth the price and I would not recommend it. Complete waste of money
Written 6 June 2022
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Obviously, everyone has their own thoughts on what is funny and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Your one-star review, however, is so out of character with all our other reviews, I have to think we must have said or done something to personally offend you. I wish you had spoken with us right away at the show or that you had contacted us directly to discuss the issue. I hope you will contact us directly to tell us exactly what led to this extreme review and, hopefully, to clear up any misunderstanding. Mark@TheMagicDuel.com
Written 8 July 2022
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Megan C
57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
The Magic Duel was such a good time for me and my boyfriend! Mark and Ryan are wonderful performers, comedians, and magicians. Their tricks were truly impressive. I have attended a few large, touring magic productions, and can honestly say I enjoyed Mark and Ryan's tricks more. They work with the crowd, nearly having a volunteer for each trick, to really immerse you in the experience. Highly recommend, and hope to see more shows in the future!
Written 1 May 2022
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Thank you so much!
Written 16 May 2022
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John C
Burke, VA81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We can enthusiastically recommend this show. This lively show features excellent magic, audience involvement and decent banter between the magicians. My wife and I were left wondering, "How did they do that?" about more than one trick. The small crowd size affords everyone a good view of the stage. The ballroom in the historic Mayflower Hotel is a pleasant setting.
Written 18 February 2020
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